Romans

Romans 10:4

28 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 07 JUNE, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah MAXIMUM EDITION Pastor: Romans 10:4: Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. “For Messiah is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Many people read Romans 10:4, as it appears in most English Bible versions, and view it as being definitive evidence that the Torah is no longer relevant to be followed.[1] The claim that “Christ is the end of the law…” is quite frequent in discussion between Christians, Messianics, and Jews relating to the position that the Law […]

Christology

Romans 10:9, 12-13

16 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 JUNE, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “that if you confess with your mouth Yeshua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved… For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED’ [Joel 2:32].” Romans 10:9[1] is a statement which obviously played a very important part in Paul’s word of Romans […]

Books & Studies

Romans for the Practical Messianic

24 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Paul’s letter to the Romans is easily discerned to be the most influential letter ever written in human history. It has had a significant impact on religious authorities, governmental authorities, and philosophies on God, human behavior, and societal order. There is no denying the great theological importance that the Epistle to the Romans has had throughout Christian history, especially since the Protestant Reformation. Romans was written against the backdrop of both the Apostle Paul setting his ministry activity westward toward Spain, and the Roman Jewish Believers returning to Rome after the Edict of Claudius, and finding that things would not […]

Romans

Romans 14

24 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or […]

Romans

Romans 7:4

24 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 7:4: We were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ. “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” What is really being said by the pastor in the statement, “We were made to die to the Law…”? The implication that is probably asserted, offering Romans 7:4 as substantiation, is that the Apostle Paul […]

Romans

Romans 6:14

24 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 6:14: We are not under law, but under grace. “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” On the basis of passages such as Romans 6:14, many Christian theologians and Bible teachers, in claiming that Believers are not to be “under the Law,” have commonly interpreted it as meaning that obedience to the commandments of the Torah or Law of Moses is not necessary for Messiah followers. While it is very true that Believers are not hupo nomon […]

Romans

Epistle of Paul to the Romans

24 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 56-58 C.E. Time period: transition of Paul’s ministry work from the Eastern to Western Mediterranean Author: the Apostle Paul with Tertius (secretary) Location of author: Corinth/Achaia or Cenchrea Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Rome Theological Summary: All ancient authorities are agreed that the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans, as there were no disputes in early Christian history made about the authorship of this letter. The affirmation of genuine Pauline authorship continues until today, even […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Jumpin’ Junia(s)!

12 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 DECEMBER, 2008 reproduced from the McHuey Blog It is doubtful that many of you have read Romans 16 recently. The content of Romans 16 is fresh in my mind as I had to deliver a class presentation on this text Thursday morning. Most people who just read Paul’s letter to the Romans do not consider that ch. 16 to be significant, when it is very significant. This is not just an idle part of Paul’s letter where he greets random people. Romans 16 tells us important things about the social makeup of the assemblies (yes, assemblies in the […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Is Messiah the Termination of the Torah?

11 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 20 January, 2004 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper A foundational principle of Christianity is supposed to be “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).[1] In theory, most evangelical conservative Christians claim to honor the Bible as if all of it is the inspired, inerrant Word of the Lord. However, in practice, the same cannot often be said, especially when it comes to many Christians’ attitude concerning their […]

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 […]

Romans

Romans 11:6

17 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 11:6: Grace is no longer on the basis of works. “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.” The pastor’s remark “Grace is no longer on the basis of works,” seems most out of place for people who are truly familiar with the overall Biblical narrative, reading the Scriptures holistically—because it seems to originate from the assumption that “grace” was something that people had to actually earn in the pre-resurrection era. Is our pastor trying to get his […]

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 […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Romans

5 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 FEBRUARY, 2017 reproduced from Romans for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching It is not at all difficult for a Bible reader to see how Romans can be classified as the most influential letter ever written in human history.[1] It is the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus. It is undeniable that Romans is an intellectual and philosophical masterpiece, but Romans also challenges readers and thinkers on many different levels. Romans also possesses a long history of interpretation that has not only affected how theologians have developed doctrines such as justification by faith or the role […]

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 […]

Romans

Romans 8:2 & 3

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 8:2: The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Is the pastor’s statement, “The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death,” designed to get people to think that the latter of the two, “the law of sin and death,” is in actuality the Torah or the Law of […]

Romans

Romans 6:23

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 6:23: Eternal life is a free gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.” The pastor is entirely correct in telling us that salvation is free and only attainable through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned through our works or any kind of human action. Salvation is completely unattainable through Torah observance and following God’s commandments. I would take heavy issue with anyone in the Messianic movement who believes […]

Romans

Romans 4:5

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 4:5: God justifies those who do not work. “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.” The pastor poorly paraphrases Romans 4:5, taking the entire verse out of context, but most especially out of view of Romans 4:1-4 preceding. In saying that “God justifies those who do not work,” what he could be saying is that God does not care about a Believer’s works. While this may not be the intention of statements such as this, a […]

Romans

Romans 3:28

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 3:28: Justified by faith apart from works of the Law. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Today’s Messianics who look to Yeshua the Messiah for their salvation and spiritual identity do not call Romans 3:28 into question. Being justified, whether we consider it being cleansed from sins and/or being reckoned as a part of God’s people—does not occur by “works of the Law.” And, whether one views “works of the Law” as being rote Torah observance or a manner of halachah—the […]

Romans

Romans 3:20

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 3:20: Through the works of the Law no one will be justified. “[B]ecause by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” Whether you consider “justification” to be a declaration of forgiveness of sins and an impartation of God’s righteousness to a redeemed person and/or being reckoned as a part of His people (or elements of this all working together)—a mainstay of our faith is that justification comes only by the Divine action and grace of God, […]

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