One of the biggest misunderstandings gentiles have concerning the Mosaic Law is mistakenly connecting Torah-observance to salvation.
As ridiculous as this sounds, trust me when I say this.
I speak from my own first-hand experience of attending quite a few Christian churches in my time.
A good majority of Christians harbor the false assumption that in the Old Testament times the Hebrews strove to obey the Law in order to be saved.
For some reason they seem to overlook the fact that God by His Grace saved Israel from Egypt FIRST and then AFTERWARDS gave them His Torah (teachings).
Nowhere in the Bible will you find God presenting the Torah as a vehicle to the Hebrews that they had to obey in order to be saved.
The TORAH was NEVER designed to save mankind.
The Apostle Paul also made this point clear.
Only faith in Yeshua can save us, NOT Torah obedience.
These are two separate issues.
Obedience to the Lord’s Torah commands and receiving salvation via faith in Yeshua ARE. TWO. SEPARATE. ISSUES.
Faith in Yeshua does not cancel out Torah obedience.
And Torah obedience does not cancel out our faith in Yeshua.
The Lord wants salvation for us AND he wants our obedience.
Not one or the other.
I know no matter how many times I try to explain this, I’m still gonna get a bunch of retarded comments saying “but Paul said Jesus has freed us from the curse of the Law blah, blah, blah”.
Look if you’re a Christian, let me ask you this?
Do you believe the life you lead AFTER coming to faith in Christ should be different than the life you led BEFORE coming to Christ?
Of course your life should be different AFTER coming to faith in Christ, right?
It should be characterized by obedience to His holy commands.
The exact same message is in the Torah.
Just as God saved the Jews FIRST and then AFTERWARDS gave them His Torah in order to live a holy life, so it is with the modern Gentile believer.
After coming to faith, you are expected to walk in obedience to the Lord by obeying His commands.
And ALL of the Lord’s commands are holy.
None of this pick and choose nonsense, or this 2-menu retarded-ness where only Jews are obligated to obey certain commands but gentile believers are free to disobey them.
Or thinking that we only have to obey the “moral” laws and principles (I don’t even know the meaning of this, all the Lord’s commands by definition are moral and holy).
So let’s get this straight once and for all.
The purpose of the Torah is so we can learn what it means to be obedient to the Lord.
The purpose of Yeshua is to save us.
These are two separate things but BOTH are necessary in order to have a COMPLETE walk with YHVH our God.
So understand when I promote Torah-observance, I am not promoting it as a means to salvation.
Some people mistakenly assume that I’m telling them they’re gonna go to hell if they eat pork or don’t observe the Biblical feasts.
I’m not saying you’re gonna go to hell, but now that you have been saved, don’t you have even more reason to be obedient to the one who saved you?
Or to quote Paul, “should we sin more just so we can obtain more grace?! Heaven forbid!”
Also, the Scriptures do seem to imply that if you’re life is not characterized by obedience to the Lord’s commands, it could be a sign that you are following another false spirit or may not have really been born again.
There are many parts in the New Testament showing that the earliest believers earnestly obeyed the Torah.
The early born-again believers viewed Torah observance as a natural outcome of their faith in Yeshua.
And of course, because Yeshua is the TORAH made flesh.
I can testify that after I was born again, it was the Spirit that led me to embrace the Lord’s Torah, as it has done for thousands of other gentile believers worldwide.
Faith in Yeshua and the Torah are LINKED, COMPLEMENTARY AND CANNOT BE SEPARATED.
If you claim to be a follower of Israel’s Messiah, yet are not led to obey His commands, I have to ask you, which “spirit” are you following?
You might want to test that spirit for many false spirits have gone out into the world.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“But this I admit to you, that according to the Way
which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers,
believing everything that is in accordance with the Law,
and that is written in the Prophets.”
“I have committed no offense
either against the Law of the Jews
or against the temple or against Caesar.”