Law, Grace or Both. Paul and Faith.

Paul teaches in Galatians that we are not saved by keeping the Laws of Moses but by putting our trust in Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah).

But some say although we are saved by faith, we should progress in holiness and obedience to God by learning to keep more and more of the Laws of Moses. Is this what Paul is trying to say? I believe not.

Galatians 2:19-21 (NIV)
19 For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

There are still Christians who say the 613 laws in the Torah are God’s perfect eternal plan and any departure from full obedience to all of them makes us less holy.

My observation is that strict observance of a rigid system of religious laws most often distracts people from humility and divine love and makes them less God like.

Galatians 3:1-3 (ESV)
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

I asked God about it and I believe he gave me a little vision in my spirit.

I saw a building under construction surrounded with scaffolding.
God showed me the Laws of the Torah are the scaffolding He used in the initial construction phase of His Kingdom.

When a building is completed, the builders must remove the scaffolding because scaffolding contributes nothing to a finished structure but rather obscures the beauty of the building and may interfere with its function.

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Hebrews 10:1 (ESV)

Just as the detailed system of animal sacrifices became irrelevant when Jesus died on the cross as the Lamb of God, so also the detailed regulation of behaviour becomes irrelevant scaffolding when you are born again as a child of God.

This scaffolding needs to be taken away, so that the finished work of Christ in us can be clearly seen.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

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