And that is the real point, isn’t it?!?
Trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua makes us the sons of the free woman Sarah!
So I am telling you, MAN UP!
Stand firm in trusting faithfulness regarding the Messiah!
Don’t throw away your inheritance to become sons of the slave woman Hagar once again!
Because if you do this . . .
if you choose to try and reach the goal by running the race under our own efforts . . . – under your own power . . .
you will fail miserably . . . last place!!!
Let me be blunt . . .
If you believe what these teachers have told you
– if you believe that you must become Jewish (circumcised) before God’s loving-kindness – His grace will apply to you – – –
then what you are actually doing
is trying to be declared righteous though legalistic observance of a Torah command,
INSTEAD of, and NOT through, trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua!
If you choose to DO this despite this warning,
then those of you that do,
will nullify and render inactive your relationship with Messiah!
Make no mistake here . . .
you WILL 100% fall from God’s loving-kindness – from His grace!
Whether we are Jewish or non-Jewish – circumcised or UN-circumcised
– being united with Messiah is based on one thing . . .
trusting faithfulness expressing itself through love!
Righteousness does NOT come through becoming Jewish,
it comes through trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua!
What bothers me is that you guys were running the race so well – You were running it to win!
Who convinced to you to stop running?!?
Who convinced you to go a different direction?!?
It is not working!
You are losing a race that you were winning!
I can tell you this, the person that persuaded you to do this is NOT from God!!! PERIOD!
Mark my words on that!
Since you think being Jewish is the route required to gain righteousness, let me quote a Jewish idiom for you:
“It takes only a little hametz to leaven the whole batch of dough.”
I am convinced that since you are united with the Messiah, you will snap out of this and come to your senses.
I am equally as convinced that the knucklehead(s) teaching you all of this, WHOEVER he is, will have to bear the penalty for his teaching of this very different gospel – he will be punished!
It also seems that some of you think I myself am still preaching that circumcision is necessary.
If that was the case (which it is not!), then why would you and everyone that thinks that it is neccessary to become Jewish before God’s grace will apply be upset with me?
Why would you or them be chasing after me as an enemy?
Doesn’t make a bit of sense when I put it that way, does it?!?
In fact, if this was the case, my preaching about what happened on the cross would not bother anyone in the Jewish community . . . no, what bothers them, what really gets them riled up is that
I teach that non-Jews can join the people of God
WITHOUT becoming Jewish – WITHOUT getting circumcised!
If you want to know the truth, I wish these teachers teaching you
that you have to get snipped and become Jewish before God’s grace will apply to you,
would go little bit further and just CASTRATE themselves!
That may sound way harsh, but I MEAN it!
Brothers, you were called to be free – you were called to be sons of Sarah – To be sons of the Spirit.
Just don’t let this freedom become an incentive and excuse to become selfish – to return to your old nature – your human nature.
Instead, serve each other in love!
If we look at the ENTIRE Torah, it can be summed up in one simple command:
“Love your neighbor as yourself!”
I want you to pay close attention to what I am about to say!
Because if you guys keep up this partisan strife and
keep hurting and harming each other with it like you have been doing,
snapping and tearing each other to pieces,
you will completely destroy each other!
In other words, run your lives by the Holy standard – by the Spirit!
Don’t run your lives by human standards – worldly standards (your old nature)!
If you trust me on this, you will NOT want the human standard which is based on your old nature.
I’ll tell you why . . .
The Holy standard is in opposition to the human standard . . . Holiness vs. Worldliness
The Holy standard is a life lived by the Spirit.
A life lived and led by the Spirit is in direct opposition to a live lived and led in worldliness (old nature)!
And you know what?
A life led by the Spirit is NOT a life lived under a system that requires a prison guard.
It is a life lived in freedom, not jail – not prison . . .
Prison and jail that are a direct result of living a life without trusting faithfulness and depending only on a legalistic observance or Torah commands.
You guys want to know what you your human standard does – how your old nature expresses itself?!?
- In sexual immorality (sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, infidelity etc)
- involvement with the occult
- involvement with drugs
- becoming jealous
- getting angry
- selfish ambition
and a HUGE LONG LIST of other things just like these.
Let me make an emphatic point . . .
Let me WARN you now just as I have warned you before . . .
People that live worldly lives – people that want this human standard – people that want to do these things – people who love to follow their passions and desires regardless of what God has commanded . . .
whether they call themselves BELIEVERS or not,
will go STRAIGHT to HELL!!!
Do not pass go, do not collect $200!
They will NOT be part of the Kingdom of God!!!
NO SHARE! NONE!
In contrast, do you want to know what the Holy standard does – how a life lived by the Spirit expresses itself?!?
It produces the following outcome and results (fruit):
- self control
While the Torah can bring a charge against EVERY SINGLE THING in the previous list . . .
there is NOTHING in THIS LIST that the Torah can find fault with . . . NOTHING!
I want to make sure you get this!
In worldliness – the human standard – our old nature . . . the Torah can, and will, find fault.
In Holiness – the Godly standard – a life lead by the Spirit . . the Torah can NOT find fault!
I say this so that I can remind you that worldliness – the human standard – our old nature –
were put to death on the cross, along with all of its passions and desires
when we were united with the Messiah Yeshua and began living a life lead by the Spirit!
Since we choose to live a life of trusting faithfulness in Yeshua the Messiah (a life led by the Spirit) –
then let us also let our walks (our day to day lives) be guided by the Spirit – let our conduct in our day to day lives be guided by the Spirit!
Let us order our ENTIRE lives by the Spirit!
What we do NOT want to do in living this kind of life is let our old nature have any foothold.
Don’t become conceited!
Don’t provoke each other!
Don’t envy each other!
These are NOT the way we order our day to day lives by the Spirit
- these are succumbing to our passions desires
- letting our human standard rule instead of the Spirit
- These are worldliness – the walk of our old nature!