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If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.
Francisco & Rosa Luna
Hagar or Sarah?
(Gal. 4: 21-24)
Why do people contend over opinions? YHWH says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge." (Hos. 4:6) They say, "You are a Christian, but I am a Messianic." Yahsh˙a the Christ is Messiah and Yahsh˙a the Messiah is Christ! The two words are identical and synonymous. It is that spirit of divisiveness and the urge to be more just, holier, or above someone else that was present in those who said, "I am of Paul, I am of Kefa (Peter) or I am of Apollos." (1Cor. 1:12) It is the spirit of Diotrephes at work for the love of primacy. (3JN 1:9) It is the mystery of iniquity still using deception to divide and conquer. Those who do this; have not understood justification, righteousness, or grace. They seek further justification through the works of the law and people who have not entered into Messiah's rest because of unbelief follow them because they cannot bring themselves to believe that God has given us a Covenant by which we can be fully and utterly justified forever. But the Scripture makes perfect distinction between two covenants:
Gal 4:21-24 " Tell me, those of you who want to live under the law: Are you really listening to what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and the other by a free woman. Now the son of the slave woman was conceived according to the flesh, but the son of the free woman was conceived through a promise. This is being said as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. The one woman, Hagar, is from Mount Sinai, and her children are born into slavery."
The following words follow the proclamation of the terms of the New Covenant on Shavuot (Pentecost) which were loudly and decisively proclaimed by the Apostle Peter:
Acts 2:39 "For the PROMISE is unto you and to your children; unto those who are afar, even unto as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Those who are born into the New Covenant are children of promise. What business do we have trying to go back under Hagar's ordinances? Do we seek to understand them? Yes, because they are all types and shadows of Messiah and we will see their fulfillment in him. But once we understand how the Law fulfills itself in Christ, we realize the value of the words, "you are complete in Him." Only those who have not believed that God has fully justified them for all time feel the need to "do" something to achieve that justification. People who do that are trying to bring about the kingdom of God through their own efforts instead of remembering that it will not be by man's power or might that YHWH's kingdom will be come to be a reality. "But by my Spirit says YHWH"
The interjection of the covenant of the Law after the promise was made to Abraham served to prepare the way for those who would inherit to realize their need for a Savior who would return them to "right standing" (righteousness) with YHWH. No Law, No Consciousness of Sin! Guilty of sin=repentance=redemption through Messiah for those who humble themselves before God. People need to quit thinking that God sees things from their perspective. YHWH inhabits eternity! To us, this is occurring a generation at a time. To Him, this has already played itself out! Time is finite but God is infinite. This whole project of establishing His kingdom on earth is within a finite timeline. We are experiencing our part. He has already finished it and yet remains fully within every aspect of it. To Him, all participants in this whole endeavor are alive at one time. Do you really think he forgave you of part of your sins to "see" if you were going to remain faithful? He knew all the mistakes we would make in our lifetime; all the times we would fail and fall, and yet promised to "remember our iniquities no more." God's love for us is beyond comprehension, and his mercy, once given, endures forever. I'm surprised that some people act as though they have never read:
Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very thing; that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Yahsh˙a our Messiah:
False prophets speak of a renewed covenant in
direct contradiction to the Word that speaks of a New Covenant. They do so to
make the ordinances of the Covenant of the Law applicable to the New Covenant.
They twist the words of those who were commissioned by YHWH as Apostles or
Emissaries of the Kingdom, speak ill of them, or deny them altogether in an
attempt to induce people into their mindset based on personal opinion. It is
written: "Not as the covenant I made with their forefathers." That means the New
Covenant does not operate on the same principles as the old one, but people
continue to try and establish their own righteousness rather than accept the
free gift of Righteousness as being total and complete. What greater dishonor
can we perpetrate against the Holy One than to disbelieve HIS report? How dare
anyone even suggest that we lack something until we do this or that after having
complied with the terms of the New Covenant? Is this not reestablishing the
letter of the law? I am amazed at some people's inability to understand or
believe what the Scripture says:
The Law is the Covenant and the Covenant is the Law! The first four commandments deal with our relationship to God. The last six are specific to our relationship with mankind. They are not burdensome to those who have been born again! We understand that the Ten Commandments are:
5-10 We love our neighbor as ourselves. That means we do not do what these commandments tell us not to do and are empowered by the Spirit to do much more good than just what these six commandments ask for.
This is what was written on those two tablets of stone! This was the Covenant of the Law!
Deut. 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Where were these tablets kept?
1Ki 8:9 There was nothing in the *ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. (*Ark of the Covenant)
Initially, the Ark contained only the Covenant Tablets and the Ark is a type and shadow of Messiah. Other items were added later that we will not focus on at this time. He is the real Ark of the Covenant and the New Covenant is contained in Him because it was He who shed his blood to establish it. Because Messiah is one with the Father and the Father is one with Messiah, we enter into full fellowship with the Father when we enter into Messiah via the terms of the New Covenant. We become one with God! Not through our efforts, but through obedience to the terms of His Covenant. Messiah was able to redeem us by first fulfilling the terms of the Covenant of the Law, which He understood perfectly as the Ten Commandments given at Sinai and also kept the ordinances pertaining to ceremonial (sacrifices etc.) and civil observance. He was therefore blameless and found spotless as the Lamb of God.
What about the ordinances that were written in accordance with the Law as additions to the Law that provided statutes for specific circumstances and ceremonial purposes, and which Messiah also kept? Notice where Moses instructs the Levites to place those:
Deut. 31:26 "Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God; that it may be there for a witness against you.
This is the change in the Law that Scripture speaks of:
Heb 7:11, 12 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
What the passage is saying is that the Law, while rightfully demanding obedience, was given to set a minimum standard for us, it was not given to perfect us. That would come only after we could be reconciled to God through the blood of the Lamb. The Royal Law set a perpetual standard that would remain even after we were empowered by Messiah to rise above that minimum in our obedience. The ordinances were "statutes and judgments" taught by Moses as laws to define and establish a culture.
The Law served to show us our deficiency apart from God and our need for a Kinsman Redeemer who could pay the price of our redemption. While the Royal Law presented us with Ten Commandments as a covenant, the ordinances written by Moses were laws derived from those commandments. He created a set of ordinances that would "clarify" the Royal Law for the common man in circumstances that arose within the culture. The empowerment of the Spirit takes the need for those "handwritten" ordinances out by literally writing in our hearts the guidance in every circumstance so that we do what is right according to the leading of the Spirit of YAH who lives in us. We now have no excuse for not doing what we know to be the will of God. We can either choose to be obedient or suffer the correction of the children of disobedience. If we are left without correction, it is because God does not recognize us as his. (Heb. 12:6-8)
So to proclaim that we must go back to observing ordinances that were blotted out by Messiah through his sacrifice is to contradict Him and being against what Messiah has done would make us anti-Messiah. To do so out of ignorance is one thing, but to fight the Spirit of Truth purposely is to place ourselves in the position of Paul on the road to Damascus. We can only pray that YHWH's mercy would knock us off of our high horse and bring us to our senses. It is written:
Gal 2:18, 19 For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died unto the law, that I might live unto God.
Gal 5:4 Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.
Gal 5:1 For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.
So to say that the Law or Torah was done away
with is a complete lie! The Royal Law remains and we are accountable to the One
who established it. This Royal Law of Ten Commandments is condensed into two
commandments that summarize the ten. We have been set free from condemnation to
walk with our God, to seek understanding from his word, to learn who we are,
where we came from, where we are going, and to live every day of our lives in
the Spirit of YHWH who is our rest in and through Messiah Yahsh˙a. Scripture so
eloquently yet simply says:
We are called to a ministry of reconciliation. That means we preach God's acceptance of us in Messiah Yahsh˙a. How can we possibly do this if we preach a message based on the precepts of a ministry of death and condemnation?
"Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stoneů"
That was the effect of the Law on us before being in Messiah!
We were natural beings without the ability to hear or understand and obey the
Royal Law. Those who refuse the free gift of Righteousness in Messiah are still
under this condemnation, and to them, it is still a ministry of death and
"For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory."
This is salvation from its condemnation! This is Reconciliation! The fruit of the Spirit is far above the requirements of the Royal Law. That is why "against these nine fruits, there is no law" because they are all positive and good. God has given us complete forgiveness and the means by which to live a life that honors those commandments instead of breaking them. He has given us of his Spirit! But it takes faith (belief, trust, and reliance) to walk in the Spirit; and so "the just shall live by faith."
Grace is a Person; His name is Yahsh˙a!
My calling is to announce the free gift of Righteousness that is in Messiah; our only hope of Salvation. He is the hope of all Israel! If you are looking for way marks to return to your real roots, look to the Emissaries (Apostles) and Prophets who established a foundation in accordance with the Cornerstone; Messiah Yahshua. (Eph. 2:20) Let no man deceive you pretending to be "Torah Observant" while trying to place you back into bondage under ordinances that do not pertain to New Covenant believers.
There is a reason that the New Covenant is called "The Good News." Torah means "Law, Instruction, and Direction." Which of the words of the Emissaries would you not consider Torah? For if you do not consider them Torah, then you must not believe that it was Yahsh˙a in them who spoke these things that are written in the Brit Hadashah. That would mean that you do not believe that the Spirit of YAH has come to indwell those who accept the Messiah and the terms of his covenant. You see how it all unravels if we disbelieve because it is one and the same Spirit who has done all this. He is every one of those who comprise the "cloud of witnesses" that surrounds us. (Heb. 12:1) That is why he says, "I AM the first and the last." (Rev. 22:13) There is but "One Master, one faith, one baptism."
Francisco Gomez Luna
Dvar Emet Ministry