St. Melania the Younger

St. Melania the Younger of Rome
- December 31


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A lot of rules for Israel do not apply to Christianity.

"And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:13-14 (RSV)

This would include worshipping on the Sabbath, because that rule didn't come into being until Israel was formed. The early Christians began worshipping God on Sundays because Christ is Risen from the dead on this day.

"If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" (referring to things which all perish as they are used), according to human precepts and doctrines? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh." Colossians 2:20-23 (RSV)

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4 (RSV)

Christianity is set apart from legalism, to open Christ to the world, and for the world. While there are a lot of rules for Israel, which was to welcome the Christ into the world, and for this purpose to keep them Holy and clean until the arrival, their rules do not apply to us. We have been set free in Christ, as he fulfilled the prophecies and now is clear we must purify ourselves, not as a nation, but as individuals in Christ.

To be continued...




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