Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Christians–please stop telling us we are trying to “earn our salvation” by obeying Torah!

A THOUGHT FOR THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN TORAH KEEPING because, as they insist, "Torah doesn't save."

Of course, it doesn’t; nobody ever said it did! So, please stop the accusations!  We OBEY God’s Divine Instructions because we LOVE Him; because they teach us how to be holy and set apart; and because He appreciates those who recognize the fact that His Instructions are for EVERYONE who accepts Him and His Divine Messiah - who TAUGHT those Instructions. (So did the Apostles, by the way…)

TRUTH IS: Neither YHWH nor Yeshua nor any of the Apostles or Disciples ever suggested that "Torah saves!" Only the blood of Yeshua does. However, his death never negated our need to OBEY God's Divine Instructions in Righteousness which are found in the first five Books of the Bible called "Torah" (which Christians refer to as "Pentateuch").

If you haven't done so, I would encourage you to re-read ALL of the Bible without prejudice, via the "Hebrew" instead of the "Greek" mindset, so you can better understand what is being said.

To begin with, YHWH ELOHIM commanded ALL who accept Him to be Torah observant. (See Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 10:12-13.) He never once suggested that the death of His Son/Messiah would negate His Divine Instructions.

It is imperative to understand that nobody is expected to adhere to ALL of the original 613 commands, as most of them were directed at the Levite cohens (priests); some were only for men; some only for women; and some were only for a certain time frame.)

But some were meant to last FOREVER - and those are the ones that believers must pay attention to.

Let's examine some passages that reveal the nuggets one can find in the Bible when it is read in context:

Proverbs 4:2 "I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah!" (CJB)

Proverbs 28:9 If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination. (CJB)

YHWH said HE would send a prophet who was to do everything He ordered him to do; see Deuteronomy 18:15-18.

Yeshua said he came to do HIS FATHER's will; not his own! He never said he was coming to earth to start a new religion called Christianity!

John 6: 35. Y'shua said to them, I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will not hunger. And whoever believes in me will not ever thirst. 36. But I have said to you that you have seen me, and you do not believe. 37. All who my Father has given to me will come, and whoever comes not to me I will cast outside! 38. For I came down from heaven,[1]not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39. And this is His will, that of Him who sent me, that all that He has given to me I do not lose even one. 40. For this is the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him, will have life that is eternal. And I will raise him up on the last day. (AENT)

[1] As in the context of Miltha (the Word) or the "Manifestation" or the "Will of" YHWH coming down from heaven to do the Will of YHWH upon earth; his Spirit is of YHWH but his nephesh (soul) and body are human and temporal. This shows that Yeshua was NOT in charge; HIS FATHER WAS!

Here's Yeshua himself telling us what his mission was:

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."

Matthew 5: 17 Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened. (CJB)

Has "everything happened that must happen?"

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. (AENT)

And here is Paul AFFIRMING Torah:

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.

Romans 3:31 Do we then nullify the Law (Torah) through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we ESTABLISH the Law. (CJB)

So, while his death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story! YHWH isn't just in the business of "saving" people. As Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come!

And how does one become a "good subject?" Through Torah obedience! Please ask yourself this:

If Messiah supposedly "abolished Torah at the cross" then why was EVERY believer completely Torah observant for one hundred years after Yeshua's death, including the Apostle Paul who was "caught" being Torah observant 29 years after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:23-24)! Was Paul a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another; or were his teachings, perhaps, misunderstood?

If the Torah were "abolished at the cross," and no longer to be followed, then Yeshua, Paul, Matthew, and all the other Apostles and Disciples were liars, because they ALL taught what YHWH commanded, and what Yeshua taught!

Not to mention, without the Torah, there would not be a "New Testament" - which means, we would never have known YHWH or His Divine Messiah; which means, we now COULD "murder" and commit adultery, and lie and cheat, etc., because The Ten Commandments would be rendered null and void. Please think about that...

Also, please ponder this:

Matthew 7: 21 Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants (ie: Torah) 22 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?' 23 Then I will tell them to their faces, 'I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!' (ie: they did not keep Torah --- they were LAWLESS - WITHOUT THE LAW)

Does this sound like God's original teaching and instruction was abolished?

Yeshua's intent was never to abolish or weaken or emasculate the Laws of YHWH, revealed in the Old Testament, but to expand and magnify them to their full spiritual intent and conclusion; to show their full meaning, purpose, and relevance; to reveal their spiritual and supernatural nature and basis; to show that the commandments lead us by necessity to FAITH in him as the Messiah.

We do not earn salvation by works, but by Faith in Yeshua the Messiah, who died for our sins, and who now gives us his spirit to enable us to fulfill the righteousness of the Law (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Gal.2:20).

The Messiah did not replace the Law of YHWH with Faith alone, but rather gave us inward Faith, through his spirit, to enable us to observe the holy commandments of God! Yet, with the advent of Christianity, the "Old Testament", along with God's original teaching and instruction, basically became null and void because they mistakenly believe "Torah" equates to "law".


So, Christians, I implore you to stop accusing those who of us who follow Torah, of "trying to earn our salvation!" You don't know what you are talking about....

I pray that all those reading this who insist the Torah was abolished at the cross and doesn't pertain to Christians will have their spiritual eyes opened to YHWH's Truth - which begins in Chapter 1 of Genesis, and ends in Revelation 22.

It is a grave sin to cherry-pick the Bible and teach that YHWH's Divine Instructions were abolished!

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