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  It is believed that the laws given on Mount Sinai (and the wilderness, and basically the whole ‘Old Testament’) are no longer valid for us and it is that law that we are not under.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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4 Responses to “Free From Law or Free From Sin? Part 3”

  1. lostsheepofyisrael March 7, 2012 at 02:21 #

    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?

    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.

    This is a very strange paragraph to me
    Jason

  2. neil March 8, 2012 at 02:27 #

    I have always seen that ‘law’ has different meanings in the new testament, and that the Law (Plan of God for our lives) is not the same as the ‘law’ of sin and death. So what would you say is the law that we are not under any more? (there are about twelve verses that say, in one way or another, that the ‘law’ (small ‘L’) is not relevant to the Christian. I think the law was given to enable the israelites to see their need to go back to the roots and anchor of their faith – their being children of Abraham, to whom the promises were given, – it was never God’s intention for keeping laws to be the basis of righteuousness. Either then or now. I guess you’re saying that too. But I’m not sure where the line is between the law that we’re not under and the law that we are under. – personally!

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