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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. By focusing on the Mosaic Law sacrifices as though they bring life through the Spirit is truly focusing on the death of millions of animals as a way to show the love and life of God.

Yeshua’s life focus, and ministry was culminated in his death on the cross. Without this once and for all sacrifice the Living would die forever. 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 the status quo in most every Messianic congregation I visit.  They make the work Messiah did on the cross a vehicle to preach observance to Torah commands.  By preaching that Messiah offered his life on the cross to enable all nations through the given Spirit to observe Torah commands given Moses to Yisrael is offensive to the message of God given through Yeshua.

The cross is our message, because Messiah’s death and resurrection is the Gospel message, not  the giving of a 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. Paul states here that Messiah did not send him to ‘immerse’ into Torah wisdom, nor with eloquent words of wisdom as taught from Torah, but stated that these things empty the power 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.

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!!

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. 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!

So, 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……

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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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