V5 - You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
- The Torah was the actual spoken words to Moses and G-d met Moses and spoke to him unlike anyone else. The prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah for example all saw dreams and visions. They never met with G-d.
- King David wrote of the word often and it always pointed back to Torah.
- When this Gospel was written the Gospels and Epistles would not be canonized into a what exists today as the Bible for a couple hundred years afterwards. Therefore at most, word could be pointing back to the whole Tanakh (Genesis – Malachi) not the “New Testament”
Law, law, law! I am so confused. What is Paul saying in Galatians 3? You could read it and assume every time Paul says law he is speaking of the Torah, the commandments. Unfortunately, that can’t be correct! If you believe that you are wrong! Yes, I am saying that emphatically! How can I be so sure? Let’s take a look at v19 – Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
If the law came as a result of transgressions (i.e. sins) then it is not possible to sin. You cannot sin if the law did not exist prior to the giving of the law at Mount Sinai by G-d to Israel. Sin is transgression of the law (1 John 4:3), therefore the law (Torah) could not have been added due to transgressions because the Torah needs to exist prior to the sin to sin. You might need to read that a couple times, but one needs to understand the Torah (law) is eternal. It is forever. The law spoken of in v19 cannot be the original commandments given by G-d otherwise there would be no sin before that time period.
Confused? Great. Let’s try and find out what law was added that Paul is referring to in this verse. Initially, all of the sons of Israel were to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:5-6). Something happened though that caused this to change, the golden calf. The golden calf incident changed history forever. No longer were all the tribes going to serve as priests. Now, only the Levites. Prior to the incident HaShem already gave His instructions to the Israelites. Due to the incident new instructions came. The Levitical Priesthood would serve and teach the others. This is the law that was added because of transgressions. This is what Paul is referring to in v19.
Now that the Levitical Priests were setup to lead, for how long were they to lead? What does Paul mean until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. The promise was to Avraham. Not sure of anyone who would disagree with that. So what does “until the seed would come” mean. Yeshua is the seed. Until Yeshua would come the Levitical Priesthood would serve and teach others. We know from Hebrews 7 that the Levitical priesthood was not perfect. We know they did not fulfill their mission of teaching Israel. When Yeshua came (possibly when He comes again) the priesthood changed. No longer were the Levitical priests going to be the teachers of the people. Who is going to be the teacher?
Jeremiah 31:33 says HaShem will put His Torah within them and write it on the hearts of Israel and Judah. They will no longer be teaching, because all will know Him. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
HaShem is going to be the teacher. His Spirit is going to cause you to walk in His statutes and observe His ordinances. The Levites will still have their place in the Temple. In the Millennial they will be serving up sacrifices, including sin sacrifices. The Levites role of teachers ended though with the coming of the MaShiach.
Does Galatians 3:19 make a little more sense now? There is some detail still to be written, but for the sake of time that will come later.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem
Romans 7 is a difficult chapter and last time we to a look at the first six verses and looking at dying to the law and what that meant. Now, we look at Paul circling the wagons to make sure you do not misinterpret him.
What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Torah; for I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Torah sin is dead. I was once alive apart from the Torah; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. Romans7:7-13
Paul, just to make sure you understand what he previously said in the first six verses wants us to understand that the Torah is not sin. The only way you know sin is through the Torah. Paul teaches the same concept at the end of Romans 3 and 5. The Torah is not sin and we should not continue sinning. The Torah is good, holy, and righteous. Sin is the issue in our lives, not Torah. Through the Torah we understand what is sin and how we are to live our lives. Sin kills, but through the process of true teshuvah (repentence) we turn from our ways and turn towards the ways of G-d and He forgives our iniquity.
Are we to follow other gods or follow the One and Only G-d? Deuteronomy 11 comes to mind here. Following other G-ds means you are not following Him in His ways…not following the commandments:
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the L-rd your G-d, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your G-d, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known. Deut. 11:26-28
So you see that not following the commandments is the same as following other gods. How? If you do not listen to G-d then you are listening to someone else whether it be yourself (evil inclination) or someone else. Which G-d tells us in Deut. 13:1-4 not to listen to those who are telling you to follow other G-ds.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!
Now that we know we are under grace and not under the law, Paul clarifies what He meant by not under the law. Unfortunately too many do not read the whole context of what Paul is telling us in Romans 6. Many believe the Torah is not important to believers any longer. So let’s see how Paul clarifies verse 14.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:15-18
Paul is actually repeating himself from the beginning of the chapter. For verses 1 & 2a states What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! Most believers agree that we are not to sin. The problem is how to define sin. We have looked at this definition before and sin is lawlessness and if I may Torahlessness. Sin has always been measured by Torah. No where in the Bible is the definition of sin changed. No where in Scripture is the definition of commandments changed. I say this because many believe when Yeshua or the apostles say commandments believers think they are talking about the Ten Commandments, or the commandments spoken of in the “New Testament” only or even just the commandment to love. The problem with this is they are changing the definition without being directed to by Scripture.
So now that we are no longer slaves to sin (because Yeshua paid our debts and we are not free from the penalty of sin), we become slaves to the one who purchased us, Yeshua/G-d. Many believe that we are made righteous by faith and this is true there is a faith righteousness. Many also believe we cannot do anything to be righteous or increase our righteousness and this is false. Paul tells us right here obedience leads to righteousness. Paul also wrote about this very thought back in Romans 1. One of Paul’s disciples Timothy said in 2 Timothy 3:15-16 that the sacred writings that gives us wisdom that leads to salvation through faith is good for what…training in righteousness. James in his letter is all over this very thought in chapter 2. Works without faith is dead, but faith without works is also dead.
Paul goes on to say you became obedient from the heart…becoming slaves to righteousness. Interestingly Ezekiel and Jeremiah write about this very thought. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” So G-d is going to give a new heart and give you a new spirit and His Spirit will cause you to follow the commandments. Ezekiel 11:19-20 same the same thing. Jeremiah 31:31-33 states in the “New Covenant” He will write the Torah on His people’s hearts. Do you think that is why Paul is stating you became obedient from the heart? YES! If you are a believer the Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) shall cause you to walk in obedience to G-d’s commandments.
Again, so many want to change the definition of sin and/or commandments, but there is no direction in Scripture that tell us to do so. In fact, we are told the opposite. From Deut. 13:1-4 we are told if anyone comes telling to follow after other G-ds (meaning not to follow the commandments) that this is a test to see if you love G-d with all your heart, soul, and strength. For you are to follow your G-d and fear Him and follow His commandments.
What do you think? Do you disagree? Why?
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!
Righteousness of faith has and will always be the way to santification. There is no argument there. We looked at Romans 4:13-15 last time to see just what this meant. Today, we are jumping all the way to ch. 6 to look at not allowing sin to reign in our bodies.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14
Paul tells us not to let sin reign in our bodies. The question that arises is what is sin? Sin is lawlessness. Lawlessness is anomia and the root word of anomia means destitute of the Mosaic law. Yeshua used anomia when He said “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Paul is agreeing with Yeshua in that we should not let sin reign in our bodies. Yeshua paid for our debt from sin, but this does not give us a license to continue sinning.
Believers have been freed from their debt of sin and therefore Paul declares that sin shall not be a master over you. We are no longer under the law, meaning we are no longer under the penalty from disobedience to the Torah. Why? For we have been sanctified through grace. G-d has saved us from our own selves, but we are not free to let sin reign in our bodies. If you are a believer you have been purchased. You now belong to G-d and should be obedient to G-d. Yeshua said if you love me, you will keep My commandments. Just know, His commandments cannot be anything different than G-d’s commandments. For one, He is G-d. Two, He only came speaking what G-d had told Him to speak. Three, if He did direct people to follow a different set of commandments then He would have broken the Torah. For the Torah says not to add or subtract from the commandments (Deut 4:2 & 12:32) and if one should come telling you to follow a different G-d (obeying this other G-d) this is a test and you should only follow the true G-d and keep His commandments (Deut 13:1-4).
There is no new definition for commandments in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). There is no new definition of sin. Sin is simply transgressing G-d’s commandments. Do not let sin reign in you!
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!
Last time we read how Paul advised his readers to not sin more so more good will come in. In Romans 3:9-18 Paul puts Jews and Greeks all in the same boat…we are all under sin. Paul then quotes various Tanakh verses to support his point. Paul concludes with this:
Now we know that whatever the Torah says, it speaks to those who are under the Law (Torah), so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to G-d; because by the works of the Torah no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Torah comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20
Just before these two verses Paul shows how all have sinned. We know from 1 John 3:4 that sinning is lawlessness or if you will Torahlessness. Yeshua said in Matthew 7:23 ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Now we know that we have all sinned and we are all accountable to G-d.
If you will remember when we looked at Romans 2, Paul discussed how just having the Torah and performing it without a circumcision of the heart does you no good. Paul was simply gathering knowledge given in the Tanakh. This is not new teaching. There must be an internal obedience to the Torah.
Many times I am asked what is sin. I usually provide verses I provided above, but I think Paul does an excellent job here in verse 20. I am going to have to add this to my definition of sin. Paul says through the Torah comes the knowledge of sin. How do you know what sin is? Through the Torah. So without Torah you cannot know what is a sin. When you sin you are under the Law as Paul puts it. In other words you have a debt to pay for your sin. This is what Yeshua did for us…paid for our sin. This does not mean Yeshua did away with or fulfilled the Torah. We are to live in obedience and not in sin.
So many people want to throw out Torah yet Torah is our definition of sin. Pretty much everyone agrees that we sin. How do you know what sin is if the Torah is thrown out? How is G-d going to hold you accountable if you throw out Torah? If the Torah is thrown out, do you even sin today? Over and over again Yeshua said in one way or another “go and sin no more”. To not sin means to keep the Torah.
I hope this is clear. The amazing thought is the one whom is most quoted for getting rid of the Torah or at least following it says the exact opposite here in Romans 3.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!