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Under Law or Under Grace

The purpose of this study is to examine the scriptures to see if we’re under law, under grace, or under the law and grace. We will answer the following questions:

  • Why was the law given?
  • Have we been freed from the law?
  • Are we now only under grace?
  • What law was done away with?
  • What is the curse of the law?
  • What part does Yahshua the anointed play?

The law was given to allow us to see things about our character and nature that we wouldn’t normally be able to see. Others may have seen things and even said something to us, but we would generally look at it as their opinion. The law, YAH’s code of ethics is an absolute in which all other things must be measured, it’s a mirror that allows us to see who we really are through the eyes of the Most High.

To make sure we present a clear understanding of law, we need to first define sin.

    Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 RNEB)

Sin or iniquity is the breaking of the law, so without law there can be no sin.

    But IF THE WICKED turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, AND DO THAT WHICH IS LAWFUL AND RIGHT, he shall surely live, he shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21 RNEB)

In order to establish a proper understanding we need to be able to determine who the wicked are, without properly establishing a biblical standard everything can be very subjective. From these verses we learn the wicked are sinners, and sinners are those who don’t keep the law.

    For there is no partiality with Elohim. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without the law. As many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it isn’t the hearers of the law who are righteous before Elohim, but THE DOERS OF THE LAW WILL BE JUSTIFIED (Romans 2:11-13 RNEB)

We’re reading a new testament scripture, and it parallels what we learned from the old testament, it’s only those who keep the law that are justified, which means vindicated, considered righteous.

    For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 RNEB)

This doesn’t say sin was destroyed, it only says it won’t have dominion over us; We need to establish what the grace is that will be under.

    For THE GRACE OF ELOHIM HAS APPEARED, BRINGING SALVATION TO ALL MEN, instructing us to the intent that, denying unobedience and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and reverently in this present age; looking for THE BLESSED HOPE and appearing of the glory of our great Elohim and Savior, Yahshua the Anointed; (Titus 2:11-13 RNEB)

The grace of Elohim has appeared and brought salvation to all men. Who appeared and brought salvation and was called the blessed hope? Yahshua, he was the grace sent to us by the Father. Consequently the grace we were given didn’t nullify all the laws but provided a better way to receive salvation.

Historically, when Moshe was on the mountain with YAH, he was there for forty days and nights to receive instructions, an ethical standard on how we should live. Though they’re often all lumped together and called the law, we can break them down into three parts to provide clarity.

  1. The Laws of Holiness, which tell us how to have an intimate relationship with YAH and serve him in a dedicated manner.
  2. The Laws of Morality or human relations, which tells us how to live amongst each other in a theocratic manner.
  3. The Sacrificial Laws, which were established to cover iniquity, which is being disobedient to the laws of morality and holiness.

Nowhere in the ten commandments do we find anything regarding sacrifice, so lets establish that it was part of the law.

    Which YAH commanded to be given them of the children of Yisra’el, in the day that he anointed them. It is their portion forever throughout their generations. THIS IS THE LAW OF the burnt offering, of the meal offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecration, and of the sacrifice of peace offerings; WHICH YAH COMMANDED MOSHE IN MOUNT SINAI, in the day that he commanded the children of Yisra’el to offer their offerings to YAH, in the wilderness of Sinai. (Leviticus 7:36-38 RNEB)

The offerings were called a law, they represented the sacrificial system. The third law was introduced as a means of redemption from any trespasses committed against the laws of Holiness and Morality, it also removed YAH’s wrath from man to establish peace in our relationship with him.

We know Yahshua was the grace given, so what law would the grace have nullified?

    For the Torah [Law], having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Or else wouldn’t they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins? (Hebrews 10:1-2 RNEB)
    Previously saying, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you didn’t desire, neither had pleasure in them" (those which are offered according to the Law), (Hebrews 10:8 RNEB)

When Sha’ul says we’re no longer under law but under grace, we must keep it in context, he’s referring to the sacrifical laws. Yahshua, the grace sent by the Father, redeemed us from the animal sacrificial system of atonement for sin. He became the atonement offering when he was impaled on the stake.

If we’re no longer under the laws of holiness and morality then, homosexuality, theft, murder, and many other things would be theocratically ok. We already established that without law, there can be no sin, and since most acknowledge it’s still possible to sin, we just need to realize that the laws found in the first five books of the bible teaching the holiness and morality laws are still the only acceptable standard for life set by the Most High.

    then he has said, "Behold, I have come to do your will." HE TAKES AWAY THE FIRST, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH THE SECOND, (Hebrews 10:9 RNEB)

He takes away the sacrifical law, so he can establish grace.

    by which will we have been SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF YAHSHUA the Anointed once for all. (Hebrews 10:10 RNEB)

The grace given to us by the Most High was the sacrificial offering of Yahshua, which cleanses past sins, and provides us with an eternal mediator and intercessor to work on our behalf.

    Every Priest indeed stands day by day serving and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but he, WHEN HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF ELOHIM; (Hebrews 10:11-12 RNEB)

The Priests under the Levitical order were still sacrificing after the death and resurrection of Yahshua, and Sha’ul’s saying they can never take away sins. This is because Yahshua is now the only acceptable propitiation offering, the Levitical priesthood was ordained by YAH, so we know it did take away sin until the grace, Yahshua was impaled on the stake then resurrected.

    from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, "This is the covenant that I will make with them: ’After those days,’ says YAH, ’I will put MY LAWS on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;’" then he says, (Hebrews 10:13-16 RNEB)

He would put his laws in our heart and mind, the laws are still valid, he has not done away with them.

    For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, (Hebrews 10:26 RNEB)

If we sin presumptuously or defiantly after receiving Yahshua as our propitiation offering there remains no more sacrifice for sin. If all the laws were done away with, and sin is the breaking of the law, why is Sha’ul still warning us about sinning?

    Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 RNEB)

Lawlessness - not restrained or controlled by law.

The only laws we received in the scripture were the ones given to Moshe, this same moral standard was in effect before the laws were ever written down. When Enoch, Noah, and others were considered righteous before the written law it was because they held as a matter of conscience the same moral standard given to Moshe. The standard has always been the same since the very beginning of creation.

    Now that no man is justified by the Torah [Law] before Elohim is evident, for, "The righteous will live by faith." (Galatians 3:11 RNEB)

No man is made righteous just by doing the law, these things must be done in the faith of righteousness, with reverence [honor, showing great respect] to Elohim. For example, most of us obey the laws handed down by men to govern our activities because we know there are consequences if we break them, though there is obedience involved in this act, there generally is not any faith or reverence. To be justified, we must zealously desire to please the Father and obey his laws.

    The law is not of faith, but, "The man who does them will live by them." the Anointed redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree," (Galatians 3:12-13 RNEB)

Following the law by going through the motions is not enough, we must live by its standards, precepts, and direction fully adopting the ethical code of conduct set forth by the Most High as our own.

The Messiah didn’t come to do away with the law, but to redeem us from the penalty of sin, the curse of the law, which is death.

    But now the Anointed has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep. FOR SINCE DEATH CAME BY MAN, THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD ALSO CAME BY MAN. For as in Adam all die, so also in the Anointed all will be made alive. But each in his own order: the Anointed the first fruits, then those who are the Anointed’s, at his coming. Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to Elohim, even the Father; when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. (1 Corinthians 15:20-26 RNEB)

The penalty for sin is death, and we have inherited this from Adam. The Messiah came to teach us truth and the plan of salvation through truth. Once we come into the understanding of truth and the plan of salvation, we’re then required to be purified in the name of Yahshua the anointed to be redeemed from the penalty of sin, which is death.

    For, "He put all things in subjection under his feet." But when he says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him. When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that Elohim may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 RNEB)
    So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Master in heaven. As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of Elohim; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "Death, where is your sting? grave, where is your victory?" THE STING OF DEATH IS SIN, AND THE POWER OF SIN IS THE LAW. (1 Corinthians 15:42-56 RNEB)

If we’re not under the law, then there can be no sin, and if there is no sin, then there shouldn’t be any death. However, in the US alone 7000 people die each day, and worldwide over 153000, which comes to over 56 million deaths each year.

    What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. (Galatians 3:19 RNEB)

In the Hebraic culture, the law is generally not broken down because it is understood that it was segmented into the laws of holiness, laws of morality, and the sacrificial laws. Sha’ul is specifically referencing laws that were added due to transgressions [sin], which can only be referring to the sacrificial system.

    But the Scriptures imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahshua the Anointed might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22 RNEB)
    BUT BEFORE FAITH CAME, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to the Anointed, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all children of Elohim, through faith in the Anointed Yahshua. For as many of you as were purified into the Anointed have put on the Anointed. (Galatians 3:23-27 RNEB)

Before believing in Yahshua, which is the grace that was given to man, we were kept under the laws of animal sacrifice. This law was our tutor to bring us to the anointed, that we may be made righteous by believing in him. For he replaced the sacrificial ordinances by becoming the final sacrifice for us.

    "Don’t think that I came to destroy the Torah [law] or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. FOR MOST CERTAINLY, I TELL YOU, UNTIL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS AWAY, NOT EVEN ONE SMALLEST LETTER OR ONE TINY PEN STROKE SHALL IN ANY WAY PASS AWAY FROM THE TORAH, until all things are accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18 RNEB)

All has not been fulfilled yet, we’re still waiting for the anointed’s second coming when he becomes king over the earth and sits on Davids throne. This means not even the smallest letter of the law has passed away yet.

    Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:19-20 RNEB)

The anointed is warning us not to break any of the commandments or teach others to do so. There are large religious bodies teaching against the laws and commandments, for example teaching that the Sabbath is on Sunday rather than the seventh day would be teaching against the law.

    Not everyone who says to me, ’Master, Master,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ’Master, Master, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ’I never knew you. DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO WORK LAWLESSNESS.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 RNEB)

Remember lawlessness or iniquity means to not be restrained or controlled by law. If we don’t keep the laws and precepts of YAH, we’re considered lawless.

    But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, WHEN IT HAS CONCEIVED, BEARS SIN; AND THE SIN, WHEN IT IS FULL GROWN, BRINGS FORTH DEATH. (James 1:14-15 RNEB)
    For this is the love of Elohim, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVOUS. (1 John 5:3 RNEB)
    The dragon grew angry with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, WHO KEEP ELOHIM’S COMMANDMENTS AND HOLD YAHSHUA’S TESTIMONY. (Revelation 12:17 RNEB)
    Here is the patience of the holy ones, THOSE WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF ELOHIM, AND THE FAITH OF YAHSHUA." I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, ’Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.’" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them." (Revelation 14:12-13 RNEB)
    BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14 RNEB)

Conclusion

If we’re not fully adhering to the law and accepting only those things that are convenient we will not be potential heirs of salvation. Without the works of the law, YAH has no measuring tool to judge us by, therefore a sentence of death is quickened on the day of judgment. In this next passage, we can clearly see specific examples of YAH judging man according to the law (not just the 10 commandments).

    Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins, he shall die. But if a man is just, and does that which is lawful and right, and has not eaten on the mountains, neither has lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Yisra’el, neither has defiled his neighbor’s wife, neither has come near to a woman in her impurity, and has not wronged any, but has restored to the debtor his pledge, has taken nothing by robbery, has given his bread to the hungry, and has covered the naked with a garment; he who has not given forth on interest, neither has taken any increase, who has withdrawn his hand from lawlessness, has executed true justice between man and man, has walked in my statutes, and has kept my ordinances, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, says YAH Elohim. (Ezekiel 18:4-9 RNEB)

In closing it is very sad that many religious leaders teach us how to be disobedient by telling us the laws of Elohim have been nailed to the cross. As a consequence of an aggressive movement started in the early third century to stamp out the Hebraic culture, many religious leaders are now teaching a doctrine of hypocrisy. The law that we have been freed from is the sacrificial ordinances, The laws of Holiness and Morality are still a standard we will be judged by until all things have been fulfilled.

 

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