Let No Man Judge you

The Issue of the Sabbaths, New Moons and the Feasts in the New Testament Colossians 2:16

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

I’d like to analyze this verse as a Seventh Day Adventist should, comparing scripture with scripture.  I believe this verse applies to us today in a great way and we should follow all the counsel that is laid out in scripture in regards to these matters.  Many have concluded that these verses refer to Sabbaths contained in feasts.  If so, then Paul is being unnecessarily repetitive.   They also believe that these were nailed to the cross. 

But a careful analysis of these verses reveals something much deeper when we are not reading a verse so much looking to prove our point but rather allowing the word to speak as a whole on the matter. 

“The Lord's Supper is not to be observed only occasionally or yearly.--The salvation of men depends upon a continual application to their hearts of the cleansing blood of Christ. Therefore, the Lord's Supper was not to be observed only occasionally or yearly, but more frequently than the annual passover. This solemn ordinance commemorates a far greater event than the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. That deliverance was typical of the great atonement which Christ made by the sacrifice of His own life for the final deliverance of His people.”--6BC 1090.

The Lord’s Supper was commemorated on the Passover.  The Passover was celebrated before the 7 days of unleavened bread.   According to the Spirit of Prophecy the Lord’s Supper was to be observed much more frequently than just once a year.  I believe the bible has some clues as to when we are to observe this ordinance.  We are going to analyze that as our Father is a God of order and “not the author of confusion”(1 Cor 14:33).

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“On the fourteenth day of the month, at even, the Passover was celebrated, its solemn, impressive ceremonies commemorating the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, and pointing forward to the sacrifice that should deliver from the bondage of sin. When the Saviour yielded up His life on Calvary, the significance of the Passover ceased, and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type. 
     The Passover was followed by the seven day's feast of unleavened bread. The first and the seventh day were days of holy convocation, when no servile work was to be performed. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest were presented before God.”(Patriarchs and Prophets Pg539)

So what should we take careful notice of in this passage? 

  • First we have the Passover.  This day was on the 14th of Nisan which is the first month. 
  • Following this day was a 7 day feast called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • The 1st and 7th days of this feast were days of “holy convocation” when “no servile work was to be done”. 
  • The Passover sacrifice was nailed to the cross.  Christ our Passover.
  • The Lord’s Supper was instituted as a memory of the very same event of which the Passover was a type.  That is the sacrifice.  This is a key point.  
  • Also please note that the words “holy convocation” are found in one place in the bible and that is Leviticus 23 when referring to the feasts.

Lev 23:5  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.

This event took place the evening before the 7 day feast of unleavened bread.

Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7  In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:8  But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

What was nailed to the cross?

In Colossians 2 it talks about something that is against us.  Something had to be taken out of the way so that we could be found spotless before God. 

Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

We are cursed if we do not do all the law by faith.  What law is this regarding?  Well, it is the moral law.  Only the moral law can witness against us, right?  In fact it will be in full display on judgement day. 

Rev 11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Rev 11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

So what do we see?  We see the ark of his testimony.  This law will witness against those who refuse to accept the power of his grace through faith. 

Book of Deuteronomy witness against us

Deu 27:26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Most Adventists today understand that there is a “little book” in the side of the ark that is to witness against us.  Many will agree that it was the book of Deuteronomy.  Moses wrote:

Deu 31:26  Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

The law can only witness against you when you break it.

If we have committed sin and have been forgiven for it, but then after this we go and willfully violate the law, then this law is going to witness against us. 

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

When we sin we will find out that there is a law.  The law is condemning us.  It is a schoolmaster telling us turn back to Christ.  

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

One point I’d like to make about this book is that it is almost completely moral law and it is the moral law that will witness against us.  Not the ceremonial law that will witness against us.   The ceremonial law was performed by faith in forgiveness for violation of the moral law.  The moral law points out our sins.   

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,

So was Abel under the law because he kept the ceremonial law?  No. 

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law,

Abel was performing the ceremonial law by faith.  Therefore the conclusion in this matter is that Abel was not “under the law”.   Before Abel had faith and performed the ceremonial law, he was under the law.  He was under the condemnation of the law.  The law was witnessing against him.

Something was nailed to the cross for us.  But it was not the moral law.  The moral law was witnessing against us.  Before faith came, we were guilty condemned and under that law.  But it was the debt that we owed for violating that law which was taken out of the way.

I’m sure many of us have seen the charts used by modern Adventism to say the Ceremonial Law is "against us", but the moral law is "for us".   But in actuality the moral law is for us in the sense that it was to point us to Christ.  The moral law also is against us in the sense that it will witness against us should we not accept the sacrifice. 

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Christ was nailed to that cross.  So we do have a ceremony that was performed here.  It is a sacrifice to satisfy the demand of the law.    The bible teaches that “sin is transgression of the law”(1 John 3:4) and also that “the penalty for sin is death”(Rom 6:23).   If we have broken the law, then the law demands death.  It is therefore a witness against us.  

We owe a “Debt”

Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

In this verse the word for “handwriting” is the Greek word “cheirographon” which means a “bond” or “debt”.  So this little book of moral laws in the side of the ark is witnessing against us.    Let’s look at a couple other versions of Colossians 2:14.  We all owe a debt that we could never pay back for not continuing in all things written in the law.  But praise God he has paid this debt as a gift to us.

(CEV)  God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.

So God nailed our debt for breaking his law to the cross.  He didn’t nail any of the moral law to the cross.  He only nailed the debt which was against us to the cross. 

This next version uses the actual words “record of debt”

(ESV)  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

The legal demand was death.  This was taken out of the way.  Christ was made a curse for us.  Not so we could disobey God’s law, but so that we could fulfill God’s law even as he fulfilled the law.  (See Romans 3:31, 8:4) And here is another for further clarity.

(ISV)  having erased the charges that were brought against us with their decrees that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross.

So Jesus took our death penalty.  He took our debt for breaking the law of Moses.  This is a beautiful verse when we understand it properly.  This doesn’t teach anything about nailing any of the law to the cross.  In fact it tells us that every tittle of the law still needs to be fulfilled.  Even the penalty for breaking that law. 

One Tittle will not pass from the Law

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

One tittle will not pass from the law till heaven and earth pass.  That’s still to come.(See 2 Pet 3:10-12)

Now the objection is raised that “the Ceremonial law passed away”.   Many will use this quote. 

“The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.”(Ellen White FLB 301)

But we must read the context.  Here is the paragraph above this. 

“In the last Passover our Lord observed with His disciples, He instituted the Lord's Supper in place of the Passover, to be observed in memory of His death.”(Ellen White FLB 301)

The feast of unleavened bread followed this ceremony.  The ceremony of the Passover was performed on the even before the feast.   So this is saying that there is still an ordinance to be observed in place of the Passover Ceremony and that is the Lord ’s Supper. 

“…the significance of the Passover ceased, and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial of the same event of which the Passover had been a type.”  (PP 539)

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So one ordinance was nailed to the cross, but another replaced it.  So in actuality one tittle of the law has not passed, but it has been replaced. 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

So let’s clarify one more time.  Not one tittle has passed from the law.  We still have a ceremonial law.  An “ordinance” or “ceremony” has been instituted that replaced the other “ordinance”.  

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

So the ceremonial law which included a sacrifice was replaced by other ordinances such as the Lord’s Supper and the Foot Washing. 

“Jesus established footwashing as a religious ceremony.--When they assembled to partake of the Lord's Supper, the ordinance of feet-washing was to be established as a religious ceremony.”—(Ellen White RH June 21, 1898)

Notice she calls it “ceremony” and an “ordinance”.  We also partake of the ceremony of Baptism.  We have a high priest in heaven, we have a heavenly sanctuary, and we have  better sacrifices.  Has one tittle passed from the law? There was just a "change in the law".

We can read Hebrews 7-10 and see how Christ is fulfilling the role of the high priest in heaven and is performing the ceremonial law of the New Covenant.

Heb 9:20  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

Christ is our sacrifice(1 Cor 5:7).  So what about the New Moons and Festivals?  Were they done away with?  Or only “thought” to be done away with. 

Thinks to change Times and Laws

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

“Question: How prove you that the church had power to command feasts and holydays?”

“Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.”

“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

“Answer: Had she not such power, she could not a done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; -she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism On the Obedience Due to the Church, 3rd edition, Chapter 2, p. 174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York).

History declares that the church kept the feasts after the cross.  The verse often used to say that Sabbaths were done away with is the following verse:

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Paul was a feast keeper.  There are 2 interpretations of this verse.  One is that Paul was saying these days were done away with.  Another is that the Colossians were keeping the feasts and therefore Paul is saying “Let no man judge you in respect to your observance of these days, as well as the food and drink”. 

What does the rest of scripture tell us.  Let’s examine.   The term Sabbath’s and New Moons are often used together in scripture.  When used together they normally if not always refer to the Seventh Day Sabbath.  As Adventists we often quote this verse:

New Moon Feasts

Isa 66:23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

This verse is telling us that we will be keeping “New Moons” in heaven.  In the OT the times were calculated by the moon.  A new moon represented the beginning of the month.  Before the flood we observed a perfect 30 day month. (Compare Genesis 7:11, 8:3, 4).   These months were determined by the moon.  

Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

The Hebrew word for “seasons” in Genesis 1:14 is “moed” which is also translated as “set times” and “feasts”.   

New Moon = Month

In heaven we are going to keep New Moons.  What are we going to do on these New Moons? 

Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

We will eat of the tree of life every month.  Who does this tree represent who gives us eternal life?  What is it that we must eat and drink that we might have eternal life?  Christ is a symbol of that tree.  He is that meat and drink indeed.  If we eat him and drink him we will have eternal life. 

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.
Joh 6:49  Your Fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of  the world.
Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your Fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

We are to eat and drink Christ.  Christ is a symbol of the tree of life.  He is the bread of life.  We are to eat his flesh and drink his blood.   How often?  Well, like it says in the spirit of prophecy.  

“The Lord's Supper is not to be observed only occasionally or yearly.” --6BC 1090.

I believe it should be observed on a monthly basis.   What was going on in Colossae?  Well, the Jews were coming to the Colossians and the Colossians were gathering every month on the New Moon and at the Feasts.  And the Jews came to them and said “Where is your sacrifice?”  “What is this bread and wine?”  They were judging them in respect to their meat and drink.   So Paul told the Colossians:

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 

This meat and drink being observed on these holy days was a shadow of things to come for the body of Christ.  A  shadow of our coming together to partake of the tree of life every New Moon in the Kingdom.  

I’m going to go into more points as to why these days could not be nailed to the cross.  But right now I’d just like to make the point both scripturally and from the SOP that Paul was observing the Feasts after the cross. 

Feasts Observed after the Cross

In fact a great event took place days after the cross.   It was the day of Pentecost.   In Acts Chapter 2 the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost

Now Paul was keeping Pentecost even after this. 

Act 20:16  For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

Also, In Act Chapter 20 Paul is noted as keeping the feast of unleavened bread with the Philippians. 

Act 20:6  And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

This is nowhere near the temple in Jerusalem.  As mentioned earlier we have a heavenly temple where our high priest is making intercession. 

“The Philippians were the most loving and true-hearted of [Paul] the apostle’s converts, and he enjoyed a peaceful and happy visit with them during the eight days of the Feast.” [Ellen White LP 196]

So this feast was 8 days…That’s the Passover day which was replaced as well as the 7days of unleavened bread.  This was kept with Gentiles.  The Philippians were feast keepers.   What about the Corinthians?

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

This is speaking of the very same feast.  Some will try to spiritualize this passage away in the same way many do with the Sabbath in Hebrews 4 saying it’s not referring to a literal feast.  But Paul clarifies that this is a literal feast.  This is the festival of unleavened bread. 

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

“Know not to eat”. Paul says in regards to those who are not keeping the commandments of God.  These festivals were ordained for God’s people(The body of Christ).    This is not exhaustive on the issue of Feast Keeping in the New Covenant.

These festivals were not “against us” as Adventists teach today.  They were joyous commemorations. 

Lev 23:41  And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

They are “celebrations”.

There is another festival which was celebrated later in the year.  The feast of Tabernacles.  Notice what is spoken about this feast in the Spirit of Prophecy.  This is not something that was “against us”.

“Well would it be for us to have a feast of tabernacles, a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to us as a people. As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God wrought for their Fathers, and his miraculous preservation of them during their journeyings from Egypt to the promised land, so should the people of God at the present time gratefully call to mind the various ways he has devised to bring them out from the world, out from the darkness of error, into the precious light of truth. We should often bring to remembrance the dependence upon God of those who first led out in this work. We should gratefully regard the old way-marks, and refresh our souls with memories of the loving-kindness of our gracious Benefactor.” [Ellen White Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, November 17, 1885]

Well would it be for us to have a feast of tabernacles.  The testimony of some today is that it wouldn’t be well at all to have a feast of tabernacles.  Some have gone so far as to contradict the testimony of the Lord entirely saying it would be an abomination to have a feast of tabernacles. 

"The question has been asked me, 'Do you think that the Lord has any more light for us as a people?'  I answer that He has light that is new to us and yet it is precious old light that is to shine forth from the Word of truth.  We have only the glimmerings of the rays of the light that is yet to come to us."  — (Ellen G. White, Selected Messages Vol. 1, page 401)

Woman Standing on the Moon

This is for the body of Christ.  And some may object.  But there is a light that is being ignored.  The woman of Revelation 12 is standing right on it. 

Rev 12:1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Under her feet is the moon.   There is a lot of significance to this.   Let’s look more closely at Colossians 2 which tells us about the “body of Christ”.   Every month a woman has a time of the month.  It is a time of cleansing of the body. 

Every month this woman is to be cleansed.  A woman signifies a church in scripture.

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Christ cleanses his bride by the washing of the water of the word.  Every month his bride is to come together with him for cleansing.   Singing,  making melody.  Let us, therefore as the body of Christ be subject unto our husband. 

Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The leaves are for the healing of nations.  For cleansing. But the tree must also produce fruit which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. 

Every month(New Moon) we are going to come together for a feast.  We are going to eat from something that will give us eternal life. 

When we assemble for these feasts or communions, what is the instruction?

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

The Body of Christ – The Church

Now, I don’t want to be overly exhaustive, but I believe that God has called us to observe these days to prepare his church that he might cleanse them and present a glorious church without blemish to himself.    I’m sure we could go much further into this issue about the man and the woman and how the man is to treat the woman as his own flesh, his own body.  That’s what the church is to Christ.  This woman that is standing on the moon is the body of Christ.

Eph 1:22-23  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The church is the fullness of Christ.  He fills his church.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Christ is the head of the body.  And it pleased the Father that in Christ and his body, which is the church should all the fullness dwell.  The fullness of what?

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

In his body(church) dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead? The term Godhead is a charachteristic of God himself.  (Rom 1:20) It's his divine nature.(See 2 Pet 1:3-4)

Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Amen.  We are complete in him, and he is in us.  He has forgiven us for our trespasses taking the debt that we owe out of the way by being nailed to the cross in our place.

Is the church a national establishment in this world?  In Colossians 2 it says he is the head of all principality and power and it also speaks similarly in Colossians 1.  The church is in heaven.  The roll you want your name on is in heaven. 

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

I believe it is established  in heaven.  God is the Judge, Christ is mediating.

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church” (The Upward Look, p. 315).

Regarding the term “God's church”.  It has been misapplied to many different organizations and earthly buildings over time.  AT Jones once wrote regarding the Catholic Organization which had formed a confederacy with the government and regarding the term “God’s Church” which they applied to this earthly organization he said:

“Then from its heavenly place and divine connection there was dragged down and applied to this ecclesiastical heathen machine, the blessed term The Church!” (AT Jones Who and what is the church? p. 6, Para. 2)

The word church means “called out ones” and it applies to God’s people.  If you look through history you will find that normally God’s people were among those sighing and crying at the abominations being done in the midst of the organizations that termed themselves as “the church”. 

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

This is an important principle regarding God’s church.   It may not be a visible organization on earth.  It may not be registered with the government as a 501(c)3 organization.  This does not imply that it is not God’s church.  God’s church is registered in heaven.  Are you on the roll? 

Shadows of things to come

Normally a shadow is something that connects to the true.  Let’s say we have a man and he looks on the floor and sees the shadow.  When that shadow meets the body, then we have the true. 

There are many types in the OT which are shadows of the true.  For instance in Hebrews 10 it is written. 

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb 10:2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Heb 10:3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
Heb 10:4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

In these verses we see that the sacrifices meant nothing but were merely offered by faith(Heb 11:4) in the coming Messiah who was to be a sacrifice once and for all.  What we have is the shadow meeting the true.  And when that shadow meets the true, then there is a “change in the law”.   One tittle in no way passes from the law.  We still have a ceremonial law, Christ’s blood is applied to cleanse us from sin.

Now regarding the meat and drink and the festivals and ordinances performed on those days.  Well they are shadows of things to come.  We are going to celebrate these days with the Lord.    All of these ceremonies and ordinances such as the Lords Supper are still shadows of things to come and point well past the cross. 

We read about the day of Pentecost being a type that pointed to something after the cross.  Also we read in Patriarchs and Prophets that the feast of Tabernacles is a shadow of things to come. 

“The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative but typical. It not only pointed back to the wilderness sojourn, but, as the feast of harvest, it celebrated the ingathering of the fruits of the earth, and pointed forward to the great day of final ingathering, when the Lord of the harvest shall send forth His reapers to gather the tares together in bundles for the fire, and to gather the wheat into His garner. At that time the wicked will all be destroyed. They will become "as though they had not been." Obadiah 16. And every voice in the whole universe will unite in joyful praise to God. Says the revelator, "Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever." Revelation 5:13.”(Ellen White PP 541)

So the feast of tabernacle is a type pointing to the time of final ingathering.  Most Adventists understand that we have been living in the anti-typical day of Atonement since 1844. So these are "Shadows of things to come" and Paul wrote this after the cross and they pointed to types that took place or will take place several years after the cross.

How much more do Gods people need these assemblies and holy convocations today?

“Anciently the Lord instructed His people to assemble three times a year for His worship. To these holy convocations the children of Israel came, bringing to the house of God their tithes, their sin offerings, and their offerings of gratitude. They met to recount God's mercies, to make known His wonderful works, and to offer praise and thanksgiving to His name. And they were to unite in the sacrificial service which pointed to Christ as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Thus they were to be preserved from the corrupting power of worldliness and idolatry. Faith and love and gratitude were to be kept alive in their hearts, and through their association together in this sacred service they were to be bound closer to God and to one another. 
     In the days of Christ these feasts were attended by vast multitudes of people from all lands; and had they been kept as God intended, in the spirit of true worship, the light of truth might through them have been given to all the nations of the world.
     With those who lived at a distance from the tabernacle, more than a month of every year must have been occupied in attendance upon these holy convocations. The Lord saw that these gatherings were necessary for the spiritual life of His people. They needed to turn away from their worldly cares, to commune with God, and to contemplate unseen realities. 
     If the children of Israel needed the benefit of these holy convocations in their time, how much more do we need them in these last days of peril and conflict! And if the people of the world then needed the light which God had committed to His church, how much more do they need it now!”(Ellen White 6T 39-40)

This passage also tells us that the sacrificial service pointed to the lamb of God, but the feasts are needed much more now then they needed them then.  God's lamb was sacrificed.  He was nailed in our place on that cross.  But the feasts are still to be kept. 

Common Objections

We have already looked at Colossians 2:14.  Let’s look at a few other verses that are commonly used against the feasts. 

Ephesians 2:15

Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

This again is speaking of our debt which was nailed to the cross and is very similar to Colossians 2:14.  We can see in the context that this is reference to the sacrifice that took out of the way the debt that we owed. 

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Also in this chapter it is speaking of Spiritual Israel.  Or the church.  In a very similar fashion as Colossians 1 and 2 are.  And this is speaking of bringing the body of Christ together.  This verse is not speaking of the moral law being nailed to the cross but rather laws that were against us.  The same word “Ordinances” is used here as in Colossians 2:14. 

Romans 14

This passage is often used against the feasts.  It’s another misunderstood text that when properly understood has a deep lying and wonderful principle about justification by faith in it.   This passage speaks about fasting “…he that eateth….he that eateth not”(Romans 14:6).  And the underlying problem was that some within the church at this time were picking particular days to fast on.  And some who hadn’t joined them were judging those who were not fasting on these days that were being set aside. 

Paul had to explain that there are no days set aside for fasting, and that we are to fast to the Lord or eat to the Lord, basically do all to the glory of God whether we eat or not.  Some might eat herbs, some might not, but the issue is about “faith”.  Everything we do is to be done in faith.  Anything not of faith is sin.  So you can keep the Sabbath, but if you are not doing this by faith, but rather by works then even this Sabbath keeping is sin.  Let’s read the verses. 

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Rom 14:2  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Rom 14:3  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Rom 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Rom 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Rom 14:6  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Rom 14:7  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom 14:8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

So regarding these days we set aside to eat and eat not, we are not to judge those who don’t participate in our fasting.  We are not to judge those who eat herbs. 

Rom 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Rom 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

Let’s not place a stumblingblock in front of our brother so he can fall.  This is not speaking of the Sabbaths, New Moons, or Holy Days.  These days have assigned times. 

Rom 14:23  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

If we make it so our brother is sinning, and he is doubting then that person is not doing so out of faith, and therefore whether he eats or not he’s damned. This is not condoning us eating anything we want.  We are to be very particular about what we put in our bodies.  Especially since others around us are looking. 

Rom 14:21  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

Galatians 4:10

Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

This is referring to those who knew not God.  They are “observers of times”.  Or in other words “Astrologers”.   They were actually breaking the law of Moses. 

Deu 18:10  There shall not be found among you an observer of times

This is associated with witchcraft.  The Galatians were falling away from God back into their pagan ways. 

Gal 4:8  Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage
Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

This has no reference to the feast days, or the New Moons, or the Sabbath Days.  This is a reference to the Old Testament Law of Moses and “observers of times”.  This is speaking to the Galatians who at one time knew not God.  Galatians were pagans and when they knew not God they weren’t observing Sabbaths, New Moons or Holy Days.  So therefore Sabbaths, New Moons and Holy Days are not the weak and beggarly elements unto which they were in bondage. 

Isaiah 1:14

Isa 1:14  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

The feasts in Isaiah’s day were filled with iniquity. 

Isa 1:11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
Isa 1:12  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
Isa 1:13  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

They were offering Sacrifices, but unlike Abel these sacrifices were not done in faith, but rather as a ritual as if God was satisfied with these.  These festivals were filled with sin.  But God has declared that these days are Holy days.

It was reported to Paul that there was a fornicator joining with the Corinthians at their feasts.  Paul was clear that they are not to company with these types of people and have them at the feasts. 

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Jude and Peter also mentioned about having unbelievers at the feasts. 

Jud 1:12  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

Paul when speaking of the Lords supper told some people to stay home.  That they were taking of it unworthily. 

1Co 11:20  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
1Co 11:21  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
1Co 11:22  What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
1Co 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

God is saying that these feasts in Isaiah were filled with iniquity.  This is not God’s plan with respect to the feasts. 

Hosea 2:11

Hos 2:11  I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.

This is referring to weekly Sabbaths.  Let me put up a few other verses.  Some have said that this verse as well as Colossians 2:14 are referring to annual Sabbaths contained in feasts.  This verse is also a curse against them.  The feasts were joyous commemorations and celebrations as we have read earlier.  To lose these was not a good thing. 

What we will see in these verses is the weekly, monthly and yearly festivals of Jehovah.  The Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts.  God is not leaving out his weekly Sabbaths in these verses, just as he did not in Colossians 2:14, Isaiah 1:13 and this verse in Hosea 2:11.

1Ch 23:31  And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:

2Ch 2:4  Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

2Ch 8:13  Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.sabbaths new moons chart

2Ch 31:3  He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

Neh 10:33  For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

Eze 45:17  And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

Eze 46:3  Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.

Isa 66:23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

The Latter Rain

The latter rain has been dripping for many years.  However,there is to be a large outpouring of God’s holy spirit just before the end of the world. 

Joe 2:23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Joe 2:27  And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Joe 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joe 2:29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Joe 2:30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Joe 2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

In mount Zion and in Jerusalem will be deliverance.  This is the true church in heaven.    

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

And furthermore we are told more of this church in Zechariah…

Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
Zec 14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
Zec 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

So as we read this we see that those who are keeping the Feast of Tabernacles will receive the latter rain of the holy spirit.  And then there is another group who will receive of the plagues.  Those who have not been sealed by the outpouring of his holy spirit.  They will receive the Mark of the Beast. 

Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4 is another chapter about church unity, putting away anger, and other issues that we are to deal with in regards to unity on these Holy days.  I’d like to close with a summary and finally a quote from the Spirit of Prophecy. 

What we learned:

  • Our debt that we owe for breaking the commandments of God was nailed to the cross.
  • None of the law passed away, there was a change in the law.
  • The New Moons are a time when the body of Christ, his bride is to have a cleansing time by the washing of the water of his word.
  • The New Moons and Feasts are not against us, they are joyous commemorations designed for us by God.
  • We will be keeping New Moons in the New heaven and earth.  They were not nailed to the cross and to be taken off the cross again when we get to heaven. 
  • The Feasts were kept after the cross by Gentiles including the Philippians, Corinthians and Colossians.
  • Large outpourings of the Holy Spirit coincide with feast days such as Pentecost and The Feast of Tabernacles. 
  • The Church of God is not an earthly organization, but rather the roll is written in heaven where God Christ and the angels are among this church. 
  • God has appointed weekly, monthly and yearly times.  The Papacy has thought to change times and laws.  But God doesn’t change. 
  • These assemblies are needed more today than ever before. 
  • We are not to company with fornicators, and we are to keep the feasts without spots. 

I believe the whole law of Deuteronomy applies to us.  We are not to pick and choose what we think suits us today.   In the book of Nehemiah Chapter 8 the people had just come out of Babylon and Ezra read the book of the law on the first day of the seventh month.  The people wept after realizing how much they had been ignorantly violating the law.  I think we should make it a habit to read this book.   We might see how much of these laws we today are violating.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Anyone who is breaking the law is under the law. (Romans 6:15).  So it is true they are under the curse if they do not confirm all the words in this book.  After writing all the curses in Deutoronomy 27.  The chapter closes with this:

Deu 27:26  Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

I think it’s time we start weeping and mourning like they did in Ezra's time shortly after they came out of Babylon.  God’s people are not ready.  We need to prepare. 

Joe 2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Joe 2:12  Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
Joe 2:13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Joe 2:14  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
Joe 2:15  Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Joe 2:16  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Shall we come out of Babylon?  Shall we call a solemn assembly?  Shall we assemble every New Moon and on the Feast Days to sanctify and cleanse the body of Christ by the washing of the water of his word? 

The Ordinance of Preparation

“This ordinance is Christ's appointed preparation for the sacramental service. While pride, variance, and strife for supremacy are cherished, the heart cannot enter into fellowship with Christ. We are not prepared to receive the communion of His body and His blood. Therefore it was that Jesus appointed the memorial of His humiliation to be first observed.

As they come to this ordinance, the children of God should bring to remembrance the words of the Lord of life and glory: "Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." John 13:12-17.

There is in man a disposition to esteem himself more highly than his brother, to work for self, to seek the highest place; and often this results in evil surmisings and bitterness of spirit. The ordinance preceding the Lord's Supper is to clear away these misunderstandings, to bring man out of his selfishness, down from his stilts of self-exaltation, to the humility of heart that will lead him to serve his brother.

The holy Watcher from heaven is present at this season to make it one of soul searching, of conviction of sin, and of the blessed assurance of sins forgiven. Christ in the fullness of His grace is there to change the current of the thoughts that have been running in selfish channels. The Holy Spirit quickens the sensibilities of those who follow the example of their Lord. As the Saviour's humiliation for us is remembered, thought links with thought; a chain of memories is called up, memories of God's great goodness and of the favor and tenderness of earthly friends.

Whenever this ordinance is rightly celebrated, the children of God are brought into a holy relationship, to help and bless each other. They covenant that the life shall be given to unselfish ministry. And this, not only for one another. Their field of labor is as wide as their Master's was. The world is full of those who need our ministry. The poor, the helpless, the ignorant, are on every hand. Those who have communed with Christ in the upper chamber will go forth to minister as He did.

"Jesus, the served of all, came to be the servant of all. And because He ministered to all, He will again be served and honored by all. And those who would partake of His divine attributes, and share with Him the joy of seeing souls redeemed, must follow His example of unselfish ministry.”(Ellen White Counsels to the Church 300-301)

"We should improve every opportunity of placing ourselves in the channel of blessing. . . . The convocations of the church, as in camp meetings, the assemblies of the home church, and all occasions where there is personal labor for souls, are God's appointed opportunities for giving the early and the latter rain."(Ellen White FLB 246)

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