Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Are you saved by keeping the Law?
A: The short answer is NO. It is by believing faith in the Messiah, ie His Life, death, burial and resurrection that we are saved. The Law is better known as Torah (teaching instructions) and serves as a guideline for holy living. We must discern what parts of the “revelation of Mt Sinai” that God gave to Moses still applies to believers in Messiah today and as relevant information comes to light we respond accordingly. It is an ongoing process.
Q: Are the 10 Commandments for the Jews only and isn’t the Law done away with now Jesus has fulfilled it?
A: These are interesting questions. If by Jews you are referring to the physical nation of “Israel” then the answer is YES, however the writers of the New Testament all refer in their teachings to the importance of believers (whether Jew or Gentile) adhering to each and every one of the 10 Commandments, and Yeshua gave us His teachings and demonstrations on how to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy”.
Does it make sense to say that because Jesus has fulfilled the Law I now no longer have to keep “the Sabbath” or “Honour my Father and Mother” !? Or Because Jesus fulfilled the Law I don’t have to obey the commandment “Do not steal”, so therefore I am free to do so and be found “not guilty”!?? No, we as believers in the Messiah, need to view the role of the Commandments as our Righteous Messiah does, and apply them in our everyday life.
Q: Isn’t there a diffence between Law and Grace?
A: Yes there is. There are differences between Male and Female, and yet as Male and Female complement each other and are neither opposites, nor are they to be in opposition to each other. Also Law and Grace complement each other and are NOT opposites nor are they in opposition to each other for they have different functions. To have one without the other is anarchy. (Just pause on that for a while.)
Grace was a prime factor in the era of Israel (as a nation) eg Exo_33:13, Exo_33:16, Exo_33:17, Ezr_9:8, Psa_84:11 etc ; and Law ie commandments is a prime factor in the writings of the New Testament eg 1Co_7:10, 2Th_3:4, 2Th_3:6, 2Th_3:12 and 1Ti_4:11
eg “These things command and teach.”