Behold, I Will Send Elijah the Prophet Before the Coming of the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord…
The modern Christian has likely been taught that the law has been done away, but is that what the Old and New Testament scriptures actually say?
Did the first century church actually stop keeping the Written Law of Moses? Or did they follow Jesus’s instruction regarding the Written Law and His criticism of the Pharisees’ Rabbinical Oral Law?
In our zeal to accept the gift of grace have we in our haste thrown out the biblically mandated Written Law that Jesus said would never pass away?
Matthew 5:18, 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.
Chapter 5: They Received Not the Love of the TRUTH That They Might Be Saved
If keeping the Written Torah were scripturally true…would you believe it? This is a simple logic question. If you are unwilling to do what is true, even if it is confirmed to be factual and therefore truth, the issue is not about truth, but about what you want. “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Luke 7: 23).
It may be difficult for those who say they love Yeshua, to find out that they have not followed His commandments, and the result is confusion, denial, and anger. It can be shocking to find out that you really do not love Him, you just loved Him if you could remain the way you were.
Those who go beyond their feelings and strive after scriptural truth achieve an admirable goal. Most Christians will not do it. Clearly those that do this have the mind of Christ and will follow Him wherever He leads.
It must be shocking to think, “I’m doing exactly what Christ wants me to do”, only to find out that those things are contrary to His very sayings and of the very Apostles He selected. Christ’s own disciples found themselves at this very nexus point and many of them abandoned Him.
John 6: 60, Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Yeshua knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Yeshua knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Yeshua unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
My question is simple. Will you follow the whole truth of scripture or will you refuse to hear it and also go away? Many of you are still confused by this issue of law and grace. You are not alone. This was also a common problem right after Yeshua was resurrected.
2 Peter 3: 15, And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Yeshua. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
So what is the error of the wicked? They believe that they can be Torahless and do whatever they want because they are under grace. Many first century Christians were twisting what Paul said about grace and the Written Torah (Law of Moses) to their own destruction. What was the outcome of their Torahlessness (lawlessness)? Wickedness and destruction. Peter cautions others to learn from their error, “beware”…do not be led away into the lawlessness (Torahlessness) of the wicked. He edifies them to continue learning and growing in the knowledge of Yeshua. How are we to do this? By keeping the scriptures, the Written Torah, the Writings, and the Prophets, along with the writings of the Apostles.
2 Timothy 3: 16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
He was not talking about some arbitrary internal moral law. He was talking about the literal Written Law of Moses (Torah). Is this too psychologically offensive to your sensibilities? If it is you should ask yourself, “If what he is saying about grace, so that you can then learn and keep the Written Torah, is scripturally true and accurate would I believe it and do it?”
If not, maybe you are fooling yourself about really loving Yeshua. So if this this is scripturally correct, you have the choice of being, as Peter described as, “unlearned in the truth and unstable” or to grow in truth! Which will it be?
It is hard to imagine how emotionally conflicted the believer could be, especially if he/she has a degree in Theology and has spent decades following Christ, to then find out that he/she has not done all that is needed. But, does that preclude you from continuing to grow in the knowledge of Yeshua? Peter was humble enough to be corrected by Paul when Peter was personally taught by Christ. Will you follow his example? Christ loves you…do you really love Him? Does this scriptural truth offend you?
2 Thessalonians 2:10, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Let’s ask a logic question. Does someone who is deceived know that they are deceived? The greater guilt occurs when the deception turns into willful self–deception. Once awareness occurs the unlearned turn into the unstable. How so? They refuse to reconcile all of the facts of all of the scriptures and instead pick and choose snippets that favor their opinion. But we all know as good scientists, you need to adjust your theory and your paradigm to accommodate all, not just some of the facts.
Please do not be offended by this statement. This is the central issue of our age, people would rather reject the truth instead of reconciling all truth with their actions. That is why the truth is naturally linked to the sanctification process of those who wish to abide in Yeshua.
2 Thessalonians 2: 13, But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Will you abide in Christ? Will you abide in the truth? Will you continue in the sanctification process? Or will you also go away?