Exposing 10 Popular Lies Against Observing the Law – Part 1

03/05/16 (12/25) Video Broadcast

Exposing 10 Popular Lies Against Observing the Law - Part 1 - Study
Exposing 10 Popular Lies Against Observing the Law - Part 1 - Study

Exposing 10 popular lies against observing the Law. There are many things that people believe today in traditional Christianity that convince them and persuade them that they do not need to keep certain commandments found in the Law,or the Torah, of Yahweh. The Torah is also known as the first five books in the Scriptures. And so we're going to expose the lies for what they are. Now, I'm not trying to condemn anybody, I'm not trying to revile anybody, I'm not trying to call people liars and try to make fun of them or put them down or anything like that. There is a liar that I am seeking to expose in this study and it's someone who was a murderer from the beginning, John 8:44, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and he is the father of it. He is the father of lies and we know who that is, that is Satan the devil who is seeking to steal, to kill, to destroy. So he wants to murder, he wants to tell lies. And if we want to murder and we want to tell lies, yes we would be children of the devil. But if we happen to be unknowingly deceived by one of Satan’s lies, even though we are sincerely seeking the truth and wanting to live as Yahweh desires us to live, I am not standing in condemnation of such a person. But we do need to understand something. The enemy is trying to deceive everyone, his goal is to deceive the entire world, that’s his goal. And we read from Revelation 12 where it talks about the great dragon being cast out, verse 9, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. We see here that he is having great success. And what are the deceptions? That’s the question. The way he deceives the whole world is through lies. Yahushua said “He is a liar and he is the father of lies”. Now the very first lie mentioned in the Scriptures can be found in Genesis chapter 3. If you turn with me to Genesis chapter 3 we are gonna read verses 1 through 4. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Yahweh Elohim had made. And he said to the woman “Has Elohim indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Immediately trying to cause doubt. Has Elohim indeed said this? And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Now, some people believe that Eve was lying here, that she was saying something Elohim never did say. But we don’t know all the things that Elohim may have said to Eve and to Adam. So He must have said, because she had not yet sinned “Nor shall you touch it”. So His rule was neither eating nor touching it, or they would die. Then the serpent said to the woman “You will not surely die.” That was the very first lie found in the Scriptures. So basically his lie was: If Eve sinned against Yahweh there would not be this consequence of death. Now, I'm a person who has discovered that all of Yahweh’s word is applicable for us today. I don’t believe for instance, that the Sabbath day was done away with or changed. I don’t believe that the Messiah’s death canceled Yahweh’s commandments regarding the keeping of the feast days. I don’t believe that Yahweh approves of us eating unclean animals like pork or unclean fish like shellfish. In fact I believe that the precepts and principles of the Torah, of the Law, were never done away with when Messiah died for our sins. And so when I hear the reasons why people say “Oh, we don’t have to observe these things anymore.” I would identify those words as this “You will not surely die.” Lies! “Oh, you can disobey these commandments, and that’s okay. The Messiah doesn’t require that of you. Has Elohim indeed said ‘You shall keep the Sabbath?' Has Elohim indeed said ‘You shall keep the feast days and eat clean?’” or anything like that. So I align them really in the same category, I know that may sound very radical to some of you. But Yahweh gave a commandment to Adam and Eve not to eat something and said there would be a consequence if they chose to eat it. But then Satan came along and told them “Oh, you can eat that, there is no consequence if you eat that, you will not die.” And so likewise I know that Yahweh commanded us, in the Law of Yahweh, not to eat pork. And so when someone comes along and tells me I can eat that and there will be no consequence if I eat that, I mean it just sounds to me like that old familiair voice in the Garden of Eden that told Eve she could go ahead and eat it and there would be no consequence. And so for that reason I'm exposing 10 popular lies against observing the Law. And the way we're going to determine whether or not something is a lie, is to compare it to Yahweh’s words in both the Old and New Testament, and find out whether Yahweh is teaching us something different. If He's teaching us something different then we’ll know it’s a lie from the enemy. Now, where the enemy likes to work the most is when he can cause confusion. If a person is trying to understand something, especially if that something is very different than what they currently understand, and they happen to get confused, they will naturally return to their default state, the belief system that they had before, where they are comfortable like an old pair of shoes. But a lot of things I'm going to share in this study, I'm going to tell you right now, may seem a little difficult to understand. That’s because I'm going to be going through some things that would require you first of all to unlearn things you have been taught. And secondly, we're going to look at Paul’s writings. Now, even Paul found Peter, I am sorry, even Peter found Paul’s letters difficult to understand. In 2 Peter 3:13 it says – Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; – So since we know that righteousness is going to dwell in this new heavens and new earth, He's saying “be diligent to be found by Him without spot and blameless”. So because that’s we would be in a place where righteousness dwells, so get used to it, basically is what He's saying. Be diligent, to be found by Him in peace, and so be diligent to be obedient to Yahweh’s words. – and consider that the longsuffering of our Master is salvation – So although we are diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless, we consider that our salvation comes not through our diligence and our obedience, but by the longsuffering of our Master. His righteousness is what saves us, not our own righteousness. But we should never, ever, ever allow the fact that He saves us by His righteousness to take the edge of our love for Him and desire to be without spot and blameless. We should be equal always zealous for obedience. So – consider that the longsuffering of our Master is salvation-- as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, – And he wrote quite a bit about this, it’s not your righteousness that saves you, it is Yahweh’s righteousness placed in Messiah that saves you. – as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, – What things? The longsuffering of our Master is salvation. – in which are some things hard to understand, – Now, think about this. If Peter who walked with Yahushua three years and knew Paul personally and understood what he said, he found Paul’s letters sometimes on some things hard to understand. Now what about us two thousand years later. I think that there are going to be some things hard to understand. If you find Paul’s letters easy to understand I congratulate you, because there are some things in there very deep. But we're going to look over some of these things. – which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also – What? End up being untaught and unstable. – fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked. Now this word translated “wicked” is the Greek word “athesmos” which means: one who breaks through the restraint of Law and gratifies his lusts or his desires. So the one who is guilty of twisting our little ones who are trying to break through the restraint of Law and do their own thing, the things that they want to do. That's what it says here. So wat I'm going to share with you is just how that took place. How Paul’s letters in many cases were taken and turned around to say something it was never intended, and cause people to break through the restraint of Law and do their own thing. And so because you know just because some things I may share with you might be hard to understand, part of that just might be you are accustomed to thinking a certain way, even though that way of thinking may be based on something that is true, it's not entirely true, there is some details to that, there is some additional things to that, that you may have assumed to also be true which are not really true. But you have assumed them to be true because it is what most Christians believe today and it’s what is most popular. But with Yahweh’s help I'm going to dismantle these lies and expose them for what they are. So lie number 1. Lie number 1 is “The Law was only for the Jews. We are Gentiles so it’s not for us!” This is not true, it’s simply not true. And it’s quite a popular lie that many people have been trained by traditional Christianity to embrace, and in fact many years ago I heard a poem that did a pretty good job of at least calling this doctrine into question. And the poem goes like this: When we present Almighty Yahweh’s Law, And reasoning from the Scriptures draw, Objectors say, to pick a flaw: “IT’S JEWISH” Thought at first Almighty Yahweh blessed, And sanctified His day of rest, The same belief is still expressed: “IT’S JEWISH” Though with the world this rest began, And then through all the Scriptures ran, And Yahushua said, ‘Twas made for man’: “IT’S JEWISH” If from the bible we present, The Sabbath’s meaning and intent, This answers every argument: “IT’S JEWISH” Though the disciples, Luke and Saul, Continue still this rest to call, The ‘Sabbath Day’, this answers all, “IT’S JEWISH” The evangels taught a plain expression, That “Sin is of the Law transgression”, Seems not to make the least impression: “IT’S JEWISH” They love the rest of man’s invention, But if Yahweh’s Day we mention, This puts an end to all contention, “IT’S JEWISH” Well, those who Yahweh’s Day abuse, Believing it ‘was made for Jews’, The Saviour too you must refuse, “HE’S JEWISH!” So if we reject something on the basis that it’s Jewish, we have a Saviour too who is Jewish who would thereby, logically if you follow its course, also need to be rejected. So I do not believe this claim “It’s Jewish” means anything in regards to whether we accept something or whether we reject something. The term “Jewish” actually refers to one tribe out of the twelve, that’s the tribe of Judah, that’s why we say Jew come from Judah. And although it does in modern vernacular, and even in some Scripture, include tribes mixed in with Judah, such as the tribe of Benjamin. Paul was from Benjamin and yet he identified himself as a Jewish man. But is it really true that the Law and the Sabbath are all just Jewish stuff? I mean, if someone is asking “Is it Jewish” in one sense I would say yes, in that to be Jewish is to be Jew-like and I guess if you were to say the Law is Jewish in that perspective, at least they do try to keep the Sabbath day and the feast days and so on, although they have added a lot of extra stuff and subtracted some things out of it. But in another sense, to say that the Law was only intended to be for one particular race of people I would have to disagree with you. Now it’s true that the Jews were given the Oracles of Elohim, that is true. But we need to understand something. Being righteous is not just a Jewish thing, it's a human thing. In Genesis chapter 7 verse 1 – Yahweh said to Noah “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” What was Noah doing that other people were not doing? Now it doesn’t mean that Noah and his family were perfect and never made a mistake, it doesn’t mean they never made one sin in their entire life, it just means they were seeking to walk uprightly and their sins were forgiven. The same thing is true of Abraham. Of Abraham Yahweh said in Genesis 18:19 – For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice, that Yahweh may bring to Abraham what He has spoken of him. Now how was he able to be righteous if there was no Law or no commandment in those days? What’s meant by righteousness? Well, we see that Abraham lived by faith but faith was not an empty faith. Genesis 26:4 Yahweh said – “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;” – Why did Yahweh bless Abraham? Why was he so blessed? – “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Where were they? He never wrote them down anywhere, this was all before the Law was given through Mosheh, right? Abraham lived in an earlier time period. And so where were these commandments and statutes and Laws? Where were they? They were well know in those days. I mean how did Abraham know to give a sacrifice? How did Abimelech know that adultery was wrong? How did Abraham know the tithe of all his possessions? How did he know these things? See there were already commandments and statutes and Laws in place, it’s just that they did not need to be written down, they were already well known. When you're talking from Adam to Seth, one generation, from Seth, he lived so long he lived almost to the point that Noah was born. Noah was born I think, if we get a timeline, maybe 70 years after Seth died; so not much of a gap. And so Seth was there as Adam’s son to communicate the works of Yahweh, the truth of Yahweh, the commandments of Yahweh to all generations that were there. And then Noah was born, he was a righteous man, he was able to keep it going. Noah’s son Shem, do you know how long he lived? He lived well into Yacob’s lifetime, he was alive when Abraham was called out of Ur, he was actually alive. Now some people believe that Melchizedek was actually Shem. But there was always a righteous man to communicate Yahweh’s ways. Because we're just talking Adam, to Seth, to Noah, to Shem, to Abraham, that’s not much of a gap there. So Yahweh’s will may not have been written down in some code, it was known. And it's only when Yahweh established the nation of Israel, man’s lives after the flood began to drastically shorten, Yahweh had to have it written down so it would transcend people’s lives and thus continue to the next generation. Now in what was written down, here is what Yahweh said about whether the Law was only for the Jews. He said this, Exodus 12:49 – “One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.” One Law, no difference! Again Numbers 15:15 – One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before Yahweh. – as you are, so shall the stranger be. The stranger is the foreigner, the Gentile. – ‘One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.’” No difference! Another place Leviticus 24:22 – ‘You shall have the same law for the stranger” – for the Gentile – “and for one from your own country; for I am Yahweh your Mighty One.’” The same Law for Jew and Gentile. Three times we read this. In regards to the Sabbath, here is what Yahweh said about the Sabbath – Thus says Yahweh:”Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to Yahweh speak, saying, “Yahweh has utterly separated me from His people”; – He said “Don’t say that!” Don’t just because you’re a foreigner don’t think you’re separated from His people. He says neither – let the eunuch say, “Here I'm, a dry tree.” For thus says Yahweh: ”To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to Yahweh, – Gentiles – to serve Him, and to love the name of Yahweh, – a Hebrew name by the way – to be His servants-- Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant-- Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings – talking about Gentiles going up to make sacrifices at the temple – and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” That was Yahweh’s desire, was that all nations would come and keep His Sabbath and even do the sacrifices when the temple was standing. So it's not true that these things were only intended for the Jews. It's intended for anyone who would love Yahweh’s name and join themselves to Yahweh. That’s who it’s for. Yahushua confirmed this in Mark 2 verse 27 through 28 – And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man,” Now, just stop right there, think about that for a second. He didn’t say the Sabbath was made for my beloved Jews. No He said the Sabbath was made for man. Now, a lot of people will point out “Well, He didn’t make man for the Sabbath”, well that’s true and Yahushua is the Master of the Sabbath, that’s true, but the point being, the Sabbath was made for everybody. If you’re a human being the Sabbath was made for you. What are you going to do with it, that’s the question. And the enemy likes to attack the Sabbath, he hates the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the time when Yahweh’s people will gather and draw strength from His word. And if we keep the Sabbath properly we will be strengthened and encouraged, and our spiritual lives will be enhanced, and we're going to draw closer to Yahweh because we have one day we focus completely on the spiritual things. And so we are a stronger people as a result. And so the enemy wants to make up lies to make you think “Oh, that’s just for the Jewish people over there.” But Yahushua made the point, the Sabbath was made for man. And in fact we see that in Genesis chapter 2 – On the seventh day Elohim ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which Elohim had created and made. And so the seventh day of the week was sanctified at creation. And Yahweh has guarded the Sabbath from the time that Yahushua walked the earth, He kept the Sabbath on the correct day, He kept it with the Jews. 2000 Years have transpired, and the 7 day week remains intact, He has not allowed that to change. But Yahweh blessed the seventh day and He sanctified it, He made it holy, at creation, there was no Jewish person back then. There was only Adam and Eve, and that was it. And it’s for this reason that when the Messiah returns both Jews and Gentiles will observe the Sabbath. Isaiah 66:22 – “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says Yahweh, “so shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh – Jew and Gentile – shall come to worship before Me,”. He didn’t say “all Jews”, He said “all flesh”, it means Jew and Gentile, New Moon days, Sabbath days will be observed in a future kingdom. And so it’s for everyone. Zechariah 14:16, this is a prophecy that’s never happened: And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. – He said everyone is gonna go. – And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which Yahweh strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And so obviously the Feast of Tabernacles when Yahweh’s will is finally done on the earth as it is in heaven, everyone will keep the feasts, everyone will observe the New Moons, everyone will observe the Sabbath. And so we cannot say this is only for the Jews, that cannot be true. Otherwise Yahweh would say “Oh, don’t worry about it, it's not for you. Nations? Ah you stay home. Don’t worry about that.” That’s not what He said. He even punishes nations that don’t keep these feast days. So allright. Now I know the New Testament says the following, it says – Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before Elohim. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Now some people will look at this say “O wait, it says that whatever the Law says it says to those who are under the Law. Well I’m not under the Law, I'm a Gentile, the Law was for the Jews.” Allright, if that’s true, then why does he say “every mouth will be stopped, and all the world will become guilty before Elohim”? If Yahweh did not place the entire world under the Law then this wouldn’t be true. There would be some mouths that could not be stopped and there would be some who would not be guilty before Elohim because they are not under the Law. But the truth is: the Law is for everyone so that every mouth would be stopped and all the world would become guilty before Elohim. “Therefore by the deeds of the Law no flesh will be justified.” Now this is getting into some of the harder to understand parts of Paul’s letters. Now look closely. Based on what Paul was saying here, what does it mean to be under the Law? What does that mean? He’s not talking about some New Testament Law, I mean he’s talking about that Law that everyone is trying to get out from underneath, the Law the one that was given to Mosheh and passed on down. So, so whenever someone says they are not under the Law, no one says “I'm thinking New Testament Law”, everyone is saying that it's the Old Testament Law, the one given through Mosheh. But notice here some key things I want you to notice first of all before you get caught up in this one little thing right here “being under the Law”, I want you to notice something. It says “by the Law is the knowledge of sin” that’s what it says. And so the Law, the one that Yahweh gave us through Mosheh, through Moses, is going to inform you what sin is, that’s what it’s going to do. And with that other Scriptures agree. 1 John 3:4 – Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. That’s the very definition of what sin is, and that’s why Paul says “by the law is the knowledge of sin”. I'm not coming up with this on my own, this is what Paul actually says. So if we are aware of our sins we find ourselves in a place where we are under the Law, and we are therefore guilty and our mouth can be stopped. Now here in the United States we’re under United States law, we're not under the laws of Canada or the laws of Britain, we're under United States law. But here we have Yahweh’s Law which every mouth is under and the whole world becomes guilty under. That’s what it’s saying, both Jew and Gentile. Yahweh is the King of the Universe, you cannot escape His jurisdiction, and so the Law applies to all of His creation, you cannot get out from under His jurisdiction. Now the Messiah was born under the Law. It says – But when the fullness of the time had come, – Galatians 4:4 – Elohim sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons. And so we see here that Messiah was born under the Law and yet we know He was not guilty. And so being under the Law doesn’t necessarily even mean that you're guilty, it just means that you are under its precepts, you're being held to keeping its precepts. It’s only if you sin against that Law that you would be in a place of guilt. To be in a place of guilt means that you have sinned, you have broken that Law, you sinned against Yahweh’s Law. Now the Messiah came to deliver you from that guilt. We were under the Law and because we were guilty of breaking that Law, we sold ourselves into sin and to the devil who deceived us and we needed a redeemer to buy us back again, as we sold ourselves in slavery to the devil because of our sin. Yahushua did that. He was Himself born under the Law but He delivered us from being under the Law. Instead now we are under grace. Now this is the tricky part, you’ve gotta be carefull. Because remember what it said, it said in Romans and 1 John 3:4 – by the law is the knowledge of sin. It said that sin is the transgression of the Law, that’s what it said, allright? Now the fact that we're not under the Law anymore, but we're under grace, does that mean we can sin, we can break the Law? Romans 6:15 answers the question. – What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? So the fact that we're not under the Law and held guilty anymore, but we're under grace, does not mean that we can go back in sin and thereby basically lose our state of having been redeemed and sell ourselves back to a life of sin, a life of serving the devil again. So just because we're not under the Law doesn’t mean that we're above the Law and we can do what we want. It doesn't give us an excuse to intentionally violate the Law and therefore be guilty of sin. We are supposed to regard the Law as still standing, it’s just that we're not under its condemnation anymore. We're under grace. And that’s why Romans 3:31 says – Do we then make void the law through faith? – here’s that word again – Certainly not! Just like he said here – “Shall we sin because we're not under the law but .. Certainly not!” The King James has “Elohim forbid. – On the contrary, we establish the law. By our faith, through faith we establish it. Now the Law is not null and void, it still informs us what sin is, but because we're under grace the Law can not condemn us. We're not under it, we're under grace. If we were under it we would be guilty but if we are under grace we are no longer guilty. But we are expected as believers to turn away from sin. And rather than our faith in Messiah causing the Law to be null and void our faith actually establishes the Law. Now what’s the difference between the word “void” and the word “establish”, what’s the difference? Well the word “void” is from the Greek word “Katargeo” means: to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative; to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency; to deprive of force, influence or power; to cause to cease, to put an end to, to do away with, annul, abolish; to cease, to pass away, be done away; to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one; to terminate all intercourse with one. Our faith doesn't do these things to the Law, the Law has not been annulled, abolished, done away with, put an end to, ceased, we are not severed from it or separated from it; it just can not condemn us anymore, that’s all. It's not inactivate, it’s not inoperative, it’s still in force, it has not been made void. Now the Greek word translated “establish” means: to cause or make to stand; that’s the meaning behind it. And so the Law is not made void by our faith, it’s caused to stand by our faith. In all of this you don’t see any distinction being made here: well if you're Jewish it stands or it doesn’t stand; or if you're Gentile it doesn’t stand or it does stand. There’s no difference between Jew and Gentile, the Law is actually for everybody. And we're all expected to repent of our sins, we're all expected to stop sinning, we're all expected to cause the Torah, the Law of Yahweh, to stand by our faith. How do we make it stand? By walking it out. By living it. And by recognizing that it did cause us to come under a place of condemnation and therefore we're gonna receive Messiah to cause us to come under grace. And so part of this Gospel that we're supposed to follow is a life of repentance where we turn away from sin, we turn away from breaking Yahweh’s Law. Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile doesn’t matter. Romans 2:4 says – Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leads you to repentance? – So if Yahweh is good to you He’s supposed to lead you somewhere, right here the word repentance means to turn, that’s what it means to turn, turn away from unrighteousness, turn away from sin, turn away from law-breaking; and turn towards righteousness, turn toward keeping His commandments, turn toward walking in obedience. But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-- indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; – Jew and Greek alike, don’t matter. – but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with Elohim. To say “O that’s just the Jews” that’s partiality. We're all supposed to turn away from breaking His Law otherwise we despise the riches of His goodness and His forbearance. Now, a legitimate question is “What about the Gentiles who never even heard of Yahweh’s Law, how can they be put under Yahweh’s Law, how is that possible? I may read that in Romans but how is it that they, you know, a Gentile never even heard of the Law, you know, in some remote location somewhere, how can their mouth be stopped and they be guilty?” Romans 2 gives us the answer. It says – For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, – Now why would they perish? Even though they did not have that Law given to them. – as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the law will be justified; – Now remember this: it’s the doers of the Law who were justified, not the hearers, remember that. And he gives an example. – for when Gentiles, – He acknowledges they – do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law unto themselves,” – they are a Law unto themselves, continue reading – who show the work of the law written in their hearts, – even though they have it not been given it – their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts – either – accusing or else excusing them in the day when Elohim will judge the secrets of men by Yahushua Messiah, toward my Good News. So even though many Gentiles have no knowledge of Yahweh’s Law, the Law still impacted them in the area’s that they were aware of Yahweh’s Law, it says that they sinned without the Law. You can’t be a sinner unless you have violated something you know is a right principle to live by. So because in the heart of every person there is some understanding of right and wrong. I mean in the area’s where Yahweh’s Law was written in their hearts, their conscience bore witness, there’s going to be judgement on them. So in that way the whole world is ultimately guilty because Yahweh has placed in the heart of men a sense of justice and rightness and wrongness. And so those area’s that the Law that they're aware of, they know what’s right they know what’s wrong, they will be held accountable to that. It says that those are the Laws written in their hearts their conscience bearing witness. So the Gentiles who not have the law, by nature do the things in the law even though these not having the law are a law unto themselves, who show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or excusing them. And so in this manner the entire world is basically under the Law just as it is written in Romans chapter 3 that even though the Law was given through Mosheh and through the Jewish people, every mouth is stopped, the whole world is guilty. Because there are elements of the Law that everyone knows is wrong: don’t commit murder, don’t steal from somebody, don’t rape, rob and steal. We all know these things are wrong because we would not want them done to us. And so the fact that we all sought grace demonstrates that the Law does stand, it has not been abolished. The fact that we even thought we needed grace demonstrated that Yahweh did not abolish his Law when Messiah died for us. The fact that we felt the need to repent shows that Yahweh’s Law had not been abolished. So our faith in His grace is actually something that causes the Law to stand. And even if there are area’s of the Law you're not aware of, there are area’s of the Law you are aware of, it’s just built in. And Yahweh makes sure that happens so that no one will have an excuse. And every mouth will be stopped and all the world will be held guilty if they don’t repent. So now further evidence that the Law of Yahweh given through Mosheh is for both Jew and Gentile, is found when we continue reading Romans chapter 2. Remember there was a Law be justified when Gentiles, who not have the Law, by nature do these things, and they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, and so on. It says – in the day when Elohim will judge the secrets of men by Yahushua Messiah, according to my Good News. Now he says “my Good News”, he's talking about the Good News that he teaches which is according to the Scriptures. Verse 17 he says – Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in Elohim, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, – That’s where we're getting the information we know what the Father’s will is. We're able to prove the things that are excellent. And in fact we can be – confident that we are a guide to the blind, – if we are instructed out of the Law – a light to those who are in darkness, – if we are instructed out of the Law – an instructor of the foolish, – if we are instructed out of the Law – a teacher of babes, – if we are taught by the Law – having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. So the Law informs us, instructs us, tells us what is excellent, tells us what His will is, tells us things that will enable us to be a guide to the blind and a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, and teacher of babes. That's what he's saying. Now unless Paul is lying I have to agree with him. The Jewish people in his day they knew Yahweh’s will, they approved the things that were excellent, they were a guide to the blind and a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, and teacher of babes. All because they had knowledge and truth in the Law, they knew it, the Law instructed them. In fact, the word “Law” in Hebrew is from the Hebrew word “Torah” which means “instruction”, “teaching”, that's what it means. And so he was saying the Jews were these things because they had the Law. Now, they were entrusted with Yahweh’s oracles Yahweh intended for the Jewish people to teach the Gentile people as we read in the Torah itself, the Law itself where it said “one law shall be for you and for the Gentile among you”. And later on we see, Isaiah 56 Yahweh says “Everyone who keeps My Covenant and keeps the Sabbath day, I will accept them and you can come and make your sacrifices here and everything the law was”. Yahweh situated Israel in such a way geographically that anyone in Europe wanting to come and trade with those in Africa would have to go through Israel. Those in Northern Asia wanted to go and trade with those in Africa would have to go through Israel. And vice versa. And those in Southern Asia if they wanted to go up to Europe and they would go through Israel. And so all of the world would hear about Yahweh and His Laws and His commandments and His ways. Yahweh never intended Jewish people keep all this stuff for themselves and exclude all the Gentiles, and have a little club going where only they would know. His goal was that everybody would know. And the day is going to come in the future when everybody will know and the whole world will keep the Law of Yahweh, the whole world. So the whole world will keep the Law of Yahweh and we will be a part of that if we're willing to be, I mean. So get used to it, it's your future. It's part of what Yahweh is going to do for you and me when Messiah returns. Now some people say “Well you know, that Old Covenant wasn’t that with the Jews, I mean, doesn’t that kind of prove that the Law was only for the Jewish people and that you know, we’re a New Testament church, we’re Gentiles, we’re not part of that Old Covenant, that Old Covenant is with the Jewish people.” Well, you’ve got a little of a problem here. Jeremiah 31:31 says – “Behold, the days are coming”, says Yahweh, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers – Their fathers, whose fathers? Israel and Judah. – in the day that I took them – that’s Israel and Judah – by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them”, says Yahweh. “But this is the covenant that I will make – with who? – with the house of Israel after those days”, says Yahweh: “I will put My law – What Law is He talking about here in Jeremiah? What Law is He talking about? The only Law there was was the Law that He had given through Mosheh. There was no other Law at that time. – and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Mighty One, and they shall be My people.” – So the Covenant, the New Testament, the New Covenant, guess what, it’s with Israel and with Judah. And there’s a promise here that was not promised in the Old Covenant, it says – “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,' – Day is gonna come when the whole world would know Yahweh. – for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them”, says Yahweh. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” That’s a promise in the New Covenant that’s only through and by Yahushua the Messiah, enabling us to be forgiven. Now, you’ve got a problem. You cannot distance yourself from the Old Covenant saying “Oh that’s with Israel and Judah” and then embrace the New Covenant which is also with Israel and Judah. So how does it work? I mean you can’t have it both ways, you can’t separate yourself from one thing and then embrace another when you’re using the same reason for both, it doesn’t make any sense. So the truth is when we become joined to Yahweh, when we are willing to repent and put our faith in the Messiah Yahushua, something beautiful happens. Romans 11:15 it says – For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? – Talking about Judah and Israel, they were cast away causing the world to be reconciled. So will their acceptance be but life from the dead. – For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, – Who is them? Israel. – and with them – with them Israel – became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, – The point being here that you are joined with this olive tree. You can read the whole context, but I want to make this point because part of what Messiah did for us was enable us to be joined with Israel, together. That’s what Messiah’s awsome work is. And so even if you think the Law was for Israel, guess what? You are Israel, you are! And if you are Messiah’s, Galatians 3:29 says – then you are Abraham’s seed, – So even if you’re not Abraham’s seed in the flesh, if you are Messiah’s then you are Abraham’s seed. And in fact Ephesians 2:11 says – Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles – In other words one time, way back, when? Before all this happened you were Gentile, you’re not anymore. Remember that you, once Gentiles – in the flesh-- who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-- that at that time – It's something that happened at one time, it’s not true anymore. At that time – you were without Messiah, – you were – being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel – If you were at one time an alien from the commonwealth of Israel what are you now? You are no longer an alien, you are no longer without Messiah, you are no longer a stranger – from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Elohim in the world. But now in Messiah Yahushua you who once were far off have been brought near – One time you were not Israel, but now you are brought near to the commonwealth of Israel and to the Covenants. So I hope that I have done some things here to expose this huge, huge lie that originates from the father of lies. This idea, the Law was only for the Jews, it’s simply not true. Now I do have a more detailed study on this very topic, if you go to the transcripts page at eliyah.com/transcripts/ there is a study entitled “Is the Law Jewish?” And I go into even more detail than what we have done in this study. And that study was given on the Roman date of 6/9/2012, so about three and a half years ago, a little less. So I have a full study for anyone wanting to go into that in more depth. And there is some more Scriptures to cover in that. So lie number 1, this idea the Law was only for Jews, we’re Gentiles so it’s not for us, what are we gonna do with it? We're going to completely obliterate it, good bye, we don’t believe you, you are a lie, that’s what we’re going to do with it. But then there’s lie number 2 along the way, here it is: “The Law is a curse!” Now, nowhere in Scripture does it say that the Law itself is a curse. I mean, image such a thing, Yahweh is handing His people a curse: “Here you go, I love you so much, I'm going to curse you!” No, if Yahweh is love how can He possibly curse somebody without a cause? But that’s how some people act today at least you know as off until Messiah came no one could be saved because that big bad Law Yahweh gave and you know, and so when Messiah came He came and took away that big bad Law so we could be free. That's not the way we should understand it at all, no way! Yahweh never handed us a curse when He gave the Law. The Law is not a curse. This is the thing that Yahweh did, He said – “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.” So He did not give Israel a curse. He gave Israel an opportunity to receive the blessing by obeying the commandments, and the curse by not obeying the commandments. And that is an offer that stand for everybody, because as we saw earlier, all the world is guilty before Yahweh, everyone is under the Law, everyone. So we have this option of blessing and curse. He did not give the Law and the Law itself be this curse He was trying to put on His people, it wasn’t His motive to curse anybody. His motive was to give people the choice, just like He gave Adam and Eve. He gave Adam and Eve a choice: What do you want? Do you want blessing or do you want cursing? Do you want life or do you want death? We all have that choice. So He is not cursing us, He is giving us the option of what we want. Now, it is true that we all made the wrong choice, we all chose to be disobedient to the commandments, and for that reason we all have become guilty before Yahweh, and for that reason we all deserve to be cursed. But the Law itself is not a curse. It is simply Yahweh’s standard of living. And if we have chosen to disobey Yahweh’s standards, we place ourselves under the curse, and for that reason we are all guilty and we are all cursed because we have all disobeyed Yahweh’s standards. Now that was our decision. Yahweh set before us a blessing and a curse, we chose the curse on our own. The law is not a curse. But the Law is used to teach us the right way to live, and if we choose not to obey it then we will be cursed. So He set before us these blessings and cursings, and blessings from obedience and cursings for disobedience. So when Paul wrote this, this is what he said in Galatians he said – For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Now look at this closely and you’ll see it’s in agreement with what I’m saying. If we are “of the works of the Law” we are under a curse. You cannot rush through these verses, please do not rush through these verses and jump to conclusions. Paul’s writings were hard for even people of his day to understand, how much more so us 2000 years later. So do not be led away with the “error of the wicked” or error of those who break through the restraint of Law to gratify your own desires. Be careful about that. If we are of the works of the Law we’re cursed. Why? Because it says: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the Law to do them.” So we have not continued in all the things which are written in the book of the Law and therefore we are cursed. Now before I explain that I want you to read the next verse, verse 11. It says – that no one is justified by the law in the sight of Elohim”, It’s evident. This word that’s translated ‘justified’, it means to be declared righteous, that’s what it means. So the Law does not declare you righteous. Why? Because you and I and everyone has not continued in all the things which are written in the book of the Law to do them. So we are not justified by the Law, we are cursed because we did not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the Law. So if we were to try to say “Hey, guess what, I am a Law keeper I have kept the Law, I deserve to be saved because I am a righteous man”. We wouldn’t make it, we wouldn’t make it because it's not true, we’re believing a lie about ourselves that we are somehow able to save ourselves. So that would place us in a position where we were “of the works of the law”. And if that’s the kind of person we were then we would be guilty. Now if we had been like Yahushua and never broke the Law even one time and we would be completely sinless, we could be of the works of the Law and be saved; and that’s why we read earlier in Romans it says “The doers of the law are justified”. The ones who just hear it but don’t do it, they are not justified. But we have not been a doer have we? No one has, only Yahushua has. But since we broke the Law we cannot look at the Law to say “Hey, you can save me”. So we have to have faith. The ones who are just or righteous will live or have eternal life by faith. So that’s why we are reading – Yet the law is not of faith, – it says – the man who does them shall live – or have eternal life – by them. So the Law is basically telling us if you do these things you will have eternal life by them, and there was only one man who ever did that, that was Yahushua the Messiah, He did them and therefore the grave could not hold Him and He has eternal life because He was righteous. And because of that He is able to also – redeem us from the curse of the law. The curse of the Law is “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things that were written in the book of the law, to do them”. The Law itself is not a curse but the Law speaks a curse to those who disobey it. That’s a difference. He, Messiah – having become a curse for us (for it's written, – in the Law – “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), ” So we can’t be declared righteous by the Law, we can only be declared righteous by faith, by putting our faith in the Messiah Yahushua who bore that curse for us; upon Him was laid the iniquity of us all. So no flesh can be justified by the works of the Law. It says: Galatians 2:16 – knowing that a man is not justified – or declared righteous – by the works of the law but by faith in Yahushua Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah Yahushua, that we might be justified – talking about Jewish people – by faith in Messiah and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. What is the works of the Law? What does the Law do? What is the Law’s work? Tell me. It tells you, the Law is informing you “This is sin, this is righteousness, this is the way to live, this is righteousness”. That’s all it’s doing, that’s what its work is. And so if you were relying upon the standard to save you, it only will save you if you have held yourself to that standard. But since we have not held ourselves to Yahweh’s standards, we have all sinned, it exposes our sin and demonstrates we are all guilty before Yahweh, and for that reason we cannot rely upon that Law to save us and declare us righteous. May be like a criminal going into court who committed murder and saying “Hey judge, the law says ‘thou shalt not murder’. Set me free now.” Wouldn’t work, he hasn’t kept the law. Or be like the same criminal saying “Well, look, you know, okay, I kept all these other laws and because I kept all these other laws I should be set free.” Does not matter, you committed murder, you are gonna be judged for the crime of murder no matter how many other laws you kept. You are going to be sentenced for the crime of murder. The same is true of Yahweh’s Law. Does not matter how many Laws you keep or how well you treat the poor, or how much money you give away to your congregation or, I mean someone has gonna have to pay a price for your crime. And Yahushua offers to do that for you. So the Law cannot declare you righteous, it can only declare you unrighteous. And so if you choose to rely upon the work of the Law, which is to inform you what righteousness is, to save you, then you will not be saved unless you have kept it. But you see the problem is the Jews in Paul’s day believed you didn’t need Yahushua. That’s why he spends all this time explaining why Yahushua was necessary. And they tried to say, they might have tried to say that a person wasn’t saved until you keep this commandment over here or that commandment over there, then you will be saved. But that’s putting the work of the Law in the message of salvation. The message of salvation is very simple: Turn away from sin, receive the Messiah; He will accept you right there and receive you right there and then He will instruct you as to what you need to do from that point. So Yahweh can save us right where we are, the minute we decide to turn away from sin and turn toward Messiah, He is standing ready to accept us as His own. Are we willing to do that? I have, I have been willing, hopefully you are willing to do that too, if you haven’t already. Let’s going back to Galatians. If you were of the works of the Law, that means you are relying upon the work of the Law to save you, you are going to be under a curse because the Law says “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law is going to be cursed.” That’s what Yahweh said. So you cannot be justified or declared righteous by the Law. He did not say the Law itself was a curse. The Law itself says and speaks a curse that says “If you do not obey this law then you will be cursed”. There’s a difference between the two. Messiah has redeemed us from that curse that is in the Law which is “Cursed is everyone who does not”. He has saved us from that. So that we are not guilty. His righteousness is upon us and we are saved. Now I have a full study on this topic in the book of Galatians once again Roman date 6/6/2015 “Galatians Proves that we should Observe the Torah” (or the Law, same word). eliyah.com/transcripts where we go through the book of Galatians verse by verse. We do not leave any stone unturned. So let’s take a look at this lie here it says “The law is a curse!” and let’s throw it in the garbage can. It does not belong in our vernacular. It is not true, the Law is not a curse. But then comes another lie, number 3 “If you Keep the Law, you have fallen from Grace!” A lot of people believe that because we believe in keeping Yahweh’s Law we somehow are now fallen from grace. Well this idea also happens to originate from the book of Galatians chapter 5 in verse 4 it says – You have become estranged from Messiah, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. He did not say “you who decide to be obedient to something in the law”, he said “you who try to be justified by the law”. It doesn’t say “if you desire to keep one of those commandments in the law that you are going to be in a place where you have fallen from grace.” It just says “if you attempt to be justified by the law you have fallen from grace”. Big difference. As we have seen the Law can not justify or make a person righteous who has broken it. And so if we try to be justified or declared righteous by the Law we will, like the murderer quoting the Law against murder to justify himself, be found guilty. And so Paul says that we will become estranged from the Messiah and fallen from grace if we try to be justified by the Law instead of through faith in Messiah Yahushua. But you know, keeping the Law is not the same as trying to be justified by it, there is a difference. For instance, the Law tells me to honor my parents. So if I choose to keep that Law that does not automatically mean I am trying to be justified by it. But if I was to say “You know I don’t need the Messiah, I do such a great job of honoring my parents, I don’t need the Messiah. And Yahweh will overlook my other sins and He will say ‘Wow, you did such a great job of honoring your parents I am going to forgive you the other sins’.” It don’t work that way. Likewise just because I am keeping the Law that says “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” that does not automatically mean I am trying to be justified by the Law. I am just keeping the commandment because I love Yahweh and because I want to do His will. In the same way we should keep all of His commandments in the same manner. And the truth is even modern Christianity there is people who you people who reject the Sabbath and they can be just as guilty of trying to be saved by their own works; for instance, if someone says “you know I gave all this money to the poor I did such a great job giving to the poor I am sure He will let me into heaven.” That’s an attempt to be justified by the Law, by your own works. You would be a person who is estranging yourself from the Messiah if that’s what you believed. And so as if your own righteousness could save you somehow rather than Yahweh’s grace. So we have to put our faith in the Messiah Yahushua and place ourselves under grace rather than trying to say “Well yeah I am under the Law and I have kept it and I should be saved, Yahweh is so impressed with how good I perform that He will let me in.” It doesn’t work that way. Just as a judge was to come to you and say “Well, it looks like you have committed murder”, if you have committed murder, and you said “Well I have done all these other things that are really good” it won’t matter, you committed murder you are guilty. You can be the greatest most outstanding citizen, but if you broke the commandment to not commit murder you are judged by it. So Yahushua comes in and says “Look, if this person will turn away from his sin I am willing to bear his punishment for him; I am willing to have his sin put upon Me, I will bear it.” And it says in Isaiah 53 “Yahweh has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all”. And if we receive that, when we say “You know what, I am totally helpless, totally, totally without salvation unless I have a Saviour to save me and to deliver me from my own sin” then He is willing to do that. Turn away from unrighteousness, repent, turn away from unrighteousness, turn toward righteousness, receive the Messiah, He will enable you to be forgiven. And so it is not the commandment you keep that determines whether or not you have fallen from grace, it is the reason why you keep it that makes determination. In the book of Galatians it happened to be circumcision, in modern age church it could be paying tithes, it could be giving to the poor, or a host of other righteous acts that are seen as good things to do. So it is not the commandment you keep that determines whether or not you have fallen from grace and estranged from Messiah, it is your motive behind keeping it. And it’s a dangerous motive if you think your righteousness will save you. That would cause you to be estranged from the Messiah. So I do have a full study on this topic as well, given 1/10/2015 the Roman date “Does Keeping the Law Equal Denying the Messiah?” And it is again found at eliyah.com/transcripts. So lie number 3 “If you Keep the Law, you have fallen from Grace!” what will we do with it? Goodbye, it is not true at all. But then the enemy comes in with lie number 4 “Messiah did the Law so we don’t have to!” That can be a very dangerous belief if you really think about it. I mean imagine a murderer saying “O you know, since the Messiah didn’t commit murder I am free as be to commit murder.” I mean that is where this logical conclusion would end up. He kept that commandment so I don’t have to keep it. And I know that sounds pretty ridiculous but that is the mentality that I am hearing whenever someone says something like that. Now I think what they really mean is that the Messiah kept certain select commandments, you know not, like yes Sabbath-keeping, and clean and unclean, and feast days, so I don’t have to do that. I think that is what they are trying to say. But actually when someone thinks of observing the Law they almost never think of commandments like refrain from idolatry or refrain from blasphemy or murder or adultery or stealing; they typically only think of certain select commandments out of the Law that they see you are law-keeping over there, they are only thinking of those certain ones. They are not thinking that you know, honoring your parents is law-keeping or refrain from lying is law-keeping. And so they pick out certain commandments and they say “If you do those particular commandments then you are trying to be a Jew, you know. Or you are trying to be justified by the Law, you are estranged from Messiah”. So let me illustrate this for a moment. This is what they mean by law-keeping: Keeping the Sabbath, keeping the feast days, observing the clean and the unclean, various other Old Testament commands like land Sabbath, no mixed garments and wearing tassels, and so on. But scripturally there is really no distinction between these and love your neighbor as yourself which is written in Leviticus 19:18, or any other commandment. For instance, would Yahushua do all these things so you would not have to? Did He have no other Elohim before Him so you can go out and have an Elohim before Yahweh? Did He refuse to bow to idols so that you could commit idolatry? Did He refuse to take Yahweh’s name in vain so you could take His name in vain? Did He refuse to honor His parents or He refrained from murder, adultery, stealing, bearing false witness and covetousness so that you could go out and do that? Of course not, I mean most people will look and say “No of course not Tom, no”. But what about the Sabbath day? “O He did that so I don’t have to”. Now wait a minute. You can’t have one and think one way and you take that one commandment out of the bunch and go “Well, He did that one so I don’t have to”. There is no basis for that belief. I mean no one ever says “I can now commit adultery because Messiah kept that commandment for me” I mean that would not make any sense. But we hear these things. So now I think I know why they are trying to say that. I mean because in one sense it is kind of true in a different sense in that it regards to all my past sins. The Messiah kept all those commandments for me so that I can rely on His righteousness to save me in all my past sins. And it is true in that sense but that is not what they are saying. So you know looking back at the Law I can say “Yes I have failed to obey those laws and Messiah kept them for me so I can be cleansed of all my past things”, but what they are saying is you can look at the Law now and say “I don’t have to do any of that stuff man, Messiah came and did that for me I can just, you know, trample right on the grace of Elohim under foot there and live how I want”. No. We should never look at the Law and say “Well you know I don’t have to concern myself of that commandment because Messiah kept it for me”. Because in order to even receive salvation we have to repent, or we end up despising the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering – Romans 2:4 – not knowing the goodness of Elohim leads me to repentence. But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: So eternal life is granted to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-- indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, the Jew first and also of the Greek; – the Greek – for there is no partiality with Elohim. So we need to look at it properly. We need to repent, a repentant person would never look at a commandment and say “Woah pff, good thing Messiah kept that for me I don’t have to worry about it, I can go on in my disobedience to it because I have got a Saviour that saved me”. A repentant person would look at Yahweh’s commandments and say “Wow, that’s the highest standard, I love Yahweh, I want to do what He asks of me”. A right-minded person would look at Yahushua’s example and say “Wow, the Messiah kept those, I want to be just like Him”. In fact 1 John 2:3-6 it says – Now by this we know – by this we know – that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him” and doesn't keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked. Messiah. Walk just as Messiah walked. That’s why Paul said "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Messiah." And in fact Galatians 2:20 it says – I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. So if I'm wanting to imitate Paul I must also imitate the Messiah, and if the Messiah dwells in me, if He lives in me, guess what: He's going to do the things in me that He did when He was on the earth. I mean look at what Yahushua said in John 10:37 He said “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” So it’s demonstrated that the Father dwelled in the Son by the works that He expressed on the earth. Wouldn’t the same be true for us? The determining factor whether or not the Father was in Yahushua was whether or not He was doing the Father’s works. The same will be true about us. The works of the Father that were in Yahushua were righteous works. And the Messiah’s works will be righteous works also. And if the Messiah is in us then we will do the works of the Messiah who was basically doing the works of the Father and therefore we would be walking in the image of Elohim. And we will be living, breathing examples of how the Messiah lived on the earth, and guess what, no matter how much you think the Law has changed or this has changed or that has changed Yahushua Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And if He kept the Sabbath day and these other commandments on the earth yesterday, He is going to do it today, and He will as we see in the Prophets He will do it forever and we all will do it forever. He does not change. We know the Messiah kept the Sabbath day, we know He kept the feast days, we know He refrained from eating unclean and many other acts of law-keeping He did; and so if He is the same yesterday, today and forever and He lives in us we will do those things He did because He is the same, allways, consistent, reliable. He is not a chamelion, He doesn’t change with the times, it’s a lie to say He has changed. It’s a lie to say “O Messiah did that so I don’t have to”. Yahushua did it and so now I get a blessing; I’m gonna toss out this lie, and all these lies that we read about so far, we're gonna toss them out and we're gonna look at Yahweh’s Law, we're gonna say now because LOVE number 1 is this “Messiah did it so now I really want to!” Yahushua did it so I get to manifest Him by doing the same, I want to follow the Lamb wherever He goes, I want to hear His voice, I want to follow the trail that He set before me, I want to by the Spirit He places in me, glorify Him, and manifest Him, and reveal Him, and proclaim Him, by demonstrating His life in all its fullnes, to this lost and dying world. Because I know that’s what it means to be His disciple. A disciple is not above his teacher. So let’s do it, let us do what our teacher did. And I have more lies to uncover and to expose. And so until then brothers and sisters, may Yahweh reveal to us any way in which we have been deceived by the father of lies because as I said in the beginning of this study, these are all basically the same lie the devil told Eve in the Garden of Eden. “O you will not surely die if you disobey Yahweh, you can disobey His commandments, it will be no problem. Go ahead Messiah did that for you, don’t worry about it, those who do His commandments are all fallen from grace, you see. That old Law is just a curse, you don’t have to do that Jewish stuff.” Do you hear that contrary voice, do you hear the father of lies in those words? I do, it’s all the same thing that was told in the Garden, repackaged, rehashed, kind of make it look different, but it’s all the same source. Yahushua said – “Sanctify them by Your truth. – He's praying for us. – Your word is truth.” When He spoke these words in the garden of Gethsemane there was no New Testament back then, there was only the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms and the Writings, nothing else. Let us return to the truth. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Let us allow His truth to expose every lie from the enemy. Let us allow our love for Messiah be as such. That we not only appreciate what He has done for men, we want to be a part of what He want’s to do in men. And that is manifest Himself as a true body of Messiah with Him being the head should do. And we will continue to do that and manifest truth and expose lies in our next segment. And so until then my brothers and sisters, may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh truly have mercy on us all.

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