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Under the Law

 

 

Myth. The bride of Messiah will only be those who are Torah obedient, meaning keeping the law of Moses (Sinai covenant).

In Revelation there are two passages which some suggest are stating what the myth states:

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The testimony of Jesus is knowing Him as Savior and Lord, and declaring Him before men. Keeping the commandments of God encompasses that and keeping His Words and that which is written on our hearts, including the acknowledgment of the New Covenant and all it holds.  Keeping the commandments of God are the ones that Jesus clarified for us in many passages, and which are also found in the writings of the apostles. Contrary to what those in Hebrew Roots maintain, keeping His words written on the heart does not mean Torah or the law of Moses. The word commandments in Revelation 12 and 14, is entole which is a general command and does not mean nomos, which means Law.

Strong's G1785  ἐντολή   entolē   en-tol-ay'  From G1781; injunction, that is, an authoritative prescription: - commandment, precept.

As believers, we are to follow what Jesus has now instructed us to do. For examples of the New Testament commandments:

Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Paul admonished the Corinthians and we should heed what he said:

2Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Some suggest that the apostle Paul is simply misunderstood when he stated that, "you are not under the law, but under grace.":

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Those proponents advocating keeping the law or claiming they do keep it, need to reconcile the following. If one reviews the 613 Mitzvot [commandments], upon initial examination, it is plain to see that many of the laws can not be kept by Jews living outside of Israel, or even in Israel, because there is currently no Temple. There has been discussion on this, and some have stated that less than 300 of the 613 can be kept by Jews in diaspora. Practicing Jews will tell you that the 613 are not for the non-Jews to observe. 

Paul wrote to the Galatians, that those who lived under the law were bound to keep all of it or receive the promised curses for not. Those who live by faith, are the ones who are the children of Abraham:

Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for,
The just shall live by faith.
12
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

That means that if you wish to live according to the "613", one cannot pick and choose, you have to uphold all of those laws. Now, as stated above, less than 300 can even be considered for those outside of Israel. Since to be Torah Observant, while also under grace, does not allow one to pick and choose which "laws" one adheres to and which proponents call, the instructions to be followed, including all dietary laws, and so on. 

Whose Law Was It?

In the Torah, the law of Moses was given to the children of Israel, not to any Gentiles:

Deu 4:44 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,

Deu 29:1 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

Nehemiah 9:13. Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: 14. And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:

So for those not of Israel the only way they can embrace the law of Moses as theirs is to claim they are from a lost tribe which they have no proof of. Or, that they have attached themselves to Israel, as a sojourner. In order to become a sojourner, one had to become circumcised and become a part of Israel, all of which emphatically ended with Christ.

When Paul and Silas, in Acts 16:22-29, spoke to the Roman jailer that was going to kill himself because he thought they had escaped the prison, the law of Moses never became an issue:

Act 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Act 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And
when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

There was nothing there that stated the requirement to be circumcised, or having to become a sojourner with Israel or keep the Law of Moses. In fact, we see that the Roman jailer believed Christ, was baptized, and took them into his house--the unclean Roman was now clean in Christ--and they had meat with him, keeping in mind that Romans ate pork as a staple. That was totally against the law of Moses, as was eating with him.

When Jesus was crucified, two criminals were crucified as well. And through that exchange with them while on the cross, because the one believed who Christ was, Jesus said he would be with Him in paradise that day.

Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41. And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Was this criminal told he missed out because he was not keeping keeping the law of Moses? He believed Christ, and obtained salvation. That was the commandment.

1 John 3:23-24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews, that he could not see or enter the kingdom of God unless he was born again. Jesus didn't say he needed to keep the law of Moses in order to see or enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

How Torah Observant?

Let's take a look at some of the required issues, that many who claim to be "Torah Observant" say they adhere to. The question is, how Torah Observant are they?

On the issue of lying to others and other basics, that Torah Observant leadership make claim to be following: 

Leviticus 19: 11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

On the issue of false prophets, meaning someone who claims to speak a prophecy on behalf of God, knowing it must be 100% accurate. That would then include many in Hebrew Roots and Christianity in the category of Biblically and "law" defined, false prophet. What are the requirements for someone who is Torah Observant, to fully obey the law in this matter? Deuteronomy 13, 18.

How about the issue of adultery and fornication, which again, would involve people claiming to be Torah Observant, including leadership? What is to be done if one is to be Torah Observant?

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

How about obedience in teaching the "law", on a son that is rebellious and doesn't obey or respect his parents? Deuteronomy 21:

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

The Apostle Paul stated: 

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The apostle James said this:

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 

Doesn't the very commandment that those advocating that we keep the law of Moses state:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. 2. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Jesus said, before He was crucified and the law nailed to the cross and before the New Covenant was fully enacted:

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

And doesn't it also say in other Scriptures---not to add to or change the Word of God? Meaning changing what James and the other apostles taught when they said they did not command the keeping of the law of Moses--to being a requirement, is changing the Word of God.

Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Referring specifically to the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

In order to not change the Word then, we need to understand it, and these verses being misused to bring people back under the law of Moses:

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The Law of Moses Versus The Truth of the Gospel

Let's look closely at the following Scriptures, starting with Galatians 2. We see that Paul mentions James, Cephas (Peter) and John who had received and acknowledged his call by God, and sent Barnabas with him to the Gentiles, while they went to the Jews. Previously, Peter had been called to take the gospel to the Gentiles and it is here that we see the first major altercation over the truth of the Gospel and keeping the law of Moses. .

Galatians 2:9-16  9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

We see how Peter was living as a Gentile, until other Jews arrived. Meaning---Peter (along with those Jews with him) wasn't keeping the law of Moses. Then he separated from them and wanted the Gentiles to live as the Jews, because of the presence of fellow Jewish believers. The dispute caused Barnabas to also become party to that thinking. Prior to that he walked with Paul in agreement.

Galatians 2:11. But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

13. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Paul rebuked them all for their hypocrisy and not understanding what being justified by faith in Christ meant, nor understanding or walking according to the "truth of the gospel":

Galatians 2:14. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

15. We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 2:17-21 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

This passage has been much twisted and rewritten or omitted by those within Hebrew Roots. So let's take a close look at what is said, and the implications. Because for many, overturning these passages is the only way to justify the claim we are to continue to keep the law of Moses.

Peter, Paul, Barnabas and any other Jews with them along with the Gentiles, were all not keeping the law of Moses, as they shared the gospel with Gentiles--before the Acts 15 council, which is also a major passage that gets twisted to serve the doctrine. Some suggest the council took place because of this very incident in Galatians. Regardless, we know that Paul made it clear that he became a Jew to the Jews in order to win them to Christ, and he became as a Gentile when winning Gentiles to Christ.

These verses clearly state that "Peter, "although a Jew, was living after the manner of Gentiles," and "not as do the Jews,", meaning Peter was living as gentiles live and was not being "Torah observant" And so to were Paul, Barnabas, Silas and others. But it was Jewish believers who did not understand "the truth of the gospel" according to Paul, and caused Peter and other Jewish believers to advocate that Gentiles needed to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses. That is why the strong rebuke against their behavior and hypocrisy. They did not comprehend what the New Covenant really meant, and what they advocated overturned the issue of faith.

Paul said in Philippians 3, that he counted his Jewishness, his heritage, his status as a Pharisee, his righteousness by the law---everything loss, and dung-- he counted those things which seemed so important and gain---to become loss for the cross of Christ:

Philippians 3:4-9 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6. Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

As we see, by Acts 15, when it all came to a head again, there was understanding of living for Christ and not through the keeping of the law of Moses, which commandments were nailed to the cross. It's about faith. In point of fact, the apostles and elders of the church dealt with this issue specifically, and notice Peter said that there was no difference between Jews and Gentiles, in how they are saved and how they should live.

Acts15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But
we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

In verse 17, please notice that the "residue of men" who "might seek after the Lord" is referring to the Jews, and it is followed by including, "all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called". This dispels the argument that the promised new covenant, which some say was given to include only  the house of Israel and house of Judah (from Jeremiah 31), included an invitation by God, to the Gentiles, and the prophets confirmed that, as noted by James. It also dispels the notion that the nation of Israel was not given opportunity to know Christ and accept salvation through Him:

Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 14. Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16. After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17. That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 19. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Acts 15:24-27 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: 25. It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

How dare anyone add to the Word of God and teachings given by the Holy Spirit to the apostles and therefore to us in this written Word, to overturn what was specifically stated and very clearly stated---that no one was commanded to keep the law of Moses any longer (which includes keeping the feasts and sabbath) and those that did teach that, were subverting the souls of those they taught

How dare anyone overturn what was stated very clearly by James and the other apostles and elders of the church--and add to and change the Word of God--and say we are required to keep the law of Moses?

Some teach that because verse 21 speaks of having those who preach Moses in every city throughout the ages, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day, that means they believed the Gentiles would eventually learn the law of Moses, and keep it, by going to the synagogues. That the four things being given them as necessary were just the beginning of the changes required to serve Christ and be saved.

The Jews already knew to keep themselves from idolatry, blood and immorality since they heard Moses preached in the synagogues every Sabbath. But the Gentiles with no knowledge of Judaism or the God of Israel were a blank slate. They did not know any of these basic things. Hence the need for some major recommendations. Then they were taught about Christ crucified and the things the apostles were called and inspired to teach with the new epistles and gospels, to the law and the prophets which pointed to Christ. To teach the New Covenant promised by God, which would be different than the one given to 'the fathers' through Moses, according to the Scriptures.

That thinking about verse 21 would overturn the concept of what James responded with concerning them being told they needed to be circumcised and keep the law, that is, it was subverting their souls. In fact, it would overturn what Paul and Peter stated concerning the truth of the gospel, and they themselves were not living as the Jews, that is, not keeping the law of Moses, but the laws of Christ. Paul wrote very clearly the effect of hearing the law of Moses had, since Christ died on the cross, and removed the law out of the way. The law was, 'the ministration of death", and glorious at the time. But the ministration of the spirit is far more glorious, to the point of making the previous glory of the law to have no glory in comparison to Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:7-17 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8. How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9. For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 12. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14. But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Further, the most important passage in the law of Moses that needed to be applied was this:

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16. According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Which was reiterated in the New Testament many times:

John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

John 5:45-47 [Jesus speaking] Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Acts 3:22-23 [Peter speaking] For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Let's look closer at this passage in Acts 15, that gets so distorted and twisted. Peter said the Gentiles were no different than Jewish believers, and were made clean by faith in Christ, which is the true circumcision of the heart, not the body. He then asked why did any of them expect to put the yoke on Gentiles that the fathers couldn't bear---and which they--the Jewish believers including the apostles-- couldn't bear. Notice that--it was meaning those from the time of Moses to then, and they as Jews were not able to bear that yoke; no one could keep it perfectly. So why expect Gentiles to? And notice Peter said, "... put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples..." In other words, who did they think they were to challenge and try to change the message and Truth of the Gospel and the New Covenant, and try to burden new believers with the yoke that was taken away with Christ dying on the cross. And the truth that faith from Christ causes circumcision of the heart, and cleanses that which was unclean. For all. Jew and Gentile.

What was the yoke in question? What was being discussed? Circumcision and commanding the keeping of the law of Moses. That was the yoke the fathers nor they could bear.

The yoke was not something else as some try to say. Many Messianics and Hebrew Roots proponents like to say that the yoke was the "oral law". But "fathers" in that text is defined as the fathers of Israel, meaning ancestors to those at Mt Sinai where the law was given to the children of Israel. The contrast of the burden of that yoke that Peter said the fathers nor they could bear, is found with Jesus saying,

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The yoke of the law was not on Abraham, but on Moses and the people of the covenant. Paul encouraged against being caught up in trying to keep the law of Moses by comparing it to being entangled with the "yoke of bondage."

Galatians 5:1-4 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Circumcision, as part of the discussed issues in Acts 15, did not come from the law of Moses, but was given to Abraham, after the promise was given to him by God and before he was circumcised. So that all those who walked by faith could be heirs of the promise. Circumcision became part of the continuing covenant with Abraham under the Mosaic law, but the promise had nothing to do with the law of Moses, other than to point to Christ and be a shadow of what was to come.

Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Act 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of
the earth be blessed.

Paul made it clear he no longer preached circumcision, which was required for Jews under the law, and which is why he was persecuted. If he was teaching circumcision and keeping the law, there would have been no need to persecute any Christians, because the offence which came by the cross and all it meant, would be gone.

Galatians 5:6-14 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8. This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The promise was of the seed, that is, Christ, and those who belong to Him, by faith. The promise given to Abraham was for those circumcised and uncircumcised, for Jews and Gentiles who walked by faith:

Romans 4:8-14 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision
also
? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12. And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13. For
the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14. For if
they which are of the law be heirs
,
faith is made void
, and the promise made of none effect:

Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Since the the law is not of faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God, regardless whether one is circumcised or uncircumcised, and the law cannot bring righteousness or justification, then there is a huge problem with being under the law now that the New Covenant is here.

Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

So how do we reconcile Paul's statement that the law is holy and good, therefore is still in effect, according to Hebrew Roots and others.

Quite simply, the law of Moses was given by God to teach the Israelites how to serve Him. But they were still sinners just like the Gentiles, albeit God's chosen people, which is why they had to have perpetual sin offerings. Which is why Paul said in the rebuke to Peter, that even though they were under the law, they were still found to be sinners.  They were still sinners even though they were doing all those commandments and ordinances; doing all those things, they were still found to be sinners, needing sin offerings. Because all that they did in those commandments never made anyone permanently righteous or clean before God. He said all have sinned and fall short of His glory. Righteousness came only through the promise of the seed, Jesus Christ. God always wanted Israel to have faith like Abraham. He didn't care about the offerings and sacrifices. He wanted their love and faith, which would have led to obedience. The law was to teach them what sin was, but they were born into sin, just like all mankind. The law was put in place as Paul stated:

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been
by the law.

22 But
the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came,
we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But
after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The law was put into place until the seed, Jesus Christ, should come and then faith in Him confirmed the law---that all were sinners, and it was to be by faith that people would come to Christ, not by keeping the law of Moses. The law was given because of sin. So the law was good because it pointed to the need for Christ and the sin sacrifices proved they were sinners, just like Gentiles, and needed God's forgiveness.

Notice in verse 23, that Paul clarifies that before faith came, they were "kept" under the law, "shut up unto the faith" which was afterwards revealed. The phrase "shut up" means enclosed, shut up on all sides, shut up completely. They were kept and bound completely to the law, before faith became the way. It was kept from them, until Christ walked the earth. That is is why it was the schoolmaster, UNTIL Christ, and faith in Him made them no longer under the law, that is, that schoolmaster. Removing the requirement of keeping the law of Moses was the foundation of the things that had separated Jews and Gentiles. When the partition was removed, that was part of it, removing the ideas of clean and unclean physically to be focused on what faith in Christ made spiritually clean.

Gal 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Jesus confirmed and fulfilled the needs of the law. And He came as a Jew in the flesh to confirm the promises made to the fathers.

Rom 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

The Definition of Faith

Some are so determined to overturn these truths that they then change the meaning of faith to being, trust in God (YHWH) and His written commandments, but that never even begins to translate into believing Christ and the New Covenant. To them it means keeping the law of Moses.

However, faith is believing not only who God is, all His promises, including blessings and judgments, and believing that God has, will and is able to do all that He has said, and believing Christ is God manifest in the flesh. It's believing the Bible from Genesis 1:1 all the way through to Revelation 22:21, and believing that as God promised the New Covenant and provided salvation by His grace, to all who believe in Jesus Christ, and those who do believe and live by that faith, they will be with Him forever. 

Paul defined faith with regards to Abraham and believers in these ways:

Romans 4:20-22 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 10:4-10 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7. Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 8:24-25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Hebrews 6:17-20 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

In Strong's we see this definition for 'faith'

G4102  πίστις  pistis  pis'-tis

From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

Thayer's >

G4102   πίστις  pistis

Thayer Definition:

1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it

1a) relating to God

1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ

1b) relating to Christ

1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God

1c) the religious beliefs of Christians

1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same

2) fidelity, faithfulness

2a) the character of one who can be relied on

Reading these various passages in context and what we know in other passages, including the rebuke of Peter in Galatians and also the council in Acts 15, it becomes much clearer why the law was fulfilled by Christ, nailed to the cross, and all those who believe Jesus Christ are no longer under it. The destruction of the Temple finished it.

When God chose to offer salvation to all mankind He had to show that not only were the Gentiles in need of salvation--the Jews called them sinners and unclean---but the Jews
were in need of salvation, because the law, commanded by God and while perfect and good for the intent it was for, pointed to Christ. The law and the prophets all pointed to Christ and
the promise of salvation for all, with the promise also of the New Covenant and the awaited Messiah.

We are under the New Covenant, promised by God and brought in by Jesus Christ and it holds all that we need to declare Christ and be a witness for Him. And that includes referring to the OT, which always pointed to Christ, and which was FULFILLED by HIM --the Law and the Prophets---all of it.

That is also why Jesus said that He came to fulfill the law and the prophets.

Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Many, including those who are kabbalists within the Hebrew Roots movement, are denying the blood atonement in favor of recurring animal sacrifice and works, and claiming to be Torah Observant. The Mosaic Law is based in the Levitical sacrificial system whereby the breaking of those laws requires an animal sacrifice. This was the old covenant. In the New Covenant, the laws were simplified - written on the heart - based in the blood of Christ which atoned for all sin, once and for all. As Paul explained, the Mosaic Law was written on stone, but the Law of Christ is the Spirit of the Law which is fulfilled in love for God and for one's neighbor.

Hebrew 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all....16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote this, concerning changing from the doctrine that he and the other apostles were given by direct revelation from God or from Christ when He walked with them, which is given to us in the form of the New Testament:

1Timothy 1:3 "....that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm."

Some are teaching that the New Testament is merely "Yahshuah's interpretation of the Tenakh" To be clear, they believe that what Jesus spoke was merely an "interpretation" of the Old Testament. 

So when He said, " A New Commandment I give unto you", it was based on what? And when four books of the New Testament, excluding excerpts in the other books and also Revelation, were the ones that record our Lord's words while He walked the earth, what is in the rest of the Bible? 

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 

Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures of the "law and the prophets". They were about Him. For example:

Luke 4: 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. .....24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.   

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

He was/is The Word. He was not an agent of God. He is Immanuel, "God with us".

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men....14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Because Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures, being under the "law", the judgment and retribution for breaking it, are no longer physically or spiritually valid for those who know Him. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and Colossians that the law of commandments was abolished by Christ, nailed to the cross.

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

We see a presentation for living and obedience that are now and have always been, relevant to Believers, but in the New Testament. For example: 

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 

Myth. The bride of Messiah will only be those who have the correct "Hebraic" Name for God and "Yahshua".

A. Jesus never mentioned any such thing. All those who know know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are His Bride. Since Yahshua is a made up name, those who follow that are confused about who they obey.

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Mark 12:29-31 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jesus taught the disciples and us to pray by saying:

Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Paul, who was given the words to write said:

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

The Apostle John also wrote the following, and never even hinted at the above myth.

1 John 3:23-24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Myth. The New Testament is merely "Yahshuah's (or whatever made up variation) interpretation of the Tenakh".  To be clear, they believe that what Jesus spoke was merely an "interpretation" of the Old Testament

A. This issue becomes one of knowing who Christ is, that He is the Son of God, God manifest in the flesh, and "the Word made flesh". And knowing what He came to do in bringing the New Covenant and eternal salvation to those who believed Him.

When Jesus said, " A New Commandment I give unto you", it was based on what? And when four books of the New Testament, excluding excerpts in the other books and also Revelation, were the ones that record our Lord's words while He walked the earth, what is in the rest of the Bible? 

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 

Omitted are the following verses, which are part of the law of Moses these proponents claim to adhere to and know.

Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Isaiah 59:16-21 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. 18. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. 19. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. 20. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. 21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 55:3-4 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

And from the New Testament, we see  1)God saying to hear him, 2) Jesus saying His doctrine was the Father's 3) even those in the grave would hear Him 4) those that heard Him would have eternal life 5) those that heard Him, heard the Father

Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Luk 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

John 5:23-29 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27. And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

John 7:14-19 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16. Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 19. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

John 8:45-47 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47. He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

John 3:31-36 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 33. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 12:44-50 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Moses did not ever, nor could he say anything like this:

John 15:4-12 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Acts 3:22-24 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

Acts 7:37-40 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 38. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: 39. To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 40. Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

Hebrews 1:1-8 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4. Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6. And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Heb 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When Jesus said “But I say to you” in Matthew 5:22-48, that is exactly what He meant

Hebrews 3:1-8 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2. Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 4. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 5. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6. But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures. They were about Him. For example:

Luke 4: 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. .....24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.   

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

He was/is The Word. He was not an agent of God.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men....14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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