Archive | March, 2012

Free From Law or Free From Sin. Part 4.

12 Mar

I want to jump right back into this study, but first here is a bit of background as a way of reminder of what I was saying in part 3.

Paul shows that man can sin whether he has the Torah of YHVH or not, which I will explain in greater detail later.  He establishes that ALL men, Jew or Gentile, are all UNDER SIN.  Remember what the Scriptural definition of sin is?  Sin equals torahlessness / lawlessness.  Paul is emphatically clear that our faith does NOT nullify the Torah.  Rather our faith is supposed to establish the Torah.  Let us now continue to trace out what Paul is saying.

Paul continues in Romans 5 to show us YHVH’s great love for us, for whilst we were still sinners, Yeshua died for us, and that we are restored to grace through faith in Yeshua Messiah.  He then does a whole type summary between Adam and Yeshua, the one sin and the one righteous act.  One broke YHVH’s Torah and One kept YHVH’s Torah.  In Romans 5:12-14 Paul says,

“For this reason, even as through one man sin did enter into the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned  13 for until the Torah, sin was in the world, but sin is not reckoned when there is no Torah. 14 But death reigned from Adam until Mosheh, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. “

Now let us look carefully at what is being stated here.  Paul says “for this reason…” what reason is this?  For everything he has just said.  So through one man, that is Adam, sin entered the world.  What is sin, sin is lawlessness, without torah.  So Adam broke YHVH’s one Law that he was given and through that one TORAHless act, TORAHlessness entered into the world.  Through that one TORAHless act, death entered into the world.  So death enters through TORAHlessness.  Death spread to all men, why? Because all were TORAHless, all sinned.  Remember Paul said in Romans 3:9 that all men are UNDER SIN.  What Paul is stating is that even though there was no written torah there was still sin in the world, because all sinned.  What Paul is saying is that though there was no written torah there was still torah in the world, people knew what was right and wrong and still chose the wrong, that is why all sinned.  Ever considered how Noah knew what was a clean animal and what was an unclean animal all those years before Moses?

It says that ‘until Torah was given sin was in the world’.  When was Torah given? It was given at Mount Sinai.  So TORAHlessness was in the world BEFORE the Torah was given.  Then Paul says something vitally important.”…but sin is not reckoned when there is no Torah…”  So where there is no TORAH there is no SIN.  Yet there was SIN in the world until the TORAH was given.  That means there was TORAHlessness in the world BEFORE the TORAH was written down.  And that means that YHVH gave His law LONG before Mount Sinai.  Paul confirms this in the next verse…”…BUT death reigned FROM Adam UNTIL Mosheh…” Death enters through SIN, that is, TORAHlessness.  There was TORAHlessness from Adam to Mosheh.  Again, that means that there was law from Adam to Mosheh.

Now this is an important concept to grasp.  In Greek there is only one word for law and that is ‘Nomos’.  This word can be and is used for any law, whether man’s law or YHVH’s law.  Let us ask ourselves something.  From Adam to Mosheh, did everyone have YHVH’s Torah?  No, of course not.  But I would like to suggest that His Torah was in the earth.  How could Cain be guilty of murder if he was not told you shall not murder?  How did Able know what was to be offered as an acceptable offering?  How did Noah know what was an unclean animal and what was clean?  And this was before YHVH permitted us to eat meat.  Now let us take a look at Romans 2:12-16 again,

“For as many as sinned without Torah shall also perish without Torah, and as many as sinned in the Torah shall be judged by the Torah. 13 For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the law shall be declared right. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the Torah, by nature do what is in the Torah, although not having the Torah, they are a Torah to themselves, 15 who show the work of the Torah written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or even excusing, 16 in the day when Elohim shall judge the secrets of men through יהושע Messiah, according to my Good News.”

I would like to suggest to you that whether we have been given the Torah of YHVH or not, we are all under law.  How can I say that?  Well because it says that “…as many as sinned without Torah shall also perish without Torah…”  And we know that sin is LAWlessness.  So if we don’t have YHVH’s Torah, then how can we be sinners? Because it does not matter where in the world you go or at what place in history or the future you go, every people group have laws.  Most of the time those laws line up with the laws of YHVH with regards to our conduct toward men, like not murdering, stealing etc.  If you break the law of your country, you are a sinner, you are a law breaker and will be held to account by the law.  And that is one of the ways that all men’s mouths may be stopped before Him.  Remember Paul says that all men are UNDER sin?  Why are all men UNDER sin?  Because all men are UNDER LAW.  Any law.  But all men are UNDER LAW because all men are sinners, TORAHless.  And all men are UNDER LAW because all men are ruled by law.

Not only are we all under law based on our nation’s, or tribe’s laws, but Paul also talks about the law being written on our consciences in Romans 2:14-16. Every child has an understanding of what is right and wrong, and I believe that everyone is born with a clean conscience with the Torah of YHVH written on that conscience.  But as you know, each and every one of us is guilty of sinning against our own consciences right from childhood.  And so YHVH has, in this regard, also placed all men under law.

Let me give you something to ponder.  Let us say that you are a parent and you believe that we are not under law. You decide that you are going to show your child grace upon grace so that they will never doubt your love for them.  As a result you remove all laws from your house.  Do you think that you are going to have a happy, functional home?  Do you think that you are going to have a wonderful, happy life with your child?  Or do you not think that your house will be utter chaos?  And do you not think that your child will be totally unruly and wicked in everything they do?  Now you may say that this is a silly example, but is it really?  Is it really so different to our relationship with YHVH?  Can you really have relationship without rules?  Can there really be grace without law?  Or is that just a cheap grace message?  Every part of our lives is governed by law, yet we want to say that YHVH, who made life in that way, now decided that Torah was a horrible thing that He needed to do away with and so He sent His Son to set His people free from His evil, horrible, binding law that He (as a loving Father) put on His people at Mount Sinai??  Anyway, let’s move on.

Let us recap quickly.  TORAHlessness reigned from Adam to Mosheh, therefore there was TORAH from Adam to Mosheh.  All men are UNDER sin therefore all men are UNDER LAW.  Why?  Because all men are TORAHless, that is, all men are sinners, and one cannot be TORAHless or a sinner without a law to sin against.  It is the law that points out the dominion that sin has over us.  Does that make the law sin?  No.  It makes the law holy and righteous.  The law shows us that we are all sold under sin and slaves to its dominion.  A person who does not sin is no longer under law?  The law points out our sin, but if we don’t sin the law is no longer for us.  But since the law teaches us how to live, it is an instruction to us how to relate to YHVH.

Let us move on now to Romans 6, so that we can finally and fully see what Paul was really talking about.  Romans 6:1-2 says:

“What, then, shall we say? Shall we continue in sin, to let favour increase? 2 Let it not be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

Paul has just said that the Torah came in alongside so that TORAHlessness would increase.  Does this make the Torah bad?  Absolutely not!  It shows how sinful we truly are.  So he asks if we should continue to be TORAHless so that grace can abound much more…what is his response?  “Let it not be!”  You see the Torah shows up our sin, our TORAHlessness, but also points to and reveals the favour (grace) of YHVH.  So if we died to TORAHlessness, how can we live in it?

I am going to pause our study here.  I will post the rest in a few days, to give you a chance to process these things.

May you live a straight and happy life.

Shalom

Response to ‘lostsheepofisrael’ on his ‘Free from Law or Free from Sin. Part 2’ Comment.

11 Mar

Hi Jay,

I would like to thank you for your response; I trust this helps you on your journey.  I have placed your words in bold.

I have a question about Romans 10:

1 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3 For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. 4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given (Did he, how?).[b] As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. 

I would firstly like to ask, what English translation are you using? As it seems to me that it is a paraphrase.  But I could be wrong.  Romans 10:4 should read more like this, “For Messiah is the goal of the ‘Torah unto righteousness ‘to everyone who believes.”  You see the Tanak prophesied about Yeshua right from the beginning.  The above version gives the typical “Christian’ view of the Torah in the way it paraphrases that verse.  As you can see Messiah is the goal of the Torah, some versions say ‘end’ in place of goal.  The Greek word is ‘Telos’ and it means ‘the point aimed at is the goal’.  So let us re-read, it says that, “Yeshua is the goal or purpose of the ‘Torah unto righteousness…”  You ask how he did this.  Quite simply by the cross.  His death, burial and resurrection, brought us into relationship with himself, brought us back into ‘right standing with YHVH, that is righteousness.

Salvation is for everyone (to me it is only for those who turn back and repent) 

You are ignoring or missing a very crucial part of what Paul said.  He said that “Yeshua is the goal of the ‘Torah unto righteousness’ to everyone WHO BELIEVES” not just to ‘everyone’.  And you are right; there is no salvation without repentance.  But can you repent without believing first?  No I don’t think so, as you have to believe that you are a sinner and in need of Yeshua before you will repent.  Remember Abraham.  Was he given the Torah before or after he was made righteous?  Was it not after?  And how was he made righteous?  Was it not by belief?  Yes by belief.  So Paul is not saying anything different to what the Torah says.

5 For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. 6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (To bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (To bring Christ back to life again).” 8 In fact, it says,

“The message is very close at hand;
it is on your lips and in your heart.”[d]

(I thought Yahshua’s message was repent and turn back to Torah)

I am going to place in a word for word translation of these verses so that you can see the difference.  The people who put together the translation/paraphrase that you are using have a distorted view of Scripture.  So in a word for word translation it reads better like this:

5 For Mosheh writes about the righteousness which is of the Torah, “The man who does these shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of belief speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who shall ascend into the heavens?’ ” – that is, to bring Messiah down; or, 7 “‘who shall descend into the abyss?’ ” – that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead. 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of belief which we are proclaiming:”

Are we supposed to live by the Torah? Yes.  Are we supposed to live by faith? Yes.  But what ‘saves’ us?  Is it the keeping of Torah?  Or faith in the Torah giver?  Is it not faith in the Torah giver!  Why did Yisra’ĕl die in the wilderness?  Was it not because of their unbelief?  Yes it was because of their unbelief, and that is why they sinned.  The only thing now is the ‘but’ in verse 6, which makes the one statement more true than the other, it makes a comparison of the one statement against the other.  But this word that is translated as ‘but’ can also be translated as ‘and’.  If my Greek understanding is right, this word is translated in different ways based solely on the context.  In this context I am of the opinion that ‘and’ is better than ‘but’.  So to really understand what Paul is saying, the verses in the Tanak that he is quoting need to be read.  The context in the Tanak needs to be brought into the context in these verses; you will then see that the context is the same.  We are to live according to the Torah, but to live according to the Torah we must believe first.

I don’t see your point in this statement?  If you read Deuteronomy 30 you will see what Paul is trying to say, as this is the Torah portion that he is quoting.  The whole point of Deuteronomy 30 is about repenting and turning back to Torah. So then, is that a different message than what Yeshua preached?  No it is not.

And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.( this is Paul’s formula which cannot be correct)

It is not a formula; as one is not saved by’ if you do 1, 2, 3 then you will be saved’.  This is no magic trick, that’s for sure.  I would like to ask you to please explain how you can say that because it is Paul’s ‘formula’ then it cannot be correct?  I think you are bringing in a bias toward Paul so that you are unable, and maybe unwilling, to really look at what he is saying.  Grace through faith has always been YHVH’s way, right from the beginning.  Now if you study this word ‘confess’ and you take it back into the Tanak through the Septuagint you will see that to ‘confess’ has a fuller meaning of swearing or vowing allegiance to Yeshua as Master and not just saying ‘Jesus is Lord; because any Jack on the street can say ‘Jesus is Lord’.  Is saying that going to make any difference?  Nope.  It is absolute faith in the fact that YHVH, as Yeshua died and rose again, declaring that He is Elohim that would cause anyone to truly swear allegiance to Yeshua as Master.

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God (not by obedience to Yah’s Torah?),

No we are not made right through obedience to Torah.  Please show me in the Torah where it shows that Torah makes us right with Elohim.  Was Abraham made right with Elohim by obeying Torah?  Or by believing YHVH?  Was it not by believing YHVH?  David, when he committed adultery and murder, was he made right by keeping Torah; that is by the sacrifice of animals?  No it was through repentance and faith in YHVH for His forgiveness.  But that aside, what was his deserved punishment, according to Torah, for his sins of adultery and murder?  Was it not death?  Yet YHVH did not ask for him to be stoned.  Does that not show the grace of YHVH that came through David’s deep faith in his Elohim, even there in the ‘OT’.  Was Yisra’ĕl brought out of Mitsryim by keeping Torah or by faith in the blood of the Lamb?  Was it not YHVH’s grace that brought Yisra’ĕl out of Mitsryim?  Was it not His grace that saved them out of bondage and brought them to the mountain where they THEN received Torah?  Being brought out of Mitsryim always comes before the giving of instructions.  That is how it has always been, that is the way it will always be and that is the way it is with Yeshua.

and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e] 12 Jew and Gentile[f] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”[g]
(There seem to be several different ways of being saved spoken of here?)

No Paul is not saying there are different ways.  He is saying the same thing all the way through.  You see, Paul is quoting from Joel 2:32.  You should read the whole context.  The word ‘call’ is the Hebrew word ‘qara’, which means ‘to call, to call out, to call a name, or to give a name”.  It also has the meaning to call a set apart gathering and for calling out a scroll (Torah) in the presence of those gathered.  The Hebrew concept here is not just calling the actual Name of YHVH for salvation, but calling on YHVH is synonymous with living under His authority and His ways,  as a way of life.  Those who call on the Name of YHVH do the things of YHVH;, that is the Torah.

Please remember I am searching also.

Jason

I am praying that YHVH will give you understanding so that the enemy does not snatch away the seed.

Shalom.

Response to ‘lostsheepofisrael’ on his ‘Free from Law or Free from Sin. Part 3’ Comment.

11 Mar

Hi Jay,

Let me try to answer you as best I can.  Again, your words are in bold.

Shalom,
I have another query about Paul. Does this not say that he does not keep the law? Very strange how he jumps around. Maybe I am misunderstanding?

I don’t think it is strange at all.  Paul does not jump around.  It was me in my writing that jumped around.  Paul is an incredible scholar and has an amazing way of setting out his arguments.  He does it like any good lawyer.  You lay the foundation, and then from there you build on that foundation.  Paul has done that in a fantastic way in Romans.  It’s people who twist what he says –  whether it be Christians or those who do not take the time or the effort to truly search out a matter – who end up condemning Paul for their lack of understanding or lack of responsibility with the Scriptures.  Both have a just end.

19 Even though I am a free man with no master,(He has no master, my master is Yahweh). I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law(so he does not keep sabbath or what could this possibly mean?),[a] I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

As you have not included a reference to the above passage I will.  It is 1 Corinthians 9:19-21.  The very first thing I am going to say about what you have put here is this:  You need to change the version that you are reading.  Remember translations are not the inerrant word of YHVH, but the original is.  Paraphrases are even worse than translations.  They take a translation and then change it into their words for so called better understanding.  All they do is project their biased theology onto the Scriptures when they do this.  So again I suggest you change the ‘bible’ you are reading to one that is more accurate.  Below are the verses from a very good translation that I use:

19 For though I am free from all, I made myself a servant to all, in order to win more, 20 and to the Yehudim̱ I became as a Yehuḏite, that I might win Yehuḏim; to those who are under law, as under law, so as to win those who are under law; 21 to those without law, as without law – not being without Torah toward Elohim, but under Torah of Messiah – so as to win those who are without law.”

As you can see there is a major difference in what you are reading to what the Scriptures actually say.  Right from the outset you need to realise that in the Greek language there is only one word for law and it is ‘Nomos’.  This word is used for any kind of law, man’s law, YHVH’s law, customs all that sort of thing.  We can only know how the word was meant by the context.  Most people take that every time the NT speaks of ‘the law’ it must be talking about those ‘horrible Jewish laws’, which comes out quite clearly in the paraphrase you are using.  Because the law of YHVH is not the ‘Jewish Law’ as it was given to ALL Israel.

19 For though I am free from all, I made myself a servant to all, in order to win more,”

If you read the context, which is the whole beginning part of the chapter you will see that he is saying that he is free from all MEN.  I encourage you not to twist Paul’s writings, as Peter said some would.  Read the context and get a better translation.

So he is free from all men, but because he wants to win more to Yeshua he chooses to become a servant to all men….kind of like Yeshua said we should.

20 and to the Yehuḏim I became as a Yehuḏite, that I might win Yehuḏim; to those who are under law, as under law, so as to win those who are under law; 21 to those without law, as without law – not being without Torah toward Elohim, but under Torah of Messiah – so as to win those who are without law.”

 

Now we can get to the meat of this thing.  So to win the Yehudim he became like a Yehudim.  What does that mean?  That means he went out of his way to not offend them without breaking the Torah of YHVH, which he holds in high esteem, if you read the end of the passage.  Then it says he became as one ‘under law’.  Now could this possibly be talking about people under the Torah?? Of course not.  Why?  Because it is Yehudah who lived by the Torah.  Yes they added to the Torah, but they still lived by it.

So then, who are those who are under law?  Does Paul not explain this in Romans?  Please read my ‘Free from Law or Free from Sin Part 2 and 3’ to get a clearer understanding of this.  Those who are under law are anyone who is a sinner, why?  Because all men are under sin and to be under sin you have to be under law first.  Can I become like those under law without breaking Torah?  Absolutely.

Now we get to the third example.  Paul became like those ‘without law’ to win those ‘without law’.  Who are these people?  Probably people like the barbarians who were totally lawless.  But does this mean that Paul threw away the Torah of YHVH because he became like them?  Of course not, and Paul very clearly says so in this statement in bold:

21 to those without law, as without law – not being without Torah toward Elohim, but under Torah of Messiah – so as to win those who are without law.”

Paul became as without law…what type of language is ‘as’?  Is it not a figure of speech?  If I say that “I am AS sick as a dog” am I saying that I am a dog?  Of course not, it is a figure of speech.  Paul is using this word ‘as’ in the same way, throughout this passage.  So is he saying “I became without law”?  No! He is saying “I became as without law”.  Then he VERY clearly qualifies what he means, just in case someone might accuse him of saying he broke the Torah of YHVH, by saying “…not being without Torah toward Elohim, but under Torah of Messiah…”  What is the Torah of Messiah?  Is it not the same as the Torah of Elohim?  Of course it is.

 

This is a very strange paragraph to me
Jason

I think it is both your understanding and the paraphrase you are using Jay and not the paragraph.  I encourage you to take Paul at his word when he says that he was NOT without Torah toward Elohim as this applies to all his writings and not just to here.

Shalom

 

 

Free From Law or Free From Sin? Part 3

6 Mar

In my last post I said some things that probably caused a variety of reactions.  It is now time to qualify the things that I said.  Before I do, I think it is important for me to reiterate some important points.  I believe in Yeshua as my Saviour.  I believe that Yeshua is YHVH in the flesh and that He came to save His people from their sins.  I believe He came to turn our hearts back to His ways and His Torah.  I believe that we have to keep His Torah and that obedience to His Torah brings blessing; disobedience brings a curse.  I believe that Yeshua did not do away with His Torah, but came to fulfill it, and, as the heavens and the earth are still here, so all has not yet been fulfilled.  I believe that Yeshua fulfilled only those prophecies which concerned Him and His first coming.  I believe it is time to stop rejecting His Torah and begin to keep it whole heartedly, for Yehovah says that it is righteousness to us, for it tells us what is righteous and what is not. I believe whole heartedly that we cannot be, and are not saved by religeous keeping of the law, for we are ‘saved by grace, through faith, not of works lest any man should boast’.  It is only faith in Yeshua that opens grace for salvation to us, yet as saved and set apart people we are expected to live according to His Torah and His ways.

As I said in my last post, the most common objection I get from people is “but we are not under the law anymore.”  I would like to add one thought here before we go to the Scriptures.  Have you ever considered that statement, the way it is taught and believed  throughout Christendom?  It is believed that the laws given on Mount Sinai (and the wilderness, and basically the whole ‘Old Testament’) are no longer valid for us and it is that law that we are not under.  Yet the law that was given was the 10 commandments and the out working of those 10 commandments.  Does that mean because I am not under the law I can worship idols? Does that mean I can bring the Name of YHVH to nothing?  Does that mean I can murder, commit adultery and steal?  Most, if not all people, would say NO.  But when confronted about the Sabbath, people’s story changes.  Where in scripture are we instructed which laws we should keep and which we should not? Do we now believe in the 9 commandments less all the other instructions?  Does something that is an abomination in the Tanak, like eating pork, become acceptable in the New Covenant?  Is YHVH confused?  Or did He change His mind after saying “I am YHVH and I change not”? These are all questions that will be answered.

Now that I have had my say, let us have a look at the context of Romans 6:14, which says, “For sin shall not rule over you, for you are not under the law but under favour (grace).”

I know this may seem very simple, but have you thought about what is the context of Romans 6:14?  Is it not Romans chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the first 13 verses of chapter 6 and the verses after it?  If this verse was read in its proper context no one would come to the conclusion that it says we are not under YHVH’s law any more.  Not keeping God’s laws is a historical problem that is not new to the church or Christianity.  It’s called sin and it started in the Garden.  You see it is the sinful nature of man that would not be bound by God’s laws not the grace of God that has set us free from it. Men will find any excuse to not be under YHVH’s sovreign rule which includes His instructions on how we should live our lives.

Let us briefly go through Romans to get some context of this verse so we can see what Paul is saying.  In Romans chapter 1 Paul shows how Gentiles are under sin and without excuse before YHVH.  In Romans 2 he deals with the Jewish people and shows how they too are without excuse and how they are breakers of Torah just like the Gentiles.  He says in Romans 2:12-16,

“For as many as sinned without law shall also perish without law, and as many as sinned in the law shall be judged by the law. 13 For not the hearers of the law are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the law shall be declared right. 14 For when gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what is in the law, although not having the law, they are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or even excusing, 16 in the day when Elohim shall judge the secrets of men through יהושע Messiah, according to my Good News.”

In these verses Paul is confirming the need for Torah, why? Because in the day when Elohim shall judge the world, everyone, whether those who do Torah or not, shall be judged by Torah.  Paul then goes on and accuses the Jews of teaching the Torah whilst they themselves break it.  Again Paul upholds Torah in Romans 2:25-29,

“For circumcision indeed profits if you practice the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 So, if an uncircumcised one watches over the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned as circumcision? 27 And the uncircumcised by nature, who perfects the law, shall judge you who notwithstanding letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law! 28 For he is not a Yehudim who is so outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But a Yehudite is he who is so inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in Spirit, not literally, whose praise is not from men but from Elohim.”

So Paul is saying that circumcision is of the heart and not of the flesh.  So if one who is circumcised and is a Torah breaker his circumcision is considered to be uncircumcision.  But if one who is uncircumcised keeps Torah, his uncircumcision shall be considered circumcision.  Is that not circumcision of the heart? Then in Romans 3:9, Paul says something incredibly important in understanding Romans 6:14.  He says,

“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehudim and Greeks that they are all UNDER SIN. “

What is Paul talking about?  He is referring to the previous 2 chapters.  But what does he say?  He says that both Jew and Gentile (that is all men) are all UNDER SIN.  That is a good starting point.  Whether we are Jew or Gentile we are all UNDER SIN!  Do you remember what the Scriptures teach is sin?  1 John 3:4 says that all sin is LAWlessness, TORAHlessness.  So all men are under LAWlessness.  All men are Torah breakers, law breakers, that is sinners.  So because we are law breakers does that make the law evil? No, it shows the righteousness of God.  Paul has shown that the Gentiles do not obey Torah and are so under the dominion of sin.  He has shown as well that because those who have been given the torah also sin they are also under the dominion of sin.  Why? Because the breaking of Torah shows us our sin, that we are sold to it, therefore being under the law is just another way of saying we are under the dominion of sin.

Paul then begins to quote the Tanak to show how we are all guilty before Elohim. Then he shows how we are saved by grace through faith and how we cannot boast because we receive our righteousness by faith and not through the keeping of the Torah. Directly after saying all this Paul very clearly and very emphatically states in Romans 3:31,

“Do we then nullify the law through the belief? LET IT NOT BE! On the contrary, we establish the law.”

Now, can you see the contradiction of the teaching of Christianity?  Christianity would have us believe that our faith nullifies the Torah, that we are no longer UNDER the law because of grace through faith.  Yet Paul states quite clearly that this is not true! He then goes on to show how it has always been about grace through faith by looking at Abraham.  Was Abraham declared righteous before being circumcised or after?  It was before.  So the circumcision did not save him but his faith did, yet after he was made righteous, he was given a law that had to be kept for all generations and that was circumcision.  So can you see that even here the Torah was given after grace through faith was received? Later in this series I will show how faith and torah go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other.

I am going to stop here for now as this is a long study and don’t want you to get bored half way through and not finish reading it.  So in my next post I will give a brief summary of what has been established with regards to what Paul is talking about, and then I will jump in right where we left off.

May you live a happy and straight life!

Shalom.

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