Mat 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and falsely say every wicked word against you, for My sake. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward in the heavens is great. For in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Words spoken against Yahweh’s Torah and the work of His Spirit in and through true believers is no light matter. Mark 3:29;“but he who blasphemes against the Set-apart Spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is subject to everlasting judgment,”. May those who may be tempted to speak so carelessly…refrain.
Belief without works is dead. Works without belief is equally death. However, “good works” produced by His Spirit prove His presence and workmanship. This contrast of works is the issue of this study. Lets begin with defining “Torah.”
Torah: The word is first seen in Gen 26:5 “…because Abraham obeyed My voice and guarded My Charge: My commands, My laws, and My Torot.” (Torah plural) KJV; Laws.
Yahweh blesses Abraham’s son because of the testimony that he (Abraham) had. Abraham began his relationship with Yahweh through belief AND confirmed his belief through obedience to Yahweh’s Torah.
Torah (defined); “instruction, direction (human or divine), prophetic teaching, instruction in Messianic age, priestly direction or instruction, legal directives, law, codes.” Yahweh’s Torah; cannot be limited to Genesis – Deuteronomy, (as some teach), but must include all scripture! (Genesis – Revelation)
1 – Yahweh’s desire for His people;
Deut 30:6 “And Yahweh your Elohim shall circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed, to love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being, so that you might live…”
Yahweh’s desire has always been to have a heart relationship with His people. Yisrael’s unbelief resulted in the grafting in of believing gentiles among those of Yisrael who believed! As New Covenant believers we fulfill His heart’s desire!
Jer 31:33 “For this is the (new) covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares Yahweh: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.”
Eze 36:27 “…and put My Spirit within you. And I shall cause you to walk in My laws and guard My right-rulings and shall do them.”
Rom 2:28-29 “For he is not a Yehudi who is so outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But a Yehudi is he who is so inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in Spirit, not literally, whose praise is not from men but from Elohim.”
2 – Messiah Exposing Works of Torah
Mat 23:27-28 “Because you are like whitewashed tombs which outwardly indeed look well, but inside are filled with dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you too outwardly indeed appear righteous to men, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
As actors/imitators, in unbelief, they think that striving by human effort, to maintain the observance of Yahweh’s instruction is righteousness, but it has only an outward appearance of righteousness. Messiah sees their heart and pronounces them lawless!
This is an expression of unbelief, disguised in “works of Torah.” It is not to be confused with the workmanship of Yahweh in and through the believer!
3 – Paul Contrasts Belief and Works
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by favor you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, it is not by works, so that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Favor / GRK; charis is defined as “graciousness, gift, benefit, especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.”
Yahweh’s Spirit Of Truth upon the heart of the believer, causes the believer to walk in Yahweh’s Torah/instruction. This is not by human effort where one could boast. It is the workmanship of Elohim, a new creation in Messiah, producing “good works” in and through the believer to walk in…
This is why Paul contrasts “works” (of human effort in the flesh), and “good works” (of divine effort in the heart). Consider these contrasts;
Yahweh’s Spirit of Truth through believers express “good works.”
Human effort through religious unbelievers express “Works of Torah.”
The Spirit Of Truth produces trust in Messiah’s righteousness.
Works of Torah religionists strive to appear righteous.
The Spirit Of Truth brings Yah’s blessings through believers to others.
Works of Torah religionists strive to attain Yahweh’s blessing for themselves.
The Spirit of Truth reveals His Torah/Word to believers.
Works of Torah religionists only repackage/reword and quote believers.
The Spirit of Truth causes believers to express Yahweh’s Love consistently.
Works of Torah religionists talk and act loving…in public.
The Spirit of Truth enables believers to bear Yahshua’s light and easy yoke.
Works of Torah religionists become spiritually bankrupt and worn out.
The Spirit of Truth leads believers in rightly applying His Torah/Word.
Works of Torah religionists resist rightly applying His Torah.
The Spirit of Truth equips believers to follow the true Messiah.
Works of Torah religionists eventually turn back to their lawlessness.
The Spirit of Truth empowers believers to contend for “the belief.” (The Truth)
Works of Torah religionists blaspheme and malign “the belief.”
You can see why it’s no wonder that the religionists, when they turn back to lawlessness, feel a burden lifted and begin to proclaim that they are free!
Sadly for them, they cannot discern between true freedom in the true Messiah and a false sense of freedom in unbelief! Consider;
2Pe 2:20 “For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Master and Saviour Yahshua Messiah, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the first.”
4 – The Works That Matter In The End
Rev 22:14-15 “Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood. (Also see Rev 21:27, 2 Thess. 2:11.)
The Spirit of Truth causes believers to do His commands, bringing once again, access to the tree of life! These will dwell with Yahshua forever inside the New Yerushalayim! (Rev 21:2)
Those who continue in their religion of falsehood are outside…
1Jn 4:6 “We are of Elohim – the one knowing Elohim hears us. He who is not of Elohim does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of the Truth and the spirit of the delusion.”(fraudulence)
WHICH ARE YOU?
2Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves whether you are in the belief – prove yourselves. Or do you not know yourselves, that Yahshua Messiah is in you, unless you are disapproved.”
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