Faith apart from Law?
Mt.23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the *weightier matters of the law*, judgment, mercy, and *faith*: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
We hear many well meaning Christian Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Presenters, etc.; talk about how Christian ‘Faith’ is apart from *the* Law. And that ‘Grace’ is unmerited favor – Making a point that ‘Grace’ is the opposite of – something different than *the* Law. Most do not take the time to discover that ‘Grace’ includes ‘Pardon’; and thereby an aspect of *the* Law. Much like Mt.23:23 ID’s. *The* Law??? – Which Law??? There are 19 categories of law ID’d in your NT alone.
“Paul identifies 16 of 19 categories of law in your New Testament – The Law of; Rom.3 faith, works; Rom.7 [marriage v:1-4], (God), my members, the mind, sin, death; Rom.8 the spirit; Rom.9 righteousness; 1Cor.9 Moses; Gal.9 (Christ); Eph.2 commandments contained in ordinances; Heb.7 under the Levitical Priesthood (v:11), carnal commandment; and Jms.1 throws in the perfect law of liberty and; Jms.2 ‘the royal law’. Of course Yahshua at Mat.19 identifies keeping the commandments and that along with Paul also indirectly identifies another ‘law’ – Covenant Law (Heb.10:29). – So believer; when the church correctly but non-specifically says; ‘we’re not under the law’ – which one
are they talk’n about?”
Then there is this point – do these well meaning Christian Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Presenters, etc.; even know what ‘Faith’ is? Most Assembly Leaders – Christian and Messianic speak of ‘Faith’ (the Greek ‘pistis’ & Hebrew ’emunah’) but rarely if ever connect it to ‘FIDELITY’.
Heb.11:6 “But without faith (<pistis> ‘fidelity’) it is *impossible* to please Him: for he that cometh to YHWH must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Faith, faithful, faithfulness or faithfully includes Covenant Obedience.
Greek – 4102. pistiv pistis, pis’-tis
from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of [Yah] or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon [Messiah] for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:–assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Hebrew – 0530. hnwma ’emuwnah, em-oo-naw’
feminine of 529; literally firmness; figuratively security; morally **fidelity**:–faith(-ful, -ly, -ness, (man)), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.
Consider – ‘Faith’ <pistis>/ <emunah> Fidelity – Now in what other context do we ever use ‘Fidelity’ unless it is attached to a ‘Covenant’ (as in Marriage Covenant Fidelity) that contain vows that once agreed to be come ‘law’ – our Covenant Fidelity Law that we are to be ‘Faithful’ to walk out.
Note – An Orthodox Jewish definition of ‘faith’ is the ‘confirmation of fact’, those that would bristle at this definition would do well to remember that this definition is an identical match to Heb.11:1 ‘faith is substance’ and ‘evidence’ … ‘substance’ and ‘evidence’ are words that convey fact.
Rom.1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of YHWH revealed from faith <pistis> (Fidelity) to faith <pistis> (Fidelity): as it is written, The just shall live by faith <pistis> (Fidelity).”
Remember this is another one of those verses, that the ‘just’ living by Covenant Fidelity sounds a whole lot different in terms of increased personal responsibility than the ‘just’ only living by the mental assent of believing really really hard to keep the bad thoughts out. Remember; ‘Faith’ is based on ‘fact’, that ‘fact’ is Covenant Fidelity; that type of ‘Faith’ is not even in the realm of the ill-concepted imagination of a ‘no anything law – effortless grace’.
Yah’s Esteem – DrDave