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C Ca an n t th he e R Re ea al l P Pa au ul l p pl le ea as se e s st ta an nd d u up p… …
There’s a growing number of people debating over Paul these days. Generally, there
are three views of him. Let’s look at different views and then at what Paul actually
teach in order to see if he was the man who invented “GRACE”, or the man who was
a hypocrite or a Torah abiding teacher who taught the Gentiles who became part of
View #1 - Catholic view that became a common Christian view:
For the bulk of Christian history, Catholicism taught that salvation comes by receiving
"grace" through "sacraments", and that any obedience to the Commandments of
YHWH was seen as "judaizing" and cut them off from Messiah. The Reformation
started on the path back to the Truth by rejecting any salvation based on human
efforts, such as "indulgences" or the "7 sacraments" - yet Luther still brought a few
of the "sacraments" out with him!
Paul’s writings have been used to defend the position that believers are saved by
"grace alone" (Eph. 2:8,9). Paul's so-called “anti-Torah” (anti-law) comments have
been used mostly by the Reformers, because they desire to maintain the
Replacement Theology of Romanism (that the "church" replaced Israel), setting
aside any application of the Ten Commandments as having bearing on inheriting
eternal life. The Ten Commandments that define sin have been annulled in this view,
and salvation through belief in Y’shua’s shed blood supercedes any need to obey???
They claim we are now “free” from the “curse” of “the law”, and anyone attempting to
obey the “Old Covenant” is seen as a heretic, judaizer, and a reprobate. For
centuries this view was enforced through the Catholic institution’s dogmas as well,
and any competing views were vigorously eliminated - with extreme prejudice (they
were killed). It was a man named Marcion that promoted the forbidding of what is
called the "Old Covenant", which included the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.
He allowed only the writings of what came to be known as the "New Testament".
View #2 – Messianic view (some) thinking Paul was a Heretic
Today there are Torah observant believers in Messiah Y’shua (Messianic) who go to
the other extreme, and call Paul himself a heretic who was responsible for the
“apostasy”, the falling-away from the Torah by Christianity.
For those who believe Paul’s letters indicated an annulling of any Commandments
pertaining to the definition of sin, or that he contradicted the words of Rabbi Y’shua,
please consider that you may have misunderstood what Paul was referring to.
View #3 - Messianic view thinking Paul is mis-presented
Then there are the believers who believe in Y’shua the Messiah and follow the Torah,
who accept Paul but reject “lawlessness” have been given a balanced understanding
of his letters. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, who were known as adult males
“uncircumcised” in their flesh. They also know that Peter pointed out that Paul's
letters were not easy to understand, but were “twisted” by those who were untaught
(2 Pet 3:15,16). Peter warned us to watch, lest we be led away to destruction by the
delusion of the lawless. He didn’t include Paul as a lawless one, but stated that
Paul’s letters were being twisted, as were “the other Writings”. Those who live and
believe they are “free” to disregard the Commandments are in spiritual danger; Peter
mentioned their “destruction” — this is why it is very important to know who Paul was
and what he taught and believed so that you will interpret the Scripture correctly. The
reason is that Paul’s letters were translated from Aramaic (original) and translated to
Greek (some) and our English or any other language is a third translation not from
the original and errors slipped in as well as the translator’s doctrines.
Lets start by loking at Paul, who he was, what he taught and what he did so that we
can understand Paul’s letters the way he wrote it.
1. What did Paul say about the Torah (Law)?
1Ti_1:S And ue lnou thct the Toroh is good i[ one uses
Rom_z:1z-1g Ior cs mcnu cs sinned uithout Torch shcll clso
perish uithout Torch, cnd os mong os sinned in the Toroh
sholl he judged hg the Toroh. (:() 1or not the heorers
o[ the Toroh ore righteous in the sight o[ Elohim, hut
the doers o[ the lou
sholl he declored right. Iootnote:
Rom_g:g1 Do ue then nulli[g the Toroh through the
helie[? Let it not he! On the controrg, ue estohlish the Toroh.
Rom_¬:1z So thct the Toroh trulg is set-oport, ond the commond set-
oport, ond righteous, ond good.
Rom_¬:zz 1or 1 delight in the Toroh o[ Elohim
occording to the
inuord mon, Iootnote:
Act za:1a ¨And this I con[ess to uou, thct cccordinq to the Wcu uhich theu ccll
c sect, so I uorship the Elohim o[ mu [cthers, helieoing oll thot hos heen
uritten in the Toroh ond in the Prophets,
In Rom 2 Paul said that we must not be hearers of the Law only, but doers of
the Law as well, then you shall be declared right. In Rom 3 Paul said that we
establish the Law through our faith, by the way we live. In Rom 7 he said that
the Law is Holy and the Commandments are Holy, righteous and good. Later
on he quoted David from Ps 119 where he said that he delights in the Law of
Elohim. This sounds like Paul embraced the Torah (Law) and did not preach
against doing the Law. In his letters he definitely preach against the attitude of
people who said they obey the Torah but their lives did not show it.
He also spoke against salvation through only the Law and emphasize the fact that
you need to start with faith in Y'shua to become righteous. He preached the need for
receiving the Spirit and if you follow the Spirit, you will obey the Law because the
Holy Spirit is the One Who helps us to be Holy or live as His Set Apart (Holy) people,
not doing the things of the world but rather the things of Elohim.
Paul’s writings are difficult to understand and someone who does not have
knowledge of Scripture (Tanak) will pervert it and misinterpret it and it will lead to
false doctrines and the destruction of many.
We need to understand that Paul’s writings are used to confirm that the Law is no
more and that Paul’s letters are used to confirm the doctrine of “no more Torah” but
liberty in the Spirit and freedom from the bondage of the Law. Let’s see what Peter,
one of the elders and leaders of the Jerusalem counsel had to say about Paul’s
z Peter g:1g-1o And think o[ the long-su[[ering o[ our Moster os
solootion os our helooed hrother Poul olso hos uritten to gou
occording to the uisdom gioen to him (:ó) os olso in oll his letters,
speoking in them o[ these things: in uhich ore some things HARD TO
BE UNDERSTOOD, uhich the UNLEARNED ond UNSTABLE peroert,
os olso theg do the rest o[ the Scriptures, TO THE1R OWN
Care should be taken when you make assumptions and define doctrine using Paul’s
letters and you need to study the Scripture and know it very well to understand what
Paul really meant and have to read everything in context if you do not want to fall into
the trap of confusion and false doctrine. Paul should never contradict himself or
others in the Word and this is what he said about the Law (Torah). From this you
can see that Paul was pro-Torah - the question is, will he promote the other side
encouraging pagan traditions mixed in with the Torah? Most people in normal
Christian Churches believe so in order to confirm their doctrines and to make them
In Paul's day it was very important to have a "good name" and if people labelled you
as a hypocrite, then you loose all credibility and people will not receive you or your
teachings. Paul was very proud of his heritage being from a Rabbinical line and being
one of the best students under Gamaliel.
In the Hebrew culture it was very important to LIVE what you TEACH because your
"halechah" or "walk" was who you are and your worship. Why would Paul then say
these things about the Torah, showing that he embraces it and do it but on the other
hand, with a different audience, teach that you can do what you want????? This will
take away all his credibility and he will be labelled a hypocrite.
Paul was accused of doing this and than he did something most people do not know
about....he proved that he followed the Torah 100% by taking a Nazarene vow. This
was a very expensive way to prove that you follow Torah and he had to pay a whole
year's wages as part of this vow and this proves that Paul felt very strong about
clearing his name and that people will know that he did not teach against the Torah.
ßut Gcllio beinq pro-consul o[ Achcic, the Jeus uith one occord rushed ogoinst
Poul ond hrought him to the judgment seot, (:() soging, This one (PoulJ
persuodes men to uorship Elohim controrg to the Lou (TorohJ.
Paul was accused of teaching the believing Jews not to keep the Law of Moses,
better known as the Torah, they accused him of teaching them not to circumcise their
children and not to walk after the customs as prescribed in the Torah. As witness
against these accusations, Paul and four men with him took a Nazarite vow to prove
that he did not do these things, that these were false accusations and that he
followed the Torah orderly.
And hecrinq, theu qlori[ied the Lord, cnd scid to him, You see, brother, hou mcnu
thouscnds o[ 1eus there ore uho helieoe, ond theg ore oll zeolous (possionoteJ
o[ the Lou (TorohJ. (z:) And theg ore in[ormed concerning gou (PoulJ, thot
gou teoch oll the Jeus uho ore omong the notions to [orsoke Moses (Lou o[
Moses - TorohJ, soging thot theg ought not to circumcise their children, nor
to uolk o[ter the customs. (zz) Whct is it there[ore? At cll etents c multitude uill
come toqether, [or theu uill hecr thct uou hcte come. (z() There[ore do this, uhct ue
scu to uou: We hooe [our men uho hooe o oou on themseloes:(Nozorite oouJ
(zaJ toking them, he puri[ied uith them, ond he ot expense [or them, so thot
theg mog shooe their heods. And oll mog knou thot uhot theg hooe heen
told ohout gou is nothing (o lieJ, hut gou goursel[ olso uolk orderlg ond
keep the Lou (TorohJ.
Then toking the men on the next dog, heing puri[ied (mikooh - cleonsing
rituolJ uith them, Poul uent into the temple, decloring the [ul[illment o[ the
dogs o[ the puri[icotion (occording the Toroh in os [ound in Num o:a-1gJ,
until on o[[ering should he o[[ered [or eoch o[ them. (z;) And uhen the
seoen dogs uere ohout to he completed, the Jeus uho uere [rom Asio,
hooing seen him in the temple, stirred up oll the croud ond loid honds on
These accusations were false because of them observing what is commanded in the
Law of Moses and detailed in Numbers 6. When they saw Paul fulfilling the Nazarite
law of purification, bringing the sacrifice, they stirred up the crowd with the news and
laid hands on him and blessed him, believing that he (Paul) obeyed the Torah and
they saw that these accusations against him were false.
2. What did Paul believe and what did he base his doctrines
The people said that Paul did not keep the Torah (Law) and that
he taught his followers not to follow the Torah because it is
abolished. This is the general belief among Christians today,
which base most of their doctrines upon the letters Paul wrote to
different assemblies, which included the Gentiles who came to
faith. They say that Paul taught people not to keep the Torah,
because if you do, you will be doomed and fall from grace and
loose your salvation. This is a serious statement that will drive
people away from the Torah and only embrace Grace and Faith in the Name and
Sacrifice of the Son of Elohim. There is danger in this theology because you will
neglect the instructions in the “New Testament” regarding Holiness or set-apartness,
not to look and live like the worldly people. Many people today have faith in Jesus but
do mot have the fruits because of this twisted view proclaimed by the Church leaders
of this age.
Doctrine - the Hebrew word - “leh'-kakh”, that means - something received, that
is, (mentally) instruction (whether on the part of the teacher or hearer); also (in an
active and sinister sense) inveiglement: - doctrine, learning, fair speech.
Deu gz:z Mg doctrine sholl drop os the roin: mg speech sholl drop
doun os the deu, cs the smcll rcin on the tender plcnt, cnd cs the shouers on
This supports the meaning of Torah or Instructions which comes from the root word
“yarah” that means – to flow like water, rain, to learn how to shoot. Paul knew this
and that is why he gave Timothy the guidelines what to use the Scriptures (TaNaK)
All Scripture (ToNoKJ is Cod-hreothed, ond is pro[itohle [or
DOCTR1NE, [or reproo[, [or correction, [or 1NSTRUCT1ON in
righteousness, (:;) thot the mon o[ Cod mog he per[ected,
thoroughlg [urnished to eoerg good uork.
Yes, Paul said that All Scripture (known at that time was the Torah, Prophets and the
Psalms – TaNaK) and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) did not exist yet. In other
words; Paul said that the Torah (Law or Instructions), the Prophets and the Psalms
are to be used for DOCTRINE and for reproof, correction, and to be used as
instructions on how to live righteous or HOLY. In the Scripture you will find YHVH’s
DOCTRINE that is like rain that brings life. False doctrines are of man and are a
perverted version of His Instructions.
Peter, one of the leaders of the Jerusalem Counsel said that we should be Holy
(righteous and set apart) because YHVH is Holy, and he quoted from the TaNaK :
1Pe 1:1o beccuse it is uritten, "Be holg, [or 1 om holg."
Leo zo:zo And uou shcll he holg to Me. 1or 1, YHVH, om holg, ond hooe
seoered gou [rom the notions, so thot gou should he Mine.
Paul wrote to the Assembly in Ephesians that we should BE HOLY and set apart,
different to the worldly people, without blame before Him, in other words; righteous.
Eph 1:a-¬ eten cs He chose us in Him be[ore the [oundction o[ the uorld, thot
ue should he set-oport (HOLYJ ond hlomeless he[ore Him in looe,
z Thess. z::(. (=) hooing preoiouslg ordoined us to odoption
os sons through Y'shuo the Messioh to Himsel[, occording to the
good pleosure o[ His desire, (ó) to the prcise o[ the esteem o[ His [ctour
uith uhich He [ctoured us in the ßeloted, (;) in uhom ue hooe
redemption through His hlood, the [orgioeness o[ tresposses,
occording to the riches o[ His [ooour,
You can see here that Holiness is one of the two things we need to be blameless
before YHVH, the other thing we need is the Blood of the Lamb for forgiveness. We
come into the Kingdom of YHVH through the Blood and through forgiveness AND
THEN we need to undergo the cleansing process called HOLINESS so that we will
look different and be set apart and be known as the “Righteous people of El” ,”Yisra-
El” or Israel. [Grafted in - Rom 11]. He gave us His HOLY SPIRT to help us to walk in
HOLINESS and in TRUTH (not following false doctrines – things the contradict the
TaNaK or Scriptures).
How do I know what Holiness is and where do I find the guidelines for Holiness?
According to Paul, in the TaNaK.
Deu zS:o ¨ YHVH does estohlish gou os o set-oport (HOLYJ people to
Himsel[, cs He hcs suorn to uou, 11 YOU guord the Commonds o[ YHVH
gour Elohim ond uolk in His Wogs.
In the Torah of YHVH you will find what sin is (negative commandments – things to
avoid) and what holiness or righteous living is. (doing the positive commandments
and avoiding the negative commandments or sin).
Be careful to make assumptions and to build doctrine upon isolated verses only
found in the “New Testament”. Build your doctrine on all Scripture and upon the
foundation of h=his Word, the Torah or instructions. These are the things you should
take in \to account when you challenge the doctrines you currently follow:
All doctrine should be in harmony with the rest of Scripture and there should
be no contradictions.
Read all Scripture in context, taking into account that the people are that he is
addressing and lastly, please use the true meaning of the words and idioms
and take the cultural aspects into account, to fully understand and interpret
the verse correctly. It is not that straight forward and that is why Peter warns
us not to be UNLEARNED or UNSTABLE in what the Scripture states or what
Paul wrote in his letters.
Remember that the “New Testament” did not exist in the time Paul wrote His
Paul was not confused and did not contradict anything Y’shua said or what he
Paul was a taught Pharisee and was difficult to understand if you did not know the
3. Paul observed the Festivals and explained the meaning of
Many churches believe that the apostle Paul
fundamentally changed the way Christians are to
worship. This notion assumes Paul taught gentiles that
observance of the Holy Days was unnecessary. Although
some of his writings were difficult to understand, even by his
contemporaries “And thinl o[ the lonq-su[[erinq o[ our
Mcster cs scltction os our helooed hrother Poul olso
hos uritten to uou cccordinq to the uisdom qiten to him
(:ó) os olso in oll his letters, speoking in them o[
these things: in uhich ore some things hord to he
understood, uhich the unleorned ond unstohle
peroert, os olso theg do the rest o[ the Scriptures, to
their oun destruction)¨ (z Peter (::=-:ó), Paul's explicit
statements and actions contradict any notion that he annulled or abolished Holy Day
In 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, for example, Paul told his followers to "imitote me, just os
1 olso imitote Christ," ond "keep the troditions os 1 delioered them to
gou." A few verses later he explained: "1or 1 receioed [rom the Lord thot
uhich 1 olso delioered to gou: thot the Moster Yeshuo on the some night
in uhich He uos hetroged took hreod: ond uhen He hod gioen thonks,
He hroke it ond soid, 'Toke, eot: this is Mg hodg uhich is hroken [or gou:
do this in rememhronce o[ Me'" (terses z(-za). This Paul most probably
explained on the Festival day to the Believers in Yeshua (from Gentile origin as well).
If Paul's practice had not been to observe the Holy Days, his comments to the Jews
and gentiles in Corinth would have been meaningless. Clearly, evidence is lacking
that Paul ever discouraged anyone from keeping the annual festivals; such a
notion would have been for him unthinkable (Acts 24:12-14; 25:7-8; 28:17).
On the contrary, the biblical record of Paul's ministry repeatedly depicts the Holy
Days as important observances, milestones in his life. For example, he told the
Ephesians that "1 must hg oll meons keep this coming 1eost in Jerusolem"
In Acts 20:16 and 1 Corinthians 16:8 we find Paul arranging his travel schedule to
accommodate the Feast of Pentecost. “But 1 uill stog in Ephesus until
Pentecost. “ In Acts 27:9 Luke, Paul's companion in his travels, referred to the time
of year as after "the Fast," a reference to the Day of Atonement.
The Expositor's Bible Commentary, in a reference to Acts 20:6, notes that Paul,
unable to arrive at Jerusalem for the Passover, "remoined ot Philippi to
celehrote it ond the ueek-long 1eost o[ Unleooened Breod ..." (Richard N.
Longenecker, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1981, Vol. 9, p. 507). Regarding Acts
20:16, the same commentary notes that Paul "uonted, i[ ot oll possihle, to get
to Jerusolem [or Pentecost on the [i[tieth dog o[ter Possooer (p. 510).
Paul's ministry included observing the Holy Days with the Church. If Paul was against
the Festivals, why did he not say anything? A famous verse used by people today,
Gal 4:9-10, where Paul apparently call the Feasts, “poor elementary matters of the
world”, not to be observed. This is taking this verse out of context because Paul
defined “elementary matters” earlier on in the same chapter and in Col 2:8,20:
And 1 sog, [or os long os the heir is o child, he is no di[[erent [rom o
slooe, though he is moster o[ oll, (zJ hut is under guordions ond
trustees till the time preorronged hg the [other. So ue olso, uhen ue
uere children, uere under the elementorg motters o[ the uorld, heing
enslooed. (Col a:1-g1J
(SJ See to it thot no one mokes o preg o[ gou through philosophg ond
emptg deceit, occording to the trodition o[ men, occording to the
elementorg motters o[ the uorld,
ond not occording to Messioh. (zoJ
1[, then, gou died uith Messioh [rom the elementorg motters
uorld, uhg, os though lioing in the uorld, do gou suhject gourseloes to
regulotions: (Col z:S,zoJ
It is not the Feasts that are the elementary matters of the world, but man’s
tradition, philosophy and trickery. The Feasts are not man’s idea or part of man’s
philosophy or tricks to enslave people, they are the Feasts of YHVH, given by Him to
man so that man can realize His plan of redemption and it gives freedom, and not
In defending the gospel he preached, Paul said he brought the same message the
other apostles taught, he did not bring us “new revelation” but he revealed the Word:
"There[ore, uhether it uos 1 or theg, so ue preoch ond so gou helieoed"
(1 Corinthions 1g:11J.
Paul and all the apostles taught a consistent message of the Christian's obligation to
follow the example of Yeshua the Messiah in all matters. The apostle John, who
wrote near the close of the first century, summed up this message: "He uho sogs
he ohides in Him ought himsel[ olso to uolk just os He uolked" (: 1ohn
Jewish believers continued to uphold the Holy Days, as did gentile Believers (see
"Colossians 2:16 shows Gentile Believers kept the Holy Days" ). From all these
references we can conclude only that the practice of the early Church was to
continue the observance of these God-given festivals, the first of which is the
4. Did Paul teach against the Sabbath and the Festivals?
The Seventh Day Sabbath and the Festivals are seen as
Ordinances of YHVH together with the new moons.
zCh z:a ßehold, I cm buildinq c house to the ncme o[
YHVH mu Elohim, to dediccte it to Him, cnd to burn
be[ore Him sueet incense, cnd [or the continucl
shoubrecd, cnd [or the burnt o[[erinqs morninq cnd
eteninq, on the Sohhoths, ond on the neu moons,
ond on the solemn 1eosts o[ YHVH our Elohim.
This is on ORD1NANCE [oreoer to 1sroel.
Many say that Paul taught that all these Ordinances have
been nailed to the Stake (cross) and we as believers in
Jesus (Y’shua) do not need to observe the Sabbath,
Festivals or new Moons as taught by Paul in CoI_z:1q.
Col_z:1a hlotting out the honduriting o[
ordinonces thot uos ogoinst us, uhich ucs contrcru to us, ond hos token
it out o[ the uog, noiling it to the stoke (crossJ.
Is this what Paul said or is this one of those cases where people do not have the full
knowledge of Scripture and perverted Paul’s writings? The Colossians’ were gentiles
and this is seen in the phrase ‘uncircumcision of your flesh’. This means that they
have never been “under the Law of YHVH” (Torah) but was under sin. So how can
He nail a Law to the stake (cross), a Law they were not commanded to obey
previously? What did Y’shua then nail to the cross then?
Ordinance in Hebrew is the word "chooqah" that comes from the root word and verbal
root "chaqaq" that means 'to hack or engrave, to cut in stone, to engrave'. This is the
same action used when YHVH engraved the Ten Commandments in stone implying that
they will never go away or change. This is a different to the Ordinance in Greek, as used
here in Eph 2:15 as well as in Col 2:14 that is the word "dogma" that means 'decree, civil
or ceremonial law' and ordinance. This can be a decree of a king or a leader that involves
your civil rights granted by this authority. A decree is 'a decision of a court or a judgment
made by the appointed authority. A decree is based upon the breaking of a law and is the
consequences. The Hebrew Ordinance is that Law that is broken. This proves that the
Greek ‘Ordinance’ and the Hebrew ‘Ordinance’ are two different things and must not be
This decree is different to the Ordinances of YHVH, which are His Feasts. His Feasts
are His Redemption Plan and not His Condemnation decree. The decree that stood
against us was the penalty for sin, which is death; the decree made by our King. This
decree existed at the time of Adam when man committed the first sin. The Law or
Torah defines what sin is. The decree that stood against us is the writings of the
consequences of sin, which are in the Torah, which Y’shua nailed to the stake
They are not physically removed and still stand against the unrighteous. This is the
decree that stood against us (all humans) because of sin we allowed in our lives and
the decree that was against us is the death penalty. This decree still stands for
people who refuse to accept and obey YHVH. So in other words; He did not take
away the definition or knowledge of sin (Torah), ignoring sin completely, for if He had
done so, Y’shua died in vain.
No, someone had to die and eliminate the decree that was against man because of
sin. This act of Y’shua, of dying on the cross is to pay for the sin that was committed,
and through this payment with His blood, He purged our names from the “death
penalty” or “decree” and we can are set free from the consequence of sin (death),
and not the Law (Torah).
Can Y’shua be a Judge without a Law (Torah) or measuring stick? No, you can only
judge people according to some measure, which they knew about and instructed to
obey. If Y’shua would judge without a standard, without communicating and explain
this standard (Torah), He will not be a righteous Judge. Lets rephrase the verse with
Col z:1g-1a And uou, beinq decd in uour trespcsses
cnd the uncircumcision o[
uour [lesh, He hcs mcde clite toqether uith Him, hctinq [orqiten uou cll
Eph. z::. (:a) hooing hlotted out the certi[icote o[
deht ogoinst us - hg the dogmos (decreeJ - uhich stood ogoinst us.
And He hos token it out o[ the uog, hooing noiled it to the stoke.
In conclusion, the Ordinances mentioned here are not the Sabbath, the Festivals or
the commandments other than the Ten Commandments; it is the decree or certificate
of death, the death penalty that was against us, that was nailed to the stake (cross)
and that is proven by the death of the Messiah.
5. Did Paul teach that Y’shua abolish the Law or the enmity?
Eph z:1a-1g Ior He is our peoce, He moking us
hoth one, ond He hos hroken doun the middle
uoll o[ portition betueen us, (:=) hooing
oholished in His [lesh the enmitg (the lcu o[
commcndments contcined in ordincnces) so thot in
Himsel[ He might moke the tuo into one neu
mon, moking peoce betueen them:
Enmity - G2189 echthra ekh'-thrah - Feminine of
G2190; hostility; by implication a reason for opposition: -
enmity, hatred. The quality of being an enemy; the opposite
This is an often-misquoted verse in Scripture where people use this to teach that
Y’shua abolished the Torah. If this is the case, first of all; It contradicts Mat_5:17 and
this cannot be and secondly; the context of this passage is describing where the
Jews and Gentiles (proselytes – Gentiles converted to Judaism), worshipped in
separation. (read from the beginning of this chapter).
The Gentiles who came to faith (into Israel) were not permitted to enter the inner
court and had to worship at the western wall behind the back of the Temple. These
were laws (ordinances or "dogma") the Pharisees invented to keep then separate
from the Jews. Y’shua came to break down this dividing wall (take away the authority
of the Pharisees and their "dogma") so that all nations can be gathered into the
Kingdom and be grafted into Israel. Rom_11:16-23. It has nothing to do with YHVH's
Law called the Torah. Context, context, context!!!
6. Did Paul teach that Y’shua has set me free from the Law
and that I am not under the Law but under Grace?
Paul made very straightforward statements here; we are not under the Law but under
Grace, the Torah is the Law of sin and death and we are not under the Torah if the
Spirit leads us. Can this be? This contradicts what he said previously about the Torah
as well as what Y’shua said in Matt 5:17. Here is a lot of confusion and we have to
read the whole passage in context to see what Paul really meant by these
People normally don’t read the other passages where Paul speaks highly about the
Torah and that are why they only cling to these “out of context” interpretations to suit
their doctrine of “Grace only”.
Ignorance is the main reason for confusion and pre conceived ideas cause you to
read the Scripture with a “grace lens” that filters out the real truth. Let’s study the se
verses in context: I use color coding to link the thoughts together so that you will
follow the context of the two themes more easily.
(() Dr do uou not lnou thct os mong o[ us os uere immersed into
Messioh Y'shuo uere immersed into His deoth? (a) We uere there[ore
buried uith Him throuqh immersion into decth, thct cs Messich ucs rcised
[rom the decd bu the esteem o[ the Icther, so olso ue should uolk in
neuness o[ li[e. (=) Ior i[ ue hcte come to be qroun toqether in the lileness
o[ His decth, ue shcll be clso o[ the resurrection,
There are two things mentioned here; we died with Messiah through immersion and
we are resurrected with Messiah into the new Life; Death vs. Life.
lnouinq this, thct our old mon uos impoled uith Him, so thct the hodg
o[ sin might he rendered pouerless, to seroe sin no longer.
Ior in thct He died, He died to sin once [or oll: hut in thot He lioes, He
lioes to Elohim. (::) So uou clso, reckon gourseloes to he deod indeed
to sin, hut olioe to Elohim in Messioh Y'shuo our Moster.
We also see two themes mentioned here; set free from sin and not being servants
of sin, dead to sin, and becoming servants of Elohim, sinning no longer, alive
to Elohim and servants of our Master Y'shua.
There[ore do not let sin reign in gour mortol hodg, to oheg it in its
desires, (:() neither present gour memhers os instruments o[
unrighteousness to sin, hut present gourseloes to Elohim os heing
olioe [rom the deod, ond gour memhers os instruments o[
righteousness to Elohim. (:a) 1or sin sholl not rule ooer gou, [or gou
ore not under the lou hut under groce.
ßut nou, hooing heen set [ree [rom sin, ond hooing hecome seroonts o[
Elohim, uou hooe gour [ruit resulting in set-oportness, ond the end,
eoerlosting li[e. (z() Ior the uoges o[ sin is deoth, but the [ctourcble qi[t
o[ Elohim is eterlcstinq li[e in Messich Y'shuc our Mcster.
We see the same two themes here and the first theme is; that we should not let sin
reign in our mortal bodies through fleshly desires and we should not present our
bodies to be subject and obedient to sin. The second theme is that we are dead
to sin and alive to Elohim and we should give our bodies as instruments of
Then the key part of the verse; sin shall not rule over you because you are not
under the law. Which law? The law of the flesh, not the Torah. How do I know
this? Paul said so himself later in Chapter 7. He talks about two different laws; the
law of the flesh and the law of the spirit (mind) or Torah.
1 [ind there[ore this lou, thct uhen I uish to do the qood, thct the eoil is
present uith me. (zz) 1or 1 delight in the Toroh o[ Elohim
to the inuord mon, Iootnote:
but 1 see onother lou in mg memhers (hodgJ, hottling ogoinst the
Lou (TorohJ o[ mg mind, cnd hringing me into coptioitg to the lou o[
sin uhich is in mg memhers. (za) Wretched mcn thct I cml Who sholl
delioer me [rom this hodg o[ deoth? (z=) Thcnls to Elohim, throuqh
Y'shuc Messich our Mcsterl So then, uith the mind 1 mgsel[ trulg seroe
the Toroh o[ Elohim, hut uith the [lesh the lou o[ sin.
The same two themes used here; the law of the flesh or sin working against the
Torah or Law of the spirit (mind). Now we see which law Paul was talking about in
Rom_6:14-15. We are not under the law of the flesh but we are under the law of
Elohim, the Law of the Spirit, the Torah, serving our Master according to His
standards and we do not serve sin through our fleshly desires.
Chapter 8 confirms this statement and these themes continue through this chapter as
Ior the Toroh o[ the Spirit o[ the li[e in Messioh Y'shuo hos set me [ree
[rom the lou o[ sin ond o[ deoth. (() Ior the Torch beinq pouerless, in
thct it ucs uecl throuqh the [lesh, Elohim, hctinq His oun Son in the lileness o[
[lesh o[ sin, cnd concerninq sin, condemned sin in the [lesh, (a) so thot the
righteousness o[ the Toroh should he completed in us uho do not
uolk occording to the (lou o[ theJ [lesh hut occording to the (lou o[
theJ Spirit (Torch).
We se the same two themes in Galatians where Paul talks about the Spiritual Law
and the fleshly law. If you obey the Law of the Spirit, following the Spirit, you will not
obey the law of the flesh, walking in the flesh and in sin.
But i[ gou ore led hg the Spirit, gou ore not under the lou. (:o) And
the uorks o[ the [lesh ore uell-knoun, uhich ore these: odulterg,
uhoring, uncleonness, indecencg, Iootnote:
Dnlu Textus Receptus
contcins cdulteru. (zo) idolotrg, drug sorcerg, hotred, quorrels,
jeolousies, [its o[ roge, sel[ish omhitions, dissensions, [octions, (z:)
enog, murders, drunkenness, uild porties, ond the like - o[ uhich I
[oreucrn uou, eten cs I clso scid be[ore, thot those uho proctise such os
these sholl not inherit the reign o[ Elohim.
But the [ruit o[ the Spirit is looe, jog, peoce, potience, kindness,
goodness, trustuorthiness, (z() gentleness, sel[-control. Aqcinst such
there is no lcu (judqement). Rom_z::z (za) And those uho cre o[ Messich hcte
impcled the [lesh uith its pcssions cnd the desires. (z=) I[ ue lite in the Spirit,
let us clso ucll in the Spirit.
7. Paul said that if I follow the Law (Torah), I am under a
Col g:1o 1or os mong os ore out o[ uorks o[ the Lou, these ore under
o curse: [or it is uritten, "Cursed is eoergone uho does not continue in
oll things uhich ore uritten in the Book o[ the Lou, to do them."
Now if we took the stance of many on this scripture, we would say that anyone who
tries to keep the law is under a curse. But that isn't what is being said here at all!!
Look at the scripture that is being quoted from; Deut. 27:26-
Deu z¬:zo Cursed is he uho does not con[irm oll the uords o[ this
Lou, to do them. And cll the people shcll scu, Amen.
Does this scripture say that those who do them are under a curse? Certainly not! It is
saying those who DO NOT DO them are under a curse!!! So how does this fit in with
what Paul said? It is those Jews who did not accept Y’shua’s Sacrifice that leads to
forgiveness and salvation, those who relied on their ability to do the Law/Torah for
salvation. This passage also relates to
Col o:1g 1or theg themseloes, hooing heen circumcised, do not eoen
keep the Lou, hut theg desire gou to he circumcised so thot theg mog
hoost in gour [lesh.
Col g:g-a 1or 1 testi[g ogoin to eoerg mon thot is circumcised, thot he
is o dehtor to do oll the Lou, (a) gou uho ore justi[ied hg Lou ore
deprioed o[ oll e[[ect [rom Messioh: gou [ell [rom groce.
The curse you bring yourself under is the inability to do the Law/Torah 100% and if
your salvation is dependant on your ability to do the Law, then you are in big trouble.
It is only through the Blood and Grace of Messiah that we are covered in our
The believers who were under the influence of the Pharisees preached circumcision
and they believe that you can only come into the Kingdom through ritual conversion,
We as Gentiles only come into the Kingdom through Repentance and the accepting
of the Blood of Messiah who bears the scars in His flesh, not by the scar in your
flesh. By being circumcised as a step towards entering the Kingdom is making the
work of Y’shua on the Stake (cross) of no effect and you are on your own and have
to comply 100% with the Torah to be declared righteous. This is the curse you bring
yourself under if you rely on the “works of the flesh” or circumcision.
8. Saved by Grace and not by Works (Paul) or Saved by Good
Works (James)? I am confused!
Rom 11:o But i[ hg groce, then it is no more o[ uorks: othe
ruise groce is no more groce. But i[ it is o[ uorks, then it
is no more o[ groce: otheruise uork is no more uork.
Am I a student of a confused teacher (Paul) or do I have the wrong
meaning of “works” that confuses everything Paul and James say?
Eph z:S-1o 1or hg groce gou ore SAVED THROUCH
1A1TH, ond thot not o[ gourseloes, it is the gi[t o[ Elohim,
(o) NOT O1 WORKS, lest ongone should hoost. (:o) 1or
ue ore His uorkmonship, creoted in Messioh Y'shuo TO
COOD WORKS, uhich Elohim hos he[ore ordoined thot
ue should WALK 1N THEM.
Jos z:1S-za But someone uill sog, You hooe 1A1TH, ond 1 hooe
WORKS. Shou me gour [oith uithout gour uorks, ond 1 uill shou
gou mg [oith [rom mg uorks. (:oJ You helieoe thot there is one
Elohim, gou do uell: eoen the demons helieoe ond tremhle. (zo) But
uill gou knou, O ooin mon, thot [oith uithout uorks is deod? (z:)
Wos not Ahrohom our [other justi[ied hg uorks uhen he hod o[[ered
1sooc his son upon the oltor? (zz) Do gou see hou [oith uorked uith
his uorks, ond [rom the uorks [oith uos mode complete? (z() And
the Scripture uos [ul[illed uhich sogs, "Ahrohom helieoed Elohim,
ond it uos imputed to him [or righteousness, ond he uos colled the
[riend o[ Elohim." (za) You see then hou o mon is JUST111ED hg
uorks, ond NOT BY 1A1TH ONLY.
If you read this whole passage in Ephesians 2 and also read James 2 then you might
get a bit confused. Are we saved by faith and faith alone or are we save through faith
and works? Both Paul and James and John allude to Faith and Works (we are
created to do good works and walk in them – Eph 2) and James 2 (prove your faith
with your works). This contradicts Eph_2:8-9 that simply stares that we are saved
through Faith and NOT by Works. How can this be? The confusion lies within the
meaning of the word “Faith” and our understanding thereof. Faith and Works are
Faith is a religious word that people only things you it is to believe some truth or fact.
Truth is the Hebrew word "emeth" - - that means - firmness, faithfulness,
truth, true doctrine.
"Emeth" comes from the root word "aman" - - meaning - to support, confirm,
be faithful, uphold, nourish (from father), reliable, faithful, trusty, to stand firm, to
trust, to be certain, to believe in, faith.
Faith is the Hebrew word “emunah” that means: literally firmness;
figuratively security; moral fidelity: - faith, faithful, faithfully, faithfulness, [man]),
set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.
Faith is related to Truth and you cannot have true faith without the Truth and the only
source of Truth is the Word of YHVH that comes from YHVH and Y’shua (Who is the
Word and the Truth). “Emunah” means to be steadfast and to be firm, just like
Moses had to hold up the staff, so you must be steadfast in your actions on what you
belief is the truth. This word is bent out of shape completely so that it will fit the “need
based” teachings flying around, sorry to say. In the Hebrew language, there is one
word that is the basis or foundation for several familiar terms that we frequently use.
This word is a verbal root. The word is “'aman” “'Aman” is translated as faith,
faithful, believe, assurance, nursing father, nursing mother, pillars supporting a door
entrance. This root is also related to the word “amunah” that means -
faithfully, truth, faithfulness, steady; and the word emet – that means - truth, true,
right; as well as the word we all know as “amen”.
Faith is a verb and an action that relates to faithfulness. We see the same with
Abraham; he received “truth” from YHVH, believed it and acted on it, which cause
him to be faithful in what he received from YHVH. The truth can be in the form of a
fact or it can be in the form of a Commandment (like Abraham) and actively acting on
it is what makes you a man of faith or faithful in what you believe. This is exactly what
James is saying and what Paul explains in Eph_2:10 ; that your faith that declares
you righteous is based upon the TRUTH that comes from YHVH (He ordained it
beforehand) and reveal it to us so that we can ACT on it and be FAITHFUL in the
Truth we receive from Him that sometimes comes in the form of Commandments we
need to obey.
So what are the “WORKS” Paul is on about that is not related to faith (or faithfulness
in truth) that leads to “good works” (Mitsvots – positive Commandments – expressing
your love towards your neighbour). Y’shua calls these “good works” the “light that
sines before men”, Paul calls “good works” (Mitsvots), and James calls “works that
proves your faith”. Mat_15:16, Eph_2:10, 1Ti_6:18, 2Ti_3:16-17, Jas_2:18-19,
Tit_2:7-8., Tit_2:14, Tit_3:8, Tit_3:14, Heb_10:24, Heb_13:21, 1Pe_2:12. We get
conformation from Y’shua, Paul, James, Paul and Peter, all saying that good works
are good and should be maintained as part of our faith. Many people struggle with
this idea because they have been taught that works are separate from faith and are
bad and labelled as legalism. Legalism is following man’s doctrines (instructions) and
not YHVH’s Instructions and truth.
Paul compares “good works” and “works” (that will not save us) and James on the
other hand talks about the “works” that result from your Faith in YHVH and His
Word, which is the same as the “good works” Paul is talking about. This faith that
James is talking about, is a result from the Truth we find in the Word of YHVH. This
is the second type of “works” that are “good works” Paul refers to in Eph_2:10
which he said YHVH foreordained so that we could “walk in them” or obey them.
YHVH TRUTH FAITH FAITHFULNESS (OBEDIENCE)
WORKS (FRUIT / WORSHIP) HOLINESS
Then there are “works” that originated from man. This type or “works” are the
“works” that are an outflow of your faith that is based upon “truth mixed with
lies” or better known as false doctrines. Paul refers to this type of “works” as
“traditions of men” that Y’shua taught against it in Mat_5:12, Mat_15:3-7. This is what
legalism is; to obey man made laws, traditions or doctrines. To obey YHVH’s
Law is know as “good works” and that is not legalism but part of our worship
towards Him. (The one you obey is the one you worship).
Our faith result in actions that is “the fruit we bear” as a result of the seed of the
TRUTH that has been sown in our hearts. These actions or “works” are related to
worshipping YHVH because true worship is to obey YHVH’s Voice and to keep His
Commandments. Work is the Hebrew word “avodah” and means - a service, work,
bondservant, labour, or servitude. The Temple service was called The “Avodah”.
“Avodah” comes from he root word “Avad” that means; servant, to work, to
create, to make and worshipers. To work and to worship is the same concept and
you worship YHVH while you work. It is a continual process that never stops and you
are constantly busy worshipping YHVH by “working” within the guidelines of His
Commandments. That is why Y’shua said we must worship the Father in Spirit and in
Truth. Joh_4:23-24. Truth is the starting point of our worship that leans to faith and
obedience that leads to “good works” that is our worship towards YHVH.
Worship = Works (based on following and obeying YHVH’s Word faithfully)
That is why “works” is not a bad thing or legalism and why Y’shua, Paul, James and
Peter agree that your faith is visible through “good works” that are based on YHVH’s
Truth that is our worship towards the Father. Mat_15:16, Eph_2:10, 1Ti_6:18,
2Ti_3:16-17, Jas_2:18-19, Tit_2:7-8., Tit_2:14, Tit_3:8, Tit_3:14, Heb_10:24,
If we “walk” in a man made tradition or law, then it implies that we received the
“truth” from man (lie) and our faith is a result of that “truth” (lie) and we are faithful
and produce actions that reflects our believe in that doctrine. (works of our faith
based on man made doctrine – lies).
If we “walk” in “YHVH’s Law (Torah) and follow the TRUTH we find in the Word,
then our Faith is a result of that TRUTH (real truth) and we will be faithful in that
TRUTH and our actions (works) will reflect our believe in YHVH’s Word and His
doctrines found in Scripture. 2Ti_3:16. If you continue in the doctrine and do it, the
doctrine that comes from the TRUTH, then you shall save yourself and those who
hear you. 1Ti_4:16, 2Ti_4:18, 1Co_3:13-15, Mat_25:44-46. The Master Y’shua said
that if you neglect the good works towards your brothers, then you have not done this
evil against them, but against Him and you will enter eternal punishment. Your faith
must be seen in your actions and an outflow that result into “good works”. Faith
without works is dead – Jas_2:20 and if your faith is dead than you have not attained
salvation because you are saved through faith.
So in other words, you will always have fruit or actions that follow your Faith that is
based on what you believe to be the truth and that is what FAITH really is and how
your faith is seen by others (light sine before men Mat_5:16). The question is: Is your
Faith based on the TRUTH found in Scripture or is it based on a doctrine (false or
twisted) that comes from man through twisting the Truth (Word) by mixing it with
Man (Truth +lies) Faith FAITHFULNESS (OBEDIENCE)
WORKS (FRUIT / WORSHIP) LEGALISM
You will only be Justified and declared Righteous if you have the Truth
(Undefiled, unchanged Word of YHVH) and from that your Faith will be based
that will result in “good works” or actions that YHVH prescribed in His Word
(Truth) and if you are faithful in it (Obey).
Reo 1a:1z Here is the potience o[ the soints. Here ore the ones uho
keep the Commondments o[ YHVH ond the [oith o[ Y'shuo.
Reo 1z:1¬ And the drogon uos enroged ooer the uomon, ond uent to
moke uor uith the rest o[ her seed, uho keep the Commondments o[
YHVH ond hooe the testimong o[ Y'shuo the Messioh.
You worship the one you obey. Do you obey the Truth that comes from YHVH or
do you obey the “false truth” or doctrines and traditions of man (legalism) and
worship man instead of YHVH? In vain they worship YHVH OBEYING the teachings
and COMMANDMENTS of man. Mat_15:9. They transgress (disobey) the
Commandments of YHVH with the traditions (doctrines/ teachings) of man. Mat_5:3.
This is why it is so important to search the Truth so that your Faith can be pure and
will lead to actions that will reflect the “good works” or actions YHVH predestined for
us and that we may obey them and through that prove that we worship and love Him.
Lets put this back into perspective; we are saved by Faith (faithful obedience in the
Truth that comes from YHVH and not man that result in “good works” as a result or
action) and not of works (that is based on man made doctrines) that we (man) should
boast, and we are not saved of your own effort, but it is a free gift of YHVH.
What should we believe to be saved? We should believe the Truth that comes from
YHVH and that is given in His Word. Jas_1:21. It is His implanted Word (seeds of
Truth) that will save your soul. Our faith is based on the truth and these points
highlight what the truth is we need to believe:
o His Word contains the truth and we must believe that His Word is the highest
form of truth and the foundation of all truth. We must also believe in the
Prophecies that foretell of YHVH’s restoration plan of salvation. Joh_17:7,
Act_3:21, Luk_16:16, Luk_24:44.
o This truth is prophesied and reveals the Lamb of YHVH that is Y’shua the
Messiah, the Saviour through Whom our dept is paid by Him Who died in my
place. I must believe the truth of righteousness and holiness and to follow the
Shepherd Who is Messiah Y’shua. Joh_3:36.
o I must follow in His ways and listen to His voice and obey Him and submit my
will under His will that is the Will of the Father. The Will of the Father is to
restore me to Himself though the Work of the Messiah and to apply His Word
to my life so that I can become like the Messiah and walk in Holiness and
bear the fruit of the Spirit. Mat_7:21-23, Eph_5:26-27, 1Pe_1:16.
o I must believe in the truth of His Commandments and that it is the character
of the Father and obeying and following His Commandments is that which
change me to become like Him. If I stumble and fall, then He is gracious and
merciful and forgives my trespasses if I repent.
o This walk in Holiness and humble repentance submitting to His Word and His
Voice is that which guards me till the day of judgement where I will be saved
from the wrath of YHVH and enter into His rest. Mat_18:4, Luk_13:3,
Joh_10:3, Rom_1:18, Rom_2:5, Heb_3:10-14, Heb_4:3.
o You should believe the truth that obeying YHVH is worship unto Him and
obeying His Commandments is how we love Him. Exo_20:6, Joh_14:21,
So Faith is not just a short word that links to the Messiah that gives the green light
into the Kingdom, it is the whole expression of the whole truth you have received
regarding His Word, His Commandments, the Messiah, His redemption plan and
worshipping Him though humble obedience. That is the fruit or the “good works” of
your faith that will result in true faith that is based upon the Word of YHVH and not
the skewed doctrines of man.
9. Did Paul teach that we could eat anything?
Rom 1g:1a ßut put on the Mcster Y'shuc the Messich,
cnd do not tcle thouqht be[orehcnd [or the lusts o[ the
Paul had a mixed audience to deal with in Rome; Jews who
came to faith in Y’shua who knew all the requirements of
YHVH regarding food, and the Gentiles, Romans who
received Y’shua who are used to live a life
Rom 1a:1 And receioe him uho is uecl in the [cith
([leshlu - not lnouinq cll the truth uet), but not to
judgments o[ uour thouqhts (contictions o[ the truth :zo uou hcte).
Rom 1a:1 (NK1V) Receite one uho is uecl in the [cith, lbut] not to disputes
ooer douht[ul things.
Rom 1a:z 1or indeed one helieoes to eot oll things: hut heing ueok
(in the [oith - truthJ, onother eots oegetohles.
The main context here comes from the previous chapter - the lust of the flesh (in this
case it is eating) , and then in regards to this - not to judge other people.
Paul uses an example of people eating any food, the question here is not what is
food and what is not food - clean & unclean, it is about eating any food, including
meat, verses not eating meat. Paul does not argue whether it is clean or unclean
meat, but rather eating meat or only eating vegetables. The MAIN thought here is
NOT TO JUDGE someone who differs in opinion to you regarding food.
Especially those who are "weak" in the faith, who came in as new believers and who
are not yet convinced or exposed to the things you know regarding food, according to
In short, do not drive people away with the truth you have regarding kosher, without
them understanding or having the time to search the Scripture to find out for
themselves. You should receive them without raising the eyebrow on what tey eat, or
in this case, not eat.
It never implies that we can eat all things (people tend to read that into verse 2);
"...one uho belietes in Y'shuc mcu ect cnu cbomincble thinq, piq, shrimp, mouse,
sncle ect, but he uho is uecl in [cith cnd struqqles to stcnd, he ects losher..." Is
this what Paul meant when he said this? No, He said that if they that are weak in
faith, not knowing the truth about kosher, they ate only vegetables and did not eat
meat at all, because they did not know any better.
Rom 1a:g Do not let him uho eots (eoergthing, including meot, thot
YHVH colls [oodJ despise him uho does not eot (oegetorion, no meot
ot ollJ: ond do not let him uho does not eot (meotJ judge him uho
eots (meotJ, [or Cod hos receioed him.
This is clear in verse 3 what Paul was actually trying to bring across; they that eat
meat should not judge those who does not eat meat and vice versa. DO NOT
JUDGE one another!
Rom 1a:1o ßut uhg do gou judge gour hrother? Dr clso uhg do gou
despise gour hrother? Ior cll shcll stcnd be[ore the judqment sect o[
Paul makes it quite clear that Y’shua is the Judge and He will judge all people and it
is not your place to judge others, especially if you have the Truth.
Rom 1a:1g But i[ gour hrother is grieoed uith gour [ood (meot
hecouse he is o oegioJ, gou no longer uolk occording to looe (i[ gou
judge himJ. Do not uith uour [ood destrou him [or uhom Messich died.
Paul gave the consequences with people who know the truth, judge those who are
new in the faith, they will drive them away and not give them enough room to grow
into the same truth as they have. These arguments will cause your new brother in
Y’shua to fall away from the faith and would not want anything to do with Believers in
Rom 1a:1¬ [or the kingdom o[ Cod is not eoting ond drinking, hut
righteousness ond peoce ond jog in the Holg Spirit.
Paul wants us to zoom out and see the bigger picture; unity and love in Y’shua and
growing together in the truth without judging one another. It is not about enforcing the
truth into someone's thought if he is not yet convinced about it, but gradually sowing
seed in love that will convince them of the whole truth. This applies to every topic in
following YHVH's instructions and applies especially to Gentiles coming in fresh, not
knowing YHVH's ways. Treat them in love, those who are weak and differ from the
truth, and allow your light to shine in love and reveal the truth to them as they are
ready to receive it. This is why we need the fruit of the Spirit called patience.
10. Regarding the Day…. Which day?
Rom 1a:g-o One indeed esteems o dog ohooe onother dog: ond
onother esteems eoerg dog olike. Let eoch one he [ullg ossured in his
oun mind. (ó) He uho regords the dog regords it to YHVH: ond he
not regording the dog, does not regord it to YHVH.
This is clearly talking about the Sabbath and the Festivals….or is it? Many think so,
depending on which side of the fence you are regarding the Torah. The question is,
do we regard the Feast days or don’t we? The answer is in what you believe…do you
keep the Torah or don’t you? But is this what Paul was teaching on when he
addressed the Believers in Rome? The point I first like to make is that we tend to
“imprint” our believes on what Paul wrote and do not read what Paul was talking
about and we use “stand alone” verses to load our “spiritual guns” to shoot down
other beliefs and doctrines that differ from ours. This is the wrong way to approach
and use the Scripture and we should search the Scripture so that we can learn the
Truth and chance accordingly.
Two things you have to understand and apply in searching the Scripture accurately:
1. Nothing in Scripture (Gen – Rev) can contradict another part of Scripture. If it
does, then YHVH is right and the translation or your interpretation or
understanding is wrong.
2. Searching the Scripture is like buying a good house where you need to look
for 3 things: location, location, location!!! But in Scripture it is all about
context, context, context!!!
First of all, Paul celebrated the Festivals and taught on Sabbath and that would
contradict this statement here in Rom 14 about regarding the day. If Paul was
“kosher”, I think he was, then he couldn’t have been talking about the Sabbath or the
Festivals as “the day”. What “day” can some regard unto YHVH, which is not an
issue if you do or if you don’t? YHVH feels strongly about the Sabbath as well as the
Festivals as we see in the following passages and Paul’s statements will contradict
the Torah if we believe that “the day” is either a Sabbath or a Feast Day:
Exo g1:1g-1a Speok olso to the sons o[ 1sroel, soging, Trulg gou sholl
keep Mg sohhoths. 1or it is o sign hetueen Me ond gou throughout
gour generotions, to knou thot 1 om YHVH uho soncti[ies gou. (:a)
You sholl keep the Sohhoth there[ore, [or it is holg to gou. Eoergone
thot de[iles it sholl surelg he put to deoth. 1or uhoeoer does ong
uork in it, thot soul sholl he cut o[[ [rom omong his people.
Sabbaths (plural) not only refers to the weekly Sabbath, but also to the Sabbaths
within the Festivals that should be observed. YHVH connects “death” and “cut off
from your people” as consequences of defiling or breaking this commandment and
that proves that He feels very strong about these Sabbaths (Sabbath & Festival
Sabbaths). Paul would go against the Torah if he taught that the Sabbath or the
Feast days does not matter and you can keep them if you like. And not keep them if
you do not agree with Scripture. This contradicts what Paul taught about these
Feasts and the fact that he attended these Feasts himself and would make him a
hypocrite (which I think he was not). What are these “days” that Paul said that you
can keep or not keep then?
According to History and Tradition, the Jews not only regarded the BIG 7 (Passover,
Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot, Trumpets & Sukkot), they also kept minor
festivals like Purim and Chanukkah and on to of that, they had Fast days and other
Historical events that is part of Jewish (Hebrew/Israel) History.
To explain this I will use an illustration. If Paul lived today and I live in Australia and
celebrated the Queen’s Birthday or Anzac day, will that matter, even if I do it unto
YHVH and give Him praises for that day. If you live in South Africa you will celebrate
“Geloftedag” (Covenant Day), to celebrate the victory YHVH gave the Boors fighting
against the natives at the battle of Blood river. They all celebrate it unto YHVH and
keep it as a day of rest where you go to church like Sunday or Sabbath. Will Paul not
say the same things regarding Anzac day or “Geloftedag”?
We as Messianic Believers in Messiah have the same issues today as they had back
then regarding the minor Festivals and the question is, do you keep Purim and
Chanukkah because it is not in Torah? Some say it is Pagan and you add to the
Torah doing it, others have NT proof that Y’shua kept it and did not say anything
about it. The issue is that it is not COMMANDED by YHVH in the Torah and that
causes issues that divide the people, which brings me to the next point.
Confusion also comes in here when you miss the context of what Paul was really
talking about. Was he talking about the Sabbath or the Festivals when he spoke
about regarding a day and others not regarding the same day and YHVH does not
care what you do? We have already discussed the main message of this chapter in
the previous section; and that is NOT TO JUDGE YOUR BROTHER!
If I keep Chanukkah and Purim and keep it unto YHVH, leave me alone and stop
calling me Pagan. If you do not keep it because you are unsure and do not want to
be extra careful in keeping only those feasts that is specified in the Torah, so be it, do
not keep it then. The believers in the Torah and the Messiah had the same dynamics
that we have today and all these grey areas and differences cause us to divide and
not unite as we should and we start to fight and hate one another which was the
issue Paul addressed in Romans chapter 14. Can this be what Paul was talking
We have “Calendar Confusion” today and they had the same issues regarding when
the beginning of the year was and when to celebrate Passover. Can this be what
Paul was talking about?
We do not have enough evidence in what the detail of the issues was other than that
it was about a day people kept unto YHVH and that it was not an issue if you do or if
you don’t. Knowing that Paul, a Torah abiding follower of Messiah, would never teach
against the Torah and proved so by taking the Nazarite vow, rules out the possibility
that he was referring to the Sabbath or the 7 Feasts of YHVH. It could either be about
the minor Festivals (Purim , Chanukkah), or the timing of the Passover or any other
historical event they “remembered” (kept as a holy day like 9
or Av – Fast day for
If there is not enough evidence to prove a pint without a shadow of a doubt, DO NOT
JUMP TO CONCLUTIONS about what Paul “might have meant” but DID NOT SAY!
Have Paul’s real character in the back of your mind, know what is standpoint was
regarding the Torah and the Festivals before you “put words in Paul’s mouth” proving
your doctrine that is out of context and contradicting the rest of Scripture!
Non Scriptural Fests or “Days of Remembrance” the Jews keep and could have kept
in Paul’s day:
o Purim, another rabbinical festival in early spring, occurs on 14 Adar (15 Adar in walled cities),
commemorating the deliverance of beleaguered Jewry in the Persian Empire under Artaxerxes,
as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.
o Chanukkah beginning on 25 Kislev (usually in December), commemorates the triumph of the
Jews, under the Maccabees, over the Greek rulers (164 BCE) - is observed in Israel, as in the
Diaspora, for eight days. The central feature of this holiday is the lighting of candles each
o Tu B'Shevat, the fifteenth of Shevat (January-February), cited in rabbinical sources as the new
year of fruit trees for sabbatical, tithing, and other purposes, has almost no ritual impact.
o Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish new year. Its origin is Biblical (Lev. 23:23-
25): “a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts [of the shofar, the ram’s horn].
o Lag B'Omer (18 Iyar), the thirty-third day in the counting of the weeks between Passover and
Shavuot, has become a children’s celebration featuring massive bonfires.
o Ninth of Av (Tisha B’Av, falling in July or early August), commemorates the anniversary of the
destruction of the First and Second Temples.
o Mimouna, unique to Moroccan Jewry, on the day after Passover, celebrating the renewal of
nature and its blessings.
o Saharana of Kurdish Jewry, after Sukkot, which was the national holiday of the Jews in
No, Paul was not drunk or mad or spoke with a fork tongue, he was and is
misunderstood because of the translation and interpretation errors that lead people to
think that Paul started a sect where everything goes.
To answer the question regarding Romans 16:17; avoid people that teaches another
doctrine that Paul taught because they will only cause confusion and doubt and lead
people into confusion making them ineffective for the Kingdom. We have seen what
Paul believed and what he taught, interpret his words in line with this and the rest of
Scripture and you would not be confused. Know what you believe and understand
what the Scripture means and DO NOT BE UNLEARNED AND CONFUSED.