We often hear people say, “obey Torah,” or “obey the laws of God.” What is the law of God? Torah is the instruction, but is not the law itself.
Keep my commandments
Obey my statutes
Is this Torah? Yes.
Is this mandate for ordinances or proving oneself by works of keeping law? No.
God rested on the Seventh Day. Man was supposed to enter into that (perpetual) rest. To love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves (the foundational laws and principles). Found in Genesis.
Because man could not keep the standard and his flesh weak in sin, he was mandated to work (observe and keep law and ordinances) to prove obedience in faith. The law was written because of transgressions. Man needed a cited structure of rules to see where he falls short. Moses was given 10 Commandments that would illustrate all the laws. The instruction of Torah provided the tedious means in which to follow until the fulfillment, and also provide a picture. The faith in God in his grace and mercy was merit while indebted to the law by practices and ordinances.
But the law was merely a tutor to bring us to Christ and to the original intent of having the law already in the heart and following out of love. The law was inferior and not able to keep us. Jesus provided the means to have his grace and be indwelled with the Holy Spirit to follow the principle laws, which are naturally manifested by believing in Jesus Christ and being led by the Spirit. Which is why there is no condemnation for those who walk in the Spirit.
The merit of law was weak. The law was fulfilled by Jesus and is manifest by love. Love is the fulfillment of the law. ALL the law hangs on these two: love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself. In which there is no law. The merit is believing in Jesus. And the fruit bears from it. That is the commandment of the new covenant. Not in ordinances and do’s and don’ts, but in the fulfillment of love which covers obedience to the whole law.
If you have Jesus, the 10 Commandments are followed. You have a relationship with God, regard Him in all your ways, rest in His Sabbath (perpetual rest as He did), and respect for your neighbor.
Anything more is putting more works in to follow the law than is required, which we are not indebted to be condemned by it. Ordinances are obsolete. And if observing the law as the mere evidence of your obedience, you have substituted the inferior (obedience of law and works) for the superior (the work of Jesus Christ as fulfillment). If Christ is not in you, you are disqualified. If you are boasting in your works, your faith is disqualified by your works in the law (and makes you a debtor).
For some regarding Sabbath, and physically observing the Sabbath as their practice of observance and obedience, then observe it, but don’t judge others. If you use it as a barometer to whether someone is observing law, you have disqualified yourself as a debtor and insisting others do as well. While you may observe one day as Sabbath, another may not regard one day over the next and may consider ALL his days a Sabbath rest in Jesus Christ (see Col 2:16, Hebrews 4). And is therefore also observing the laws. However, it is beneficial to set aside a day in which to cease from work to rest and get intimate with the Lord. For some it is required to break up a busy workweek and discipline time.
However, if you do not have Jesus Christ, you are none of His.
[Rom 8:9 KJV] 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
You are indebted to the law if you don’t know Jesus Christ. That is to believe unto Him and in His name, and that God raised Him up from the dead. Otherwise you have not a savior to redeem you from sin against God. So the debt of law is still to your account.
But the good news is that Jesus paid the price by his crucifixion. His merit satisfied the sin if you apply it. For that you have to accept what he did and receive. And repent of sin, that is to agree with God that you have transgressed so that you acknowledge you need His salvation power. And you will be resurrected from death to life. Jesus Christ is the firstfruit and you can trust in Him.
Your relationship with Him is your salvation as His Spirit indwells you to lead and guide you in His righteousness. Not of works, but by faith. Your faith (trust in Him) will access the holy Spirit to operate in your life. As you walk in His Spirit, you are made new and become a workmanship of God in a process.
If you have come to faith in Jesus Christ, let me know and I can pray for you to continue in your walk and faith in Christ.