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Is the Law Done Away With?
I do not believe in works based salvation. My link at the end clarifies on that. And as you can see there have been significant changes to this article. Comments below may not fit these changes, so please do not accuse anyone who commented of not reading it unless it is a recent comment.
Are we still bound by the laws of the Old Testament? Are we still to follow the laws, statutes, and commandments? The Christian church doesn't seem to think so. Are they right?
Matthew 5 17 says he fulfilled the law. Fulfill it, or make it known?
"Playroo", a Greek word being incorrectly translated as fulfilled in Matthew 5 17. The word means to fill make full/complete. That is what Mashiach did. He made the law known fully against the Pharisees who enforced their own traditions.
Let me ask you a question. Without reading any verse or looking up the definition, what is the definition of sin according to the Bible? You'll find the answer in the next line, but keep your answer in mind.
1 John 34
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
1 Corinthians 6 9-11
Who will not get into the kingdom of YHWH? The unrighteous. Those who willingly commit sin and don't have any remorse. Christians acknowledge this verse, yet they don't understand it. Where do we find these standards at? Where in the scripture do we find these laws that says these things are wrong? The Old Testament. The Torah lists these laws.
So when we sin, we transgress the law. But how can we sin if there is no law? You're going to find out that you have been lied to if you think the law is done away with.
How Do We Show the Most High That We Love Him?
John 14:15 says that if you love the Messiah, keep the commandments.
You have to treat it like a relationship. Think about someone you care about. Your spouse, your parent, sibling, child, friend, etc. They say that they care about you. But how would you feel if they said they care about you, but they also treat you badly? That isn't showing care. When you care for someone you show it. A husband will provide for his wife and family, for example. If a husband does not do that, how does he love them? This is why I like the references to the Bride of Mashiach in the scripture. Because that is what it is like, a marriage. And both the husband and wife have a duty to fulfill. Otherwise there is no point in it.
- "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
- If ye love me, keep my commandments.
So he said even as he kept his commandments. And we can all agree that he kept the law fully. And he wants us to obey his commandments.
1 John 2:6
- “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
We know he kept the law perfectly. Are we not to try to follow his example and follow it to the best of our ability?
So if you want to show the Most High that you love him you must keep his commandments. Has that ever changed? Malachi 3 6 says that the Most High never changes, so this is still in effect. Need proof? Let's go into the scriptures.
The Pharisee Doctrine
- "For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."
A lot of people think this is referring to the laws of Torah. But if this were so, how come this isn't addressed earlier on? By now these laws haves been in effect for over a hundred years. And when we look back into the Torah there is no mention of the Pharisees adding these laws themselves. So why do we see so many times where Yahushua scorns the Pharisees? What were they doing wrong? Was it because they taught the law? Or was it for another reason?
Is the law a burden? Many people will quote Matthew 23 4 and say it is. "See? Jesus is saying that the law is a burden because the Pharisees taught the law." They tend to erroneously associate the word "Pharisee" with the law in most cases in regards to arguments against those who choose to keep the Torah. Before we address this verse in context, we need to go to the Old Testament to see if the Torah is indeed a burden.
DEUTERONOMY 30 10-16.
⦁ "If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of YHWH thy Elohim, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the YHWH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul."
⦁ "For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off."
⦁ "It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?"
⦁ "Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?"
⦁ "But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it."
⦁ "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil."
⦁ "In that I command thee this day to love YHWH thy Elohim, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and YHWH thy Elohim shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it."
Verse 11 says this is not hidden. But what is the proper understanding of this verse? We read in the other translations that it means these commandments are not too hard. "This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach." It doesn't mean it is not hidden as in hiding somewhere. That is obvious as it is being presented to them at that moment. It further explains it when we read the next few verses regarding it to be far. If this was about actual hiding, then how do they know it is in heaven or beyond the sea? These verses are saying the commandments are not too hard. So when someone says they are a burden they are going against the scripture. These words are also from the Creator himself, so by default this would be calling him a liar. If someone says these commandments are a burden, show them these verses where it says otherwise. We see this being referenced in Romans 10 by Paul.
ROMANS 10 5-8
⦁ "For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them."
⦁ "But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring the Messiah down from above:)"
⦁ "Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up the Messiah again from the dead.)"
⦁ "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;"
Why are these things regarding the Messiah put in parentheses? John 1 1. The Messiah is the Word. Deuteronomy 30 was talking about the Word, the Law. But Paul is talking about the Messiah. And he also quotes the exact words in Deuteronomy 30. Are they contradictory? Or is he preaching the same message? It is wise to go with the latter. As verse 8 will show, the faith that the Apostles preached lined up with the same righteousness of faith referred to in the Old Testament.
So if these laws were not a burden, what was it the Pharisees were doing? Keep this in mind; many times throughout scripture the Pharisees were called hypocrites. They were ready to point at someone's iniquities, but never their own as well.
MATTHEW 18 18-20
- "And Yahushua came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
- "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:"
- "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amein."
- All things he has commanded means all of the things he commanded. Everything commanded by him is to be taught by all the people you want to convert.
MATTHEW 23 1-3
- "Then spake Yahushua to the multitude, and to his disciples,"
- "Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:"
- "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
The seat of Moses is a place of position where the teachers preach the law of Moses. The Messiah just told them to obey what the Pharisees say. What do the Pharisees preach? The law. But it also says do not do their works, for they say and do not. The Pharisees preach the right thing, but they do not follow the right thing. They are being hypocrites. Example; you're crossing the street, and everything seems clear. But a man stops you. He says, "Don't go yet. There is a car coming." All of a sudden you see a car coming and you do as he says and do not cross yet. But what does he do? Cross the street as the car is coming. That is not only idiotic, but also hypocritical. But you were wise enough to do as he says, but not as he did. He warned you of the car, and you took that warning. But he did not. He went ahead and did it, and what happened? He got hit. He did not follow his own words. Even if a hypocrite is preaching the truth, you are still to listen. While they are being hypocritical and that is a sin, that is no excuse for you to turn away when real truth is being brought out. That would not count as obeying them. That is obeying the scriptures.
Read the rest of Matthew 23 to see proof that the Messiah is not condemning them for preaching the law. They themselves put on these heavy burdens, not the Torah. And when you read this chapter, you'll find a lot of things that they're being condemned for doing by the Messiah, but not once are they condemned for following and teaching the law. Being prideful, obsessing over wealth (gold and gifts to the Temple), and ignoring the bigger aspects of the law known as justice, mercy, and faith. These are the things they're being condemned for, and more once you read more into the New Testament and see why the Messiah was so condemning of the Pharisees.
Here is some more proof. John 7 14-19.
- "Now about the midst of the feast Yahushua went up into the temple, and taught."
- "And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"
- "Yahushua answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me."
- "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of Elohim, or whether I speak of myself."
- "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him."
- "Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?"
See? He scorned the Pharisees because they did not keep the law, not because they kept it.
Another thing they did was add to the commandments (Deuteronomy 4 2 prohibits this). They taught their own traditions over scriptural law. m Turn to Matthew 15. People like to say this verse is saying that whatever food you eat, it does not defile you. But this verse is not even talking about food. Turn to verse 1 and we will read to verse 20. Notice how the Pharisees are asking the Messiah why the disciples are transgressing the tradition of the ELDERS by not washing their hands before they eat. This was not a law in the Torah. How does he answer? He asks them why they transgress the commandment of Yah by enforcing their own tradition and not enforcing a scriptural law such as honoring your mother and father? That's part of the Torah. The first ten commandments (there are actually over 600, those first ten are not the only ones, read it in the first five books).
So what does make a man unclean? Verses 16 to 19 tells us. Evil thoughts of murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Sin makes you unclean. But what does verse 20 say? Eating with dirty hands does NOT defile a man. This is not about food at all. This is saying that having some dirt on your hands and you eat something does not make you unclean. But knowingly indulging in foods that are not good for you? That is another story.
He wasn't against the Pharisees for preaching the law of eating clean meats. He was against them because they ignored the weightier matters, and they were being hypocrites who enforced their own traditions but always liked to point their finger at others. These were the same guys that Isaiah was talking about in Isaiah 29 13, talking about their love for the Most High with their mouths but their heart is not with him. They are hypocrites. That is why the Messiah came. He came to preach the truth of the Torah to his lost people as they were being led astray by these prophets.
For more info on unclean food, see here: The Unclean Food Deception
Is John 13 34 really a new commandment? Is it really new to love one another as yourself?
- "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
In this verse we see him preaching a message of loving ones neighbor.
- "Yahushua said unto him, Thou shalt love YHWH thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
- "This is the first and great commandment."
- "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Is this something new? No. He is quoting scripture. In fact this is a law from the Old Testament. Leviticus 19:18
- "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am Elohim."
So this is not new as in a brand new commandment never being taught before. It is new to them because obviously these Pharisees were not teaching this. They were not teaching the weightier matters of Torah.
"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me."
"But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
1 John 2:7
"Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning."
Here are some more times where the Messiah quoted the Law.
- But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of Elohim.’” (Matthew 4:4, cf. Luke 4:4)
- And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of YHWH. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
- "Yahushua said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put YHWH your Elohim to the test.’” (Matthew 4:7; cf. Luke 4:12)
- “You shall not put YHWH your Elohim to the test, as you tested him at Massah.” (Deuteronomy 6:16)
- Then Yahushua said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship YHWH your Elohim and him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4:10, cf. Luke 4:8)
- It is YHWH thy Elohim you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. (Deuteronomy 6:13)
New Covenant (Jeremiah 31 31-33).
"not be like the covenant I made with their fathers"
How is this new covenant with Israel different?
"I will put the law within them, and I will write it in their hearts."
Let's read on. What does this mean?
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know Elohim: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Elohim: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Notice he says, law. He doesn't mention a few specific commandments, but just his law. And what is his law? The Torah. The way it is different is because the laws would be something they would know and keep indefinitely, not that anything has changed. The covenant beforehand had the laws written on stone and parchment. Here, these laws for his children will be remembered by them in the day of their redemption.
Think of it like this. You know how sometimes you might leave a reminder or an alarm on your phone to do something? Well the laws written down are the same way. But instead of needing an alarm or reminder, you just remember on the spot without needing to be reminded.
Here is some more proof. What word is sued for law in Jeremiah 31 31?
Strong's Concordance 8451. torah: direction, instruction, law
Original Word: תּוֹרָה
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (to-raw')
Short Definition: law
Torah. The same word used to refer to the law of the Old Testament.
Did the Disciples Keep the Commandments?
Let's find out. Here are a few instances of them keeping the commandments.
Sabbath (Acts 17 1-3, Luke 4 16, and Luke 23:56) . In one of those verses we even see the Messiah keeping the Sabbath. Notice what that last verse says.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the COMMANDMENT.
That last part was after Mashiach died. So why are they keeping this commandment? I want you to do some heavy research in the New Testament. You will see many times that they kept the Sabbath.
Dietary (Acts 10 14) Notice how Peter did not eat any of the unclean animals. That is because this vision was symbolic, not meaning he could eat unclean food, which you can read more about in my article "The Unclean Food Deception". Now Peter was there when Mashiach apparently said unclean food does not defile you. So why is he not eating this food in the vision? Go to that article and see why.
So we see that they still kept the commandments.
Matthew 5: 19-20
- "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:"
- "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
So by breaking the commandments of the law, you sin. And if you love him, keep his commandments. And where do we find his commandments? The LAW. He only fulfilled certain laws related to sacrifice and the penalty of death. That is what he fulfilled with his death. All of the other commandments are still to be followed. Dietary, ceremonial, and especially moral. Yes, that includes the Sabbath, dietary laws, etc. Mashiach only died to fulfill the law of death and sacrifice. If he fulfilled and did away with the whole law then we are allowed to sin all we want. Is that true?
Romans 3 31
"Do we then make void the law through faith? YHWH forbid: yea, we establish the law."
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?"
"YHWH forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"
Since we know 1 John 3 4 tells us sin is the transgression of the law, we can conclude that this is indeed referring to the law of the Old Testament as no new basis for law is given in the New Testament. Now let's cover the subject of Paul. Did he say you did not have to keep the commandments?
Now we will debunk the idea that this chapter nullifies the dietary part of the law. Here is what is commanded of them in this chapter.
- Abstain from food sacrificed to idols
- Abstain from sexual immorality.
- Abstain from strangled animals (as all their blood is still in them) and from blood.
Since there is no mention of eating unclean meats here, one might assume this had nothing to do with Torah. But take notice. 1 is based on the first and second commandments, and 2 is based on the 7th commandment. These things are based in the 10 commandments, part of the Torah. Where do we find that third order? Genesis 9 2-4, which says we must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. This is also a law in the Torah. Leviticus 7 26.
Now we will get the proper context. There were Jews that were teaching these people that they would have no salvation unless they were first circumcised. When they brought this doctrine to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, Peter called it a "a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear". Some Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
Peter states that all are "saved" through the grace of Yahushua Ha Mashiach. As evidenced by this statement, the question they were discussing is whether or not these people were saved through the grace of Yahushua, or by circumcision and keeping commandments. This was also the original question in Acts 15:1.
Peter said, "we believe that through the grace of the lord Yahushua the Messiah we shall be saved, even as they." His point was that everyone is saved by grace, not by keeping the law or by circumcision. Even Jews who had been circumcised and kept the law didn't have salvation until they believed in Yahushua. He also said that to make circumcision or Torah/law observance the requirement for salvation would be to "test Elohim." But how would it "test Elohim?"
So Peter, after detailing the proof that the Almighty had accepted these men in their uncircumcised state, affirmed that they are saved through the grace of Yahushua rather than circumcision or any other act of Torah/law observance. The ultimate decision in Acts 15 by James was not to require circumcision for salvation. Circumcision of the flesh is nothing compared to that of the heart. Deuteronomy 10 16 and Romans 2 25-29.
Deuteronomy 10 16
- "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked."
Romans 2 25-29
- "For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision."
- "Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?"
- "And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?"
- "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:"
"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of YHWH."
Circumcision is only an outward sign of being set apart to the Almighty. However, if the heart is sinful, then physical circumcision is of no avail. A circumcised body and a sinful heart are at odds with each other. Rather than focus on external rites, Paul focuses on the condition of the heart.
- "As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Messiah."
- "For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh."
So these "false brethren" were actually Torah breakers themselves but they were most interested in circumcising these men so that they could boast about it. The focus on the praise of men was amongst the notable characteristics of some Pharisees of that time:
Please click here for a more in depth study on how works and salvation come into play.
Many Christians love to reference Paul's writings because they don't know the first thing about them. They take all of his words out of context and put their own interpretation, going against Isaiah 28 10 and 2 Peter 1 20. Let's go into the writings of Paul and see what he says.
2 Peter 3 15-16 shows us that writings that are misinterpreted would lead to destruction, which is exactly what a lot of people are doing. They promote lawlessness instead of the law. Modern day Pharisees, putting their own tradition instead of the Torah (Matthew 15 1-9). So now we are going to uncover the truth behind the teachings of Paul. Get your Bible and read the verses given and then read the text afterwards.
Romans 6 14
Romans 6 14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
So we are under grace and don't have to follow the law and sin all we want? No. Read 1-17.
- "On the basis of passages such as Romans 6:14, many Christian theologians and Bible teachers, in claiming that Believers are not to be “under the Law,” have commonly interpreted it as meaning that obedience to the commandments of the Torah or Law of Moses is not necessary for Messiah followers. While it is very true that Believers are not hupo nomon or “under law,” does this phrase really mean being obedient to God’s Torah? Given the emphasis within Romans ch. 6 on Believers being dead to sin (Romans 6:1-2, 7-13), immersed into Yeshua to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-5), and being crucified with Him (Romans 6:6)—how could an honest reader of this section of Paul’s letter think that he would somehow allow for disobedience to God’s commandments? Paul actually makes the effort of describing redeemed persons like slaves of righteousness, who have the steadfast need to be obedient to the Lord (Romans 6:16-19)."
- "What are we to make of Romans 6:14, “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (RSV)? The Greek verb kurieuō means “to be lord or master of people or of a country” and “to have legal power to do” (LS). Sin not being the master or lord of a Believer is directly connected to: “you are not under law.” It would be a mistake of anyone to somehow equate the sin-master and the Torah as somehow being the same; Romans 7:7 makes it clear, “Is the Law sin? May it never be!” The Torah is something given by God (Romans 7:22, 25; 8:7); the Torah is not the agent of sin. The sin-master is, however, quite capable of using the Torah for the purpose of causing disobedience in weak and fleshly people (Romans 7:6, 8), which in turn will merit God’s condemnation upon such sinners."
- "Sin is never the master over a person who has been spiritually regenerated. Sin is not the master of a born again Believer, because Messiah followers have made that key declaration of “Yeshua is Lord!” (Romans 10:9) and have recognized His supremacy within their lives. By so doing, those who trust in Yeshua are able to receive permanent forgiveness for their sins."
Galatians 5 18
Once again Christians will say this means we can sin all we want. But if we look at our last example, it says otherwise. Read the verse above again, but from verse 17-21. Paul is telling us what the works of the flesh are. So if you commit one or more of these things, you are being led by an evil spirit, not the spirit of righteousness. And if you read back into the Old Testament, all of these things are outlawed there just as they are now.
If you are being lead by the spirit then you are keeping the law. Remember how man was not made for the Sabbath but the Sabbath for man? That's how it is. If you have an earnest desire for righteousness and have received the spirit of The Anointed One, you will keep the laws and commandments. Yes, that includes the Sabbath, dietary laws, etc. Mashiach only died to fulfill the law of death and sacrifice. If He fulfilled the whole law then we are allowed to sin all we want.
More info on this verse can be found in Part 2 in the link at the end of the article.
Colossians 2 16
Colossians 2 16 is a favorite amongst many as a last resort when shown the truth. But what does this verse really mean? Paul is talking to believers that are keeping the Sabbath day and the new moons. He is saying to not let anyone judge us for keeping those days. Read it from verse 8 to 17 to get a clearer understanding and see how this is actually condoning the celebration of these days as a mandate. The believers in the Colossian community were being judged for enjoying the festival, as well as eating and drinking in it. Colossians 2 21 says they were told to not handle, taste, or touch. Colossians 2 18 gives an example of asceticism where they participated in self-abasement. They wanted to rob true believers of celebration by claiming that to be holy, you have to deny yourself during the high holy days and Sabbaths.
Paul is referenced a lot when it comes to saying the law and the Sabbath is done away with. But did you know Paul kept the Sabbath? Acts 17 1-2. Did you know he also never said the commandments were done away with? See that here.
Paul was condemning the avoidance of anything enjoyable-which was intended to make its followers more spiritual. He says to the Colossians: "Therefore, if you died with Mashiach from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in this world, do you subject yourself to regulations- 'Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,' which all concern things which perish the using- according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh." (Colossians 2:20-23)."
They had a false humility (verse 23) and were destined to fail because they were based on the "commandments and doctrines of men". Paul encourages the Church to hold fast to its teachings and proper understanding; it is not a treatise on which foods to eat or on which days to worship the Almighty. We must be careful not to read preconceived notions into these or any other scriptures."
Not Under The Law, But Under Grace
You will hear many times where it is said we are not under the law. Now what does this mean? My friend Darionel at Devoted To Yah explains this.
- "Paul says being under law is under the punishment of the law for breaking the law."
- ."Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before YHWH."
- "Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
- "Remind them that Yahushua commanded us to observe Torah."
- "1 Then spake Yahushua to the multitude, and to his disciples,"
- "2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:"
- "3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
Romans 10 4
End of the Law
The word "end" can be found in the Strong's Concordance as 5056: telos. "an end, a toll". Also meaning definite point or goal. The Messiah kept the law perfectly, and is our example. It is our duty to walk as he did (1 John 2 6).
James 2 10
James 2 10
Now we will address James.
- "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
They leave out the rest of the chapter and mistakenly took it out of context. To them this is condemning those who obey Torah as they see us all as hypocrites. Read it in context. James 2:5-11
- "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not YHWH chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"
- "But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?"
- "Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?"
- "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"
- "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."
- "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
- "For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law."
So what is this saying? It is speaking out against those who are in the faith, but are not following all righteousness. It is saying, "So you aren't an adulterer? Great. But you just murdered someone. You are still sinning even though you aren't committing that other sin", not saying that following the law is a bad thing.
The Law Is...
Perfect (Psalm 19 7)
The way of righteousness (Proverbs 12 28)
To be kept (Ephesians 2 15)
Still going to be followed in the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31 33)
Do not have their prayers answered (John 9 31).
Are hated by the Most High (Psalm 5 5)
Will be punished (Revelation 20 15)
If this does not convince you, read Isaiah 66 15-17. Look at one of the types of people the Most High is targeting; people who eat abominable foods like swine. This is an end times prophecy, so the law is not done away with. The Christian church is misleading people with their preaching of lawlessness.
Now that we have concluded this, you may say, "Okay, but that was all about the 12 Tribes. I'm a Gentile. Why should I follow it?" I will answer this below.
Noah: If you saw my article The Unclean Food Deception, you see how Noah and his sons were able to differentiate between clean and unclean meats. He was expected to know for himself what is clean and unclean (Genesis 7 2). This implies that they believed in the same law as Moses did. There is no scripture that indicates that this animal was considered unclean for a different reason, given that both clearly state unclean animals such as swine are unfit to eat, and both were also not sacrificed (Isaiah 66 3 gives an example of swine offering being considered a bad thing). So the common argument that they were called unclean only due for sacrificial reasons is faulty.
Abraham: We see that Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed for its sins. But where do we get the basis for sin? Where do we get our commandments for right and wrong? The Torah itself. It lists all types of immoralities; pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. We must also consider the following passage. Genesis 26 4-5
- "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;"
- "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."
So Abraham kept the Almighty's charge, commandments, statutes, and laws. What is the Hebrew word used here for law?
Strong's Concordance 8451: torah. direction, instruction, law
Original Word: תּוֹרָה
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (to-raw')
Short Definition: law
The same word used to describe the laws in the Mosaic law. Exodus 12 49, Exodus 13 9, Exodus 16 4 and 28, Exodus 18 16 and 20, Exodus 24 12, and Leviticus 6 9 are just a few examples of the 219 occurrences of this word. Abraham had laws. Where would he have gotten this from? Obviously he would have learned them. Learning them implies that they existed before he did.
So what Adam, Noah, Abraham, and all followers of the Almighty followed was Torah, his divine law and standard for all of humanity. Let's get our final piece of evidence.
Exodus 12 48-49.
- "And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to YHWH, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof."
- "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."
- "One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before YHWH."
- "One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you"
Matthew 7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2 Timothy 4:3 - For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of YHWH: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
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Commentary On The Law (2 Corinthians 3 1-18, Hebrews 12 18-29, and Galatians 5 18).
- Is the Law Done Away With? Part 2
Part two of my previous article where I go over more scriptures used to say the law is done away with, as well as other scriptures that say otherwise.