Torah

How Do You Become Torah Observant?

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the pages of this book, many of you have just been challenged in your walk of faith on some level. If you are a Messianic Believer—whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish—you have doubtlessly been told that your pursuit of a Torah obedient walk of faith is in error by Christian family, friends, or various colleagues. This publication has provided you with a great deal of information that will help you to counter their claims in a scholastic, fair-minded, and above all loving-constructive way. If you are an evangelical Christian who has been […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 10:9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 10:9: God takes away the first covenant to establish the second. “[T]hen He said, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second.” Our pastor makes light of Hebrews 10:9 and concludes, “God takes away the first covenant to establish the second.” As examined previously in our cross-examination of Hebrews 8:13 and the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-13; cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34), the New Covenant involves not only a permanent cleansing from sin but also a supernatural transcription of God’s Torah onto the […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 10:1

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 10:1: The Law was only a shadow of good things to come. “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.” What does our pastor intend to communicate by saying, “The Law was only a shadow of good things to come”? Is he trying to tell today’s Christians that God’s Torah was only a foreshadowing of Messianic expectation and […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 8:13

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 8:13: The New Covenant makes the Old Covenant obsolete. “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” Many of today’s Christians will encounter the pastor’s statement, “The New Covenant makes the Old Covenant obsolete,” and then conclude that committing any time to really read or study the Torah and Tanach is perhaps not too relevant for people of faith. Is it appropriate that born again Believers not concern themselves with the Instruction of God in […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 7:12 & 18-19

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 7:12: A change of law has taken place. “For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.” The Epistle to the Hebrews is a text of the Apostolic Scriptures, whose author most definitely believes Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) to be superior to all things. The author is a second generation Believer who is reckoned among those who heard the good news from those of the first generation who encountered the Lord in person (Hebrews 2:3).[1] He is definitely concerned about the possibility of […]

Titus

Titus 3:9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Titus 3:9: We are not to be concerned about obedience to Jewish laws. “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” While we are not told many of the specifics about what the Cretan troublemakers have done, what we can assess for certain from Paul’s letter to Titus is that whatever they were doing was associated with a considerable misuse of God’s Torah, and was a cause of ridiculous fights and conflicts in the assembly. Paul’s word to Titus is clear: […]

Titus

Titus 3:5 & 7

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Titus 3:5: He did not save us according to our deeds, but according to His mercy. “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Paul’s ministry associate Titus was charged by him to sort out some of the issues present among a burgeoning group of Messiah followers on the island of Crete (Titus 1:5). This included not only the appointment of new leaders for the Believers (Titus 1:6-9), but […]

1&2 Timothy

2 Timothy 1:9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 2 Timothy 1:9: Salvation is not according to works. “[W]ho has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Messiah Yeshua from all eternity.” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating that “Salvation is not according to works,” and he has rightfully applied 2 Timothy 1:9. I know that in all of my time within the Messianic movement, I have never made the statement, nor have I ever believed, that salvation was/is/will be […]

1&2 Timothy

1 Timothy 1:9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Timothy 1:9: The Law is not made for a righteous man. “[R]ealizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers.” On the basis of reading 1 Timothy 1:9, many Christians claim that “the Law is not made for a righteous man,” and then conclude that God’s Torah has no importance in guiding the conduct of born again Believers. Is it […]

Colossians

Colossians 2:14

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Colossians 2:14: Christ took the decrees out of the way on the cross. “[H]aving canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14 is the common verse that is quoted by many Christians to assert that “the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross of Jesus Christ.” But is this truly what is being said in Colossians 2:14? Did the Torah truly get nailed to the cross, […]

Philippians

Philippians 3:9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Philippians 3:9: Righteousness is not derived by the Law. “[A]nd may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” The pastor is correct in his statement here that “Righteousness is not derived by the Law.” In any defense of the validity of the Torah’s code of conduct for born again Believers today, it needs to be made absolutely and abundantly clear that righteousness or justification (dikaiosunē)—whether […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:14-15

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:14-15: The Law was abolished in the flesh of Christ. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15 are challenging verses for many within the Messianic movement, with few being able to even respond to the pastor’s remark “The Law was abolished in the […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:8-9

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:8-9: We are saved by grace, not as a result of works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating, “We are saved by grace, not as a result of works.” No one should ever question the profound truth of the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:8-9: “You have been saved by grace through faith. This does not come from […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:24 & 25

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reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 3:24: The Law is our tutor to lead us to Christ. “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Messiah, so that we may be justified by faith.” The pastor we are examining is correct when he asserts, “The Law is our tutor to lead us to Christ,” citing Galatians 3:24 as evidence. The challenge with his assertion, though, is not in the need for the Torah’s instruction—and our widespread human inability to keep it—to reveal our sin and point us to the Messiah and the eternal redemption […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:13

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 3:13: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law. “Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.’” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law,” because Galatians 3:13a plainly tells us, “The Messiah redeemed us from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf” (CJB). Paul makes this assertion within a series of remarks where the proper place of the […]

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