Friday, February 05, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 14

Corinthians 1 and 2 are most remarkable! If I were not doing a word study I would love to just ramble on for hours on these two scrolls. Apologies ahead of time for the length of this one. I want to get to Galatians! Let's look at Paul's introductory salutation:

1Co 1:1 Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1Co 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
1Co 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please notice; Believers are saints. No man or no man's organization can "create" saints. This fact alone should keep you away from any "religion" that proposes to name saints, especially the RCC! Also, please notice how Paul references both Yehovah and Yeshua.

To set the stage; Sha'ul is addressing a problem in Corinth that still plagues the church today. People were dividing into groups and following after individual men. Sound familiar? Yes, our many Christian denominations today are a direct result of emphasizing men's teachings instead of God's. Paul also admonishes these saints and specifically points out another problem they are having:

1Co 5:1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife. (Corinth had a sizable Jewish population)
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1Co 5:11  ... I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
1Co 5:13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. (See Deut. 17:7)

So, why is it that some churches nowadays allow similar behavior within the congregation? It is because they are NOT following Christ! But, before I get carried away, let's continue with the word study.  : )

1Co 6:1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law (kree'-no) before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
1Co 6:2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law (kree-tay'-ree-on) courts?
1Co 6:3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
1Co 6:4 So if you have law (kree-tay'-ree-on) courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?
1Co 6:5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,
1Co 6:6 but brother goes to law (kree'-no) with brother, and that before unbelievers?

[Note: The word "law" is used in this set of verses 4 times. None of them have anything to do with Torah, directly. The words in Greek are pronounced; "kree'-no" and "kree-tay'-ree-on". "Kree'-no" means to; distinguish, decide, condemn, or damn. "Kree-tay'-ree-on" means; a rule of judging criterion. Paul is using "civil" law to point out the difference between the breaking of law and judgment in general society as compared to breaking Torah. I've continued with Chapter 6, btw, because it's important. Paul is telling these folks they must impart judgment and justice on themselves to keep themselves and their congregation "clean", Torah-wise. Also, please notice once again how we MUST get past our native language to understand Scripture. The word "law" here is not Torah, but some think it is.]

1Co 6:7 Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits (kree'-mah) with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?
1Co 6:8 On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.
1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous (the opposite of "Right-Standing in Torah") will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.


[Note: Folks, how many churches nowadays say it's OK to do these things because none of us are perfect and cannot follow Torah perfectly? The Bible says the exact opposite! When you have the Spirit of Yehovah-Yeshua in you, you will not want to go near these things! And if you do make a mistake, as all of us are capable of doing, you will feel shame and guilt and will want to very much come back to the Spirit you once had! You see folks, "once saved, always saved" is a lie! And if we keep on sinning, after knowing the truth, we are condemned. If your church has these sins in it's midst and permits them, run away, as quickly as possible! Our guide in these things is always Torah.]

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful (ex'-es-tee) for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
1Co 6:13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
1Co 6:14 Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.
1Co 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!
1Co 6:16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH."  (See Gen. 2:24)

1Co 6:17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1Co 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.


[Note: I've actually had Church folks argue with me, telling me these verses are saying we can do anything, but because we have Christ. They claim it's OK and we are forgiven, because Paul is saying, "All things are lawful for me". Guys, these verses are saying the exact opposite! It's saying DO NOT allow these things to have control over you and your body because if you do, Christ is NOT in you! Again, Paul is using civil/societal law to show that a particular behavior may indeed be "lawful", but not good! In the state of Nevada, in America, prostitution is legal. This does not make it good! Nor does it make it OK in light of Torah. This also brings up the concept of man thinking he can decide what is good or bad. Man cannot do this! This is why we were given Torah (to know what is good or bad). Think about it! If you are against Torah, you are against it's author - Yehovah!

This plucking out verses or portions of a verse is a trick the Church uses all the time. Context is everything! In fact, historically speaking, Paul is describing Gnosticism, an early Church error (thinking one can do everything because of divine protection). Another error the Church makes is to proclaim a single verse over and over again, as if it is the ultimate summation of ALL Scripture. The best example is probably John 3:16!

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

I've had people repeat this to me over and over again, saying that, because they believe in Jesus everything is fine - they have eternal life! As wonderful as this verse is, making one verse your foundation is very problematic. It ignores the rest of Scripture. The Bible is like a 5000 piece puzzle. One puzzle piece can be expounded upon and loved, but one must have the puzzle box top (the whole picture) to fully understand where the single piece fits. This overall picture is the very CHARACTER and KNOWLEDGE of GOD HIMSELF! Knowing and loving the ENTIRE picture is the GOAL, not just emphasizing one small piece, as beautiful as it may be. Please remember, there will be those who say they love Jesus, but are told to, "depart from Me"! We must try our best to "know" the whole picture of GOD. Please consider the following verses and go and read its context:

Matt 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Luke 6:46 "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?

Both verses reference the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew should be read from Chapter 5 through 7. What does Yeshua say to "do"; what is the context of this famous Sermon? Most people have never been told that the famous Sermon on the Mount is all about TORAH! So, if you call Him Lord, do you mean it? If you mean it you will do what He says to do! If not, He is NOT your Lord, no matter how much you love and believe in John 3:16! The whole picture is necessary!]


... continuing to Ch. 9 ...

1Co 9:8 I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?
1Co 9:9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING." (See Deut. 25:4) God is not concerned about oxen, is He? ...
1Co 9:20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;
1Co 9:21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

[Note: The words "law" in this section means Torah. In Ch. 9 (verses 1-19 approx.) Paul is giving a speech on his Apostleship credentials and arguing that workers such as himself should expect a little material reward for their efforts. In essence, this is a plea to place something in the offering, just as most of us have heard a pastor do in a church. However, Paul also explains how he has accepted none of this reward and has done all this work free of charge! In the following verses, to 21, Paul is showing how he teaches people from different cultures and backgrounds by adjusting his teaching technique to fit the expectations of the listener. The Church has taught that Sha'ul actually becomes a Gentile when he speaks to Gentiles and a Jew when he speaks to a Jew. This is LUDICROUS, of course, and is simply an effort to justify anti-Torah sin in the church. The reason people will say this is because of verse 20. The phrase, "though not being myself under the Law" is true! Then Paul complicates things further, in verse 21, when says he's not without the law of God, but under the law of Christ. Whoa! Wait a minute! You've been arguing Torah all this time and now you and Paul say we're not "under the Law"? Yes! This conundrum has been explained in many ways, so here is my take on it. I always go back to Yeshua when these issues come up with Paul. I listen to the warning Peter gave us concerning Brother Sha'ul. BTW, we believers in the Messiah, who have accepted the free gift are under a more stringent set of rules than the letter of Torah only! What did Jesus say?

Mat 5:17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
(to Fill Full!)

Mat 5:18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

(has heaven and earth passed away?)

Mat 5:20 "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
(we actually must SURPASS these Experts in TORAH! Remember, "Righteousness" means Right-Standing in Torah)


and ...

Mat 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';
(the LETTER of the LAW - TORAH)

Mat 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
(the SPIRIT of the LAW - TORAH)

You see? Torah still exists. It is still valid. We are not under the LETTER of the LAW. We are under the SPIRIT - a much more stringent "work"! We must have the Spirit of Christ in us to hold ourselves to the Spirit of the Law and therefore Torah!

Later on, Sha'ul will say we are under Grace, not the Law. This is saying the same thing Jesus said. We are under the Spirit, not the Letter. But this doesn't mean the Law is gone or done away with!

People seem to go two ways with Paul. They either become a "Paulist"; one who believes he did away with Torah, or, an anti-Paulist; ones who think Paul is an anti-missionary or antichrist figure. Actually, Sha'ul is neither:

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
Rom 6:2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
Tit 2:12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
Tit 2:14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Tit 2:15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.]

... continuing,

1Co 14:21 In the Law it is written, "BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME," says the Lord. (See Isaiah 28:11 & 12)
...
1Co 14:34 The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
...
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
(See Hos. 13:14)


 
[Note: So much more to say, but I better end it here. BTW, verse 34 is yet another study! Verse 15:56 is simply saying that sin is measured and defined by Torah.]

The Observer

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Are You In the New Covenant?

Do you believe in Yehovah's instructions? Do you try your best to follow Torah - out of Love and Obedience - not for any Salvific purpose? If you don't, the Bible says you're not part of the New Covenant!



The Observer

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 13

... finishing up Romans;

If you ever wanted to illustrate how man has changed and altered the Holy Bible, and has altered whole manuscript families, a good example shows up in Ch. 10 of Romans.

Growing up in the Church, we are properly taught respect and admiration for our Pastor and Elders. It is a watershed moment when one discovers these very men have lied to us. In fact, it took years for me to get over the disappointment after the realization. What brought me back to Faith was the Holy Spirit, that Spirit of Christ mentioned in Ch. 8 of Romans, showing me, in the Bible, that God's True Word is still there, underneath the pitiful attempts of man to conceal it.

Rom 9:1 I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,
Rom 9:2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.

Rom 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
Rom 9:4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises,
Rom 9:5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

[Note: Sha'ul is lamenting over his brethren here. Paul is saying he would go so far as to give up Christ and be accursed if he could but save his kinsmen; those who were given so much! Later in this study, some folks will use this statement of Paul's in Romans along with one in Galatians to actually say a person is accursed if he tries to follow Torah after receiving Salvation. When we get to Galatians I'll show this is not true. Paul is speaking in terms of Ch. 8. Remember, without the Spirit of Christ indwelling in you, you cannot possibly follow Torah? The Israelites, Sha'ul's brethren, were guilty of attempting to follow Torah through the Flesh, by creating all manner of man-made rules in addition to or taking away from Torah. One is actually "accursed" if one does not have Christ and attempts to follow Torah on his own! How can one have Christ and be against Torah? Paul has made it abundantly clear this is impossible! You have to go back to Deuteronomy to understand this relationship between the Blessed and the Cursed. Please remember, we have the same Gospel as they did!]

... to get a fuller context, please read all of Roman's 9.

Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;
Rom 9:31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. (Torah)
Rom 9:32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
Rom 9:33 just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."

[Note: Paul's brethren, especially the Rabbis and Pharisees, used man-made rules to "work" their way through Torah. This is different than our "works" required as we "work" through our Salvation with "fear and trembling". Remember, we are judged by our "works" (yes, another word study!). The word, "work(s)" is constantly misused throughout the N.T. Sometimes it means "deeds", sometimes it means man-made "law", sometimes it means Torah! This word is misused like the word "fulfilled" is misused. Paul is simply continuing his thoughts laid out in Ch. 8 and using the Israelites and Gentiles to illustrate his point.]

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Rom 10:5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.

[Note: OK! Here it is! My Churchy friends will say, "TORAH HAS ENDED FOR BELIEVERS!" Nope! Sorry! Here it is in the Greek w/English below:

v4.   τέλος       γὰρ     νόμου   Χριστὸς  , εἰς  δικαιοσύνην   παντὶ            τῷ
v4.   [the] end indeed of law [is] Christ , for  righteousness to everyone  -

v4.   πιστεύοντι .
        believing.

The word for "end" here is "telos" in Greek. Here is Strong's dictionary explaining "telos":

tel'-os 

From a primary word τέλλω tellō (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly the point aimed at as a limit, that is, (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination [literally, figuratively or indefinitely], result [immediate, ultimate or prophetic], purpose); specifically an impost or levy (as paid): - + continual, custom, end (-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare G5411.

So, what this means is that Christ, who lived Torah perfectly, is our "telos" or "goal" when it comes to living a life of righteousness for us believers! We are to be perfect (as much as possible), as Christ is, in our living a righteous life! Remember how we went over the word, "righteousness"? It means, "right standing in Torah"! Yes, "telos" can be used in other ways, depending on the grammar and usage in the sentence, but most Bible Scholars and Linguists say Romans 10:4 is used as a "goal" for us. Our English Bible translators do this constantly - misuse words - and we must be on guard always. A question, please. Has a Pastor ever correctly explained Romans 10:4 to you? I'll bet the answer is NO! Why hasn't he? Because if he does, it means Torah is still valid for us Christians, it means the Sabbath is valid, it means Christmas and Easter are pagan and not to be celebrated - IT MEANS THEY HAVE LIED TO YOU OVER CENTURIES AND CENTURIES! Yes, the Jeremiah 16 prophecy is coming true, right before our eyes! Also, please notice verse 5. If we practice (works) a righteous life, we will live according to the law! The Torah is still alive and well - to show us how to live a righteous life!]

Rom 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

[Note: "he who loves his neighbor" has fully filled Torah, a good thing! "Love" is the filling full of Torah, Torah expressed in it's fullness!]

Folks, the fact is that our Pastors and Priests are now the modern-day Pharisees. They want you to follow their rules and not Yehovah-Yeshua's. Keep searching for the Narrow Gate. You will not find it in Church, most likely!

The Observer

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 12

... continuing with Romans ...

I recommend you watch the video to the right (or follow the link) which describes several "laws" that Paul writes about. The vid is called, "Which Law Paul?" Paul uses this idea of we humans making a "law unto ourselves" when he addresses the difference between "man-made instruction" and God-made instruction (Torah).

Rom 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. (2 different "laws")
Rom 8:3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 8:4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

[Note: Many folks in the Church will say this is describing Torah as the "law of sin and death", and that through faith in Christ, we have been set free from trying to follow Torah. But Sha'ul consistently reaffirms Torah throughout the N.T.! Instead, Paul is saying we have been set free from trying to walk through Torah in our own "fleshy" way, thereby falling into sin and death. Look at verse 4. We walk according to the Spirit, through and in Christ, to live the requirement of Torah. The word, "fulfilled" is "pleroo" in the Greek and it means Torah is "made perfect" in us! See the video in the last blog entry, "Abolish or Fulfill". This is made clearer in the following verses.]

Rom 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
Rom 8:7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Rom 8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

[Note: This is very clear, folks! The flesh will not subject itself to the requirement of Torah! In fact, it is "hostile" to God and His Torah! (having enmity towards God and His Torah)]

Rom 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Rom 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Rom 8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-
Rom 8:13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Rom 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

[Note: Yes! We cry out for Abba, through Yeshua and His indwelling Spirit, we are under obligation to live as perfect of a Torah life as we can, as required! A person who does not wish to do this does not belong to Christ! Folks, this is not me saying this! It's Paul! If one reads the text carefully you will understand it says this. You must ask yourself this question: When I ignore His Sabbath, Feast Days, Food instructions, and Torah, in general, do I have the Spirit of Yeshua in me? Do I belong to Him? Paul says, the answer is NO because you are still living by the "law" of the flesh and of sin and death!]

The rest of Romans 8 is so wonderful, I had to show it!  : )

Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
Rom 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Rom 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Rom 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
Rom 8:27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Rom 8:30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Rom 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;
Rom 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Rom 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
Rom 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Observer
 
 Postscript:
 
A reader has asked a question and I will address it here in postscript form. The question is: If the Spirit of Christ is within us and therefore the Law has been fulfilled in us, then why do we have to worry about following Torah?
 
Sha'ul makes it very clear that, IF YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN YOU, you will not be "hostile towards God" or be opposed to "His Law". Paul also makes it clear that the FLESH cannot follow Torah on it's own. Paul also makes it clear that if you do not wish to follow Torah it is because Christ is not in you!
 
The questioner seems to have a misunderstanding concerning the word, "fulfilled". Our faith in the Father and Messiah is not by magical means. Please watch the video I referenced concerning this word. One does not.become automatically and "magically" Torah observant because you have accepted Christ as Lord! Torah has not been brought to a conclusion, to an end, because you have accepted Christ. You have Salvation, yes, but we are to work out our Salvation with "fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12). See the word, "work"? Yes, we MUST do WORKS! This misunderstanding, that the Torah has been brought to an end, has been promulgated by FALSE Church teaching over centuries. You must fight it! Do not continue to walk in the flesh!
 
My wife, The Tigress, gave me some verses which shed light on how we are supposed to view this:
 
Eph 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Eph 4:19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
 
Continuing to have "enmity" against Torah after receiving Salvation is anathema, death, separation from God! (See Romans 8:7 above).

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Did Yeshua Come to Abolish or Fufill the Law?

Does the word "fulfill" mean to "bring to completion", or "bring to an end"?



The Observer