Now, picture what would happen to the building if a portion (Torah) of the middle stone were cut away……
Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 2:
We were dead in our trespasses [against Torah] and sins. We used to walk according to the principles of this world, in disobedience! Following Satan unwittingly! But, while we were in sin, He quickened us! And He made us sit together with Messiah (the Torah keeper! ) Keep in mind, GRACE is the gift, not faith: check your grammar! Grace DOES NOT come through works. Grace is unmerited favor, given without any act of the recipient except BELIEVING that it is available [that’s the ‘through faith’ part]. Verse nine says GRACE is not of works (remember, we get our righteousness as a free gift, because we believe in the sacrifice of Messiah. But we’re still commanded to be holy! Pay particular attention to verse 10:
For we are His workmanship, created IN MESSIAH YESHUA for GOOD WORKS, that we SHOULD walk in them!!!!!!!
What good works? Following Messiah in Torah! (In I Cor 11:1, Sha’ul tells the Corinthians to keep the Jewish Traditions he taught them!!!)
Let’s prove it. Look at verse 11 and 12: We were once foreigners to the COVENANTS! Of promise. PLURAL! (OLD AND RENEWED!)
But now, we are BROUGHT NEAR [TO THE COVENANTS], brought INTO THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL by Israel’s Messiah! By His blood. (vs13)He has made Jew and Gentile ONE, tearing down the wall of partition (14)…this is a reference to the wall in the Beit Elohim (house of אלהים ) in Jerusalem past which Gentile believers in יהוה could NOT go, but he’s speaking of the spiritual RULE that kept Gentiles OUT of the Covenants! OUT of communion with יהוה : Their sinfulness and lack of holiness!
Verse 15 is the key verse, with verse 16: Having abolished the ENMITY [of] the Torah of commandments in ordinances, to make two [Jew and Gentile] ONE new man, making peace; And that He might reconcile both [Jew AND Gentile] to אלהים [the Father], having slain the ENMITY thereby:
HE DID NOT SLAY THE Torah: HE DID NOT ABOLISH THE Torah! HE SAID HE WAS NOT COME TO ABOLISH THE Torah. IS Yeshua a LIAR? He ABOLISHED the ENMITY! OUR INFRACTIONS! That which keeps us from אלהים , our SIN is what He slew and what He abolished…NOT HIS WORD! IT SHALL STAND FOREVER!!!!!!
We know your NIVs and other translations leave out the word ENMITY, deliberately, but if you look into the Greek texts, it is undeniably there, and in the King James, it is there. In the King James, they inserted ‘even’ into the text, because mankind is forever trying to get out from under the responsibility to serve אלהים His way…It is clear that He was bringing Jew and Gentile TOGETHER into GOOD WORKS, (obedience to the Torah, through HIS power and not our own!)
How do we obey אלהים without knowing His will? Obey WHAT? Where is His will expressed? What scriptures did Sha’ul and Kefa preach and teach from?
Therefore the Torah is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure [holy], whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free!
In reference to a comment about the Torah being “nailed to the tree”:
There is a common misrepresentation of the scripture in Colossians 2:14 where that thought is perpetuated among Christian teachers – “having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the stake”.
Again, reading this ONE verse appears to say what some think: BUT
On a closer look JUST AT THIS VERSE, you find that the word for “written code” is NOT “nomos”, which is the Greek word that can be used to represent Torah. It is the word “cheirographon”, which simply means ‘handwriting’. Couple that with the word “dogma”, which means ‘decree’ (NOT regulations), and you begin to see what Sha’ul is talking about, especially under the light of Romans 7, which Sha’ul also wrote.
Now, what did Sha’ul mean in THIS verse?: the “handwriting that was against us, and it’s decrees”, means the RECORD of OUR INFRACTIONS AGAINST THE TORAH~! OUR SIN!!! THAT IS INDEED WHAT WAS NAILED TO THE TREE!!!!
Nehemiah 4:5 (concerning the unredeemed NOT having their sins nailed to the stake)
Blotted out means to erase: a record of sin! “Handwriting”!
Psalm 51:1 and 9 – David ASKS יהוה to get rid of his record of sin:
See Jeremiah 17:1
See Psalm 149:6-9
There is indeed a record written against sin.
AND, verse nine explains that we will “carry out the judgment” against the wicked. That is the “decree” in Col 2 verse 14 above…
So, the written record of our sin, and the written punishment of it, is nailed to the stake for us who believe! NOT the Torah!
Our Sin, and the record of our infractions, that is what is done away with.
THAT is what was nailed to the tree. It is “blotted out” through the blood of Messiah!
So: “Is the Torah sin? אלהים FORBID!” (Romans 7:7) “For He made Him who knew no sin to be a sin offering for us, that we might become the righteousness of אלהים in Him”. Since HE became our sin offering, it is indeed sin that was nailed to the tree. That we might become the righteousness of אלהים IN HIM! (According to Torah!) (2 Cor 5:21) And you, being dead in your trespasses (Against Torah!) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, (meaning, out from under the Torah!) He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of decrees that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Col 2:13-14) Do you honestly think יהוה DISARMED His Torah? He DISARMED SIN! SATAN! NOT HIS Torah!!!! Do you think יהוה “made a spectacle” of His Torah? And did away with it? By what, then will the nations be judged?
Yeshua called Himself the aleph and tav, the first and last. What did He mean? Aleph and Tav are the first and last letter of the aleph-bet. These two letters represent the whole Hebrew alphabet, being “the first and the last”, which is what the Word, Yeshua, called Himself. יהוה indeed meant for us to understand the symbols of the letters! The aleph, at the beginning of a word, has voice: it “carries” the sound of the word. At the end of a word, it is silent: ENDING the word. Likewise, Yeshua vocalized His message from the beginning of His ministry, but at the end, He was silent during His trial before the judges, whom He laid down His life before as a sacrifice for us. He really is the aleph! Whose pictograph is an Ox: one who bears our burdens! He really is the ‘tav’: this is the LAST letter in the alphabet; and, it’s pictograph represented a ‘signature!’ Abba said, “I will write My Name in the Earth there” [Jerusalem]. The ending point of Yeshua’s life, where He spilled His blood and said, “It is finished,” was Elohim claiming the city of Jerusalem as His own, and ‘signing’ the ‘contract/covenant’ between Himself and us, in His own blood. יהוה finished writing His name in the earth (Deut 14) through the death of His Son Messiah Yeshua! He is INDEED the aleph and the tav! These two letters represent the totality of SCRIPTURE!!! Genesis (the beginning) to Revelation (the END)!!
In the beginning, G-d created אֵת the heavens and אֵת the earth.
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ
(Reading Right to Left )
Those are the two letters: aleph on the right, tav on the left. They point out the direct object of a verb: the object to which the action is happening, in this case, the heavens and the earth. As a word, it is pronounced “eth”. We learn from our Jewish brothers that יהוה created the aleph-bet by which the universe was created! EVERYWHERE in Torah, where you see a verb happening to someone or something, you first see Aleph and Tav! Yeshua!
Yes, the meanings of the letters of Torah are meant for US!!! “It is the glory of אלהים to conceal a matter: it is the glory of kings to seek a matter out” !! (Prov. 25:2) We’re kings in His kingdom!
Some rightfully doubt their salvation as a result of looking into the Torah and seeing how imperfect we are! Let’s look into 1 John 2: “And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW HIM: IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!” If we keep HIS commandments: the word here for commandment in greek is “entole”, and is specifically “a command”, with the emphasis on the giver of the command. In Hebrew it is ‘mitzvah.’ Read the following verse: “He that says ‘I know Him’ and does not keep His commandments is a LIAR, and the truth is not in him!” Oy veh! BUT, “whoever keeps His WORD, in him truly is the love of אלהים perfected: hereby do we KNOW we that we ARE in Him!”
Now, some would say that these commands are ONLY the things that “Jesus” said, and not the commandments of the Bible as a whole. To this we point out: Yokhanan the apostle wrote this letter, who also wrote the gospel of Yokhanan. In the first chapter of that book, he tells us that the “Davar”, the WORD, became flesh. He tells us that by this “Davar”, Word, the world was formed (by aleph and tav). It is this same “Davar” that He tells us to keep! “Whoever keeps His ‘Davar,’ WORD”! in him truly is the love of אלהים perfected”!!! Don’t think for a moment He’s not talking about the totality of Scripture. And, entole, mitzvot, commandments, is specifically speaking of the commands Yeshua kept while here: ALL of them! Every command came through Yeshua!
Grace covers our failure: that’s what 1 Yokhanan 1:5-10 is about. But we’re to exert ourselves to be more holy than we are! Consider the graph below:
Before Yeshua (salvation), we are all COMPLETELY unrighteous (the black downward path toward complete destruction). When He saves us, He puts us on His Way, making us righteous in the sight of אלהים , but wanting us to become holy in the sight of the world: “Let your light ( Davar, Word, is a lamp unto my feet) so shine before MEN, that THEY may see your good deeds (obedience) and glorify your Father in Heaven”.
So, in the eyes of יהוה , we’re completely righteous, but in the eyes of the world, and for the sake of יהוה , we must “press on toward the mark (perfection) of the high calling of אלהים in Messiah Yeshua”, which is holiness, separateness from the world. If we don’t FURTHER obey His commands after salvation, we stagnate, fall asleep, and look NO DIFFERENT than the rest of the world.
This cannot be! WAKE UP, YOU WHO SLEEP, and Messiah will shine upon you!
We at Bat-Tzion have found that much of what we’ve been taught by the institution of religion is false, and is contrary to the commandments of אלהים . We’ve begun the path of rectifying that in our lives, and it is such a blessing to us. Our little congregation is a picture of what Sha’ul (Paul) was TRYING to accomplish in writing many of the epistles: Convince the Jewish believers to embrace the Gentiles in spite of their shortcomings in Torah, trusting in His grace to bring them up to speed, and accepting them ONLY on the basis of their faith in the Messiah, and then convince the Gentiles to rectify their disobedience to Torah! (I Cor 5-6). Nowhere did he dismiss them from it. He encouraged them, as did every apostle, to “Walk as Yeshua walked”, in Torah.
But I’M a GENTILE! –> Gentiles and Torah
יהוה Yeshua be with you ! And the peace that comes through obedience to Him.