We are completely justified by faith. Good works should flow forth automatically through us because of that change that has been made, by a new heart and a new spirit. Filled with the Love of God that shows forth through our actions.
There was that first covenant which was given to our fathers when they left Egypt. Blood was sprinkled upon the Book and all of the people so seal it.
We did not keep it and He promised us a Brit Chadishah, a New Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Too many believers are still hanging on to the Old Covenant, that is why that they still "under the Law".
What many people do not get, which causes alot of misunderstandings, is that the New Covenant was NOT going to be like the one that He gave to our fathers when they left Egypt.
Why do so many say otherwise???
We are entered into a New Covenant, which has already been ratified with the Blood of HaMashiach, Y'shua!
This is a higher Covenant, made with better promises.
People will shout out that we are "lawless". They couldn't be further from the truth.
This is a higher Law. It encompasses the 10 Commandments and magnifies it to a higher level.
Just as Y'shua said in Matthew 5:21,22 That the commandment says "Thou shalt not kill" but whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment".
It all stems from the heart. The Lord knoweth those that are His. Where is your heart at? Do your actions support that you have faith?
This is a New Law, the Law of the Spirit, the Law of Love, which is also the Law of Liberty and the Law of Christ.
Face it, IF you love your neighbor, you automatically don't steal from them, covet their wife or commit adultery with them. You do not lie nor kill nor steal.
You have found that every day is Holy unto God and have entered into His rest as Hebrews 4 shows us.
It is about esteeming others better than ourselves and also doing unto others, as we would have them do unto us.
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
People will cry out "But it says to keep His commandments!"
Please, let these sayings sink down into your ears...
I John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 AND THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
But let us all be perfectly honest, there is none righteous, no not one. No man could stand.
Any of us may be doing something that is not pleasing in His sight as Paul, being zealous and certain that he was doing the will of God,had believers imprisoned and killed. Same with the Inquisition, they thought that they were doing Him a service.
He has called us unto Holiness, but at then end of they day No One will be able to stand without being clothed in His Righteousness in which the best of our works are compared as dung.
We of course want to do what is pleasing in His sight, but we are only justified by faith.
THAT is the Gift and Love of God to us!!!
God honors faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God.
There is alot of love and good things in the Torah, and the Ruach HaKodesh can show us great things in them if we ask. But as far as the letter of the Law, we are not under it so there is no need to fight to keep so many believers in chains. Let them live in the Liberty of the Law of Faith, which worketh by Love. (Galatians 5:6)
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.