Did Grace Abolish Torah?

Did Jesus Add Grace and Subtract the Torah?

One of the fundamental teachings of Torah, the Instructions in the Way, Truth and Life, is the prohibition of Adding to, or Subtracting from, YHVH’s Instructions.

YHVH is the Eternal Name of our Creator, it literally translates He Is, He Was, He Shall Be.

 See that you do everything I command you; do not add to it or subtract from it,” Deuteronomy 12:32;  Deuteronomy 4:2

This stipulation creates a crucial issue for those who believe Grace abolished, or nullified, replaced, or set us free from our Creator’s Living, Perfect and Complete Torah.

There is a church age doctrine called Dispensationalism.  It divides Biblical history into periods of time.  The Torah is referred to as the age of the “Law,”  which is now “Old” because the “New” age of “Grace” was dispensed with the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost.

This belief conflicted with what I’d been studying in the Torah so I began to compile the New Testament verses that seemed to support Dispensationalism and I discovered two things:

First, I noticed that of the ten verses I studied, nine came from Paul’s letters.  Peter writes that parts of Paul’s letters were “hard to understand” and “ignorant people” had already distorted his words, just “as they do to the rest of the Scriptures:”

He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters.  Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.”  2 Peter 3:16

People have and will continue to distort Scripture, but our Creator has given us a way to test everything we hear for Truth.  Does what we hear add to, or subtract from, or lead us away from Torah? see Test of a False Prophet

Jesus, His Hebrew Name Yehoshua, means YHVH Is Salvation.  He Is the Word (Torah), John 1:1.  He Is the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever.  It is impossible for Him to Lie or Change His mind:  Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 40:8Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 6:18Titus 1:2; 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 110:4Psalm 119:89.

Secondly, I noticed some ambiguous translations.  Here are some examples of the English definitions that do not always match up to the original ancient Hebrew of the Torah:

The word “Law” is an inadequate translation for “Torah,” which is a difficult word to translate because it is so full of meaning, but it is described as YHVH’s Teachings or Instructions, pointing us in the Way of Truth and Life, Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 6:23.

Torah is also called Perfect and Complete, Pure, Blameless, Flawless, Purified Seven Times, Everlasting, Spiritual, Light, Wisdom, Justice and Righteousness:  Deuteronomy 4:6; Psalm 19:7; Nehemiah 9:13; Psalm 12:6, Psalm 18:30; Psalm 78:5; Psalm 119:98;Psalm 119:130; Proverbs 10:17.

The word “Grace” has become known as “Unmerited Favor,” but the original Hebrew word “CHen,” meaning “Favor,” is merited.  YHVH’s Favor is given freely to all who repent, or turn from unrighteousness, which is sin and death; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19Isaiah 59:201 John 5:17, 18; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47;  Psalm 119:3.

The word “Faith” also has a different meaning in Hebrew.  The word “Emunah,” means Faithfulness.  Belief and action are not separate in Hebrew thought.  Professing ones “belief” in God without faithfully doing what He says is called Dead faith, James 2:17.

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  Aligning the New Testament With the Torah

  1.  Here in the first verse of my study the apostle Paul writes about,“the debt ascribed to us in the decrees.”  I’ve heard people teach that it means the Torah was blotted out and nailed to the cross:

 “having blotted out the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us.  He took it away, nailing it to the cross!” Colossians 2:14

What was “blotted out?”  What “stood against us?”  Let’s look at the original Greek words; “Debt ascribed,” or Handwritten(Cheirographon #5498) “Decrees,” (Dogma #1378).

Yehoshua (Jesus) blotted out the Handwritten Debt of mankind’s Sin, nailing it to the cross.  The Hebrew confirms it is our sin/transgressions/unrighteousness that stood against us and it is our sin that is blotted out, not the Torah:

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving devotion; according to Your great compassion, blot out my Transgressions.” Psalm 51:1

“Repent, then, and turn back, so that your Sins may be blotted out,” Acts 3:19

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all Unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Torah tells us the Way of Righteousness Is Life and Unrighteousness, or sin, is death.  Prior to Yehoshua (Jesus) baring mankind’s sin and death on the cross, each of us bore the consequence of sin which is death, Leviticus 24:15.

Does that mean we no longer need to walk in the Righteousness of Torah which is called Life? Deuteronomy 32:46; Proverbs 12:28.   Absolutely not, sin is still death.  Mankind has been given Spiritual Life, that we might Live to Righteousness:

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to Righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5

2.  Paul uses the same word, “Decrees,” (Dogma #1378), which is now attached to the phrase “Nomos #3551 Entole” #1785 “the Law of commandments:”

  “by abolishing in His flesh the Law of commandments and decrees.  He did this to create in Himself one New (Renewed) man out of the two, thus making peace,” Ephesians 2:15

What was abolished?  “The Law of Commandments and Decrees?”  If “Law” would have been correctly translated, “the Injunction” of Charges and Decrees, would anyone have confused it with meaning, the Torah?

The Torah Will Never Be Abolished

Yehushua (Jesus) made sure no one would be confused by the ignorant people who would distort the Truth.  He said He did Not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets, but to fulfill them:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (Torah) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17

So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:19

Don’t be carried away by the Error of the Torahless

“Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by the error of the Lawless and fall from your steadfastness…” 2 Peter 3:17

3.  Paul is saying no one is Justified by “works of the law,” meaning their own righteousness, but then he goes on to say they are “Justified by Faith.”

  “Therefore no one will be Justified in His sight by works of the Law.  For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.” Romans 3:20, 21, 28; Acts 13:39

Paul is referring to what King David wrote:

“And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for no man living is Justified (צָדַק Tzadaq) in Your sight.” Psalm 143:2

That’s right, no one is Justified in YHVH’s sight.  So what did Paul mean when he said, “a man is justified by faith apart from the law?”

   “For we maintain that a man is Justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Romans 3:28

At first glance he appears to be saying we are justified by our belief apart from the Torah, but then he goes on to say, that is Not what he is saying:

“Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith?  Certainly not!  Instead, we uphold the Law.” Romans 3:31

Is Paul double talking, or have we misunderstood the difference between human Righteousness and Spiritual Justification?

“but Israel, who pursued a law of Righteousness, did not attain it.” Romans 9:31

You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal Life. These are the very words that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have Life,” John 5:39; 40

Israel’s religious leaders didn’t even understand that it wasn’t their Righteousness (doing what the Torah says is Right) that justified them to possess eternal/spiritual Life.

YHVH and His Word are called Righteousness, and the Only One Who can Justify: Deuteronomy 6:25; Deuteronomy 4:8; Psalm 19:9Psalm 119:172; Psalm 119:144; Romans 10:3; Jeremiah 23:6; Jeremiah 33:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; Isaiah 45:24

If Abraham was indeed Justified by works, he had something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say?  “Abraham Believed (pisteuó) God, and it was credited to him as Righteousness. Romans 4:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17; Ephesians 2:9; Jeremiah 9:24

It is our belief or faith that leads us to obedience, to do what our Creator has defined as right.  The Torah testifies of Righteousness, and tells us it is our Life, and that Life is Yehoshua, YHVH Is Salvation:

“He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to Life for our Justification,” Romans 4:25

Today the misunderstanding is on the opposite end of the spectrum.  Those who do Believe Jesus did what we were powerless to do, which is to Justify the dead and give Spiritual Life, have it confused with Righteousness, which is how we enter that Life:

 “For what the law (the sin offering) was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin.  He thus condemned sin in the flesh,” Romans 8:3.  

“...If you want to enter Life, keep the commandments.” 18  “Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus answered, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness…” Matthew 19:17, 18

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Let’s take another look at Romans 4:2 because it is a great example of Paul referring to Genesis 15:6, and now we can compare the Greek to the original Hebrew.  I find most of my references at https://biblehub.com:

Abram Believed, (אָמַן Aman #539) the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068) and it was credited to him as Righteousness (צְדָקָה Tzedakah),Genesis 15:6

“Aman #539” is the Hebrew verb meaning to be firm, secure, established, supported and unwavering; like an immovable tent-peg.  It is where we get our English word, Amen.

The noun, “Enumah #530” means Faithfulness.  It was Abram’s loyal, steadfast Faithfulness to YHVH that was credited to him as Righteousness.

For more understanding of the concrete thinking of the Ancient Hebrews click this link:  https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/articles_aman.html

By Faithfulness Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, Obeyed and went, without knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:5

Belief and action go together.  Just as Abraham believed and obeyed, those who believe in YHVH, Who raised Yehushua from the dead will also be credited with Righteousness:

Now the words “it was credited to him” were written not only for Abraham, 24 but also for us, to whom righteousness will be credited—for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Romans 4:23, 24

 Obedience to YHVH’s Torah is our Righteousness, Deuteronomy 6:25.  

 There is life in the path of Righteousness, in its pathway there is no death,” Proverbs 12:28.

But who of us can bring clean out of unclean?  No one.  Our righteousness is like filthy rags; Job 14:4; Isaiah 64:6.

Only YHVH’s Perfect Word, Yehushua, is able to Justify צָדַק Tzadaq, Isaiah 53:11.

 Therefore, just as one trespass brought condemnation for all men, so also one act of righteousness brought Justification and Life for All men,” Romans 5:18 

The Spiritual Circumcision of the Heart

Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing (it was physical)Keeping God’s commandments is what matters (Spiritual).” 1 Corinthians 7:19

“for in Messiah Yehushua neither circumcision or uncircumcision has any value, what matters is Faithfulness, expressed through Love (Spiritual).” Galatians 5:6

Imagine Paul trying to describe this Spiritual mystery to those who may not have understood that Yehouhua (Jesus) Is YHVH’s Word and the Spiritual reality of mankind’s Righteousness:  John 1:1 John 1:2; John 1:3; John 1:14

“…And this is His Name by which He will be called: The LORD (YHVH #3068) Our Righteousness.” Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16

“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, having become for us Wisdom from God:  Our Righteousness, Holiness, and Redemption.”  1 Corinthians 1:30

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Paul described himself as being a Hebrew of Hebrews, faultless in keeping Torah, Philippians 3:5, 6.  Yet he knew the physical “works of Torah,” never justified anyone:

“A man is not a Jew (Israel) because he is one outwardly, nor is circumcision only outward and physical.  29 No, a man is a Jew (Israel) because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code (gramma #1121) Such a man’s praise (approval) does not come from men, but from God.” Romans 2:28; Jeremiah 4:4; Jeremiah 9:24, 25

Physical Circumcision pointed to YHVH’s Circumcision of our hearts, so we would love Him and Live, and how do we love Him?  By keeping His Commandments:

 “The LORD (YHVH) your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live, Deuteronomy 30:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 22:5

4.  Is Paul saying if you do the works of the Torah you are under a curse?

  “For as many as are from works of the Law are under a curse.  For it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Galatians 3:10

Paul is quoting Torah, so the “Law” that puts us under a curse is clearly Not Torah.  It says, Cursed is everyone who does Not do what is written in Torah:

‘Cursed is he who does not put the words of this Law (Torah) into practice.’ And let all the people say, ‘Amen!’” Deuteronomy 27:26

He goes on to say, no one is Justified before God by the Law:

And it is clear that no one is Justified before God by the Law because, “The Righteous will live by Faith.”  12 The Law, however, is not based on faith; on the contrary, for “The man who does these things will live by them.”  Galatians 3:11, 12;  Romans 10:5

Again he is quoting Torah:

“Keep My statutes and My judgments, for the man who does these things will live by them.  I Am the LORD YHVH,” Leviticus 18:5

Paul is saying, we cannot Justify ourselves from the curse of sin and death.  Only Messiah, Yehoshua is worthy to redeem us from the curse, by becoming the curse:

Christ/Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us.  For it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Galatians 3:13

“…because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse…” Deuteronomy 21:23

The cursed are those who stray from YHVH’s Commandments, and we, like sheep, have all gone astray, Isaiah 53:6.

“You rebuke the arrogant–the cursed who stray from Your commandments.” Psalm 119:21.

YHVH’s Commandments will always be the Way of Righteousness and Life:

Look at the proud one; His soul is not upright–But the Righteous will Live by Faithfulness (אֱמוּנָה emunah #530)Habakkuk 2:4

Yehoshua Is the Torah, the Way of Truth and Life.  He Is Wisdom, Compassionately Merciful, Gracious/Showing Favor and Righteous/Just:

The LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH) is Gracious (חַנּוּן Chanun) and Righteous (צַדִיק Tzasiq); our God is full of Compassionate Mercy, (רָחַם Racham),” Psalm 116:5; Proverbs 8:23Exodus 34:6. 

We can see in Paul’s letter to the Romans, the Good News has not changed.  From start to finish, The Righteous will live by Faith:

For the Good News reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: “The Righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17

He follows My statutes and faithfully keeps My ordinances; he is Righteous; surely he will Live,’ declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 18:9

The Blessing is Life and the Curse is Death

The Torah defines the Blessing of Life and the Curse of Death, (separation from YHVH):

There will be Blessing (בְּרָכָה Berakah #1293) if you obey the commandments of the LORD (YHVH #3068) your God that I am giving you today, but a Curse (קלָלָה Qelalah #7045) if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD (YHVH) your God and turn aside from the path…” Deuteronomy 11:27, 28; Chapter 28; 30:19

We faithfully do what is Right and Good in YHVH’s sight, so that it may be well with us, Deuteronomy 6:18.

James (Ya’acob) explains the difference between Life and Dead Faith in this example;  If you see someone in need of clothing and food and all you do is say, “stay warm and well fed,” then your faith is dead, James 2:16.

“So too, Faith by itself, without any action, is dead.” James 2:17

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without action is dead.”  James 2:26

All The Torah and Prophets Hang on Love

What is Love?  When Jesus was asked, what is the Greatest commandment?  He answered by saying the Shema (Hear and Do):

 Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord, YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37, 38; Deuteronomy 6:5

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39; Leviticus 19:18

When we Love YHVH wholeheartedly, we do what He says, and Loving one another (our neighbor) as ourselves, is the sum of every Instruction defining Righteousness:

Torah and prophets hang on Love

5.  Is Paul saying we are released from the “Law” (Nomos #3551)?   Again we need to ask, which law bound us?  Lets take a look at “the old way of the Letter:”

  “But now, having died to what bound us, we have been released from the Law, so that we serve in the new (renewed) way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the Letter, (gramma #1121).” Romans 7:6

This is the same “letter” as the record of our sin, the same “Law” that has us bound, entrapped, entangled and enslaved.  So having died to “the Old way of the Letter” we are able to serve the “Renewed” way of the Spirit:

The iniquities of a wicked man entrap him; the cords of his own sin entangle him.” Proverbs 5:22 

Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” John 8:34

Paul continues by clarifying that he is not referring to the Torah:

What then shall we say?  Is the Law sin?  Certainly not!  Indeed, I would not have been mindful of sin if not for the Law.  For I would not have been aware of coveting if the Law had not said,  “Do not covet.” Romans 7:7

So then, the Law is holy, and the Commandment is Holy, Righteous, and Good.” Romans 7:12

Paul clearly understood that Jesus freed us from the Law of the curse of sin and death, not the Holy, Righteous and Good Torah.  He also knew Yehushua bore that curse, so that in Him we might become the true Righteousness of YHVH:

“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the Righteousness of God,” 2 Corinthians 5:21

6.  The word “New” is another obscure translation that makes “Grace” appear “New,” and the “Torah,” “Old.”  We can even see this inferred in the naming of the New Testament and the Old Testament:

  “And He has qualified us as ministers of a New Covenant, not of the Letter (gramma #1121) but of the Spirit; for the Letter (gramma #1121) kills, but the Spirit gives Life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 

Now we know the Letter is referring to the record of our sin, which kills because sin is death.  The question remains, is the “New” Covenant a different Covenant, or is it the same physical Covenant, that has been “Spiritually” Renewed?

Lets look at the Hebrew word translated “New.”  Chodesh #2320 means “New Moon.”  Now obviously the moon isn’t “New,” the light of the sun “Renews” it every month.

Chodesh

It is called a New Moon or Month, because it is “Renewed,” by Light.  Each month the sighting of a sliver, or crescent, of light can be seen on the right side of the dark moon.

This is how the physical covenants, found in the Torah, foreshadowed the “Renewed” Light of the ultimate Spiritual Covenant:

“In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.” John 1:4

First the Physical Then The Spiritual

The Bible contains physical Examples and Covenants that pointed to their Spiritual reality.  We are told that Moses was shown the Spiritual or Heavenly, and instructed to make physical copies:

“See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5; Exodus 25:40

So it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” Hebrews 9:23

They were also called a “Shadow” of the good things to come:

“The Law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves.  It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship,” Hebrews 10:1

Paul revealed the physical, or natural came first, and then the Spiritual:

The spiritual, however, was not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 15:46 

He also said, “the Torah is Spiritual:”

We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am not spiritual, sold as a slave to sin.” Romans 7:14

What did the physical copies foreshadow?  From beginning to end, our Creator’s Word reveals the Good News of mankind’s Salvation, which is their Spiritual redemption from death.

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7.  As we continue to view the Torah as Spiritual the physical priesthood can be seen as a Copy of the Spiritual, that was set in place by Moses:

  “For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed as well.” Hebrews 7:12

Does this mean the “Law” was changed to “Grace?”  Absolutely Not.  The “Law” here is referring to the “physical” priesthood Changing to what it foreshadowed; the Spiritual priesthood.

When Yehoshua (Jesus) became our Spiritual High Priest, the physical Priesthood changed to the Spiritual.

8.  Here is another example of the word “Law” referring to self-justification which is also called legalism.

In context, Paul is scolding Peter for his hypocrisy and falling back into the religious “Legalism” of the Jews:

   I do not set aside the Grace (Favor) of God.  For if Righteousness comes through the law, (what man does) Christ/Messiah died for nothing.” Galatians 2:21

Like number four, Paul is stating that human righteousness cannot earn spiritual life.  Only the Perfect Righteousness of Messiah can renews us to spiritual Life.

As I mentioned previously, Grace and Favor are used interchangeably but the Hebrew word Favor is not “unmerited.”  Favor is only given to those who repent, or turn from death to Life.

To learn more about the Ancient Hebrew meaning of “Favor” click this link:  https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/articles_grace.html

“If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains,” Hebrews 10:26.

But My Righteous one will live by faithfulness; and if he shrinks back, I will take no pleasure in him,” Hebrews 10:38

Our Creator knows how easily we sin, yet He gives Grace, meaning Favor, on the day we turn from our unrighteousness:

“Therefore, son of man, say to your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression; neither will the wickedness of the wicked man cause him to stumble on the day he turns from his wickedness. Nor will the righteous man be able to survive by his righteousness on the day he sins.’ Ezekiel 33:12

Your Righteousness is an Everlasting Righteousness, and Your Law (Torah #8451) is True, (Aman #571).”  Psalm 119:142

What Does it Mean to Keep The Torah?

What exactly does it mean to keep the Torah?  As the Good News of mankind’s salvation spread, the gentiles, or nations, began seeking YHVH; Acts 15:17

“so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and All the nations that bear My Name,” declares the LORD, (YHVH #3068) who will do this.”  Amos 9:12; Deuteronomy 28:10.

Yehushua had exposed the additions and subtractions of the Jewish religion.  He had revealed the Spiritual representations of the Temple, the sacrifices, the Bread, the Oil, the Wine, the Living Water, etc… so did they need to circumcise all these gentiles?

The Religious Leaders had a dilemma and that’s why they held a counsel at Jerusalem, to decide the essentials of keeping Torah.  We can read about their conclusion in  Acts 15:29:

   “You must abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.” 

Reading Acts chapter 15 in context Peter, Paul and Barnabas make the point that the gentiles were given the Spirit just as they were.  YHVH made no distinction when He cleansed their hearts.

James (Ya’acob) concluded that the gentiles could hear the Torah read in the synagogues every Sabbath, and they had the words of Yehushua to help them find the Spiritual connections between Yehushua and the Torah, Luke 24:27.

“For Moses has been proclaimed in every city from ancient times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” Acts 15:21

Even today it is possible for anyone to find Yehushua in the Torah by listening, or reading, the weekly Torah portions;  Search 119 Ministries Torah Portions.

9.  Is Paul saying we are not under Law but under Grace:

  “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

But two verses later Paul goes on to say:

16 Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to Righteousness?  

Because Sin does not rule over us when we walk in the Righteousness of Torah:

Establish my steps through Your promise; let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119:133

10.  This is my final verse and the only one that does not come from one of Paul’s letters.  Although it sounds a lot like 9.  John writes, the “Law” came through Moses, “Grace and Truth” came through Yehoshua (Jesus):

  “For the Law was given through Moses; Grace/Favor and Truth came through Jesus Christ/Messiah” John 1:17

The Torah was given through Moses, but it is called Truth, Psalm 119:142, Psalm 119:160, John 17:17.   Grace, meaning Favor, was and continues to be given to the humble, Proverbs 3:34, so why would John make this distinction?

The only difference between the physical “Copies” of Moses, were the Spiritual “Realities” of Grace/Favor that came through the Messiah, Yehoshua (Jesus Christ).

The word “Came” is the Greek verb “Ginomai #1096.” it can also be translated “came to be, or became”  The word Through is the Greek preposition Dia #1223 meaning the channel of an act.

Without a foundation in the Hebrew Torah, which reveals the Messiah in figurative language, one cannot even see the conflicting translations of the New Testament.

Many false doctrines have been based on these bias translations.  My greatest concern is that today’s “Blind guides” and “hypocrites” will continue to keep people from entering the Kingdom with their lies about Jesus abolishing the Commandments.

Did Grace Abolish the Torah?

In conclusion, Grace, meaning Favor, did not abolish the Torah.  Grace and Truth are the Light of Torah.   The physical examples found in our Creator’s Torah reveal mankind’s Spiritual Salvation from death.

Those who walk in the Way of Truth and Life are Known by their actions:

“Even a child is known by his actions— whether his conduct is pure and upright,” Proverbs 20:11; Matthew 7:16

 How do we Know if we’ve entered Spiritual/Eternal Life?

 “If you want to enter Life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17

YHVH Commandments define Life.  They reveal the actions or fruits of the Pure and Upright.  When He inscribed them on stone, it symbolized the hardness of mankind’s heart.  Spiritual Life is inscribed on Spiritual hearts and minds:

 “This is the Covenant I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord (YHVH).  I will put My Laws in their hearts and inscribe them on their minds.” Hebrews 10:16; Jeremiah 31:33

“Now this is eternal Life, that they may KNOW You, the only TRUE God, and Jesus Christ, (Yehoshua; He Is, He Was, He Will Be Salvation, Messiah; Your Anointed) whom You have sent.” John 17:3

“By this we can be sure that we have come to KNOW Him: if we keep His Commandments.” 1 John 2:3

“If anyone says, “I Know Him,” but does not keep His Commandments, he is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4

“No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning, (sin is turning from the Commandments).  No one who continues to sin has seen Him or KNOWN Him.”  1 John 3:6

Those who Know their Creator keep His Commandments.  Those who do not walk in the way of Life will be told, “Depart from Me, I never Knew you:”

Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never Knew you; depart from Me, you workers of Lawlessness (Torahlessness)!”  Matthew 7:23

“If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.” John 14:15, 21, 23

“If you keep My Commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s Commandments and remain in His love.” John 15:10, 20

What Is Love?

And this is love, that we walk according to His Commandments.  This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.” 2 John 1:6

“But if anyone keeps His Word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him.  By this we Know that we are in Him:” 1 John 2:5, 6, 7

“and we will receive from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His Commandments and Do what is pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22

Whoever keeps His Commandments remains in God, and God in him. And by this we Know that He remains in us: by the Spirit He has given us.” 1 John 3:24

“By this we Know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His Commandments.” 1 John 5:2

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments.  And His Commandments are Not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

“And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God, holding to the testimony of Jesus. And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.” Revelation 12:17; Revelation 22:14

There Is Perfect Freedom in Doing What the Torah Says:

But whoever looks into the Perfect Law of Liberty, (Torah) and continues to do so, not being a forgetful hearer, but Doing what it says, this man shall be blessed in all he does. James 1:25

The Essence of The Torah is to Love One Another

“In everything, then, Do to others as you would have them do to you.  For this is the Essence of the Law (Torah) and the Prophets,” Matthew 7:12

“If you really keep The Royal Law, as stated in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” James 2:8, 12

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