The Narrow Way
by Christine Egbert
In the Gospel of Matthew 7:13-14, Yeshua warned believers to enter into life through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction. Narrow is the gate and constricted the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Today, Yeshua’s warning has never been truer. A majority of believers in Yeshua (Jesus) believe that God’s Torah is a curse, so Jesus nailed it to the cross. They see salvation, by grace through faith, as a license to worship God “how” and “when” they want. They think that freedom in Christ means freedom from following God’s instructions. They suppose that they are free to do whatever seems right in their own (denomination’s) eyes. None of that is true, of course! It’s what 2nd Peter 3:17 calls “the error of the lawless.”And it’s the Lawless one’s greatest deception.
What Is The Curse Of The TORAH?
Would Paul, who elsewhere in Scripture called the Torah spiritual, who said our faith establishes the Torah, and who testified in court that he’s never spoken against the Torah, call God’s TORAH a curse? Of course, he wouldn’t. What did Paul mean then, in Galatians 3:13, when he wrote that the Messiah has saved us from the curse of the Torah? He was referring to Deuteronomy 11:26-27. The “curse of the Torah” you see is the curse that comes from breaking God’s Torah. Let’s read it.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day, and a curse, if you will not obey...”Our faith in Yeshua saves us from the CURSE of DEATH for not keeping God’s Torah instructions. 1st John 1:6-10 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and we walk in darkness, we lie and are not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of His Son, Yeshua Messiah, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” And 1st John 3:4 tells exactly what SIN is. Sin is lawlessness (Torah-lessness).
Obedience is NOT the enemy of GRACE. We keep God’s Torah (His instructions) because we love Him. Yeshua said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” Our freedom in Messiah is freedom from bondage to SIN. Yeshua sent the Holy Spirit so that we might walk in the Spirit and fulfill the righteous requirements of the Torah. (Romans 8:4)
It Is WRITTEN
“He who turns his ear away from hearing the Torah, even his prayers are an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)
“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is TRUTH. (Psalms 119:142)
The commandment is a lamp and the Torah a light . . (Proverbs 6:23)
For we know that the TORAH is spiritual . . . (Rom 7:14)
This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not burdensome. 1st John 5:3
Blessed are those who DO His commandments. Their authority will be over the Tree of Life, that they may enter in by the gates into the city. (Rev 22:14)
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord! Lord!” shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name cast out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works?” And I will say to them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness! (Matt 7: 21-23)
To the one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the congregations. To the one overcoming, I will give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Elohim. (Rev 2:7)
To the one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the congregations. The one overcoming will not be hurt by the second death. (Rev 2:11)
The CHURCH & ISRAEL
Dispensationalists impose a false dichotomy when they separate Israel from the ekklesia. The Greek word ekklesia literally means “a called-out congregation.” “Kuriakon” is the Greek word that means “Church”! It’s not in the Bible. The ekklesia, that called-out congregation mentioned throughout the apostolic writings (N.T.) has been around ever since Israel made its exodus from Egypt. “This is he (Moses) who was in the “ekklesia” in the wilderness…” (Acts 7:38)
The King James version translated ekklesia as “church” in the wilderness. The New King James version translates it correctly as “congregation.” In the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament, which predates the N.T. “ekklesia” always referred to the “Israel of God.”
The NEW (RENEWED) COVENANT
According to Scripture, the New Covenant was made with Israel and Judah. (Heb 8:8 & Jer 31:31) Nowhere in Scripture will you find God making a covenant with Gentiles. By definition, Gentiles are those nations not in covenant with God. Salvation for Gentiles comes through Israel’s Messiah.
According to Paul, (Rom 11:17) Gentiles who come to faith in Yeshua are grafted into Israel’s olive tree, grafted in “among” them, Paul writes. Ephesian 2:11-12, makes it clear that once a Gentile comes to faith in the Jewish Messiah, he is no longer a Gentile. He is no longer a stranger to the covenants (plural). A Gentile becomes part of “Israel’s commonwealth.” Through Yeshua both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Gentiles, in Yeshua, are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the Saints, and part of the household of God. (Eph 2:18-19) Therefore, grafted in Gentiles should do all those things God commanded that Israel do FOREVER!
Romans 9:6 is the key to understanding who Israel is. Paul explains it this way: “they (those natural branches who are cut off for not believing in Israel’s MEssiah) are not all Israel, though they are (the natural seed of) of Israel.” Why? Because those who were formerly Gentiles are now in the Covenant. They’re part of Israel, along with the natural branches, who were never broken off. All born-again believers in Yeshua constitute the ISRAEL of God.
In Hebrew thought a name is destiny. God changed the name of the patriarch, Jacob, to Israel because Jacob contended with the LORD and prevailed. Jacob would not give up until the Lord blessed him, and when God blessed him, it changed Jacob’s walk forever. That is our destiny, also, as Israel.
Hebrews 8:7 says, “For if that first was faultless, place would not have been sought for a second. (8) For finding fault with THEM (the people), he says, ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says YHVH, ‘when I will make a new (kanios) covenant…”
Please note that the Greek word translated into English as NEW is NOT “ne’os”, Strong’s 3501, which means “new on the scene”. According to Bible Hub, “ne’os suggests something “new in time”, something that never existed before. In contrast, “kainos”, the word Scripture uses, means “new in quality”. That’s why the author of Hebrews choose “kainos” (because it was new only in quality). The author of Hebrews quoted Jeremiah 31:31, in which the Hebrew word translated as NEW is “chadash”. Bible Hub defines “Chadash” as “to renew, to repair.” So, practicing the law of first mention, I refer to the NEW Covenant as the Renewed Covenant, for that is what it is!
DISPENSATIONALISM = THEOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
Dispensationalism teaches that God deals with His people in different ways at different times (dispensations). Brad Scott, in his book “Let This Mind Be In You” points out that, when laid side by side, the so-called geologic column of the evolutionists bears a striking resemblance to the dispensational-column. Scott terms this “theological evolution.”
It goes like this: “In the beginning,” Scott writes, “there were the primitive patriarchs floating in a worldwide flood, but soon they came to Mt. Sinai, where lightning bolts struck, energizing them with dietary laws, the Sabbaths and the Feasts. Over time the dietary laws fell off, the Sabbaths faded away, and the Feasts were transformed. They soon grew new laws, a new Sabbath, and celebrated new feasts, until at the end we see (modern) Christian man.” Like the theory of evolution, which developed about the same time in history, Dispensational Theology is a lie.
Before Yeshua ascended, He said, “As My Father sent Me, I send you.” We, the Israel of God, are called to live for the Messiah, and to make disciples, teaching them all that Yeshua taught, which was to do His Father’s will. We must walk in His ways and keep His instructions. His TORAH (His instructions for living, loving God, and our fellow man) was not nailed to the cross. Our rap sheet was! Scripture says, if we sin willfully (willfully violate God’s Law) after we have received knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin (Heb 10:26).
Verses You Will Never Hear Read In Sunday Church
Have you noticed that most preachers who quote the passage about God’s people perishing for lack of knowledge never go on to complete the passage? They never reveal what that rejected knowledge is. I can only assume that’s because it would conflict with their claim that the Torah is a curse and that it was nailed to the cross.
Let’s read it. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you. You shall be no priest to me, seeing you have forgotten the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
And how about Malachi 4:5? I used to hear it quoted a lot in Sunday church, but strangely I don’t recall any preacher ever reading the preceding verse, verse 4, so I will quote them together. “Remember the Torah of Moses My servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel (including those who are grafted in), the statutes and judgments. Behold, I am sending you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of YHVH.” This is happening NOW! We are getting closer and closer to the Day of YHVH, and the Spirit of Elijah is urging all of God’s people to “remember the Torah of Moses, its statutes and judgements.” Contrary to being a curse, keeping Yah’s Torah brings blessings. “My son, forget not My Torah, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.” (Pro 3:1-2)
YHVH Never Changes!
Yahweh, the God Who never changes, Who knows the end from the beginning, has not changed His mind. He’s written His Commandments (all of them) on our hearts and in our minds so that, this time we will obey. Psalms 19:7 assures us that “The Torah of Yahweh is perfect!” You just can’t improve perfection.