Sin, the Law, and the Believer

Part One

My ‘walk’ has been a whirlwind of learning. Yearning and striving for the truth. Unapologetically endeavoring to understanding Scripture, history, and what I am to do and not do because this great gift has been given to anyone who wishes merely to accept it, and I want to represent my God appropriately! Cheap grace was not for me!

WARNING! This will challenge everything you’ve learned in Sunday school and church.

As I studied, questions arose:

How DO we ‘walk as Jesus walked’?
How did he walk?
What did the apostles teach?
How did they live?
If following the Law is death, why would God give it to man saying it isn’t too difficult?
The Commands and Law were given by God to Moses at the same time. Can we separate them?
If we are grafted into the vine that is called Israel, as Paul states, are we bound to the same covenants?
How can the Law be called Liberty by David and death by Christianity?
What did Paul really say about the Law?

What did Jesus say about the Law?!

What I have discovered will be broken down into sections because there’s too much to read in one sitting.

Sabbath or the Lord’s Day?

We have been taught that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday because that is the day the Lord rose from the grave. But, what does scripture really tell us?

First of all, Scripture never reveals a change during the time of the apostles for the Sabbath to being observed on Sunday or the first day of the week. God said to keep the Sabbath (7th day for the Hebrews is what we know as Saturday) (Exodus 20:8-10). It is an everlasting command with no expiration date for those who are his. The apostles, referred to as Nazarenes in Acts 24:5, still observed the Sabbath as evidenced in Acts 13:14, 42, 44 and 15:21 (as examples).

Jesus went into the synagogues to teach each Sabbath. The apostles did, as well.

It was those within the early Church hierarchy by 106 C.E. who began meeting on the first day of the week or Sunday. Those ‘early church fathers’ of the newly named Catholic (universal) Church, claiming itself to be the ‘true Christianity’, began distancing themselves from the Nazarenes (these must have been the ‘false’ Christians they opposed?). One way to create a divide was to change the day they devoted to worshipping God from the 7th day Sabbath rest God commanded. The ‘eastern congregations’ still followed God’s Feasts and Sabbaths. Eventually, this group disappears from history after the Council of Nicea made specific decisions on doctrines that excluded other Believers.

They made their own doctrines just like the Pharisees! And, their writings revealed they were pleased to put an end to the Nazarenes who dogged them for their unscriptural doctrines. Constantine made the change official for the empire by edict or the first Blue Law: “On the venerable Day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits: because it often happens that another Day is not so suitable for grain sowing or for vine planting: lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.

The ‘venerable Day of the sun’ or sun-God worship had always been observed in polytheistic Rome and prior polytheistic societies to honor the sun god – called Mithras in Constantine’s reign. Do not be deceived by the claim that Constantine became a Christian when he observed a sign in the sky.  That story had several variations documented by Eusebius and contradicting stories of Constantine remaining a Mithras worshipper until his death abound. Constantine is also mistakenly credited with making Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, but this took place 67 years later in 380 CE under Theodosius. Further, as the Nicene doctrines of this new religion calling itself Catholicism gained power, people were denied the right to observe any other forms of Christianity; and, Jews and Nazarenes were persecuted.

Religious leaders of Christian-Catholicism claimed the authority to make changes to God’s commands just as the religious leaders of Jesus’ day (Pharisees and Sadducees) and today in Judaism (Rabbis) claim authority to amend the Law. This was what Jesus specifically railed against!

Isn’t the Law for Israel?

Evidence from the Bible is clear. The Law existed before the beginning. Since God does not change, His Law is part of His character. (Malachi 3:6) But because I, YHWH, do not change, you sons of Jacob will not be destroyed.

After ‘the Fall’, Adam taught his sons to make offerings to God (Yehovah): (Genesis 4:3-4) In the course of time Cain brought an offering to YHWH from the produce of the soil; and Abel too brought from the firstborn of his sheep, including their fat.

Noah made offerings to Yehovah: (Genesis 8:20) Noah built an altar to YHWH. Then he took from every clean animal and every clean bird, and he offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Long before the Law was given to Israel from Mt. Sainai, Abraham kept it!

(Genesis 26:4-5) “I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions.” (Torah)

Isaac and Jacob made offerings to YHWH, too!

Thus, before the Law was given to Moses for God’s people, it existed and was followed by those called. It is not the Law of the Jews or Israel. It is God’s Law.

Even if you were to hold onto the Law applying to Israel, you have to take into account the ex-Pharisee’s statements in Romans 11:

(Romans 11:16-21, 24, 28-29) Now if the firstfruits offered up are holy, so is the whole batch. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them and have come to share in the rich root of the cultivated olive tree, do not brag that you are better than those branches. But if you do brag—you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either. For if you were cut off from your native wild olive and against nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these—the natural branches—be grafted into their own olive tree? Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of the patriarchs, since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.

As a believer in Jesus, you are grafted into the cultivated olive tree (Israel) and; therefore, as an adopted child, subject to the rules of the Father of the house.

Are you bristling yet? So did your ancestors.


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Are We Really God’s People?

Shalom on the Feast of Trumpets, 2017!
The day and hour no one knows in advance …
Hint: Jesus referred directly to this.

I pray you read to the end with eyes that can see.

The Feast of Trumpets memorializes the giving of the commands of God. The days of awe follow, when one looks into their heart and all their sin, and prays for foregiveness. This leads to the day of Atonement with fasting and prayer.  These are two of the seven Holy convocations; practices and shadow pictures of the return of Messiah!

God’s Law Only for the Jew?

But, that’s for the Jews, right?  YHWH named his people Israel – sorry if that offends. But, His Torah or instructions are not just for Jews but for all who claim to be His. (Deuteronomy 31:12) “Gather the people—men, women, children, and foreigners living within your gates—so that they may listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and be careful to follow all the words of this law.”  Foreigners here is the Hebrew word Ger which means proselyte, one who converts. Paul stated that Believers in Jesus are grafted into the cultivated olive tree called Israel.  Therefore, it is the Believer who changes ‘nationality’.

‘Come Out of Her My People’

I am struck that we who call ourselves ‘saved’ still accept the doctrines of men without question, because those men call themselves Christians. They are just like those leaders Jesus (Yeshua) spoke against – placing their doctrines and traditions above the Word of the Holy Scriptures, the Torah of YHWH and the prophets. They still burden the people under a yoke filled with deception.

We who say we belong to YHWH still observe festivals to false gods and goddesses, renamed by men as Christian holidays, as if something pagan can ever be made Holy by human effort. Does it bother no one that Easter was a festival to the fertility goddess Ishtar which precedes Christmas (previously, Child Mass) by NINE MONTHS?!? The human gestation period? On Child Mass the babies conceived through Ishtar’s priests and virgin women the previous Spring were sacrificed to Molech (Ba’al, Mithras, etc.) on the day of the sun-god’s birth, December 25th on the modern calendar.  Then, 12 days of debauchery and gift-giving followed! And, we claim it as the birth of our Redeemer and sing songs! (Huge shiver!)

And, we who claim to love Jesus with all our heart, mind, soul and strength go to church on the ‘venerable day’ of the sun-god – to quote Constantine – instead of the Sabbath Jesus observed because men who wanted to distance their religion from the Jews changed it! We break a Commandment each week and think nothing of it!  Yet, we still claim to belong to the God of Abraham.

Plus, we who claim to be grafted into the cultivated olive tree, drag Yehovah’s instructions (Torah) through the mud because mere men told us that to follow them is death. That is NOT what Paul wrote! He said to follow them for one’s own righteousness is death; but, to follow them in obedience to Yehovah when one Believes in His sent Redeemer is to do exactly what the Redeemer did and what the apostles did. Read Acts. Paul stated repeatedly that he was doing nothing to break Torah or teach others to do so. He even took a leverite vow, shaving his head to prove it! Does Yehovah change His mind? He says, No!

What Jesus do you follow?

Jesus, the prophet of whom Moses said we must ‘Shema’ (Sh’ma: hear and obey), said he didn’t come to abolish the Law but to do it! He came to show US how to live it. He also said, ‘So whoever disobeys the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.’ (Matthew 5:19)  He also said, ‘If you love me, you will keep my commands.’ (John 14:15)  Christianity claims that Jesus is the human embodiment of the Father, Yahovah.  Therefore, the commands are definitely His!

Why do we who claim the Good News never acknowledge that Yeshua didn’t come proclaiming the gospel of himself, but the good news of the coming Kingdom of Heaven!

Do You Understand What Jesus Said?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)  Here is a picture of Christianity, doing good works in His Name yet denies His commands.

Do we really walk as Jesus walked? No.  He walked by Torah, not the takkanot* of the Pharisees OR the teachers we call pastors. Do we really belong to the Kingdom? Or, are we fooling ourselves? We are Lawless (without the Law)?  (Takkanah: Hebrew laws added to or in place of Torah made by the religious leaders.)

Is hatred for the Law why the seminarians refuse to teach the book of the Revelation of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Christ)? Because Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 literally give the prerequisites for being considered His elect and that would put a wrench in their doctrines? (Revelation 12:17) “The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua.” (Revelation 14:12) “This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people, those who observe his commands and exercise Yeshua’s faithfulness.”

We Are to Walk in Yeshua’s Faithfulness

How was Yeshua faithful? He did the will of the Father and he walked out the commands (greater detail being given in Torah) without violating any of them. Because, sin is breaking the Law. (1 John 3:4) Yes, he violated the laws of the Pharisees because they were creations of men which over-rode the Torah.

My heart bleeds for the deceived; my anger boils against the deceivers – the false teachers who lead the sheep astray.  They exist in both Judaism and Christianity – Judah and Israel, the two kingdoms of YHWH’s people who will be rejoined (Ezekiel 37).  You are supposed to know the difference!

I pray all these takkanot – doctrines of men will be cast out of the presence of Believers and the Truth will become clear to all. Soon …

Wash your garments, come out of all that is Babylon, and pray for His Truth to be revealed!


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If You are a Christian …

If you claim to be a Christian, shouldn’t you understand the history of the religion you claim?  When I looked into this several summers ago, I was astonished!

Did you know that Catholicism is named in the writings of at least one ‘early church father’ by 106 A.D.?  Catholicism (universal) claimed the title, ‘the true Christianity’. Who were the other, ‘false’ Christians?!?  Why were the apostles not proclaimed the ‘church fathers’?  Because Catholicism, the forerunner of Protestantism, was a wholly NEW religion which sought to distance itself from The Way/Nazarenes who were Jewish Believers.  They actually claimed a desire to destroy that movement!

The Roman-Catholic Church was in a struggle to control the Roman peoples who were moving away from their polytheistic order.  They combined paganism with faith in Jesus, giving the names of saints to previously provable polytheistic gods.  They also made edicts changing the Sabbath, specifically to distance themselves from the Jews and doctrines that were wholly unBiblical.  Jesus was a Jew!!!  What does that tell you?

Maybe you should read the writings of the ‘early church fathers’ and the early Roman-Catholic Church for yourself, and look into its history.  Religion is control, Faith is freedom

via Apocrypha and its Importance

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You Won’t Hear this in Sunday School

via The Making of a Priest

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Sin, the Law, and the Believer

Part Four

I can see that no one read part three of this important survey and that not many read parts one and two. But, I will pray that people wish to question what they have been taught by the establishment which came from Rome, Popery and the Jesuits. They were and are part of the globalist endeavor: Babylon Resurrected. Come out of her!

Wait … Paul taught against the Law, didn’t he?

Remember Romans 3:31? One supposed proof against the Law that is ascribed to Paul actually speaks to the very issue of the law of the divorced wife. Paul separated the ‘Law of Moses’ into several parts such as the law of sin and death, the law of righteousness, etc., which have been twisted by Seminarians and others to refer to the Law of God as a whole. The teachers and preachers are just beginning to understand Paul’s letters in context with his faith. Many still say Paul writes against the Law here, but there he upholds the Law. Is Paul schizophrenic? No. Paul always observed the Law. He even took a Nazarite vow to prove so. This is why Peter wrote, Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. He speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:15-16) The only Scriptures the apostles had was the ‘Old Testament’. Teachers should beware!

But we are in a time of grace, aren’t we?!?

Unlike this unscriptural doctrine of men past, Yehovah, our God, has ALWAYS been full of grace and mercy. Grace is defined Biblically as ‘unmerited favor of God toward man’. The mere fact God hasn’t destroyed us all by now is grace! We also see His mercy, ‘compassionate treatment, having a capacity to forgive or showing kindness. An example of mercy is giving someone a lighter punishment than they deserve’. There is no better way to describe the plan for us.

God’s mercy is that we are provided a path back to the original relationship! The new Covenant specifies that the Law will be written on our hearts, not unlimited grace and mercy to break it. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if, because of one man’s offense, many died, then how much more has God’s grace, that is, the gracious gift of one man, Yeshua the Messiah, overflowed to many! No, the free gift is not like what resulted from one man’s sinning; for from one sinner came judgment that brought condemnation; but the free gift came after many offenses and brought acquittal. For if, because of the offense of one man, death ruled through that one man; how much more will those receiving the overflowing grace, that is, the gift of being considered righteous, rule in life through the one man Yeshua the Messiah! (Romans 5:15-17)

The Word, the Creator, the Law – What’s the Difference?

Jesus is the Word of God and thus the Law. John 1:1-3 states: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Not only do Jesus’ own words support his relationship with the Father (John 14:7, 9; 5:17). A rereading of Genesis 1 confirms the Word of God created everything by speaking it into being. We are told through Scripture that the Word IS Jesus and yet it is also God. God provides us his rules for living in his kingdom which are recorded in the written Word of God. How can one separate the written Word, which contains the Law created by God, from the spoken Word, and the Word that became flesh who created everything? Does your written word not come from the same source as what you speak?

Conclusion (for now):

What constitutes sin is revealed by the Law. To live a sinless life would mean to live the Law perfectly. To revoke the Law would make God anything but righteous and holy. God’s mercy is that He didn’t leave us to permanently fester in Adam’s rebellion, but had a plan to bring us back. God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it. (Numbers 23:19)

Jesus never broke the Law and, in fact, stood against the manmade doctrines and traditions of the Pharisees which added to or took away from the Law of God. We should do the same. Judaism is a religion with doctrines created by the Pharisees and their descendants (Rabbis) that endures to this day! Without the Jews, however, the Law would have been totally lost for such a time as this when it is being reclaimed by believers in Jesus.

Just like the Pharisees, Christian leadership over the last 1,900+ years have created a religion with doctrines and traditions that are not Scripturally correct. They claim God’s Law no longer exists for the believer. In fact, they teach to follow the law is death! Imagine! King David sang that God’s Law was Truth and Liberty, but Christian theology teaches that merely trying to follow it brings death! Their doctrines and traditions break God’s Law. Christian holidays are held on the very days of ancient pagan festivals to false gods, straight out of Babel, breaking Deuteronomy 12:30 and the first four commandments! Their forebears changed the Sabbath to Sunday. It is time to break away from Babel and follow the Creator and Lord of Hosts! His name has been discovered in the Aleppo Codex: it is Yehovah! This is the revival we have been waiting for – the return to Truth! Now, everyone who calls on His Name can be Saved when the time of judgment comes! And, we finally know what His Name is!

To close this section I would like you to ponder why the religious elite of the church decided to divide the Bible into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Was there an ulterior motive? What is the subtle message?

May Yehovah bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine on you and show you His favor, may Yehovah lift up His face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

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Sin, the Law, and the Believer

Part Three

Wasn’t the Law Nailed to the Cross?

And, Isn’t Following the Law, Death?

My motivation was rooted in never wanting to hear Jesus say, ‘Get away from me you worker of iniquity. I never knew you!’ Since iniquity=sin, and we learned from John that sin is lawlessness, that became pretty easily understood. As stated before, I’m not for cheap grace! Jesus did all he could – now what is my response? While taking Theology classes, I had an argument with my professor, a fairly popular, published pastor. He said quite emphatically that to follow the Law was death and since the Commandments and the Law were given to Moses at the same time, neither should be followed. Gasp! I set out to decide for myself according to what is written.

Wasn’t the Law nailed to the cross?

He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)

Breaking a blood covenant as in the Abrahamic and Sinai Covenants, is punishable by death for the party who breaks it. The Abrahamic Covenant required only Abraham’s faith. The Sinai Covenant required all who claim Yehovah as our God keep the commands. Yehovah, as righteous judge, is obligated to uphold the certificate of debt (or unpaid Note) for breaking the Covenant. The judgment which must be handed down for our unpaid Note is eternal death or separation from our Creator. Thankfully, He planned for the Note be paid for us. According to what is written, what was nailed to the cross refers back to the certificate of debt (or Note) and its obligation for non-performance. The debt due (death) for breaking the Covenant was nailed to the cross, not the Law itself.

When we accept that gift provided through Jesus, we are relieved of the payment due Yehovah for breaking His Law. This does not mean we are covered for future sins unless we confess to our great high priest. We must still work out our salvation which is what we could not do prior – obedience. So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

Torah 101

Remember that one cannot justify himself by the Law. One cannot earn righteousness because failing to keep any part of the Law brings a curse (Deuteronomy 28:15-69). For everyone who depends on legalistic** observance of the Torah commands lives under a curse, since it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the Scroll of the Torah. (Galatians 3:10) For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law. (Romans 3:20) (Read also, Galatians 2:16-21)

**Legalistic observance: He answered them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. (Mark 7:6, quoting Isaiah 29:13)

Keeping the Law does nothing for our own righteousness before God. So why keep it?

Because we claim Yehovah as our God and these are His rules that he says are not too difficult for us. This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach…. (Deuteronomy 30:11-14) Paul affirmed that we should uphold it. While salvation comes by faith, even faith does not abolish the Law: Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Romans 3:31) Here is proof that a Believer should confirm, declare, agree to, support, champion, and defend the Law as an obedient servant, not to earn his own righteousness.

James said, So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But a man may say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; you do well. The demons also believe and tremble. (James 2:17-19)

What are these ‘works’? Aren’t works bad? Don’t they all fall short?

Did you know that helping the poor, widow, and orphan are commanded? These good works and more are part of the Law. The Hebrews have always held in high esteem good works, even inviting the stranger into one’s home. So, building a house for humanity or giving to the food bank aren’t new.


The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath. (John 3:36). What did Jesus say that we must obey? “If you love Me, you will keep My commands. (John 14:15) I repeat, if Jesus is God in flesh then these must be the same commands God established for His people, according to Deuteronomy 12:32.

If the Law no longer exists then the new covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34 cannot be fulfilled. In the Millennial Kingdom, people will still go to Jerusalem to be taught and make sacrifices according to the Law. The Law must still exist.

Yehovah said he will not do anything that he hasn’t first proclaimed through the prophets (Amos 3:7). Where did he state he would abolish the Law? The Law being the revealer of sin is necessary for final judgment when the books are opened and the works of those those not in the Book of Life or Book of the Lamb are laid bare. Believers live by faith but faith does not revoke the Law because God never said he was going to revoke it.

What About the New Covenant? Very, Very Important!!!

This requires one to recall the divided kingdom after Solomon. I will simplify this here but the full story is amazing! The northern kingdom is sometimes referred to in Scripture as Ephraim so that is what I will call it. The southern kingdom is called Judah. After centuries of Ephraim’s continued rebellion to the Commands not to follow other gods, Yehovah gave them a certificate of divorce (Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8) and allowed Assyria to take them out of the Land, never to return. At least that’s what everyone thought. They’re ‘lost’ in more ways than one, right? Actually, archaeologists have traced their movements and know where they went. They mingled with almost every people group on the planet! Have you seen the commercial to get your DNA checked and a man of obviously Far East origin says he’s part Hebrew?

Theologian, Alfred Edersheim, wrote that since the Northern Kingdom’s ‘divorce decree’ and exile from the Land, the Judeans knew their brothers were among the nations, especially in regions nearby. But, the Law of the divorced wife prevented them from returning to Yehovah. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4) Thus, the Pharisees did not like it when Jesus said, But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16) They thought Ephraim could never return despite the prophecies to the contrary.

So, how would God redeem Ephraim and rejoin them to Judah as Ezekiel 37 prophesies; and, write His Law on all their hearts as Jeremiah 31:34 states? Sheer genius!! He would come down in flesh and die on a cross to fulfill the law of the divorced wife! Once the husband dies, the wife is free to remarry. This is the new covenant; since Ephraim broke the first one. In fact, all Israel broke the covenant by worshipping the golden calf. The point here is there was more than one reason for Jesus’ death.

I propose that there are only two groups that revere the Holy Bible: Christians and Jews. Might they represent Ephraim and Judah? Time will tell. But, if one takes a closer look at the letters the apostles wrote, there are many references to the lost tribes of Israel, the feasts, and historical information with which only an Israelite would be familiar and care about! References to Abraham, Melchizedek, the desert, etc. Not that everyone else is excluded. A mixed multitude left Egypt but Israelites entered the Land. Anyone who has ever desired to believe in Yehovah has always been welcome in his assembly.

Now, read the Parable of the Prodigal Son! Insert Ephraim for the son who left and Judah for the son who stayed. Makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it?

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Sin, the Law, and the Believer

Part Two

Does the Law of God (Jews incorrectly call the Law of Moses) still apply to the believer? According to the doctrines of Christianity: No. But, what does the Word say?

Warning! This will challenge everything you’ve been taught in church.

As I grappled with John’s urging to walk as Jesus walked, I wanted to know how. I urge you to review Jesus’ actions because He is the prophet Moses said we must hear and obey, and His actions can be summed up:

  • He came against the manmade rules and doctrines of the religious leaders that changed or over-ruled the Law of God.
  • He performed the Law perfectly in Spirit and Truth.
  • He healed and performed miracles.
  • He taught the truth of the Word of God in the synagogue: so much so, that people were amazed.

Remember, God said not to add to or take away from His instructions which is man’s tendency (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32). Look at the U.S. We started out with the Constitution and look where we are today.

Paul said we don’t know what sin is without the Law. (Romans 3:20) Paul also makes an interesting point: There is no favoritism with God. All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous. (Romans 2:11-13; 3:9; 3:23) It seems obvious that the Law is the plumb line for sin but we always fail to do it.

The apostles’ understanding of sin and the Law are perhaps made most plain and direct by John:

The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands. If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing. If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)

The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands. Anyone who says, “I know him,” but isn’t obeying his commands is a liar — the truth is not in him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did. (1 John 2:3-4, 6)

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of the law. (1 John 3:4)

Note: If any of Jesus’ commands, which Christian doctrine claims are the commands we are now to follow, are not included in the Law, he would not have been the Prophet or Redeemer because of Deuteronomy 12:32.

Of course, there are Jesus’ own words:

Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)

You cannot get past Jesus’ own admonition to whomever breaks or teaches others to break any part of the Law. Heaven and earth have not yet passed away and all contained in the prophets is not yet accomplished. Teachers of scripture beware!

Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law. Does that mean he completed it so it no longer applies to those who believe in him? According to Webster, Fulfill means to do what is required. Jesus lived the Commandments and Instructions (Law; Torah) in Spirit (full meaning; not just the letter of the Law) and Truth. Doing so made Jesus sinless since sin is breaking the Law. What Jesus did not do was follow the doctrines and traditions of the Pharisees, the religious teachers, because those takkanot violated or over-ruled God’s Law. He is the prophet of whom Moses spoke: the one we are to listen to and obey. (Deuteronomy 28:16-19). Therefore, the doctrines of church leaders must be scrutinized against Scripture. If Scripture does not confirm the doctrine or tradition, it must be cast out.

If you love Me, you will keep My commands.” (John 14:15) The Law expounds on the commands in practical applications. It’s actually not translated Law but Instructions but I’m using the familiar word. (See Matthew 5:17-19 above) If Jesus is God in flesh, then God’s commands are his commands. After all, Jesus told Philip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9)

Most troubling for me when I studied the Revelation, was the realization that at the time of the great Tribulation of mankind, the commands of God not only exist, they are equally required with belief in Jesus for the elect’s removal from the earth before the wrath of God and the Lamb is poured out (Revelation 6:16-17). No one teaches this!

So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspringthose who keep God’s commands and have the testimony about Jesus. (Revelation 12:17)

This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)

When was the last time you heard that in church?

Important note: I was taught that after the rapture of the church, great numbers of people would become believers. I do not ascribe to this theory because there is absolutely nothing in Scripture to support it. In fact, people will continue to shake their fists at God. Nor is there anything to support a pre-Tribulation rapture. Both are negated by the letters to the churches and the above verses. Paul said that we would not be subject to God’s wrath. (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 5:6; 1 Thess. 1:10, 5:9) But, His wrath is not poured out until Revelation 11:18. What occurs before is man’s doing or Satan’s.

I know the issue is burning in you that ‘following the Law is death’. Hold on. We are getting there!

If the law doesn’t exist for believers, why do we have a great high priest in heaven intervening on our behalf (Book of Hebrews)?

Jesus washed the feet of the disciples telling them that they would serve each other and continue to need cleaning up. Thus, our great high priest in the heavenly holy of holies is to whom we confess our sins (for breaking His commands) in order to remain clean.

To the end of this age, the commands of God stand (and I propose, forever). Then they will be written on our hearts as promised in Jeremiah. 31:31-34. If we are to walk as Jesus walked, that means being obedientnot to earn our own salvation but simply because he paid our debt for us. Jesus stood against the false teaching of his day and they wanted to kill him for it. If he was obedient to the death and we are to pick up our own crosses, shouldn’t we try to keep those commands as he did even if we are hated or killed for doing so?

Christians agree that homosexuality is wrong, but do you know that is part of the Law? Since there is no Temple, we are not in God’s Land, there are sections specific to the priests, men, women, etc., and Jesus is our Passover Lamb, much of the Law cannot be performed, but we can do what is still applicable in obedience because He did. When we do fail, and confess it to Jesus, he is faithful to stand for us in heaven’s most holy place as our Great High Priest.

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