6.21.2010

As the deer..

Deer seek ponds and lakes, not only to drink but also to feed upon aquatic vegetation. Wading in deep water also gives them protection against stinging insects.


Ps 63: 1
You are my God. I worship you. In my heart, I long for you, as I would long for a stream in a scorching desert.

If only our hearts truly did seek him like a deer seeks water.. Our soul should seek YHWH's protection from the stinging darts satan throws at us, our soul should long to feed on his word daily..





6.20.2010

Let everyone lay BY him in store

Let's look at one of the "proof texts" for sun-day morning worship.

1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

So, on the first day of the week you are to lay up in store so you will have everything together (the things to give to the poor) when paul comes.

So, is this talking about taking up a collection every Sunday at a church building? It seems we've missed one CRITICAL thing about this passage.

It doesn't say lay up in a church building, or a bank, etc.. it says lay up BY you. If you look up that word in the strongs it means near, close by, in sight of.

How is your collection nearby you and in sight of you if it's in a bank or at a church building? Near you would be in your HOME! Why on the 1st of the week? Because you rest on the sabbath.. so you would gather what you wanted to put aside for the needy saints on the day AFTER your rest. Then, when paul comes you don't have to run out and gather everything.. it's all ready for him. :)



6.18.2010

Giveaway!

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6.09.2010

Jesus real name was Yeshua

Yeshua is the original Aramaic proper name for Jesus the Nazarene, who lived from about 6 B.C.E. to 27 C.E. (A.D.) The word "Jesus" is actually a mis-transliteration of a Greek mis-transliteration. The Emperor Constatine even mistook Jesus for Apollo, the son of the Greek god Zeus. In Hebrew Yeshua means Salvation while the name Jesus has no intrinsic meaning in English whatsoever.

Yeshua Ben Yosef


It is most proper to call Him Yeshua. It was indeed his proper name, given to him by his parents, and only in Hebrew does this name have any meaning. In Hebrew Yeshua means both "Salvation," and the concatenated form of Yahoshua, is "Lord who is Salvation." The name Jesus has no intrinsic meaning in English whatsoever.

There are many Yeshuas that we read about in Biblical text and many are confused with the Yeshua who would later become the "Christ". The name Yeshua appears 29 times in the Tanach. Yehoshua (Joshua) of Nun is called Yeshua in Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 8:17. Yeshua is the name of the Cohain HaGadol (the high priest) in the time of Zerubavel in Ezra 3:2. It is the name of a Levite under King Hizkiyah (Hezekiah) in 2 Chronicles 31:15. There is even a city called Yeshua in the negev of Yehudah in Nechemyah11:26. Yeshua is also a shortened version of the word Yehoshua much like Bill is for William.

There are 7 other Yeshuas (Jesuses) in the Brit Chadashah. There is Elymas bar Yeshua in Acts 13:6. There is an ancestor of Yeshua HaMashiach: the son of Eliezar, the father of Er in Luke 3:29. In Rav Shaul's letter to the Colossians in chapter 4, verse 11, there is a Justus called Yeshua a fellow worker of Shaul. Josephus, the famous Jewish historian mentions 20 different Yeshuas (Jesuses), 10 of which are contemporary with Yeshua HaMashiach. All together, at least 50 Yeshuas from his time plus about 9 in the Tanach have been revealed from Biblical text and other literary sources.

Mis-Translating the Mis-Translation


Yeshua is a Hebrew name which has been transliterated into Greek as Iesous (IhsouV: pronounced "ee-ay-SUS"). The English "Jesus" comes from the Latin transliteration of the Greek name into the Latin Iesus. Now Greek has no "y" sound, but the Latin "i" is both an "i" and a "j" (i.e., it can have a consonantal force in front of other vowels), the latter of which is properly pronounced like the English "y" (which explains the German Jesu, "YAY-su")That is why we spell Jesus as we do, taking it straight from Latin, but we pronounce the name with a soft "j" sound because that is what we do in English with the consonantal "j".

The first letter in the name Yeshua ("Jesus") is the yod. Yod represents the "Y" sound in Hebrew. Many names in the Bible that begin with yod are mispronounced by English speakers because the yod in these names was transliterated in English Bibles with the letter "J" rather than "Y". This came about because in early English the letter "J" was pronounced the way we pronounce "Y" today. All proper names in the Old Testament were transliterated into English according to their Hebrew pronunciation via the Latin, but when English pronunciation shifted to what we know today, these transliterations were not altered. Thus, such Hebrew place names as ye-ru-sha-LA-yim, ye-ri-HO, and yar-DEN have become known to us as Jerusalem, Jericho, and Jordan; and Hebrew personal names such as yo-NA, yi-SHAI, and ye-SHU-a have become known to us as Jonah, Jesse, and Jesus. To further complicate matters, there was no letter "J" in the old English alphabet and the letter "I" was often used in its place. Often in early texts of the time, Jesus or Jerusalem would be spelled Iesus or Ierusalem.

The second sound in Yeshua's name is called tse-RE, and is pronounced almost like the letter "e" in the word "net". Just as the "Y" sound of the first letter is mispronounced in today's English, so too the first vowel sound in "Jesus". Before the Hebrew name "Yeshua" was transliterated into English, it was first transliterated into Greek. There was no difficulty in transliterating the tse-RE sound since the ancient Greek language had an equivalent letter which represented this sound. And there was no real difficulty in transcribing this same first vowel into English. The translators of the earliest versions of the English Bible transliterated the tse-RE in Yeshua with an "e". Unfortunately, later English speakers guessed wrongly that this "e" should be pronounced as in "me," and thus the first syllable of the English version of Yeshua came to be pronounced "Jee" instead of "Yeh". It is this pronunciation which produced such euphemistic profanities as "Gee" and "Geez".

Since Yeshua is spelled "Jeshua" and not "Jesus" in most English versions of the Old Testament (for example in Ezra 2:2 and 2 Chronicles 31:15), one easily gets the impression that the name is never mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures. Yet 'Yeshua' appears there twenty-nine times, and is the name of at least five different persons and one village in the southern part of Yehudah ("Judah").

In contrast to the early biblical period, there were relatively few different names in use among the Jewish population of the Land of Israel at the time of the Second Temple. The name Yeshua was one of the most common male names in that period, tied with Eleazer for fifth place behind Simon, Joseph, Judah, and John. Nearly one out of ten persons known from the period was named Yeshua.

The first sound of the second syllable of Yeshua is the "sh" sound. It is represented by the Hebrew letter shin. However Greek, like many other languages, has no "sh" sound. Instead, the closest approximation, the Greek sigma, was used when transcribing "Yeshua" as "Iesus". Translators of English versions of the New Testament transliterated the Greek transcription of a Hebrew name, instead of returning to the original Hebrew. This was doubly unfortunate, first because the "sh" sound exists in English, and second because in English the "s" sound can shift to the "z" sound, which is what happened in the case of the pronunciation of "Jesus".

The fourth sound one hears in the name Yeshua is the "u" sound, as in the word "true". Like the first three sounds, this also has come to be mispronounced but in this case it is not the fault of the translators. They transcribed this sound accurately, but English is not a phonetic language and "u" can be pronounced in more than one way. At some point the "u" in "Jesus" came to be pronounced as in "cut," and so we say "Jee-zuhs."

The "a" sound, as in the word "father," is the fifth sound in Jesus' name. It is followed by a guttural produced by contracting the lower throat muscles and retracting the tongue root- an unfamiliar task for English speakers. In an exception to the rule, the vowel sound "a" associated with the last letter "ayin" (the guttural) is pronounced before it, not after. While there is no equivalent in English or any other Indo-European language, it is somewhat similar to the last sound in the name of the composer, "Bach." In this position it is almost inaudible to the western ear. Some Israelis pronounce this last sound and some don't, depending on what part of the dispersion their families returned from. The Hebrew Language Academy, guardian of the purity of the language, has ruled that it should be sounded, and Israeli radio and television announcers are required to pronounce it correctly. There was no letter to represent them, and so these fifth and sixth sounds were dropped from the Greek transcription of "Yeshua," -the transcription from which the English "Jesus" is derived.

So where did the final "s" of "Jesus" come from? Masculine names in Greek ordinarily end with a consonant, usually with an "s" sound, and less frequently with an "n" or "r" sound. In the case of "Iesus," the Greeks added a sigma, the "s" sound, to close the word. The same is true for the names Nicodemus, Judas, Lazarus, and others.

English speakers make one final change from the original pronunciation of Jesus' name. English places the accent on "Je," rather than on "sus." For this reason, the "u" has been shortened in its English pronunciation to "uh."

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6.08.2010

Isaiah 24 about God's laws and the new covenant

Isa 24:1 ¶ Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the LAWS, CHANGED the ORDINANCE, broken the EVERLASTING covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
13 ¶ When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
16 ¶ From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

6.07.2010

Sukkot 2010

Anyone in central texas looking for a place to go for Sukkot this year? We are planning (well, other's are planning and we are going along for the ride) to have sukkot in Rusk, TX at the state railroad park this fall.

Here's a facebook group that has been started. You can find all of the information there. :)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=121798664519436&ref=ts

Or if you'd prefer send us an email (suzyandkids@gmail.com) and I'll get the information for you.

6.06.2010

Doctrines of Demons..

We've had this passage mentioned to us several times..

1Ti 4:1 ¶ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.


And it's been said that we are following a doctrine of devils. Why? Because we are eating only biblically clean food. So lets get this straight real quick.

Whose law prevented the eating of pork, shellfish, and other unclean food?

Please answer that question real quick.. When the law was given to Moses WHO GAVE THE LAW? Was it a devil? Or was it the Lord YHVH?

I think we can all agree that doctrine originally came from the Lord.

So.. is it okay to call the doctrine of the MOST HIGH GOD a doctrine of a demon? Would he be happy with that? Just think it through before you make an accusation like that.. think through what you are saying folks. You are calling YHVH's law a doctrine of a DEMON. To me that borders on blasphemous.

1Ti 6:1 ¶ Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

It says to not blaspheme the name of YHVH OR his doctrine. I'm not asking you to agree with us.. I am however asking you to PLEASE think about what you are saying when you equate a law of the LORD with a law of a DEMON. I'm fairly certain he would not appreciate the comparison.


Now onto the actual passage. If we can agree that Paul (who said he delighted in and loved the law) would never have called the law of God (which he said he kept) a law of a demon (since that would make him be keeping a law of a demon) what law is he referring too?

We've covered that stuff in these posts..

http://wherethegoodwayis.blogspot.com/2010/04/making-bible-mesh.html

(and I must add that just as we will not tolerate comments or questions on our webpages that trash the name of YHVH we will not tolerate comments or questions saying that his law is the law of a devil.. all such things will be deleted without response)

6.04.2010

What is YOUR answer to these questions?

And does your answer match up with Bible?

If God asked us these questions, would we be able to answer them?

1) Can perfect be made better?

2) Can we be freed from freedom?

3) Can Truth be made not Truth?

4) Can the path of righteousness be changed into a new path?

5) Can the Ways of God change into a different way?

6) Can forever, perpetual, and lasting throughout the generations to come turn into intermittent and sporadic?

7) Can what defines sin be nullified?

8) Can what is light change into a different light?

9) Can what is life no longer be life?

10) If God is the Word can the Word (and thus God) change?

11) Can something we are to delight in become something we teach against?

12) Can walking as Jesus walked mean not walking as Jesus walked?

13) If Jesus is the Word made flesh, did He get on the cross to abolish Himself?

14) Can instructions for love one day be worthless instructions the next day?

15) Can what is stated to be made for us and to bless us no longer bless us?

Some may need to start preparing their answers as it might take a while to prepare a good defense when YHWH asks these questions. If anyone is able to answer them please let everyone know. I have been unable to answer them.

How does scripture describe God’s law?

1. The Law blesses (obey) and curses (disobey).
(Deut 11:26-27)(Ps 112:1)(Ps 119:1-2)(Ps 128:1)(Prov 8:32)(Is 56:2)(Mat 5:6)(Mat 5:10)(Luke 11:28)(Jam 1:25)(1 Pe 3:14)(Rev 22:14)

2. The Law defines sin.
(Jer 44:23)(Ez 18:21)(Dan 9:11)(Ro 3:20)(Ro 7:7)(1 Jo 3:4)

2. The Law is perfect.
(Ps 19:7)(Jam 1:25)

3. The Law is liberty.
(Ps 119:45)(Jam 1:25, 2:12)

4. The Law is the way.
(Ex 18:20)(Deut 10:12)(Josh 22:5)(1 King 2:3)(Ps 119:1)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:3)(Mal 2:8)(Mark 12:14)(Ac 24:14)

5. The Law is the truth.
(Ps 119:142)(Mal 2:6)(Ro 2:20)(Gal 5:7)(Ps 43:2-4)(Jo 8:31-32)

6. The Law is life.
(Job 33:30)(Ps 36:9)(Prov 6:23)(Rev 22:14)

7. The Law is light.
(Job 24:13)(Job 29:3)(Ps 36:9)(Ps 43:2-4)(Ps 119:105)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:5) (Is 8:20)(Is 51:4)(2 Cor 6:14)(1 John 1:7)

8. The Law is Jesus, the Word made flesh.
(PERFECT-LIBERTY-WAY-TRUTH-LIFE-LIGHT).
(Ps 27:1)(Jo 1:1-14)(Jo 14:5-11)(1 Jo 1:7)

9. The Law is also for the Gentiles (foreigner/alien) who are grafted in.
(Ex 12:19) (Ex 12:38) (Ex 12:49) (Lev 19:34) (Lev 24:22) (Num 9:14) (Num 15-16) (Num 15:29) (ie: Ruth) (Is 42:6) (Is 60:3) (Mat 5:14) (Eph 2:10-13) (Ac 13:47) (Ro 11:16-27) (Jer31:31-34) (Ez 37) (1 Jo 2:10) (1 Jo 1:7)

10. The Law is God’s instructions on how to love God, how to love others, and how to not love yourself.
(Ex 20:6)(Deut 5:10)(Deut 7:10)(Deut 11:13)(Deut 11:22)(Deut 30:16)(Deut 6:5)(Lev 19:18)(Neh 1:5)(Dan 9:4)(Mat 22:35-37)(Matthew 10:39)(Mat 16:25)(Jo 14:15)(Jo 14:21)(Ro 13:9)(1 Jo 5:2-3)(2 Jo 1:6)


"He who turns away his ear from hearing the Law, Even his prayer is an abomination."
Pro 28:9


taken from here.. http://www.thenewreformation.org/general-questions-and-discussions-f3/i-have-some-serious-questions-t49.htm

6.03.2010

The Word on the WORD part 2

Did God abolish, annul, and nail His own law to the cross? Has it’s glory faded, is it replaced, are we dead to it, Has Christ ended it, did He really come to destroy the law even though He said He didn’t in Matt 5:17-20?

We have covered Romans 7 in many other posts. We also covered the “end of the law” in Romans 10 in a separate post. I promised a sequel to the Word on the WORD, so I will just combine the other verses we need to study into one big study. As a good example of what we will find upon actually taking what Paul said in context and harmonizing his statements with other verses he wrote, the first few verses of Romans 7 are taken out of context and used to say that we are dead to the Law of God. If we just read the whole chapter and on into chapter 8, and read chapter 6 before it, we see real clear that Paul was talking about two different laws, one, the law of sin and death, the law that rules in our fleshly man that we die to in Romans 6 and that we are freed from in Romans 7, and that we again die to in Romans 8:2. But Paul explains that we serve the law of God with our minds, and delight in it, and that it is holy, just, and good, and that it teaches us right and wrong. The whole point is that when we break the law, we are condemned to death. Thus, the wages of sin are death. But now we have a Savior that paid the penalty, and we die with Him to the fleshly man who served sin and rise up alive living after the Spirit, free from condemnation because the righteousness required by God according to His definition of what is righteous (His law) is fulfilled in us by Jesus who lived it perfectly. The whole function of the law is to bless us when we keep it, curse us when we don’t, and define sin. If we have no law to condemn people, then we don’t need a Savior anymore. Jesus coming and dying in no logical way would take away the need for God’s standard of right living, and His measuring stick that convinces us we are sinners and need Jesus in the first place. It is His power to judge us.

Ro 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Did you catch that? For by the law is the knowledge of sin! Of course, the law can’t save us. That is not it’s job. This doesn’t mean it needs abolished or replaced. The people Paul was writing to didn’t understand that because of hundreds of years of traditions. He had to convince them that the point of the law was not to make us righteous, or save us by our own ability to keep it. No, it was only to teach us we missed the mark, sinned, and need Jesus to cover us with His atoning blood. In this way it is the schoolmaster that brings us to Christ. For a good coverage of the puzzling verses of Galatians, read and listen to the links in the Galatians post. Just because Jesus has come, doesn’t mean we are free from keeping His law, only that we are free from the condemnation of it when we break it. The law doesn’t forgive sins, or keep us from sinning. This is the basic theme of Paul in his letters. He teaches us how we are saved. As long as people are sinning, they need a Savior, and the way God determines sin, is when we break His law. There is no “new” law to take over this need in God’s plan. There is only the one Law of God given because of transgressions. The bible never mentions a second law being given. God used His prophets to tell us everything He planned to do ahead of time. Never was it prophesied that He would swap out laws or eliminate laws. It was only prophesied that a Savior would come and take away our sins forever and the two houses of Israel would become one, and He would give us His Holy Spirit.

The life of Jesus was described in full detail in the prophets, yet nothing was mentioned about God abolishing His perfect law. Jeremiah 31 explains the new covenant, yet only states that He would write His law on our hearts, not a new law.

We will look at the other verses in the bible people use to create a doctrine of God doing away with His own divine law in this study.

God’s law, as we explored in the Word on the WORD, part 1, is clearly not something that God can or would abolish or destroy. It is also clearly not something that is against us, as it is plainly called life, the way, the truth, the light, and the definition of sin, and the tool God uses to convince us we need a Savior. Let’s start off with the number one chapter that is read deliberately with the intention of making God’s Word say the impossible, that God can and did destroy His living, abiding forever Word, and perfect law.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Let’s focus on just verses 13-14 for now.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What did Jesus come to do, according to all prophesies? Die for our sins, take away our sins, be the Paschal Lamb, Be the atonement sacrifice, bring peace, bring life, etc. All this and more, yet never are we taught that He came to nail the law that defines sin to the cross. What did Peter teach us that Jesus nailed to the cross?

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

So we should expect, based on what God has told us would happen, that Jesus would do away with our SINS, not His law. Peter tells us He bore our sins in His body to the cross. Am I making a big leap here to suggest that He left those sins the He bore to the cross nailed there to the cross? I sure hope so. That helps me a lot more than doing away with the Sabbath, which I find to be a huge blessing. Now, let’s further explore this idea. Does Paul say what people read into this verse? This is what people say Paul wrote here: Blotting out the OLD LAW (not a biblical term or concept) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. Oh praise God for doing that, I am so glad I don’t have to deal with that law and be like David and Paul who said:

Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Ps 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Ps 119:35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Ps 119:47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
Ps 119:70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Now, let’s stop and think. Was God’s law against us? Let’s read some scriptures:

De 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

Pr 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

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

Again, the law is never described as something that is against us. Something that is a fountain of life that saves us from the snares of death is not against us. But breaking it is against us, and what is breaking the law:

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

Aw, now we see why it is called the ministration of death. So what is against us? Sins. What causes death? Sins. What did Jesus come to die for? Our sins. What did Peter say Jesus bore in His body to the cross? Sins. What do we need nailed to the cross and taken out of the way and blotted out in order to be saved, and redeemed, and atoned for? Sins. What does the law do? Define the sins we commited.

Let’s figure out exactly what the handwriting of ordinances are then, since it can’t the be holy, good, law of God that is a fountain of life.

Let’s read it in the ISV translation:

13Even when you were dead because of your offenses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God [h] made you alive with him when he forgave us all of our offenses, 14having erased the charges that were brought against us, along with their obligations that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross.

The handwriting of ordinances against us is the record of the laws we broke. It is a big pile of speeding tickets in our glove box that condemns us to a penalty, but before the law can catch up with us and drag us to jail, someone comes and takes them away and pays them all and wads them up and throws a bunch of ink all over them covering up all the letters so they can never be read again. There is no record of our sins. They are blotted out. This is the Good news. This is not the doing away with God’s law that is life to us, and a lamp to our feet and light to our way!

Now, let’s look at the rest of Col 2. Is Paul telling us to stop eating clean foods and keeping the Sabbath and the feast days of the Lord?

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Would Paul consider God’s law, that he delights in, vain philosophy and vain deceit? Look at what he said about the old testament writings:

2Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
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.

Also consider his defense when falsely accused of breaking the law and teaching others to do the same:

Ac 25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

Note that he said I have not offended against the law of the Jews. Adding to or taking away from the law and prophets would be offending the law of the Jews. Again we see he did not do this:

Ac 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Ac 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

And finally, to put in context what the writer of Colossians might teach about the law of God, let’s look at Acts 21:

Ac 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Paul and James thought it wise to prove to the false accusers that Paul was not teaching them to stop keeping God’s law, nor was he himself living by any other law.

One more verse about Paul. He was a Pharisee before the road to Damascus, did he change? Let's hear it from Paul himself:

Ac 23:6 ¶ But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

Did you catch that? He said, in his defense, among fellow Pharisees, I AM A PHARISEE, the son of a Pharisee. He was still a Pharisee, and a Rabbi, and most certainly not breaking the law or teaching otherwise. Paul wasn't just a Pharisee.

Php 3:4 ¶ Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Paul said he was blameless in his not breaking the law.

So, with this in mind, was Paul talking about a group of Jews who were trying to make the Colossians keep the law? Let’s look at how Paul describes their doctrine that was troublesome and determine what exactly the problem was and what Paul was telling them to do about it.

These trouble makers were teaching: through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

God’s law is not the tradition of men. Jesus told the Scribes and Pharisees they were teaching and keeping the traditions of men and forgetting the actual law of God, and that was vain worship. God’s law is not vain deceit. God’s law is not the rudiments of the world, it is spiritual and perfect and holy. It is the lamp to our feet. God’s law is not at odds with Christ. Christ was the law made flesh. There is more evidence this is not God’s law that Paul is warning about in these verses:

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

God’s law does not advocate the worship of angels. It does not intrude to look into some hidden knowledge or mystical thing. It doesn’t vainly puff us up in our mind. It is not the commandments and doctrines of men. It is the commandments of GOD!

So, who is doing the judging in food, drink, Sabbaths, and Feasts? Look up the Jewish Gnostics, or just Gnositicism on your google search bar. You will see they fit the bill exactly, with angel worship, mysticism, and pagan traditions and commandments of men. They celebrated Easter and Good Friday (of Dagon the Assyrian fish god fame) and held Sunday as the holy day to worship, just like all the other pagans that lived around the early Christians. Ever single cult and false god faith worshipped the rising of the sun on Sunday, because they all came from the ancient Babylonian sun god religion. Rome was very prolific with Mithraists. Look that one up and see how close the devil got to the true religion with it. There was also still Tammuz worshippers, Zorasterism, and the list goes on. All worshipped on Sunday. All replacing the Passover feast with Easter, the spring Equinox.

These pagans were judging the Colossians in keeping God’s holy days and eating what God told them to eat. The ancient tradition of eating a ham on easter Sunday goes all the way back to ancient Babylon, not too long after the flood. There were also some pagan converts to Christianity who were bothered by eating meats offered to idols. They also judged in drinks. What problem did we see in the council of Acts 15? Sacrificing to idols and drinking blood. The Mithraists would actually drink the blood of a sacrificed bull from a shared cup on the Sunday Sunrise service and eat a flat wafer of bread or the meat of the bull. History bears out the transition of these pagan converts keeping their pagan traditions and changing the 7th day Sabbath to Sunday. The idea of a Sunday resurrection comes from Tammuz and Mithra worship. The sun is resurrected at sunrise on Sunday. The replacement of Passover on the 14th of Abib for Easter Sunday was also a natural shoe in and happened as early as 150 AD. Look at the study “Where did Sunday worship come from and where did the Sabbth go?” for more information.

Well, the feasts are fulfilled, so we don't have to keep them anymore. WRONG. Well, the feasts were just for Israel. RIGHT. See my blog post called, "We Are Israel". If we want to be part of the new covenant made only with Israel, we better be adopted into that nation. Notice how Paul said these things ARE shadows of things TO COME! What more can I say? They aren't all fulfilled. The feast days are God's appointments with His chosen people. These are the days He does things with us. Pentecost, He gave the law at Mt Sinai and sent the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Passover, He brought Israel out of Egypt, and Jesus died on Passover. Jesus was the first fruits offering on that feast. Paul told us that Jesus will come back on the last trumpet. One would be wise to connect the obvious shadow with the FEAST of TRUMPETS. God is not done with His feasts. The next great thing to happen will be on one of these feasts.

I have explained Hebrews in the study of the Everlasting Covenants. I will post a link to a good study of Hebrews in this study at the end. I will also post a link to Ephesians 2:15. They are lengthy studies and worth considering. The entire book of Hebrews was written to Hebrew folks not understanding that God no longer wants their animal sacrifices. The Lamb of God had taken the sins of the world away once and for ever. The changing of the priesthood was a reverting back to a promised, prophesied change. With the change of the priesthood from the Levitical to the order of Melchesedic, there had to be a change of that one law, that Jesus came from the tribe of Judah and not Levi. But this was also a more sure word of oath, as the Lord swore it would happen long before Levi was even born. There was no new law, this was a foretold event. This was the only law Hebrews talks about changing. The priesthood is the only change in the way we obey His laws talked about in the whole book.

One would think if the Hebrews were still making sacrifices in the Temple (which Paul did for the vow in Acts 21, but that wasn't a sin offering) then they most certainly would have needed a detailed letter of explanation as to how they should stop observing the Sabbath and worship on Sunday at Sunrise like all the pagan religions. They would need to have some prophesies to back up the change of the law to stop keeping the feasts and start eating unclean animals. This was never written. No such letter exists. It isn't in the book of Hebrews. Look for a study of the dietary laws of God and every verse that is misunderstood to say we can stop keeping God's law for clean food. For a good study of the Sabbath see the link I posted in "A good video that sums up our blog".

I will tackle one more chapter that is used to eliminate the law of God.

2Co 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The key to understanding this chapter is reading the whole chapter. What is it about? The ministration of the new testament verses the ministration of the old testament. What does the word ministration mean?

1248. diakonia diakonia, dee-ak-on-ee'-ah

from 1249; attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate):--(ad-)minister(-ing, -tration, -try), office, relief, service(-ing).
So just as Moses was the servant or attendant that God used to give His covenant to His chosen people at Mt Sinai, He now uses the Holy Spirit to give the new covenant. Notice that Moses face shined when He brought down the ten commandments. This was glorious, but it faded. Did the law fade? Was that in the context anywhere? Nope. The glory was the subject that was done away. The law was given on tables of stone. Now, something more powerful is happening.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

What remains? The everlasting covenant, which is sealed by the Holy Spirit. Paul began the whole chapter with the explanation that they were the letters of Christ. How?

3. written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

This is the ministration of the new covenant. And it is glorious. Why?

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

The giving of the Spirit is much better than the giving of the law. The law, as we know, condemns us when we break it. That was it’s purpose as we have already explained. It still serves that function. How did God improve on this? He wrote that law on our hearts. We have a clear reference to the ten commandments on stone, being written on our hearts. So why do we not keep the 4th commandment to keep the Sabbath? Did God forget to write that one on our hearts? The Holy Spirit helps us want to keep the law. It helps us pray. It comforts us. It gives us power to live a life by God’s law. Now that is a much more glorious ministration! On top of this, Jesus blood covers us, and blots out our sins, so now we have no condemnation if we have faith in Christ and walk after the Spirit and die to the fleshly man that breaks the law of God. I just paraphrased Romans 8. Do you believe the Holy Spirit helps you want to obey God’s law? Check this out:

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

Did you know that we can ask for the Holy Spirit and He will give it to us?

Lu 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Holy Ghost sanctifies us:

Ro 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

And the Holy Spirit gives us faith, hope, peace, and joy:

Ro 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Let’s look at the rest of 2 Cor 3:

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The children of Israel were in part, blinded to the Savior, who was the end of the Mosaical covenant.

Ro 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Many say that because the old covenant with Israel is replaced with the new covenant, that the law also is replaced with a new law. This is not supported by scripture. God takes the same standard of behavior He always expected and simply writes it in our hearts. What that means is He gives us the Holy Spirit which helps us want obey and to obey. God put a law on our hearts already, long before even Mt Sinai and certainly before Jesus. That natural law is not complete, and will not be enough to save us. He fully revealed His intentions for how HE wants mankind to live at Mt Sinai. Because He does not change, He logically doesn’t accept a lower standard of behavior now that He gave His own Son on the cross to cover us in His blood. If anything, He holds us to a higher standard. We are saved by His grace, therefore we can’t abuse that grace. We are redeemed by blood, therefore we can’t abuse that free gift. God still wants obedience, now HE has given us everything we need to obey, His law, the Holy Spirit, and the blood of Jesus to erase sins. There is no excuse to mess up like Israel did back then. He holds us more accountable to His standards now in the new covenant. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:

Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

This is serious business. Teaching that God no longer expects us to obey His laws causes people to live their whole lives in ignorance of the ways of God. He called out a peculiar, chosen people and gave them His divine, all wise guidelines to life. Why would that change or be abolished?

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The vail is being taken away. There are tens of thousands of believing Jews in Israel as we speak. They are hearing the Gospel and seeing the Savior at last. Verse 18 I believe explains the ultimate goal of God’s salvation. By the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, He changes our hearts and the law on our heart to be so closely tuned to His divine laws HE gave us, that we are conformed to His image. We are growing up to be like Jesus and God the Father. IT is a work, it takes time and effort and mountains of grace! But this is the goal of the law, the end of the law, for us to be conformed to the image of Christ. When we do that, we will be following God’s law naturally from the heart, out of love and faith, not as a way to obtain praise of men or earn our salvation, but purely because we love Him and want to be like Him.

Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

I think I will end this study with this verse:

Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

If we learn the love of Christ, and it burns in our hearts, that passes knowledge. It is beyond what we can learn, it can only come from His Spirit living in us. When we get there, we will be filled with all the fullness of God. The love of Christ holds up and is the reason for all the other commandments in His law. The journey to achieving this love, is by learning and following His commandments from a sincere heart. This is the promise, the purpose of the new covenant. To keep God's law which is the standard, the mark, He wants us to strive for, God has sent the Holy Spirit and His only begotten Son to make this possible. God wants us to be like Him. Jesus came to show us the way, since the law written on stone didn' work for the most part.

Ga 4:19 ¶ My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1Jo 2:3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1Jo 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.
1Jo 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
2Jo 1:6 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.
Re 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Re 22:14 Blessed 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.

There is more than just faith. Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. He tells us if we are sincere disciples, we will keep His commandments, and John tells us those are not burdensome (contrary to what is taught) they are not bondage. Bondage comes from sin, and from man made doctrines. God's law is truth, and the truth sets us free. Are you a disciple of Jesus? Are you following Him?

The marks of the cross by Petra

Galatians link
Ephesians 2:15 link
Hebrews link

The "end" of the law

Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end (telov) of the law FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one that BELIEVETH.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which DOETH those things SHALL LIVE by them.

A simple verse taken out of context and twisted, much like Colossians 2:14 and Romans 7:1-5 by many people to try to create a proof text of the theology that God discarded His living, abiding forever, Words about His perfect light bringing, life giving, truthful law, from the times before Jesus died on the cross (which logically includes the words of our Savior involving the law and His very own being because He was the law made flesh.)

Let's look at the greek word "end". Srongs #5056. telov telos, tel'-os

from a primary tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination (literally, figuratively or indefinitely), result (immediate, ultimate or prophetic), purpose); specially, an impost or levy (as paid):--+ continual, custom, end(-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare 5411.

Christ, the law made flesh, is described by the word telos as the following:
1. The goal of the law. Christ reached the goal of the law. Further explained in the next definition:
2. The point aimed at as a limit (the mark, the target. also the definition of Torah, or law.)He was the ultimate bull's eye of the target aimed at, He hit it dead on.
3. The conclusion of an act or state. Because Christ lived the law perfectly, He attained the righteousness of the law of Moses that is required by all men to be perfect before the eyes of the Father. He lived it to the uttermost, the last word in our definition of the word telos. This is what He promised He would do in Matt 5:17-20. He came to fulfill, to live to the uttermost and teach to the uttermost His law. But He promised not one dot of an I or cross of a T would be done away with till He destroyed the heavens and the earth. It was and always will be the standard God requires. Since no man is capable of hitting the mark, of reaching the goal, hitting the bull's eye (Ro 3:23 For all have sinned, and COME SHORT of the glory of God), Christ came to take care of this problem and get us in right standing before the Father.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

How does this work? How is Christ the end of the law for us who have FAITH? Why does faith make the difference for us who accept Christ? What is different in this new covenant that they didn't have in Moses Covenant? Paul already covered this in the previous chapters:

Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Ro 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

The righteousness that God requires of obedience to His mark, His law, His standard, can only be attained by Jesus. Since He came and did that, and we put Him on and He lives in us, by faith and baptism, that righteousness is now fulfilled in us. When God the Father looks at us, He sees the covering of Jesus, not our failures. We put on Christ when we are baptized into Christ. We are clothed in His righteousness. This is the end of us trying to be perfect on our own merit to be righteous, it is not possible. Christ alone makes us righteous before the Father, not our own righteousness.

Does this mean we get to sin and discard God's perfect law? Nope. Because Paul said this in case we got that idea from what he is trying to tell us:

Ro 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Ro 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Ac 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
23 ¶ And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

2Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
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.

Ac 25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

Sorry, unless Paul is a deranged maniac who teaches one thing and then contradicts himself several paragraphs down, Romans 10 doesn't tell us that Christ put an end to His law. He told us that Christ put an end to us trying to be righteouss by the law all by ourselves by our own merit. Read it again, all of it, the first and second part of the verse:

Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end (telov) of the law FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one that BELIEVETH.

Faith + Obedience = salvation.

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

If Christ put an end to God's standard of obedience, then what is James talking about? What works am I supposed to do, what deeds am I supposed to not do? Ones that man comes up with by twisting scriptures our of context? Traditions that men adopted from Pagan Sun God worship and have passed down for 2,000 years? Or maybe, just maybe, the obedience God says is better than sacrifice, the obedience James said we must have as a show of our faith, maybe that is in accordance with the one law God Himself gave to mankind when He set a mountain on fire and shouted it down from heaven. Do you suppose that is the real standard He will accept? The one He gave in no uncertain terms, in hundreds of clear cut easy to understand commands?

De 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so RIGHTEOUS as all this LAW, which I set before you this day?
9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

I have heard the comment that Judaism and Christianity don't mix. The funny thing is that early Christianity, before it was even called Christianity in Antioch (Acts 11:26) was completely made up of Jewish converts, and taught by a Jewish Messiah and Jewish Apostles, who all kept the law. The Gospel, as taught and lived by the Apostle Paul, was Judaism with the acceptance of the promised Messiah. Modern Christianity is removed from the Hebrews that gave birth to it because of antisemitism traced all the way from the Nazi death camps to the Romans in the first 2 centuries of the church. Early church fathers who are quoted and held in high regard about the early faith were anti-Jewish. Only Polycarp could possibly be considered a reliable source for teaching as he was the only one to actually be considered to have lived and been taught from an inspired Apostle. Justin Martyr, who is quoted often, and a very early church father, has anti-Jewish quotes. The early church was hated by the Jews and the Roman pagans. Our modern idea that God did away with His own law comes straight from the pagan Gentile converts who refused to be associated with the Jewish faith because they would face persecution and or they didn't want to give up their pagan traditions. Consider the words of Paul himself:

Ac 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Paul didn't chuck the law and just use the prophets to teach Christ. The prophets are not all that stands today and back then for doctrine and reproof. Paul's religion, and that of the early church, was exactly what Paul said here: I believe in the law and prophets and that Jesus has come as promised, and I worship God believing all things written in the LAW and prophets. From Acts 25 and Acts 21 we see that Paul kept and taught the law, and never broke it, and was commanded by James at the council to prove that was the case. Today, people accuse Paul of the same things that his detractors accused him of back then!

Ac 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
27 ¶ And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.
31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Not only do people ignore Acts 21 and make this allegation that Paul broke the law and taught others to do so, but they also teach us that Jesus did the same! If that is the case, they were both rightly killed according to the law God laid down concerning false prophets:

De 13:1 ¶ 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.
6 ¶ If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

This was precisely the reason for the Scribes and Pharisees to accuse Jesus and Paul of teaching people to not keep the law of God! So they would have an excuse to kill them! And they raised up false accusations and witnesses for both Paul and Jesus to accomplish this because there was no true evidence of them breaking the law or teaching people to break it or forsake it.

6.02.2010

What law is it that we die to?

Is it the law that was given to the House of Israel (not the Jews) at Mount Sinai?

Sometimes we do ourselves a great deal of harm but just taking one verse, reading into it what we've always heard.. and forgetting to actually read the surrounding text to get the context. Romans 7 is exactly one of those occurrences. In fact if you just openly read the chapter it is telling us the exact OPPOSITE of that!


This verse..

Ro 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Is often quoted as one that proves we are "dead to the law!!" Let's take just a few minutes to see if that is the case.

First.. let's read the ENTIRE chapter.

Ro 7:1 ¶ Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
7 ¶ What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Ro 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

So, he starts out by saying that we are to become dead to a law.

4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.


Which law do we become dead to? Is it the law of moses? Or the law of SIN? Which one is fleshly and a bad thing?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

He goes into great detail to tell us.. you do not die to the LAW!! Why?

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.


Read that AGAIN folks!! He says. The law (Torah) is HOLY, the commandments HOLY and JUST and GOOD!! IS the Torah which is good to be made dead to me? GOD FORBID!!! SIN is what is to become dead to me!

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.


He says.. I DELIGHT in the TORAH (law) of God!! But I see ANOTHER law in myself (here's the law we die to guys!!) This bad law wars AGAINST the good law (Torah) in his mind and brings him into captivity to the LAW OF SIN. Then he asks.. who will deliever him from this death? Yeshua the Messiah! Paul will SERVE the Torah of God.. while his flesh (which we must all put to death) would serve the law of SIN.


To be honest I don't know how to put it much plainer than Paul did but here is my attempt at summing up Paul. :)

He says there is a marriage.. we were married to a law of sin. We were sinners! However, when we become a new person we kill the old self. So we die. We are then free to marry again because we are a NEW person. So, we marry Yeshua.

When we were a fleshly minded person we served the law of sin.. but now that we are a new spiritual person we SERVE the LAW (Torah) of God!!

What do you say? The law was the sin that died? GOD FORBID! No! I would not have even KNOWN what sin was if it wasn't for the law. Without the law we wouldn't even HAVE sin. The laws and commandments are good, holy, and loved. So is this good holy and loved thing made dead to me? God forbid! No, SIN was made dead to me.

The law is spiritual but we are carnal. We know what we should do (follow the law) but our fleshly self tries to talk us out of it. If I do the things I know I shouldn't it's the sin that lives in in me that is leading me down that path. I DELIGHT in the law (Torah) of God.. but this other law (the law of sin and death) wars against the good that I want to do. I thank God for giving me Jesus Christ.. which allows me to SERVE the LAW OF GOD and put to death the law of sin.


(in other words.. in case the point was missed.. we still need to keep the torah and die to sin)

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A Father's Day Message



De 6:4 ¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

De 11:18 ¶ Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

We only get one chance with our kids. I pray to my Father that He will help me be the best representation of His definition of Father that is possible in this weak human body I live in, and that every arrow He puts in my quiver will fly straight and true and hit the mark (defined in His Word as His everlasting Law, and as Jesus, the end, or goal, of the law, the law made flesh, tabernacled, among us.) Fathers, may YHVH bless you in all your fathering endeavers, and I repeat the prayer of Paul:

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

People write entire books about raising children. All we need is this one thing, to grow up ourselves to be what we want our children to be, because they will read us like a book and repeat what they learn from us. We need to show them Jesus, and not simply tell them about Him. May He live in us and our children throughout all our generations.