Righteousness Based On Faith

Last time we looked at Romans 8:1-8 and Paul was explaining how the flesh wants to follow things that lead to death while those according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  That those walking according to the flesh cannot fulfill the requirement of the Torah, but those walking according to the Spirit will fulfill the requirement of the Torah.   He then says in verse 9 that those who have the Spirit of G-d (Ruach Hakadesh, Holy Spirit) are in the Spirit and not flesh.

I am going to continue in Romans 10.  Remember the objective of these writings is to help others see the verses that many believe state the Torah is no longer to be followed.

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”              Romans 10:3-13

I believe Paul is speaking to the Gentiles here, for he is telling them about the Jews who are zealous for G-d, but through their own efforts.  They are following Torah without a circumcised heart.  Paul writes the goal of Torah is Christ.  Many believe Paul is saying once you have Christ you no longer need Torah, but that is not what he is saying.  For the next few verses is quoting Deuteronomy 30:11-14.

If your mind is set on the Torah being disregarded already then you miss what Paul is saying in these verses. In verse 5 Paul quotes Leviticus 18:5 and makes the point that the Torah points to God’s truth and man can thus be saved via Torah, if he follows it in faith.  In verse 6 you can see a translation bias towards the Torah, for those wanting to get rid of it.  The Greek word used is de and can be translated as but.  It can also be translated for, moreover, furthermore, etc.  For the way of the Torah and the way of HaMashiach (the Messiah) are one in the same.  Now, if your righteousness is through Yeshua HaMashiach then your unrighteousness is seen as righteousness.  Why?  Because you are circumcised in the heart and if circumcised in the heart then the Torah is written on your heart and the Holy Spirit will cause you to walk in His commandments (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Ezekiel 11:19-20 and Ezekiel 36:26-27) through faith.

Hence Paul states the word (Torah) is not too far from you it is in your heart and in your mouth.  Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 30:11-14 – “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.  Paul is equating following Yeshua in faith is the same concept as following the Torah in faith.  They are one in the same.  You cannot have one without the other.

There is more to be said, but time has run out.  If you have any questions or thoughts please post!

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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