The New Testament Believer and the Commandments of God

By James King

 

HalleluYah Fellowship

 

Revised October 22, 2012

 

In this article, Jesus is called Yeshua out of respect for His real, actual name in the original Hebrew/Aramaic language.

Scripture quotations are from the King James Version Bible.

 

What does the Bible say about the relationship between believers in Yeshua (Jesus) and God's commandments in the Old Testament? Most of these commandments are found in the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These five books are sometimes called the Torah, a Hebrew word that means "God's teaching and instructions."It is usually translated in our Bibles as "the law," which is a bit misleading. The Torah does contain laws but also much more.

Believers are responsible to study and understand the Scriptures and to handle them appropriately:

2 Timothy 2:15†† Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Before we go any further I want to make one thing perfectly clear. We do NOT believe or teach that salvation can be earned by obeying the commandments in the Torah. The Bible plainly states we cannot (cf. Psalms 84:10-12, Romans 3:20, Galatians 2:16, 3:21, 2 Peter 1:1). The idea that a person can earn salvation by obeying the laws and commandments of God is just as wrong as it could be.

On the other hand, the idea that a person can be in a good, right relationship with our Father in heaven and just totally disregard His commands is equally wrong. There are numerous Scriptures that teach us the importance of obeying His commands, and we will look at some of them. Here is one example:

Proverbs 28:9†† He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

 

The original Hebrew word for 'law' in this verse is Torah. An abomination is something that is hated and disgusted. Other translations say the prayer of one who won't listen or hear the law is detestable. You can't just ignore God's law and expect your prayers to be answered. Also, please understand that in the Hebrew way of thinking, the word "hear" includes the idea of obedience. Proverbs 28:9 is saying that if you are not at least trying to obey God's commandments in the Torah, then your prayer is an abomination to God.[1]

This article assumes the authority of Scripture over all else. Some Christians place the ultimate authority in church leaders such as the Pope; others base their beliefs primarily on religious traditions. It is our position that the only objective and totally trustworthy authority for our spiritual life is the Word of God, the Scriptures, the Holy Bible. So let's see what the Bible says about God's commandments.

God's Word, Covenants, Law, Commandments, and Statutes Are Everlasting, Eternal

Psalm 89:34†† My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Psalms 119:151-152 151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. 152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

Psalms 119:160†† Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Isaiah 40:8 ††The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever.

1 Chronicles 16:14-1714 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; 16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.

Some people teach that God's laws and commandments were canceled when Yeshua (Jesus) died on the cross. Later we'll see what Yeshua Himself said about that. Let's first see that long after His death and resurrection, New Testament verses were written clearly showing that God's law was still in effect:

James 2:9-129 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

James says that we can become a transgressor of the law and can be convinced (convicted) by it. How can anyone transgress and be convicted by the law if it has been abolished? The Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, says in Romans 4:15 that "where there is no law, there is no transgression." If the laws and commandments of God had been abolished, it would be impossible to disobey them.

The apostle Peter confirms the permanence of God's Word as He quotes Isaiah 40:8:

1 Peter 1:25†† But the word of the LORD endureth for ever.

Remember that "the word of the LORD" to the first century believers was the Hebrew Scriptures, what people today know as the "Old Testament." That's the only Bible that existed at the time. And in the New Testament, Peter says God's word is still eternal; all His commandments and laws are everlasting.

The Bible teaches us the definition of sin:

1 John 3:4†† Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The apostle John says here that sin is the transgression or breaking of the law. We shouldn't sin, so we shouldn't break the law. Simple enough, isn't it? Think about that for a moment. Sin is breaking or disobeying the law of God, the violation of Torah. If the law had been abolished when Yeshua (Jesus) died, then we couldn't be guilty of breaking or disobeying it because we can't break a law that doesn't exist or has been repealed. If God's law had been abolished, no one could be guilty of breaking it; there would be no sin or sinners anymore! If there were no law, no one would be guilty of sin and no one would need forgiveness. If this were true, then Yeshua would not have died for your sins or mine, only for the sins of the people who lived before God's law was abolished. If there is no law, we could not have sinned and would not need forgiveness. These notions completely contradict the plain teaching of Scripture:

1 John 1:8-10†† 10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Contrary to popular opinion, the New Testament does not replace the Old Testament; it is a continuation, like Part 1 and Part 2 of a story. Our Creator doesn't change, and neither does His word nor His Son:

Malachi 3:6†† For I am the LORD, I change not.

1 Peter 1:25†† But the word of the LORD endureth for ever.

Hebrews 13:8†† Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Yeshua (Jesus) Teaches That Believers Should Obey the Commandments of God

Yeshua taught that obedience to the commandments in the Torah is definitely involved with having a deeper, closer relationship with God. He taught that if we love Him, we will keep (obey) the commandments; He said this is how we show that we love God, which He said is the greatest commandment of all:

Matthew 22:36-38†† 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.

Yeshua (Jesus) says that the greatest and most important commandment is for us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And how do we do that? The Bible tells us:

John 14:15†† If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21†† He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words.: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 15:10†† If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

John 15:14†† Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Scripture clearly states that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and the way that we do that is by observing His commands. And where do we find His commands? In the Torah! When Yeshua (Jesus) made these statements, the New Testament had not been written yet. The only commandments of God that existed were those in the Torah. These are the commandments Yeshua was talking about; He did not have a set of commands that were different from those in the Torah. His commands are the same commands that God gave in the Old Testament. If we believe the Bible's position that Yeshua was "God with us,"[2] it would be self-contradictory and totally inconsistent with the unity of the Father and Son for them to have different commands. Their teaching, their words, and their commandments must be the same.

John 10:30†† I and my Father are one.

John 12:49-5049 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 7:16†† Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent Me.

John 14:24†† He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

The commands and words and teaching of Yeshua (Jesus) simply cannot be different from the commands of the Father which are found in the Torah. Yeshua teaches His followers (including us) to keep the same commandments that God gave to Moses at Mt. Sinai before the Israelites entered the Promised Land.

Another reason for us to obey the commandments of God is found in the Torah itself:

Deuteronomy 11:26-2826 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

We have now seen two Scriptural reasons for us to obey God's commandments: to show God that we love Him and to put ourselves in position to experience and enjoy His blessings and rewards.

Consider this statement of Yeshua (Jesus):

John 10:27†† My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Many people think they have trouble hearing His voice, but they misunderstand His words. From the Hebrew perspective, the phrase "hear my voice" means "obey my teaching." Learning this one detail changes the meaning of this verse; He was saying that His sheep (His followers) should obey Him.

Please consider this extremely serious question: where do you place a higher priority Ė on the commandments of God or on your traditions? Your church's teaching or traditions may have taught you that we don't need to be concerned with God's commandments. Yeshua (Jesus) asked the same question:

Matthew 15:3†† But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Mark 7:8-9†† 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Yeshua (Jesus) also says:

Luke 6:46†† Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Matthew 7:21-2321 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Notice in verse 21 Yeshua says that only those who do the will of the Father in heaven will enter the kingdom of heaven. What is the will of the Father? What does He want? The Bible says He wants our obedience!

Deuteronomy 11:1†† Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

Deuteronomy 13:4 ††Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Deuteronomy 26:18 ††And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments.

Deuteronomy 27:10†† Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

Joshua 22:5 ††But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

1 Kings 8:61Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

And if you need some New Testament support for this principle, here it is:

1 John 2:3-6 ††3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 3:22†† And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2 John 6 ††And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

 

 

Let's look again at what Yeshua (Jesus) said in Matthew 7:

Matthew 7:21-2321 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The original Greek word for "iniquity" in verse 23 is anomia which means violation or transgression of the law. Yeshua is saying here that He will tell those who transgress the law to depart from Him! He will tell those who do not obey the law of God, the commandments found in the Torah to depart from Him, that He never knew them! We have already seen that "transgression of the law" is the Bible's definition of sin.[3] And please realize that according to the Bible, sin is not only doing what you shouldnít do, but also not doing what you should do:

James 4:17††† Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

It is a simply mistake to think, as many teach, that we are free to ignore God's commandments. Yeshua (Jesus) Himself said it this way:

Matthew 5:17-19†† 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Yeshua said He came to fulfill the law (the Torah); some people mistakenly think that He fulfilled the law in the sense of fulfilling a contract, thus ending it and making it a thing of the past. They say, "See, itís fulfilled, complete, itís over, itís done, itís finished, abolished." But if you read the entire passage carefully, Yeshua distinctly said that He did not come to destroy the law and that nothing would pass from it "till heaven and earth pass." Heaven and earth have not passed away; they are still here, therefore, nothing has passed from the law (Torah). He did not abolish God's law and commandments.

It is helpful to understand that in Bible times, the Sages and rabbis used the same idioms (figures of speech) that Yeshua (Jesus) used in verse 17. If they were listening to someone's teaching of Scripture and considered it to be correctly interpreted, they would say that the teacher had fulfilled the Torah. When Yeshua said that He came to fulfill the law (the Torah), He meant that He came to correctly interpret it. We see in verse 19 that it will be better for those who obey the commandments and to teach others to do so. Yeshua clearly teaches here that we should obey and teach God's commandments in the Torah.

Moses instructed the people of God to not add to or subtract from the Torah:

Deuteronomy 4:2 ††Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

According to this foundational principle, anyone who would add or take away from the word of Moses violates this clear command of God; this would apply to the apostle Paul or even to Yeshua (Jesus) Himself. Therefore, in order to be obedient to God and consistent with His Word, both Paul and Yeshua had to obey this command. Neither Paul nor Yeshua could have changed the Word of God by teaching that believers no longer needed to obey God's instructions in the Torah without violating this command; to do so would have been considered false teaching. No one is to try to change or add to or take away from God's Word and His commandments, and anyone doing that should be considered a false teacher.

This is so serious to God that His Torah states that any prophet or teacher who tries to persuade His people to abandon His commands should be considered evil and should be put to death!

Deuteronomy 13:1-51 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

 

Even though this passage primarily speaks about going after other gods, it teaches us a very important principle: anyone Ė even a prophet and even if they perform signs, wonders, and miracles Ė who tries to turn us away from the one true God and His commandments is evil and should be put to death.

This warning from Scripture applies to anyone and everyone, even the apostle Paul. If Paul had ever taught anything contradictory to the commands of God in the Torah, he would have been considered a false prophet and would have been put to death.

Even someone who performs signs and wonders is included in this warning and condemnation. This means that even if the greatest miracle worker of all time, Yeshua (Jesus), had taught that His followers are free to ignore God's commandments, then He would have been an evil, false prophet! And an evil, false prophet certainly could not have been the Messiah. Anyone who teaches that He abolished the Old Testament law (Torah) is actually teaching that He, as an evil prophet, could not have been the Messiah!

Do you think that it is impossible, or at least too difficult, to keep the commands of the Torah? If you believe that, then you are in disagreement with Scripture! Here is how Moses put it, referring to all of God's commands and statutes written in the Torah:

Deuteronomy 30:11†† For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

The original Hebrew word for 'hidden' (pala) also means 'mysterious, difficult, hard.' The commandments aren't difficult to understand and obey. And if you want a New Testament support for this, here it is:

1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The original Greek word for 'grievous' (barus) also means 'burdensome, heavy.' God's Word says that His commandments are not a burden on us. Will you believe what Scripture says?

The Apostle John Says That Believers Should Obey the Commandments of God

1 John 2:3-6 ††3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 3:4†† Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 John 3:22†† And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2 John 6 ††And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Revelation 14:12 ††Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

The Apostle Paul Says That Believers Should Obey the Commandments of God

The Apostle Paul is perhaps the most misunderstood writer in Scripture. It is mistakenly thought by many that Paul teaches NOT keeping the Torah (at least to Gentiles), that he teaches that non-Jewish believers in Yeshua do not need to be concerned with God's commandments. But Paul makes statements in the book of Romans that show he supports obedience to the Torah.

Romans 3:31†† Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Romans 6:15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Paul says we should not sin just because weíre under grace. I'll deal with "not under the law, but under grace" later in this article, but for now, remember the Bibleís definition of sin:

1 John 3:4†† Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Put these thoughts together Ė even though we're under grace, the law (Torah) is not canceled, and we should not sin by disobeying God's commandments. Being under grace does not mean we have the right to keep on sinning, to keep on transgressing the law and commandments of God in the Torah.

Romans 7:12†† Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Romans 7:22†† For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.

Romans 15:4†† For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

In a discussion about circumcision, Paul makes a very important statement:

1 Corinthians 7:19†† Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Paul uses the word 'circumcision' sometimes to mean Jewish people or being Jewish because getting circumcised is part of the process of a Gentile converting to Judaism. Paul is saying here that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; what counts is keeping the commandments of God. That's what matters, not whether or not a person is Jewish.

Some people think that Paul knowingly taught something different from what Yeshua (Jesus) taught, that Paul's teaching was different from Yeshua's teaching. But consider what Paul said to the Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 11:1†† Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

How could he have taught something different from what Yeshua taught and be a follower of Him?

Read what Paul wrote to Timothy:

1 Timothy 6:3-4a†† 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing.

All correct biblical teaching must agree with the words of Yeshua (Jesus). We've already seen that Yeshua teaches His followers to obey God's commandments; all correct teaching must agree with that! For Paul's teaching to agree with the teaching of Yeshua, he also had to support obedience of God's commandments just as Yeshua does. Notice that Paul also says that anyone who does not agree with Yeshua knows nothing.

Here an exercise in logic and clear thinking:

  • Fact #1: Yeshua teaches that His followers should keep the commandments.
  • Fact #2: Paul supports obeying the Torah and he says that if anyone teaches something different from what Yeshua teaches (obedience), that person knows nothing (he is a false teacher).
  • Conclusion: the teaching that believers aren't expected to keep the commandments is false.

Think about it Ė even if Paul had taught that believers no longer needed to obey God's teaching and commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament, the Torah), his doing so would have put him in direct contradiction with both John and Yeshua! If he had done that, who would you depend on Ė Yeshua, who taught the same obedience that had been taught for about 1500 years, or someone who all of a sudden started teaching that obedience to God's commandments is no longer important? It should be unsettling or even frightening to side with someone who teaches the opposite of what Yeshua teaches. How could anyone feel comfortable with that? Sadly, many people arenít even aware of the alleged difference in their teachings, a difference that comes from misunderstanding the words of Paul resulting in a perverted theology that makes becoming a disciple of Yeshua easier somehow. But the truth is that Paul does not teach anything contradictory to what Yeshua and Moses taught.

Paul wrote to Timothy:

1 Timothy 1:8†† But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

How would someone not use it lawfully? By approaching it with a legalistic mindset, being obedient while thinking that it is the obedience that saves us rather than our repentance and our faith in Yeshua.

Paul also wrote to Timothy about the role of the house of God in relation to the "truth":

1 Timothy 3:14-15†† 14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

So the church is supposed to be the pillar and support of the truth. What is the truth?

Psalm 119:142†† Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Psalm 119:151Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.†††

Seems pretty clear, doesn't it? The truth is God's law, His Torah, His commandments. The church is supposed to be the pillar of the truth, but how can we support the truth while teaching that it is no longer relevant or needed? It's impossible. His word is the only thing that is true! His Torah and truth is everlasting; God's people should support it, not say that it has been abolished. That's one big reason that Jewish people don't accept Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah; most Christian teachers say that God's eternal, everlasting Word, His Torah, has been abolished, but the Jewish people know better. They know that all of God's Word is eternal and everlasting, including His commandments in the Torah,

Paul wrote that ALL scripture is relevant to believers:

2 Timothy 3:16-17†† 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

At the time Paul wrote this, the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) were the only Scriptures in existence! The New Testament did not exist yet; it was not assembled for the church until hundreds of years later. And even if the New Testament had been completed when Paul wrote this verse, he said ALL Scripture is profitable for doctrine and instruction in righteousness, not just the New Testament. In this verses, Paul was primarily talking about the Old Testament, the only Scriptures that existed at the time.

The Bible discusses Paul teaching the Thessalonians:

Acts 17:2-3†† 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

 

Paul used the Scriptures to reason with them about Yeshua (Jesus). What Scriptures did he use? He could only have used the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) the only Scriptures that existed at the time.

Now let's see what the Bible says about some people known as the Bereans:

Acts 17:11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

The people of Berea compared Paul's words with the Scriptures to see if what he said was true. What Scriptures did they search? All they had was the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament); remember, the New Testament had not yet been completed and assembled. The Bereans checked Paul's to make sure it agreed with the Torah, and it did agree because many of the Bereans became believers. Paul absolutely supported the observance of Torah, and taught believers in Messiah to do the same.

In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to meet with the leaders there because some Jews had been spreading the false teaching that Gentiles had to be circumcised and keep the Torah before they could be saved. At that meeting Peter, Paul, and Barnabas all spoke of how God was doing miracles and wonders among the Gentiles and made it clear that they should hear the Gospel and believe. After they presented their case, James declared the verdict of the council:

Acts 15:19-21†† 19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Verse 21 suggests that the council expected the new believers to go to the congregation in whatever city they lived in or near to hear the words of Moses (the Torah). They were not expected to be living in complete obedience to the Torah before they could join Godís family, but it certainly was expected that they would attend the synagogue "every Sabbath" (seventh day of the week, not the first) to hear the reading and preaching of Moses' words in the Torah, and to start learning how to live in obedience to Godís principles for His people as expressed in the teaching and instructions of Torah.

The writer of Hebrews made an interesting statement about the law and anyone who rejects it:

Hebrews 10:28 ††He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.

Let's get back to the concept of "not under law but under grace." This comes from the book of Romans:

Romans 6:14 ††For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

This is commonly misunderstood to mean that because of God's grace, we are not expected to try to obey the Old Testament commandments. This is not what Paul was saying at all. In the very next verse he said:

Romans 6:15†† What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Remember the Bible's definition of sin ("transgressing the law"); "shall we sin" means "shall we transgress God's Law," "shall we break the commandments." And the answer is NO, "God forbid." Please realize that the word "law" doesnít always mean exactly the same thing. The translators used "law" for different words in the original languages that had different meanings. For example, "law" can be used to describe principles such as sowing and reaping. It usually means the Torah, but a better definition of Torah is "Godís teaching and instruction." It does include some rules and laws, and is sometimes called "the law." Sometimes the word "law" refers to all the commandments in the Torah, sometimes it is used to refer to the Ten Commandments, and sometimes just one law in particular. The word "law" can also refer to "the law of sin and death," meaning the principle that sin results in death as punishment.

Romans 6:23a†† For the wages of sin is death.

Romans 8:2†† For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

It is the law of sin and death is that are no longer under. This means that we are not under the condemnation and punishment of the law IF we have repented of sin (disobedience) and if we have come to faith in Yeshua (Jesus). But this does not give us license to sin (to transgress the law, break the commandments, disobey the Torah). We must be careful to understand what is meant when we see the word "law." Otherwise we may get off track and lose the intended meaning of an entire verse or passage.

The Book of James Says That Believers Should Obey the Word of God

James 1:22†† But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Some of the Commandments that New Testament Believers Should be Obeying

 

         The Sabbath, the biblical day of worship, is the seventh day (Saturday), not the first day (Sunday)

Exodus 20:8-11 ††8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Leviticus 23:1-3†† 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Yeshua (Jesus) attended the synagogue on the Sabbath (the seventh day, not the first day):

Luke 4:16†† And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

The apostle Paul also went to the synagogue every Sabbath:

Acts 18:4†† And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks..

         Biblical holidays ("Feasts" or "Festivals"):

PASSOVER (Pesach) and FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD(Hag HaMatzot)

Leviticus 23:4-8†† 4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

FEAST OF WEEKS or PENTECOST (Shavuot)

Leviticus 23:15, 16, 21†† 15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORDÖ21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

FEAST OF TRUMPETS (Yom Teruah) (also known as Rosh Hashanah)

Leviticus 23:23-25†† 23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

DAY OF ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)

Leviticus 23:26-32†† 26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot)

Leviticus 23:33-44†† 33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. 37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: 38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD. 39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

 

         Diet

NO PORK OR RABBIT MEAT

Leviticus 11:1-8†† 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. 4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

 

SEAFOOD, FISH Ė eat only if it has fins and scales (no catfish, shrimp, lobster, clams, etc.)

Leviticus 11:9-12†† 9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

 

How the Church Came to Believe the Torah Has Been Canceled

The people of Israel have been hated by other nations from the beginning, and over time, anything Jewish came to be hated as well. Non-Jewish people didnít want anything to do with Jewish people (some still donít). Even early non-Jewish church leaders tried to distance the Church from the Jewish people and their culture, even going so far as to label them as heretics and their religious practices as heresy. For example, here is a quote from Ignatius, an early Church leader who was Bishop of Antioch in the second century:

"To profess Jesus Christ while continuing to follow Jewish customs is an absurdity. The Christian faith does not look to Judaism, but Judaism looks to Christianity...." ††(Magnesians 10)

This anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic mindset grew and grew and eventually led to persecution of Jewish people beginning in the first century A.D., continuing in the Crusades (1095-1270), the Spanish Inquisition (1478-1808), and, of course, the Holocaust (1933-1945). Sadly, anti-Semitism continues today.

This also led to the development of "Replacement Theology" in the Church. This theology teaches that the Christian Church has replaced Israel as our Fatherís chosen people. But the Bible teaches that rather than replacing Israel, Christians become part of the Israel of God. (See discussion on page 13.)

This anti-Semitic thinking has even influenced most English translations of Scripture. The Bible has been translated in many instances with an anti-Semitic bias just because Jewish people were hated so much and the translators and church leaders wanted to distance themselves from them. The growth of the early Church occurred through primarily through the conversion of Gentiles who did not want to associate with Jewish people or be associated with them by others. As a result, they didnít want to worship in Jewish ways; this led to the change from worshipping on the Sabbath to Sunday, which was made official and binding by Roman emperor Constantine and the early Roman church in the fourth century. When Scripture was finally translated into English, the anti-Semitism was firmly in place in much of the world, and it is evident in the translation of our Bibles.

For example, many personal names were changed from the original Hebrew or Aramaic names to Gentile English names; God's name became "the LORD," Yosef became "Joseph," Miriam became "Mary," Yeshua became "Jesus," Ya'akov became "James," Kepha became "Peter," and Yochanon became John. The original names of the books of the Hebrew Scriptures changed, too. At the time of King James (17th century), Gentiles were forbidden by law to use Jewish names, and Jewish people were not allowed to use Gentile names for their children. This was one of the reasons for tension between the authorities and the Puritans, ultra-religious people of the time who loved Jewish names and wanted to use them.

One of the rules that the King James Version Bible translators were instructed to follow was that "good" people got Gentile names and "bad" people could be called by their Jewish names. They didnít want to give the impression that a Jewish man could be a "good guy" so they tried to separate him from his Jewishness. In other European languages the name Yaíakov was translated into a recognizable variation of that name (like Jacob), but "James" is nothing like the original. Most major English versions follow the pattern set by the KJV. Exceptions include The Scriptures, the Complete Jewish Bible, Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition, and a few miscellaneous Sacred Name versions, but all the most popular versions like NIV, NASB, NKJV, NLT, etc. follow that pattern of name changing, and by doing so, they deny some of the Jewish elements in the original text.

In addition to changing names, they changed the word Torah to "law."And this change is confusing sometimes. Itís not totally incorrect, as the rabbis who translated the Hebrew Scriptures into the Greek Septuagint used the Greek word for "law," but to our modern, Western mindset it suggests a very different idea than what it originally meant to the Israelites, which is "Godís teaching and instruction."

Eventually the early Gentile churches started teaching that believers have no reason to obey the Torah, which contradicts Scripture. Church leaders gave themselves authority over the Word of God and changed the doctrines to further set them and their churches apart from Jewish people. The common folk didn't know the difference; no one had a Bible of their own to check what the leaders said. Besides changing the Sabbath (which the Roman Catholic Church openly admits doing and accepts total responsibility for), the other biblical holidays (feasts) and dietary laws in the Torah were abandoned. Eventually most of the Old Testament came to be regarded as a history lesson with some prophecy and devotional passages.

These changes in theology, reinforced by biased translations of Scripture, have resulted in the majority of believers today being taught to relate to our Creator in a very different way from what the original Scriptures say and mean. And this perverted teaching has been promoted so heavily and accepted so much by so many people that now some of the truth of Godís word is not recognized by most people, and it is even rejected when they do hear it. How tragic.

All Believers Are Part of Israel (IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND!)

There is a misconception that God's commandments in the "Old Testament" were only for Jewish people.

The prophet Moses told the Israelites that God declared them to be His special, chosen people:

Deuteronomy 26:18†† And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

People usually think of the Church as being non-Jewish and they usually think of Israel as being only the Jews. First, a clarification. Israel was composed of twelve tribes; the Jewish people came from one of the twelve, the tribe of Judah. All Jewish people are Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jewish. It's like saying that all Oklahomans are Americans, but not all Americans are Oklahomans. Many Israelites came from other tribes, therefore many Israelites are not Jewish, although today the words Israelites and Jews seem to be used interchangeably. But it is possible for a person to be of Israelite descent without being Jewish.

More importantly, the Bible speaks of "the Israel of God."[4] The Israel of God is not limited to native-born Israelites and Jewish people and their descendants, nor is it the same thing as the nation of Israel that exists in the Mid East today whose citizens are generally not religious at all. The Bible also says that not all native-born Israelites (and Jewish people) are included in the Israel of God.[5] God has expanded the true Israel into a spiritual entity, a commonwealth that includes people from all nations who repent from sin and believe in Yeshua.[6] It is extremely important to grasp this principle that ALL believers, Jewish or not, become part of Israel (the Israel of God). Consider the following biblical support for this statement.

Isaiah the prophet wrote that the Gentile who joined himself to the people of God from other nations should not be considered as separate from His people, the people of Israel:

Isaiah 56:3a†† Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people.

Yeshua said that if a believer falls into sin and refuses to repent, then the status of that believer changes to that of a Gentile (a non-Israelite):

Matthew 18:15-1715 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

So, according to Yeshua, if a believer sins (disobeys God's commandments in the Torah), then he loses his status as an Israelite and becomes as a heathen, a Gentile. On the other hand, if a believer is faithful to Torah and repents when he or she sins, that believer keeps his Israelite status and remains part of Israel!

Yeshua also made another statement indicating that two groups of "sheep" would be combined to form one flock:

John 10:16†† And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

He was speaking to Jews, so the "other sheep" of a different fold are not Jewish. Those He brings from other Israelite tribes, known collectively as the House of Israel or Ephraim or Joseph, and those from the Gentiles who are adopted into God's family are all added together with the Jewish people; one day they will be reunited and will all become one fold or flock. That one fold or flock is the Israel of God.

Romans 11:17-21 clearly tells us that the Gentile who becomes a believer is like a wild olive branch that grafted into the olive tree that symbolizes Israel among the natural branches:

Romans 11:17-21†† 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

In Ephesians 2:11-13, the Bible says that Gentiles were previously excluded from citizenship in the commonwealth of Israel, but now through Christ they have been brought nigh (near) and are included:

Ephesians 2:11-13†† 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

In Ephesians 2:19 and 3:6 we read that the Gentile believer becomes a fellow citizen and a fellow heir with the faithful Israelites, and becomes a member of the household of God:

Ephesians 2:19†† Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Ephesians 3:6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Galatians 3:7 says that believers are in the family of Abraham:

Galatians 3:7†† Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

This includes Gentiles who become believers in Messiah. Galatians 3:29 confirms that those who belong to Christ are Abrahamís descendants!

Galatians 3:29†† And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

In John's vision in the book of Revelation, he describes the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven where Yeshua and His followers will live together, and John describes the gates to the city:

Revelation 21:10-12†† 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Notice that these twelve gates are named after the twelve tribes of Israel. There is no gate named "Gentiles" or non-Jews" or "non-Israelites." To enter the Kingdom of God, we must repent and come to faith in Messiah; when we do that, we become part of the Israel of God and we are expected to obey His commandments. That's how we live out our salvation and walk in its fullness, and our obedience gives us the right to enter into the gates of the eternal kingdom:

Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Many Gentiles who become believers think that they are now living under a new covenant that somehow eliminates God's law. The new covenant is described in Jeremiah 31. Let's see who this covenant is for and what it says about His law:

Jeremiah 31:31-33†† 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

This passage clearly shows that the new covenant is "with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." Nothing is said about Gentiles; to participate in the new covenant, one needs to belong to one of those houses, Israel or Judah. And God said that when He makes this new covenant, He will write His law (Hebrew Torah) on people's hearts; the people will know His Torah and will be obedient to it.

All repentant believers are part of "the Israel of God."[7] Therefore, any commands in Scripture that were given to Israel, His chosen people, apply to all believers. It does not make any difference whether you are Jewish or Gentile, because in Messiah (Christ), it doesn't matter Ė we are all one.

Galatians 3:28†† There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

We already saw that God makes it very clear in numerous passages of Scripture that He wants His people Israel to obey His commandments in His Torah. Here are two examples:

Deuteronomy 5:1†† And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3a†† 1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.

Another important point is that even if believers were not considered to be part of Israel, the word of God states that there is one law for every person, whether Israelite or"alien" (foreigner, stranger):

Exodus 12:49One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Leviticus 24:22Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 9:14bYe shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.

Numbers 15:15-16†† 15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

Ecclesiastes 12:13†† T Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Hereís what Yeshua about it said in His Great Commission:

Matthew 28:19-20†† 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

These were Yeshua's final words before ascending to Heaven. We would expect His final instructions to have been among the most important things that He most wanted His followers to do. Obeying His last commands is our mission. As we teach about salvation, we also must teach all people to obey His commandments. Coming to eternal life through repentance and faith in Yeshua is just the beginning of what God wants for His people. It is in our obedience that we are conformed to the image of His Son.

 

HalleluYah Fellowship

 

Leaders Jim and Connie King

223 E. 117th Street

Jenks, OK 74037†††

(918) 298-5464

www.halleluyahfellowship.net

Worship and Bible study each Sabbath (Saturday) at 1:00 P.M.

 

 

Come join us for passionate praise and worship and study of the Hebrew Roots of Christianity
in the Bible to learn how biblical faith was intended to be understood and practiced!

 

"HalleluYah" (original spelling with a "Y" instead of a "J") is a Hebrew word that means "praise God."

"Hallel" means "praise," and "Yah" is a short form of God's name in Hebrew (YehovŠh).

 

Sources


King James Version Bible

Dowsett, Pastor Frank W. The Covenant Vision Ministry website, http://homepage.idx.com.au/fdowsett/balaam03.html
(excerpt from The Parables of Balaam)

Koniuchowsky, Rabbi Moshe. Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition

Koster, C.J. Come Out of Her, My People

McKee, John. The New Testament Validates Torah

The Scriptures

Master Key, volume 24, number 3

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words

First Fruits of Zion. Torah Club Audio Commentary



[1] This would not apply to a sinner's prayer of repentance.

[2] Matthew 1:23

[3] 1 John 3:4

[4] Galatians 6:16

[5] Romans 9:6-8, Revelation 2:9, 3:9

[6] Ephesians 2:11-13

[7] Galatians 6:16