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

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