According to Acts 15 the Gentiles do NOT keep those commandments (or at least are not required to do so) so the remnant referred to here is the Messianic Jews.
This is taking Acts 15 out of context in a major way and it is quite easy to see that. The law that was being discussed here was the law of Moses, the book
that was kept in the side of the Ark of the covenant:
24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
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
This is the law that Paul said was nailed to the cross. You can drive a nail through a book:
Colosians 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."
Try doing that with a tablet of stone: you'll seen realise the metaphor doesn't fit.
Notice Paul uses the wording "against us" to demonstrate the connection between these handwritten ordinances and the book of the law written by Moses which was "a witness against thee".
This is where we as Adventists stand out from the majority of Christians, who believe there were two laws nailed to the cross (that of Moses and that of God) and Messianic Jews who believe either that no law was repealed or that it is only binding upon them, as if God was only the God of the Jews - Romans 3:29 and 6:15.
Please demonstrate how God's law, as written by Him on tablets of stone was somehow "against us". Look at the references in the New Testament where Paul contrasts law and grace, is he talking about the Ten Commandments or the law of Moses?:
Romans 2:25 "For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision."
Please show where circumcision is ever mentioned in relation to the Ten Commandments.
On the other hand, every time the Ten Commandments are quoted in the New Testament, they are shown in a positive light. Romans 13:8-10, James 2:8-12.
There is also the subject of the "works of the law". Naturally; the law of Moses included many works that the Jewish people had to perform to either identify them or help them understand the covenant they had entered into it; circumcision was one of them. Show me a single work in the Ten Commandments. All ten of the Ten Commandments are commands to abstain
from ungodly activities, none of them is a command to do
This is clarified by the subject of "boasting". Paul makes it quite clear that boasting comes from pointing to the works/deeds one has performed. Romans 3:27-28. As there are no works or deeds in the Ten Commandments, it cannot be used for boasting as there are no works with which to justify oneself.
Some may argue that keeping the Sabbath is a work, but that is a paradox for two reasons. One is that it is a day of rest. Rest does not equal work. Secondly, it is actually a commandment to abstain
- see Isaiah 58:13 -
"If thou turn away thy foot
from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing
thine own ways, nor finding
thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words."
The emphasis is clearly on what not
to do, which makes it a command of abstention - the same as the other nine of the Ten Commandments. It is not to be understood in the sense of making
the Sabbath holy as if we mortal beings could make anything holy. We are instructed not to desecrate the holiness God has already attributed to it. Abstain
There are of course many Scriptures that speak of the beauty of the law of God (Psalms 1:2, 19:7, 94:12 and 119:174) and that speak of the curse of the law of man Galatians 3:10-13. Let us not be blind and confuse the two and call a curse that which is holy, or think that the blessing of God's law are reserved for a select few.