GREEN VALLEY CHURCH OF GOD


518 GREEN VALLEY DRIVE, SAINT ALBANS, WV 25177

Devotion from Pastor Gary

“A NEW HEART”

{Part 2 of 2}


{Make sure to draw from all scriptural references given, especially important.}


Last week we left off discussing the “TORAH OF FAITH”. Today we begin with:



The TORAH OF LAW

It was our GOD’S intention for HIS people, Israel, to walk in the Torah in this fashion.  Since they refused, GOD entered a covenant relationship with them to impose the Torah on them from the outside as a father does to his children. This includes reward and punishment for doing what is right or wrong. One who follows the Torah in this manner, is supported by the Torah (keeping the Torah as a law.)


The Teachings of the Apostle Paul

When Paul uses the word “Faith”, he is speaking of the Covenant Renewal where one is mature in Torah. When Paul uses the word “law”, he is speaking of the Covenant of Law given to Yisrael at Mt. Sinai where one is immature in Torah.  Christianity tries to understand the Covenant of Renewal outside of Torah causing a distorted understanding of what this Covenant means. Messianic Judaism attempts to understand this same Covenant within the contexts of the original covenant given at Mt. Sinai, also distorting the understanding.


Paul’s teachings of the Slave woman and the Free woman [Galatians 4:21-31]; help to show the Torah from its Two Perspectives.  This is Freedom through the Torah of Faith and slavery through the Torah of law, (Galatians 4:21).  We now understand that the term “UNDER THE LAW”, is referring to the obedience to the Torah according to the Covenant of Mt. Sinai where the Torah has become a law with reward and punishment, [Galatians 4:22-26].


The one who lives the Torah in “Faith” is free from curses as in the covenant given on Mt. Sinai.  The same as an adult is free from his father.  Throughout Paul’s writings, he stresses the fact that this freedom does not release us from any responsibility in the Torah, [Romans 3:31], but that we must walk in the Torah in ‘maturity’, [Galatians 4:27-28].


The Covenant given at Mt. Sinai was given as a blessing and a curse.  The Promises of the Covenant Renewal through JESUS, including Eternal Life [Romans 2:6-7], and the HOLY SPIRIT [Galatians 3:14], come without the blessings or the curses of the first Covenant, [Galatians 4:29].


Throughout the history of Israel, those living according to the Torah of law tried to kill those, such as the prophets, that lived by Faith believing, [Galatians 4:30-31].  With the end of the Mt. Sinai Covenant, the inheritance of the promises goes to those in the New Covenant, given to us through the Cross at Calvary by the sacrificial gift of the only begotten SON!


A NEW CREATION

[2 Corinthians 5:17-18], [2 Corinthians 3:18]; once the heart of flesh is renewed within us, we become reconciled to GOD.  We are brought back to the state we were in before the fall.  The breath (Character) of GOD is restored with the Torah written on the heart.  This writing on the heart from the HOLY SPIRIT allows us to walk with GOD like HE desires!


In View of Eternity,

Pastor Gary

GREEN VALLEY CHURCH OF GOD

304-727-7940 or 740-297-9946

Pastors, Gary and Martha Bennett

www.greenvalleycog.com


February 24, 2021