It means that we have believed Yeshua’s Words, given to Him by the Father for Yeshua to give those who were given Him by God. It means because of our belief (faith) that God is One with Yeshua, and Yeshua came born from above (heaven) as a man to offer Himself as the sacrifice for all the sins ever commited in the world, and rose again with all authority in heaven and earth as King of Yisrael and the world. Because we believe this we also believe that He gave us who believe this the Spirit of God to dwell within us as God dwelt within Yeshua. Making us all One in Him to the glory of God.
Short answer, To observe the Torah of God means that we are indwelt with the Spirit because we believed in who Yeshua is and what He accomplished for us all. When the Spirit of God comes to live within your heart He comes to purify and keep us till the redemption of our eternal life. The Spirit within causes us to know and walk in all God’s ways. Yeshua has made a way into the very presence of God for all who beleive. And observance to His instruction means we live in this way. United as One with God through the Spirit because of Faith in Messiah Yeshua.
And, the division caused by One Law zealots claming to be Messianic Jews is not from God. As the apostle Paul stated;
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
It’s not ‘Judaism’ that Paul is railing against, but the missuse, abuse, or application that was being pointed out. i.e. righteousness comes by doing the commands, that make you a Jew.
He wasn’t saying ‘you who are made righteous by Judaism’, he’s not saying ‘you who follow Judaism have been seperated from Messiah’. He’s saying those Jews who thought that by observing and being a Jew made one righteous in God’s sight, that they were NOT understanding what God said. They made the Word, the Torah out to be ‘legalism’, not love proved through faith. He was saying that they were misunderstanding God and making the Torah and it’s commands to be something they were not. They were ‘lording over’ others with a self-righteous attitude. And using the Torah to do that!!! It is these people who are seperated from Messiah. Because they have not the heart of God.
God who calls us through Yeshua is not persuading us to observe the whole Law of Moses. We are free in Messiah to live as He directs us. He directs us from the Spirit he has place within us. We are the Ark that holds His presence now. We have direct connection to God through Yeshua’s work, not our own.
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