The more I try to read the Scriptures for simply what they say, without a predisposed view, either traditional Christian or Hebrew Roots, the more I see that I need Messiah, the one called Jesus, Yahshua, Yeshua, or Yahusha.
Grace is not “greasy,” as some have said it is. It is not a license to sin, as has been supposed. It is favor. It is completely unmerited. We can not earn grace by works of Torah. They are completely opposed to one another. Paul said clearly that if you believe you are saved by works of Torah you have fallen from grace, for by works of Torah no one is saved.
What does this mean? Are we, now, people without Torah? What is Torah?
First let’s answer the last question. What is Torah? Torah means “instruction.” It does not mean “law,” as it is translated in our versions of the NT.
Are we now people without Torah? To answer this question we need to determine what Torah you’re talking about. There is a Torah of Moses and a Torah of Christ/Messiah. This is controversial in many circles, I know, but none the less it is represented as thus in Scripture. What is the difference? The Torah of Moses was the judgments/right-ruling he was given by God to give to the children of Israel, after they decided they didn’t want to draw near to God, and yet chose Moses as their mediator (Exodus 19-21). In Isaiah Chapter Nine we read the prophesy of the coming Messiah and that right-ruling/judgements would be His alone, and no longer our burden to bear. No, we are not people without Torah.
What does this mean? We are not taught-ones of Moses, rather taught-ones given instruction/Torah by the Master, Messiah. This is simply evidence of our rebirth and His workmanship in our lives. He is speaking into our lives every moment of every day. He is the Living Word/Instruction of God/Elohim. He is our Rabbi/Teacher and Great High Priest. It’s His Spirit in us that accomplishes this, that we bear fruit unto the Father, who now is our Father through adoption, grafting into the family of Yah.
What is the fruit we bear? Is it a list of the Instructions/Torah of Moses? What does Paul write?
Gal 5:13 For you, brothers, have been called to freedom, only do not use freedom as an occasion for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Gal 5:15 And if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
Gal 5:16 And I say: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not accomplish the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you desire to do.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under Torah.
Gal 5:19 And the works of the flesh are well-known, which are these: adulterya, whoring, uncleanness, indecency, Footnote: aSome manuscripts omit adultery.
Gal 5:20 idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
Gal 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and the like – of which I forewarn you, even as I also said before, that those who practise such as these shall not inherit the reign of Elohim.b Footnote: bSee 1Co 6:10.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no Torah.
Gal 5:24 And those who are of Messiah have impaled the flesh with its passions and the desires.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.