Romans 2:12-15 Heart of the matter.
12 For as many as have sinned without law (Torah) shall also perish (eternal separation from God) without law (Torah): and as many as have sinned in the law (Torah) shall be judged by the law; (Torah)
The Torah makes the playing field equal for all of humanity, no favoritism can be claimed when all are measured against the same standard. Paul is explaining that those people that do not know anything about the instructions of YHWH [ie. Hindus, Buddists, Muslims, etc] will not have eternal life because they have no connection to the means of salvation through Yeshua the Messiah.
Likewise those that have access to the Word of YHWH will be measured according to the Torah with salvation found only in Yeshua Messiah. Plainly said, “If you do not have the Messiah and his law/Torah, there is no need to measure you according to the law/Torah as you are already condemned to eternal death.
1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come, that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” What is the result of this judgment?
Matthew 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments [Torah], and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” This is living inside the camp or outside the camp.[Ezekiel]
13 (For not the hearers of the law (Torah) are just before God, but the doers of the law (Torah) shall be justified.
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
The only “Word” James had available to him was the Torah; and the Prophets as well as, believers today are to be a reflection of the Torah.
Deuteronomy 10:12-16 “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.”
Circumcision of the heart before the body in that day was the same principle as faith before baptism. It is an inward change with an outward expression, this is the reason to live Torah observant.
14 For when the Gentiles (Goyim [not my people] there are two forms of Goyim, those that were not of Israelite lineage, and those that were of Israelite lineage and forced out of the land because of disbelief [willful violation of Torah] during the time of Daniel.), which have not the law (Torah), do by nature (being civic/morally considerate) the things contained in the law (Torah), these, having not the law (Torah), are a law (morality) unto themselves:
They have created their own version of morality and thereby judge one another’s actions. Civil disobedience is then met with justice from the people. Survival of America’s representative democracy is this: “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. This is ultimately making yourself supreme and nullifying the supremacy of YHWH.
1 Samuel 15:11 “It repenteth [to pity, to sigh heavily] me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.”)
15 Which shew the work of the law (Torah) written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (general morality), and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another; (self-governing)
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” This is so profound that it is repeated in Proverbs 16.25 This is the downfall of man living in a “spirit lead” frame of mind only. There are often deceitful spirits that lead them away from the truth of God.
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” This is the express reason John writes to us about truth, in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Yeshua defines this for us in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word [Torah] is truth.”)
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
Let’s measure this covenant according to the standard biblical principle of marriage. Remembering marriage is the covenant at Mt. Saini which turns to divorce in Jeremiah causing the need for death of the husband/Yeshua to fulfil scripture.
When you stood at the altar to marry your spouse you went in full faith of the covenant to be made. It is afterwards that you begin to experience and learn the covenant rules for your marriage. At the same time you learned what actions made your spouse pleased and what actions made your spouse angry. As the years pass you begin to master more and more of the “laws” of your marriage covenant and a deeper commitment is formed along the way.
Is the marriage bondage according to the world? Is it certainly a running joke. Yet to the couple it is a freedom to love without remorse or hesitation. While the world tells you of the limits of having sex with one person, you realize you are no longer in fear of being alone or of contracting a deadly disease, your sexuality is completely freeing. You are no longer alone in achieving your goals, you have a permanent partner to aid in your needs.
The keeping of the covenants of the Torah married to YHWH you experience a deeper relationship with YHWH as well as the freedom of worry about death and judgement.
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [Torah] is within my heart.”
Psalm 119:34 “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law [Torah]; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
The original covenant at Mt. Saini took place on the Feast of Shavuot, in direct similitude of Pentecost, giving the Holy Spirit of YHWH to the believers. Both actions affirm the covenantal relationship of the believer to YHWH. This should be reason enough to study and learn the idea behind celebrating this feast as best as humanly possible in this day.
Satan originally got between Adam and Eve’s relationship to each other in order to get between their relationships with YHWH. Once he accomplished this he convinced them to disobey YHWH’s instructions and nothing has changed since that day. Satan uses religions to convince humanity to deny the instructions of YHWH and then actually calls it the “true faith”.
Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
Are you listening to YHWH? if so, what are you listening with, just your ears? Are you listening with your Western/Greek mindset? Or are you listening to your YHWH with all your heart?