Law and Grace

by Don Esposito

When you talk about the great falling away, there is no greater deception perpetrated by Satan than law and grace. It is the most foundational, yet misunderstood, teaching in the body of Messiah today.

Satan has pawned off the false idea that Yahshua went through his great suffering, beating, and crucifixion, not to save us from our sins, but in our sins. Also, that the Son somehow has a different code of conduct than His “harsh” Father and that He has come to save us from Yahweh’s harsh, mean laws, instead of the penalty for breaking them. And sad to say, most of Christianity has bought this lie. Satan knows that mankind does not have a physical mind to love or obey Yahweh’s law.

Rom 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity (hatred) against Yahweh. For it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, neither indeed can be. Satan has played on mankind’s selfishness, vanity, lust of the eyes, and pride of life since the Garden of Eden.  Yahweh laid out his rules (laws) to Adam and Eve. He explained to them right (righteousness) from wrong (sin). He told them to believe and trust him (faith). Then what did Satan do? He told them to trust in themselves.

Satan told them that the reason Yahweh wanted to keep them from sin was not for their good, but to keep them from being happy. They bought the lie and paid the penalty. Death!

Ezek 18:4 The soul that sins, it shall die.”  And what is sin? 1 John 3:4 “Sin is the breaking of the Law!”  Every human being since Adam and Eve (excluding Yahshua) has also bought this lie. The carnal mind is only selfish, lustful, proud, and let’s not forget covetous. That is humanity, folks. We hate to be so blunt, but it is true. Apart from Yahweh’s spirit living in us, there is nothing good about any of us.

Listen to what Yahweh says about the human race that he created:
Gen 6:5-7 “And Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that very imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And Yahweh repented that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at his heart. And Yahweh said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air. For I repent that I have made them.

Those are sobering words. It should truly humble us when we read such scriptures. Only through the imparting of the Holy Spirit can one even begin to put on the mind of Messiah.  And even then, unless we pick up our cross daily and deny self, we will never truly change.

Yahshua Messiah came to earth nearly 2,000 years ago, not to do away with Yahweh’s eternal law, but to do away with our wicked human nature.

Isa 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, saith Yahweh.

He did not come to save us from the law, but from sin.  He did not come to do away with the law, but the enmity (hatred) that mankind has toward it. Ps. 19:7-11 “The law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than fine gold. Yea, than much fine gold. Sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb, moreover by them is thy servant warned, and in keeping them is great reward!

The Father and the Son did not share their perfect eternal law with mankind to burden us, but to show us the only way to true happiness. Yahweh’s law, (all of it) is a perfect law of love. First, it teaches us how to love Yahweh with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

Then, secondly, how to love our neighbour as ourselves. Every law he gave us was for our good.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now Israel, what does Yahweh, they Elohim, require of you, but to fear Yahweh, they Elohim, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Yahweh they Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. To keep the commandments of Yahweh and His statutes, which I command you this day for your good."

Mankind in his carnal, immoral state of flesh does not and cannot, make decisions based on the love of Yahweh.  The thoughts of man are vanity and selfishness. You may think this is too harsh, but it is not.  Only when you come to the realization of your worthlessness without Yahshua, can you begin to enter grace. Only when you internalize your total helpless state and one hundred percent dependency on Yahweh, can your grace begin. You must have this dependency, not just every day, but every second of every day, to put on the needed humility for true grace. There is a problem with the way people define grace nowadays. They do not want to accept their total inability to obey Yahweh’s laws. Nor do they want to totally surrender to Him so that they can overcome sin.

But instead, true grace is exchanged for a cheap grace, a quick prayer, an emotional experience - then back to the old sinful, selfish life again. True grace is not accepting Yahshua into your life, but creating a brand new life in Him. You must come to the realization that apart from Him, every deed you have done in the flesh is toward self.  You work to feed yourself, cloth yourself and shelter yourself. You buy mountains of new clothes, cars, and jewellery while many in this world do not even have food to eat. To truly put on grace, we must admit that, even at our best, we are a complete failure, without the shed blood of Messiah. He did not die to save us from law, but from ourselves!

The problem with the law is not actually the law itself. It is its inability to change the heart. The law can teach you right from wrong but cannot make you choose right.  So, for 4,000 years until the life, death and resurrection of Yahshua Messiah mankind has always made the wrong decision. It is like an alcoholic who knows that it is wrong to get drunk, but he cannot control himself. He has to take the drink.

Under the new covenant, Yahshua has freed us from that. He has not freed us from the law but from sin. The law can only tell you right from wrong, but cannot make you choose right.

The renewed covenant gives you a new spirit (Holy Spirit) that convicts you to do right. No longer does the alcoholic take the drink, nor does he want to. Gal. 3:21 tells us that if there was a law that could have been given, to give us salvation, Yahweh would have given it. But the law can only lead you to righteousness. It is the spirit that makes you righteous. Now think for a moment. What got mankind into this trouble of being unrighteous before Yahweh to begin with? Sin and rebellion.

Would Yahshua die to do away with law, or sin (rebellion)? If you believe that the law is nailed to the cross, then you are saying that Yahshua died to legalize sin. It is like saying that we have a problem in our neighbourhood because three homes were broken in to last week. You have a town meeting with the Mayor to solve the problem. The Mayor comes into the meeting and tells the town folk, “The problem is solved. I just made it legal to break into homes. There is no more problem of someone illegally breaking into your home because now it is legal.” It sounds ludicrous, but no more ludicrous than saying; since we have a death penalty over our heads because of our sins, Yahshua did away with the law.

Yahshua did not do away with the law. On the contrary, he paid the penalty for all of our law breaking. If we continue to sin willingly after we accept his shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins, we are no longer under grace. Read carefully the following strong word of warning.

Heb 10:26-31 “For if we are wilfully sinning after receiving the full knowledge of truth, there remains no more sacrifice concerning sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and zealous fire being about to consume the adversaries. If anyone did not regard the Law of Moses, that one dies without pity on the word of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think he will be thought worthy to receive, having trampled on the son of Yahweh, and having counted the blood of the covenant in which he was sanctified, common, and having insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know who has said, ‘Vengeance belongs to me, I will repay,’ says Yahweh. And again, ‘Yahweh will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Yahshua Messiah paid a great penalty for to have our sins forgiven. Nowhere does it say the law is done away with.

Rom 6:15-18 “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the penalty of the law, but under grace? Yahweh forbid! Know you not that to whom you yield yourself slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey. Whether of sin to death or obedience to righteousness, but thanks to Yahweh, that you were slaves of sin but you obeyed from the heart the form of teaching which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness...

(Ps. 119:172) “All thy commandments are righteousness.

There it is. Romans, written 25 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Messiah, says there is still sin. Think logically. If there is no law, then there is no sin, and if there is no sin, they why do we need to repent and accept Yahshua as Saviour? Where there is no law, there is chaos. That is exactly what Satan wants the world to believe. What he has done in the body of believers is gotten people to believe that the law is done away with, and has gotten them to exchange their own human conscience for moral right and wrong. People will tell you what they feel, or what is in their heart, instead of looking to Yahweh’s perfect law for judgment. What does Yahweh think about judging by our conscience or by our heart rather by His law?

Jeremiah  17:5-7, 9 “So says Yahweh, cursed is the man that trusts in man, and who makes flesh his strength; and who turns aside his heart from Yahweh. (Verse 7)  Blessed is the man that trusts in Yahweh, and Yahweh is his trust. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters. It sends out its roots by the stream, and will not fear when the heat comes. But its foliage will be green and it is not worried in the year of drought. Nor will it cease from producing fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things and it is desperately wicked; who can know it?”

This is the greatest deception that Satan has used on the world and it shouldn’t be overlooked! It is the Garden of Eden all over again. Only this time the stakes are even higher as we read in Hebrews 10:26-32. Our eternal life depends on it. And what a slick lie! Just like he did with Adam and Eve, he has convinced mankind that he knows better than Yahweh. Yahweh’s law is perfect and teaches right from wrong. Satan has deceived people into believing that, on their own, they may decide what is right and what is wrong, depending on their own perverted conscience. Where does your conscience get its orders? It gets them from your carnal, fleshly human nature; your own reasoning and your own heart. They are hatred toward Yahweh’s law. Satan uses vanity. That is how he influences human beings, through pride, lust and covetousness. He tried it on Yahshua, but to no avail.

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, “All these things I will give you if You will fall down and worship me.

It is interesting to note that Yahshua did not question his authority over this world’s kingdoms. Many in this world too often blind themselves to the fact that this world, with all its governments, schools, financial institutions, and even most of its churches, are a part of Satan’s system. The system is based on greed, lust, pride and self-pleasure. Yahshua did not fall for this. Look closely at Yahshua’s reply and you will see that He combated Satan’s evil with scripture.

Matt 4:10 First He rebuked Satan, and said, “Get thee behind me Satan, for it is written, thou shalt worship Yahweh thy Elohim, and He only shall thou serve.

We need to follow Yahshua’s example in our fight against Satan. Not with our own human reasoning, but with the powerful written word of Yahweh. The law cannot save you, but it can tell you right from wrong and teach you proper judgment. You cannot know right from wrong through human reasoning. The law was not changed at Yahshua’s death, but our judgment for breaking it was. Under the blood of the new covenant we are no longer judged by law but by faith. We no longer need to feel unwarranted guilt if we repent each time we slip up and sin unwillingly. It does not change the fact that sin is still the breaking of the law and the penalty of sin is still death. Even after conversion, wilful sinning still brings death. This seems to be missed by most professing Christians today. The penalty of our sins at baptism is not ignored, or excused, but rather paid for. There is always a penalty to be paid for sin. Yahweh never excuses sin ever committed on this earth. His crucifixion did not excuse, but rather paid for our sins.

What started our separation from Yahweh was rebellion (sin). Mankind thought that he knew better than Yahweh’s rules (laws, statutes and commandments) laid out in the Garden of Eden. Each one of us, through sin, put Yahshua on the tree of crucifixion. If all the world’s problems originate with sin, why would we think by having the penalty of those sins paid for, that we would have license to go back to the very act that caused us the death penalty to begin with? For instance, if you were speeding on a highway, going 70 mph in a 55mph zone, and you were pulled over by a policeman, and he explained to you that, since he has already pulled you over, he has to give you a ticket, a penalty for speeding has to be paid. That is the law. Then he tells you that he will pay the ticket himself, out of his own money. He gives you grace - unmerited forgiveness. What will you do when you get back to the highway? Will you go 55mph as the law states, or will you go back to breaking the law by going 70 mph? The policeman’s grace did not give you a special license to break the law (continue sinning). In the same way, Yahshua did not suffer a horrible crucifixion and death to save us in our sins, but from our sins.

Listen carefully to what Yahshua tells the crippled man that He heals in John. 5:14. “Behold thou art made whole: sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee!

This does not sound like he is giving this man an unlimited amount of “get out of jail free” cards. He is very clear – sin no more.   We are saved by grace through faith in Yahshua Messiah, for the forgiveness of our sins.

The sins that we have already committed before baptism leaves us with a death penalty hanging over our heads.  Nothing we can do can erase that. If you kill someone you must pay the penalty. No amount of law keeping can make up for the past sins committed. Only the acceptance of Yahshua’s shed blood for the forgiveness of sins, can pay the penalty for those sins. But after baptism - after your sins have been forgiven, you must be like the crippled man whom Yahshua told to go and sin no more. We must be obedient to the best of our ability to the written word of Yahweh.

Obedience does not earn us our salvation because it is already promised to us upon accepting Yahshua as Savoir. We now obey the law, not to be saved, but because we are saved. Listen to what the apostle Paul tells us about the law after our conversion.

Rom. 3:31 “Do we make void the law through faith? Yahweh forbid, yes, we establish the law!

The law is called the perfect law of liberty because it will keep you free. The blood of Yahshua will set you free from the death penalty brought on my breaking the law, and obedience after conversion will keep you free.

Satan is the one trying to deceive the flock of Yahweh by saying that to obey Yahweh’s law is legalism... But you will not find one penalty, from Genesis to Revelation, for obedience to the word of Yahweh. Every penalty or curse comes because of disobedience or law-breaking.

Deut. 11:26-28 “Behold, I set before you this day, a blessing and a curse. A blessing if you obey the commandments of Yahweh you Elohim, which I command you this day. And a curse, if you do not obey the commandments of Yahweh four Elohim, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day.”

Every word that Yahweh gave for mankind is for his good. Look at the subject of clean and unclean meats for a moment. Some will argue, “The dietary laws are done away and I have freedom to eat what I want.” My only question to that is, “Is eating pork going to make your body (the temple of the Holy Spirit) stronger, healthier or is it going to hurt it? Pork was never meant to be eaten. It is the only animal that sweats internally instead of externally.  One out of every three pigs has trichinosis worm poisoning. Others will say, “But it is only food.”

Wasn’t the Garden of Eden about food? Yahweh told them some food was good and some was bad. He told Adam and Eve not to eat the bad. They did not believe Him and suffered the consequences. How about you? Do you believe Yahweh when He says that certain foods, like pork, are not good to be eaten? Yahweh gave us this law, not to deny us something good, but because He knew that pork was a vile animal not to be eaten. He gave us this law to make us healthier, stronger and happier. Many people, who laughed when I told them I did not eat pork, eventually got sick, and when they went to a doctor, the first thing the doctor told them was not to eat pork. It is very bad for your heart.  A pig has to be embalmed, just to make it edible. It has the highest fat content of just about any animal known.

That is just one example to make a point. I realize the Kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink. But I am just simple enough to believe and trust every last word of the Holy Scriptures. I know how subtle Satan is. I also know how flawed my own human reasoning is. So I just trust Yahweh and His word literally for everything. It is the secret to a rich, wonderful and fulfilling one-on-one relationship with Yahweh, and also the key to a happy life. We must enter the kingdom as a little child or not enter at all. Children are trusting, simple and humble. I am not ashamed to admit that Yahweh knows all and I know nothing. The problem is that mankind does not want to believe this.

Pride, vanity, and self-worth stop us from this child-like humility and obedience. Yahweh warns us not to lean on our own understanding.
Deut 12:8 “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.."

Obedience and faith go hand in hand. It is Satan that is trying to make Christians choose one or the other. But you cannot truly have one without the other.

James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it has not works is dead, being alone. Yes, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works; Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

You cannot have one without the other. The works are the evidence of your faith. Faith without works is a dead faith - in word only - not being true faith at all.

1 Cor 4:20 “For the kingdoms of Yahweh is not in word, but in power.”  Works without faith is pure self-righteousness.
Isa 64:5 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as a filthy rag,
” (literally a woman’s menstrual cloth).

You must put faith and works together, and faith must always come first. Nothing we can do can redeem our lost souls back to Yahweh. Only be accepting, from a humble spirit, that we are all together worthless can we freely accept the shed blood of Yahshua to cover our sins and reconcile us to the Father. However, there is much we can do after accepting this shed blood that can separate us from our Creator. Wilful sinning after the full knowledge of the truth can eternally separate us from our heavenly Father. That is why Acts 2:38 says to repent and believe! Repent means to “turn back to”.  Turn back to what? To the obedience of Yahweh’s commandments and laws.

Then and only then can we humbly accept Yahshua’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins.  If we think the law is done away with, we will never truly grasp our fallen nature. We will never truly repent for going our own way rather than the way of Yahweh, our Father. Repentance is a full 180 degree turn around. It is not making excuses for our old way of life with all its pagan worldly influence. It is changing, maybe even with tears, finally realizing that our own way has only brought us the death penalty that must be paid. Our death penalty was paid! It was paid at Golgotha by our Saviour Yahshua.

We need to get rid of the hatred for Yahweh’s law.  Romans 8:7 tells us that we hated Yahweh’s law before baptism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have to stop our rebellion and self will and follow every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh (Matt 4:4). There is nothing that grieves my spirit more than the hatred in Christianity today for Yahweh’s law of love. Our Father loves us so much and shared His eternal Spirit and law with us, as His children, out of love. He wants us to obey because it is the only way that will bring true happiness to us and to all around us. Listen to what our loving Father expects from each and every one of His children.

Deut. 10:12-13 “And now Israel, what does Yahweh thy Elohim require of thee, but to fear Yahweh they Elohim, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yahweh thy Elohim, with all they heart and with all they soul. To keep the commandments of Yahweh, and His statutes (Holy Days) which I command you this day for your good!

There is not one of the laws of Yahweh that will hurt you. Rather, every law will lead to happiness and to eternal life. More than 25 years after the resurrection, Paul wrote in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin are still death. Back then and still today, sin is the breaking of Yahweh’s law (1 John 3:4).
Now let us address another subject. Did Yahshua do away with His Father’s law?

Malachi 3:6 states, "For I am Yahweh, I change not!" Hebrews 13:8   “Yahshua Messiah, the same yesterday, today and forever.

Elohim, unlike man, does not change or go back on His word. He is not double minded like mankind. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 tells us that in the end time people will be very evil. One trait that is mentioned is that people will be truce breakers. They will not keep their word. That is true today. People will not think twice about lying or going back on their word, for their own self-interests. Yahweh is different.

When He speaks it is as if it has already happened. That is what faith is. It is believing Yahweh at His word, even if it has not yet come to pass. If you believe that the law is done away or nailed to a cross, then you don’t have faith, because you do not believe the promises that Yahweh made concerning His law.

Isa 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow goes down from the heavens, and do not return there, but water the earth and makes it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater - so shall my word be, which goes out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in what I send it to do.

Yahshua is the testator of the New covenant or Testament. A testament is just like a will.

Hebrews 9:16-17 “For where a testament is, the death of the testator must be offered. For a testament is of force after men are dead. Otherwise it is of no force at all while the testator lives.” If someone makes a will, he or she may change that will right up to their death. Once they are dead, it’s too late.  Whatever the will or testament says, it cannot be changed at all. It is even called a last will and testament.

So if any law was changed or done away with by our Saviour, you must find it between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It must be right out of Yahshua’s own mouth. It must be in red letters. Needless to say, you will not find one word in the entire Holy Scriptures and in the original law changed, broken, or done away with by Yahshua. The only exception was His being the ultimate sacrifice on the stake. This fulfilled the symbolic ordinances of animal sacrifices that Hebrews 10:1-4 says never did away with one sin, but only reminded them (Israelites), year after year, that they were sinners in need of a Saviour.
Not only did He obey every law perfectly to the letter and spirit, but commanded others to do so also.

Matt 5:17-20 “Think not that I have come to do away with the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fill up (add to). For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all comes to pass. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

Then he went on to explain what he meant. The letter of the of the law says, “Thou shalt not kill,” but he said that even if you are angry toward your brother without a cause, then you have committed murder. The law says you shall not commit adultery. Yahshua said that if you even lust after a woman in your mind, then you have already committed adultery. Those are hard words. It does not sound like he is doing away with the law, but actually making it harder, As stated in verse 17, he is adding to, or filling it up. The letter of the law was incomplete, as it only dealt with the physical actions and not the intent of the heart. The spirit of the law deals with issues of the heart. The spirit of the law deals with issues of the heart. You can keep the letter without the spirit, as the Pharisees proved, but you cannot keep the spirit without the letter. You cannot murder someone and say, “But I was not angry with him in my heart.” Or commit adultery and say, “but I did not lust in my heart.”

You can keep the letter without the spirit, but you cannot keep the spirit without the letter. That is why Yahshua plainly stated in verse 20 that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees (putting the letter with spirit), you shall not enter into the kingdom of Yahweh. The law can only tell you right from wrong; it cannot change your heart. Only by true repentance (turning back from breaking Yahweh’s law) and belief in Yahshua as son of Yahweh for forgiveness of sins, can you receive the free gift of the Holy Spirit that changes the heart. Once you receive the gift of grace, you are no longer under the penalty of law. You are completely forgiven. Your covenant has changed from one of law to one of faith in Yahshua. But that does not change or alter the law one bit. As a matter of fact, now with a new heart of the renewed covenant, you should want to obey Yahweh with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Faith does not do away with the law, it establishes it (makes stand, upholds) the law (Romans 3:31). Let us hear who Yahshua says is a wise pupil.  Matt 13:52 “Then He said unto them, therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the Kingdom of  heaven is like unto a man that is a master of a house, who puts forth out of his treasure new and old."

The Apostles and the early believers, as we have seen were all law-keepers, including Paul. Wicked men started to creep into the church around 50 A.D., bringing in different philosophical heresies. One heresy was that the bible was only an analogy and that we did not have to keep the law. That philosophy was condemned by Yahshua during his ministry and also by the early believers. Paul was trained as a Pharisee. He had learned the letter of the law without the spirit, and he saw that the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. The letter without the spirit is only self-righteousness, but the spirit without the letter is empty. It has no substance. It is only theory and not reality. Faith without works is dead.

Listen to what the apostle Paul says about the law. Rom 7:12 “Wherefore the law is Holy and the commandment Holy, and just and good." (Verse 14) “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.”

The problem was not with the law, but without inability, in our weak carnal flesh, to obey Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty.

1 Corinthians 7:19 Paul again states, “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of Yahweh!

Acts 25:8 “While he answered for himself (Paul), neither against the law of Jews, neither against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I offended anything at all." (Acts 24:14) “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I, the Elohim of my Fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.

In all of Paul’s writings, he never once spoke against the law or against obedience to the law. What he was continually battling was the question of whether you can earn your salvation? Can law-keeping, save you?

The Jews of his day had made thousands of extra laws never mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. They had created their own righteousness apart from the law. This is what Paul was contending with. The very definition of grace is not only unmerited forgiveness of sin, but also the desire to want to give back for being forgiven.  The way we give back is by living a holy, righteous life in Yahshua and by showing all the world that the only way to happiness is by obeying all the words of our heavenly Father and accepting Yahshua’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of past sins. We should be holy, as Yahweh is holy, just and good.

Romans 10:4 “For Messiah is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” If you look up the word “end” in the original Greek, you will find that it is the word “telos” and it means “end result” or “goal”. In other words, the purpose or what one sets out to obtain. Now, this definition makes more sense. Yahshua is our goal or end result. What did He do? He kept all of Yahweh’s law perfectly!

Matt. 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word out of the mouth of Yahweh.

Yahshua is our goal. We ought to strive to live exactly as He did. Living in the letter and the spirit one hundred percent of the time.

1 John 2:3-6 “And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. The one saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in that one. But whoever keeps His word, truly in this one, the love of Yahweh has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him, the one saying to rest in Him, ought so to walk himself, as that one walked.

Many people say how much they “love Jesus,” yet how many are even willing to keep the 10 commandments?

John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments!"
John 14:21 “He that has my commandments and keeps them, it is that one who loves me; and the one that loves Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Contrary to what many churches teach today, Yahshua never came as a rebel son and changed His Father’s commandments. He only spoke what the Father gave him and not his own words.

John 5:19 “Then answered Yahshua and said unto them... Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do. For what things so ever he does, these also the son does likewise."

In John 10:30, Yahshua states, “I and my Father are one.” As we have already explained, the word “one” in Hebrew is “echad” and means “united.” One in thought, mind and spirit. There is never disagreement or disunity between the Father and the Son. They are in perfect harmony. The laws of Yahweh are natural laws of love that are actually the very character of the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:8 “The one who does not love, has not known Yahweh, because Yahweh is love.”  The law is the love of Yahweh expressed internally in us. Just as a husband is incomplete without his wife, the letter is incomplete without the spirit. The great mystery of the congregation of Yahweh is that His love is transferred to every believer by the Holy Spirit.

John 17:21 “That all may be one as we are one. As you are in me, Father, and I in you, that they also may be one in us. That the world may believe that you sent me.”

This is not talking of a closed trinity but an open family. The one and only Elohim of the universe is creating children. How is Yahweh doing this? Col 1:27 “To who Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory.”

How awesome! Yahweh is taking carnal, selfish flesh, and creating spirit - begotten children of the living Elohim. But if we are truly begotten of the New covenant, we will have a new heart. No one of human conscience or reasoning according to the human mind, because remember, the human mind hates Yahweh’s law (Rom 8:7). The new believer has a renewed mind of obedience from the Holy Spirit. The following shows the way that a new covenant believer is supposed to be.

Heb 8:6-12 “But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which is established upon better promises. For if the first covenant had been faultless, then there should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them (the fault of the old covenant was not the law but the people’s hardened heart of disobedience to obey). He said unto them, ‘behold the days are coming, says Yahweh, and I will make an end on the house of Israel, and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be, not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day of my taking hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I did not regard them, says Yahweh. Because this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh, giving my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people. And they shall no more teach each one his neighbour, because all shall know me, from the least of them to their great one. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and I will not at all remember their sins and their lawless deeds.’”

This is the new covenant. How I look forward to the day when a book like this one will no longer be necessary because all will have the love of Yahweh’s laws in their hearts. Do you have the love of Yahweh? Here again is the scripture that tells us what the love of Yahweh is.

1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Yahweh, and keep his commandments!  For this is the love of Yahweh, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome (heavy, grievous).” Satan has deceived the Christian world today by making them think that these commandments of love are a burden. These laws will be enacted in Yahshua’s millennial reign. Only when all men on earth are keeping Yahweh’s law will there be peace and happiness. The following scripture in Micah tells of this glorious future time when all the earth, even the Gentile nations, will have a new heart and want to obey Yahweh’s law.

Micah 4:2 “And many nations will come and say, come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, and to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law  shall go forth from Zion,  and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.

What a glorious time it will be! We must realize that Yahshua did not change or alter these commandments in any way. In John 1:1, he is actually called The Word, or “logos” in the Greek. He is the messenger of the covenant. When we try to do away with any part of Yahweh’s word, we are trying to do away with “The Word” Yahshua himself. Listen carefully to Yahshua‘s response to a man that asked the question,  “What must I do to inherit eternal life?

Matt 19:16-22 “And behold coming near one said unto him, good teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And Yahshua said unto him, why do you call me good? No one is good except the one, Yahweh! But if you desire to enter into life, Keep the commandments! He said to him, ‘Which?’ And Yahshua said, you shall not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honour your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself. The young man said unto him, all these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack? Yahshua said unto him, if you desire to be perfect, go sell your property and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me. But hearing the word, being grieved, the young man went away for he had many possessions.”

There are a number of very telling items in this passage. First of all, Yahshua is asked plainly, “How do I get eternal life?” His first response is, “call no man good, except Yahweh." He was trying to show this man that, without Yahweh’s spirit, carnal, sinful, fleshly man has no good in him. Only by repentance, and having your sins paid for, can you inherit eternal life. Then he plainly tells the man that he still has a responsibility to obey Yahweh’s commandments. He then names them. These are, without controversy, the 10 commandments. He did not say that they were changed, altered or spiritualized away.

He said that to enter into eternal life, you must keep (obey) them. In the Hebrew language the word for keep is to “guard and to protect,” just as we are doing in this book. He also showed the man that the letter of the law without the spirit is self-righteousness. Yahshua added to the law and also showed the man the spiritual intent.

Sell everything you have and come follow me.” The letter says do not steal, but the spirit says, “share all you have”. The letter says, “Do not murder.” but the spirit says to love everybody, even your enemies. It is interesting to note what happens next. Yahshua tell his disciples that it will be very hard for those trusting in materialism to enter into his Kingdom. Why? Because it is the “get “ way. It is the way of self, greed and covetousness. Because the renewed spirit wants to share, give, and help those in need.

Luke 3:11 “If you have two coats, give to him who has none.” After hearing this, the normal response from the disciples was, “Who then can be saved?” Then Yahshua replied, “With men this is impossible, but with Yahweh, all things are possible.” This is the difference between the old covenant and the new.

It is not the keeping of the letter of the law that counts, but the motivation of the heart. In the carnal, fleshly state in which we were born, we cannot have the love (agape) of Yahweh. It only comes from the imparting of the Holy Spirit. The man seeking eternal life in the previous scripture had obeyed in the letter, from his youth. Only by receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit, could he obey from the heart with the true agape love of Yahweh. He obeyed in the letter, which is the least we should do. It is so sad today to see that most of professing Christianity says that the law is done away.

They are not reading their bibles daily. In reality, through the Holy Spirit, it should be the very opposite. We should love Yahweh’s law and want to live by every word (Matt 4:4). It is not wonder that the young people of this world are exactly like the apostle Paul prophesied.

2 Tim 2:1-5 “But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will be at hand. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy; without natural feelings, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Yahweh, having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it, even turn away from these.”

If you are honest, you can see that this scripture is referring to the generation that we live in today. Sure, some of them have a form of godliness. The go to church, they wave their hands, they say they love Jesus. But they also deny the power of Yahweh’s eternal laws. The power of the Holy Spirit comes through the blessings of obedience, not through sin and rebellion.

Acts 5:32 “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom Yahweh has given to them that obey Him.”

In America, they have taken the 10 commandments out of the school. They have also taken out prayer and any form of worship toward Elohim. Look at the result; all the things mentioned in 1 Timothy verse 3. America has brought up a godless and rebellious generation.

Deut. 6:6-7 “And these words which I command you this day, shall be in your heart (New Covenant). And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

How many parents follow this scripture today? How many diligently teach Yahweh’s law to their children when they wake up, when they walk (daytime), and when they lie down to go to sleep. Instead, today parents teach their children all kinds of wicked lies. Instead of teaching about Yahweh and his word and plan of salvation through his Holy Days, they teach Santa Claus and the Easter bunny and all kinds of fairy tales. They wonder why their children stop believing when they grow up. How can you teach children a bunch of empty lies from birth, and expect them to have faith in Yahweh, the only real being in this universe.

I am a pastor and have been blessed to travel to many areas of the world to spread the good News of Yahshua’s coming Kingdom. I can tell you first hand that the difference between children who are brought up with Yahweh’s word and law in their mouth and those that have been brought up with empty paganism, is like night and day.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he shall go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This scripture is so true and it really works. If we would only teach our children from birth to love Yahweh, with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love his law like King David, who wrote:  Ps 119:97 “O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day long" (vs. 105). "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (vs. 66-67)."Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I have believed thy commandments.  Before I was afflicted, I went astray, (before baptism) but now I have kept thy word" (vs. 113). "I hate the half hearted, but I love thy law" (vs. 172). "My tongue shall speak of the word, for all thy commands (ten, not nine) are righteousness."

This is what the new covenant is all about. I cannot stress this enough. The new covenant is the renewing of your mind and heart from hatred of the ways of Yahweh, to love the love of his eternal words. The cross of Yahshua is not the end of your salvation, but only the beginning.

Rom 5:9-10 “But Yahshua commends his love to us in that we, yet being sinners, Messiah died for us. Much more than, being justified by his blood, we will be saved through him from wrath. For, if being enemies, we were reconciled (atoned) to Yahweh, through the death of his Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by his life.

It was sin that separated us from our heavenly Father; the breaking of his Holy, righteous, eternal law. It was sin, and in particular idolatry and Sabbath-breaking, which sent the whole nation of Israel into a national captivity. It is only the perfect, sinless life of Yahshua that qualified him to be the perfect and sinless “Lamb of Yahweh.”

When we are baptized, it is just the beginning. We are reconciled back to the Father by the forgiveness of our sins through the blood of the son. But we must continue our walk of grace through his live. We must walk as he walked, in holiness, love and obedience.

Rom 6:1-7 “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Let it not be! We who died to sin, how shall we still live in it? Or are you ignorant that all who were baptized into Yahshua were baptized into his death? Then we were buried with him through baptism into death. As Yahshua was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, so also we should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been joined together in the likeness of knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with him, that the body of sin might be annulled, so that we no longer serve sin. For the one that died has been justified from sin.

We cannot end our eternal road to salvation at baptism. It is a wicked world and we need to separate from the world and its ways.   John 17:15 “I pray that you should not take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.

Our lives should be filled with the Word and prayer and fasting, instead of TV and every imaginable form of pleasure seeking. Yahshua said in Matt. 7:16, “You shall know them by their fruits.

Let’s look at a few more scriptures that have been misapplied by most clergymen today. They are turning our liberating grace into lawlessness. First, let’s look at Colossians, the second chapter in verse fourteen.  Col 2:14 “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances against us, which were contrary to us, even he has taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the tree.” 

This is one of the main scriptures used by worldly Christianity to try to say that the law is done away with. What is this scripture really saying? First of all, whatever was nailed to the tree, was against us and was contrary to us. Tell me one law in all the Holy Scriptures that is against us? Just one! On the contrary, they were given for our good (Deut. 10:13). What then, was nailed to the tree? If you look up the Greek work for “handwriting of ordinances,” you will find that it is the word “cheirographon,” and it means a legal code of debt. It is like an IOY, or a contract to pay, such as a mortgage. In Israel, at the time of Yahshua, when one was crucified, their charge was hung over their head. “Here is Joe, a thief!” In Yahshua’s case they wrote, “Yahshua, King of the Jews.” According to the law of the Caesars, there was a death penalty for anyone claiming to be a king. That is why Herod in Matthew 27:11, asked Yahshua, “Are you a king?”

When Yahshua was crucified on the torture stake, he took all the sins charged on mankind, from Adam to present. Why did we all have a death penalty? For sin - for breaking of Yahweh’s law. Yahshua did not nail the law to the cross, he nailed each and every one of our IOUs, our legal debt for breaking Yahweh’s law, to the cross. We simply need to repent (turn back) from law breaking and accept Yahshua’s blood for our IOU to Yahweh! The law itself is not against us, but the penalty for breaking it is.

As we mentioned earlier, there is not one penalty in the entire Holy scriptures for obedience, only for sin; the breaking of the law. Satan has deceived the masses through his false clergy, who preach that in some mysterious way, Yahweh’s mercy and forgiveness give us license to sin. In addition to that, they teach that pagan worship is now acceptable to Yahweh, when before it resulted in death. Remember Rev. 12:9. Satan has deceived the whole world.

What a great sacrifice Yahshua made, and how deceptive it is for his clergy to preach that sacrifice was made to save us in our sins, instead of from our sins.

I recommend that you buy an interlinear bible that has the original Greek and Hebrew text of the Bible. All translations today are just that - translations. They are translated from the original manuscripts by men who have been deceiving you since the invention of the printing press. Do you want to know exactly, word for word, what Yahweh wrote or do you want to read a man’s translation? Most of the scriptures used in this book are from the J.P. Green’s Interlinear Bible, which contains the original Hebrew and Greek text, along with an English translation. I also took some scriptures from the King James Bible. The King James Bible is probably the best of the translations, but it still has many mistakes. If you want to discover what any word or text in the bible means in the original language, find the word in a Strong’s Concordance and its corresponding number and look up the definition in the back of the concordance.

Another misquoted scripture is Galatians 3:24-25, where it states that the law was our schoolmaster. Again, let’s look at this scripture in the context. The question being dealt with is:  are we saved (justified, sins paid) by law-keeping or by faith in Yahshua. We have discussed, at great length, that a good act does not make up for a bad act, (sin). We must internalize that fact.

We are totally carnal, immoral flesh without Yahshua. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of Yahweh. Paul was stressing with some of the self-righteous Pharisees of his day. It was not their law-keeping that was wrong, but their self-righteous attitude and their lack of faith, love and mercy.

Matt 23:1-3 “Then spoke Yahshua unto the multitude and to his disciples saying, the scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses seat. All therefore, they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not after their works. For they say and do not. (Vs 23) “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise, and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Yashua never condemned their obedience to the letter of the law, but rather condemned their omitting the spirit of the law. Paul did not teach that we should omit the law, but that we should first have complete faith in Yahshua. Total faith in Yahshua is the only road to salvation. Only after we enter that road through repentance and belief in Yahshua for forgiveness of sins, can our works of law be accounted for righteousness.

In Galatians 3:13. Paul is explaining that Messiah saved us from the curse of the law. The curse was the penalty for breaking it. There is no curse for obeying it. He goes on to explain in verse 14-18, that Abraham was blessed because he had faith in Yahweh. He was obedient.

Yahweh spoke and he followed. Now if the promises were given to Abraham, through faith, how can we, his children, obtain them by works? We can’t. We receive the promise of eternal life through faith, just like Abraham.
Our obedience to Yahweh’s law is a result of our faith in him, and not because of our self-righteousness. Continue reading in verse 19. “Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions (sin), till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made.” Let’s take a closer look at this verse. We know that the 10 commandments were in effect from creation. It has always been wrong to lie, to murder, to covet, to commit idolatry, commit adultery, and to take Yahweh’s name in vain. Even the Sabbath day, as shown in this book, was in effect from creation.

So, which law was added? The only law that was added was the Levitical Priesthood and the animal sacrifices. Why were they added? Because of sin!  Animal sacrifices never did away with one sin. They were a shadow—a reminder that we are sinners in need of a redeemer.

Hebrews 10:1-6 “For the law had a shadow of coming good things, not the image itself of those things. Appearing year by year with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually, they never are able to perfect the one drawing near. Otherwise, would they not have had to be offered, because these serving did not still have conscience of sins, having once been cleansed? But in these, there is a remembrance of sins, year by year - for it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. For this reason, coming into the world, he says, sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but you prepared a body for me. You did not delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as to sins.

The only law that was added was the sacrificial system that was added only until Yahshua came in the flesh to give the one, true, supreme sacrifice. That was the only law that Yahshua completely fulfilled at his first coming. He sacrificed himself for the sins of mankind past, present and future.
The law of animal sacrifice was a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reminder of our sinful nature. These animal sacrifices are the works of the law that Paul is referring to, that will not save us, only Yahshua’s blood. In the Renewed covenant, we are to offer ourselves as daily, living sacrifices to Yahweh (Rom 12:1). We do this by following every word of scripture and being in his complete will. We do this by loving him first, and secondly, our neighbour as our self.

Also Galatians 3:24 correctly translated states, “So, as the law, a trainer of us, has become Messiah.” As mentioned before, the letter is incomplete without the spirit. Yahshua became the law to show us the law in practice. He is the goal or end result of our law-keeping (Rom 10:4). We should be striving to be like he was; perfect in letter and spirit!

Let’s now take a look at an end time prophecy in the book of Malachi. It is about the very end time, right before the great tribulation and the return of Yahshua Messiah to the earth.

Mal. 3:16-18 “Then those fearing Yahweh, spoke together, each man to his neighbour. And Yahweh gave them attendance and heard. And a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who feared Yahweh, and for those esteeming his name.  And they shall be mine, Yahweh of hosts, for the day that I will make up my treasure. And I will pity them, as a man has pity on his son who serves him. Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between them that serve Elohim, and him who does not serve him.

This is a very important scripture for all believers living in the end time. Yahweh says that he will have pity on, and bless, those that serve him. He also says that His people will see the difference between the righteous (Ps. 119:172, all thy commandments are righteousness) and those that are wicked (the lawless).

Note also in chapter four of Malachi, it is specifically speaking of the day of Yahweh, and the coming tribulation: Mal. 4:1-2, 4-5  “For behold the day of Yahweh come, that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be as stubble and the day that comes, shall burn them up, says Yahweh of hosts, that it will leave them neither root nor branch. (Verse 2), but unto you, who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. And you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." (Now look at the warning in verse four to those who fear Yahweh and have turned back to obedience to him). (Verse 4), “Remember you the Law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb, for all Israel with the statutes (Holy Days) and judgments (how to love your neighbour as yourself). (Verse 5), behold I send to you Elijah the prophet before the coming and of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh.

Could it be any plainer? The first time Yahshua came, He was as a lamb, and yet everyone was expecting a Lion. The second time he comes, they will look for a Lamb, and the Lion of Judah will appear. He is coming to destroy all iniquity (lawlessness), and to reward the obedient and faithful, wise servant. This chapter will be ended with one more sobering verse for you to meditate on, and to pray to your heavenly Father about. It is a warning straight from our Saviour.

Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Master, Master will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the sons who do the will of My Father in heaven.
Many will say unto me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many works of power? And then, I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, those working lawlessness!
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May we heed these solemn words and be ready for His coming!

“Law and Grace” has been taken from the book “The Great Falling Away”  by Don Esposito.  This book can be downloaded freely from the Internet .