I want to make this clear – the law does not save you. That’s present in the Bible time and again.
It’s really funny, but the thing that REALLY made me understand the Bible was becoming King James Only – I’d trained myself – without realizing – to look for what the Bible does not say, in addition to what it DOES say.
There’s literally nothing in the Torah about the law will save you or give you eternal life.
Check it out.
Find it yet? I’ll wait.
John says the law was given by Moses – Grace and truth by Jesus Christ.
There are indeed “choose life” verses in the Old Testament – but there’s not a single verse that says specifically that one must keep the Torah to be saved.
There is no verse in the New Testament that says you can lose your salvation. Really, think about that – it’s not your salvation to lose.
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, KJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, KJV)
Everlasting. That’s fancy English for “never ending”.
If it’s never ending, how can it end?
“Well, you lost your salvation.”
Not your salvation to lose.
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51, KJV)
Shall live for ever.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28, KJV)
It means what it says – they shall never perish.
So, why do I need to keep the Torah then?
This is where the Torah Observant Messianic runs into a problem. “uh…” (thinks quickly…)
If I’m saved by grace through faith, and I don’t lose my salvation, why do I need the law?
And if falling away proves I was never saved to begin with, then what good does the Law do me?
Why do I need to keep the law if the purpose of it is ended?
Why do I need to keep the Law if it ended with John the Baptist?
What does the law do for me if I’ve died to it?
What purpose hath the law if I no longer need its instruction?