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The Word of God: the Way, the Truth and the Life

by Bill Wong

 

  

 

God’s word is truth

 

The Bible tells us that God’s word is truth:

 

John 17

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.   (NKJV)

 

2 Timothy 2

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   (NKJV)

 

James 1

18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible is telling us that everything which comes from God is truth, because God IS truth:

 

Psalms 31

5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.   (NKJV)

 

 

When we hear “God’s word is truth” we must not just gloss over it and give it no thought at all. We should stop and seriously think about it. Since we are told God’s word is truth, than we must be sure we know what God’s word is and what it means to us.

 

God’s word would be every spoken or written word that has ever been divinely inspired by God. This would be the entire Bible, both the Old Testament (in Hebrew, the Tanakh) and the New Testament (in Hebrew, the B’rit Hadashah).  

 

During the time of Jesus the Christ/Messiah (the real name of Jesus is Hebrew: Yahusha‘ or Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘; please see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’) and the apostles, the New Testament was not yet completed (this inspiration was still occurring and not fully written down) which means that whenever we read in the New Testament any reference to God’s word, the Scriptures, it is referring to the writings in the Old Testament.

 

In other words, to Messiah and the apostles, the Old Testament/Tanakh is God’s word, the Holy Scriptures. Since God’s word is truth, than the Old Testament/Tanakh and everything within it is truth – Christ and His apostles are declaring that the Old Testament/Tanakh is truth.

 

God’s word includes the Torah (the name of the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses) often called “the Law”, as well as the books of the prophets (called “the Prophets”) and the books of wisdom writing (called “the Psalms or Writings”). They are all truth. Any mention of these three sections individually or in combination with one another refers to God’s word, the Holy Scriptures as a whole.

 

 

 

For our instruction

 

Though it is often referred to as the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses, the word ‘torah’ itself means ‘teaching’ or ‘instruction’ and can refer to any body of God’s word that is for our instruction. This is why Torah can represent the entire Tanakh. And in truth, the entire Bible is God’s Torah, because all of God’s word is for our instruction.  

 

This truth is clearly seen in the Lord Jesus’ words Himself: tying all His word, the Tanakh and the B’rit Hadashah; the entire Bible together as God’s Torah – God’s instruction to us all:

 

Matthew 22:

37      Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

38      This is the first and great commandment.

39      And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

40      On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."    (NKJV)

 

 

This fact that the Old Testament Scriptures are God’s word – His Torah, and is truth to instruct us on how to live our lives, to know God and His will for us, and to know God and His son, are mentioned several times in the Bible:

 

Luke 24:

27   Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

 

44   Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things

     which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

45   Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,   (NASB)

 

Note: Both the mention of Moses (the Law) and the Prophets (in verse 27) and the Law, the Prophets and Psalms (in verse 44) refer to the Tanakh as a whole.

 

 

Acts 17

2   Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

 

11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness,

    and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.    (NKJV)

 

Romans 15

4   For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance

    and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

5   Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one

    another according to Christ Jesus,   (NASB)

 

1 Corinthians 10:

11   Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction,

     upon whom the ends of the ages have come.   (NASB)

 

 

The word ‘torah’ is derived from the word ‘yara’ which means to “throw, shoot” in a certain direction or target (as to “shoot arrows”). From ‘yara’ we also get “point out, show” and “direct, teach, instruct”. Hence, ‘torah’ means “direction, instruction, law” from the ideas of directing/showing the way and hitting the mark. All definitions in double quotes from: Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, entry ‘yara’, Hendrickson Publishers, p. 434-435, 2004, Brown-Driver-Briggs.

 

We also read:

 

          “The word ‘tora’ means basically “teaching” whether it is the wise man instructing his son or God instructing Israel. The wise 

          give insight into all aspects of life so that the young may know how to conduct themselves and to live a long blessed life

          (Proverbs 3:1f). So too God, motivated by love, reveals to man basic insight into how to live with each other and how to 

          approach God.”

                - ‘Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament’, entry 910 (‘yara’), Moody Bible Institute, page 910, 1980, R. Laird Harris,

                   Gleason L. Archer. Jr., Bruce K. Waltke.

 

 

From these origins, the meaning of the word ‘yara’ to Hebrew-speaking peoples themselves is that of ‘laying a foundation’; revealing again that the heart of the meaning is teaching and instruction.

 

It must also be noted that from ‘yara’ comes the derivation of the word ‘moreh’ (“teacher”, Brown-Driver-Briggs p. 435).

 

From all this we can ascertain that the true meaning of ‘torah’ is teaching, instruction and direction, and not technically “law” as in a legal system where other Hebrew words can describe it such as statutes, precepts and commandments (Strong’s #8451 definition is incorrect except for the reference to the Pentateuch, the first 5 books written by Moses).

 

The word ‘torah’ does not have a meaning of a system of law like we think of today. A simple analogy would be that torah is more like an instruction manual or guide illustrating how to do things and have things run properly, and not like a system of legalistic laws.

 

This is why we see God Himself as a teacher and instructing us:

 

Psalm 25:

8     Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

 

12  Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.   (NASB)

 

 

And let us not forget that the Messiah Jesus is consistently called teacher as well, because everything He said and did is for our instruction and guidance.

 

The truth that both God and His only-begotten son are referred to as teachers in the Bible shows us that all of God’s word is God’s Torah, because they teach from the Bible.

 

 

The word ‘torah’ is used over 200 times and though it means ‘instruction/teaching’, most of the time it is not translated as ‘instruction/teaching’, but instead as ‘law’. While the ‘law’ can be considered ‘torah’, because the law is also for our teaching, it is really only a part of the Torah. As such, using 'law' instead of 'torah' does not convey the basic meaning of God’s instruction – which is that of God teaching us like a loving father. If the word ‘torah’ was translated into what it actually means - ‘instruction/teaching’, then people would get the required understanding that all of God’s word in the Tanakh, including His law, is to teach us how to be holy children of God.

 

Using ‘law’ in place of ‘torah’ or instruction/teaching (thereby using the word ‘law’ most of the time) bypasses the truth that God is teaching us how to live, and gives us an incorrect overall context and meaning of what the Bible is saying. We do not readily see that God is trying to teach us with His ‘torah’ - His instruction, but rather we see everything framed as a matter of law. Instead of seeing God as a loving father, we see Him as a mean enforcer of the law. This is a grave concern, because mankind is fallen in sin and reflexively backs away from law.

 

However, with the correct context that God’s word – all of it, is His ‘torah’ (but especially the Tanakh and the first 5 books written by Moses which preceded the compilation of New Testament writings), His instruction/teaching for us, then we will understand better who God is, and will inquire into His teaching as a loving father who wants to raise upright children that walk the right path.  With this true understanding we are less likely to succumb to our fallen rebellious nature that opposes the righteous authority of a loving father, but know that our Heavenly Father knows best and wants what is best for us. 

 

The fact that the meaning of the word ‘torah’ is not carried into English causes many believers to miss a vital truth: that not only are the Old Testament/Tanakh writings God’s word and is truth, but they are specifically meant for the instruction and teaching of all believers even to the present day. This is exactly what we saw in the earlier examples of the Lord Jesus and the apostles consistently teaching from the Tanakh to the people, and it applies to us even now. The entire Tanakh is God’s Torah – God’s teaching and instruction, for all of God’s people yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

Again, at the time of Jesus, the Holy Scriptures, God’s Torah, was the Tanakh and it contains everything any person needs to be a believer in Christ. It is for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness – to thoroughly equip us for every good work. The Torah does not cancel out faith in Christ nor does faith in Christ cancel out the Torah:

 

2 Timothy 3:

15   and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation

     through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17   that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.   (NKJV)  

 

 

However, we know that everything God has inspired to be written is Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, and is for our teaching, instruction and direction. We can see, therefore, that the entire Bible is actually God’s Torah: to teach, instruct and direct us in the way we should live. The New Testament writings that came later would not make obsolete or change what came before, but it would only expand upon it.

 

By not understanding that God refers to His word as instruction and ignoring God’s truth that His word is eternal and does not change, the belief system of Christianity has been altered immeasurably since early in its history. Without this critical understanding that God’s word and law – His Torah, is for teaching every nation the ways of God, it is now a firmly held belief by most believers today that the Old Testament is obsolete and not important.

 

This cannot be further from the truth because ALL of God’s word is truth and is eternal – both the Old and the New Testaments are God’s word and truth: one does not negate the other. Therefore, we cannot pretend that “new” truth replaces “old” truth – the Bible does not teach this and indeed vehemently denies this. What God does is forever and does not change:

 

Ecclesiastes 3:

14   I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it,

     for God has so worked that men should fear Him.   (NASB)

 

 

The Bible does not replace or change truth, but what the Bible does is explain God’s truth in different ways and more fully to us – revealing and expanding the spiritual truths behind God’s words. The Bible gives us both the lower physical and earthly application as well as the higher spiritual and heavenly meaning which is greater and more binding.

 

We see this when we truly understand who Jesus is.

 

 

 

God’s word is much more

 

The truth that God’s word in the Old Testament is to instruct us in our lives as believers must not be overlooked and casually dismissed/ignored.  

 

 

 

God’s word does not change

 

This is because the Bible also makes it clear that God does not change, and neither does His word:

 

Malachi 3:

6   " For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.   (NKJV)

 

Psalm 119:

89   Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.   (NKJV)

 

Luke 16:

17   "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. (NASB)

 

 

We must not add to His word, but must understand that they stand true from the time He gave it to us to this very day.

 

 

If God’s word is truth because God is truth, then doesn’t this mean that God’s word is more than just truth, just as God Himself is more than just truth? Since God’s word comes from Him, we would expect His word to be just like Him, and it is: not only is God’s word truth, but it is much more just like God is much more. This is exactly what the Bible shows us.

 

 

 

God’s word is life: the true bread of life and living water

 

The Bible tells us that God’s word is also life:

 

Psalm 119:

50   This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.   (NKJV)

 

 

It is greater than mere physical bread; it is the true bread that gives life:

 

Deuteronomy 8:

3   So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know,  

    that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds

    from the mouth of the LORD.   (NKJV)

 

 

It is also the fountain of water that gives life:

 

Proverbs 13:

13   He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

14   The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

 

God’s word is light

 

God’s word is also a light, showing us the path to take to live righteous and holy lives:

 

Proverbs 6:

23   For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

Psalm 119:

105   Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.   (NKJV)


 

God’s word is peace

 

God’s word also gives us peace and prevents us from stumbling:

 

Psalm 119:

165   Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’. Also, the word peace is ‘shalom’ which means more than just mere peace. It means completeness, absolute contentment/joy, security, well-being, perfected harmony and rest that comes from being one with God in the covering of His love.

 

 

 

God’s word is perfect

 

God’s word is completely perfect, giving wisdom:

 

Psalm 18:

30   As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.     (NKJV)

 

Psalm 19:

7   The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

 

God's word is the way

 

The word or law of God is His way:

 

Psalm 119:

1    Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!    (NKJV)

 

Comment:  ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

His ways in His word were made known to Israel:

 

Psalm 103:

7    He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

God’s word is the truth

 

And again, not only do the Messiah and His apostles declare God’s word to be truth, but so do the inspired writers before Messiah came 2000 years ago:

 

Psalm 119:

142   Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

Psalm 119:

160   The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Walk in the way of God’s word to be undefiled and not stumble

 

With God’s word being all of these things, including being perfect, it is not surprising that we are told to walk in the way of God’s perfect word/way to keep us undefiled/holy:

 

Psalm 119:

1   Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD! 

2   Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!

3    They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.    (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

Isaiah 2:

3 Many people shall come and say, " Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

   To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths."

    For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.     (NKJV)

 

 

We see Psalms 19:7; 119:1, 142, 165, and Proverbs 6:23; 13:14 all use the word ‘torah’ though it is translated as ‘law’, showing us that God’s teaching/instruction is perfect light and life, and if we follow God’s teaching/instruction, we will walk in peace and truth, be undefiled and never stumble.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Word of God

 

After having reviewed briefly what God’s word is and means, than how are we to understand the truth of the Bible which also tells us that Jesus is the Word of God?

 

John 1:

1   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 19:

11   Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,

     and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

12   His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

13   He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.   (NKJV)

 

 

If we should stop to consider what God’s word is and what it means to us, than how much more must we seriously think about what Jesus being the Word of God actually means? As the Word of God, Jesus represents God and what is in the mind and heart of God; He knows the will of God and carries out His will. However, there is much more to it than this.  

 

Though it appears to be just a simple phrase, that Jesus is “the Word of God”, there is so much more information and deeper truths lying behind those words. We must stop and lay out thoroughly what the implications of Jesus being the Word of God really means. What does it mean for a person – Jesus, to be the Word of God?  

 

As we have seen, the Bible tells us that God’s word is truth and life. It is true peace and true bread. It is light for our walk upon the one true path, keeping us undefiled and not letting us stumble.

 

If these attributes apply to the word of God, the divinely inspired Holy Scriptures, do they also apply to the divine only-begotten Son of God who is the Word of God that became flesh?

 

The Bible tells us that yes, Jesus the Word of God, also has these same characteristics.

 

 

 

Jesus the Word of God is life: He is the true bread of life and living water

 

So just like God’s word is life, so is Jesus the Word of God the source of life:

 

John 11:

25   Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 1:

1   That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon,

    and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life ---

2   the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father

    and was manifested to us ---

3   that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us;

    and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.   (NKJV)

 

 

And true to the levels and parallel meanings, just like spiritual bread is greater than just physical bread:

 

Luke 4

4 But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' "  

   (NKJV, quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3)

 

 

Jesus as the Word of God is the heavenly manna/bread from heaven that gives eternal life:

 

John 6:

35   And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger,

     and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

36   But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.

37   All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

38   For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

39   This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

40   And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life;

     and I will raise him up at the last day."

41   The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven."

42   And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says,

     'I have come down from heaven'?"

43   Jesus therefore answered and said to them, "Do not murmur among yourselves.

44   No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

45   It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.'

     Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

46   Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.

47   Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

48   I am the bread of life.

49   Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50   This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

51   I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;

     and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."     (NKJV)

 

 

And again, the Lord Jesus is also the source of water that gives everlasting life:

 

John 4:

10   Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,'

     you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

11   The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

12   Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"

13   Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

14   but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.

     But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."     (NKJV)

 

 

 

Jesus the Word of God is light

 

Just like God’s word is a light to our feet and path, the Messiah and Word of God is also the light that dispels the darkness and gives us light and life:

 

John 1:

4   In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5   And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6   There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7   This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

8   He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9   That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

 

John 8:

12   Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,

     but have the light of life."     (NKJV)

 

 

 

Jesus the Word of God is peace

 

Again, where God’s word give us peace, so too does the Lord Jesus give us His peace and guide us in the way of peace:

 

John 14

27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

     Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.   (NKJV)

 

Luke 1:

78   Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;

79   To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace."    (NKJV)

 

 

Indeed, He does not just give us His peace, but He is peace; He is the Prince of Peace:

 

Isaiah 9:

6   For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder,

    And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.   (YLT)

 

Comment: Jesus is ‘Sar Shalom’ – the Prince of Peace.

 

 

 

Jesus the Word of God is perfect

 

The Messiah as our atonement and savior is perfect:

 

1 Peter 1:

18   knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold,

     from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

19   but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.   (NKJV)

 

 


Jesus the Word of God is the way 

 

Jesus says He is the way:

 

John 14:

6   Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.    (NKJV)

 

 

He and His followers were called the Way.  Paul first fought against Jesus the way, but then came to know the way and walk in Jesus:

 

Acts 9:

2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.   (NKJV)

 

Acts 24:

14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.

 

 

Just like the way of God was revealed to Israel in the time of Moses, Jesus who is the way was revealed to Israel:

 

John 1:

29   The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

30   This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'

31   I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water."   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Jesus the Word of God is the truth

 

He taught the way of God in truth:

 

Matthew 22:

16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.    

 

We have seen in both the Old and New Testaments that God’s word is truth.  Therefore, we should expect no less from Jesus, the Word of God.  However, Jesus goes further and declares that He Himself is the truth, because He is the Word of God.  He states that He is the way and the truth and the life:

 

John 14:

6   Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.    (NKJV)

 

 

So we can clearly see God tells us in the Bible that His torah/law/word is the way, the truth and the life --- just as the Lord Jesus is also the way, the truth and the life.   

 

 

 

Walk in Jesus the Word of God and be undefiled and not stumble

 

And again, just as we are to walk in God’s word so we will be undefiled and not stumble, we must walk in our Messiah and righteousness; we must walk as He walked, so we will also be undefiled and not stumble:

 

1 John 2:

6   He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.   (NKJV)

 

29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.   (NKJV)

 

John 11:

9     Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble,

      because he sees the light of this world.

10   "But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."   (NASB)

 

Ephesians 2:

10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

      which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Word of God does not change

 

As God’s word does not change, neither does the only-begotten Son of God, the Messiah and Word of God:

 

Hebrews 13:

8   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   (NKJV)

 

 

Yet the Bible shows us even more how they are very much the same.

 

 

 

As the Word of God, Jesus’ words are God’s words

 

God promised the children of Israel that He will send a prophet descended from them, and this prophet will speak all of God’s words that God will give him to speak. Everything out of this prophet’s mouth will be as if God Himself is speaking and therefore whoever does not listen to this prophet will be held accountable to God:

 

Deuteronomy 18:

15  "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

16   "This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying,

      'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.'

17   "The LORD said to me, 'They have spoken well.

18   'I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth,

      and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

19   'It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name,

      I Myself will require it of him.     (NASB)

 

 

This prophet is Jesus the Messiah and He tells us exactly the same thing. Jesus tells us it is His father God who gives Him the words to speak and it will be these words of God that will judge those who do not have faith in Jesus as the only-begotten Son of God who is the atoning Messiah that will come again as King Messiah:

 

John 12:

44   Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

45   And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

46   I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

47   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him ---

      the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

      what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."

 

 

We see that as the Word of God, Jesus speaks completely and exactly what God would say, because God expresses Himself most completely by His only-begotten son (Jesus is the express image of God’s character (Hebrews 1:3)). The Word of God who speaks His father’s words is an example of God working in His son to save us:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

18   Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

19   that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them,

     and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

The Word is a sword

 

The Bible goes even further and describes God’s word as a sword – a sword sharper than any two-edged sword and so powerful that it is able to pierce into our very being to reveal all that we are and everything in our hearts and minds:

 

Ephesians 6

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;   (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 4:

11  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

12   For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,

     piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13   And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to

     whom we must give account.     (NKJV)

 

 

What we find is that this is exactly how Jesus the Word of God is described and is also what He is able to do. As the Word of God, what He speaks are the words of God which is the sharp two-edged sword:

 

Revelation 1:

13   and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, 
     and girded across His chest with a golden sash.

14   His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.

15   His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.

16   In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword;

     and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

17   When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying,

     "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,

18   and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.   (NASB)

 

 

As the Word of God Jesus is able to know what is in us and discern our thoughts and the intents of our hearts:

 

John 2:

23   Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast,

     many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.

24   But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,

25   and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.   (NKJV)

 

 

As the Word of God, Jesus pierces us with His words and actions, and just being Himself. He touches deep within us to reveal to us the love and mind of God, and the glorious salvation of the children of God that comes by His atonement as suffering servant with His soon-coming return as conquering king. As the Word of God, He is Himself the sharp two-edged sword that cuts into us even to the division of the very core and innermost part of our being, changing us and making us a new creation.

 

This change in us that the Word of God creates is so powerful that it can divide the core of our families, because God and His truth is greater than anything on this earth – even our family members; individuals must make a decision and choose God and His Messiah. We must not be overcome by earthly fear, but we must know and choose God’s loving salvation through His son which saves us for all eternity:

 

Matthew 10:

32   "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

33   "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34   "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35   "For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

36   and a man's enemies will be the members of his household.

37   "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me;

      and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

38   "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

39   "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.   (NASB)

 

1 John 4:

1    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,

     because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2    By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

3    and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist,

     of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

4    You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;

     because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.   (NASB)

 

1 John 5:

4   For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

5   Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

6   This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.

    It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

7   For there are three that testify:

8   the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

9   If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this,

      that He has testified concerning His Son.

10   The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself;

      the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony
      that God has given concerning His Son.

11   And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12   He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.   (NASB)

 

 

Jesus, the Word of God, is the one who comes with the sharp sword – He is the sword Himself and His Word – the sword that comes forth from His mouth, will overcome the enemies of God, both in the physical and spiritual places:

 

Revelation 19:

13   He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

14   And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

15   From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron;

     and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

16   And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."   (NASB)

 

 

The fact that Jesus is the Word of God and a ‘moreh’, a teacher, solidifies the truth that all of God’s word, the entire Bible, is God’s Torah. He teaches from the Bible which is a book of God’s instruction for us and is Himself the Word.

 

We can see that the Bible tells us there is a one-to-one relationship between God’s word and Jesus the Word of God.   The written word of God has an exact parallel relationship with the person of the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah, who is the Word of God.   They appear to be virtually identical in what they are and what they do.

 

 

 

What Jesus being the Word of God means

 

The Bible is showing us how the written word of God and Jesus being the Word of God share similar characteristics. In truth, they are described in the exact same way: both are truth, life, bread, light, peace, the way, a sword, etc. God’s Word reveals to us what is in the heart and mind of God, and it is expressed in the divinely inspired words of the Bible and also in the person of His only-begotten son Jesus.

 

 

So we must ask ourselves the question:

 

What does the Bible mean when it says that Jesus is the Word of God?

 

 

Jesus being the Word of God is not just a title which is an abstraction that ultimately ends up with no meaning at all.  Instead, it has the most profound meaning on the same level as Jesus being the only-begotten Son of God; they are related.

 

 

The only conclusion we can reach from all that the Bible clearly tells us about Jesus being the Word of God is this:

 

Where we think of God’s word as just words spoken or written on paper, Jesus being the Word of God means that Jesus is God’s word personified – Jesus is God’s word in the form of a person.

 

 

He is God’s word come alive as a living person. As the personification of God’s word – the Word of God that comes forth from God, He gives us the most complete representation of who God is and what the mind of God is; and He is active, bringing to pass the will of His father. He is not just words spoken or heard, written and read, but also more: He is the walking, talking, living Word of God. He walked among us and was tempted as we are but did not sin, to be a just mediator for us as He laid down His life for our sins.

 

As this living Word, every word He speaks and action He takes – His very life, is perfectly walking in God’s word come to life. He is God’s word come to life. He came to show us the mind and heart of God and true meaning of God’s words in the best way possible: He came on our terms and became flesh, teaching us directly to show us the fullest and spiritual meaning of God’s word. By what He taught, what He did and how He lived, the living breathing Word of God is the perfect model of godly character that we are commanded by God to emulate.

 

Just as words can describe something, it does not compare to the actual living thing. Where the Scriptures describe His father, God, the Word of God personified became flesh to show us to our faces who His father is. Every word in Holy Scripture is embodied in the living Word of God, Jesus.

 

This is why Jesus alone can touch and change the heart of men and women like no one or nothing else can: He is the way, the truth, and the life (there is only one way and one truth to life, to God, His father). He is the Son of God, the Word of God come to life, manifested to declare the character and love of God in person.


But we must again be reminded that when the New Testament writers refer to God’s word, they are referring to the words and Scriptures of the Old Testament/Tanakh.  So when the apostle John tells us in the Gospel of John chapter 1 that Jesus is the Word of God become flesh, this can mean that He represents ALL of God’s word, but the timing specifically means (especially since Jesus and the apostles taught from the Tanakh and the New Testament was not yet written) that Jesus is God’s word that has already been given before He became flesh.  In other words, the Word of God becoming flesh happened at a moment in time (about 2000 years ago) which means that the most accurate meaning of His being the Word of God become flesh applies to Christ personifying God’s word which were already inspired and written in the Torah and Tanakh – before He came in the flesh.


Therefore, when John tells us that Jesus is the living and breathing Word, than what he is really telling us is that Jesus is the personification or embodiment of the Tanakh – as the living Word, Jesus is the living and breathing Torah.  As we read earlier, God’s Torah is His instruction and teaching to us, and encompasses the entire Bible; God’s instruction in His word never changes, never contradicting or replacing, but only revealing more and expanding upon the spiritual intent and meaning within God’s word.  But most of all, the Torah is the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses and is representative of the entire Tanakh which were all the holy writings before Christ was born.


Jesus is this very instruction/teaching/torah of God personified and made flesh, and He is the embodiment of all of God’s holy word which were given before (the Torah/Tanakh) His arrival. 


 

An example of Jesus being the Word of God who reveals the deeper spiritual and heavenly meaning of God’s word can be seen in the Sermon on the Mount. He specifically told us that He came NOT to destroy the Law of God, but came to show us its full meaning – what the law actually is in its spiritual perfection (full, pure form). Many Christians today distort the meaning of His words to say He made the Law obsolete by fulfilling it (for example: by doing it for us, we no longer have to do it), but this is not the case.

 

He came not to destroy God’s law as He said, but He came to destroy death and the devil, the works of the devil:

 

Hebrews 2

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same,

    that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,   (NKJV)

 

1 John 3

8  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

    that He might destroy the works of the devil.   (NKJV)

 

 

God’s word is truth and never changes just like God never changes. Jesus is not replacing or nullifying the Law (the Torah), but He is expanding and magnifying it, showing us the full spiritual meaning of God’s law. It is very evident that He is not making the Law obsolete at all, but instead is showing us that its fullest spiritual meaning is greater and even more binding upon men – and we must still walk in it:

 

Matthew 5:

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.

21   "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and

      'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

22   "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother,

      'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,'

      shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

23   "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

25   "Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way,

      so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

27   "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery';

28   but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already

     committed adultery with her in his heart.   (NASB)

 

 

It should not surprise us that the Word of God and living Torah magnifies the Law, God’s Torah. When Jesus expanded upon the Law, He fulfilled prophecy that when Messiah comes, God’s law – His Torah, will be exalted and made honorable:

 

Isaiah 42:

21   The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: Torah was translated as ‘law’.

 

 

And again, we see that this exaltation of God’s law reveals to us that man was not made for the Sabbath, but instead it is the other way around with the Sabbath being made for and given to mankind.  Not only that, but now we know that the Lord Jesus, the Word of God, is Lord of the Sabbath – the Sabbath is the Lord’s day:

 

Mark 2:

27   And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."   (NKJV)

 

 

Regarding the commandments, Jesus is not just speaking the words that His father has commanded Him to speak (as the prophesied prophet in Deuteronomy 18), but as the Word of God, He is God’s word come to life.

 

So we must take note that since God’s word includes the Law of God, the Bible is telling us that Jesus by nature and function as the Word of God contains within Himself the Law of God – Jesus as the Word of God means He also encompasses the Law of God. There is no way that Jesus or the New Testament can ever make God’s law or the Old Testament obsolete: the Tanakh and the law within it is part of God’s word and cannot be separated from it. Likewise, the Law of God cannot be separated from Jesus, because as the never changing Word of God, the Law of God is inextricably part of His being.

 

Remember in Luke 24 where we see that Jesus is everywhere in the word of God, the Tanakh:

 

Luke 24:

27  Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

 

44   Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you,

     that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

45   Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,   (NASB)

 

 

He is everywhere in the words of God, the Scriptures/Tanakh – and because He is the Word of God, the words of God, the Scriptures/Tanakh, are in Him.  Indeed, He is the Scriptures.

 

As the living Word of God, He is the personification of all of God’s word; Jesus is Himself the living Torah: He is the living Law, the living Prophets and the living Psalms/Writings. He is not just in God’s word; He is God’s word – personified.

 

Jesus is perfect and never transgressed the law, because as the living Word of God, the law is inherently part of the Word – He is the Law personified.  He is also the revelation of the mind of God. Jesus as the living Word of God is everything in God’s word, including the focus of salvation and all prophecy; He is the very spirit of prophecy:

 

Revelation 19:

10   And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant,

     and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

11   Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,

     and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

12   His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

13   He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.   (NKJV)

 

 

In truth, since He is God’s word personified, removing any part of God’s word is the same as removing parts of Him as the Word of God, which is impossible. There is no way anything in God’s word, such as the 10 Commandments – God’s great moral law, can be removed from Him and made obsolete or changed.

 

Simply put:

 

Jesus as the Word of God is representative of every divinely inspired spoken and written word of God which includes God’s 10 Commandments, and God’s word is truth that never changes.  He is the Law personified and so Christ cannot be separated from or do away/make obsolete the Law of God and therefore, to try and destroy or do away with the law is to attack Him. Jesus as the Word of God is representative of the mind and will of God which is exactly what God’s word the Bible also is: revelation of God Himself to man in the His word. Jesus revealing the true meaning of the commandments therefore is not merely speaking His father’s words, but as the Word of God personified, He Himself has power and authority to teach just like the Bible itself does in its pages, because He is the Law personified expressing Himself:

 

Matthew 7:

28   And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,

29   for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.   (NKJV)  

 

 

And let us be reminded that Jesus is a ‘moreh’ – a teacher of the torah of God which includes God’s law.

 

And again, just as the smallest letter or stroke of the law will endure longer than the heaven and earth, so too will Jesus’ words:

 

Matthew 24:

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.     (NKJV)

 

 

God’s word in Scripture and His son Jesus, the Word of God are equivalents of one another. Jesus IS God’s word. He is the living Word of God personified and come to life.

 

So people cannot just say that God’s law is only applicable to Israel or the Jews. God’s intention is clear from the very beginning that Israel was meant to be a model nation and that the commandments God gave to Israel was meant for the peoples of all nations:

 

Deuteronomy 4:

1  "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live,

    and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you.

2   You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the

    commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

3   Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from

    among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor.

4   But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you.

5   "Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me,

    that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.

6   Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples

    who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7   "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason

    we may call upon Him?

8   And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law

    which I set before you this day?     (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

In verse 8 the word ‘law’ is really ‘torah’ which is instruction/teaching, as also evidenced that a form of the word ‘teaching’ also occurs in verses 1 and 5. We must also note verse 2 above. Surely, many Christians today have indeed added or taken away from God’s clear instruction that His law – His Torah, is for everyone.

 


We must also remember that Israel is not composed of “just Jews” – but Israel also consists of the mixed multitude of people that were with them:


Exodus 12:

37   Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.

38   A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds --- a great deal of livestock.    (NKJV)



When God gave His law to Israel – He gave His law to all peoples (both Jew and Gentile (non-Jew)) which included the mixed multitude.



So, since we are believers of Christ called Christians and we know He is God’s word personified as the Word of God who became flesh, than why are we ignoring the undeniable truth that the Word of God by definition includes the Law of God which is immutable?

 

Why are we ignoring the truths that Jesus IS the Word of God and therefore walked perfectly in the word and torah of His father – and yet we are commanded to still imitate Him even though we cannot be perfect like He is?


Indeed, why are we ignoring the truth that since Jesus is the Word of God and therefore the living Torah/Law, this means when we are commanded to imitate Him and walk as He walked, God is telling us to follow and live the Torah/Law of God?



How much more clear does God’s word have to be to show us that a holy God wants holy children (in Matthew 5:48 Jesus says “be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect”) and the way to be holy/undefiled in the way is to walk in the law/torah of God (as we read in Psalm 119:1)? 

 

If we are to be perfect as God is perfect, than we must surely know that God Himself obeys His TorahThe same applies to imitating Christ who obeyed the Torah perfectly, because He is the living Torah.

 

 

Let us not deceive ourselves, but realize the Bible truth:

 

As the Word of God personified, the Lord Jesus is only doing what Israel failed to do. Israel failed to show the world the righteous torah of God, because Israel fell in sin, but Jesus as the living Word – the living Torah, did not fall in sin and is perfect; He perfectly showed us His father and His father’s Torah/instruction to the entire world: Jew and Gentile are now one in Messiah and walk together by the light and life of God’s word with Messiah being God’s word personified.

 

There is no such thing as God’s word for one people and another God’s word for the other people – there is only one word for both Jews and Gentiles: the same Scriptures for both, the same Word of God and Messiah for both. God’s instruction, His Torah, is for all mankind.  Remember that Israel contained a mixed multitude of people.

 

 

The Bible truth that the Tanakh is God’s Torah and is for everyone everywhere can be seen everywhere in the Bible. For example, when the Lord Jesus returns, we will await His Torah. If He expanded the Torah when He first came, declaring that it is eternal, and He is the living Torah, the living Word of God who only represents perfectly His father’s will, then we know what He will also do when He returns and it will come from Jerusalem:

 

Isaiah 42:

1   "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him;

    He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

2   He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

3   A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.

4   He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law."   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

Isaiah 2:

3   …… For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

Therefore, the prophet Isaiah also says we should always live by the law/torah and the testimony only:

 

Isaiah 8:

16   Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

17   And I will wait on the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

18   Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts,

     which dwells in mount Zion.

19   And when they shall say to you, Seek to them that have familiar spirits, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter:

     should not a people seek to their God? for the living to the dead?

20   To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.   (AKJV)

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

This is similar to what we see in the Book of Revelation; the children and saints of God are those who obey the commandments of God and keep the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Revelation 12:

17   So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children,

      who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.   (NASB) 
 

Revelation 14:

12  Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.   (NASB)

 

 

The Word in Us

 

So if Jesus is the living Torah and He says the Law of God will endure forever, than this means it applies to all believers everywhere who will inherit the wonderful promise of God’s salvation. We do not observe the commandments in order to be saved, but once we are saved, the Word of God abides in us and changes us from within to enable us to walk as He did as the Bible declares we should do.

 

 

Why does God do this?

 

Well, why does the Bible command us to imitate Christ even though He is perfect and we are not?

 

Why does God tell us to imitate Christ when we know that Christ is the living Torah and obeyed it perfectly?


It is because God is holy and He wants a holy people.  To imitate the living Torah is to be holy and living in obedience to the commandments of God as He did.  Following Christ and obeying the Law of God are the same thing – because Christ is the Word of God, which includes God’s law, made flesh.


It is because God is holy and God’s grace is not a cheap grace. We were bought with an incredible price: the suffering and blood of His only-begotten son, the Messiah. He did not die so that we may walk and stumble blindly in darkness, but that we will be righteous children of God who walk by the light and path of the Word of God.

 

 

How does God do this?  How does God enable us to walk in His law/torah?

 

Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit, says YHWH of Hosts (Zechariah 4:6).

 

 

 

Pentecost – giving of the holy spirit

 

On the Day of Pentecost shortly after the Lord Jesus ascended back to heaven, God pours out His spirit on all believers under the New Covenant/Testament; it is the beginning of the body of Christ in earnest. The apostle Peter puts it this way:

 

Acts 2

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem,

     let this be known to you, and heed my words.

15   For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.

16   But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17   ' And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

     Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

18   And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible tells us that with this New Testament/Covenant, God will write His law in our hearts and minds:

 

Jeremiah 31:

33   But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:

     I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

34   No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'

     for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity,

     and their sin I will remember no more."   (NKJV)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

The law written in our hearts and minds is God’s Torah. The Torah is for ALL believers!!!

 

 

It is evidence of the truth that we do not observe God’s law to be saved, but once we are saved (come to faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God who has atoned for our sins and has arisen forevermore, giving us eternal life), God gives us the ability to walk in the way of God which is to observe His law/torah. He does this by giving us His holy spirit and writing His Torah into our hearts and minds. After being saved, it becomes part of our very being.

 

 

So what is in our hearts? Is it God’s law, His Torah?

 

Proverbs 21:

2     Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.   (NKJV)

 

Proverbs 27:

19   As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man.   (NKJV)

 

 

So is the Law of God written in our hearts? Do we speak evil of God’s law or do we worship God in spirit and truth, and speak good of it in spirit and truth?

 

John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;

     for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."   (NKJV)

 

Luke 6:

45   A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil

      treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46   "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?

47   Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:

48   He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.

     And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

49   But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation,

     against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."     (NKJV)

 

 

Is not the word that comes forth from us supposed to show what is within our hearts and minds? Did God write His law into your heart and mind? Did He?

 

We must be honest and we must be careful, because we are also told that we must not forsake God’s law/torah or even our prayers will be an abomination to Him:


Proverbs 28:

4   Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them.  

 

9   One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.   (NKJV)

 

 

So we must be honest and true to both ourselves and to the God whom we profess to love.

 

 

The Lord Jesus said He will not leave us alone, but will abide in us and manifest Himself to us by sending the spirit of God, the spirit of truth:

 

John 14:

15    "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

16    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

17    even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

18    "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

19    Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

20    In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

21    Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."

22    Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23    Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

24    Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.    (ESV)

 

 

This He does on that Day of Pentecost and onwards. The holy spirit of God dwelling in the temple that is our body is what will enable us to walk by the perfect and true way of the light and peace of God’s Torah – it is our life by which we will never stumble. By the holy spirit of God is the law written onto our hearts and minds so that we may walk in it.

 

What this means is that God writing His Torah into our hearts and minds with the spirit He pours forth is the same thing as the Lord Jesus abiding in us. God is writing His living Torah – the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God personified, into our hearts and minds!

 

 

So in reality we must ask ourselves:

 

Is God’s living Torah (the Lord Jesus) written into our hearts and minds? Do we speak evil of God’s law/torah (such as saying it is obsolete) or do we speak good of it?

 

 

In truth we must ask and then answer ourselves honestly again:

 

How can we speak ill of God’s law/torah if the living Torah, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, is abiding in us?

 

Christ has already said that the Law/Torah of God will last forever and has exalted it, so how can the living Torah within us speak evil of the Law/Torah when He has clearly and undeniably already spoken good of it – declaring it is not done away with at all?

 

 

And so yet again we must be completely honest with ourselves and acknowledge this:

 

Either we are deceiving ourselves into believing that God’s Torah is made obsolete or the living Torah is not abiding in our hearts and minds.

 

 

And again to clarify that the Law of God is not obsolete, we must note that Jeremiah 31:33-34 is also referred to in Hebrews:

 

Hebrews 10:

14   For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15   But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16   "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts,

     and in their minds I will write them,"

17   then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

18   Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.     (NKJV)

 

 

It is made clear again that God writing His law/torah into our hearts and minds shows that God’s law and the Old Testament is not obsolete at all. God’s law is eternal, forever to be in our hearts and minds. What has been done away with is not God’s law, but as we see in verse 18 it is the sacrificial system of atonement for sin that has been removed by the Lord Jesus. What Jesus did away with is the just reward of our sin (the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23) by His atonement once for all on our behalf.

 

The Word of God, the living Torah which includes God’s law, does NOT make the Law of God obsolete. Instead, He has taken away the punishment for all who fall short of the Law which is everyone, because the Law is spiritual, perfect and holy, but we are not. However, though we are saved by His blood, it is no excuse for us to continue to sin.

 

 

The Bible tells us that God’s word before Jesus came is not done away with, but we are to walk in all of God’s word, both Old and New Testaments, because Jesus as the Word of God encompasses all of God’s word as the chief cornerstone from which all the prophets and apostles come forth:

 

Ephesians 2:

19   Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and

     members of the household of God,

20   having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

21   in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

22   in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.   (NKJV)

 

 

This is what it means for Jews and Gentiles to be one complete new man – we are one Israel with the same Messiah. Jews cannot say they observe God’s Torah, but yet dismiss their Messiah, and neither can Gentiles say we accept the Messiah of the Jews, but yet dismiss God’s Torah. Jews must accept the prophets and the apostles just as Gentiles must accept the prophets and the apostles.

 

That Jesus as the Word of God and the words of God in Holy Scripture come together as one can clearly be seen when the first believers were called “the Way” and it includes believing everything that is written in the Law and Prophets.

 

In the apostle Paul’s words:

 

Acts 9

2   and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way,

     whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

 

Acts 19

9   But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude,

     he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.

 

23 And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way.

 

Acts 24:

14   But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers,

      believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.  

 

22     But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said,

       "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."    (NKJV)

 

 

It is not a coincidence that faith in Jesus is called the Way. He is the way, the truth and the life. It is also not a coincidence that the Way includes all that is written in the Law and the Prophets. This is because Jesus, the Word of God, is the living word who became flesh, and as we said earlier the timing of the Word becoming flesh means that He is the living Tanakh/Torah.

 

That the Way includes the Old Testament teaching is seen again in John’s epistles:

 

1 John 5:

3   For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world --- our faith.

5   Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   (NKJV)

 

 

We must notice that obedience to the commandments of God is once again mentioned at the same time with faith in Christ. Of course it is, because we know that the Lord Jesus is not only the way, the truth and the life, but He is also the living Word of God which includes the Torah. God’s word is the way, the truth and the life, and Jesus as the Word of God is this same way, the truth and the life personified in the only-begotten Son of God.

 

 

Again, the Bible gives us evidence that walking in God’s Torah and faith in Christ are not mutually exclusive, but must be together. In Deuteronomy 32 we are told that we must carefully observe God’s Torah:

 

Deuteronomy 32:

46   he said to them, "Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today,

     which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law.

47   "For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land,

     which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess."   (NASB)

 

Comment: ‘Torah’ is translated as ‘law’.

 

 

We are being told that God’s Torah are the words of life (“indeed it is your life”). However, note what most people do not realize – God says observance of His Torah will prolong our days in the Promised Land. In other words, people seem to recognize Joshua as being a type of Christ with Christ leading us into the spiritual and eternal Promised Land, but always fail to see that observance of God’s words, His Torah, is life and the way of life observed by those who enter it.

 

Remember, Christ is the living Word of God, His living Torah, who exalts and magnifies God’s law. Therefore, walking in Christ the Word of God, imitating Him, is to walk in the words of Torah which is our life. It is what is expected of holy children of God who enter into the Promised Land. And God helps us in this by pouring out His spirit upon us to write His Torah upon our hearts and minds so that we may know His Torah and walk in it.

 

 

What does all this mean? It means that faith and obedience go together. When we believe in Christ, we must be like Him. We must be doers of the word and not just hearers of it:

 

James 1:

21  Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word,

     which is able to save your souls.

22   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23   For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

24   for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

25   But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work,

      this one will be blessed in what he does.   (NKJV)

 

 

The holy spirit of God that writes God’s law/torah into our hearts and minds is what will enable us to be fruitful and have good works reflecting our faith:

 

James 2:

14   What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

15   If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

16   and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,"

     but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

17   Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18   But someone will 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.

19   You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe --- and tremble!

20   But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

21   Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

22   Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

23   And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

     And he was called the friend of God.

24   You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25   Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26   For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.   (NKJV)

 

 

And because God’s Torah is written into our hearts and minds under this New Testament, it means the works reflective of our faith in Christ and to be like Him, the living Torah, is to therefore observe and walk in the Torah.

 

 

In other words:

 

God’s Torah written into our hearts and minds by His spirit is how the living Torah – the Lord Jesus Christ, abides in us to bring about holy children who are patterned after Christ Himself. God is writing His living Torah – the Lord Jesus, the living Word of God into our hearts and minds! As Christ is the living Torah who observed perfectly, we should also observe the Torah ourselves, imitating Him, and it is the spirit of God within us that gives us the ability to do so. Observing the Torah and walking in Christ, the living Torah, are the same thing.

 

 

 

Believers in Christ establish the Law

 

Faith in Christ and walking in Torah go together. Those who not only hear it and know it, but actually do it have the Law of God written on their hearts and minds; these believers are the ones the apostle Paul says do not nullify the law, but instead establish the Law:

 

Romans 3:

31  Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.   (NKJV)

 

 

Why do these believers establish the Law? Because they are the ones who know that to walk in holiness and light, and not in sin and darkness, is to walk in the Torah of God which is the same as imitating our Lord and Savior, because He is the Torah, the Word of God, personified.

 

They establish the Law, because they know the Bible truth of what has been done away with and it is NOT the Law of God. The Law of God is eternal and is not obsolete, and it is for everybody, both Jews and Gentiles. The Law of God stays the same, but it is the covenant that has changed – to be improved, to be exact.

 

Let us make this perfectly clear: a/the covenant is not a/the Law.

 

The Law of God or the Torah of God is His set of instructions for us to be a holy people for Himself and it includes the 10 Commandments.

 

A covenant is an agreement between two parties.

 

In the Bible, the covenant is an agreement between two parties where the people promises to be a holy people unto God in loving obedience to God’s will and His ways, as given in His Torah.

 

This is how it looked like in the Old Covenant:

 

Exodus 24:

3   So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the LORD has said we will do."

4   And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

5   Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.

6    And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

7    Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient."

  And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, "This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words."     (NKJV)

 

 

 

The way it looks in the New Covenant is God writing His Law into our hearts and minds as we read before in Hebrews 10:14-18 which refers to Jeremiah 31:33-34.  Jesus’ atonement is the sacrificial blood that covers us.  Our agreement with God is to walk by the spiritual Law of God which is Christ Himself, the living Torah, abiding in us.

 

When we enter into a covenant with God, we agree to abide by all of the words God has given us to instruct us on how to be holy – and let us not deceive ourselves, to be holy and to imitate His son Jesus mean the same thing, because just as Jesus (who perfectly walked in the Law) Himself said: the Law by which we know what is holy and what is sin has not been abolished, but instead is magnified and even more binding.

 

We must be reminded that the covenant we have entered into with God is a marriage covenant.  The terms of the covenant are our vows/promises to God.  Fallen mankind has shown that we cannot keep our vows to Him – to be holy and walk in His ways in loving obedience.  We could not and did not love Him through richer or poorer; in sickness and in health; in good times and bad, but have strayed from Him, going after other things.  So God has provided for us a way that we can remain faithful to Him: by writing the Law – our vows, into our hearts and minds.

 

These terms of our covenant with God are not fine print to be ignored, but they are magnified by being imprinted into the very core of our being – our hearts and minds, by the spirit of God and sealed by the blood of Messiah.

 

We must know this and not ignore this truth. We must not break our vows and stray from Him again.

 

 

So specifically, what is it then that has changed?

 

It is not the Law or Torah of God that has changed, but it is the covenant for the administration of God’s Law/Torah that has changed. The Law remains the same, but how it is administered, who does it, with what, etc. (which are terms of the covenant agreement) have been magnified.

 

It is the Old Covenant for the atonement of sin and redemption of a people unto God that was initiated with the blood of animals and administered by generations of high priests that has been changed, and not all of God’s law. The New Covenant for the atonement of sin and redemption of a people unto God, however, is initiated by the blood of the only-begotten Son of God Jesus once for all time and He is also our eternal High Priest:

 

Hebrews 9:

11   But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect

     tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

12   Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all,

     having obtained eternal redemption.

13   For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

14   how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God,

     cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15   And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death,

     for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive

     the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16   For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17   For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

18   Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

19   For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats,

     with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20   saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."

21   Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

22   And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

23   Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these,

     but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24   For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself,

     now to appear in the presence of God for us;

25   not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another ---

26   He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages,

     He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27   And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

28   so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,

     apart from sin, for salvation.   (NKJV)

 

 

Christians today confuse covenant and law, because of old and wrong traditions that have deceived them to include all of God’s law written in the Old Testament/Covenant as also being obsoleted. This is not true.

 

Remember, a covenant and a law are not the same thing. We must also remember and not conveniently forget or brush aside the truth that the Lord Jesus and all the apostles, including Paul, taught that the Holy Scriptures, which was the Tanakh/Old Testament is for the instruction of all believers even after coming to faith in the only-begotten Son of God, the Word of God and Messiah, whose blood and resurrection has purchased eternal liberty for us from the evil one, sin and death. 

 

We must note that the law of atonement has not changed, but the blood and work of the sacrifice and High Priest the Lord Jesus Christ has ensured atonement is never needed again. It is the system of sacrificial atonement that has ended with the New Covenant, because it is initiated by the blood of the Son of God and lasts forever.

 

The Law of God, however, is instruction in holiness, so people cannot defy the Lord Jesus’ own words and say the Law of God is obsolete, because though atonement must end (and it did by Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection which gives us eternal life), God has redeemed us to be a holy people and we are to be holy for all eternity.   The Law of God is eternal just as we will one day have eternal life.

 

So we see that it is the sacrificial system for atonement of sin that has been done away with. This happened because the atonement sacrifice is the Lord Jesus Himself and the High Priesthood is now also the Lord Jesus Himself. These two things have now been magnified.

 

What has also changed – been magnified, with the covenant now initiated by His blood?

 

It is the administration of God’s law, His Torah, itself:

 

It is now written into our hearts and minds by the spirit of God.

 

 

God is no longer leaving fallen mankind to his own devices, because we have proven over and over again that we cannot be left to ourselves to do anything right. We need God’s help. God has stepped in and has seen to it to provide for us everything we need.

 

Just as the priesthood and the sacrifices for our atonement are no longer in the hands of men or flesh, but have been provided forever by God Himself in His son, God also no longer allows the following of the Law of God to be left to the administration of men, but He has seen to it to write it into the very core of our being Himself by the power of His spirit. He has seen to it by writing the living Torah into our hearts and minds.

 

In other words, the Law/Torah has stayed the same, but the initiation and administration of the covenant agreement regarding the Law/Torah has been magnified to the greatest, perfect and spiritual degree:

 

                –  Christ is the atonement sacrifice.

                –  Christ is the High Priest.

                –  Christ, the living Torah Word of God, is written/abides in our hearts and minds.

 

 

The Bible truth is that it is not really a new covenant replacing an old covenant, but it is the renewal of God’s covenant with His chosen people and those who are grafted in with them.  God is not a discerner of persons, but covenants with those who fear and love Him – both Jews and Gentiles, as it has always been.  In this renewed covenant, God provides everything for us by His son, the living Torah.

 

The worshippers in spirit and truth who God seeks establish the Law, because they have the living Torah, the Lord Jesus Christ, abiding within their hearts and minds to instruct them how to walk in God’s Torah – how to imitate Christ by truly walking as He walked. So is the living Torah, Christ Himself, abiding within us?

 

 

 

Walking in the Word

 

As the Word of God, Jesus is the personification of not just the Tanakh, but of all of God’s word in the Old and New Testaments. There is no contradiction between the Old and New Testaments; one does not negate the other. Only the person of Jesus brings the entire word of God into a cohesive unit.

 

Just as He is alone is the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, NKJV), the Lord Jesus alone reconciles the Old and the New, bringing them together as two halves into one whole. The reason He can do this is because He is the living Word of God that covers every God-breathed word in the complete Holy Scriptures.

 

It is by the Law of God we know what sin is:

 

Romans 7:

7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law.

    For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."   (NKJV)

 

 

And the Law is perfect, spiritual, holy, just and good:

 

Psalm 19:

7    The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;   (NKJV)

 

Romans 7:

12   Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

 

14   For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.   (NKJV)

 

James 1:

25   But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work,

      this one will be blessed in what he does.   (NKJV)



All mankind falls short of the spiritual perfection and standard of the Law. It is by the grace and mercy of God that He provides atonement and forgiveness of our sins since we are not perfect, and this is done by faith in His only-begotten son, the Messiah who paid this debt of ours by His blood.

 

As the Word of God who has all of God’s word within Him, Jesus alone bridges the gap between all things and He is not just the mediator between God and man, but He also mediates between the law and faith and grace.

 

As the living Torah, He is the law personified and walked perfectly in the law, and therefore never transgressed the law and is without sin:

 

1 John 3:

4   Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5   And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.    (KJV)

 

 

At the same time, He is also the grace of God personified, and is Himself the eternal atonement whose blood and righteousness covers over our sins and casts them as far as the east is from the west – His perfection has become our perfection by faith.

 

So in truth, the Lord Jesus is not merely the bridge or mediator, but He contains the two sides within Himself.

 

As the Word of God, He is the holiness, perfection and justice of the law; and also the holiness, perfection and love of God’s mercy together at the same time. One does not cancel out the other, but they exist together. The holiness of God requires holiness in His children with perfect judgment and simultaneously provides the atonement. God’s holiness is both perfect love and perfect justice, and this is inherent in His word – both the written/spoken word and the living Word of God.

 

This bridging the gap between or combination of law and grace in Jesus, the Word of God is seen clearly in Psalm 103. Many believers only cite verse 12 while completely ignoring verse 7. You cannot do that it is the same God who does both. God’s ways were made known to Moses and these ways include not just His law, but also His mercy to forgive our sins; it is evidence again that one does not cancel the other, and also that all of God’s word in the Old and New, the entire Bible, are for our instruction and is God’s Torah as a unit:

 

Psalm 103:

7     He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8     The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9     He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12   As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.   (NKJV)

 

 

As we see in Psalm 103, the atonement of the Word of God does not make any other part of God’s word obsolete, but instead the Word of God brings everything together in Him. He does not negate the Law of God, but by the love and grace of God who knows we fall short of the perfect measure of holiness that is the Law, He also provides us with the eternal atonement. He is the prophesied Messiah whose atoning blood enables us to approach God through the veil despite our imperfections and not being able to walk perfectly in the law. However, this is not an excuse to sin and transgress God’s law.

 

 

We see another example of Jesus containing all of God’s word in Him, perfectly combining the righteousness of God’s law with God’s grace when the apostle Peter states that we are born again by the word of God that endures forever, quoting the Tanakh/Old Testament, Isaiah 40:8.  We see again that God’s word is eternal just as Jesus, the Word of God personified is eternal:

 

1 Peter 1:

22   Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

23   having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

24   because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away,

25   But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.    (NKJV)

 

 

But did you notice this?  Many Christians say they are “born again” and attribute it to Christ as they rightly should.  However, this is not all.  As we can see, we are “born again” of the words of God that are eternal – and these are the words of the Old Testament/Tanakh.  The New Testament was not yet written. This is evidence again that the Lord Jesus as the word of God personified IS the living Torah.

 

So when we say we are born again of God, it is being born again by God’s word, His Torah.  And when we say we are born again of God by the Lord Jesus, we are actually being born again by the Word of God who is the living Torah.  They are exactly the same, because Jesus is the Torah personified.  

 

 

The Bible truth that He is the living Word of God who alone brings together both Old and New Testaments without making any part of God’s word obsolete can most easily be seen by the fact that the Bible tells us we must imitate the Lord Jesus even though He is perfect.

 

We are told to imitate God Himself:

 

Matthew 5:

48  "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   (NASB)

 

Ephesians 5:

1     Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.   (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 1:

14    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15    but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16    because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."    (NASB)

 

 

We are told to imitate Christ, the Word of God:

 

1 Corinthians 11:

1    Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.   (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 2:

16  For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.    (NKJV)

 

1 John 2:

3    Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4    He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5    But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6    He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.   (NKJV)

 

 

Are we really walking as He walked and following the example of Christ who walked perfectly in the Torah of His father as the living Torah, if we think the Law of God is obsolete, and therefore we do NOT walk in the Law as He did?

 

Could it be our fallen natures again that does not want to be obedient and turns away from the light that exposes our disobedient acts? Just like in Psalm 103, many believers only wish to cite verse 16 below, but what about verses 19-21:

 

John 3:

16   For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

     that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17   For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18   "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,

      because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19   And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,

     because their deeds were evil.

20   For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21   But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."   (NKJV)

 

 

Look at verse 21.

 

What is the light? What is the truth? What are these deeds/acts that we should be doing in God’s name and in His light?

 

Let us be reminded again that God’s word is light as the Word of God is also light:

 

Proverbs 6:

23   For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,   (NKJV)

 

John 8:

12   Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,

      but have the light of life."     (NKJV)

 

 

And God’s word is the truth just as the Word of God is also truth:

 

Psalm 119:

142   Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.   (NKJV)

 

John 14:

6       Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Law of God and the Lord Jesus, the Word of God personified, guide our paths in light, holiness and righteousness, and not darkness and sin. This light that God gives us in both His law and His son are the same light to show us how to be children of light which we are always meant to be:

 

Ephesians 5:

8   For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

9   (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

10   finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

11   And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

12   For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.

13   But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

14   Therefore He says: " Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."    (NKJV)

 

 

As children of light, let us summarize and go to the heart of the matter.

 

The Bible clearly tells us that the Law is holy, spiritual, and good; the Law is light.

 

And let us remember again that sin is the transgression of God’s law:

 

1 John 3:

4   Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5   And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.   (AKJV)

 

 

This means that if the law is light, then to break it is to do its opposite which is sin, and therefore sin is darkness.

 

However, we are called to be children of light and not darkness.

 

This means we are not to walk in darkness which is sin, but we are to walk in light which is the Law!

 

 

The Bible clearly tells us again why Jesus as the living, breathing Word of God contains in Himself the perfect Law and the grace and mercy of God that atones for our sins when we fall short. He shed His blood so we do not continue to walk in darkness, but to be changed by the spirit of God within us to be holy children who walk in the Law which is light, to walk in Christ who is light. He is the living Torah who we are to emulate; there is no excuse to keep on walking in darkness/sin which is transgression of the Law, but we must walk in light/holiness which is defined by the Law.

 

We must stop trampling on His blood by continuing to sin/transgress God’s law.

 

 

And again, put in another way:

 

With the Bible’s definition that sin is transgression of the law, we must remember that the Lord Jesus was perfect – He walked perfectly in the law and never broke the law.  

 

Yet God tells us several times that we are to imitate Christ and do as He did.

 

So what does this mean to us?

 

It means that to follow Christ, to imitate Him – we also must not break the law!

 

 

Let us repeat that again:

 

To truly imitate Christ who did not break God’s law is to also not break God’s law.

 

 

We see this clearly when after defining sin as the transgression of the law God still tells us that even though His son Jesus has no sin, so should we also be without sin.  God says if we abide in Jesus, we would not sin and if we do continue to sin than we do not really know Christ:

 

1 John 3:

4    Everyone who is a sinner goes against the law, for sin is going against the law.

5    And you have knowledge that he came to take away sin: and in him there is no sin.

6    Anyone who is in him does no sin; anyone who is a sinner has not seen him and has no knowledge of him.

7    My little children, let no man take you out of the true way: he who does righteousness is upright, even as he is upright;   

8    The sinner is a child of the Evil One; for the Evil One has been a sinner from the first. And the Son of God was seen on earth so that he might put an end to the works of the Evil One.

9    Anyone who is a child of God does no sin, because he still has God's seed in him; he is not able to be a sinner, because God is his Father.

10   In this way it is clear who are the children of God and who are the children of the Evil One; anyone who does not do righteousness or who has no love for his brother, is not a child of God.      (BBE)

 

 

God is saying we must not be led astray by those who say it is fine to sin – to transgress God’s law, and the people who teach this have been deceived by the enemy Satan and are his children.  Do not be deceived as they have been – resist the enemy:

 

1 Peter 5:

8    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.    (NKJV)

 

 

We must be righteous and not sin/transgress God’s law, because God is within us.  Remember again, if we are to imitate God and Christ and they abide in us, how is it possible that they would not walk by the Law of God?  Would that not be God and Christ sinning against themselves?  Could it be anymore clear?

 

 

We must walk by the law that God has written in our hearts and minds as best we can, which is exactly the reason why God pours out His spirit to dwell within us – to help us in this walk to truly be like Christ:

 

1 John 2:

1   My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins,

    we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2   And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

3   Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4   He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5   But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6   He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.   (NKJV)

 

 

We will have the Lord Jesus as our Advocate, but loving obedient children of the Almighty God should not trample upon the blood of His only-begotten son. 1 John 2:1-6 we read above shows again how Jesus is the combination of the perfect law/torah and God’s grace – both existing side-by-side and not cancelling each other out.

 

We can see that God’s word makes it very evident that since we know Christ obeyed the Law of God perfectly and yet the Bible tells us we must imitate Him anyway, that we are also supposed to obey God’s Torah instructions. There really is no arguing or circumventing this fact.

 

So therefore we should walk in the way, the truth and the life. This is imitating and keeping our faith strong in the Word of God, the Lord Jesus.   When we follow Jesus, we walk as He walked. We walk in the way, the truth and the life which is also the Law: the light to our path, the truth and gives life. He is, after all, the way, the truth and the life personified.

 

 

We must know how truly beautiful, wonderful and awesome the work of God is in the revelation of Himself. He has poured out His truth, light and love in the words of the Holy Scriptures to reveal Himself to us. This revelation of Himself is magnified and personified in the living Word of God, His only-begotten son Jesus. However, it is the writing of the law/torah onto our hearts and minds in the New Testament where God is manifested in us – to mold us into His holy children. This is how we imitate Christ to walk as He walked.

 

God and His Word, His only-begotten son, abide in us through the writing of His Torah into our hearts and minds to instruct us on how to live: what we say and do, think and feel – changing and showing us what kind of children we are, whose children we are. God abides in us by His perfect law abiding in us; this is how His love is perfected in us:

 

1 John 4:

7    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8    He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9    In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world,

     that we might live through Him.

10   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

13   By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14   And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

15   Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16   And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God,

     and God in him.

17   Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;

     because as He is, so are we in this world.

18   There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

      But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

19   We love Him because He first loved us.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

The Bible tells us that God’s love and His law are not opposed to one another at all, but they must work together and are indeed two sides of the same coin to manifest God Himself directly in our lives.

 

It is:

 

law <=> holiness <= perfect/God => holiness <=> love,

 

where God’s perfection and holiness is manifested in both His perfect law and His perfect love.

 

The Bible shows us law <=> holiness <= perfect/God => holiness <=> love, which is God Himself, is only manifested in the children of God when God abides in us, as do His law and His love also abide in us; they are all the same and it happens at the same time.

 

God is manifested in us when God and Christ, God’s law and His love abide in us, the children of God, and this happens when God pours out His spirit upon His children and writes His law/torah into our hearts and minds, to instruct us on how to walk in God’s word – all of it, both of it: His written Torah as well as His living Torah, the Word of God Jesus.

 

 

So we must stop obeying the traditions of men from long ago that oppose Bible truth and prevent us from truly obeying the commandment of God to imitate His son by walking His Torah as Christ did. These traditions are bondage, darkness and death. God’s word and His law are freedom, light and life.

 

The Lord Jesus is the living Torah and the only-begotten son. We, as holy children who are adopted as heirs, are told to emulate Christ, the one true heir.

 

Let us finally get out of the darkness and walk in the light of God. The light of God is His law/torah; the light of God is His only-begotten son, the living and breathing Torah, the Word of God. They are the same, so let us no longer deceive ourselves; we must stop saying we have fellowship with God, but still continue to sin/transgress God’s law and walk in sin and darkness. We must worship God in spirit and truth, and walk in God’s light – in God’s Torah, in God’s son, to truly be like Him:

 

1 John 1:

5    This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

6    If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

7    But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

     and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.   (NKJV)

 

Philippians 2:

15   that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked

     and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,   (NKJV)

 

 

There are no more excuses to continue to ignore God’s commandment for us to imitate His son by walking in the light and truth of God’s law/torah. We were always meant to be holy children and the law is the way we know what is holy and what is sin:

 

Ecclesiastes 12:

13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.   (AKJV)

 

 

Imitating the Lord Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, by walking as He walked in the law/torah of His father is not a burden, but a show of loving obedience:

 

1 John 5:

3   For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.   (NKJV)

 

 

God’s only-begotten son Jesus, the Word of God is the Torah personified, and Messiah abides in our hearts and minds to walk in Him, in Torah – the way, the truth and the life.

 

 

So when the Word of God, who is the living Torah and the truth just as all of God’s word is truth, tells us that we are only His disciples if we abide by His word, and only then will we know the truth which sets us free:

 

John 8:

31   Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32    And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."    (NKJV)

 

 

What is the Messiah and the Bible saying? 

 

The Messiah and the Bible is telling us that just as the Word of God is the living Torah, then His word is the Torah – it is the Torah, both the living and written Word, which is the truth that sets us free.

 

 

 

We must look in the mirror:

 

"When an honestly mistaken man or woman sees the truth, one of two things must happen: 

1)  they will either cease to be mistaken, or

2)  they will cease to be honest". 

 

- Anonymous

 

 

 

Please also see the articles ‘All about our Character’, ‘We are One Israel – the Faith Once Delivered’, God’s Salvation Plan in the Biblical Feast Days’, What Paul really taught about the Law’, and ‘Biblical Repentance’.