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The Power of the Cross – Is the Message of God an offense to Torah observance

300px-2006-08-22_-_United_States_-_Texas_-_Groom_-_Cross_of_our_Lord_Jesus_Christ_MinistriesThe message of the cross is the power of God to save.  As proved to us through the resurrection of Messiah, and the free gift of the Spirit upon all who believe in this message.  The Word of God given to Yeshua from the Father, a witness about Yeshua, who he is and what he does.

The whole book of Torah is flowing with the ‘blood’ of sacrificial animals, and what their ‘death‘ shadows. Messiah Yeshua.

snake-on-a-pole   tabofferings

Yeshua’s life focus, and ministry was culminated in his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection to eternal life through the Spirit of God. Without this once and for all sacrifice everyone would die forever, separated from God.

Messiah’s work on the cross produces a life in union with the Spirit of God, and sets one free from the Law dealing with sin and death .

To demote, degrade and defame the work Messiah did on the cross is in my heart one of the most cruelest ways to call God a liar.  Yet, this seems to be exactly what the Torah observant doctrine does.  It makes the work Messiah did on the cross a vehicle to preach observance to Torah commands.  It openly scoffs at the message, calling it  “Christian” in a derogatory way.

The message that Messiah offered his life on the cross and rose to impart the Spirit of God upon all believers in all nations to observe Torah commands as given Moses to Yisrael is an offense to the message of the cross, to say the least.

Likewise, the message of the cross is certainly an offense to the belief that Messiah offered his life on the cross and rose to impart the Spirit of God upon all believers in all nations to observe Torah commands as given Moses to Yisrael .

The cross is our message, because Messiah’s death and resurrection, and giving of the Spirit to all who believe IS the Gospel message. We’ve received Messiah and the very Spirit of God, not the giving of some renewed Mosaic covenant.

Again I repeat, to demote, degrade and defame the work Messiah did on the cross is one of the most cruelest ways to call God a liar. As it demotes, degrades, and defames the sacrifice of Messiah’s body. The most holy sacrifice ever offered throughout eternity.

1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

What power do you think Paul was talking about? What power does the cross have, that it could be emptied and nullified, made void through words of eloquent wisdom. Such as preaching observance to the eloquent wisdom of the Torah?

The issue with the Corinthians was a divided house, over doctrine. Some said they followed “x” others “Y”. When I look at Paul’s response in verse 17, and imagine it in today’s world, it could have been that some where baptist biased and some were messianic biased. Some said they followed John and the doctrine of baptism, while others followed Moses who preached with eloquent words of wisdom from the Torah.

Paul states here that Messiah did not send him to teach the physical immersion, nor give words of eloquent wisdom as through the Torah, but in contrast he stated that these things empty the power of the cross. Our physical efforts nullify the power of the Spirit within us. No unto us, O Lord, but unto your name. Not by might, not by power,  but by the Spirit says Yeshua.

This is what we are to be united with, the Spirit of the Living God. The Word of the Cross.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV
[Christ the Wisdom and Power of God] For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The word of the cross is the power of God to us who are being saved.

Galatians 5:11 ESV
But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.

The message of the cross is offensive to those who preach observance of the Law!

Likewise, it is offensive to the message of the cross is to preach Torah observance!

As stated in the previous verse, the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but the power of God to us who are being saved.  In other words, the word of the cross is foolishness to those who believe it’s God’s calling to all believers to be Torah observant to the Mosaic covenant.

Galatians 6:12-13 ESV
it is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

How do the circumcised not keep the law? Because even though they circumcise according to the law, they fail at keeping ‘all’ the law, and because it is NOT the command of God ‘in these last days’.  The cross of Christ removes our sin, and so fulfills the law, thus placing it at rest to all believers. Completed in Messiah Yeshua, and walked out through the Spirit in our hearts.  The cross of Christ brings persecution from those who seek to be ‘sanctified’ by observance to Torah once saved.

Galatians 6:14 ESV
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

We are to boast and preach nothing but the cross of Yeshua Messiah, through which we have been crucified.

The message of the cross is the power of God to save!!

We have not been crucified to the Torah of Moses. And the power of the cross is the salvation of God (Yeshua). He is our strength and our portion.

The message of the cross is the life and death and resurrection of Christ. A union with Yeshua through the given Spirit to God. P E R I O D.

It’s nothing else. The message of the cross is the message Yeshua was given to speak from God the Father.

The Father gave Yeshua those words OF the cross, and Yeshua gave those words OF the cross to those who were given him.

Yeshua sent those out with the message OF the cross to all the nations of the world.

This is a very Jewish thing. The message OF the cross of Messiah Yeshua. It is salvation to those who believe, eternal life!

Messiah’s work on the cross produces a life in union with the Spirit of God, and sets one free from the Law dealing with sin and death .

Why is the word of the cross an offense to those who keep the Torah? Because it’s like saying the end of the book is actually the beginning. If you read a book that lead you on baited breath till it’s final conclusion, only to point you back to the beginning to start over, instead of giving you the final pieces of the story. I think you would throw that book down or burn it. What would the point of reading it be? No final outcome but to continue reading the book over and over like some bad groundhogs day movie!

Or as scripture puts it;

Hebrews 10:11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

Over and over, never producing the outcome, only pointing the way to it. But Messiah has accomplished the will of God. The Aleph has become the Tav, Messiah’s house is not divided. He has put an end to the endless by becoming the Tav, the end that brings goodness and glory.

9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

There is an outcome to the story, not a repeated dealing with laws of sin and death. By claiming Messiah came to start you from the beginning is like dividing Messiah’s body by only recognizing the Aleph. The lie would be that the Tav essence of Messiah leads one back to the Aleph. Never producing the outcome the full body of Messiah, the Aleph and Tav.

12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.

Many claim they want to walk like Messiah walked, observe like he observed, follow the commandments like Yeshua followed the commandments of God. But, when Yeshua did the will of God and established the new covenant, making us holy through his offering, it was for all time, and done once for all. Then he sat down at the right hand of God, and waits.

This does not sound like the message of the Torah observant doctrine. This message of the cross is an offense to that doctrine. Because Messiah was filled with the Spirit of God, offered and laid his life down for the sheep, rose to sit at the right hand of God and waits for the will of God to be complete in all the world. Likewise, we who by grace through faith received the Spirit of God offer our body’s as dead to this world and alive to Messiah through the Spirit of the Living God.  Being made holy and perfect forever. The Spirit testifies about this.

The word of the cross is the power of God to save. spring up from the ground, in places where it never was before. In ways it never before known to man. Something new. The spirit of man healed, saved and restored to God by the power of THE WORD, of the cross. Oh yea, to those who B E L I E V E……  Come all to the fountain of life! Receive the Spirit of the Living God, and be free!

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7 comments on “The Power of the Cross – Is the Message of God an offense to Torah observance

  1. Marc
    June 11, 2012

    I agree but we need to put this in proper perspective. In context Jews were already keeping the Torah and Gentiles were not. Messiah’s work isn’t about Gentile observance for Gentiles which is very common.

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    • Shimshon
      June 11, 2012

      And that would be my point exactly. That Messiah’s work and message to the world isn’t about observance to Torah commands given Moses. It’s about the power of God to save. It’s about Yeshua, his being a covenant to both Jews and Gentiles, and how his Words are Torah to us all. Something new not given before, something not of the Law. Something promised long before the Law. It has come. Yeshua. We proclaim Him and his Words. They bring life to dead places. They restore ‘life’. The Law was never ‘life’ that it could cause us, or Gentiles to live forever. It pointed to the One who would be our covenant and speak our laws.

      Messiah’s work is NOT about observance to Torah commands as Yisrael. He did not restore Yisrael to Torah, nor mankind to Torah. He restored mankind to God through Yeshua. Who gave the Word of God in person, as God in the flesh. Who was made as a covenant for all mankind. And gave the Word of eternal life to all who believe.

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      • Marc
        June 13, 2012

        Right He restored man kind to God. However He doesn’t abolish the Torah for Jews. His salvation is apart from the Torah but doesn’t mean the Torah was abolished to the Jew.

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      • Shimshon
        June 13, 2012

        Marc, It’s the bible that uses the words ‘better’ ‘new’ ‘obsolete’ ‘vanish away’, and that is the plain reading of the text. Not a ‘who/what is……….’ so as to redefine it.

        I believe when Yeshua returns he will give more Torah, like at Sinai, in regards to the land, then. Will it look like the old Torah? Maybe so, I don’t believe it will be a re institution of the old covenant for us. I think it will compliment and be adjusted to the will of God as he sees fit to give us the Land.

        But I do not believe the old covenant or it’s commands are binding upon even us. I have found the freedom in Messiah to stop dwelling on the past covenant and brooding over it as though we are commanded to live under it while it is not possible.

        This new thing God did through Yeshua has nothing to do with observing Torah commands given Moses. In that we are called to return to them. It’s a message about how to get to God without those things. For us too. Just being honest with you Marc. Not looking for a fight. 🙂

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  2. Kathy
    June 13, 2012

    It’s nice to see you posting again, Shimshon!

    I’m enjoying your posts, but you quote Paul a lot. There seem to be quite a few “Messianics” who think Paul was a false apostle. If they don’t believe Paul….

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    • Shimshon
      June 13, 2012

      Thank you Kathy! I quote the new testament, Paul says nothing Yeshua has not taught him. And proved it as well with the Tanakh. As I do too. You’ll notice I quote the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel a lot too. As they all speak of this great thing Yeshua has done in these last days.

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      • Shimshon
        June 13, 2012

        I also find the need to focus ‘only’ on the message Yeshua spoke. Which is the message of the cross. Not of observance to Torah commands. So my use of ‘the Lord commanded…. to Yisrael’ has little place in that message. Not that the Torah is diminished or worthless, just accomplished and fulfilled. And in this we Jews should rejoice in our freedom, not to sin, but to worship God in Spirit and Truth. As promised.

        Good to hear from you again Kathy!

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