Hebrew Israelite Myth #3 : You must keep all the commandments of Moses Hebrew Israelites
Verse to Justify: 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Type of Error: Misdirection
Response: Absolutely yes, 1 John 5:3 says we should keep his commandments, the question is what are these commandments. John answers this exact question in the same book of 1 John 3:23 "And this is his commandment, Which we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."
Look at Romans 10:4, which says: "Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes," means that Christians are not under the law. Paul clarifies the effects of original sin in Romans 2:12, stating "All who sin apart from the law will perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law." All men stand condemned before God. Judgment was not just for the Jews, in Romans 2:14-15, Paul states that the Gentiles have the essence of God’s legal requirements already ingrained and so are just as much without excuse.
- Galatians 2:16 - "Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law because by observing the law no one will be justified".
The Law cannot justify or make righteous any man in God’s sight, which is why God sent His Son to fulfill the Law. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He substituted Himself in our place on the cross taking the punishment that is ours so that we are no longer under the curse of the Law. In this, He fulfilled the ALL of the Law. But this does not say that we should behave in a manner just opposite to what the Mosaic law commands (Gal. 5:13) —that we should kill, steal, bear false witness, etc. before the law of Moses, it was wrong to do evil things. By contrast, the age in which we live, the church age, is in the age of grace. Christ gave us the ultimate manifestation of God’s grace.
- Titus 2:11-12. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
- Romans 8:2-4. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death (MOSES). 3 For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.