I really hate the fear of man.
Until now, I’ve attempted to post content to encourage and strengthen those who know in their heart that “all is not well in Churchville.” It’s easy to write content when I know my readers will agree with everything I say. Continuously reading “Good Job!” or “Great Post!” can cause a person to think that they are impervious to the fear of man.
I am not.
Until now, the fear of man has kept me from posting the entire Truth to you.
Until now, I cared what you thought.
Oh, come on now, it’s not that I don’t “care” for you! If I didn’t “care”, I wouldn’t write. But God has told me, in no uncertain terms, that it’s my job to declare Truth, and then let the cards fall where they may.
I’m just going to warn you ahead of time. If you are comfortable in your theology and have a “spiritual” answer for everything, then you will more than likely unsubscribe from this list after reading what I have to say in this post.
I really hate the fear of man . . . but the fear of man LOSES this time.
Our “Unchangeable God” Never Changed!
I serve a God who doesn’t change, and I’m assuming that you all serve the same God.
For generations, we have been taught the Old Testament/New Testament paradigm. They teach this paradigm in our seminaries, our “Christian” schools and our churches. As a result of this foolishness, when we read the Word, we either consciously (or subconsciously) break it up into two parts, usually disregarding the Old Testament as a bunch of neat stories or a reference to how things “used to be.”
Because we serve a God that doesn’t change, this mindset needs to change.
It is Man who divided up the bible, not God . . . His Word is One (both the Old Testament and the New Testament).
We can proclaim religiously with our mouths “God doesn’t change,” but if we don’t apply that to His Word, we’re (knowingly or unknowingly) hypocrites.
Now don’t click “Unsubscribe” yet!!
Give me a chance and follow this train of thought, OK?
The Law in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament, after God saves Israel (as well as the “mixed multitude”) out of Egypt, He gives them His Law on Mount Sinai. It was His guidelines for how to live as a holy and righteous nation before Him. God gave this law to BOTH the Israelite and the “mixed multitude” . . . forever. There are several verses that talk about this in the Torah (first 5 books of the bible).
One ordinance [shall be] for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells [with you], an ordinance for ever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.
Tell me, when did “forever” end? Did our “Unchangeable God” . . . . . change?
Keep in mind that ALL references to “the Word of God” and “scripture” in the NEW Testament were referring to the OLD Testament . . . because the NEW Testament didn’t even exist at that time!
Through years of conditioning, our brains have been hardwired to think that the NEW Testament is being referred to when we read the words “the Word of God” or “scripture.”
For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
What do you think these verses are referring to? The Old Testament! I want to challenge you to RE-STUDY the entire New Testament with THIS perspective . . . and be prepared to change your theology.
Please understand, I’m not taking away from the New Testament! It is definitely inspired by God and JUST as True as the Old Testament, but we need to understand, as we read our bibles . . . the Old Testament and New Testament MUST support each other. They CANNOT conflict with each other or cancel each other out.
The Law in the New Testament
So, Jesus was born and did away with the Law by His work on the cross, right? Let’s find out!
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Most New Testament theologians and other false teachers will say: “Look! Jesus FULFILLED the Law! Therefore, we don’t have to worry about that anymore . . . Praise God!”
Well, let’s look at the word “fulfilled” in the Greek. (link)
So, here we have the Strong’s entry for the Greek word for “Fulfill” . . . or “Pleroo” in the Greek. As we can see, there ARE references to “complete” and “accomplish,” which could leave us with the impression that, YES . . . Christ came to “do away” with the Law of God.
There is only one problem with this solution . . . if “fulfill” meant “to do away with,” then Jesus CONTRADICTED HIMSELF in the very next sentence!
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Let me ask . . . is heaven and earth still around? Come on, church, let’s use our logic on this one . . . not our man-made doctrines.
If you will allow me, I want to put a “final nail in the coffin” of this commonly misused portion of scripture. Let’s look at the following verse.
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Pastor, teacher and prophet: Are you teaching against the commandments of God? Prepare to be LEAST in the Kingdom.
Jesus was our “Pure and Spotless Lamb.” He lived out the Law of God absolutely PERFECT as our EXAMPLE so that we would follow in His footsteps. Are you “in Christ”? Then you will live the exact same way He lived. If you don’t keep the commandments, according to 1 John (the apostle of “love”) you are a liar.
1 John 2:4-6
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
What About When He Returns?
The prophet Isaiah tells us:
Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
This shows me that, even after Christ returns “many peoples” will be learning God’s Law. If Christ did away with the Law, why would they need to learn the Law? Why wouldn’t they just “come and worship?”
Additionally, during this time, if you skip out on the Feast of Tabernacles (a God-ordained feast in the Torah), you can look forward to receiving a plague!
If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they [shall have] no [rain]; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Clearly, God’s Law has a role in His future Kingdom.
So, What Am I to Do About All This?
If you haven’t deleted this message by now, either your interest is perked or you are preparing a flaming rebuttal. I know this post generates a LOT of questions.
- Am I going to have to kill a cow every time I sin?
- How can I make it to Israel 3 times a year?
- What about Paul’s writings?
- What about the entire book of Galatians?
- What about the entire book of Hebrews?
- What about the “New Covenant?”
These are all questions that went through my head.
These are all questions that have been answered.
Because this position is going to take several posts to support, I’m disabling comments until I have the entire issue addressed. I’ll answer the common misconceptions in future posts. Until then, I want you to ponder . . . why would God give us the Law, have Jesus live a “Torah-observant” life, only to “do away” with the Law, only to have it re-instated when He returns?
This does not add up.
But, if you’re willing to take a look at the Word of God with a NEW, yet TOTALLY SCRIPTURAL set of eyes . . . it DOES add up.
How willing are YOU to search out this matter?
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Originally written 08.30.2012