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You have heard it said...the law is obsolete

Gal 3:19-25

"For if the inheritance is by Torah, it is no longer by promise, but Elohim gave it to Abraham through a promise. Why, then, the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to whom the promise was made. And it was ordained through messengers in the hand of a mediator. The Mediator, however, is not of one, but Elohim is one. Is the Torah then against the promises of Elohim? Let it not be! For if a torah had been given that was able to make alive, truly righteousness would have been by Torah. But the Scripture has shut up all mankind under sin, that the promise by belief in יהושע Messiah might be given to those who believe. But before belief came, we were being guarded under Torah, having been shut up for the belief being about to be revealed. Therefore the Torah became our trainer unto Messiah, in order to be declared right by belief.
And after belief has come, we are no longer under a trainer. For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Messiah יהושע."


This article -last updated 11-10-17.
[pw = pagan word translation]    

Quoting Galatians to make out the law ( To'rah) is "obsolete" is a common error or intended deception in the false religion of "christianity". Galatians is primarily written against the circumcision (concision) of Judaism who believed a Gentile had to be circumcised in order to be part of the inheritance of Yah'uah after Messiah has come. But it was worse than that they believed this fleshly sign could replace keeping To'rah. So the circumcision law became a law unto its own and not subject to To'rah.

False teachers will rebuke us  who preach To'rah and the question then becomes how can they even make a rebuke if they have no law, no authority since they claim the law  is "obsolete". On what law of authority are they operating? It can only be the pagan catholic "church" law (canon /tradition) devoid of To'rah that they are using. 

Shaul never teaches To’rah is obsolete! 

He refers to justification preceding To'rah. Messiah obtained our inheritance from the foundation of the world BEFORE the law of circumcision  was added because of transgression of the law (sin). Circumcision was added 430 years after the promise given to Abraham thereafter they kept the circumcision law in order to keep passover, looking foward to Messiah.

It is a covenant sign between Abraham until Messiah should come. This law of circumcision was a schoolmaster and sign, a reminder to keep the people separate from the heathens and to obey To'rah. It did not promise righteousness through the flesh (circumcision). It was merely a sign of a covenant promising an earthly promised land. The  promise at that time did not yet include a new creation of the individual by a new circumcised heart which would come later through Messiah and lead to eternal life.

So telling us the law is obsolete through justification is laughable. Shaul warns those who quote Gal 3:19-25 of their error in the preceding chapter so that they do not fall into the trap of that very thinking by the time they get to the next chapter. So let's read it properly.

Gal 2:17  And if, while seeking to be declared right by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners (TRANSGRESSORS OF TORAH), is Messiah then a servant of sin? Let it not be!

If Shaul warns you against sin (while seeking justification by Messiah) then To'rah remains since sin is defined: 

1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

It has been made clear by the prophets that Yah'uah is not a respector of persons when it comes to circumcision or no circumcision. What he will judge is the heart that obeys his To'rah. That is the ultimate question. Judaism's stumbling block is circumcision without righteousness just as Gentilis / heathen "christianity" is uncircumcision without righteousness a perversion of To'rah.

Jer 9:23-26  Thus said יהוה, “Let not the wise boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty boast in his might, nor let the rich boast in his riches, (eg the Tor'ahless "prosperity gospel" ) but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me,that I am יהוה, doing loving-commitment, right-ruling, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” declares יהוה. “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall punish all circumcised with the uncircumcised ( in other words the To’rahless in both cases) “Mitsrayim (Egypt), and Yehuḏah, and Eḏom, and the children of Ammon, andMo’aḇ, and all those trimmed on the edges, who dwell in the wilderness. For all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Yisra’ěl are uncircumcised in heart!” 


The "works of the law" mentioned in Galatians under circumcision are the misplaced traditions of Judaism (Gal 1:14) via circumcision which corrupt or even exclude To'rah. The "works of the law" are not pure To'rah.  

Gal 1:14  And profited in the Jews' religion (Judaism - not pure Torah) above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions (Judaism not pure Torah) of my fathers. 

Cephas (pw  Peter) was guilty of this himself when he being a circumcised Jewish believer began avoiding eating with Gentile believers because  they were not circumcised even if they were keeping To'rah. Circumcision was indeed required
by males (including Gentiles) to be circumcised and to come before Yah'uah to keep the passover in Israel. However now that Messiah finally came as the passover lamb he replaced the passover offering.

Now these who claim Shaul teaches that the law is obsolete should have difficulty in  reconciling Shaul's 7 USES of the so called "obsolete" law. What is "Obsolete" has no use but Shaul gives 7 uses of it:

2Ti 3:16-17  ALL scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim (pw God), and is (1) profitable for doctrine, (2) for reproof,  (3) for correction, (4) for instruction in righteousness: 
That the man of Elohim (pw God) may be (5) perfect,  (6) thoroughly furnished unto all (7) good works (As opposed to works of the law under circumcision ie elements of the 
world (Gal 4:3,9), Judaic traditions)

 
Shaul makes it clear the To'rah has a use, it is not obsolete now that Messiah has come. It is very much a part of "INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS".

The very definition of Tor'ah is INSTRUCTION , LAW.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance   To'rah Word Definition  direction, instruction, law

(Strong's H8541) 
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch: - law.


BUT NOTE THERE IS AN ALTERNATE MEANING FOR THE SAME WORD

(H8542)
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
torah definition law

Probably feminine of towr   a custom -- manner.

This meaning would have been lost in Greek translation of Shaul's Hebrew epistle, Galatians, and thus when he speaks of customs (8542) or even traditions it appears as if he is speaking of pure To'rah (H8541) the whole way through when he is not. The understanding is always by context and the context is never doing away with To'rah. It is always customs and traditions of the fathers or elders that are challenged and rebuked by Shaul and Messiah, NOT TO'RAH!!

Mat 15:2  Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. (NOWHERE COMMANDED IN TO'RAH)
Mat 15:3  But he (Messiah) answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?

To'rah is not the schoolmaster that is done away with. The schoolmaster was the reliance upon an administrator of the To'rah to enforce the people to keep To'rah corporately to be protected as a nation. The tutor enforces his whole class of students to obey. That is what has been done away with, ie. circumcision which bound one to the elder / trainer / teacher / disciplinarian / rabbi before the moral conviction of the heart came through Messiah leading to individual self discipline and accountability to keep To’rah with a clear conscience since we have been made right by Messiah. Our past sins have been cleansed. We do To'rah because we love the Father and his Son. The To'rah is not done away with.



THE CONCLUSION OF GALATIANS IS A REPRIMAND

 AGAINST TO’RAHLESS CIRCUMCISED JEWS 

NOT AGAINST TO'RAH KEEPING


Gal 6:13  For those who are circumcised do not even watch over the Torah but they wish to have you circumcised so that they might boast in your flesh.


This affirms what he also said in Romans. Here Shaul upholds the righteousness of To'rah as the final judge, not circumcision.

Rom 2:25  For circumcision indeed profits if you practise the Torah, but if you are a transgressor (SINNER) of the Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 
Rom 2:26  So, if an uncircumcised one watches over the righteousnesses of the Torah , shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned as circumcision? 
Rom 2:27  And the uncircumcised by nature, who perfects the Torah, shall judge you who notwithstanding letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the Torah! 

So I do not need to argue this point any further. 

The righteousness of To'rah remains very much alive in perfecting us 

who are justified and circumcised in heart unto righteousness

 and toward good works through Messiah

It is To'rah that will judge those who do not 

repent while claiming to be justified in Messiah

 (albeit a false Torahless one, a Jesus / JZeus)


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