Lately, I have been feverishly working to finish an extended study of the Book of Ezra. Part of my study today brought a familiar verse to mind, so I took a quick look. You know this one. Rav Shaul (Paul), writing instructions to his protege, Timothy, says,
6 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Certainly, I’ve noticed many times that it says, ‘ALL Scripture’ and indeed, at the time of his writing, the ‘new’ Testament had not been canonized, or much of it even written or collected. We know that when Shaul says, ‘ALL Scripture,’ he means the Tanak, the writings from which he gives a defense every week in the synagogues… Just read the Book of Acts.
I noticed something new today that had not previously hit me. I have read these verses in context, but somehow glossed over verses 14 and 15. Look at the verses immediately preceding 16 & 17.
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
We understand that salvation is by grace through faith in Messiah, but how many times do we stop and ponder that Shaul here is articulating that the Torah/Tanak (sacred writings) are able to give wisdom that leads to faith!
Torah itself teaches that it leads to wisdom and understanding. (Many other verses support this, but here is one for evidence.)
Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away 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 has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the Lord your God has destroyed [a]them from among you. 4 But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.
5 “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6 So keep and do them, for that 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 a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? 8 Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole TORAH which I am setting before you today?
Shaul/Paul gets denigrated so often by Christendom with the false charge that he ‘did away’ with the Torah. Then, verses like 2 Timothy 3:15 make him out to be a schizophrenic! Paul didn’t have trouble making up his mind. He never wavered. Consider:
Then what [a]advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What then? If some [b]did not believe, their [c]unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?
The ‘oracles of God.’ The unchanging ‘Word’ from an unchanging God!
Paul/Shaul, in his second letter to Timothy, shows again his view of the Torah and the Tanak by calling them ‘sacred writings.’ This statement is diametrically opposed to what Christendom teaches about Paul’s view of the Torah. Broadly, Christendom teaches that Paul ‘did away’ with the Law.
Christendom MUST REJECT as HERESY the false teaching we have inherited that the Apostle Paul ‘did away with the Torah.’ Not to do so is to call Paul a liar and to deny the inspired Word we receive in the ‘new’ Testament. I beg of my brothers in the pulpits to study this thing out!! Every time you speak against the Torah, it is heresy and you will be held accountable for teaching a LIE. You lead the sheep astray!
Yeshua, the Messiah said,
“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 [a]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 [b]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Do you annul and teach as having been annulled any of the commandments?
Fully one third of all churches on the planet have the following statement or one very similar in their ‘Doctrinal Statement:’ (WCF XIX.3)
All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated, under the New Testament
Abrogate means ‘annul.’ Look it up.
That is HERESY and in direct violation of the words of Yeshua who said,
“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 [a]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 [b]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
If you are sitting in a congregation that teaches this, then GET OUT! When they teach this, they also falsely teach that the Sabbath is not on the seventh day, contrary to the eternal commandment. They teach that pagan syncretism, in the form of Christmas and Easter is okay, contrary to the Word of Yahweh. Many more such heresies. GET OUT!!
I am sorry that I have gotten off track a little, but my heart is so heavy for people I love who are spiritually blind to the fact that the Torah is still ‘the sacred writings’ and is the unchanging eternal Word from which all other definitions and understanding must flow. It is the foundation!!
I’ll close with another verse from the same epistle,
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.