02/21/2009 Sabbath Meeting Transcript

"The Letter Kills..but the Spirit Gives Life"

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EliYah's message:

The subject we're going to look at today is found in the third chapter of 2 Corinthians. How many of us have heard the phrase, "The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." I'm sure a lot of us have heard that at least once, typically coming from someone in mainstream Christianity who is trying to persuade you that we don't need to keep Yahweh's commandments, as we understand it.

When we attempt to persuade them that they ought to look into the scriptures and see that Yahweh does want us to keep those commandments, that they will often quote this to you and say, "Well, that old law just kills. It brings death. I don't know why you're trying to follow that old law, because it's just something that is not going to bring you life."

They will often pull that particular scripture out of 2 Corinthians 3, and that will be our study text for this afternoon on this blessed and glorious Shabbat. HalleluYah.

I want to also quote another scripture out of context for you and say, "Hey, you're reading that Old Testament, and you have the veil over you, and that veil is taken away in Messiah. Why are you doing that? Why are you reading that Old Testament? You've got that veil. Now we need to follow the New Testament. If you follow the New Testament, you won't have the veil."

We've heard that before, I'm sure, I would imagine, a lot of us. That's another quotation from the third chapter of 2 Corinthians.

What we want to do is rather than pull scriptures randomly out of context that we need to understand, we're going to look at the whole chapter in full detail and just take it verse-by-verse for what it says and then compare other scriptures to see if we can understand what is meant.

It's very important that we understand context. There is an old saying going around that if you don't follow scripture in context, then you could read one scripture which said, "Judas hanged himself," and read another scripture that says, "Go and do likewise," and another scripture that says, "What you do, do quickly."

And so you could pull scriptures out of context and come up with all kinds of ideas, but that's why scriptures taken out of context are spiritually dangerous. We don't want to do that. We want to look into the context.

If we do just quote one scripture, we're going to examine the context to make sure that we are not taking something out of context to teach us something it was never intended to teach us. That's very important. Starting with verse 1, 2 Corinthians 3:1, it says--this is Paul. He's writing to the Corinthians, and he says:

2Corinthians 3:1 - Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

2Corinthians 3:2 - You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

2Corinthians 3:3 - being manifested that you are a letter of the Messiah, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living Elohim, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.

Now, as a backdrop here, Paul is writing 2 Corinthians as a defense to the ministry Yahweh had called him to and others, as well. Paul's teachers had entered the Corinthians assembly and were trying to persuade the Corinthians to follow them, rather than the true apostles sent by Yahweh.

We know Yahushua handpicked Paul and said, "You will be an apostle, one who is sent, and bear my name before the Gentiles." So he sent Paul on a special mission for that purpose. But Paul says he doesn't need anyone to commend him.

The fact they are there, the Corinthian assembly, is a living epistle, a living testimony. They don't need some letter of recommendation to say from anyone, because the Corinthians themselves are the epistle, the letter of the Messiah written and read by all. They are the only letter anyone needs. Later he writes in 2 Corinthians 10:18 and says:

2Corinthians 10:18 - For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom YAHWEH commends.

This is true of any believer in Yahushua. It's Yahushua the Messiah who commends us all before Yahweh and before others. And so, in reality, it wasn't Paul who founded the assembly at Corinth in Acts 18, but Yahweh did use Paul and others with him to establish His assembly in Corinth, and that's the point he's trying to make. In 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, it says:

2Corinthians 3:4 - And such confidence we have through the Messiah toward YAHWEH.

2Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as from ourselves, but our adequacy is from YAHWEH,

And so Paul recognizes that they themselves did not establish the Corinthian assembly. In reality, Yahushua in them established them. It's Yahweh they're trusting in through the Messiah. Paul rightly gives glory to Yahweh, as we ought to. Verse 6:

2Corinthians 3:6 - who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

So they are sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, because Yahweh made them sufficient. As we know, Yahushua is the mediator of the new covenant. Notice he contrasts two things. He contrasts the spirit and the letter. Then he expounds a little more on what he meant by that in verse 7:

2Corinthians 3:7 - But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

It's talking about a ministry of death. As we know, the ministry in Exodus through Deuteronomy centered much around Yahweh giving His commandments to the children of Israel. As we've discussed in previous studies, the law of Yahweh, as Paul Himself has said, is holy, is just, and is true. Romans 7:12 says:

Romans 7:12 - Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

So while it's true the law is actually holy and just and good, it also brings us death. The law is actually spiritual. As we know, Romans 7:14, we know the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. So the law is holy, it's just, it's good, it's spiritual.

There is a problem: we are carnal. The word "justify," Yahweh's law does not justify us. The word justify means to declare righteous.

Because of our carnal sin, the law does not declare us to be righteous. We are carnal, sold under sin. The law is holy, the law is just, the law is good, but it brings us death. Why? Because we are unholy, unjust, and we have not been good. That's why.

We have been carnal and sold ourselves into sin; therefore, we need to be purchased back. We need to be redeemed. So we cannot stand before Yahweh and say, "That law over there justifies me." None of us will be able to say that. We cannot be saved by our own righteousness. Anyone trying to be saved by their own righteousness is trying to establish their own righteousness, and that just won't work, because not one of us have lived a perfect life.

In order for us to say in truth that we are righteous, apart from Messiah, we would have to have kept Yahweh's Word from the time we are created in the womb until the time that we die. No one has ever done that, except One, and we not that One.

We cannot, by our own righteousness, enter into life. That's very true. The law of Yahweh has a certain glory to it. In fact, the children of Israel were not able to look steadily at the face of Mosheh because of the glory of his countenance. Let's read 2 Corinthians 3:7 again. It says:

2Corinthians 3:7 - But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

That's called the ministry of death. Why? Because the law, which was intended to give life, we found to bring us death. Why? Because we did not keep it. We actually find that in Romans 7:10:

Romans 7:10 - And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

Not because the commandment was a bad thing, but because we have been bad; we have not kept those commands. It is a ministry that actually, without the mercy of Yahweh, would bring death. So the law of Yahweh has a certain glory to it, and that glory was seen when Mosheh was not able to adequately be standing there in such a way that the children of Israel could look steadily at his face.

An example of that is in Exodus 34:29-35. We'll go ahead and read that. It says:

Exodus 34:29 - And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

Exodus 34:30 - And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

Exodus 34:31 - And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.

Exodus 34:32 - And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that YAHWEH had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

Exodus 34:33 - And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

Exodus 34:34 - But when Moses went in before YAHWEH to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

Exodus 34:35 - And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Being Yahweh. We see here that brightness and glory are related to one another, as Paul had said in 2 Corinthians 3:7. He said the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Mosheh because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, the brightness. His face shone.

This was a ministry intended to bring life, but brought death because of the ones who were hearing were not obedient to those commands. None of us have been.

The ministry of death had a certain glory to it. It was glorious to the point to where the children of Israel were not able to look steadily at Mosheh's face because of the glory of his countenance.

The ministry of death, Romans 7:10, let's look at that more closely. Romans 7:10-12, it says:

Romans 7:10 - And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

Romans 7:11 - For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Romans 7:12 - Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

The law of Yahweh is so glorious, and so powerful, and so righteous, and so just, and so true that we, being sinners, are not able to stand before it and be found blameless. So we, because of our sin, deserve death. Romans 5:13:

Romans 5:13 - (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

We know the wages of sin is death. Without the law being given, sin is not laid to our account because:

Romans 5:13 - (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Since sin is not imputed or laid to our account when there is no law, once the law was given, man no longer had the excuse of ignorance. Sin would be imputed once the law was given, and that law, which would give life to those who heed its precepts actually would only bring death because of our failure to keep those precepts.

The glory and the ministry of lawgiving, which was to us a ministry of death and condemnation, will pass away in favor of a greater glory. There is a greater glory, a greater ministry than the ministry of death given by Mosheh through the Torah. The ministry that brought us death is not as wonderful and beautiful and glorious as the ministry that brings us life.

That's the ministry of righteousness through Yahushua the Messiah. None of the things I'm saying here minimize in any way, shape, or form our need to be obedient to Yahweh's commandments. That's not what we're talking about here. What we're talking about is what the role of Yahweh's law actually is.

It does not bring us life unless we have kept it. It cannot bring us life. There is One, Yahushua the Messiah, who does give us life. Isn't that more glorious? I would say so. In 2 Corinthians 3:7-11, we're going to read the continuing context here:

2Corinthians 3:7 - But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

2Corinthians 3:8 - how shall the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?

2Corinthians 3:9 - For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.

2Corinthians 3:10 - For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory on account of the glory that surpasses.

2Corinthians 3:11 - For if that which fades away {was} with glory, much more that which remains in glory.

What is passing away? I think we can all agree that Yahushua's ministry, number one, of bringing righteousness to us is more glorious than the ministry that brought us death and condemnation. The truth is that one day death will be no more. 1 Corinthians 15:26, it says:

1Corinthians 15:26 - The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Without death, there is life forevermore. Since the ministry of death and condemnation will pass away, what remains, therefore, is a ministry of righteousness that will endure forever, as we said in verse 11. For what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

It never says what was passing away was glorious. It says what is passing away was glorious. What is that? Ministry of death. Mainstream Christianity, as it stands today, often likes to put a twist to these things and say, "Well, the law is passed away." But this cannot be, because Yahushua's ministry is a ministry of righteousness. Right? Do you understand what I'm saying?

If Yahushua's ministry is a ministry of righteousness, it's impossible that the law would no longer be something we have to follow, because His ministry is a ministry of righteousness. If Yahushua's ministry was a ministry that led people to breaking the commandments of Yahweh, it would not be a ministry of righteousness. Romans 6:13, it says:

Romans 6:13 - Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto YAHWEH, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto YAHWEH.

What is righteousness? What is unrighteousness? What is sin? Is Yahushua a proponent of sin? No. I think we all would agree with that. Yahushua does not want us to sin. His ministry is a ministry of righteousness. Not only does He bring us righteousness, He teaches us what righteousness is by His example, by His own obedience. In 1 John 3:4, it says:

1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin trangresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.

Our members are now supposed to be instruments of righteousness, not instruments of sin. What is sin? Sin is the breaking of Yahweh's law. If Yahushua's ministry was going to bring us to a point of where at some point, because we believe in Yahushua, we are now free to transgress Yahweh's law, then Yahushua's ministry is a ministry of sin, because sin is a transgression of the law.

Also, His ministry would be a ministry of unrighteousness, because it's a ministry that would lead us to breaking Yahweh's commandments and the Torah. Do we see how it's all connected here? What did Yahushua come to do? To bring us righteousness where we fail to walk in righteousness and also lead us to righteousness.

When Yahweh sends Yahushua to us in such a way that He lives in us, in such a way that we don't live anymore, it's only He who lives in us now--by His Spirit He does this--when He does this, we will walk as He walked.

That's what the new covenant is. The new covenant--of which Paul and the others were ministers of and we are called to be ministers of--in this new covenant, there's nothing in it that would in any way, shape, or form abolish the law of Yahweh.

In fact, in this new covenant, not only does it not abolish the law of Yahweh, it writes the law of Yahweh in our hearts--so just the opposite. Jeremiah 31:31-33, it says:

Jeremiah 31:31 - Behold, the days come, saith YAHWEH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Jeremiah 31:32 - Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith YAHWEH:

Jeremiah 31:33 - But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YAHWEH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.

Yahweh is inspiring a word here to be spoken through the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah lived during a time long before Yahushua ever came to the earth. And when He said, "I'm going to put my law, Jeremiah, in their minds and write it on their hearts," what was He saying? What was His law? Obviously, it's the law that was given through Mosheh.

The commandments He had given, those will be written on the hearts of those who are joining themselves to Yahweh through the new covenant. It's completely impossible for you to say that you are a partaker of the new covenant and say the law is abolished at the same time, because the law is supposed to be written in your hearts. That's what the new covenant is.

That's a new covenant promise. He didn't say He's going to write a new and improved law, a Torah 2.0 in your minds. He said, "I'm going to write my law in their minds." He didn't have to improve on something. He didn't make a mistake to begin with.

Man always needs a 2.0, because it's getting better and better and better. Yahweh didn't need that. Psalm 19:7 says:

Psalms 19:7 - The law of YAHWEH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YAHWEH is sure, making wise the simple.

Someone says, "Well, how can the law convert the soul? I thought Yahushua converted the soul." I'll tell you something right now. Unless you understand the law of Yahweh as something you're supposed to keep, you really don't understand why you need Yahushua to begin with.

Without the law of Yahweh being there to convict you of your sin, to demonstrate you're wrong, there is no converting of the soul. The law of Yahweh brings us to a point of humility before our Elohim.

Yes, as we understand it now, Yahushua has come. Through Him, being the mediator of the new covenant, we are cleansed. We are forgiven for our sins. We are forgiven for our transgressions of that law, and we are made righteous. Because the law is in our heart, now we can walk in righteousness. Verse 8:

Psalms 19:8 - The statutes of YAHWEH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YAHWEH is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalms 19:9 - The fear of YAHWEH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YAHWEH are true and righteous altogether.

Psalms 19:10 - More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

So, listen. The ministry of the Spirit does not abolish the law; it writes the law of Yahweh in our hearts. It causes us to be righteous and to walk righteously in Yahweh's sight. Ezekiel 36:27, Yahweh says:

Ezekiel 36:27 - And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Through Yahushua, we are made righteous, because it is no longer we who live, but Yahushua who lives in us, Galatians 2:20:

Galatians 2:20 - "I have been impaled with the Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but the Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of YAHWEH, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

We are not made righteous by the law, but by His Spirit we are made righteous. We're not justified by the law; we're justified through faith in Yahushua. That same Spirit will not only cleanse us from sin, it will empower us and give us the strength we need to walk out a life of holiness and righteousness.

Paul said the law is holy, just, and good. It still is. It's still righteous, it's still holy, it's still just, it's still good. So we who want to be holy, and just, and righteous, and good, then we're going to walk out those Torah commandments.

Some will say, "Oh, well, Yahushua internalized the law. It used to be all external, and now it's all internal." Wrong. The tenth commandment written in stone says, "Do not covet." Is that something you do in your heart, or is that something that's only external?

When it says don't covet your neighbor's wife, that was internal. That wasn't a new thing Yahushua said, that if you lust you're committing adultery in your heart, and that's wrong. That was written in the Ten Commandments, which say, "Don't covet your neighbor's wife."

The law of Yahweh was not merely this external--you walk so many steps, and you do so many things. It always was internal. Yahweh always wanted our heart from the very beginning. He was never looking for some ritual obedience. That's just external. He's looking for the heart--always ways, always is, and always will be.

That's the way it ought to be. Going back to 2 Corinthians 3, verse 12:

2Corinthians 3:12 - Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in {our} speech,

2Corinthians 3:13 - and not as Moses, who used to put a veil over his face that the sons of Israel might not look intently at the end of what was fading away.

Now notice carefully in the above verse, Mosheh kept the children of Israel from looking at the end of what was passing away. What is the end of what is passing away or what was passing away? What were the children of Israel looking at? Mosheh's face, which had a lesser glory of Yahweh being displayed.

This lesser glory was the end, the result of what was passing away, the ministry of death. What is passing away is a ministry of death and condemnation with its glory--not Yahweh's standard of righteousness. Yahweh's standard doesn't need to pass away.

Yahweh doesn't take away His law so that we'll be righteous. He takes away our sin so that we'll be righteous.

It was the veil, we see, that prevented the children of Israel from seeing the full glory of Yahweh illustrated in this ministry of Mosheh, which to us we understand is outshone through the glory of the ministry of Yahushua.

Unlike Mosheh, who needed to put this veil on his face when giving the commandments to prevent the children of Israel from looking steadily at his glory, we need to let the greater glory, which is the ministry of salvation through Yahushua, shine when proclaiming the ministry of the Spirit, which gives us righteousness and life for Yahushua.

We can use great boldness of speech, because we have hope in the promises of Yahweh. The beginning of 2 Corinthians 3:14, it says:

2Corinthians 3:14 - But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in the Messiah.

A more correct translation here would be hardened. Their minds were hardened. You can look at the Lexicon, word #4456, to find that. Why were the minds of that generation blind, hardened, generation in the desert?

We know the children of Israel did not believe. They did not want to hear the words of Moshe. Paul parallels that with the generation he was living in. Let's read this completely:

2Corinthians 3:14 - But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in the Messiah.

2Corinthians 3:15 - But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;

What is the meaning here? The same veil remains on the hardened hearts of those who read the Torah today without accepting the Messiah. Unless we have the Messiah, unless we have salvation, we need the veil to keep us from looking at the glory of Elohim; otherwise, the glory of Elohim would overwhelm us.

The same veil He's speaking of remains on the hardened hearts of those who read the Torah today without accepting Messiah. They should not remain. We don't need the veil. The condemnation the Torah brings does not bring condemnation to us. Why? Because we are cleansed. We are made righteous through Yahushua.

The condemnation is no more. The veil could be removed if one would soften their hard hearts and believe in the Messiah. The present veil is evidence of a hardened heart, because in Yahushua that veil is removed. The veil itself was not a bad thing; otherwise, Mosheh himself would have sinned by putting the veil on.

The veil was necessary at that time, because Yahushua had not yet come. If the veil is there now, it's simply evidence that your heart is hardened and the rejection of the Messiah Yahushua. But if we turn to Yahweh, the veil will be taken away, and that's the next thing it says here. When one turns to Yahweh, the veil is taken away.

If a person will truly turn to Yahweh from their heart and receive Yahushua, that veil is taken away. It doesn't say the law is taken away; it says the veil is taken away, because the law is too holy, spiritual, just, good, and righteous when we read it, unless we have the righteousness of Yahweh in us through the Messiah.

For those of us who have Yahushua, we can read the law of Yahweh and not receive condemnation. We can read the law of Yahweh and say that does not condemn me, because I have righteousness through Yahushua the Messiah.

The area where many get deceived is they think, "Well, because that doesn't condemn me; therefore, I don't have to be obedient to it." Wrong. Because unless we in our hearts repent--what does that mean? Turn to Yahweh. Verse 16. Unless we really return to Yahweh, unless we repent, we can't even receive Yahushua to begin with. Acts 2:38:

Acts 2:38 - Then Kepha said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahushua the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repentance is a part of what we are supposed to do as believers. Even Paul taught the Gentiles that they should repent and do works meet for repentance. In Acts 26:20, he told the Gentiles:

Acts 26:20 - But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to YAHWEH, and do works meet for repentance.

If we turn to Yahweh, which is going to include, as we understand it here, if we turn to Yahweh, then we, as believers, when we hear the words of Yahweh, we will repent of our sin.

So if we read something in the Torah of Yahweh, the commandments, we see it, we're not being obedient to it, then us in our repentant attitude, doing works meet for repentance will hear that and say, "I'm going to be obedient to that," and we'll be obedient to it.

Never would a repentant man hear something that Yahweh has told him to do and say, "Nope, I'm not saved by doing it, so I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to do it, because I don't have to." That's not a repentant attitude. When we hear the Word of Yahweh, we do it, and then the veil will be taken away through Yahushua.

We have in Messiah the freedom to not worry about commandments we're not aware of or something in the law that we're not being obedient to and say, "Oh, my, I'm condemned."

We don't have to worry if, say, we do sin, that that's it. We're done, we're finished. We can't be a believer. We can never be saved. That's it. You don't have to worry about those things, because if we do fall short, as we all do, if we do fall short, we can confess our sin, and Yahweh will be faithful and just to cleanse us. 1 John 1:8-9 demonstrate those concepts. 2 Corinthians 3:17, it says:

2Corinthians 3:17 - Now YAHWEH is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of YAHWEH is, {there} is liberty.

Some say, "I've got the liberty now. I can be disobedient. We've got liberty, and you're trying to spy out my liberty in Messiah and bring me under the bondage of that law again." Wrong. We're not supposed to use liberty as a license to sin. What is sin? Transgression of the law.

We're not supposed to use liberty to act like dogs returning to the vomit and pigs returning to the mire, but we're supposed to realize our liberty gives us a certain amount of freedom to come to Yahweh without fear of condemnation, if we have repented, received Yahushua, and maybe fell short in some area.

We can come to Yahweh in humility and receive forgiveness of sin. 1 John 2:1-6:

1John 2:1 - My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Yahushua the Messiah the righteous.

1John 2:2 - And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

1John 2:3 - Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

1John 2:4 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of YAHWEH is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Very simple. Nothing confusing here at all, nothing difficult. We know that we ought to walk as Yahushua walked. We know that He would not transgress one of Yahweh's commandments. But if we do sin out of weakness or ignorance, we do have an advocate with the Father, Yahushua the Messiah, the righteous.

Therefore, we are given liberty to come boldly to Him without condemnation. 2 Corinthians 3:18:

2Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of YAHWEH, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from YAHWEH, the Spirit.

That's a very awesome scripture, if you meditate on that for awhile. Think about what He's saying. We don't need a veiled face. We can behold as in a mirror the glory of Yahweh. Why? Because the fullness of the Messiah is in us. His glory, His righteousness is in us. It's no longer we who live. It's Messiah who lives in us.

So we will walk as He walked, we will keep the commandments He kept, we will live the life like He lived on the earth. And when we look in a mirror, we see the glory of Elohim, as in a mirror, with unveiled face. We were originally created in the image of Elohim, were we not?

Yes, we were. But Adam failed to be that image of Elohim when he sinned. When he departed from the way of truth, he failed to live up to the glory of Elohim. That's why it says we all fall short of the glory of Elohim, but in Messiah we don't fall short. We can behold, as in a mirror, the glory of Yahweh dwelling in us.

The reason why we are being transformed--when we look at the fullness of Yahweh's glory, we are being transformed--is this. Number one, we have a lesser glory of Yahweh in the ministry of condemnation, which was the light, the Word, the Torah showing us our sin.

That glory doesn't need to be veiled to us, because we are not condemned. The greater glory of Yahweh and the righteousness of Yahushua is the other glory. As we grow in the Spirit as believers in Messiah, as we grow in the Spirit and we learn, we are being transformed.

We will behold, as in a mirror, the full glory of Yahweh. In that mirror, we're going to see the light, the Torah, the standard of righteousness that we are called to live by and, therefore, our own imperfections.

That light, that Word, that lesser glory will convict us of our wrongs, of our sins, but not with death and condemnation attached. That's the lesser glory. We also see in that mirror a righteousness of Yahushua dwelling in us.

That's a greater glory, because it's no longer we who live. It's Yahushua who lives in us; therefore, as by the Spirit of Yahweh, we grow in His knowledge and become more and more obedient to His will.

As we learn His will in the Torah and the other places of Yahweh's Word, as we grow in that knowledge, we become transformed from glory to glory, from one glory to another by the Spirit of Yahweh.

We, as we read the Torah, it has a certain glory to it. It's a ministry of condemnation. It has a certain glory to it, but we can look at it with an unveiled face, because we're not condemned.

Ultimately, we want to be transformed into the greater glory, the glory of righteousness, so that we walk out Yahweh's Word, and we walk as Yahushua walked. One day, brethren, we will no longer need a Torah to tell us you're doing wrong.

The law is not for a righteous man; it's for an unrighteous man, the ones who are failing. One day, we won't need a law to tell us to stop sinning, because no longer will we be sinning.

That is our transformation. We're being transformed from glory to glory, from one glory to another. If we look in that mirror, and we refuse to be subject to Yahweh's law, we're just a hearer and not a doer; therefore, we're not transformed. We're not transformed from glory to glory. We're refusing the transformation. James 1:23-25 says:

James 1:23 - For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

James 1:24 - for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

James 1:25 - But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

We're not called to look into the Torah and say we don't have to do it. We're called to look into the perfect Torah of liberty and say, I want to continue in that.

I don't want to be a forgetful hearer. I want to be a doer of the Word, that I might be blessed, that I might be transformed from glory to glory, that I would not be conformed to this world, Romans 12:2, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I might be able to prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of Yahweh.

That's the role of Yahweh's law, to bring us from one glory to another, our imperfection to perfection. Continuing to read in chapter 4:

2Corinthians 4:1 - Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,

The ministry of the new covenant.

2Corinthians 4:2 - but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of YAHWEH, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of Elohim.

2Corinthians 4:3 - And even if our evangel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

2Corinthians 4:4 - in whose case the elohim of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the evangel of the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of YAHWEH.

2Corinthians 4:5 - For we do not preach ourselves but the Messiah Yahushua as Master, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Yahushua's sake.

2Corinthians 4:6 - For YAHWEH, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of YAHWEH in the face of Yahushua the Messiah.

This is deep. The good news of the glory of Yahushua is veiled to those who do not know Him; and, therefore, are perishing in their sins, being condemned in the ministry of death. It's veiled, because Satan has blinded their eyes so they will not believe.

If they did believe, what would happen here? Look at this. The light of the good news of the glory of Messiah would shine on them, and they would be declared righteous before Yahweh.

What is the good news of Messiah? What is the good news of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of Elohim? Yahushua, we know, is the expressed image of His person, right? The brightness of Yahweh's glory, according to the book of Hebrews. We'll get into that here in a minute.

Let's look at it in detail. Instead of trusting in our own glory, which is the glory of Adam, to be in Yahweh's presence, which would only cause our sin to be manifest, we can now come to Yahweh with the glory and image of Yahushua the Messiah dwelling fully in us. That's the good news of the glory of the Messiah. We are created in the image of Elohim, Genesis 1:26:

Genesis 1:26 - And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

At that time, everything was perfect. Everything was, indeed, in the image of Elohim. But as we all know, Adam sinned, and because of Adam's sin, man's image and glory is no longer the true image and glory of Elohim.

After all, the image of Elohim is a righteous image. His glory is a righteous glory. But since we are sinners, we're no longer in that image and glory. Romans 3:23:

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of YAHWEH;

How can a sinner be restored and once again become that image and glory of Elohim that he was created to be? He must die, and Yahushua must live in him. Only through Him, the perfect one who was the image and glory of Yahweh, can we be reconciled and be made His image once more. In this, we are the body of the Messiah. Hebrews 1:1-3 says:

Hebrews 1:1 - Elohim, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Hebrews 1:2 - has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Hebrews 1:3 - who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Yahushua is the brightness of Yahweh's glory, the expressed image of His person. He is the true image and glory of Elohim. Yahushua never sinned and fell short of the glory of Yahweh. For this reason, we need Him to restore us to the image of Elohim again.

We don't want Yahweh to see the glory of Adam when He sees us. We want Him to see His own glory shining through Yahushua the Messiah. For this reason, we allow His glory to shine when in His presence.

That gets into the head covering issue, and that's why women cover their heads, because woman is the glory of man. We don't need our glory to shine in the presence of Yahweh. Men do not cover their heads during praying and prophesying, because the glory of Elohim is in them. They look into the mirror.

Man will look into the mirror and see the glory of Elohim in him, because Messiah lives in him, but woman was created in the glory of Adam. She is Adam's glory, so she covers her head. That's another subject altogether. You can look at that on the website. Look at the head covering study.

But if Yahushua does shine in us, we are given the righteousness we need to be in the presence of Yahweh for all eternity. We are given the strength we need to walk in His Spirit, that causes us to walk in His statutes and His judgments. This is the work of Elohim, not our work. It's the work of Elohim all done by His power, not our own. It's a beautiful treasure. 2 Corinthians 4:7:

2Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of YAHWEH and not from ourselves;

That's our treasure. Yahushua, He's our treasure! The glory of Elohim is our treasure in our earthen vessel. Yahushua dwelling within us is our treasure in the earthen vessel in such a way that, when we die, He is glorified.

We're called to live this life in such a way that self is no longer alive, so that His glory would be seen, so that no matter what we go through, no matter what trials we endure, no matter what troubles come upon us, He is glorified. Continuing in 2 Corinthians 4:8-11:

2Corinthians 4:8 - being afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;

2Corinthians 4:9 - persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

2Corinthians 4:10 - always carrying about in the body the dying of Yahushua, that the life of Yahushua also may be manifested in our body.

2Corinthians 4:11 - For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Yahushua' sake, that the life of Yahushua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Is the life of Yahushua manifesting in our mortal flesh, brethren. That Torah-keeping image, is it being manifest to all the world? It needs to be. The more we die to self, the more Yahushua will shine in that glory of Elohim. That transformation we're looking for will be in us.

Therefore, brethren, as we carry about in the body the dying of Yahushua, being impaled with Him, may the life of Yahushua also be manifested in our mortal flesh, the life of the One who submitted Himself fully to the law of His Elohim.

May it be so that we all walk together with Him, walking as He walked in His Spirit and His love, as we dwell upon the earth. In this, the glory of Elohim will be seen in all the earth, and we will be that city on the hill that cannot be hidden.

May Yahweh bless you. May He have mercy on us all.

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