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Today’s Scripture Verse – Galatians 5:1

www.RealJesus.net“Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1

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If Christ Be In You

http://www.RealJesus.net“Likewise you also, consider yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Messiah Jesus our Lord. Therefore, do not continue to allow the corrupting influence of the old sin nature to rule in your mind, emotions and body, that you should obey its desires…for the old sin nature shall no longer have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” ROMANS 6:11-12, 14 (JCV)

     The Word of God clearly teaches us that now in the New Testament we are no longer under the Old Covenant Law, but under the New Covenant of Grace. The Old Testament Law of Moses was good as a schoolmaster in pointing out our sinful tendencies — what offends God, and the proper way we should live. It helped us understand the sinfulness of stealing, murder, dishonoring our parents, not keeping the Sabbath day holy, lusting after another man’s wife, coveting your neighbor’s property, and so on. But what the Law of Moses could not do, was to break the power of sin over our lives.

Crucified and Resurrected with Christ

          Under the New Covenant of Grace, we are to reckon ourselves “crucified and resurrected with Jesus Christ, that we should no longer be the slaves of our old sinful natures. For He that has died along with Christ our Messiah, has been freed from the power of sin” (Romans 6:7). Therefore, we are to reckon ourselves to be as “dead as a doorknob” to sin through the grace and resurrection power God has provided for us through Jesus Christ. There is no excuse for us to continue allowing the old sinful nature to rule our lives when we now have the righteous life of Jesus Christ living in us.

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
– Romans 8:10

         If you are a true Christian and you have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah, then Christ is living in you through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe that? Then you are no longer the same person you used to be. Your old person died when you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord by faith. You are a new creation in Christ and have been resurrected with Him to a new life.

As a result of being “born again”:

1.             You have identified with Christ’s death by crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

2.             Your old sinful nature has been crucified and put to death in Christ.

3.             A new nature has been given to you that replaces the old nature. You have been resurrected to a new life of righteousness through the operation of God’s Spirit.

Does that mean we can never sin?

            Not at all. We all still struggle with the old sinful nature that tries to resurrect again and attempts to regain control of us. But we must not allow it to do so. We need to remind it that it has been crucified with Christ, and it has no more power over us. When we are tempted to sin, we don’t have to sin. We now have the power of God living in us and we can say “no” to sin when it rears its ugly little head.

            When we were under the Old Testament Law of Moses, we didn’t have the power to say no to sin. We were under the bondage of sin and “slaves to sin”. The Law simply made us aware that we were sinning, but it was helpless to help us do anything to prevent it. We could not stop sinning. However, those today who are walking by faith in the New Covenant Gospel are “no longer under the law but under grace”, says the apostle Paul, a converted Jew who once followed the Old Testament Law to his own admission of frustration.

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!“ – Romans 7:24-25

By His stripes we are healed from sin.

The apostle Peter, another converted Jew, also testifies that the Old Testament Law was helpless to free us from sin. He admits that the only way we can be healed from our sinful nature is by the grace of God through faith in Christ’s death on the cross on our behalf:

            “Who [Christ] Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree [cross], that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

     The Old Testament Law could do nothing to keep us from sinning. Yahovah God’s followers in the Old Testament confessed their sins in the Temple. They also brought their animal sacrifices and offerings before the Levitical Priests for slaughter to atone for their sins. But after they left the Temple they continued to commit the same sins over and over again. In due course, they were back in the Temple again confessing the same sins.

     Under the New Covenant, we not only have the ability to receive atonement for our sinful acts, but also to enter into a new realm of spiritual experience – of experiencing an inward transformation of our natures.

“This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day,  says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds – Hebrews 10:16

The Gospel of Victory or Defeat?

     Is your church preaching a gospel of victory or defeat? The apostle Paul pronounced a “curse” over any minister or preacher that is teaching believers to return to the Old Testament Law of Moses for salvation and justification before God. If your church is preaching “another Jesus or another gospel” he declared,As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” – Galatians 1:9

There is no truth of greater importance in the whole Bible than this:

That Christ died, not only to forgive us of our sins, but also to redeem us from our sinful natures.

     Tragically, many of God’s people do not believe this and are still trying to earn their own justification before God by the legalistic keeping of the Old Testament Law. The prophet Hosea rightly denounced this ignorance when he wrote, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6

     If God’s people do not come out of legalistic churches that emphasize salvation by works and embrace the truth of the New Covenant Gospel of Grace, they cannot experience it’s life transforming power and victory over sin. And if they don’t experience it, they will live their entire lives practicing a powerless form of religion and frustrated with a continual struggle with sin. They will never experience the supernatural power and victory that true Christianity should produce in a believer’s life.

–         Luis Yosefus

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Reverting back to the law of Moses brings a curse.

Reverting back to the law of Moses brings a curse.

Christians Are Not Under the Law of Moses - By Luis Yosefus

During the early days of the Christian church, the Galatian believers (both Jews and Gentiles) were in danger of falling from grace. Certain false teachers labeled as “Judaisers” had secretly infiltrated the church and were convincing the naïve new Christians that they needed to be circumcised and follow the Mosaic laws to be saved. When the apostle Paul heard about it, he was extremely alarmed. He pronounced a curse on these Judaisers and anyone who preached anything but the Gospel of Grace.

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” – Galatians 1:8

Although the apostle Paul was a believing Jew himself, he was appalled that other Jews had come into the Galatian church and were preaching “another gospel”, confusing the young believers, and causing many to revert back to the Mosaic system that had become obsolete after Jesus the Messiah came and instituted the New Covenant. Tragically, I see this same problem occurring in many Christian churches today – particularly in Hebraic and Messianic congregations who want to become so Jewish in their worship of God that they go completely overboard and become immersed in the Old Testament Mosaic system. As a result, they end up extremely “Hebraic” in their style and practice of Christianity and they “turn off” most Gentile and Jewish prospects alike. The Christian church should be a melding of people of all races – both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus the Messiah. Whether you prefer to call Him Jesus, or Yeshua, the bottom line is, Jesus died to save people of all races, languages, and nationalities, and combine them into “one new man”, the universal Body of Christ.

Beware of falling from Grace.

Almost the entire Book of Galatians was written with the intent of exposing the false teachings of the Judaisers and prevent Christians from falling from the Gospel of Grace by reverting back to the Old Testament Mosaic system. The apostle Paul had strong words for the Judaisers and called them “accursed” of God. He also labeled those Galatian Christians who were following the false teachers “foolish”, and declared they had become “bewitched” by the Judaisers. He rebuked them, saying:

“Oh foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth? Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law of Moses, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish that having begun your [Christian life] in the Spirit [by faith], are you now being made perfect by the flesh [the law of Moses]?” – Galatians 3:1-3.

He also asked that if salvation could be achieved by the keeping of the Old Testament Torah (Law), then what was the purpose of Jesus’ sacrificial death?

Did Jesus die in vain?

The apostle Paul went on to argue that we are NOT justified (cleared of our sin guilt) by keeping the Torah or the Mosaic ordinances, but by faith in Jesus Christ, the anointed Son of God — by the vicarious, atoning sacrifice He made on our behalf. He added:

“that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by keeping the Mosaic law; for by the works of the law no flesh (no one) shall be saved.”

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if salvation and righteous standing before God comes through the Mosaic law, then Jesus Christ died in vain.”

–         Galatians 2:16-21

Salvation by grace through faith – not Torah-keeping.

God’s free gift of salvation comes by way of faith, and faith alone in what Jesus did for us, not what we can do for ourselves through the keeping of the Old Testament laws.

Only by faith, do we receive the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. And only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we progressively become perfected. The moment we revert back to the keeping of the Mosaic laws for our justification, we are grieving the Holy Spirit, and place ourselves in danger of falling from our foundational position of salvation and justification by grace.

Was Abraham justified by faith? Or, by the keeping of the law?

I ask those of you who want to become so Jewish in your talk and practice of your Christian faith: Do you remember the example of Abraham – the father of the Jewish race? What do the Scriptures say about his justification before God? It calls Abraham “the father of faith”. “Abraham believed God,” and it was accounted to him for righteousness (Galatians 3:6). Therefore, salvation, justification, and righteousness – both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, have always been by faith. The prophet Habakkuk declared (while still under the Old Covenant), “For the just (justified) shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4). The apostle Paul also quoted this same verse in Galatians 3:11.

Come out from among them.

Beloved, I pray that you will heed the voice of the Holy Spirit and come out from among any church or group that is deceiving you –that is preaching “another gospel and another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4). The true Gospel of of Jesus Christ is a gospel of salvation and justification by grace through faith in Christ’s redemptive work for us on the cross. Do not listen to the modern-day Judaisers who claim they have a new or better revelation from God, or who teach that you must revert back to the Mosaic system – touch not, eat not, keep Torah, and so on. Salvation has always been by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and not of works, lest anyone should boast in their own righteousness, and nullify the work of Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-10).

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Christians Are Not Under the Law of Moses

Christians Are Not Under the Law of Moses – Part 2

    The Mosaic Covenent In part one of this message, we discussed that there is much confusion in the Body of Christ today regarding which parts of the Old Testament laws we should be observing. The Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ makes it clear and consistent: Once a person has trusted in Jesus Christ the Messiah, his salvation and righteous standing before God the Father no longer depends on observing the law of Moses. The animal sacrifices, circumcision, the priestly system, Kosher foods, the stoning of people to death, the eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth mentality, and so on, have been done away with under the New Covenant.

So why are so many Christian people – both Gentiles and Jews, reverting back to the Old Covenant system of Moses?

      I believe that many are attracted by the appeal of learning more about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. After all, Jesus was Jewish, the early disciples were Jewish, and we need to appreciate our Jewish heritage in order to understand the context of our Christian religion. And that is as far as it should go. Unfortunately, in their enthusiasm for learning more about their Jewish roots, many Christians are lured into attending Hebraic and Messianic congregations that have overstepped their boundaries and have become modern-day Judaisers. These congregations claim they are followers of Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus the Messiah in Hebrew), but instead of preaching the Gospel of Grace that Jesus preached, they preach the obsolete laws of Moses. They forget that the Old Testament laws of Moses have been done away with, and we are now under a New Covenant – the New Covenant of Grace.

The laws of Moses were only temporary “schoolmasters”.

      They were instituted by God only for a certain period of time to teach us about sin and transgression, God’s holiness, and drive us to faith in Jesus the Messiah. But after the laws of Moses served their (temporary) purpose and Jesus came and sacrificed His life for us, they were no longer necessary. God Himself had predicted long ago, that the Old Covenant would one day be replaced by a new and better covenant when Messiah Jesus would come.

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel [and all people who believe on Me] in the future,” says the LORD. “I will put my laws, statutes, and instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33 (JCV)

     When Jesus the Messiah finally came, He did away with the old system, and instituted the new system — a better covenant, that produces personal holiness and righteousness based on faith and obedience to the indwelling presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus now lives inside each of us and tells us how we should live, and what we should do, in order to please God the Father.

–         Luis Yosefus

In Part 3 of this teaching, we will examine the prevalence of religious deception today, and the spiritual dangers of reverting back to the Mosaic laws and falling from grace.

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COMMENTS FROM FILCOM:

“Thanks God for the New Covenant. Thank you Pastor Luis for your topic. The message of Jesus in the New Testament is the enlightenment of every believer.”


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New Covenant Reforms

The Mosaic CovenentWhether you call Jesus by His transliterated English name, JESUS, or by His Hebrew name YESHUA or YAHASHUA, it doesn’t matter to Him one bit. He will hear your prayers in whatever language you choose to address Him. What does matter, however, is that you believe and trust in JESUS to be the Savior and Lord of your life.

If you are trusting in His substitutionary death on the cross on your behalf for the forgiveness of your sins and His imputed righteousness, then your salvation is by “grace and truth” as the apostle John said in John 1:17, and not by your observation of the Old Testament Mosaic laws that have been done away with in the New Testament (New Covenant).

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel [and all people who believe on Me] in the future,” says the LORD. “I will put my laws, statutes, and instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33 (JCV)

The Mosaic laws were only temporary. They were the “schoolmasters” that taught us to have faith in God and disciplined us in the practice of holiness and obedience. However, now that we have come of age and live under a new and better covenant, God’s laws are written in our hearts – not on tables of stone.

The New Covenant also brought many new reforms.

Many of the old Mosaic laws were discarded under the New Covenant as outdated or ineffective for producing true righteousness, such as the priestly system, the sacrificing of animals, the eye-for-an-eye mentality, kosher foods, and many other antiquated relics too numerous to mention here.

When Jesus the Messiah finally came, He did away with the old system, and instituted the new system — a better covenant, that produces personal holiness and righteousness based on faith and obedience to the indwelling presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus now lives inside each of us and tells us how we should live, and what we should do, in order to please God the Father.

–        Pastor Luis Yosefus

In Part 2 of this teaching, we will examine the Judaizers in the church of Galatia who were perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ with their false teachings and how this relates to the legalism so prevalent in the Christian church today.

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COMMENT FROM ADAM GOUROUTIDIS IN GREECE:

Amen brother Luis! If Paul was still among us these days he would be amazed with the fact that even almost two thousand years after his own time, the Judaizers are still stealing from believers what the Messiah Jesus said on His cross, that ”it is finished”! Keep on bringing to light the works of darkness and they will no longer be. You are not alone in this. May He bless you and strengthen you with a double anointing of Paul’s anointing.


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Against Such Things There Is No Law

Our Christian lives can be compared to two different kinds of trees – one bearing good fruit, and the other bad. Jesus said “you will know them by their fruit.” The bad trees produce sour fruit, whereas the good tree produces sweet fruit because it has yielded itself to the cultivating and purifying presence of the Holy Spirit.

Since a good tree produces good fruit and an evil tree produces evil fruit. What sort of tree is your life?

The apostle Paul stated that the perfect Law of God is fulfilled in you through Messiah Jesus, if these fruits [or attributes] of the Holy Spirit are manifest in your life:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Let us focus more on becoming more like Jesus in Character, and less on simply following religious rituals and external holiness, “Touch not, eat not,” and so on.

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17

Jesus has cancelled the Old Testament written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Therefore, see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy and doctrines, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Col. 2:8,14).

–         Luis Yosefus

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The Messianic Judaism Controversy

www.RealJesus.netDear Brother Luis:

Lately I’ve been intrigued as to the why, and or the appropriateness of, the increasing popularity of Christians celebrating Jewish high holy days, and why some seem to identify very strongly with Judaism. I’ve been researching how it seems Jewish people really feel about Christians (not good), the messianic synagogue “controversy” and various other aspects of this subject. Because you are a messianic Jew I would be very interested in what you think about this. If you have time I would value it greatly (and promise not to quote you without permission). I can only imagine what you’ve been through!

Thanks and blessings always to you my Brother In Christ!

JEFF BROWN

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Hello Jeff:

I too am concerned about the legalistic theology of many Messianic believers (both Jewish and Gentiles) and their self-imposed isolation from the rest of Christianity. Recently I have decided to distance myself from this movement to avoid being associated with their errant beliefs. These days I prefer to call myself a “Judeo-Christian” rather than “Messianic”.

Although I still believe in learning all the good we possibly can  about Christianity’s Jewish roots and keeping the original holy days of the Bible (including the original Saturday sabbath), I don’t believe we can “earn” our salvation by the keeping of the Old Testament Laws. Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Eph. 2:8-9).

The Sabbath and OT Holy Days have to be re-interpreted in light of what Jesus did in the New Testament to fulfill them – such as Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (First Fruits), and the Day of Atonement. Other Holy Days such as the Feast of Trumpets and Tabernacles are yet to be fulfilled at the Rapture and Second Coming of Messiah.

A good book I have read, which you may want to read is, “Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity” by Stan Telchin. Stan is a believing Jew who also came out of the Messianic Movement and wrote some good biblical insights on the subject. He has also distanced himself from Messianic churches. As a result, He has received a lot of criticism for doing so, but I believe he was led of the Holy Spirit.

You are free to reprint this message if you like. You can also read a short devotional I wrote on this subject by going to:

https://yehudafm.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/justified-by-grace-through-faith-not-by-the-law/

Blessings to you and your wife Donna!

Pastor Luis Yosefus

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