When we are born, we are born with the sin nature. The sin nature is something we inherit from Adam and Eve and makes us a slave to sin. Even though we understand the law of Moses as God’s righteousness, the sin nature makes it impossible for us to obey it, and God knows this. Because we can’t follow Moses as we should, the law becomes a curse for us, but God loves us so much He gave us His Son Jesus to free us from the curse of the law. Now everyone who believes in Jesus is saved and under grace, but if they try to obey Moses, they will be cursed again.
What you just read is a summary of the mainstream Christian understanding of salvation by grace through faith. If you asked any pastor to show you, from the Bible, how this can be true, they would point you to scripture like Gal 3:10, John 3:16, Genesis 1-2. When asked about the scriptures contradicting this doctrine, such as 1. John 2:6, 3-5, James 2:10-26, they would give you about 40 000 different explanations. Scripture can not contradict scripture, so when we end up with 40 000 different interpretations, it is obvious someone messed things up at one point, trying to understand the Bible.
The doctrine of salvation is the essential doctrine in the entire Bible because it has to do with our true selves and where we will get to spend eternity. If we get this wrong it will have eternal consequences, do we not owe to ourselves to make sure what our pastors and preachers tell us matches up with the Bible?
The doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, the way we understand it today, builds upon Gal 3:10 the curse of the law and Rom 6:20 slave to sin. If Gal 3:10 does not say the law of Moses is a curse for us, and Rom 6:20 does not mean we are slaves to sin as we can not help ourselves, we have to sin; this doctrine has been proven wrong.
So how can we test this?
First, we have to establish some Biblical and historical facts:
We know the New Testament did not exist when Paul wrote Gal 3:10 and Rom 6:20. Pauls Bible was the Old Testament, so everything he taught builds upon his understanding of the Old and not the New. We also know, from the New Testament in 1. Cor 11 and Acts 15, Paul never stopped being a Jew and never stopped obeying Moses. Time and time again, we see, in the New Testament, how they accuse Paul of teaching people to disobey or disregard Moses. Every time this happened, Paul proves them wrong; he has never told anyone at any time to disobey or disregard Moses.
With this as a background, we can find out exactly what Paul meant when he wrote Gal 3:10 and Rom 6:20.
In the book of Leviticus, the sacrificial system is described in detail. Mainstream Christianity would often tell us there was no forgiveness for sin or no way of atoning for our sins before the cross. By reading the book of Leviticus, we will soon see the sacrificial system did atone for sins, and it was well able to forgive sins.
Even though it was well able to atone for sins and forgive them, it was only able to do so for unintentional sins. The sacrificial system could not atone for intentional sins. Now we see that in the Old Testament, Yehovah did not expect sinless perfection from His people. He knew they would sin unintentionally, and when they did, they could atone for it in the temple.
So what about intentional sins?
Because the sacrificial system could not atone for intentional sins, someone sinning intentionally would be cut off from their people. Today, in our day and age, we would have said they had lost their salvation and could not get it back.
When this happened, in the book of Leviticus, the Bible says the law of Moses would forever curse them, and the law would become a curse for them. So when a Jew says the law is a curse, he is not saying the law is impossible to obey and has become a curse for us. Instead, he is saying, those who sin intentionally will experience the curses of the law of Moses (Deut 28:14-45).
If we read on, in the book of Leviticus, we will soon see the expression of a slave to sin. Someone who was a slave to sin was a person who had sinned intentionally, become cursed by the law, and would forever have to carry the consequences of their sins. So a slave to sin is not someone unable to obey righteousness. A slave to sin is someone who has been cursed by the law of Moses because they sinned intentionally. They have lost their salvation and cant come back.
All through the Old Testament, the issue is not if we can obey Moses or not. Instead, the question is how we avoid sinning intentionally because intentional sins will lose our righteousness. And if we were to sin unintentionally (something the Old testament said we would do time and time again), we could go to the temple and make an atoning sacrifice for our sins. This sacrifice would then forgive us of our sins, gives us our righteousness back, and reconcile us to Yehovah.
Some of this changed the day Yehoshua was born.
When Yehoshua (Yeshua/Jesus) died for our sins on the cross, His Blood atones for all our unintentional sins AND intentional sins. This is why John the Baptist says, “look the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” For the first time in history, someone who had sinned intentionally could be restored and forgiven.
This is why Paul says in the book of Romans that Christ’s sacrifice is so much greater than Moses. Not because Moses does no longer apply to us, but because the cross could do something Moses never did. The cross atones for both intentional AND unintentional sins. Up until now, the sacrificial system could only atone for unintentional sins. But now, by the Blood of Yehoshua, every sin intentional and unintentional could be forgiven.
This is why Paul says in Gal 3:10, Yehoshua died to free us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. He did not die to free us from the law of Moses, and the law of Moses has not become a curse for us. He died to atone for our intentional AND unintentional sins, and by doing so, everyone who believes and repents would no longer be cut off and fall under the curses in Deut 28:14-45. They would no longer be a slave to sin, having to carry the consequences of their sins forever and forever.
Do you understand now what Paul is saying in Gal 3:10 and Rom 6:20?
He is saying that Christ’s death on the cross did something the sacrificial system could not do. His death and His Blood atoned for intentional AND unintentional sins. Because of this, everyone who accepts Yehoshua as their sacrifice for their deliberate sins will be free from the curses of the law (Deut 28:14-45) and no longer a slave to their sins having to carry the consequences forever and ever.
What about unintentional sins?
In 1. John 1:9 we read how everyone who has accepted Christ will be forgiven time and time again for their unintentional sins, as long as they confess them to Yehovah and repent. This is no different from the book of Leviticus, Yehovah has always forgiven unintentional sins as long as we do it His way by confessing and repenting.
What about faith and repentance?
When we understand how wonderful it is that the Blood of Yehoshua forgives intentional sins, it is easy to take this to mean that we can do whatever we want and be forgiven as long as we “believe.” It is also easy to make a mistake and believe this means we are forever eternally secure, as long as we “believe.”
Yehovah never changes (Mal 3:10), and we see this proven in how He forgives us for unintentional sins. In the Old testament and the New Testament, He forgives us for unintentional sins as long as we do it His way by confessing and repenting of them. The only thing that has changed is how we do it. In the Old, we had to go to Jerusalem and the temple to confess and repent. In the new, we can confess and repent right where we are wherever we are in the world because Yehoshua, our High priest in the heavenly temple, hears us. He sits on the throne in the holy temple, and when we confess and repent of our unintentional sins, He does what high priest used to do in the old temple in Jerusalem. He takes His Blood into the holiest of holy and makes atonement for us so we can know we are forgiven.
Because Yehovah never changes, He has not changed His mind about intentional sins for those who have accepted His Sons sacrifice. In Hebr 10, Rom 6, 1. John, it says that those who have received His Sons sacrifice should have no desire to disobey Moses intentionally. If they, on the other hand, made such a decision to disobey Moses, they would commit the unpardonable sin. If you commit the unpardonable sin, you would be cursed by the law (Deut 28:14-45), having to carry the consequences of your sin forever as a slave to sin.
So we see how fundamentally important it is for repentance to combine with faith. If you believe Yehoshua died for you, you have to repent back to Moses if you want to be saved (James 2:10-26.)
How do you know if you have committed the unpardonable sin?
The unpardonable sin can only be committed by those who decide by their own free will to disobey Moses even though they know it is wrong.
Most Christians today disobey Moses, but not because they know it is wrong to do so. They disobey him out of ignorance because they believe what their pastor and denomination tell them instead of believing the Bible. When you disobey out of ignorance, you have not committed the unpardonable sin, but the Bible says you are not saved.
In Matt 7:21-23, we read of a group of Christians who has just died. Some of them have had ministries on this earth and done great things in the name of Jesus. It is evident, from the text, they did not know they were supposed to repent back to Moses. They are the ones who believed they were saved just because they “believed” in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and now they were under grace and not law.
If you are among them, and you are reading these words, there is still time to get saved. Repent back to Moses, believe Yehoshua died for your sins, and you will be saved (Rev 12:11, 14, James 2:10-26, 1.John 2:6). You will still sin unintentionally, but when you do, you can confess your sins to Yehovah and repent of them. Then you can know for sure your high priest in the heavenly temple, Yehoshua, will take His Blood into the holiest of holy and atone for your sins. This will forgive you, time, and time again, as it says in the book of Leviticus, for all your unintentional sins.
Now we have tested the doctrine of salvation in mainstream Christianity, and we have proven it wrong. Why is it wrong? Because it does not take into consideration the fact that Paul never stopped being a Jew. Everything he taught has to be interpreted with this and the Old Testament in mind.
Do we still need salvation?
Yes, we need salvation because every one of us has, at one time, sinned internationally and deliberately disobeyed Moses. We might not, at the time, knew we disobeyed Moses, but we knew from our consciousness what we did was wrong. Yehovah gave us our consciousness to tell right from wrong, righteousness from sin when we violated it, we became guilty and in need of salvation.
How do we get saved?
By believing Yehoshua died for our sins on the cross AND repenting back to Moses.
How do we stay saved?
By making sure we confess and repent of our unintentional sins everyday, believing in our high priest in the temple Yehoshua who makes atonement for us in the holiest of holy.
How do we avoid committing the unpardonable sin?
By choosing not to disobey Moses.
How do we avoid being among the group in Matt 7:21-23?
By choosing to obey Moses and believe Yehoshua died for our sins.
I hope you will make the right choice and be saved before it is too late. Nobody knows how long we have to live, but if you were to die today, Yehovah would not care how much you have obeyed the doctrines of your church or denomination. He does not care how many Bible commentaries you read during your lifetime, how many Bibles you had, or how many people you prayed the sinner’s prayer with.
The only thing He cares about is righteousness and faith in the cross shown in righteousness and obedience to Moses.