In the recent past I’ve heard the gospel referred to the good news that Yeshua has given us perfect example of how to live a Torah observant life though the Spirit. He lived the Torah of Moses flawlessly, and taught his disciples to do likewise, follow the rabbis example. And that the great commission was to teach the rest of the gentiles in thier nations the same. This was the good news. Yeshua made it possible through his death and resurrection to impart the same Spirit he had on those who believe in him. We are not saved by works of righteousness but saved for works of Torah. If you love him you will follow his commands. And in one way this is correct, but in no way the way it’s described. Because then it said that Yeshuas commandments are the law given Moses.The good news is gentiles/nations now become Israel and are given the Spirit to motivate and lead them into obervance to Torah given Moses as Israel. (This is so two house-hebrew roots, but it’s never understood). So, I think your getting the jist of it.
So then, two options now exist;
A) The Word/Torah was made Flesh/Yeshua, so the good news is that Yeshua fully lived and only taught others to live observant to the Torah given Moses through the newly given Spirit, teaching this to his disciples, and then commanded them to teach this good news of observance to Torah commands through the Spirit to all the nations? or,
B) Yeshua is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
As you should all guess, I hold to ‘B’ as opposed to ‘A’. And here is my scriptural reference.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Matt 11:4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Acts 10:36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
The command was to preach and testify that; Yeshua is the Christ/Messiah anointed and appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. The prophets bear witness that EVERYONE who BELEIVES in him RECEIVES forgiveness of sins through his name.
That which preceeds this statement in Acts is the account of Yeshua, what he did (died as a sacrifice as Torah and the prophets witnessed), who he did it for and who witnessed it, and what he commanded to be preached and testified to.
Not one stroke identifies anything to do with ‘A’. Yet, every word here identifies ‘B’ as the Gospel/Good news.
My point would be that those who hold to ‘A’ have another gospel they are preaching and testifying to. Gospel ‘A’ is not the Good News descirbed in the Scriptures, it’s not the Gospel preached and testified by the followers of Yeshua.
This is Grace/Gospel-based Messianic Judaism, it’s focus is on Yeshua, who he is, what he did, and what he does and will do for us all. He is not a living Torah of Moses, He is the living instructor/God. When he speaks, we are to listen.
Deut 18:18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
I’ll spare you the quotes from John proving Yeshua spoke as God because I have blogged about that extensivly here in the past. But, the prophecy above implies Yeshua speaks to us God’s words. Not reiterates the Torah given Moses, YET not abolishing it either. In John 17 you see the testimony of Yehsua in regards to these commanded Words.
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