I recently heard a Christian say: “Grace is the message of the Gospel, not the Law of Moses.”
Er, no….that's not exactly true. Partly true, but not the whole story. The message of the Gospel is the same as the message drawn like a taut bow string throughout the entire Bible: OBEDIENCE to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
The Bible is not just the "story of God"; it is not "man's fall and deliverance"; it is not the "OT vs the NT"; it is not about "those old rules that don't apply to us"; it is not "love" and it is certainly not "grace". The Bible is: Yahweh asking us to obey Him - This is stated at least 281 times! Yahweh wants nothing more than for us to obey Him. One does not obey Yahweh by simply "believing" while, at the same time, continuing to sin and ignoring Torah!
Hebrews 10:26 - "For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins…"
Thus, to obey Yahweh and to have Torah written on our hearts (Romans 2:15) means that people will at least try to learn and obey Torah, and to begin to integrate it into their daily lives!
In the OT perhaps Proverbs 4:2 says it best: "...for I give you good instruction, do not forsake My Torah."
In the NT, perhaps Yeshua says it best: (John 14:15) "If you love me, you will keep my commands."
Yeshua sought to show us the way to the Kingdom of Yahweh. Along the way, He showed us love and the meaning of obedience, and most importantly, He died for our sins. But let us not forget that Yeshua only taught what Yahweh sent him to teach!
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.
"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!'"
Who are "workers of lawlessness"? Those without obedience to Yahweh; those without Torah....