“The Righteousness of the Law”
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Romans: 2:14: For when the Gentiles, which have not the Torah/Law, do by nature the things contained in the Torah, these, having not the Torah, are a Torah to themselves:
Romans: 2:26: Therefore if the uncircumcision keeps the righteousness of the Torah, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
What did Shaul mean by this statement? Sense this verse was spoken in context with physical circumcision, where else in the scriptures can we find a similar remark? Remember the Chosen Messengers/Malakiym taught from the "Old Testament" as our Savior did (Refer to Luke 24: 27, 44):
Ephesians: 2:20: And are built on the foundation of
the Messengers and Foretellers/Nebiyiym, Yahvshua Mashiyach Himself being the Chief Corner Stone;
Turn to Yirmiyah 4:4:
Yirmiyah: 4:4: Circumcise yourselves to YaHVeH, and take away the foreskins of your heart, all you men of Yahudah and inhabitants of Yahvshalam: unless MY Fury comes forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
How can you circumcise your heart? Turn to Yechizkiyahu/Ezekiel 11:19, Yirmiyahu 31:33 is quoted in Iybriyiym/Hebrews 8:10 and 10:16:
Yechizki'Yah: 11:19: And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new ruach/spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh:
Yirmiyah: 31:33: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Yisrael; after those days, said YaHVeH, I will put MY Law/Torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohiym, and they shall be MY people.
It is not we who circumcises our own heart, it is YaHVeH through HIS Ben Yahvshua that does this (Colossians 2:11)! No man can boast of his own righteousness (Ephesians 2: 8-10. Read all of Ephesians 2). We keep the “…righteousness of the Law/Torah…” through emun/belief in Yahvshua our Rabbi. We obey the “Ruach Law” (Romans 7:14) of righteousness because of our belief in the Lamb of YaHVeH. It is through our obedience that the righteous “works” of the Torah are done through belief in Yahvshua. Refer to Ya'akob/“James” chapter 2. In the KJV Ya'akob calls the Ruach Torah the “…royal law…” chapter 2 verse 8:
Ya'akob/James: 2:8: If you all fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, you shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well:
Ya'akob is speaking of the commandments given at Mount Sinai written on stone tablets. Do you know how I know this? If you read verse 9-11 especially verse 11 Ya'akob quotes some of that Torah:
Ya'akob 2:9 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced/rebuked of the Torah as transgressors.
Ya'akob 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole Torah, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Ya'akob 2:11: For he that said, do not commit adultery, said also, do not murder. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the Torah.
No person should ever boast of how well he or she keeps the “royal law”. If you do, you take the righteousness of Yahvshua away and you are setting up your own righteousness. Now you have become a Scribe and Pharisee and you believe that the works have saved you:
Mattith'Yahu/Matthew: 5:20: For I say to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you all shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Shamayim.
The only way our righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees is through Yahvshua Mashiyach:
Ephesians: 2:8: For by favor are you saved through belief; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of YaHVeH:
How does YaHVeH through HIS Ben circumcise our hearts? Again we must use the Torah/Law, Foretellers/Nebiyiym and T'hiyliym/Psalms along with the teachings of the Chosen Messengers to understand these ruach matters. Turn to Zecharyahu/Zechariah 7:12:
Zechar`Yahu: 7:12: Yes, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, unless they should hear the Torah, and the Words, which YaHVeH of hosts has sent in HIS Ruach by the former Nebiyiym: therefore came a great wrath from YaHVeH of hosts.
From Zecharyah 7:12 we gain a better understanding of what the “schoolmaster” (Gal. 3:24) of the stone tablets represented. The stone tablets that had the 10 commandments (Shemoth/Exodus 20; 25:16; Dabariym/Deut. 4:10-13; 1 Melekiym/I Kings 8:9; Revelation 11:19) written on, and was placed INSIDE the ark, represented man’s hard heart to receive those commandments. The Ten Commandments are ruach and expansive. Whether you know those commandments are not, disobedience to them has its consequences. Shaul made this clear in Romans 5:13-14:
Romans: 5:13: (For until the Torah sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no Torah...
Revised Standard (edited):
Romans: 5:13: sin indeed was in the world before the Torah was given, but sin is not counted where there is no Torah...
Verse 13 says “For until the Torah…” Do you understand what Shaul was saying? The “Ruach Torah”, the “royal law” was not written down or spoken by the Word of YaHVeH until Mosheh! Now continue reading verse 14:
Romans: 5:14: Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Mosheh, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come.
Do you see it? “…Death reigned from Adam to Mosheh, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression…” What sin did Adam commit that the ancient people did not commit, but yet they were sinning? Turn to B'reshiyth/Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6-7. Adam disobeyed the Word of YaHVeH’s command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of tob/wealth and ra`ah/evil. That was the “similitude” of Adams sin. But the ancient people from Adam and before Mount Sinai (Mosheh) did not disobey that commandment. If the ancient people before Mosheh did not disobey that commandment then what commandment did they break that “…death reigned from Adam to Mosheh…”? Turn to B'reshiyth 6:5:
B'reshiyth: 6:5: And YaHVeH saw that the wickedness of man/adam was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
What were the people of Noach’s day doing? No doubt they were sinning the same sins the people of Abraham and Lot’s day were committing. Turn to B'reshiyth chapter 18-19. Remember the “Ruach Torah” had not been written down or spoken by the Word of YaHVeH until Mosheh, yet, YaHVeH destroyed Sedom/Sodom and Amorah/Gomorrah because of their Wickedness (sin). What wickedness were Sedom and Amorah committing?
B'reshiyth: 19:5: And they called to Lot, and said to him, where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we know them.
B'reshiyth: 19: 6: And Lot went out at the door to them, and shut the door after him,
B'reshiyth: 19:7: And said, I ask you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
B'reshiyth: 19:8: Observe now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I ask you, bring them out to you, and do you all to them as is right in your eyes: only to these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
It is clear from verse 8 that these men of Sedom wanted these malakiym to come out so they could have sex with them (rape them). The men of Sedom were homosexuals. You see the people of Noach’s day and Lot’s day were doing nothing new under the sun (Koheleth/Ecclesiastes 1:9). Before the “Ruach Torah” was spoken and written down people were still committing sexual sin, which is the ruach of the 8th commandment “you shall not commit adultery”.
Can you now see the “righteousness of the Torah/Law” Shaul was speaking about. The 10 commandments reveal sin (Romans 7:7; I Yohn 3:4):
Romans: 7:7: What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? YaHVeH forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the Torah: for I had not known lust, except the Torah had said, you shall not covet.
1 Yahn/Yahvchanan: 3:4: Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the Torah: for sin is the transgression of the Torah.
The Torah that has been written on our hearts does not come into mind until we conceive sin in our hearts:
Romans: 4:15: Because the Torah works wrath: for where no Torah is, there is no transgression.
When we are in total harmony with YaHVeH, the Ruach Torah that reveals sin does not appear, only when our minds conceive sin does the Torah pop up in our minds to tell us to repent before it produces a physical (carnal) result (Mattith'Yahu/Matthew 5:28). This is what Shaul meant by Romans 4:15.
Now this is the clincher. That same Torah that says, “You shall not commit adultery” also says to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it kodesh”. And as I have said before, the “Ruach Torah” is expansive. The ruach of the 8th commandment includes all sexual sin: Don’t commit adultery, homosexuality, incest, bestiality or fornication. The 5th commandment (some call the 4th) that tells us to remember the Sabbath day to keep it kodesh also includes Chapter 23 of V`yakra/Leviticus.
Does everybody understand the Glad Tidings?
Yahvshua has died for our sins (Yahn 1:29), fulfilled the representations (Iybriyiym/Heb. 9:10), He has lifted the "yoke" (Mat. 11:29-30; Acts 15:10; Col. 2:14) and He has established the Ruach Torah on our hearts (Shemoth 20; Yechizkiyah/Ezek. 11:19; I Cor. 6:9-10; Heb.8: 10), which includes the keeping of YaHVeH’s Sabbaths (V`yakra 23; Heb. 4). Yahvshua will return to set up the Kingdom of YaHVeH (Zech. 14:4; Rev.5: 10).
The Sabbaths are part of the Ruach Torah given at Mt. Sinai (Shemoth 20:8-11; V`yakra 23). YaHVeH’s Sabbaths is a sign to HIM that you are HIS (Shemoth 31:13; Iybriyiym/Heb. 4). HIS Sabbaths should be kept the way Yahvshua gave example (Mattith`Yah 12:12).
The stone tablets that the commandments were written on at Mt. Sinai represented (schoolmaster Gal.3:24) the hardness of mans heart to receive those commandments (Yechizkiyah 36:26; Zecharyah 7:12).
The New Covenant in Yahvshua Blood revolves around the 10 commandments given at Mt. Sinai (Shemoth 20; Dabariym 4:10-13; Yahn 10:16; Iybriyiym 8:10; Rev. 11:19).
The New Covenant has nothing to do with physical circumcision (Yirmiyah 4:4), animal sacrifice (Yirmiyah 7:22), diet (B'resheet 9:3; Acts 10:13; Romans 14) or hygiene (Matthew 15).
"Many" (Matthew 24:5) Christians make the mistake of confusing the Ruach Torah given at Mt. Sinai (Shemoth 20) with the Torah of Mosheh (Acts 15:10).