By: Eric Turner
What is Grace and how is it applied? Simple question right? Well, to most, it is not as simple as they claim. Simply saying and confessing with your mouth that you “believe in Jesus” is not enough, and Grace is not given in any way to willful and rebellious sin. We must first look at the Biblical definition of sin.
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
If sin is transgression of the law, why do most not keep the law, and not sin? It is because of thousands of years of faulty teachings and a lack of knowledge of the entirety of scripture. What we are going to do in this article is use real life situation to portray the truth of scripture. Paul did this as well for people who could not understand his teachings.
Gal 3:15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
Paul here is speaking of contracts. Once a contract is ratified, you cannot add to it or remove anything from it, it becomes a legal document and all parties who signed it will be held accountable should they break its terms. We see this in buying houses, cars, and other things that we enter contracts on. If we do not hold up our end of the deal and pay the bill, we have the house or car repossessed. If you want to add to the contract or remove something from it, you must make a completely new contract. The only way a person cannot be held liable to that contract is if they die. Read Deut. 24 to get the idea, I am trying to make this as simple as possible. Paul is referring back to scripture in this case, as it is written;
Deu 12:32 “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. All people who enter the Covenant must meet the requirements of the Covenant with YHVH/God. So, what does this have to do with Grace? EVERYTHING! In the Covenant, there are very specific CURSES that come to them that break the Covenant requirements, no different than if we break a contract today, only in the Covenant with YHVH/God, death is often the penalty. We still to this day in many states have harsh death penalties given to murderers. Many of the Judges who sentence these people to death are “Christians” who believe the death penalty for breaking the Covenant, or, transgressing YHVH/God’s Laws no longer apply. How hypocritical is this? We can see in the New Testament in Acts 5 where the death penalty does indeed still apply, in certain cases. In the New Covenant, we have something called Grace. We had the same in the Old Covenant, but the problem is people do not see that because of the thousands of years of faulty teachings. Now we will get into what Grace is, and how it works. First, I will give a human example we can all relate to today, and then I will support it with both New and Old Covenant scripture to prove what I am saying is truth. Now, let us begin.
If you are speeding, and then you get stopped by a LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT, he or she has the authority and power to do only three things. He can give you a warning(Grace), give you a ticket(No Grace), or he can throw you in jail depending on the severity of the speed you are driving. The latter is a case by case basis, which is exactly what is taught in the scriptures. There are sins(transgression of the laws, 1 John 3:4) that lead to death, and some that do not.
1Jn 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
Sins that lead to death and sins that do not are on a case by case basis. It all depends on what you have done. This is where Grace kicks in. We are still bound to every single Law that Moses recorded, contrary to what most today believe, but for them that accept Yeshua in BOTH HEART AND PRACTICE, the CURSES of the Laws in some instances are removed, and you are shown Grace, but Grace does NOT cover willful and rebellious sins. We can see what Paul says about these curses being removed, which is Grace. What he does not say though, is that the blessings still apply, we are still blessed should we keep even the least of the commandments.
Gal 3:10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall find life in them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. 15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
Paul, in a bit harder to understand way, as Peter warns us in 2 Pet. 3:15-18, is telling us what I have just said. Is Paul saying we should not keep the Law? “BY NO MEANS, WE UPHOLD THE LAW”. We can see this in Romans 3.
Rom 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Those who rely solely on keeping the Law to gain Salvation and enter the Kingdom of YHVH/God, have no way of entering the Kingdom, because there is one command, even if they keep the Law perfectly that they will fail at should they not believe in the Messiah.
Deu 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—16 just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
No matter how well we keep the Law, if we do not believe in the “Prophet like Moses”, we will break the requirements of this Covenant. This leads to death, because we have not kept all the requirements of the Covenant. This is exactly what Paul tells us in the above verses mentioned, if we rely solely on the Law for SALVATION we will fail on this one commandment, even if we keep the rest perfectly. This is why he mentions, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” BUT, the next thing he says is quite important, that “But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall find life in them.” He is telling us that those who believe in the risen Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, are given Grace, because the CURSE of the Law has been removed for them that believe, but Grace only goes so far, it only covers sin of ignorance, or sin of weakness of the flesh, when we give into breaking the Law because we are weak. Please see the teaching “What is Sin” at faithgracetorah.com to understand that there are three types of sin, and Grace does not cover one of these three. A brief explanation is this;
Pesha (deliberate sin; in modern Hebrew: crime) or Mered (lit.: rebellion) – An intentional sin; an action committed in deliberate defiance of God; (Strong’s Concordance :H6588 (פשע pesha’, peh’shah). According to Strong it comes from the root (:H6586); rebellion, transgression, trespass.
Avon (lit.: iniquity) – This is a sin of lust or uncontrollable emotion. It is a sin done knowingly, but not done to defy God; (Strong’s Concordance :H5771 (avon, aw-vone). According to Strong it comes from the root (:H5753); meaning perversity, moral evil:–fault, iniquity, mischief.
Cheit – This is an unintentional sin, crime or fault. (Strong’s Concordance :H2399 (חַטָּא chate). According to Strong it comes from the root khaw-taw (:H2398, H2403) meaning “to miss, to err from the mark (speaking of an archer), to sin, to stumble.”
So, we see in these definitions the same as I have stated. These three Hebrew words are found in the “Old Testament” of your Bibles. Grace DOES NOT cover the sin of Pesha, or, a sin done completely and deliberately in defiance of YHVH/God. We can see this to be true in two areas of the Bible, in both the “Old”, and the “New” Testaments. I hate using these terms, but for the reader’s understanding, I will do so to meet them where they are at, but I personally believe that the Bible is a complete document, eternal without a time boundary in it. Where can we find that the “Pesha” sin is not atoned for by Grace? Let us start in the New Testament portion of scripture, in Hebrew called the “Brit Chadasha”, meaning, “New Covenant”.
Heb 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
Notice that it says that if we go on sinning deliberately, and putting aside the Laws that Moses delivered, we can EXPECT JUDGMENT. It does not say we could be judged, it does not say we may be judged, it say we should EXPECT JUDGMENT. Many will argue that this is speaking about them that do not believe in Yeshua/Jesus, but notice what is boldened in verses 30, “The Lord will judge his people.” These are not people who do not believe, these are people that do believe, they are YHVH/God’s people. Where does the idea that there is no atonement for deliberate and intentional sin in order to defy the commandments of YHVH/God come from? The very same place that everything written in the “New Testament” comes from, the precepts we were given to walk in, sometimes referred to as “The Law of Moses” or the “Law of God” in scripture. These two terms are synonymous in scripture, they have the same meaning. See our teaching “The Law of Moses vs. the Law of God” at faithgracetorah.net. Here is where the idea that there is no atonement for setting aside the “Laws of Moses” comes from;
Num 15:22 “But if you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments that the LORD has spoken to Moses, 23 all that the LORD has commanded you by Moses, from the day that the LORD gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations, 24 then if it was done unintentionally(Cheit) without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation shall offer one bull from the herd for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma to the LORD, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a sin offering. 25 And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD for their mistake. 26 And all the congregation of the people of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who sojourns among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake. 27 “If one person sins unintentionally, he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering. 28 And the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for the person who makes a mistake, when he sins unintentionally, to make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven. 29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the people of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them. 30 But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken his commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.”
This states the exact thing that the Book of Hebrews states, that there is no forgiveness for intentional and rebellious sin, but there is forgiveness for UNINTENTIONAL SIN. Why? Because this person has DESPISED THE WORD OF YHVH/GOD, AND HAS BROKEN HIS COMMANDMENT INTENTIONALLY. We find an immediate example of this type of sin that leads to death following these very verses.
Num 15:32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Folks, if you believe keeping the Sabbaths is not important in this day in age, you are sadly mistaken. The Sabbath starts on the 7th day, not the first. Please see our teaching “Truth or Tradition, Sabbath or SUN-day” at faithgracetorah.net on who exactly is responsible for changing it to the first day of the week. The Sabbath starts Friday evening and ends on Saturday evening at sundown.
Lev 23:32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”
The Sabbaths are a SIGN OF THE COVENANT, like a wedding ring in today’s world, saying that you belong to the one TRUE GOD, YHVH. This is said many times in scripture, but for the sake of length, I will site only one.
Exo 31:13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.
Notice the words “ABOVE ALL”. It seems to me that keeping the Sabbaths is VERY important to YHVH, regardless of what your Pastors teach you. Intentional sin is knowing that the Sabbath is the Seventh day, and in complete and willing defiance of YHVH/God’s commandment to keep it, you throw it aside. There is absolutely nothing wrong with fellowship and preaching on Sunday, but forsaking the Sabbaths intentionally, as you see here IN SCRIPTURE, will lead to death by stoning. But you will argue, “we don’t stone people anymore”, but it is indeed one of the listed plagues given to them who refuse to obey in the Book of Revelation.
Rev 16:21 And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.
Every single plague or judgment in the Book of Revelation comes directly from the “Laws of Moses”, and this is why your Pastors cannot interpret the Book of Revelation, because they have cast Moses aside, so they, and their followers, can EXPECT the judgment coming to them. Now, how does Grace work? If you sin unintentionally, as spoken above in the Numbers 15 verses, there is atonement, and as we see in the story of David, when he sent Uriah out to die in combat so that he could be with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, was a sin that he knew was wrong, but out of the lust of his flesh he did anyway, the sin of Avon as listed above, can be atoned for. This is Grace. When we do things unintentionally and not in direct defiance of the commandment of YHVH/God, we receive atonement from our High Priest, Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah. BUT, if we sin intentionally, even after we know the truth, there is no atonement for those sins in any way, you can EXPECT JUDGMENT for these types of sin. Casting the Laws of YHVH/God aside completely will get you a one way ticket straight to hell. I did not say this, the Messiah said this. You can yell from the roof tops that you are His and that you know Him, but if you work LAWLESSNESS you will not enter the Kingdom of YHVH/God. You can Prophesy in His name, cast out demons in His name, and even do miracles in His name, but if you work LAWLESSNESS, you will not enter.
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
So, do not be upset with me, be upset with Yeshua/Jesus when he tells you “depart from me, you workers of Lawlessness”. Grace covers our unintentional sins, but it in no way, shape, or form covers sins that are done intentionally because you despise the commandment and rebel against it. I have heard Pastor after Pastor speak evil of the “Laws of Moses”, and they clearly despise the commandments of YHVH/God, and these are the men you are trusting to lead you into Spiritual Truth. Study for yourself to show yourself approved, and when you make a mistake, confess and repent, and you will be forgiven, but if you persist in rebellion, EXPECT JUDGMENT! Paul teaches us the same as the “Old Testament”, that the CURSE OF THE LAW has been removed, but he says NOTHING about the blessings of keeping the Law being removes, on the contrary, he states that them that keep the commandments shall find LIFE IN THEM. The very last blessing in your Bible explains this well.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Them they say they know the Messiah, but do not keep the commandments, are LIARS, as mentioned above.
1Jn 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Dear friends, Brothers and Sisters, and them reading in disgust at this moment, may YHVH open your eyes, ears, and hearts, so that you may receive the Spirit and walk as he walked, and he followed the Law perfectly, which is why it clearly states that them that do the commandments, in them the love of YHVH/God is perfected. May the Peace, knowledge, wisdom, and Faith of Yeshua/Jesus fall upon you and lead you into righteousness, HaShem Yeshua/In the name of Jesus, Amein.