Messianic Judaism Answered 18 Galatians 3


11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Galatians 3:11-12 (KJV)

Another prime example of contrastive thinking – God here is showing (God, not Paul, for we proceed under the understanding that every scripture is God Breathed) that it’s either faith, or law… one or the other. If you’re saved by faith, you are no longer under the law. That’s a bottom line, as Scripture (and remember, Jesus Christ says that Scripture cannot be broken) shows that faith and Law are opposites.

Let me diagram this thought a little.

  • The just shall live by faith
  • The man that doeth them shall live by them.

So…. what does it say about the Law? The Law, we see elsewhere is Holy and good. But the person who is doing them must live by them, and as we explored yesterday, is under a curse that they must keep ALL of the law, not just the convenient parts and those parts they like.

What else do we learn? The Just live by faith. So if you’re living by the Law, is the Bible saying you’re one of the just? Nope. Just the opposite. The unSaved live by the law. If you’re living by the Law, uhhh…. put two and two together.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13 (KJV)

Here’s a verse that’s a little too blunt for the Torah Keepers…. so both Goble and Stern mangle this verse in their paraphrases/Translations.

10For everyone who depends on legalistic observance of Torah commands lives under a curse, since it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the Scroll of the Torah.” (CJB)

That’s adding an awful lot of words to the verse that are not present in the Greek.

Gal 3:10 For as many as are (seeking “YITZDAK IM HASHEM”) by chukim of the Torah are under a kelalah (curse); for it has been written, ARUR ASHER LO YAKIM ES DIVREI HATORAH HAZOT LA’ASOT OTAM (“Cursed is everyone who does not uphold, abide by all the words of this Torah to do them, to carry them out” DEVARIM 27:26; cf Ya 2:10).

Gal 3:10 οσοι γαρ εξ εργων νομου εισιν υπο καταραν εισιν γεγραπται γαρ επικαταρατος πας ος ουκ εμμενει εν πασιν τοις γεγραμμενοις εν τω βιβλιω του νομου του ποιησαι αυτα

There you go! The verse in the Greek. You’re looking for words that look like νομου. I’ll put the verse again, but I’ll put νομου in red.

Gal 3:10 οσοι γαρ εξ εργων νομου εισιν υπο καταραν εισιν γεγραπται γαρ επικαταρατος πας ος ουκ εμμενει εν πασιν τοις γεγραμμενοις εν τω βιβλιω του νομου του ποιησαι αυτα

It’s the same word. Nomon – The Law. Stern translates it one way in the beginning of the verse, and a different way at the end of the verses.

In other words, Stern deliberately mistranslated it to suit his doctrines.

He lied.

Now, he’s correct in that a legalistic viewpoint IS what we’re discussing. But the very legalistic viewpoint we’re discussing is the VERY SAME ONE HE ADVOCATES!

If Stern was going to be honest, and not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a grievous wolf devouring the flock, he’d have translated Nomon the very same way both times, as the context shows that it is using the word the same way in the Greek.

Stern’s contempt for the translators of the King James Bible is obvious in his commentary, referring to it as “one particularly bad translation…” Meaning that Stern thinks himself far better trained than the 48 translators of the KJV.

Tell, me, what are the names of the translators? did any of them speak Hebrew? Aramaic? Arabic? Did any of them write Hebrew and Aramaic lexicons? Arabic Lexicons? Let’s pick one of them. Let’s just have you tell me how old one of them was when he first read the Bible in Hebrew from cover to cover. Was it 4 years old, 13 years old, or 22 years old?

If you guessed 4, you’re correct. Mr. Stern, how many languages do you speak? How many ancient handwritten texts have you read? And yet you say you’re better educated than Lancelot Andrews, or smarter, I’m not sure which.

26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:26 (KJV)

ארור אשׁר לא־יקים את־דברי התורה־הזאת לעשׂות אותם ואמר כל־העם אמן׃

Ha’torah Ha’zot… this law. So if the verse in question in Hebrew says התורה is to be translated as νομου and its the same Greek word in the verse, then obviously the meaning of both words, as shown in context in this chapter means… the law.

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. 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. 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. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Galatians 3:6-12 (KJV)

See the contrast between Law and faith? Legalism really doesn’t come into play here, as there’s no discussion of how to keep the Law correctly.. If this was about an observance of the Law, a misuse based upon a legalistic mindset, then there would be a contrasting of the correct way to keep the law, and the incorrect way.

Instead, we’re seeing faith and law contrasted.

So, clearly Galatians is talking about the one very thing that Christians have understood it to be talking about for 2,000 years!

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14 (KJV)

There you go. Meditate upon those verses a little while.

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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???

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