Nothing frustrates me more than a believer who professes to know Yeshua the Messiah [Jesus Christ], but yet talks out both sides of his mouth.
Many profess that “Jesus is God”. They do not understand the Nature of Yeshua. They are parrots, quoting the preachers/teachers who taught them, and refusing to look into the scriptures with clarity, and be instructed by The Word Itself, the LIVING Word, Yeshua the Messiah.
Yeshua NEVER CLAIMED to BE God. He claimed UNITY with His Father. He claimed to PERFECTLY REPRESENT HIM.
Yeshua prayed to HIS FATHER… NOT Himself.
GOD, His Father, raised Him from the dead. He didn’t set a ‘death-alarm’ to raise Himself from the dead.
The scriptures CANNOT be more plain about this.
Yeshua is HaDavar, the WORD of God, MANIFESTED in a HUMAN BODY, a MAN, who was raised from the dead by the Creator.
A man who had the very NATURE of God in Him, and NOT the human nature that is motivated toward sin, always.
And the funny thing is, the same people who SAY that “Jesus is God”, also say that the Torah is “God’s Torah”, the “God” of the “Old Testament”, while “Christ” has his own ‘law.’
The thinking runs in this vein:
“The creator came to earth, but, the ‘law’ that the creator set in place is not his, there’s a different one.”
They cite a couple of scriptures EGREGIOUSLY wrong, to make these RIDICULOUS claims. One of them is 1 Cor 9:
“19Because I am free from all these things, I have served all men that I may gain many. 20So with the Yehudim [Jews] I became as a Yehudi, that I might win the Yehudim; and with those who are under the Torah, I became as one who is under the Torah, that I might win those who are under the Torah. 21To those who are without Torah, I became like one who is without Torah, though I am not without Torah before Elohim [God], because I am within the Torah of Mashi’akh, that I might win them who are without Torah. 22With the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I became everything to every man, that I might by all means save everyone. 23And this I do for the sake of HaB’sorah [Good News], that I might be a partaker of it.”
What certain people do not understand is, first, when Sha’ul says “under the Torah”, he is speaking about his FORMER Jewish community, who were BREAKING TORAH! The Jewish religious sects had created THEIR OWN INTERPRETATION of Scripture, creating NEW ‘laws’, and CALLING THEM GOD’S laws. Yeshua said so:
“The Navi Yesha-Yahu [Prophet Isaiah] well prophesied about you, O hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. 7And they worship me in vain when they teach as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8For you have ignored the mitzvah of Elohim [commandment of God], and you observe the tradition of men, such as the washing of cups and pots and a great many other things like these.” 9He said to them, “You certainly do injustice to the mitzvah of Elohim so as to sustain your own tradition. 10For Moshe said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘he who curses father or mother, let him die the death.’ [scripture] 11But you say a man may say to his father or his mother, ‘What is left over is Karbani;’ 12and yet you do not let him do anything for his father or mother. 13So you dishonor the D’var HaElohim [The Word of God] for the sake of the tradition which you have established; and you do a great many other things like these.”
Because of that, they were thus “UNDER THE LAW”! To be under ANY law is to be BREAKING THE LAW!
I drive around the highways of Texas incessantly, and cops leave me alone. But, the other day I was trying to beat the clock, and I broke the law and began speeding, egregiously going 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. The cop discovered me doing so, and came after me. I PUT MYSELF UNDER THE LAW when I BROKE it! I had to SUBMIT to his judgment.
“He who sins BREAKS TORAH [the law]. Indeed, sin is being OUTSIDE OF [the boundaries of] THE LAW.” 1 John 3:4, from a greek-sourced bible.
Second, Sha’ul, Paul, plainly says that he is NOT WITHOUT THE TORAH OF GOD! He is NOT ‘outside’ of it. He is WITHIN IT. And, since Yeshua is ONE with His Father, and is the perfect SPOKESPERSON for Him, because He carries His Nature with Him, HIS Torah is the SAME ONE as the FATHER. “There shall be ONE Torah!” For people to try to say that “Christ” has a new ‘law’, a DIFFERENT law than His Father, the Creator, is ILLITERACY. It is a double-tongued twisting of Paul’s words. Paul was a JEWISH man to whom Yeshua said, “Why do you kick against the goads?” And a Jewish Rabbi KNOWS that the ‘goads’ are the WORDS of the Torah!
“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are those that are composed in collections; they are given from One Shepherd. [YESHUA] 12And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of the making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear Elohim, and keep His Mitzvot; for this is the whole man. 14For Elohim shall bring every work into the judgment concerning every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.” Eccl 12
For people to think they will not be judged by their works, they PROVE they DO NOT LISTEN to the Messiah:
16 “So let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify Avikhem in Heaven.” Yeshua, Mat 5
“And yet wisdom is justified by its works.” Yeshua, Mat 11:19
27“For Ben HaAdam will come in the Kavod of His Father with His Malakhim HaK’doshim; and then He will reward each man according to his works.” Yeshua, Mat 16
21“But he who does HaEmet comes to the light, so that his works may be known, that they are done through Elohim.” Yeshua, John 3
29 “and they will come out; those who have done good works to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil works to the resurrection of judgment.” Yeshua, John 5
“If you were the sons of Avraham, you would be doing the works of Avraham.” Yeshua, John 8
The “Torah of Messiah”, what most people call the ‘law of Christ’ and mistakenly claim is some mysterious new law, or just a ‘law’ that lops off all but two commands, is the SAME WRITTEN WORD OF GOD that Moshe gave to Israel, understood according to YESHUA’s TEACHING OF IT. Yeshua taught THE TORAH of Moses! A Talmid, Disciple, in Hebrew, is a TORAH STUDENT.
The Apostles taught the Torah.
They laid a minimum of about six chapters of the Torah, the “Law of Moses”, on the GENTILE believers to settle the Galatian issue. They put on them laws of kosher eating [not to eat strangled meat, or blood], laws of sexual purity [about three chapters of Lev, 18-20], laws on idolatry [many, many verses in Exodus and Deuteronomy], as REQUIREMENTS for GENTILES, who were IN THE SYNAGOGUES LEARNING TORAH!
Ya’akov said so:
21“For Moshe, since early generations, has those who declare him in the Beit K’nessets in every city who read him on every Yom Shabbat.” Acts 15
When Sha’ul said, “I am not without Torah before Elohim“, in verse 21 above, he was INDEED saying that he followed the MOSAIC LAW!
He testified in court SEVERAL TIMES that he had NEVER broken the Torah of Moshe! AFTER He came to believe in Yeshua.
Either he lied and perjured himself,
Duh duh dumh:
HE KEPT THE LAW OF MOSES.
People who believe otherwise need to heed the words of PETER:
“our beloved brother Pavlos [Paul] also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness.” 2 Peter 3
Yeshua is a MAN, who is God in the Flesh.
His Father was SITTING ON HIS THRONE when Yeshua was here on earth.
His Father is יהוה , the ETERNAL ONE, who STILL SITS on His Throne.
And the RESURRECTED MAN, the SON of God, is BESIDE HIM on that throne.
And that man, Yeshua HaNatzri, DIED, and GOD raised Him from the dead.
HE LIVED THE TORAH PERFECTLY, including keeping the Sabbath and all the feasts. He shows us how the Jews erred in doing that, by doing it according to what was written.
The Apostles taught this same “halakha” or ‘way of walking the Torah. “Halakha” is the way a Rabbi teaches to live out the Torah.
5But whoever keeps His D’var [WORD], in Him truly is the love of Elohim perfected. Hereby we know that we are in Him: 6he who says “I am in Him” ought himself also to walk His halakha. 1 John 2
Yeshua’s halakha is the “Torah of Messiah.” BE IN IT! Like Paul, as Peter admonishes us.