Being at work earlier, I had to cut it a little short as my break time ended. I would like to add that honoring GOD's Sabbath is a priveledge. Now that I am learning to do so, I wouldnt miss this precious gift for the world!!!! Observing the Moedim is a priveledge that teaches about YESHUA the MESSIAH! The tzitzit I am priveledged to wear- and as they symbolize the commandments, they aslo symbolize the MESSIAH- the Torah made flesh, in remarkable ways! The phylactery on the forehead and the tefilin on the hands along with the tztzit on the sides reminds of the places of YESHUA's wounds on our behalf. And that is just a few on the Torah commands I am, along with many others, honored to grow in keeping. It is by the SPIRIT of MESSIAH that I keep the rightness of the Torah (Romans 8)- if I do not have that SPIRIT, I do not belong to MESSIAH. Not being under Torah does not liberate me to break Torah (sin), rather being under grace causes me to give myself as a servant of the righteousness of Torah- and I am priveledged to do so. YESHUA said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (a conclusion also found in the Talmud and Midrash)- in other words it is a gift to man. By extension (qal vchomer argument) so is the Torah. The Torah and the commands therein are a gift!!!!! I agree wholeheartedly that we are not under Torah but under grace- and being so makes keeping Torah an honor and coveted priveledge! Shalom, kenny cartwright
I think it's rather simple: we are under the grace & we are under the Torah at the same time. Why? Because Elohim showed us His grace - He forgave our sins - that's why we should be more than grateful. What does it mean to be grateful? It means to be obedient. Obedient to what? To His commandments.
If we keep YHWH's commandments we simply fulfill His will - if we keep man-made commandments we fulfill some man's will only, and it leads to nowhere, it's a waste of time...
Do you want to obey Yahweh? Keep His commandments. Which ones? All of them. Why all of them? Cause Yeshua said clearly about it in Matthew 5:17-19
There is nothing more simple than that - but if you have still "so called" Christian mind then first you should ask yourself: Do I really see the whole picture? And I tell you: it takes long time before you finally understand you were in darkness... I know what I am talking about - I walked that path...:-)
Q--"In Colossians 2:14 Says: He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way nailing it to the cross."--
You may quote and quote as many translations you like, but the truth is still glaring: What was nailed to the cross was the "DEBT". Every debt is an "obligation" as we learn it from life. If you borrow from the bank you are in "debt" to it, until you perform the "obligation to pay" the borrowing. How do we apply this metaphor to theological issue? Where does debt applies?
Answer: Debt here symbolizes "sin" and its resulting obligation is "death" for the wages of sin is death: this means "we pay the obligation of death" because all men "sinned" and it was for this redemption that Moshiach our paschal sacrifice was nailed to the cross in order to eliminate (nail it away) our indebtedness. How? By offering His own "death" to satisfy for our personal obligations of "dying" for our sins. Any proof? The proof to this is the gospel that "His suffering and death was locum tenens to our own duty of suffering and death: He died that we may have life!"
Where does the law mentioned here? Answer: None. Because Sha'ul did not mean Torah.
Your quote: "exaleipsas to kath heemon cheirographon tois dogmasin ho eem hupenantion hemin, kai auto eerken ek tou mesou proseelosas auto to stauro."
Where is the word "nomon" for the law? None. Why? Because what Moshiach took away from us in the cross was "sin" and its wage which is "death" but not our duty to keep His law and commandment. (cf. Koheleth 12:13; Mat. 5:17-19; Mat. 23:2-3)
ON THE CONTRARY:
Moshiach did not take away the Law from us, rather, He intended to write the Laws into our hearts: "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them..." (Hebrew 10:16)
Will you take away from man what you wanted to stay in his heart and mind?