What the entire letter to the Galatians might look like
if it was written today and in today’s language . . .
To ALL of the assemblies in Galatia which is now part of modern Turkey,
I am just beside myself! I can’t believe that you are rejecting the Good News you once accepted! I gave you the truth – I evangelized you, and now, you are starting to follow the teachings of someone else who is evangelizing you with a different gospel than the one I presented to you.
Now, maybe they were able to do this by casting doubts about me. Maybe they put it in your ear that I taught you what I taught you to elevate myself and status among other men . . .
Let me clear that up right away.
If ANYONE teaches a supposedly “good news” that is beyond what we presented to you and presents it as the REAL good news . . . If they present a gospel contrary to what we presented to you . . .
Then I say, let them be an anathema!
Yes, you heard me right . . . CURSED!
I don’t care who it is!
Whether it is one of us or even an angel in heaven . . . if they do this, then may they be cursed forever!
Does that sound like I give a good 2 cents about the approval of men?!?
Does that sound like I am catering to anyone?!?
There is only one I cater to . . . the Messiah!
Let me remind you of something is case your forgot or missed this part . . .
Nobody taught me the gospel!
It came through a DIRECT REVELATION from Yeshua the Messiah himself!
It started when I was knocked off my dang horse!
I was blinded!
He asked me directly – Dude, why are you giving me lip? Why are you hurting my people?
He gave me my sight back . . . and in more ways than one.
So I went off to Arabia and didn’t go back to Jerusalem for 3 years!
Yes, direct revelation teaching me the WAY from Yeshua for 3 years!
The only emissary that I saw during that time was the Lord’s brother Ya’akov.
I realize this may be hard for some of you to believe,
but I declare before God that it happened this way.
I went to Syria and Celicia, but in Judea . . . they didn’t even know what I looked like.
All they knew was I was that former Charles Manson guy killing and destroying believers . . .
and you know what, they praised God for who I had become!
Okay, so 14 years later, I went to Jerusalem again because I was given a direct revelation that required my compliance and obedience. I took Bar-Nabba and Titus with me.
The revelation I got was this: Go and talk with the leaders in Jerusalem that believe and are teaching that the ONLY way that non-Jews can be accepted equally under the covenant if is they are circumcised . . . they can only be accepted if they become Jewish.
I did this privately because I was concerned that the work I had done before might have been undone by them.
Let me clear something up before I go on.
Culturally, this is hard stuff for some people, maybe most. But make no mistake, teaching non-Jews that circumcision is required before God’s grace can apply to them is teaching them a different gospel! A different gospel than the one I gave you before . . . .
In fact, it was people like this that pretended to be brothers that snuck into our own group to spy out the freedoms we have in the Messiah Yeshua. Once in, they even tried to get my non-Jewish companion Titus to become circumcised. They reasoned, attacked, used social media . . .
You may have even seen some of their memes on social media like this one:
“You ain’t saved unless your circum-saved . . . period.”
or this one,
“Circumcision – Its the Law!”
or this one,
“Only pagans and unbelievers refuse to be circumcised.”
Of course they failed! Even though they have followers and are growing, we didn’t and don’t give their “different gospel” even a moments thought. We don’t and didn’t, so that the REAL truth of the Good News would be preserved for you!
Make no mistake, these false brothers infiltrate us and post these memes of theirs for only one reason:
They want to enslave people to THEIR convictions and teachings . . . to THEIR gospel.
So these acknowledged leaders, supposedly learned men with reputations, or whatever you want to call them, makes no difference to me, because they teach is a different gospel and you know how I feel about that already.
Think about it . . . if you consider for a moment what they are saying and teaching, then you can only come to one conclusion:
God judges by outward appearances. REALLY?!?
The leaders of this movement haven’t got some new revelation. But in case you missed it, let’s reiterate something to be perfectly clear:
God does NOT judge by outward appearances!!!
So when I went to Jerusalem, I faced a congregation that had some of these leaders from this movement in their congregations. Most people there didn’t know me. They probably did know ABOUT me and what I had done prior to my encounter with Messiah.
They saw with their own eyes that I had been entrusted with Good News for the Uncircumcised in the same way that Kefa has been entrusted to give the Good News to the circumcised.
Some of the people there saw that the same one working in Kefa to make him an emissary to the circumcised was the same one working in me to make me an emissary to the non-Jews . . . the UN-circumcised!
Let me tell you something amazing . . . they recognized the grace that had been given to me! 3 of their most prominent leaders and Rabbis (Ya’akov – the leader, Kefa, and Yochanan) – Real pillars in the community there and acknowledged by most as such, offered Bar-Nabba and I the right hand of fellowship. Even though I had previously been a Charles Manson type that persecuted and killed them for following Messiah. They did this so that we might go to the non-Jews (uncircumcised) and they to the Jews (circumcised).
They only had one request of us . . .
that we should be mindful of the poor and not forget them and their needs.
But make no mistake, later, when Kefa (one of the prominent Rabbis and pillars of that community that had offered me the right hand of fellowship) came to Antioch, his prominence and his “pillarship” where of no consequence to me when his own hypocrisy hurt people in our group.
Kefa had been staying with us in our group and had been eating with the NON-Jewish believers among us (the uncircumcised).
However, when a contingent from the assembly led by Ya’akov (the leader and chief Rabbi for the community in Jerusalem) arrived in Antioch, Kefa withdrew from the non-Jews and separated himself from them.
He did this because he was afraid of what some in the contingent might say or do – specifically, that faction in the contingent from Ya’akov’s congregation that believe that non-Jews needed to be circumcised before God’s grace will apply to them.
Kefa’s hypocrisy caused other Jewish believers among us to stumble as well – to become hypocrites as well. Even Bar-Nabba got caught up in it and joined with them in their hypocrisy.
When I saw this, I publicly opposed and corrected Kefa and the rest of them because they were clearly in the WRONG! I did this publicly so that everyone would know HOW WRONG it was and WHY . . .
I asked this question to Kefa publicly and in front of everyone:
“If you, Kefa, are a Jew, and have been living like a non-Jew,
why, all of a sudden, do you expect non-Jews to live like Jews?
True enough, we are Jews by birth and not pagan sinners.
However, our human nature and endeavors don’t justify us before a Holy God . . .
Only ONE THING justifies us before God . . . trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua.”
Would you go backwards and say,
“trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua, justifies us before God
as long as, it begins with circumcision?!?” SMH!
If so, then what you are saying, whether you mean to or not, is that righteousness comes from a legalistic observation of Torah commands INSTEAD OF from trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua?!?
Is THAT really the gospel YOU want or intend to proclaim? In the hypocrisy of your actions, you are doing just that!
I will tell you something else! If that is your message – if that is the gospel you are proclaiming –
NO ONE will be rendered innocent or pronounced righteous with THAT gospel before God . . . in a word, justified.
We came to realize that a person is declared righteous, and in right standing before God, by absolute faith and reliance on, and adherence to, trust in the anointed one of God – Yeshua the Messiah, and as such, we have also come to realize, that a person is NOT declared righteous and in right standing before God by absolute faith and reliance on, and adherence to trust, that denigrates into nothing more than a legalistic observation of commands in the Torah.
Why would you want to go back into a legalistic bondage and misinterpretation of the Torah and makes yourself under the curse once again – a transgressor all over again?
Would your really throw Yeshua’s sacrifice away so casually – so easy?!?
When Messiah was executed as a criminal on the cross . . .
I was too; so that the life I live now is by trust, and not some sort of proud ego.
I am a sinner just like the non-Jews are. I needed His sacrifice just as much.
I live in trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua
so that I might live in direct relationship with God.
I was given and needed the same gracious gift the non-Jew was given:
the gift of His son who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
You think I am going to reject this gift?!?
You think I am going to reject this gift by trying to attain righteousness through legalistic observance of Torah commands?
Not going to happen!!!
But know this, and make sure you understand it:
If legalistic observation of Torah commands is the way in which one becomes righteous – justified before God . . . .
pay attention now . . .
then the Messiah’s death was pointless . . .
Have you people in Galatia lost your ever-loving minds?!?
Are you all totally without discernment?
The things you are accepting as truth from these people – From the leaders that have told you that non-Jews have to become circumcised – that they have to become Jews before God’s grace will apply to them is utter foolishness! It is a different gospel!
It’s as if you are hypnotized or under and evil spell or something.
Let me ask you one simple question . . .
How did you receive the Spirit? Was it by,
A) Legalistic observance of Torah commands
B) Trusting faithfulness in Yeshua the Messiah?
I know, right?!!
Have you all become so thick that having begun with the Spirit’s power, you NOW THINK that you can go the rest of the way through YOUR OWN power? That you can save YOURSELF? REALLY?!? Oy Vey!!!
If this is the case, then all of the suffering you have endured will be for absolutely nothing – ZILCH!
Let me ask you another simple question . . .
Surely we can all agree that GOD is the one that supplies you with the Spirit and works miracles among you.
Does He do this because of,
A) Your legalistic observance of Torah commands
B) Because you trust in the message you heard about Messiah and are faithful to it?
In case you minds have been so warped that you can’t even see that simple truth – that simple logic,
then let me quote the The Torah for you concerning Avraham to clear it up:
“He trusted in God and was faithful to him,
and that was credited to his account as righteousness.”
Make no mistake here . . .
It is those that live by TRUSTING and by BEING FAITHFUL that are the TRUE children of Avraham!
And if that isn’t as easy to see as it should have been, let me quote some MORE Torah where Avraham himself was told the Good News in ADVANCE:
“In connection with you, all the non-Jews will be blessed.”
Have I made my point yet? If not, let me re-emphasize what the Torah is saying here:
Those who rely on trusting and being faithful are blessed just like Avraham was because he trusted and was faithful.
But I am not going to stop here, I am going to drive this point home again and again so that you get it! I am going to do this by again reminding you what the Torah REALLY says. I will put some bullet points up so that you don’t miss it:
- EVERYONE who depends on legalistic observance of Torah commands lives under a CURSE, since it is written,
“Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the Scroll of the Torah.”
- NO ONE comes to be declared righteous by God through legalism, since
“The person who is righteous will attain life by trusting and being faithful.”
- LEGALISM is NOT based on trusting and being faithful,but on [a misuse of] the text that says,
“Anyone who does these things will attain life through them.”
- The MESSIAH REDEEMED US from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed ON OUR BEHALF; for the Tanakh says,
“Everyone who hangs from a stake comes under a curse.”
Yeshua the Messiah did this so that, in union with him,
the non-Jews might also receive the blessing announced to Avraham.
Yeshua the Messiah did this so that, that through trusting and being faithful,
we might ALL (Jew and non-Jew) receive what was promised, namely, the Spirit.
This should be painfully obvious to all but the most dense by now, but if not, let me make it clear . . .
~ Legalistic observance of Torah commands is compliance, NOT TRUST! ~
I can show you this by using a more human logic and approach if you need me to so that you can see it:
You all know that when someone does a deal . . .
swears an oath, or contract or whatever,
that once it is established by being drawn up and signed and confirmed,
that no one can add to it or take away from it.
You can’t add something to your copy of contract and have it be valid unless it is on THEIR copy too.
You also can’t omit something on your copy and have it valid unless it is omitted on their copy too.
It is this same way in the text.
Promises were made to Avraham and his SEED by God. It does not say seed(S)! It is not plural! You changing your version of the contract won’t change HIS! This was an contract/oath/deal sworn by God to Avraham. And who is that singular seed? MESSIAH!
430 years after God swore this oath to Avraham, the legal part of Torah came into being. But make no mistake,
God did NOT lie to Avraham!
The newer legal part of Torah does not nullify or invalidate or abolish the older promise to Avraham . . .
If it did, then God would be a promise breaker and a liar.
Is that what you really want to say or imply?!?
If so, then whether you mean to or not, that is EXACTLY what you are doing!
You are saying that the inheritance comes from the legal part of Torah
and NOT from the promise He made to Avraham.
You see why I think you are foolish and thick now?!?
For some of you that are starting to get this into you thick skulls,
starting to understand what I am saying,
you may be asking the following question:
“Why was the legal part of Torah made in the first place then?”
It was made, added, however you choose to look at it for one reason:
It was added in order to create transgressions,
until the coming of the seed about whom the promise had been made.
Moreover, it was handed down through angels and a mediator.
Consider this . . .
The Torah was handed down by a mediator,
but the promise to Avraham was handed down by God himself with NO mediator.
I can already hear what some of you are saying . . . I can see it in my mind:
Then the Torah stands in opposition to God’s promises!
It only seems that way if we come at the text from your own man made doctrines, dogmas and theological suppositions . . .
Think about it for a second . . .
If the God given legal part of Torah had in itself the power to give life, would we even need a Messiah?
If legalistic observance of Torah commands gave life,
why would we even need to consider Trusting Faithfulness in Yeshua the Messiah?!?
EXACTLY! We wouldn’t!
You see, the TaNaKh rounds up all mankind – Jew and non-Jew alike – and imprisons them all under sin – shuts the door on ALL of them!
It does this so that God’s promise to Avraham might be fulfilled . . .
In other words, that what was promised might be given to those that have trusting faithfulness in Yeshua the Messiah!
Listen folks, before Yeshua came . . .
before this time of trusting faithfulness came,the legal part of the Torah served an important function.
As I said before, It was added in order to create transgressions . . . it did this and did it well!
The question is, WHY?
The Torah was a custodian. Maybe a better word would be prison guard.
Why do I say that? We were all imprisoned together under sin as a result of the legal part of Torah. It was our prison guard and would function as such until the Messiah came and stood trial for the crimes we ourselves were imprisoned for. Once He did this, we no longer needed to be imprisoned.
He paid the cost for our crimes.
Why did He do this?
So that we might be declared righteous on the grounds of
trusting in Him and being faithful to Him!
As a result, we are no longer imprisoned, and therefore, are no longer under a prison guard!
Here is the kicker (and some of you won’t like this) . . .
In union we Messiah, you are ALL children of God . . . yes, Jew and NON-JEW both through trusting faithfulness. Those who have baptized themselves into Messiah have clothed themselves in Messiah . . . and make no mistake, that clothing is not differentiated as Jewish and non-Jewish because in union with Messiah there is neither Jew or non-Jew – slave or freeman – male or female . . .
In union with Messiah we are ALL one!
Furthermore, if we are all one in union with Messiah
then we are also the seed of Avraham and heirs
according to the promise God made to Him!
As I just stated, if we are all one in union with Messiah then we are also the seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise God made to Him!
As you are all undoubtedly aware concerning inheritance, when an heir is just a minor child, even though he is the legal owner of the entire estate, is treated no different than a slave or a servant in that he is subjugated to caretakers and guardians until he reaches a certain age determined in advance by his father’s will – usually, and in most circumstances, this is not until he is at an age where he is old enough to make his own decisions.
It is the same with us!
We have a Father in heaven. When we were children, we were like slaves and servants – controlled and subjugated to nothing more than a rudimentary understanding of God’s word based on worldly standards – on our own human standards concerning God’s Torah.
However, when the proper and appointed time came that would make everything complete,
God sent His son, born of a Jewish woman, into a Jewish culture that had denigrated and subjugated itself into nothing more than legalistic observance of Torah commands.
Like I said before, a culture based on nothing more than compliance, and compliance is not the same as trusting faithfulness – far from it!
God did this to rescue us – to buy us back from this bondage – to redeem us so that we could be adopted by Him and made His children – made His sons – made His heirs!!!
Let me tell you something VERY IMPORTANT and I want you to get this!
To PROVE to you that you are His sons, God sent the spirit of His son into our hearts that cries out:
If He is your father, then you are NO LONGER a slave or servant in subjugation to a caretaker or custodian . . . you are no longer in prison under a prison guard . . .
YOU ARE HIS SON! YOU ARE AN HEIR!
Jew or non-Jew . . . circumcised or UN-circumcised . . . it doesn’t matter what these people – these counter-missionaries have told you!
You do NOT have to become a Jew before God’s grace will apply to you!
If God adopts you, YOU ARE HIS SON! – YOU ARE HIS HEIR!!! WOOT!!!
True enough, in the former part of your life, some of you were pagans and heathens without hope and without God, some of you subjugated yourselves as slaves to fictitious and false deities – non-gods, some of you were proselytes to Judaism, some of you are Jews that subjugated yourselves to legalistic observance of Torah commands . . . it really doesn’t matter, because you were ALL slaves to something.
You guys do know God, and MORE than that, you are KNOWN by God!
That is why this is so frustrating!
- God adopts you
- You become His son
- You become an heir
and then some knuckleheads come in an tell you your are not, and you BELEIVE THEM!?!
Some knuckleheads tell you you need to be circumcised before God’s grace will apply to you and you BELIEVE THEM!?!
Some knuckleheads tell you that you need to observe special days and you BELEIVE THEM!?!
Some knuckleheads tell you that you need to observe months and you BELEIVE THEM!?!
Some knuckleheads tell you that you need to observe special seasons and you BELEIVE THEM!?!
Some knuckleheads tell you that you need to observe special years and you BELEIVE THEM!?!
You turn your back on the GIFT God gave you and throw your adoption papers in the trash!!!
What, so that you can go back under a prison guard ?!?
You do realize that in doing that, you totally NULIFY and MAKE WORTHLESS the SACRIFICE that Messiah made, right? I hate to say it, but if that is the case, then all my work with you is wasted!
Brothers, I love you guys and I am BEGGING you – turn away from this foolishness!
(Let the reader understand the following allusion)
You are doing the same thing the captives in Egypt did when Moshe led them out by the hand of God to freedom and they kept saying,
“We wish we were back In Egypt – under bondage – slaves!”
You know why they did? It did NOT require TRUSTING FAITHFULLNESS!
Yes, you are being THOSE guys!
Put yourself in my place for a second just as I did with you when I met you . . .
I am a Jew.
Not only a Jew, but a Pharisee.
In fact, a Pharisee of Pharisees
By birth, I belong to the people of Israel.
I was circumcised on the 8th day
I am from the tribe on Binyamin
I am a Hebrew speaker with Hebrew speaking parents
I was a zealot – so much so that I persecuted the Messianic community – even to death
As a Torah observant Jew, blameless.
I studied at the feet of Raban Gamaliel . . .
Based upon these qualifications, do you really think I don’t know what I am talking about?!?
I guarantee my pedigree is bigger than any of the people that you are listening to and believing!
When I first came to you, none of you did me any wrong – don’t do so now, PLEASE!
You know that I was ill when I first came and shared the Good News with you.
And though my physical condition must have been a great trial for you and tempted you treat me with contempt, or despise me, or reject me all together, you did not.
In fact, you received me and welcomed me as if I was an angel of God . . . as if I was the Messiah himself!
Do you even remember that utter JOY that you had at receiving the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah?!?
I don’t want to exaggerate, but you guys would have gouged out your own eyes, and given them to me as a gift to prove how much you loved me for bringing you this Good News, if you could have done so.
Yes, you loved me that much!!!!
So what has happened to that joy you had?
What has happened to that love you had for me?
Have I now become your ENEMY simply because I tell you the TRUTH?!?
Without a doubt, these Rabbis that you have started believing are just as zealous, enthusiastic and fervent for you as I am, however, their motives for being so are not the same as my motive.
Their motives are NOT good motives. They want to separate you from us so that you will love them like you loved me – so that in that love, you will follow THEIR teaching and conform to that teaching.
To be zealous is not a bad thing, provided that what your zealous for is good.
When I persecuted the Messianic community, I was zealous.
That was NOT a good zealous.
Neither is this!
You know, present or not, I am suffering the pain of giving birth to you again.
This birth pain will continue for me until the Messiah takes shape in you again.
I don’t know what to do with all of you . . .
I wish I could be there in person to say what I am getting ready to say . . .
Writing doesn’t always convey what a simple change in the tone of one’s voice conveys.
Let me change the tone of my voice so you get the seriousness of what I am about to ask . . .
This is aimed directly at those of you that are accepting and want to go back under a prison guard . . .
- To those of you that are accepting that one has to become circumcised before God’s grace will apply to them . . .
- To those of you that are accepting that you have to observe special days, months, seasons, and years etc…
- To those of you that believe you have to become Torah observant Jews before God will accept you . . .
Do you not hear what the Torah itself says?
Avraham had 2 sons –
One of his sons was made with a slave woman
One of his sons was made with a free woman
This happened because Avraham wanted an heir.
This happened because Avraham and his wife did not have trusting faithfulness in God and His promise.
They decided to do it on their own instead of trusting God – by their own power instead of His!
They decided Avraham should lay with the slave woman Hagar so that he would have an heir.
This act was a total lack of trust in God’s promise to Avraham that he would be the father of many nations. This lack of trusting faithfulness produced a son with the slave woman.
After this happened, God’s promise came true, like they always do. The miracle happened and Sarah conceived the heir God had promised. This was the fulfillment of the promise that produced a son with the free woman.
Now that we are all on the same page, let’s study and search for meaning beyond just the simple meaning – an allegory of sorts if you will – kind of like interpreting a dream.
The two women, Hagar and Sarah represent 2 different covenants.
Hagar, the slave woman, is the covenant from Mount Sinai where the Torah was given. She bears children destined to be under a custodian – under a prison guard. She is the Mount Sinai in Arabia and belongs in the same category with the present Jerusalem – that is, the present Jerusalem is also a slave . . . it is also in bondage – under a prison guard.
But the heavenly Jerusalem – the Jerusalem above is free. It is NOT a slave! It is NOT in bondage! It is NOT under a prison guard! THAT is OUR mother!
Was it not written is Yesha‘yahu:
“Rejoice, you barren woman who does not bear children!
Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor!
For the deserted wife will have more children
than the one whose husband is with her!”
Just like Yitz’chak was a promise from God, we too are children referred to in a promise from God!
There is another allusion that you NEED to understand here:
Just as the slave woman’s son persecuted the free woman’s son . . .
Just as the son born under human effort and endeavor persecuted the son born through God’s Spirit. . .
So it is now . . . so it is with you.
You guys are CHOOSING to be a son of Hagar after already being a son of Sarah!!!
The TaNaKh has some chilling words for you that you should pay careful attention to:
“Get rid of the slave woman and her son,
for by no means
will the son of the slave woman inherit along with the son of the free woman!”
Brothers, we are NOT children of the slave woman Hagar.
We are children of the Free woman Sarah!
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-circumsised
- 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 go 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 it 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!
Brothers, if someone among you falls off the path
and is caught committing an offense, ie,
doing things according to his old nature – his worldly nature –
those of you who who spiritual and are leading your lives by the Spirit should GENTLY set him straight – in HUMILITY – with the purpose of RESTORING him back to a life led by the Spirit.
Just remember to also look at yourself while you do it
and remain attentive to you own walk
so that you yourselves wont be tempted to wander off the path yourselves.
Carry each others heavy burdens and troublesome moral faults because this is what
“loving your neighbor as yourself”
does. In fact, when you help a brother that is down and out, you are fulfilling the Torah’s true MEANING of “loving your neighbor as yourself.” Which by the way I might add, is
the Torah of Messiah!
I’ll tell you what . . .
If any of you thinks he is all that and a bucket of chicken, well, I am here to tell you he ain’t!
If any of you have a superiority complex and think you are too important or special to help shoulder another brother’s burden, you are doing 3 things:
- You are deluding yourself!
- You are deceiving yourself!
- You are cheating yourself!
With that in mind, what you should do is focus on your own walk and carefully check YOUR OWN actions! In doing so, if you do happen to find that some of the work you have done for the kingdom is worthy to boast about, then be joyful – rejoice and have great satisfaction in this fact BY ITSELF that you have done something commendable for the kingdom!
If you do this, your boasting will be based upon something that you have actually DONE and not the way some of you are doing it where it is nothing more than bragging about how much better you are than someone else because EVEYONE (including yourselves), has a heavy load to carry at one time or another – EVERYONE has his own load of oppressive faults!
To those of you being instructed in the Word of God, remember to share all the useful and beneficial good deeds and kindness that you do with the one instructing you!
Do NOT lie to yourself and think that you can get away with making a fool of God!
You can NOT fake this!
To think that you can is mocking God, and if those are the seeds you are planting in your garden, your harvest will be just what you planted because a person reaps what they sow!
In other words, there are basically 2 gardens.
- The worldly garden – full of seeds from our old nature based on human standards
- The Holy Garden – full of seeds from a Spirit led life
As I showed you before, if you plant a garden using the following seeds:
- In sexual immorality (sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, infidelity etc)
- involvement with the occult
- involvement with drugs
- becoming jealous
- getting angry
- selfish ambition
and the LONG list of things just like this that are worldliness – the human standard – our old nature!
If you plant a garden using THESE seeds, your harvest from this garden will be decay, ruin, and destruction – a harvest of DEATH!
You reap what you sow and if you sow in your old nature that is what you will grow!
If you plant a garden using different seeds such as the following:
- self control
then your harvest will be eternal and everlasting life! If you plant a garden using THESE seeds, your harvest from this garden will be LIFE EVERLASTING!
Again, you reap what you sow and if you sow in the Spirit, that is the harvest that you get!
The 2nd garden is a harder garden to plant and maintain without a doubt! It requires a lot of work and it is very easy to grow weary of “loving our neighbors as ourself” – of doing good actions and deeds . . .
However, if we don’t give up . . . if we don’t relax . . . if we don’t lose courage . . . if we don’t faint or lose heart, then we will reap a harvest of EPIC proportions – a Spiritual harvest!!!
There are 2 harvests:
- a harvest of DEATH
- a harvest of LIFE
With that in mind, let us do good deeds and actions to EVERYONE!
. . . ESPECIALLY to those in our OWN family – the family of those who live in trusting faithfulness to Yeshua the Messiah!!!
I want you to pay careful attention to the SIZE of these letters as I close in my own handwriting. I do this to make a couple of points and so that you all know without a doubt that they are indeed MY points . . .
You all know that my letters are dictated and I always write a greeting or an ending in my own handwriting so that you know the letter is authentic.
That being said, the people that want you to become Jewish – the people that are telling you that you have to become circumcised before God’s grace will apply to you, are NOT doing this for the reason that you may think . . .
They are doing it out of COWARDICE!!!
They are doing it so that they themselves will not be persecuted or made fun of by the Jewish community for preaching about what happened upon the cross!
After all, even the Torah observant Jews that are circumcised do not really keep ALL of the Torah.
What these teachers are REALLY doing is trying to get you circumcised so that they can brag and get glory for having you become Jewish – they are in actuality JEWISH COUNTER MISSIONARIES!
This is a BAD garden – a garden of DEATH!
In contrast, and concerning myself, Heaven forbid that I would boast about ANYTHING other that what happened to our Lord Yeshua the Messiah on the cross!!!
This is a garden based on the Spirit – a garden of LIFE!
Because of HIM and what HE did on the cross for me,
my former worldly life and human nature has been crucified and put to death on the cross!
I am worldly no longer! I am a new creation!
Being circumcised or UN-circumscribed is not what matters . . .
What matters is being a new creation
in the Messiah Yeshua!!!
Peace and mercy to all that understand and live a Spirit led life as a new creation!
And peace and mercy to the Israel of God that lives by trusting faithfulness in the Messiah Yeshua!
Just remember, not everyone from Israel is truly part of Israel . . . the Israel of God is the people that live by trusting faithfulness in the one He sent – His son, the Messiah Yeshua!
You guys have worn me out! From now on – from this point on, I don’t want anyone to give me any more weariness and fatigue about this subject – NO MORE TROUBLE, understand?!?
Just remember something, I have the scars on my body from being stoned and whipped that PROVE beyond the shadow of a doubt that I have trusting faithfulness and belong to Yeshua the Messiah!
Brothers, the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah surely and truly be with your Spirit!
** I recommend Dr David Stern’s CJB (Complete Jewish Bible) if you want to understand the Jewish context more fully . . . it was used as a reference in making this post 🙂