Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation

Some of our friends worry that we have become ‘legalistic’ and think we have to earn our salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth! “Cold Waters To A Thirsty Soul” does a good job of summarizing the point of Torah observance, which was never intended to be a means of salvation.

Cold Waters to a Thirsty Soul

afraid and runningBOYMany Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] are hearing about the ‘Hebrew Roots’ of the Faith, and are frightened to see their fellow Believers becoming involved in this movement.

For those who have been frightened into thinking that Believers should avoid obeying God’s Law, there is one thing we would do well to consider.

According to the New Testament, our obedience to ‘the Law’ — the Torah [teachings and instructions given by Moses] — is not about achieving righteousness, or about salvation (Gal 3:11; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

It is, however, about walking as Messiah walked (1John 2:6).

It is about loving Messiah, and about loving others, in the way Messiah has told us (John 14:15, 15:10; 1John 5:2-3).

And, it is about sanctification – walking in holiness (1Pet 1:14-16).

Many Believers today, having been Born-again, and saved by grace through faith, are sensing the inner promptings of the…

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6 thoughts on “Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation”

  1. Hi Sue, I read your friend’s article. For me, the concept of grace was more difficult to grasp (it was a head knowledge all along though)–having tried for so many years to earn salvation by works. I think it’s the same for most people, though I cannot really speak for them. And I think this must be the reason why grace is discussed as much as good works in the Bible, because it is sometimes (or usually) so easy to forget grace and revert back to earning salvation by good works.

    On the subject of sanctification, of good works resulting from salvation–these were never omitted nor de-emphasised in Christian congregations–at least in my experience. Again, it was the fear of “good works not manifesting” meant I wasn’t really saved that drove me to strive for a “rigid” life–which kind of led me back to square one, trying to earn salvation by works.

    But praise be to God–after one’s mind has been opened to God’s grace, doing what pleases the Lord becomes a lifelong desire, no longer out of fear, and easier. One suddenly has a renewed understanding of Jesus’ promise that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

    Blessings to you ❤

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    1. Your comments are really interesting, sweet sister!! Sounds like we are addressing the same issue from two different directions. We had just the opposite experience in the church: the fellowships we attended tended to put all their emphasis on ‘faith’ and to basically eliminate works (except that it was a given that you were supposed to do ‘good’ things rather than bad.)

      As a result, we struggled with the concept of obedience, because it seemed to us that Y’shua makes a big deal about obedience, but the church could never give us a clear answer as to what it was we were to obey. We are grateful that we learned early on that we cannot earn our salvation, but what we were missing (and what you DID get) was the very basic teaching that salvation is DEMONSTRATED in obedience, and that our obedience is to be directed by Yah’s original Torah instructions. Because we had been taught that Torah had been ‘done away with,’ we simply could not reconcile the many NT passages having to do with obedience and the Torah. Once we learned to read the scriptures from a Hebraic perspective, things became clear. Now the entire NT makes SENSE and it all fits together with the OT.

      And you nailed it! “After one’s mind has been opened to God’s grace, doing what pleases the Lord becomes a lifelong desire, no longer out of fear, and easier.” EXACTLY!!!! Obedience becomes a joy, not an effort. It is simply getting on the same page with Abba.

      Thanks so much for sharing. ❤

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      1. Thanks for sharing your experience, too, Sue–it is also very interesting!!!!

        I am still groping my way around my new environment, and what you just shared provides me with very useful insights in understanding the western Christian culture. I think some of my questions have now been put to rest, somehow. Thank you!

        How blessed we are to have the Word of God in our hands–to study, to know His will, His plans. How blessed we are to have His Spirit to teach and empower us! How blessed we are to have brothers and sisters in the Lord so we could edify and encourage each other!
        ❤ ❤ ❤


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