Blessings and Curses Part 3
When we as a child are told not to play with something that is dangerous, we have never experienced the consequences of that danger. So we can’t understand why we are being told not to do whatever it might be. When we grow a little older and either see or experience for ourselves those consequences, we now make the connection and understand and avoid the danger by avoiding the action that brings the danger. That is, if we have any common sense! We have learned the lesson, hopefully easily, and we store that memory in our conscience. It has become fact, something that we know beyond any shadow of doubt, because we have seen with our own eyes. We don’t have to try to keep it right up front in our minds, it becomes second nature.
Before each of us came to faith in Messiah we (within our own conscience) knew the difference, usually, between right and wrong. At varying degrees we either did what was right or we gave into the desire and went the wrong way, some of us kept on going the wrong way even though we knew the things we were doing were wrong. We were acting on the ‘sin nature’.
As a side note here I’d like to point out that even if we do the right things, if we are not born of the Spirit and accept Yahusha into our heart, we will not be saved. We will not go to heaven, it is Elohim’s desire that we become His children, and the only way to become His children is through Yahusha, Messiah, (Yohanan 14:6), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Prayerlessness is serious sin; it is sin not to have a relationship with our Father in Heaven, to ignore and therefore show contempt for our Creator. So no matter how ‘good’ a person may seem they are not without sin.
Upon being ‘born again’ and through the act of Immersion, we are submersed in water to signify dying and being buried, and then as we come up out of the water we are being resurrected with Messiah and at the same time washed of all our past sin, we begin anew, forgiven, no longer controlled by the ‘sin nature’, we are now led by the Set-apart Spirit dwelling within us, reborn as a new creature.
As for the rest of the Laws of Mosheh, or the Torah as they really are ‘Elohim’s Laws’, Mosheh brought them down from the Mountain of Elohim and they are called the Laws of Mosheh, but he did not make the Torah, Elohim did. Mosheh received them from Yahweh and wrote them out for us, for us to live by for all time. These Laws will never go away as long as this heaven and earth exist as Yahusha told us in Matt 5:17-21. So I believe we are in every other way still responsible to uphold every one of Yahweh’s commands. There are too many warnings throughout both the Tanakh and the Re-Newed Covenant to accept the new teachings of some churches; that we are in the ‘Age of Grace’ and therefore are automatically forgiven our trespasses. Yahusha, when He would forgive someone, would follow with “now go and sin no more”, not ‘go and try not to sin as much’. He also spoke of “those who follow Me and/or My ways” and “if you love Me you will obey My commands”, He said in Matt -20;
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets, I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Torah until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
This ends abruptly here, I apologize, however, most of the remaining part of this class dealt with the apologetics involved in the teachings of Paul. I was for some time a Pauline apologizer, trying to explain away his ‘difficult’ writing. Having discovered just who Paul was, I have had to edit out anything he taught, even though some of what he wrote was indeed very good and right. But if we are to follow Torah, according to Debarim 13 and find that someone is a false teacher in any matter, then we are to ignore that person in all their teaching. Paul does not pass the test of a true teacher/prophet, he does take us away from Torah commands.