Corinthians 5 Cannot Be a Valid Evidence for the Keeping of the Passover?


[False Claim]

The Church of God quotes 1 Co 5:7 as the evidence that the Passover was kept even after the resurrection of Jesus. However, the Apostle Paul did not record this verse to tell us to keep the Passover. If we take a look at the context from verse 1, the word “heortazo” was used instead of the Greek word, “heorte.” The reason the word “heortazo” is used is that at that time the Apostle Paul wanted to teach the saints in Corinth against adultery, by figuratively describing Jesus Christ as the reality of the unleavened bread of the Passover. The word “heortazo” does not mean keeping the law. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 5:7 cannot be the evidence that the apostles kept the Passover.


1. The meanings of “heorte” and “heortazo”

It is abominable and laughable to say “no” for the sake of negation itself, without the clear knowledge of the context and the Greek language. The word “heorte” is a noun which means “feasts,” and “heortazo” a verb which means “to keep the feasts.” In other words, both of the words have the same origin, and they are spelled differently because one is a noun and the other is a verb, not because there is a difference in meaning. It is nonsensical and preposterous to say that the variation in spelling, which was caused by the difference in the usage of the same word with the same meaning, results in a difference in meaning: one means “literally keeping the feast” and the other “figuratively keeping the feast.”

There is another example to make it easier to understand. In Greek, the word “baptism” is spelled “baptizma” as a noun, and “baptize” is spelled “baptizo” as a verb. If we explain this word according to their logic, we have to say that “baptizma” means to literally give baptism with water, and that “baptizo” must be used only in the figurative sense. Who on earth interprets a word that way? Therefore, their argument that “heorte” means keeping the feast literally and “heortazo” keeping it figuratively is wrong, and it shows their complete lack of knowledge.

2. The Greek Dictionary

Look at the Greek dictionary to find out if they are explained that way. The Greek dictionary shows that the only difference is in their usage: one as a noun and the other a verb.


3. The bread of 1 Co 5:3 is the Passover bread

Read 1 Co 5:8 carefully. It says, “Therefore let us keep the Festival . . . with bread without yeast.” Although some part of the text contains a figurative meaning, nobody can deny the fact that the original purpose of this bread is “to keep the Festival.” Also, nobody can deny that the Festival refers to the Passover mentioned in the previous verses. In conclusion, the text mentions none other than “the Passover bread.”

If the Church of God in Corinth did not keep the Passover, why did the Apostle Paul teach them to remain pure by giving the example of the Passover bread? It does not make sense at all that even though there was no Passover bread within the church, he taught the saints by mentioning the bread.

For example, when we teach with a saying, “Don’t you even know the letter L with an L ruler in front of you?” If the listener does not know what an L ruler is, how can they understand the meaning of the saying? This saying can be used only in the condition that the listener at least knows the shape of an L ruler. It is the same with 1 Co 5:7-8. Because the saints who received the letter already knew the Passover of the new covenant, which was celebrated with “bread without yeast,” Paul taught them to live a holy life through the spiritual meaning contained in the Passover bread.

4. The lesson contained in 1 Corinthians 5

The Passover bread symbolizes the holy body of Christ, and by partaking in the bread the saints become one body with Christ (1 Co 10:16). Also the Passover bread does not contain yeast. This means that the saints who have become one body with Christ must live a holy life like Christ, without committing any transgressions.

What will happen if the saints who have become one body with Christ do not lead a holy life, but commit the sin of sexual immorality (1 Co 5:1) which is considered a sin even among the Gentiles who do not have any knowledge of God? Can we say of those that they’ve realized the sacrifice of Christ and kept the Passover with sincerity and truth? No. If there are such people in the church, it can be considered as the yeast of malice and wickedness that ruins the holy bread.

That’s why Apostle Paul said, “Let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.” It means that we must not keep the Passover simply as a day of eating bread and wine, but keep the festival with a sincere and true mind because we’ve realized the love and sufferings of Christ who sacrificed Himself as the Passover lamb, being determined “not to commit the same sin over again.” The text means that we must live a holy life as the true saints who have kept the Passover and become one body with Christ.

Like this, Apostle Paul taught the saints who kept the Passover to live a holy life in accordance with the meaning contained in the New Covenant Passover. Therefore, it is wrong to claim that 1 Co 5:7 cannot be the evidence that the saints kept the Passover.

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0 thoughts on “Corinthians 5 Cannot Be a Valid Evidence for the Keeping of the Passover?

  • January 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother are worthy of eternal glory and praise.
    They put on the flesh that only sinners deserve, to forgive our sins through the Passover.
    I am extremely thankful to Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother.

  • January 4, 2013 at 5:19 am

    It is absolutely hilarious how they twist the original text, recreating their own Bible!
    I’ve seen so many people mentioning about how the whole Bible is interpreted differently if we read it in Greek.
    They mentioned about that claim saying that they majored in Greek. I guess the people who major in Greek have no knowledge or idea about the usage of the words but they only dissect those words for their own experimental interpretation. Let us just stick to the original text and not become too arrogant, making a mistake of following the new ideas instead of being obedient to God’s words, the Bible.

  • January 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

    A lot of people try to prove the bible being false or having translation errors. But that is blasphemy! The bible is the word of God, and if we believe in God, we must believe in the bible.
    God created heaven and earth, He made such creations which the most inteligent man couldn’t even conceive. But yet in the words of persecutors, God cannot even keep safe His holy words from being “faulty” ? Is this the same God we are talking about? God cannot even have his words translated correctly?
    If we believe in the almighty and powerful God then we must believe in his words, the bible.

  • January 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I want to sak them, “Are U following the Bible, the words of God the Savior?”
    The Bible definetely says that Christ Jesus established the New Covenant Passover, the way to eternal life.
    Whoever does NOT keep this New Covenant Passover will NEVER enter the kingdom of heaven!!!

  • January 7, 2013 at 2:20 am

    This article has reminded me to live a holy life following the path of Christ Ahnsahnghong and God the Mother.
    Thank you 🙂

  • January 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    2000 years ago , Christ Jesus establish the new covenant for forgiveness of our sin through the Passover.
    So apostle Paul keep also the Passover through the teaching of Christ Jesus.
    I can understand this contents that all sinner must keep the Passover till the end of the World.

  • January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Jesus Christ really want us to keep the Passover . And then he was crucified on the cross to fulfill the prophecy of the Bible. Jesus Christ was sacrificed as a lamb of Passover bcuz of our sins. Only through the Passover we can receive the forgiveness of sins and the eternal life. How can we deny the fact that Jesus and his disciples kept the Passover.
    I give thanks n glory to Christ Ahnsahnghong who allows us the precious promise through the Passover.

  • January 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I really want to say to them to study the bible.
    They just want to deny the truth , they interpreted with their own thoughts and their own ideas which is not true.

    No matter what they say the apostle Paul taught them to keep the Passover.

  • January 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Such slimy ways of trying to prove wrong the words of God. Jesus taught and told us to keep the Passover through which he established the New covenant. Apostle Paul followed the true God. He followed what he recieved from Christ and that is why he also preached the Passsover. Don’t be fooled with tricks and twists.

  • January 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I give all thanks and praise to Heavenly Father and Mother for give us the salvation and the eternal life through the Passover.:)

  • January 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I give all thanks and praise to Heavenly Father and Mother for give us the salvation and the eternal life through the Passover.

  • January 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Thanks Elohim god for choosing us and allowed us to be able to distinguish the falsehood.

  • February 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

    The Bible says:

    Heb 10:29
    How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God[Jesus] under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

    Then what is the “blood of the covenant” which they treated as unholy by not keeping it and they only thought of it as figurative without knowing the will of God?

    Mt 26:28
    “…This is my[Jesus’] blood of the covenant …”

    Through this, we can clearly understand that those people who deny to keep the Passover in accordance to the words of Jesus “Drink from it [cup of wine of the Passover] all of you [even us].”‘ and “Take and eat; this [bread of the Passover] is my [Jesus’] body ” mentioned in the Passover night that Jesus appointed.

  • February 9, 2013 at 3:35 am

    This article helps to put my mind straight. As the Passover approaches, I want to realize God’s love more so I can keep it with a sincre and true mind. Thank you, Father and Mother. Thank you, brothers and sisters!
    God bless you!

  • February 12, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Thank you Father Christ AhnSahngHong for your precious Passover. Therefore let US keep the festival!!!! Soon we will keep the Passover which judges all other gods which will prove we are the truth and will expose falsehood

  • February 20, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Jesus clearly said in John 6:53-54: “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” If we don’t do this, according to the words of Christ, we cannot receive eternal life–that is the condition. The night that Jesus offered his flesh and blood was the Passover (Luke 22:7-20). If 1 Corinthians 5:7 is not proof enough that the early church kept the Passover, we can see another passage that confirms it, also written by apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. The Passover is the essential truth that God gave to God’s children to escape disasters and receive eternal life. Christ Ahnsahnghong reminded us of of this. Naturally, those who oppose God and God’s offspring (Revelation 12:17), oppose the Passover.

  • July 15, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Wow this article truly has reminded me that the key to not commit sin again is by truly keeping father and mother sacrifice deep in our hearts. Their sacrifice is wide and deep enough that when it truly reaches deep in our hearts, that’s the day that I can fully repent to our creators.

  • July 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Jesus established the Passover and said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.”
    And the Passover contains the promise of the forgiveness of sins (Mt 26:28.)
    In other words, without keeping the Passover, we cannot be saved.


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