DID YOU KNOW that most Christians believe that when the Messiah was nailed to the execution stake -- He being the Torah (the Law) made flesh -- the Torah then went to the grave with Him; therefore, He fulfilled it so Christians do not have to keep it?
They use Colossians 2:14 as their proof: “ . . .Blotting out the handwriting in the ordinances against us, which was contrary to us, even (He) has taken it out of the midst, having nailed it to the cross. . .” [The Interlinear New Testament in Greek and English, Sovereign Grace Publishers]
To make certain that we have full understanding, let’s also look at verse 13: “And you, being dead in the deviations and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having remitted all your deviations. . .”
To further our understanding, let’s use definitions of key Greek words taken from The Strong’s Concordance:
Verses 13-14: And you, being a corpse in the sins and the unregenerated (*unregenerated = not spiritually reborn; wicked; sinful) flesh of you, He made alive with Him having delivered all your sins, or trespasses, blotting out the handwriting in the ordinances against us, which were opposed to us, (He) has taken **it out of the midst, having nailed it to the stake. . .”
* From The College Edition of Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language.
** It = the handwritten list of our sins.
Explanation: We were dead in our sins, sinful and wicked, not repentant for breaking the commandments, ordinances and statutes of YHVH in His instructions for having life, the Torah (“the Law”); for “Whomsoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law.” [1 John 3:4]. So, because we had not repented, the list of our sins was the evidence against us. Y'hoshua became sin for us and took the list of our sins into Himself; thus, when He was nailed to the stake, the evidence against us (the list of our past sins) was destroyed forever for those who repent and desire to be reconciled to the Father in obedience. “. . . Be reconciled to Elohim, for He made the (One) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of YHVH in Him.” [2 Corinthians 5:20b-21]. Now, “. . . if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Y’hoshua the Messiah, the righteous.”[1 John 2:1b]. We can go to the Father, in the name of Y’hoshua, because we have accepted the gift of the atonement (restoration of the [divine favor]) through His blood.
The only sure way we can know whether or not someone else’s interpretation of Scripture is true or untrue is to check it against other Scriptures pertaining to the same subject.
In the case of Colossians 2:14, which Christians believe invalidates the Torah, let’s begin with Psalm 119:89, “Your Word is settled in Heaven forever, YHVH.” Well, at least we now know what Law is in effect in Heaven.
In the example of how we should pray, which was given to us by the Messiah in Matthew 6:10, Y’hoshua said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Our petition to the Father is that the Law which governs Heaven should also be the Law which governs the earth.
“. . . But the Word of YHVH remains forever. And this is the Word announced as gospel to you.”
[1 Peter 1:25, quoted from Isaiah 40:6-8] The gospel -- the good news -- of the Torah, the Prophets and the Psalms teaches that the prophecy about the coming of the Messiah has now come to pass. He has come!
Some very important words from Paul: “ . . . That in us (Paul and Apollos) you may learn not to think beyond what has been written that you not be puffed up one over the other.” [1 Corinthians 4:6] Is this not one of the areas where Christianity has erred? They take Scriptures out of context and fail to check their understanding against the Torah of Truth. That’s why there are so many different denominations, each one puffed up thinking that what their denomination teaches is correct. Unfortunately, they all are following the traditions of men, not Truth.
We have quoted this verse many times, but let’s look at Psalm 119:142 just one more time: “Your righteousness is forever, and Your Law (Your Torah) is Truth.”
When we let Scripture interpret Scripture, there is “one body, one Spirit, one Master, one faith, one immersion, one El and Father of all, the (One) above all and through all and in all.” [From Ephesians 4:4-6]
If you are truly seeking the Messiah -- the Torah made flesh that came down from Heaven -- you must remove your denominational-colored glasses and diligently study the Word, being willing to become an obedient servant.
Consequently, each one of us must ask ourselves this question: Will these words be spoken to me? “So, then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but (you are) fellow citizens of the saints and (of the) family of YHVH, being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Y’hoshua the Messiah Himself being the cornerstone. . .” [Ephesians 2:19-20]