Where is the liberty in Christ when it comes to obeying Torah out of your heart? 2 Corinthians 3:17 states, “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom.”
This one hits home. Here is some advice on how to stand firm as a Torah observer with family, and friends that:
- Just do not get it
- Don’t want to get it
- And, are hostile to any outward appearance of Torah in anyone’s life.
The scriptures here will dispel ANY dispensation theology FEAR & CONTROL over our Liberty in Christ to love Torah. And I hope that it will display how to love in the face of Dispensation Tyranny when we supposedly have liberty in Christ.
These will work to quell Dispensation Persecution & perhaps Free them from Dispensation Tyranny
- State the scriptures from this post and any others like them
- Love them
- Be Patient with them
- Pray for them after reading this blog post and watching this video that go over the reasons why and how:
Christians are beginning to read the scriptures for themselves and finding that Dispensation theology just doesn’t fit with what they read
As I continue to fellowship with Christians who see the truth I start to feel that Dispensation theology has become an oppressive law unto itself that forbids others in Christ to walk in truth out of fear that doing so will deny Christ. Many Christians now realize their identity in Christ Jesus includes:
- The fact that they are grafted in to believing Israel (Romans 11)
- We are brought near to the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2)
- And, the Torah is written in our minds and on our hearts (Jeremiah 31, and Hebrews 10).
“But, in the second Covenant, we don’t have to keep that freedom crushing LAW”, you might say and teach your congregation or Bible Study Members. But, shouldn’t the teaching reflect the scripture? The issue addressed in scripture was always about not forcing gentiles to keep Torah in order to be saved. Right?
The Messianic circles that I am apart of always proclaim that salvation is by faith through grace, not of works! But, we also proclaim that Yeshua was the point of the law to show us our need for him and that he is the embodiment of the law, and that as Matthew 5:17-18 is definitive!
17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
The Messianic movement in Christianity is (in a sense) a revolt against Constantine’s grip on the removal of all things “Hebrew”, & Marcion of Sinope who made a gnostic, and Anti-Jewish theology, where Constantine made a State Religion of Christianity-devoid of Torah observance. Messianic Christianity that follows all the tenets of true Christianity digs deep into scripture.
We identify those parts of the law that were amended at the New Marriage Covenant made in Yeshua’s blood, atoning sacrifice, and resurrection so we can meet him in air and forever be with him, seeing him as he is, because Yeshua was raised as a new legal person
After resurrection he could marry the divorced and lost ten tribes of Israel (Jeremiah 3, Romans 7) in such a way that he would not be breaking the law of marriage from Deuteronomy 24 that forbids a man remarrying the woman he divorced after she married another.
It all makes sense. And, we in Christ that are not of the genetic seed of Abraham from the line of Isaac, and Israel can be grafted in to the cultivated olive tree of believing Israel as wild olive branches.
This is all truth that comes through careful study of the scriptures, and not through compulsion, or force. To force someone to follow the Torah after salvation through faith in Yeshua does make the case for salvation through works and not faith. Yet, James tells us that faith devoid of works is dead, James 2:26. Liberty in Christ should allow me to grow in sanctification unto good works prepared in advance for me as Ephesians 2 states. Right?
Galatians 3:24-26, Torah schoolmaster brings us to Christ (justified by faith)-Not under Law, but does this say we can’t be transformed into the image of Christ, who kept Torah though liberty in Christ?
24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
The issue is force, not the law (that is in our hearts anyway). It denies Christ to say you have to follow the law to be saved/justified. But, if gentiles wanted to do something of the Torah, like in Acts 21:15-26, the Torah was already in their hearts to follow in their own sanctification. Paul did not force them.
Romans 8 states that we are no longer under condemnation of the law. It states that we have our spiritual walk through the Holy Spirit. As such, we are to be conformed to the image of Christ, who kept Torah-otherwise he would have disqualified himself as Messiah. This truth applies to those who aren’t saying you need works to be saved, and must go back to animal sacrifices, etc. too! It was not a doctrine of salvation through works (ex. circumcision, which is of the heart Romans 2:29). Galatians is in the context of a new doctrine of circumcision works unto justification-Anathema!
Acts 21:15-26 Liberty in Christ to follow Torah, but not for justification!
15 “And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.“
If Hebrews 13:20-21 is all about grace and Not Torah how can it say, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the EVERLASTING covenant…” Then, how could Paul go on to say that it will, “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, “working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ”? Doesn’t that sound like keeping Torah?