FAQ

Leviticus 18:5

18 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 30 SEPTEMBER, 2011 Does the Torah actually teach that by keeping its commandments, a person can earn eternal life? Is it possible for a person to keep the commandments of the Torah, and as a result incur eternal life and everlasting communion with the Father? There are those throughout Jewish and Christian religious history, and even to our present time, who have thought that Leviticus 18:5—“So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them”—implies precisely this. There are certainly Christian interpreters, who would dispute this conclusion based on a […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

What Are “Works of the Law”?

10 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 11 May, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah I remember the first time I ever heard the possibility that “works of the Law” in the Pauline Epistles could be anything other than just keeping the Mosaic Torah. I disregarded it immediately. Why? Because I heard this from someone, who read an article, whose author had read an article in a theological journal, an article that had likely been misinterpreted and misrepresented. Like the game of telephone—one person gave a message, and then it had been passed down to four or five people—sounding nothing like what had […]

Galatians

Galatians 2:11-14

10 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to […]

Galatians

Galatians 2:16

10 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 2:16: By the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. “[N]evertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Messiah Yeshua, even we have believed in Messiah Yeshua, so that we may be justified by faith in Messiah and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” The pastor correctly says, “By works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.” Whether we look at […]

Galatians

Galatians 4:8-11

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.” Paul’s letter to the Galatians is […]

Books & Studies

Galatians for the Practical Messianic

6 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 1

Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians is easily the most difficult to understand text for people within today’s broad Messianic movement. Galatians has been historically interpreted by Christianity as delivering Believers a stark choice between God’s Law and God’s grace. Those who choose any obedience to the Law, according to this view of Paul, are unfaithful to the Messiah and the saving power of the gospel. Supposedly, Paul was desperately concerned for anyone who was trying to keep the Torah of Moses. Consequently, Galatians is a frequently-quoted text to today’s Messianic Believers, many of whom are simply trying to live a […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Galatians

6 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 28 FEBRUARY, 2017 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians is without question the most difficult book of the Bible for today’s Messianic Believers to understand (and interestingly enough, many Christians who read the letter as a whole are sometimes perplexed by it).[1] For those who have been convicted that they need to follow a life of Torah observance, Christian colleagues will often immediately (and quite haphazardly) quote from Galatians and tell Messianics that they participate in a life of bondage from which Christ has […]

Galatians

Epistle of Paul to the Galatians

6 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 48-49 C.E. or 50-52 C.E. Time period: season of great confusion among many new non-Jewish Believers, and their integration into the community of faith Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Macedonia, Ephesus, or Antioch Target audience and their location: mostly non-Jewish Believers in the province/region of Galatia Theological Summary: Genuine Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Galatians is something that all conservative and liberal examiners today accept. The message of Galatians, the exact audience of the Galatians, and some of […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:24 & 25

4 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 […]

2 Corinthians

What is the New Covenant?

4 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 26 November, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Everyone who expresses trust in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) believes that we are a part of what is commonly called “New Covenant faith.” But what is New Covenant faith? We all recognize that at the Last Supper, our Lord said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20). The sacrificial work of Yeshua has surely inaugurated the reality of the New Covenant, which includes complete forgiveness and permanent redemption from the power of sin, as well as people […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Galatians 3:23-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained in the Torah and All the Scriptures?

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 14 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic When we consider Paul’s description of the Torah as serving as a pedagogue, some difficult questions are asked of us as Believers considering whether or not any of us were actually trained in the basics of the Torah. If Paul intends the Torah to serve as a pedagogue for all, or at least most, who come to faith in Yeshua, what is this to say about Christians—and also Messianics—today? Are any of us properly trained in the Torah? What role does the Torah play in showing us our […]

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 […]

Bible Study

Galatians

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians is easily the most difficult to understand text for people within today’s broad Messianic movement. Galatians has been historically interpreted by Christianity as delivering Believers a stark choice between God’s Law and God’s grace. Those who choose any obedience to the Law, according to this view of Paul, are unfaithful to the Messiah and the saving power of the gospel. Supposedly, Paul was desperately concerned for anyone who was trying to keep the Torah of Moses. Consequently, Galatians is a frequently-quoted text to today’s Messianic Believers, many of whom are simply trying to live a […]

Galatians

The Three Silver Bullets for Understanding Galatians

14 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 JANUARY, 2011 reproduced from the McHuey Blog 11 February, 2008 Paul’s letter to the Galatians is undeniably one of the most difficult texts of the Bible for Messianic Believers to understand. Yet, I often do wonder why this letter often seems so difficult to understand. From a Messianic, pro-Torah perspective, Paul’s comments are actually not that difficult to comprehend when placed into their proper ancient context. Paul refutes the idea that circumcision is the entryway into a covenant relationship with God—instead faith is the entryway into a covenant relationship with Him, as it always has been since the […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:28: Biblical Equality and Today’s Messianic Movement

9 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic GALATIANS 3:28 – MULTIPLE VERSIONS There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (KJV). There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (NASU). There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (NIV). There is no longer Jew or Greek, […]

FAQ

Galatians 5:2-3

7 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 14 JULY, 2013 I have encountered a Messianic Jewish teaching that states that only the Jewish people are obligated to keep Torah, because they are circumcised. Is this what Galatians 5:2-3 really communicates? I am confused. “Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Messiah will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law” (Galatians 5:2-3). It is true that in various sectors of Messianic Judaism, particularly those which promote a bilateral ecclesiology of the Kingdom of God […]

FAQ

Galatians 3:24, 25

6 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 11 MAY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that we are no longer under a tutor? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of 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 […]

1 Corinthians

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 June, 2011 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the discussion over the validity and relevance of the Torah for today’s Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), there is one particular issue that is a cause of significant confusion and consternation: Is it not true that we are not under the Law?[1] No responsible Bible reader can ignore or deny what passages like Romans 6:14 communicate: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” If we want to be honest with what the Bible tells us, […]

Colossians

Elements of the World (Galatians 4:3, 9; Colossians 2:8, 20)

31 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 MARCH, 2009 I have heard that the Torah actually composes the “elemental things of the world”? Is there any truth to this claim? The specific clause ta stoicheia tou kosmou—“the elemental things/spirits of the world”—appears in full in Galatians 4:3 and Colossians 2:8, followed by the shorter stoicheia in Galatians 4:9, and tōn stoicheiōn in Colossians 2:20. There is no single interpretation as to what this encompasses, agreed upon by all interpreters, as such “principles” could involve: (1) the ABCs of one’s religious observance, (2) what many of the ancients believed were the basic elements of the universe […]

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