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Grace and The Law, Can They Co-exist?


Many in the Christian world would say that grace and Torah cannot co-exist because if you are Torah observant you are depending on works for salvation and are “under the law.”

Now is that an accurate statement? Can you accept the grace of salvation through faith in Messiah Yeshua and at the same time be Torah observant? Is it a sin to obey God even though you are saved? Can you lose your salvation by being Torah observant?

Many would preach such a heresy! Why would anyone teach someone that you are not saved because they obey God? Does one follow the Torah for salvation or because of their Salvation?

 For everything Messiah taught was Torah the Mosaic Law. Yes, I did say that Yeshua taught, and HE practiced Torah. Are we not to follow His example! Since Messiah Taught Torah and He said if you love me you will obey me. Shouldn’t we obey Him and observe Torah?

 Of course, some things have changed we no longer depend on the blood of Animals to save us from our sins. Yeshua is our sacrificial Lamb. He is our High Priest! And we have become the Temple of God. Yeshua Fulfilled (completed) the Temple-Laws concerning sin. God said you cannot add or take away from His word.  This is why Yeshua said;


Matthew 5:17-20 (NASB) 
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
19  "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.


Yeshua was referring to Torah the Mosaic law, of course, he fulfilled the temple sacrifices, but the rest we are by His Grace through Yeshua’s Holy Spirit are to observe Torah.

Even Paul taught Torah Yes Paul. He did teach that you cannot be saved by keeping Torah. No one can receive the gift of salvation through works but only by grace through faith in our Messiah Yeshua.


Romans 3:31 (NASB77) 
31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.


Let’s look further at what Paul said


Romans 8:4 (NASB) 
so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


Galatians 5:16-18 (NASB77) 
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another so that you may not do the things that you please.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.


Paul is saying when we are walking in the flesh we disobey Torah (the Law), and we are under the Law.  When we walk in His Holy Spirit, we can obey the law and. Therefore, we are not under the Law.


Paul goes on to say if you are walking in the flesh you do not subject yourself to the Law of God.


Romans 8:6-8 (NASB) 
 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 
 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


You cannot even obey the law of God when you walk in the flesh.  So if you are walking in the flesh, you cannot please God. Messiah sent His Holy Spirit to help us be able to obey the law of God. I have not yet seen a human other than Yeshua continually walk in the Spirit. As believers in Messiah, this should be our goal 


Romans 7:14 (NASB77) 1. For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.

Now we are set free from the bondage of sin Through the Spirit of God who enables us to abstain from Sin and be obedient to God’s Torah (instructions) this is the Grace of God.


Let’s look at what John says;


1 John 5:2-3 (NASB) 
By this, we know that we love the children of God when we love God and observe His commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.


His commandments are not burdensome!!


1 John 2:4-6 (NASB) 
 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

1 John 3:2-9 (NASB) 
 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him just as He is.
 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; in
Him there is no sin.
 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
 No one who is born of God practices sin because His seed abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.

Lawlessness (one who does not obey the law) is a sin. So as believers should we not obey the Law of God. Or are we to continue in sin? After His Grace given to us  God forbid!! We are to purify ourselves. Did Yeshua Die in Vain God Forbid!! He came to set us free from sin. Because we have been eternally set free through Yeshua’s Blood from the punishment of our Sins. Because Yeshua paid the price of Death for us, and then he defeated the grave and sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.  Yes, we are free from “The Law of Sin and Death.”

Look at what John is saying here. He is saying that if we are truly in Yeshua we ought to walk the same way YESHUA walked. To me, this is a powerful statement. Can we walk as YESHUA walked? How did he walk?  He walked in obedience to the Father. He did not sin.


John 15:10 (NASB) 
10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.


Yeshua’s commandments are the same as God’s Commandments that include the Abrahamic, and Mosaic covenants remember we cannot add or take away from the word of God.  If Yeshua did that, then He would be in Sin and would not be our spotless lamb.


James 2:17-24 (NASB) 17. Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18. But someone may well say, "You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works." 19. You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe and shudder. 20. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21. Was not Abraham, our father, justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22. You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23. and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God. 24. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.


Abraham showed His faith in God by being obedient to Gods Instructions (Torah). How do we show our faith? By being obedient to God Son “The Word of God.” 


John 1:1-3 (NASB) 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from
Him nothing came into being that has come into being.


Matthew 22:37-40 (NASB) 
38 “This is the great and foremost commandment.
39 “The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

The Torah consists of social, moral laws and instructions that pertain to loving  ADONAI YOUR ELOHIM with all your heart, soul and mind. 


The first pertains to the feasts and other things that give honor to God as the Sabbath etc.  And of course, Moral behavior that separates us from Evil but makes us Holy unto God.


The Second is social and moral behavior that shows the fruit of Loving Your Neighbor as yourself.


In conclusion Grace and Torah Co-exist as a matter of Truth that cannot exist without each other.  For it is by Grace through faith in Messiah Yeshua that we receive the Holy Spirit who enables us to walk in the Spirit and be obedient to all of Gods instructions that apply to us individually and corporately.  With the goal to walk as Yeshua walked in obedience to the Father through Yeshua’s example.


 1 John 2:1-3 (NASB) 
 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
 By this, we know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.


Michelle Enterline


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