In this post, we simply set commentary and media aside, ask a question, and allow scripture to answer the question for us. This is a great teaching to equip and enable you to answer questions using the Bible, instead of the words of men.

We will approach each issue here using a simple question and answer format. Please consider pausing and examining the scripture used in it's context, so that you can genuinely understand and appreciate all that's being covered in this study. In doing so, you will find that this may take you a few hours to go through.

Question:

What is sin, as defined by scripture?

Answer:

"Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness." ~ 1 John 3:4

Question:

If we love God, what does he want us to do?

Answer:

"If you love me, obey my commandments." ~ John 14:15

Question:

What is love as defined by scripture?

Answer:

"Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning." ~ 2 John 1:6

Question:

Who did we recieve this "commandment" from?

Answer:

I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father has commanded us. ~ 2 John 1:4

Question:

Is this commandment new, and if not, how long have we had it?

Answer:

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. ~ 2 John 1:5

Question:

What message heave we heard from the beginnning?

Answer:

"This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another." ~ 1 John 3:11

Question:

When was the begining?

Answer:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1

Question:

Has His Word really been from the begining?

Answer:

"In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." ~ John 1:1-5

Question:

How do we love God and what does loving God really mean?

Answer:

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." ~ 1 John 5:3

Question:

Really?!? The Law of God as written by Moses is easy?

Answer:

"Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, β€œWho will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, β€œWho will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." ~ Deuteronomy 30:9-16

Question:

What is the whole responsibility of man?

Answer:

"Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind." ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13

Question:

So then, how is keeping all the commandments loving God and loving others?

Answer:

"And He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.'" ~ Matthew 22:37-40

Question:

If we love Him, how should we feel about His commandments?

Answer:

"but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." ~ Psalms 1:2

"Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it." ~ Psalms 119:35

"When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful." ~ Proverbs 29:18

Question:

Did Jesus (His Hebrew name "Yeshua") abolish or remove any commandment from God's law and what happens if we teach and act like he did?

Answer:

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." ~ Matthew 5:17-19

Question:

Did Paul abolish or remove any commandment from God's law or did he agree with the teaching of Yeshua?

Answer:

"Do we, then, abolish the Law by this faith? Of course not! Instead, we uphold the Law." ~ Romans 3:31

Question:

How did Paul feel about the law, did he claim the law was a burden?

Answer:

"I love God's law with all my heart." ~ Romans 7:22

Question:

Did Paul and James state and prove that Paul followed, taught and was obedient to all of what Moses wrote? [1]

Answer:

"When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them." ~ Acts 21:20-26

"They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus" ~ Acts 28:23

Question:

When Paul was again and again continuously accused by the Pharisees for breaking the Law of Moses, did he clarify himself again and again of what he believed, just like in Acts 21?

Answer:

"These men cannot prove the things they accuse me of doing. However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets" ~ Acts 24:13-14

Question:

Did Moses write that there is a different law of God for converted Gentiles?

Answer:

"Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the LORD and are subject to the same decrees. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation. The same instructions and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you." ~ Numbers 15:15-16

Question:

Really?!? So if Paul was teaching what Moses wrote, then he also had to be teaching the same for the converted gentile or forigner?

Answer:

"The foreigner who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." ~ Leviticus 19:34

Question:

Did God really intend for converted gentiles to follow the SAME law of God?

Answer:

You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from among your own country; for I am the LORD your God." ~ Leviticus 24:22

Question:

Did Paul keep God's feast days too?

Answer:

"When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. As he said, β€œI must always observe the coming feast in Jerusalem, and if God wills, I shall return again to you.” And he left Aqilaus and Priscilla in Ephesaus." ~ Acts 18:20-21

Question:

Again, did Paul keep God's Feast days?

Answer:

"Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost." (Which is Shavout)[2] ~ Acts 20:16

Question:

Did Paul teach his converts to keep God's feast days?

Answer:

"Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the feasts, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (Paul's referencing 2 of the feasts; Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread) [3] ~ 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Question:

Should we let ourselves be judged by others because we keep God's feasts, sabbaths, and dietary instructions, and are they upheld because the feasts and Sabbaths prophetically teach us of things to come?

Answer:

"Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath, which are a shadow of the things to come, and the substance is of Christ" ~ Colossians 2:16-17

Question:

Did Paul Follow and teach the law of Christ?

Answer:

"Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
" ~ Galatians 6:2

Question:

Did Jesus (Yeshua) teach something different from the Father's commandments, are Jesus (Yeshua) and the Father the same? (Is there a difference between the Law of God and the Law of Christ?

Answer:

"I and the Father are one." ~ John 10:30

"Therefore Jesus said to them, "When you shall have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing of Myself; but as the Father taught Me, I speak these things." ~ John 8:28

"They said to him therefore, β€œWhere is your Father?” Jesus answered, β€œYou know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”" ~ John 8:19

"Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me." ~ John 14:24

Question:

In the great Tribulation, does satan go after those who just have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach), or those that also keep God's commandments?

Answer:

"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman (Israel) and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring -- those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus." ~ Revelation 12:17

I hope this study has blessed you. Always remember to test everything!

~ Shalom


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