In the Old Testament this was the celebration day of the giving of the Law. Interestingly this was the day the promised Holy Spirit descended upon the remaining apostles and disciples in the upper room (Acts 2), 50 days after Christ’s resurrection, which is the giving of our freedom from living by The Law. Now we live by grace and the Holy Spirit with circumcised hearts. Our righteousness is not through perfect observation of the Torah, but by trusting in Christ and living by the Holy Spirit.
2 Cor. 3:7-12 calls the Old Covenant the ‘ministry of death and condemnation’. Now we live in the ministry of the Spirit and the ministry of righteousness. We are righteous IN Christ as we walk by the Spirit. There is no condemnation for those who trust in Christ and walk not according to the human sensuous nature (Greek ‘sarx’ – flesh), but rather follow the leading of the Holy Spirit (Ro. 8:1).
Colossians 2:14-15 tells us that Christ wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us and then nailed it (The Law of the Old Covenant) to the cross, in that way triumphing over them. Thus, no one is to condemn a believer for not observing the Old Testament Laws of Sabbaths, festivals, regulations, etc., which are all a shadow of Christ’s final sacrifice and fulfilling of the legal requirements of payment and compensation for sins.
Our circumcision is now no longer in the male flesh, but in the circumcision of men and women’s souls and hearts. All believers are able to carry that seal of membership in their being. All believers can be healed, delivered, empowered and directed of the Holy Spirit. We can all be used and moved of the Holy Spirit to do the special Will of God. We have one High Priest who gave the last sacrifice and we are now all priests to the world. AS SUCH, we walk in a new way, the way of holiness; a narrower road which requires deeper commitment to God and has more abundant rewards.
Having died with Christ (baptism represents this) we no longer need to arrange our lives in the old ways of self imposed religious doctrines which have an appearance of wisdom, but which promote a false humility and do little to nothing for the spirit and soul. We see these falsely spiritual doctrines of human reasoning rise up when women are told they cannot serve communion, cannot teach or preach, cannot be used of the Spirit in some way, none of which is a proper reading of Holy Scripture. All of these human and legal regulations were nailed to the cross when Christ said “it is fulfilled”. Christ fulfilled all the prophesies and all the requirements of payment for our sins. In Christ all believers are made righteous and able to be used by God. Christ told the believers to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming upon them. In a dramatic 50 days after Christ nailed the legal requirements of the Torah to the cross with Him, on the day of celebrating the original giving of the Torah through Moses, Christ gave something better. He baptized, immersed the believers in the Holy Spirit. Read the amazing story of this in Acts 2. It was phenomenal. In the spirit it was even more extraordinary. All the believers were praising God in unknown languages and speaking prophetically. From that day on we were reborn as spiritual people of God. All believers, young and old, men and women alike.