by Marshall Beeber
In recent years false Messianic Jewish and Hebrew Roots theologies have arisen stating that the Apostle Paul was under the Law of Moses (Torah observant) while ministering the gospel and likewise instructed believers in Yeshua (Jesus) to be Torah observant. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is necessary that a Biblical reference list of statements from the Pauline Epistles supporting the gracious freedom of the New Covenant be published.
These statements should form a logical argument that should outweigh any erroneous doctrine stating otherwise.
Those thinking these Biblical passages were taken out of context should spend some time reading the Epistles as well as obtaining grace oriented studies. After thorough study you too may agree that Paul's writings supports gracious freedom. Either his writings were divinely inspired or he was a heretic! Furthermore, such knowledge will emancipate the believer to a level of freedom not experienced in ones lifetime!
Part 1 - We are not under the Law of Moses but under Grace
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, butunder grace.
[ Slaves to Righteousness ] What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law butunder grace? By no means!
1 Corinthians 9:20
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book ofthe Law.
Part 2 - We are free under Grace
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
[ Freedom From Human Rules ] Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
[ Life by the Spirit ] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use yourfreedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
1 Corinthians 10:23
[ The Believer’s Freedom ] “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
because through Messiah Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Part 3 - Our Freedom in Grace is hated by false brethren
This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.