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One thing that has always bothered me about Paul’s writings, is he seems to contradict himself in places. Since no scripture should contradict any other scripture, if there is an apparent contradiction, a red flag should go up and it should tell you something is wrong and it’s time to dig. More than likely it is a translation problem.
If you are using a westernized (English) bible you could go look at other westernized Bible versions, and compare, but ultimately the best way to get to the bottom of it, is to look at the original language it was written in. All of the Older Testament was written in Hebrew. Most of the Newer Testament was written in (or directly translated into) Greek. All of the scriptures were written with a Hebrew mind set, by Hebrews. Even though Paul was from the Tribe of Benjamin, he was still a Hebrew and an Israelite. Regardless of whether scripture is from the Older Testament or Newer Testament, Hebrew needs to be considered.
Before beginning, it is important to know who Paul is talking about when he says “Israel”. If you haven’t yet done so, go to the “Identity Crisis tab at the top of this page, or click: http://hiddentruthrevealed.weebly.com/identity-crisis.html . It is important to understand who Israel is, before you can understand Paul’s writings.
When examining the Book of Romans, we must keep a few things in mind:
Romans was written by Paul primarily to the Diaspora (scattered of Israel) in Rome and its empire, not the Church in Rome as Christianity teaches (though at one point, he says how he longs to go there).
·Paul’s writings are difficult to understand and twisted by people, as Peter warned in 2 Peter 3:15-16 (though
the church moved Peter’s writings after Paul’s writings, so his warning wouldn’t be heeded). Peter spent time
with Yeshua learning from Him. Paul did not.
·To fully understand Paul’s writings, it is necessary to have a very good understanding of the Torah, the Jewish
culture as well as rabbinic (man-made) teachings and laws (which most Christians don’t have an understanding
·As mentioned previously, the translations from Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic into English don’t always give a true
picture of what is being said.
·Paul is an expert of the Torah. Because he knows every aspect of it to the utmost detail, he tends to
overcomplicate it. This could be kept in mind.
·The words “faith”, “works” and “law” have been twisted. This page will re-examine these words, their meanings,
Another thing to be aware of when reading Paul’s writings, is that he anticipates arguments and addresses them
(sometimes even sarcastically) before they come up.
While the Book of Romans is a letter written to the congregation, certain parts are written to specific groups (such as the Jews, and Gentiles. When Paul uses the word “Gentiles”, most of the time he is speaking of “the nations” according to the Greek. By “Nations” he means the heathen, those who are rebellious to YHWH and don’t know Him and don’t care to. It might even go as far as to mean those who hate Him.
Note: There is and has always been a mechanism in place for heathen to be grafted into the House of Israel.
Most of the rest of the time he uses the word “Gentiles”, he is talking about those who are non-Jewish believers/followers of Yeshua/lost sheep/northern tribes/those who are part of Israel, but have been set outside the camp due to disobedience (like a disobedient child sent to his room) scattered mostly at that time within the boundaries of the Roman Empire (later to be scattered among the nations). Those who looked like the world. In other words, sometimes Paul is speaking to those who were in the House of Israel, but have been or are in danger of being outside the house (camp) due to rebellion and disobedience. These “Gentiles” are coming out of the world/paganism and back into the true faith following Torah) of the congregation.
It may take some digging to determine which form of “gentiles” he is using at any given time. I will try to note which is being used according to what the Greek says.
Overview of Romans
*Chapters 2-6 are a transitional period.
*Chapters 7-13 Paul is speaking primarily to the gentile converts. They didn’t have a background of Torah, so Paul had to lay that background first. He then uses Torah to teach them about being set apart (they had to offer their
bodies a living sacrifice, which is obedience to YHWH’s instructions/Torah).
*In chapter 13 verses 1-7 he is talking about the leadership of the cahalas (congregation) and not the pagan
*The rest of the chapters he is speaking to pretty much everyone.
Chapter 1 – Who is Paul speaking to, in Romans 1? The first half is addressed to the new converts and those who were following YHWH, but turned away for a time though are now returning. The second half is referring to those who are not followers of YHWH, or those who once were, but are not any longer.
In the first chapters of Romans, Paul is absolutely supporting the fact the Torah is still valid today, that those who continued to walk in unrighteousness became judged (as walking in unrighteousness, not as losing their salvation, but punished/disciplined/cursed. Paul was calling them out of their wickedness, so their punishment would end. This was prophesied in Hosea chapter one.
My notes from Torah Round Table program on Hebrew Nation Radio – Jeff Gilbert, Mark Hall, David Gilbert, Rob Miller, and Rick Cheshere\
In the first six verses of chapter 1 of Romans, Paul uses several words and phrases that are used throughout his writings and are key to understanding them.
1) He is a servant of Yeshua and used for the good news of YHWH. He makes a distinction between YHWH
and Yeshua. The good news he speaks about is YHWH sent His Son (Yeshua the Messiah) to restore
(re-gather) His people (lost sheep scattered among the nations) and be Messiah unto the them.
2) Paul calls himself a “bond servant”. To fully appreciate what that means, you have to go to the Older
Testament and learn how it is used and what it represents.
3) The term “good news” (bessar in Hebrew) means “the full message”. The testimony and the Torah. In
Revelation it is those who have the testimony of Yeshua and keep the commandments (Torah) that the
dragon is wrath with.
4) The term “the law”. Which law? The Torah? The oral torah (man-made)?, civil law? The law of in and
death? It is important to know when Paul says “the law” he is not always speaking of the Torah. When he is
using “law” as the Torah, he usually says the law of Moses. Actually Torah doesn’t mean “law”. “Law” is a
poor translation. In Hebrew, Torah means “teaching” and “instructions”. It is important to keep that in mind.
5) Sect of the Nazarenes – In Acts 24:5, Paul was called “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” This is the
term for those who accepted Yeahua as Messiah, and also kept Torah. Originally, the term “Christian” did
not apply to any follower of Yeshua, the term was first applied to the pagan god serapis christus, that the
Greco-Roman Egyptians were following from 305 B.C. to 325 C.E. created by Ptolemy I Soter in an effort to
unite the Romans and Egyptians.
6) The term “Israel” in Hebrew literally means “those who stand upright before YHWH”.
7) The term “salvation”. In Hebrew, the name of Yeshua means “salvation”. Most people think salvation is a
Newer Testament term, but it first occurs in Genesis 49:18, and then Exodus14:13. In Hebrew it simply
means deliverance or prosperity and relates to health.
There is more to salvation than the Christian church teaches. Though it is through grace that salvation comes, it is not a get out of hell free card. You don’t say the magic prayer and then live like hell. According to scripture, salvation is to be walked out by obedience (keeping YHWH’s ways. How do we know what YHWH’s ways are so we can live by them? It is simple. He gave us His Torah (teachings and instructions).
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation .
1Thus saith YHWH, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil .
Paul actually says the gospel was promised according to the Older Testament scriptures.
Vs. 5 says 5By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: According to this verse, it is for obedience that we have received grace and apostleship. Faith is belief proven (or shown) by actions. His Name is His authority as the one true Elohim (God), the Most High.
Vs. 12 12That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
In Greek, the word translated “comforted” means “to be called together”.
Vs. 13 13Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
In Greek, the use of the word “Gentiles” here means “Nations”.
Vs.17 17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
This is a very famous verse that actually has a slightly different meaning once you look at it in the Greek and consider the Hebrew mindset. It actually says: “Righteousness of YHWH is revealed out of faith (belief shown by works) into faith (belief shown by works).
In Romans 1:22-32 Paul is rebuking those who were involved in dispensational teaching (one dispensation replacing the previous) that YHWH’s laws and covenants were done away with, so they were engaging in wicked behavior, leading sheep to go astray, each one after their own shepherd, each one after their own way, doing what they wanted, so YHWH gave them over to their wickedness. The judgments came upon them because of their rebellion. Paul is supporting the lost sheep returning, calling them out of these things, calling them out to righteousness once again. Not to grace through faith to live as always forgiven for every sin, but rather to walking in righteousness (righteousness being a specific choice of words which means righteousness in view of YHWH’s instructions for His people which is Torah).
Vs. 28 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient*;
*Convenient? The Greek says “benefiting”.
Chapter one paints an ugly picture of those who are disobedient and says they are worthy of death. What results from sin? Death. What is sin? According to scripture, the definition of sin is transgression of the law (Torah).
Chapter 2 - He addresses the Jews in Rome, specifically the Jews who have been brought up in Torah such as the elders who sit in Moses’ seat to judge according to Torah.
There is no such thing as a dispensational age the usurps any previous dispensation. We are still in the age as Adam and Chava (Eve). From Adam walking on this Earth until the last Adam (Yeshua) walking on this Earth at the end of the seventh day (millennium).
5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life :
We have done exactly as the believers Paul was rebuking. We have gone from the dispensation of law to the dispensation of grace. Paul was teaching an active faith includes works, which means following the Torah. It was love, joy, peace, patience, etc. that were earmarks of a genuine believer.
Our faith ought to be seen in how we live our lives.
Paul is building on the foundations of Torah to re-gather the House of Israel.
Vs. 8 8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,…
According to scripture, truth is defined as Torah.
Vs. 10 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Vs. 12-13 12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
The first part of this verse says if we put ourselves under the law we put ourselves in its judgment. It also says without the law, if we sin we perish. In other words, all who sin who are not under the law perish. Judgment or death? I choose judgment, because I know I will be judged with the blood of Yeshua taking away the penalty of my sin (death). It was the penalty of sin that was nailed to the cross. Thank you Yeshua!
Vs. 14 The word translated as “Gentiles” here is “Nations”
Vs. 23 23Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
Vs.21-23 The Greek is not putting these actions as questions. It is accusatory.
Does this sound like Paul says the Law (Torah) was done away with? He is saying boasting about the law, then breaking it dishonors YHWH. If it was done away with, that wouldn’t be the case.
This gives YHWH a bad name.
24For the name of YHWH is blasphemed among the Gentiles* through you, as it is written .
* The word translated as “Gentiles” here is “Nations”
Paul then begins to speak about circumcision (physical vs. spiritual). There are those who believe in faith without works, works without faith, and faith with works, but not Torah. When he speaks of circumcision, he is talking not so much the physical, but rather circumcision of the heart (which will ultimately lead to the physical/obedience), not to gain salvation or adoption into Israel, but because of it.
Paul (or any other disciple for that matter) is not going out to make goats (the heathen/the world) into sheep (YHWH’s people), he is going out to gather the lost sheep and proclaim the good news to them.
5These twelve Yeshua sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Even Yeshua Himself said he came only for the lost sheep.
The message of John the Baptist was repent and return to Torah. How can you return if you weren’t there before?
The majority of the scriptures from Isaiah to the apostolic portion is to those who were already in the land as well as those who were scattered into the land. Anyone can be grafted into Israel. It is a spiritual rebirth into the house of Israel. If you are a believer in the sent one (Yeshua), you are Israel, and you are now subject to the laws of the Father of the house (YHWH).
Romans 3? - Paul makes the case both Jew and gentile are sinners and subject to the curse of Torah without Messiah Yeshua
Starting with verse 19, Romans 1 changes theme and becomes difficult to understand.
20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin .
The law (Torah) cannot save you. It only tells you what sin is, which is very helpful in avoiding sinning against YHWH. This is why in Plalms 119, David praises YHWH for it however, knowing what sin is, doesn’t make you sinless (hence David’s sinning when he had an adulterous affair with Betheeba and had her husband set up to be killed). There is a difference between knowing what sin is, so you can avoid sinning (because you have a heart for YHWH), and slipping up giving into temptation because your flesh is weak.
21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets ;
In other words, the Word (defined by scripture as Torha) became flesh (Yeshua) and dwelt among us…then He gave us His Spirit.
Why does it appear Paul is saying Torah is done away with or no longer necessary?
28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
We are not justified (made righteous) by doing works whether it be keeping Torah or man-made laws.
This verse contains a term that is used in several places of the Newer Testament. “Works (or “deeds) of the law”. This is usually not referring to keeping Torah, but rather the orthodox traditional religious Pharisees’ halakha. Previous to that, the term referred to the ultra religious halakha of the Essenes. This was confirmed by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The term is also used in Romans 6:14,15, 9:32, 1 Corinthians 9:20- 21, Galatians 2:16, 3:2, 5, 10, 23, 4:4-5, 21, 5:18.
Vs.29 the Greek word translated as “Gentiles” here should be “nations”.
31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law .
Paul seems to now be contradicting himself here, but the point he made previously is: you aren’t justified by keeping Torah and the point being made here is, we still need to keep the Torah. It hasn’t been done away with (“made void”), we just aren’t saved/made righteous/ justified by keeping it. Works cannot save us. It is only by the blood sacrifice of Yeshua that we are saved/made righteous/justified.
Chapter 4 - Continuing with the theme of Chapter 3, He shows Abraham was justified in his faith before he was circumcised, but his justification did not negate his obedience to YHWH in being circumcised among other things.
There are subtle words that are key to understanding these passages. YHWH loves us. We don’t earn that love, but because He loves us, we want to please Him and show Him our love by obeying Him. (“If you love Me, keep My commandments”)
5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might .
This isn’t about legalism, it is about relationship.
Like a marriage. A woman doesn’t see her husband off in the morning grabbing him by the collar and saying: “listen to me, you better go to work, and make me some money, and forget about all your old girlfriends, and your old ways.” No. She gives him a kiss and because he loves her he does those things on his own.
A lot of what Paul talks about is getting our hearts right.
Paul is tearing down the fallacy that keeping Torah makes you a son. Your son obeying you is a completely separate event. Because he is your son and he loves you or fears you, he obeys you, not in order to become or remain your son.
If your son becomes a criminal, you may hate what he has done, and who he has become, but you still love him because he is your son and you long for the day of restoration when he sees what he is doing is wrong (sin) and genuinely desires to stop doing it (repentance), then lives a crime-free upright life (following Torah).
Paul talks about two types of righteousness:
Righteousness that comes from grace through faith
Righteousness that comes from keeping the Torah
These are completely separate from one another.
The church teaches that because we don’t have to do works to achieve salvation and relationship with YHWH, then we shouldn’t do them at all. The church also teaches we can’t keep Torah and by trying, we are shaming the blood of Yeshua. These are lies.
Nowhere in scripture does it say Torah was used as a mechanism for adoption (being grafted in). Paul seems to be addressing this.
Certain pharasees were saying you had to be physically circumcised before you could be saved. This is also a lie, so Paul was addressing that as well. Remember; Abraham believed YHWH and it was credited to him as righteousness. He wasn’t circumcised until sometime later.
If you don’t understand what Torah has to say, you can either think you can earn things by works, or that you don’t have to do any works at all, but neither is true.
There is a righteousness that comes from the father
There is a righteousness that comes from walking in Torah
They are not the same things.
“No one could possibly keep the law so don’t bother trying”
“If you can’t keep all of it, you are better off not keeping any of it”
11For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. 15See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
The Sunday church talks about sin a lot, but they don’t even
know what it is. According to scripture, sin means: “transgression of the Torah (mistranslated as law)”
1 John 3:4
4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Remember, the word poorly translated as “law” (when speaking of Torah) in Hebrew is the word
“instruction”, so sin is the transgression of instruction.
Keep that in mind as you read Romans 4:15
15Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
If you tell (instruct) your teenage child to clean his room and he doesn’t, it probably makes you angry.
If you never ever told your child to clean his room, when he doesn’t, there is nothing to get angry with
But there is instruction. No wonder in Psalms 119, King David spoke in so much praise of the Torah. It defines sin. If you don’t know what sin is, how can you keep from sinning?
Torah is our task master. It teaches us so we are not ignorant to His Torah and are not ignorant in the ways to receive blessings from Him. Torah teaches us what righteousness is in the eyes of YHWH, not in how to be born again, because we already are born again.
What about verses 14 and 15 that say:
14For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect :
15Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression .
This is one of the verses that people misinterpret to mean Paul is against Torah, which makes no sense because in the first three chapters of Romans, Paul is very clear about being for Torah, not for the righteousness of adoption, but rather for the righteousness of those who are adopted.
Abraham was righteous in the adoption by grace through faith, but he was also righteous in walking out the Father’s instruction.
4And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
We are made sheep by grace through faith, but we remain in the flock/camp/house (not being cut off From the vine) by the righteousness of the working out of the Torah, not to maintain our status as a sheep or being born again, but because we are. If you say you love Him but do not obey Him, Yeshua says you are a liar. How do you obey Him if there is no Torah?
When Paul is talking about the Torah, often the ones he is speaking to are those who say Torah brought about the adoption. Paul is saying it is not that way. It is by grace through faith. Paul is not teaching about law vs. grace. Christianity tries to convey that is the case, but it is not. YHWH gave the Torah through mercy. What is twisted is the idea of doing works apart from faith in order to earn some kind of relationship vs. trusting in YHWH’s provision and then living accordingly maintaining righteousness through the Torah.
What about verses 24-25 which say:
24But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him (YHWH) that raised up Yeshua our Messiah/Savior from the dead; 25Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our
Understanding these verses is important because they are actually part of the first verse in Romans Chapter five which starts out: “therefore”…
what’s the therefore there for?, to link it to the previous verse. Now that we understand this, we can go on to chapter five.
Chapter 5 - Paul is speaking to the Jews (inferred by the pronoun “we”) showing the relationship between sin and grace, that they are polar opposites. The law is not the opposite of grace. Sin is the opposite of grace. Grace is the power to live without sin. Grace is given to us by the Spirit of YHWH.
Chapter four verses twenty four and twenty five saying:
24But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him (YHWH) that raised up Yeshua our
Messiah/Savior from the dead; 25Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our
To us who believe in YHWH
1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with YHWH through Yeshua:
2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the
glory of YHWH.
It’s not that we believe in Him as Christianity teaches. Scripture tells us even the demons believe in Him
and shudder. What is important is that we believe/trust Him, that He will keep His promises. Abraham
believed YHWH’s promise so he obeyed YHWH and left the land he was in to go to where YHWH told
him to go. This “faith” was credited to him as righteousness.
Faith without works is like a car without gas.
Every Hebrew word involves an external action, such as the Hebrew word shema. It doesn’t just mean
hear. It means to hear and obey. To love in the Hebrew mindset doesn’t mean to feel feelings, it
means to show your love by your actions. That’s why Yeshua said: If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
This is consistent with Deuteronomy 30:16 which says:
16In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD
thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
The Father adopts us, the Son restores us.
11And not only so, but we also joy in YHWH through Yeshua the Messiah by whom we have now received the atonement .
(several translations use the word “reconciliation” instead of atonement.)
This is a foundational truth that Christianity doesn’t teach:
You are adopted in/born again/grafted in by grace through faith (been declared right by faith (vs. 1) therefore we have peace (restoration) with Elohim (YHWH) through Yeshua. Yeshua through His atonement, restores us back into the camp/house/YHWH’s presence, so we can approach His throne boldly because we have been restored through Messiah Yeshua.
Once we are in the house, it is our responsibility to obey, but because we have not obeyed (kept Torah), we need to have restoration through Yeshua the Messiah. It is important to understand this, so that we might understand the importance of what Yeshua did for us on the tree.
Once inside the camp/house, our disobedience/uncleanness sets us outside the camp. Repentance restores us back into the camp. That is why John the Baptist said to repent. Repent doesn’t mean to turn an go another way, it means to turn around and go back to where you were (following Torah).
12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come .
Adam was instructed by YHWH not to eat from the tree of good and evil. Remember, instruction is Torah, so Adam broke the Torah when he sinned, because that is what sin is. When he sinned, death came. Just because he sinned didn’t mean he wasn’t still a child of YHWH.
How do we get back at one with YHWH? It takes a covering. That covering comes from the atonement sacrifice of Yeshua. Because of what Yeshua did, we now have the ability to be at one with the Father.
So shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? Certainly not, YHWH forbid! says Paul.
There are several Hebrew and Greek words, thus meanings for the word “grace”. If you look at Strongs, you will find them.
One of the meanings is as follows:
2) good will, loving-kindness, favour
a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps,
strengthens, increases them in Christian(?)* faith, knowledge (of Torah)*, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian (?)* virtues (keeping Torah)*. *words/symbols in () added by me.
Put another way, Grace is the power given to man to do YHWH’s will. YHWH said “My grace (power) will be
This puts a whole new light on Acts 15:11 which says:
11But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) we shall be saved, even as they .
…and Romans 5:18-19
18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous . (obedience of what? Torah).
In this understanding, it is the power of YHWH given to Yeshua to do His Father’s will. His Father’s will was for His Son to be our atonement. Notice how it says by the obedience of one (Yeshua) shall many be made righteous. This supports the previous statement that said grace is YHWH giving man (or in this case, Yeshua) the ability to do His will.
It is important to distinguish who Paul is speaking about, because in the King James version (and pretty much every other westernized version) it just says Lord, LORD and God which makes it difficult to know who Paul is talking about. The Greek text uses very specific words to distinguish and make clear who is being referred to.
~? Some people point to the arguments in Job, but they are there as bad examples.
15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of
God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many .
Obedience was a mechanism to maintain namesake in the days of Adam. However once the Torah was given to Moses (verse 14: “14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses…”) it was no longer a keeping of those
things in order to maintain that type of namesake. It was through Torah and the one who obeyed Torah and be the one who redeems us, we would see the restoration that through Him, at the end (even though we have the downpayment of the Holy Spirit now) we will see at the end (before the restoration of Heaven and the Earth) we will then see what Adam did, and the restoration through the Son.
Chapter 6 - Opens with a question that shows the Torah works under both systems; grace and sin.
1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
The Torah makes man aware that he is sinning, because sinning is a violation of the Torah. Without the Torah, how
do you define what sin is. The problem is Christianity doesn’t provide a definition for sin. They will reference
scriptures about obeying God, but since they don’t recognize Torah, there is no concrete understanding. The truth
is, the Torah is not part of the problem, it is part of the cure. It stirs up in us, a knowledge of sin, so we can see when we have missed the mark* and why the glory has departed in our lives.
*In Hebrew, the word sin can mean “to miss the mark”. Torah is the mark.
Compare that to Mark 12:1-9 The more they are aware of their improper behavior, the more angry they get.
What about Romans 6:14 that says:
14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace .
The word “law” used here, could be referring to rabbinic law.
Many Christians believe the scripture that speaks of the law of sin and death is talking about the Torah, but it is
the opposite. The law of sin and death is life without the Torah. The Torah lets us know when we have sinned, so
we can turn around (repent) and go in the right direction (obedience) so we can be at one with the Father.
Paul explains the full purpose of Torah is to make known the full magnitude of sin so the man could see what it was, and to act as an instrument of YHWH’s mercy and grace.
The Torah tells us what the blessings are and what the curses are.
The first mention of the new covenant is Deuteronomy 29 and 30.
When I remember the Torah and I turn around and come back t o YHWH He says I’ll love you I’ll pick you up and I’ll
Restore your inheritance to you.
That’s why is says in Romans 7:12
12Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good .
It helps to have a Hebrew mindset for these scriptures. The concept is a light example of something and a heavy
example of something to emphasize one or the other.
15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine (some translations: “teaching”) which was delivered you. 18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness .
This is not contradictory to Torah. It is saying if you obey Torah, it is obedience to righteousness, as opposed to sin which is transgression of Torah, which leads to death.
24And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us .
Paul is not saying the Torah has been done away with, he is teaching (continually) the opposite. He teaches we are to obey that form of teaching that we were formerly entrusted (Torah).
The law we are no longer under is the law of sin and death. In short, What has been done away with is the penalty
(death) of breaking the law.
If Paul said something different then what Yeshua said, then we are not to listen to him, but he didn’t.
If you say you love YHWH and you say you love Yeshua, then you need to obey them. You either obey them to life, or sin to death.
9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law (in Hebrew: Torah), even his prayer shall be abomination.
The truth is, the writers of the Newer Testament are not doing away with the Torah, they are pointing us to the
Torah and bringing out deeper meaning and greater revelation (fulfilling). Over 90% of the quotes of scripture in
the Newer Testament are quoting scripture of the Older Testament.
Chapter 7 - Begins the transition from speaking primarily to the Jews in the congregation, to speaking primarily to the gentile converts in the synagogue. He shows how Messiah reconciles His adultress divorced bride (verses 1-4) then go on to speaking about the gentiles.
Notes from Torah roundtable with: Jeff Gilbert, Pastor Rick Chesher, Mark Call, Rav. Rob Miller, and Uri ben Mordecai
Paul is addressing those who knew the Torah, but were having those who as Peter warned, had twisted Paul’s writings (and the Older Testament) trying to convince them to break Torah.
Paul would never have been considered to write his books or been made famous had he been considered someone who (was anti-nomien) didn’t appreciate the Torah. If he wrote against Torah, he would have been rebutted against by any number of leaders in Jerusalem. They would have ousted him from any of the congregations he was at, they would have told them not to listen and we would have a record of it. They also would have taken him out and stoned him. (according to Deuteronomy 13:1-10 because you serve whom you obey, so if you don’t obey YHWH’s Torah you are considered to be serving/worshiping other gods.) We are commanded not to listen to anyone who is contrary to the Torah. (Galatians 1:8-9)
1Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Most people think this is talking about the civil law, but it is actually an almost exact quote from Torah.
Read it again with the understanding of Torah:
1Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law [Torah]), how that the law (instruction) hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law (marriage covenant) to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law (marriage covenant) of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law (marriage covenant); so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
This is a quote directly from it. It has a double meaning for the woman is YHWH’s people, the husband is Yeshua, being married to “another man” is a pagan god (any god other than YHWH) and adultery is the act of worshiping a pagan god. It is also this law that was the reason Yeshua had to die so we could be re-married to him. Do you see how it helps to know Torah?
22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
This is describing two types of law. One is the law of YHWH, and the other is the law of sin and death. The law of YHWH is in the inward man, but the law of sin and death is in our members waring against the law of YHWH that is in our mind.
Paul says he delights in the law of YHWH in his inward man, but he sees another law that is at work in his members (flesh). The law at work in our flesh is always at war with the law of YHWH in our minds.
Vs. 24-25 substantiates that.
24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death ? 25I thank God through Yeshua our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of YHWH; but with the flesh the law of sin .
He is saying it is his own sinful nature (flesh/law of sin and death) that brings him into bondage. It brings him into captivity of the law of sin, which is in his members.
The law in his mind desires to obey the law of YHWH, therefore it Is in agreement with the law of YHWH.
The Torah defines what the boundaries are. When we know the boundaries, we are free.
The Parable of the Wineskin
It is our old corruptible body that is like the old wineskin from Yeshua’s parable saying you cannot put new wine into old wineskins. The old wineskin is our old corruptible body the new wine is the New Covenant. The old Covenant is the marriage covenant written on stone, the new Covenant is the marriage covenant written on our hearts. The new wine also represents the blood of Yeshua.
When the old wine begins to ferment, it is because it has leaven in it. Leaven represents sin. This makes the wine expand and burst a new winskin. The new wine (new marriage covenant) has no leaven in it. No sin in it. Yeshua’s blood had no sin in it. His blood is a metaphor of the wine with no yeast. No fermentation. No sin.
When we receive the New Covenant, we have the sinless blood of our Messiah that cleanses us. In order for us to hold that new wine, we must die to the old wineskin. We must become a new wineskin that will never burst. When we received a new nature at Pentacost, we received a new wineskin able to hold the New Covenant, the New Wine. The old nature/body is supposed to be dead to the new nature. This new nature (being sealed by the Holy Spirit) is like a down payment (like an engagement ring), for when we receive our new bodies at the coming of Yeshua.
We are able to live sinless now, because we have a brand new nature born again of the incorruptible seed. So we are to live daily as the old body is dead.
When Messiah returns, we will drink the wine of His Covenant with Him in His Kingdom.
Chapter 8 - Continuing the transition and the argument that grace overrides sin in people of biblical faith that results in a change in a person’s life. If there is no change in a person’s life, he has a said faith, not a real faith.
Paul is talking about two aspects of Torah; one physical (body) and one spiritual (mind).
The spirit of Torah is obedience.
2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death .
Paul now reveals the meaning of this letter. He says he serves the law of YHWH with his mind, but with his flesh, he desires to serve the law of sin and death.
The law of sin and death is constantly at war with the law of YHWH (the law of the Spirit of Life)
How do we overcome the law of sin and death?
In Revelation 12:11 it says:
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death .
How do we overcome with our testimony? We have to stay in YHWH’s Word, and not only read it, but do it. The Apostle James says we must not only be hearers of the Word, but doers of the word.
We overcome by the Blood of Yeshua and living out the Word. What exactly is the Word of their Testimony? It is the very same testimony Moses deposited into the Arc. In Exodus 25:16 it says this:
16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee . What testimony did YHWH give to Moses? The Torah. This is consistent with the scripture in Revelation that says the dragon was wrath with YHWH’s people and describes them as those who keep the commandments and have the testimony of Yeshua.
Yeshua Himself said “if you love Me, keep My commandments”. He also said “Moses wrote of Me” Moses wrote the Torah.
Along with accepting Yeshua as Savior, It appears keeping the commandments of YHWH is important.
The enemy through false doctrine has told us the commandments were done away with. That is simply not true, and apparently, quite a dangerous thing to believe.
19O YHWH, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit .
When Paul says: “You have heard it said…but I tell you…” , he is saying what is heard (Oral man-made law) is wrong, then he says what is right (truth).
Paul never said the Torah was a bad thing, but because translations and mistranslations, we have lost the meaning of what he really said. The word law translated from the Greek word “nomos” can mean all kinds of things, including “man-made traditions”. He is not talking about getting rid of the original instruction (Torah), he is talking about getting rid of the man-mad laws and traditions that are not part of Torah.
Romans 9 - ?Chapter 9-The transition is made full in addressing the gentiles on the relationship between them and the Jews. Verses 2-6 primarily addressed to the Jews and their relationship to the gentiles in the synagogue and to teach them Torah and its dual role. He also speaks to the gentiles in how they are to relate to the Jews who are the leaders of the synagogue in Rome.
1I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
2That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. 6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Paul is affirming the Israelites were the ones receiving those things. It is the Israelites that receive the adoption, the esteem and the Torah, and the worship and the promises. These are our fathers. It is the children of promise that are the seed. As we see throughout scripture, it is not the first born of the flesh that automatically receives the first born status, but rather the one who has been given the promise.
For example: Isaac and Jacob were the second born whereas Ishmael and Esau were the first born, but Isaac and Jacob were the children of the promise through faith.
Paul does not distance himself from the original faith of YHWH, nor does he distance himself the covenant keeping Israelites of Judah, for he says “my brethren” , he sees them as his brethren even though they don’t see who Yeshua is.
13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YHWH shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the YHWH hath said, and in the remnant whom YHWH shall call .
Paul is saying salvation has come at a great expense on Judah (the Jews).
All the disciples were Jewish and the Messiah was Jewish. They gave their lives so they could hear they need to get back to the faith, back to the spirit of adoption, back to fellowship, back to relationship with YHWH.
Paul said he was an apostle outside of time, because he wasn’t there at the anointing of the original twelve. The commandment to the twelve was to go out and find the lost sheep of Israel . When Paul is using the word “gentiles” in chapters nine and ten (and throughout Romans since his job is to obey the commandment and go find the lost sheep), he is talking about the lost sheep, not the heathens (those who aren’t the children of Israel). He is talking about those who were YHWHs people then not His people, but who would be called His people again (this is actually scriptural).
Every word in Hebrew has an action associated with it. The Hebrew word for faith means training, like a soldier goes out to train. It is an action word. It is something that is done as an action. It’s like saying “we do by doing”. This is consistent with the scripture that says: “faith without works is dead”.
The Hebrew word for “amen” means “let it be done” “let it happen”. When we say “amen”, we aren’t saying “I believe” or “I agree” (like the Christian church teaches), we are saying “let it be, let it come to pass”.
In Revelation the scriptures say the dragon is wrath with those who keep the commandments and have the testimony of Yeshua. What was Yeshua’s testimony? He obeyed the Father (and His instructions/commandments).
In chapter nine of Romans it says Israel pursuing the law of righteousness has not achieved righteousness of the law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith but rather by just works. This scripture references Isaiah 51:1-3 “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
2 Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.”
This verse references:
6And he (Abraham) believed in YHWH; and He (YHWH) counted it to him (Abraham) for righteousness . How did Abraham believe? He obeyed. He did (action) what YHWH told him to do, which was to leave his homeland and “crossover” (the Hebrew word “Hebrew”) into Canaan. By this action of doing and obeying, it was credited to him as righteousness.
We cannot show our faith without bringing about action within it. Otherwise it is dead.
Yeshua said: “if you say you love me, but you do not obey my commandments, you are a liar.”
Most Christians say they love Him and sing it with arms raised, but they don’t keep His commandments.
Paul constantly references the Older Testament scriptures because they are the foundations, otherwise you don’t have a clue what he is building his argument upon, yet when they first come into Christianity, new believers are always taught to start reading the Bible in the New Testament book of John.
To understand the New Testament, it is necessary to understand the Old Testament. When you read a book, you don’t jump to three quarters of the way through it and start there, you start from the beginning. Who knows how long, the Christian church has been teaching new believers to do this. Perhaps this is evidence of the work of the enemy without their even realizing it.
19And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
The Spirit doesn’t always mean Holy Spirit. It often means the mind.
The spirit of the Torah is obedience. How can you obey if you have nothing to obey?
Paul’s teaching is well rounded because it comes from a western and middle eastern viewpoint. When Paul talks about the law of sin and death, he is quoting Ezekiel 18:4
4Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die .
The Torah is on my heart – Jeremiah 31:33
Whole house of Israel – I shall put my Torah
You say you shall put your Torah on my heart. It’s the same Torah that we are commanded to obey for blessings/curses;the same laws, instructions, statutes we saw Yeshua live out.
After these days, I will write it (the renewed covenant) on your hearts.
After what days? Jeremiah 31:27? Seed of man and beast?
This is after Yeshua returns. This is in the new mellinial kingdom. When we won’t need to be taught Torah because everyone knows it/Him.
When the Torah is fully on our hearts, we don’t need to teach. Yeshua lived out Torah, which should be our example to do the same (our obligatory service).
In these last days, after the Christians have been preaching love love love for almost two thousand years, do we have a more loving world? No, we have a more lawlessness one.
Now days, it is easier to find love among unbelievers because they still believe in law, and the church doesn’t.
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us ?
According to His purpose? What is His purpose? Torahlessness?
If Yeshua paid it all we shouldn’t have teachings on obedience in the apostolic texts, but we do.
It’s those contradictions that people have to ignore in order to continue to walk in Torahlesness.
In the first part of chapter nine, why is Paul talking about Older Testament people and things if the Older Testament doesn’t matter anymore, or apply to us?
Romans 11 - Paul shows how all believers in Messiah Yeshua are grafted into the root of Israel which is Yeshua. The trunk is Israel, the branches are individual Israelites (12 tribes?)
My notes on the Torah Teachers Round Table with Jeff Gilbert, Mark Call and Rick Chesher
According to Paul, the foundation is Torah. It should be noted, Paul bases all his points on the Older Testament. If it was antiquated, why did he use it so much?
With Paul’s writings, he references the Older Testament (what some people say is done away with) so much, you can’t take out his writings of context and pretend to know Paul, without know what all the references are that he is making.
Romans 11:1 says YHWH has not cast away his people (replacement theology proven wrong by this scripture).
1I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew .
So much for replacement theology.
What is replacement theology? An attitude by Christians towards Jews that says: Because you didn’t have faith, because you weren’t living by faith, and you tried to do all this stuff by works, you are broken off and now we are the chosen. Paul is saying stop being arogent about the situation, because if He broke them off, He will break you off, because you’re not getting the whole picture either. We see the same fight today as was in the first century.
It’s about relationship. YHWH is restoring relationship with His bride who was sent away/scattered among the nations (those He said are “not My people”) for committing adultery (paganism). Yeshua died so it could happen (You know this if you know Torah).
The rules are set by the King/the Husband/The Father. We can’t say we want to do things our way.
After sinning in the Garden of Eden, when it say Adam and Eve were naked, the word in Hebrew also means cunning and crafty. This is the way the snake (satan) is described. It is not unreasonable to say they took on his seed.
The olive tree is Israel. There are two trees. One tree is wild and uncultivated. That tree is cut-off/outside the camp/outside the house (like the prodigal son). The other tree (the cultivated one) is not outside the camp. These trees are of YHWH.
Everyone Paule is speaking to are sheep (YHWH’s people) who have a regenerated spirit, not goats/the world/those who don’t have a regenerated spirit.
The wild olive tree is no longer managed, because they rejected YHWH’s management.
Paul confirms Yeshua’s words when He said “I have only come to re-gather the lost sheep” Paul tells the believers to go into the nations and gather the lost sheep, not go to the nations and make sheep (which is what Christianity does). Being grafted in to the olive tree is not a born again statement. It is a restoration statement for the Messianic Kingdom. “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. Get back into the house. Be grafted back into the tree. This is where we get the terms: belief and faith. No salific aspect, but an aspect that has works. The first aspect of the works of faith is a broken and contrite heart, which leads to the second work which is repentance.
In the end of Romans chapter eleven, Paul bring up something very interesting.
In much of Paul’s writings, the term “gentile” is used, when often times it is mistranslation. Many times, it is speaking of the lost sheep (northern ten tribes).
The northern tribes looked like Gentiles , just as Moses and Joseph looked like Egyptians, though they were Hebrews.
24Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
Paul is called to go after the lost sheep who were sent into the Gentiles, but were not the gentiles. Remember, they are the “lost sheep” because they turned to paganism and their own ways, instead of YHWH’s ways (kind of like celebrating Christmas and easter and not celebrating The Feast of Tabernacles and Penticost.)
30What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed .
Blinded eyes, hardened hearts, etc. Deut. 29, Isaah 29
Faith vs. Works
The different groups say oh no, it all about faith, or oh now, it’s all about works (their faith was in the works of their hands). Yes we do need faith in YHWH for His righteousness and His provision, as we are walking in the law.
30What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Paul is saying it is through faith in Yeshua that we are saved. He did not chide Israel for following the Torah, he said they did not receive their righteousness, because they pursued it by works and not by faith.
There is faith and there is works. My faith brings me to the place when my works happen.
We enter into the house by faith, but once we are in, we need to obey the rules of the house.
Faith without works (obedience to Torah) is dead.
Matthew 10 is quite clear. YHWHs people are to go into the nations and gather the sheep, not to go into the nations and turn the goats into sheep.
Romans 11 is to those who are already born again, not to make those who are not, born again. sheep (YHWHs people), not to make those who are not, born again and being grafted into the olive tree is not a born again statement, but rather a restoration statement into the Messianic Kingdom.
20And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. 21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
The terms belief and faith are not about salvation, but rather a faith that has works. The first work is a broken and contrite heart.
Yahshua died not because He loved me, He died because He loved the patriarchs, so the focus is off me and onto the promises (covenant) he made with the patriarchs. (end of Romans 11) This places takes us to the place we need to be which is the restoring of the covenant with His people.
It’s not a question of if we believe in Him, but rather a question of if we believe Him. Remember even the demons believe in him and shudder with fear. Do we believe He is who He says He is, which is a creator who keeps His promises (covenants).
He is trying to bring us into obedience to Him and align us with His covenant.
Vs. 26-27 Talking about Israel, Paul say all Israel will be saved (points to Jeramiah 31), …this will be My covenant with them, when I take away their rebellion with Me. You inspire people to jealousy by returning to YHWH’s ways and bring them back. You demonstrate by your walk (obedience to Him).
We aren’t grafted into the tree, we are grafted back into the tree.
After they sinned, Adam and Eve took on the seed and character of the serpent. Even though YHWH covered them, they died because of the curse. Even though we are covered by the blood of Yahshua, we will die.
26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you .
We don’t obey Him to become His children. We obey Him because we are His children.
Did you know the Bible talks about more than one aspect of salvation? How about three?
Justified – When we are brought into relationship with the Father (into the House)
Restorified – (Sanctification Period) – While we are learning to be and walk in obedience within that relationship. We are being purified as we are being sanctified.
Glorified – We will be glorified when the Kingdom is restored.
Once you go in through the narrow gate (salvation through Yahshua), you’ve got to continue to walk (live life, pursue YHWH, read/study the Scriptures ). He has given us rules, statutes, ordinances so we can walk day to day without straying from the (narrow) path. Salvation is not the be all end all. We still need to walk out our salvation. Philippians 2:12
How the Christian Church Views Torah
“We don’t have to keep it”:
It is like a city full of traffic and traffic accidents. The Mayor of the city says he is putting his son in a car and causing it to
get into an accident that will kill him. Once this happens, all traffic laws are now done away with. No one has to obey any of them. In fact, the only thing anyone has to do is have love for one another. Can you imagine how many accidents would occur? The terms “mayhem” and “chaos” come to mind.
“We can’t keep it”:
The church teaches you cannot keep the Torah (The Law/YHWH’s instructions) so don’t bother even trying (rebellion 101 teaching). The truth is you cannot keep the Torah to achieve relationship with the Father (or earn acceptance into His house) by obedience alone, so don’t even try. Put another way, we cannot keep Torah to become His children in His house. We keep Torah to remain in His house and because we are His children.
Obedient = cultivated branch / grafted in
Disobedient = wild branch/cut off / unfruitful
Through repentance and faith works (not faith works unto salvation, but rather faith works after salvation) you are restored into the house by obedience. Don’t you treat your children the same way? If there is obedience there is blessings; if there is disobedience, there is discipline.
YHWH has imprisioned disobedience. He is trying to bring us into obedience to Him and align us with His covenant.
We have to build on a foundation that is solid (not sand). The Torah is our foundation.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust .
Notice how it says He has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. That is in the past. This scripture is speaking of the Torah.
He has given us what to do, we just need to follow it. By saying this, He is saying it is possible. He gave us what was required. That’s why Psalms 119 is so full of thankfulness and delight in Torah.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God .
This is repentance. Repentance from what? From sin. What is sin? Transgression of the law. What is the law? The Torah. Repentance from sin (obedience to Torah) is being grafted in and set apart from the world. This is what the world is looking for, or rather expecting to see when they look at us.
Give people a path back to YHWH (Torah) showing them the way. Bringing
Inspiring people to Jealousy
How do you inspire people to jealousy?
By returning to YHWHs ways. By bring the lost sheep back by giving them a path (repentence) to return. By demonstrating by your walk (your obedience to YHWH).
His covenant is true; He blesses those who are obedient and they avoid His curses.
Compare Isaiah 59:20-21
20And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
To Romans 11:?
Compare Jeremiah 31
31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
27For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. 29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all .
In Genesis three, the scriptures speak of a covering YHWH provides to cover their nakedness. The Hebrew word used here means more than nakedness; it also means cunning and crafty, which shows by following the serpent, they took on his character (seed).
Their character did not change because they still died from the curse.
In John 14:26
26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance (Torah), whatsoever I have said unto you.
That is not on our hearts yet. He is reminding us. It is still future for it to be written on our hearts. That will be when we have a nature change. When all know Him (all don’t know Him now). When we are made new.
We have been given a permanent spiritual covering that does not fade. YHWHs people are all sheep/olive branches. Our physical form does not have a permanent covering. That is why Yeshua gave us the parable about the wineskin. In order to place new wine into a wineskin, it must be a new wineskin, otherwise they will burst (they can’t handle the truth).
Since Christianity teaches the law has been done away with, Christians don’t act how the world expects them to act, so the world sees them as hypocrites. Isn’t this the truth?
It is our reasonable service to walk in His ways. What is our reasonable service? To be a bondservant to The Father (YHWH).
As the song says, you’ve got to serve somebody. You will either serve YHWH, or satan. Satan comes in many forms and names. Ultimately, if you are not serving YHWH, you are serving satan.
Don’t pattern your life after this world. Media like television and magazines says: If you want to be accepted, you have to pattern yourself(conform yourself) to it by looking a certain way and doing certain things. Scripture tells us we are to be set apart from the world, with our minds renewed (thinking different). He wants our minds focused on something completely different; that is the perfect will of YHWH.
It’s like being married. We transform our minds from single life (going after other gods) to married life (serving the one and only god they promised themselves to).
Using this analogy, He is our provider so He says: “You eat what I gave you to eat” (dietary laws). If you choose to provide your own meals (unclean animals/fish/birds/insects, etc.) you do so without my covering.
We have a date night. That date night is Sabbath. Love me throughout the week, but Sabbath (Saturday) is my day. If you choose a different day, you do so outside of my covering.
If you don’t love who I love, you are challenging my covenant/Torah (synonymous with a Hebrew marriage contract).
It’s not that you are no longer My bride, it is just that I remove you from my blessings and coverings if you choose not to live in the way I have defined.
In this chapter (also in 1 Corinthians 12), Paul speaks of spiritual gifts, but the words “gift” and “grace”, are interchangeable.
We don’t just receive His grace, we get to serve by His grace (ie the parable of the tlents). We get to not only serve Him, but each other to build each other up as well.
If we are not using our talents and gifts in the way He says to use them (Torah), we are not walking in obedience.
Romans 12 – He is addressing the gentiles about their relationship to the Jews regarding to the synagogue. How they are to submit to the Jews authority for the purpose of staying in the place where their minds can be transformed by
Hearing the Word of YHWH (Acts 15:21).
The first eleven chapters of Romans were reinforcing Torah as the foundation. In chapter twelve, Paul now speaks about using the Torah to help us to live with one another (community building), among other topics. He has been laying out the dots, now he is going to connect them.
Paul speaks of himself as a bondservant to Yeshua. When he talks about us being a living sacrifice holy and pleasing unto YHWH, he says it is our reasonable service.
Paul is saying there was evidence of YHWHs grace given to him as a token or sign and we can use the word “gift”. I have this evidence that comes from me that I am going to tell you about, that comes from YHWHs grace.
The Father adopts His son by grace
The Father accepts the prodigal son back by grace
Like the song says, you’ve got to serve somebody. If we are not serving YHWH, we are serving the world and ultimately the prince of this world (satan). If we want to serve YHWH, we must become bond servants to Him. To serve Him is to obey Him. Remember, you were bought with a price. He bought us.
Verses 3-21 Living sacrifices are to be viewed as servants
When we talk about being a servant to YHWH, we aren’t talking about slavery as the world practices it (such as what the Israelites experienced in Egypt), we are talking about a kind of bond service where a person sells/commits themselves to service for a period of time (such as the Sabbath Year/Shamita or Jubilee) as spoken of in Torah (specifically Exodus chapter 21). The servant was not a slave, he was to be treated the same as a hired hand. He was to be paid, fed and housed. The idea of a servant was to bring him back to where he could work for himself. When the servant decided he loved his master and didn’t want to ever leave his master, he could go through a procedure and become a bondservant, to permanently serve and be a member of the masters household, like a member of his family. This example can also be seen in the parable of the prodigal son.
Romans 13:1-7 Living sacrifices strive to be good citizens
Romans 8-14 Living sacrifices avoid indebtedness
14:1-23 Living sacrifices don’t condemn
Romans 15:1-13 Living sacrifices seek to minister to others
Our living sacrifice is we need to give up our own ways and start walking His (keeping His Torah).
When we have done that, He will accept our repentance and that is grace.
It is a living (not one-time) sacrifice. It is a life-long sacrifice for YHWHs service. It has to be acceptable (pleasing to Him)
Ephesians 2:8-9 Grace is the power of YHWH unto our salvation. It is the power of the Spirit in us that makes us able to live in the faith of Yeshua, which is walking according to His Torah. The faith of Yeahua is walking in the Torah of His Father (YHWH). Yeshua was the perfect sacrifice because He did the will of His father. If he said it is ok for us to be lawless, that would be inconsistent with what His Father’s will is. His father’s will is that His instructions (Torah) be followed. In lawlessness there is no way to discern His perfect will. If Yeshua would have taught us we don’t need to keep Torah, He would no longer be a perfect sacrifice, because He would have changed His Father’s instructions.
We are to walk in His commands so we won’t get cut off again.
If we disconnect Paul from the foundation he has built, that’s how his writings get twisted as Peter warned they would be.
Chapter 1 – Addressed to all. We are all subject to following after YHWH. He has given us a general revelation and we should know He exists.
Chapter 2 – He addresses the Jews in Rome, specifically the Jews who have been brought up in Torah specicidally the elders who sit in Moses’ seat to judge according to Torah
Chapter-3 Paul makes the case the both Jew and gentile are sinners and subject to the curse of Torah without Messiah Yeshua
Chapter 4- Continuing with the theme of Chapter 3, He shows Abraham was justified in his faith before he was circumcised, but his justification did not negate his obedience to YHWH in being circumcised among other things.
Chapter 5- Paul is speaking to the Jews (inferred by the pronoun “we”) showing the relationship between sin and grace, that they are polar opposites. The law is not the opposite of grace. Sin is the opposite of grace. Grace is the power to live without sin. Grace is given to us by the Spirit of YHWH.
Chapter 6- Opens with a question that shows the Torah works under both systems; grace and sin.
Chapter 7- Begins the transition from speaking primarily to the Jews in the congregation, to speaking primarily to the gentile converts in the synagogue. He shows how Messiah reconciles His adultress divorced bride (verses 1-4) then go on to speaking about the gentiles.
Chapter 8-Continuing the transition and the argument that grace overrides sin in people of biblical faith that results in a change in a person’s life. If there is no change in a person’s life, he has a said faith, not a real faith.
?Chapter 9-The transition is made full in addressing the gentiles on the relationship between them and the Jews. Verses 2-6 primarily addressed to the Jews and their relationship to the gentiles in the synagogue and to teach them Torah and its dual role. He also speaks to the gentiles in how they are to relate to the Jews who are the leaders of the synagogue in Rome.
Chapter 10-He makes the point there is no difference between Jew and Greek. All who believe and trust in YHWH are Israel. All who do not are not, regardless of their national or racial origin.
Chapter 11- Paul shows how all believers in Messiah Yeshua are grafted into the root of Israel which is Yeshua. The trunk is Israel, the branches are individual Israelites (12 tribes?)
Chapter 12 – He is addressing the gentiles about their relationship to the Jews regarding to the synagogue. How they are to submit to the Jews authority for the purpose of staying in the place where their minds can be transformed by
Hearing the Word of YHWH (Acts 15:21).
Chapter 13- Paul is talking about the government of the congregation (not the general population).
When Paul talks about obeying those who rule over us, he is not speaking of the government, he is reminding us of the part of Torah that says if someone in signs and wonders (or even authority), comes and teaches us not to follow Torah, we are not to follow them. We are not to blindly obey the rulers set over us. We are only to walk in the ways of YHWH and His commands (Torah). When our rulers walk contrary to that, we are not to follow them into sin (transgression of Torah).
Chapter 13 - Paul is talking about the government of the congregation (not the general population).
1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation .
Verse one is the most twisted verse in all of Paul’s letters. By examining this verse, we see the meaning is quite different by what we have been taught by pastors who were taught it in seminary (state chartered servant of another master).
Search these things out for yourself and remember the right way to connect the dots is by the Torah (let scripture define scripture, keeping in mind translation differences/errors).
Verse one of Chapter 13 seems to say “Though we are supposed to serve YHWH, we are going to serve this worldly master”. Why would Paul say we are to serve our Master YHWH and that we are bondservants to Him, then contradict himself by saying we should serve the world’s Masters? Even in the Greek (without considering Paul had a Hebrew mindset), the word used for “powers” is “exousiais”. When this word is used elsewhere in scripture, it is translated differently. In 1 Corinthians 8:9 it is translated as “liberty” (one version translates the first ocurance in verse on as ”liberator”). In Hebrews 13:10 and in Revelation 22:14 it is translated as “right”. Wow, that changes the entire meaning of this verse!
The word translated as “power” can also mean a husbands covering over his wife, and the root of that word means “that which is lawful”. That which is lawful to who? YHWH right? So he is not saying we can just follow anything, but that which our covering is, that which is lawful to YHWH.
With the translation correction, read this verse again:
1Let every soul be subject unto the liberator. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the liberty, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation .
In Acts Chapter 5 we see an example of this. When the apostles were healing people in the name of Yeshua, they were arrested and brought before the sanhedren who told them to no longer speak in the name of Yeshua again. What did they do as soon as they were released? They spoke in the name of Yeshua. They were only obedient in those things that were righteous. Where government came out of the covering, they remained under the covering of YHWH. They didn’t walk in unrighteousness just because their leaders took them into unrighteousness.
Most of Romans was written after Acts. In Acts 15, Paul was given direct command by the elders in the church in Jerusalem to teach the people coming back into the faith to join with the others in the synagogues on the Sabbath. So we are not talking about governmental leaders, rather church/synagogue leaders set over us for leadership and guidance.
Paul submitted himself to the authority of the synagogue. He didn’t submit himself to the centurian in Acts 22, who was going to flog him with 39 stripes. He said are you going to flog a Roman citizen? He brought up his citizenship to a Roman soldier, but he never brought it up to the synagogue leaders, because had he done that, he would have been cut off from the synagogue and cut off from the Temple. He would not do that. His citizenship to the Kingdom was firs and foremost. His citizenship to Rome was a secondary issue. He would not bring up his citizenship to Rome in the courts of the Kingdom, because if he would have done so, he would have placed YHWH under Rome. Like in America, the American flag is never to have a flag of another country flown above it (by law), YHWH is never to be placed under anything. Yeshua is like the flag/banner of YHWH.
This is an issue today. In America we have laws that are sometimes contrary to YHWHs laws. We will be confronted by issues where we will need to know where to stand. At that time we will need to know His will and follow it. If we are not renewed in our minds, we will not be able to discern His Word and how it applies to the situation we are facing.
Though YHWH puts leaders /governments into power, when they become corrupt, we are no longer to obey them. In fact , it becomes our obligation to oppose them. This is what it is to be a martyr. Not that we are to become a martyr, but it is something a martyr has to do.
With the proper translation of Romans 13:1-2 in consideration, first read verses 3 and 4 as it is translated in the King James Version:
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Now read it again with the translation corrections:
3For (our freedoms) are not a (hindrance) to good works, (but rather only to those who do evil. Do you desire to have no fear of evil rulers? Then honor YHWH and His Word foremost. Use those freedoms that are from YHWH and you will have praise from the servants of YHWH, for they are the true servants of YHWH for consistent good, for if you do that which is wordless, be afraid, because the servants of YHWH do not bear the sword in vain, for they are ministers of loving YHWH for all creation and an avenger of His anger against him who does evil.)
Verse 6 says:
6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing .
The gives the impression of you are giving to the Roman Government, when in actuality it is speaking of the congregation giving to the synagogue to keep it running.
The King James Bible was crafted to foster the Divine Right of Kings , because in their mind they think they are gods.
When you twist Paul’s writings, you get a lot of heresy.
On our own, we are not able to keep Torah. It is because we are not after YHWH’s heart. When our hearts have been circumcised, then we can keep Torah. The spirit is in us to give us the power to do so. Most Christians say “it’s too hard for us to keep Torah”. It is impossible of us as humans in the flesh, but if we have the Spirit and we are submitted to it, then we have liberty to live in the Torah. Freedom submitted to an authority. I submit to my Heavenly authority, and I have liberty therin. Some say it is because there are no Levites and no Temple (the Temple was removed because our fathers did not walk in righteousness), but we are talking about the Torah instructions that don’t depend on the Levites and Temple. Some are for women only, some for men only as well.
In Romans 15:4, Paul says:
4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning (instruction), that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
He is referring to the Older Testament of course, because the Newer Testament didn’t exist yet. Often, he refers to the Torah specifically. If Paul was throwing the Torah out (as Christianity claims), why would he refer to Torah for scriptures to make and back up his points?
When Paul (and Yeshua for that matter) references scripture, he doesn’t give what the scripture location is, he just quotes it or gives the principles of a verse of the Older Testament. For example, in Romans 15 he doesn’t say “it is written In Leviticus 19:18 18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: so says YHWH”, he just says ~
Or in Matthew 22:34-40 when Yeshua said “
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Yeshua is saying these things were written for your instruction. What are “these things”? Torah.
Romans 15 is a continuation of the discussion about the contrast between the weak (young in the faith) and strong brother. Paul is speaking to the lost sheep/those in the Western route of the diaspora/Ephriam who is more Hellenistic (western). Those who need to get their diets adjusted, those who need to change from celebrating pagan holidays to celebrating YHWH’s Holy Days. The stronger brother realizes he is free from the past with its pagan practices. There will always be those who are weak because they are new to Torah, or those with sin habits they are trying to get rid of, immaturity, those with a weak conscious and character.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? What are the foundations? Torah. You can’t understand Paul if you don’t understand Torah. It serves the evil one when the foundations are allowed to be destroyed. Paul was building everything he talks about here on that solid foundation of Torah. We are told in Deuteronomy what a herratic is, and Paul brings it up when he talks about those who quickly take you from the faith, the truth, from the gospel that was once delivered to the Saints (Abraham Isaac, Jacob etc.).
When people say “I don’t want to be a Jew”, what they are saying is I want to be adapted, but I want to stay on the outside. As the Bride, she is saying “I want to be your bride Yeshua, but I want to hyphenate my last name.”
11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past (no longer) Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
The church says the Blood of Yeshua puts you in to the community. It doesn’t. It only buys you the right to make a choice. Deuteronomy 30:19
19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live :
The blood of Yeshua allows us the right to choose whether we come into the family or not.
When Jacob wrestled with the angel, he said he wouldn’t let go until the angel blessed him. The angel then said “your name is no longer Jacob, but rather now it is Israel”. The blessing was in an identity change (a name). If we say we want to be gentiles, we will miss the blessing that was given.
4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort* of the scriptures might have hope. 5Now the God of patience and consolation* grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Yeshua the Messiah : 6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify YHWH, even the Father of Yeshua the Messiah.
Two things are to be noted here. First: things written “aforetime”, “written for our learning” is the Older Testament (since the Newer Testament didn’t exist yet).
Second: The words “comfort” and “consolation” are a mistranslation. In the Greek, the word used is “parakleseos”. This word means: “beside calling” (or “to call along side”). Jews and Gentiles are supposed to be like minded towards each other in Messiah, so we can have unity in our worship to YHWH (Psalms 133:1-3). YHWH is one, and we are to be one in Him.
Yeshua the Messiah came as a Jew and His birthright was the truly narrow region called Judah. As the direct descendant of David, He was the leader of that tribe. He served amongst the circumcised (the Israelites) both as a Prince and as a Rabbi. He led a life that would lead to the Haman’s Tree. It is written that in order to manefest the Torah, in order to prove out the promises that were made to the patriarchs, Messiah was here to comfirm the promises of the true God which had been given to Israel and as Israel had been given to all mankind. What was the promise originally given to the patriarchs? When YHWH said to Abraham (the father of all Israel) “I will make you a great nation of people you lift up your name and make you a source of blessing. Whoever blesses you I’ll bless and whoever curses you I’ll curse and through you shall all the families be grafted in (the Hebrew word here means “grafted in” not “blessed” as our westernized Bibles tell us). That’s what we are supposed to be headed for. We are supposed to be searching for lost Israel (the uncultivated olive branch) and graft them back into Israel (Judah was already there. They were the cultivated olive tree) along with any converts (Ezekiel 37 …and their companions). Remember Abraham went to Haron and picked up souls with him. With have been mixed with the world so we can (with the sparks of Torah with us) so when our Father (YHWH) calls us, we remember His call and come back to Him. That is what the New Covenant in Deut. 29 and 30 is talking about. The main thing the New Covenant brings, is the law of return. The original covenant at Sinai had no law of return. What happens if we mess up? He says I’ll scatter you to the nations, and then when you remember the covenant I’ll return you back to be and then restore your inheritance. That is what the New Covenant does. It restores our inheritance in the commonwealth of Israel. – Rob Miller
18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed ,…
Obedient to what word? Torah. Obedient by what? Deed or works (keeping Torah).
31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Israel broke the covenant they made by not obeying His Torah and worshiping other gods (and mixing pagan worship in with worship of YHWH). Because of this, YHWH divorced them. He has now written His covenant on our hearts (New Covenant). Now that we have another chance, shouldn’t we obey Him this time? The enemy has tricked us into thinking we don’t need to obey Him by telling us His instructions (Torah) were done away with.
In Romans 16:17 it says:
17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned (Torah); and avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not Yeshua Messiah, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 19For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Obedience to what? Obedience to Torah.
Israel is who the covenant is with. Not just Jews, not Greeks.
I have my faith and trust in Jesus and that is all I need.” Do you think if Yeshua was sitting here right now looking at your lifestyle, looking at your dinner plate, looking at the things you do on His Holy Days, that He would be happy with you?
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 19For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. 20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen .
If the Torah was done away with (as people have unjustifiably accused him of doing), why would Paul refer to it as a foundation for every argument he makes? Why would he keep talking about these things that were written before hand? If it was done away with there would be no foundation and would contradict many scriptures (such as Deut 4:2 , 12:32 and Deut 13,
Unless we are transformed in our minds, if we continue to be patterned by this world, we will not know what YHWHs will is.