How is one justified today? By works? Meaning faithfully obeying all of the Torah. NO! To many people’s surprise this has never been the case. The Torah was not and is not a means of obtaining salvation. This was never the intent of the Torah. So Sha’ul (Paul) is trying to tell us just this on Romans 4:1-12.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed G-d, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3
In this large passage we are reviewing, Sha’ul is making his case for righteousness through faith. While there is a righteousness through works, that is not the topic of this post. In Sha’ul’s testimony he discusses this righteousness being bestowed upon all, whether circumcised or uncircumcised. This is not a statement that works, following the commandments, are to be done away with. For Sha’ul is emphasizing the way to salvation and salvation alone. I repeat, following the Torah was never meant to be a way to salvation. The Torah is meant for a way to santification. For Bamidbar (Numbers) 15:40 tells us “so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.” Following the Torah is so we can be closer to G-d. He told us to be holy for HE is holy.
In Romans 6:1 Sha’ul asks a question, a question concerning sin and should we continue in it. Of course, his answer is May it never be. But you may ask what is sin. The definition of sin has never changed. Yochanan (John) tells us in 1 John 3:4: “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” Lawlessness in the Greek is anomia which means the condition of without law. It is the same word Yeshua used in Matthew 13:41 and 23:28. Lawlessness is Torahlessness. Sin has not changed. It is breaking Torah and it is why we need a savior. Now that the Savior has come does not mean He fulfilled it and we need it no longer. Remember Sha’ul just said not to continue to sin. John then in verses 7-10:
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
Please, reread that again. What is practicing righteousness? Obey the Torah. I mentioned about there is a works righteousness. This is exactly what I was talking about. There is much more to say about this, but please do not hear what I am not saying (line of my friend Mordechai). We must accept G-d’s salvation through Yeshua, but that is not a license to sin, which is breaking Torah. He commanded us to be holy, so practice righteousness!
Wow, did not intend to say all that, but it is what came out. Baruch HaShem!
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!