Messianic Judaism 17 Answered – Galatians 3

1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Galatians 3:1 (KJV)

Okay, let’s examine what this verse is teaching…

First of all, the Galatians have been keeping the Law. Being Torah Observant.

Paul is calling them foolish. Asking who bewitched them. He’s likening anyone teaching the Torah to witchcraft. He’s also saying, “I preached the Gospel to you! Why aren’t you obeying it?”

He’s questioning their salvation.

That’s profound, and has some broad implications. I suggest most Messianics stop and think about that a little.

This isn’t some evangelist questioning your salvation! This is the Apostle Paul! He wrote MORE on the subject of salvation and the Gospel than any other writer in the Bible!

That kind of makes him the resident expert. If an expert in medicine tries to tell me i’m ill, I’m going to believe him. If an expert in car repair tells me my car needs a hydraucilator, i’m going to give up the cash, because apparently mine is gone bad.

If the Apostle Paul patted me on the shoulder and said, “Philip, are you sure you’re saved?” I’d be IMMEDIATELY concerned.

Kind of a big deal, really.

2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:2 (KJV)

What say ye, Israel? Hmmmm???

3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. Galatians 3:3-4 (KJV)

The good news there is the line, “if it yet be in vain…” If you weren’t saved, you STILL can be saved!

5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5 (KJV)

The obvious answer then to this question is, “By the hearing of faith.” So WHY are Messianics so CRAZY about the Torah, then? Because so many people are attracted to the Judaism side. But it’s a “slack Judaism”. The same Messianics who ridicule Conservative Judaism for not being Torah Observant are at about the very same level of Torah Observance themselves! “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Galatians 3:6 (KJV)

Abraham believed because of… the Law? Or Faith?

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10 (KJV)

Paul answered the question in Hebrews, that he asks in Galatians.

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:6-7 (KJV)

It is entirely possible that Galatians and Hebrews may have been written at the same time! Where’s my proof? None. I just conjecture it from reading this above. That’s about it. Am I going to fight for it if anyone tells me I’m wrong? Nope.

Anyway, resuming with Galatians 3…

8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:8-9 (KJV)

Paul begins to differentiate and contrast (here we go, contrastive thinking again…) between the Law and Faith. The Bible makes a distinction between the two, as if they are opposites! Prove me wrong, I dare you.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10 (KJV)

The Law set in motion the very mechanism that saves us. Because Christ was able to keep the Law perfectly, we are not required to. Having fulfilled the Law, it no longer applies if you’re saved.

“Well, I disagree! I am still under the law!”

If you’re still under the law, then you are not saved.

If you’re under the law, you’re under the requirement to do the ENTIRE law.

Are you offering sin offerings at the Temple? No? If you put yourself under the obligation of the Law, you are required to keep all of it. You can’t pick and choose.

“But I can’t keep all of the Law!”

think about that! Good and carefully, think about that.

If you cannot keep the Law completely, and the Bible says in Galatians 3:10 you are cursed if you do not continue in ALL things which are WRITTEN in the book of the Law….

Then WHY are you voluntarily choosing to be under the law????

SERIOUSLY! I’d like an answer. And I already have seen Messianics are reading this… and there’s been nothing but silence. Which means I’m reaching you. Because I know Messianics are ready and willing to exchange barbs about their beloved Torah and “frumspeak”.

Here’s a partial list of everything you’re not keeping in the law. Partial, I say.

  • Tefillin (precious few Messianics wear them)
  • Peace Offerings
  • Freewill offerings
  • sin offerings
  • assemble three times a year in Jerusalem
  • attend the Beis miqdash (that’s the Temple in Jerusalem)
  • Worry about Shatnes (mixing of fibers)
  • stoning of offenders of certain laws
  • burning alive of offenders of certain laws
  • electing a king over Israel
  • paying for the writing of a Torah Scroll
  • ritual cleanliness laws
  • keeping the Sabbath (not going to work on Saturdays is not just keeping Sabbath – there’s a lot more to that!)
  • fencing or a wall around your rooftop
  • keep from travelling more than a Sabbath day’s Journey.

Failure to keep a part is the same as failling to keep the whole. Do you do mezuzah? Sure, a lot of Messianics do that. Tallis? Sure, same thing. Few do the full sized Tallis, but prefer the cheaper Conservative Judaism Tallisim. Do you do Tefillin? Uh, no… then you’re under a curse. You failed to CONTINUE to keep the law.

seriously. You read the verse, right? You can’t pick and choose which laws you get to keep! All of them or none of them!

Am I advocating you execute the capital punishment laws of ancient Israel? No. That requires a Sanhedrin, and even Orthodox Judaism does not really have a Sanhedrin. Nor is it the law of the lands.

My point is you CANNOT keep the laws. Shouldn’t the fact that God made it impossible to keep the law TELL YOU SOMETHING???? It’s like a big heavenly hint… “Uh…. you don’t have to do this stuff anymore!”

Think about it.


Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???

4 thoughts on “Messianic Judaism 17 Answered – Galatians 3”

  1. I just had a go round with someone taking issue with the fact that there is no “J” in Hebrew or Greek, therefore, the King James Bible is incorrect in the spelling of Jesus. This is so tiresome.


    1. I can provide answers! I don’t know if this is what you said, but here goes…
      It’s correct that there is no J. THe J sound is a new sound to English, and cannot be found in Koine Greek or Hebrew. Jesus in Hebrew is Yeshua.
      Why do we write the name as Jesus? Because the New Testament was written in Greek. Matthew supposedly was written in Hebrew first – but God chose not to preserve that original manuscript. God chose to preserve the Textus Receptus line of manuscripts. These were used to translate the King James.
      Yeshua in Hebrew becomes Iesou in Greek – however, it is part of ancient Greek grammar to differentiate between a word and a name by adding the sigma to the end. So Iesou becomes Iesous. Translated into English, it becomes Jesus.
      The Iota sound in the beginning of words was already taking a J sound prior to the translating of the Bible in both Italy and Germany (unlike the German of today, where it remains a Y sound).
      The translators of the King James Bible were scary smart, and highly trained. The King James Bible happened at the very right time these men happened to be alive – when you look at their credentials, it sounds unbelievable that over 40 highly trained scholars in so many fields of study in language all happened to be there. They chose in one of the first revisions of the King James to change font and typesetting, and correct some errors that the printers had not noticed. Around the 1630’s, the letter J appeared in English to express the pronunciation that was already occurring. This is why there’s a dot over a small case I, to let you know if it’s I (i) or J (i’). A glance at a mimeograph edition of the 1611 King James will reveal that distinction.

      It’s a common thing to constantly downgrade some of the most capable scholars who ever lived, simply because one doesn’t like the word of God. It’s called sin and rebellion, and a quick way to downgrade it is to make snotty comments about errors in translation by men who are FAR more qualified than todays apostates we allow to translate the current Bibles – which are based on Gnostic and heretical manuscripts that downplay the deity of Jesus Christ.

      So, if I had to translate Iesous into English, I’d have done it Je’sus – which is how its done in the self pronouncing Bibles. The translators of the King James are far smarter than me, and knew it would be far easier to read Jesus than Je’sus.

      Long story short – trust the KJV.

      Feel free to send them that!


      1. Thank you Philip, I will keep a copy of this for future run-ins. Though some of these people are so dense – they actually think King James wrote the KJV himself and that’s why Jesus is spelled with a J – after James. Sheesh. I don’t understand why they don’t make a big deal out of the English translation of any other words or names. Like Yakov to Jacob. Why doesn’t that bother them? And why do all these Hebrew Roots people only refer to Jesus as Yashua? But they don’t know any other words, yet somehow feel they are the only ones doing it right? It’s so-o-o-o aggravating. I have no words to express how much I am enjoying this series on the Messianics that you are doing. I’m surprised you can’t hear my Amens being shouted through cyber-space.

        You are a fount of knowledge. God bless you.


      2. Thanks! Actually, there’s a plethora of names for the lord – Yahshua, Yeshua, Yaohushua, Yeshoshuah, so far everything except Bubba. The more accurate name is Yeshua – people aren’t stopping to think that if His name was Yashua, it would be Iasous in Greek, not Iesous.
        But that’s the problem with the Hebrew Roots movement – too much reinventing, not enough Bible.


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