I have questions of my own for those Torah observant disciples of Yeshua who believe salvation, justification depends on the perfection of someone’s obedience.
1) What did Jesus mean when He said,
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Mat 5:19
Are not both in the kingdom of heaven?
2) What did Paul mean when he said,
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Rom 3:20-26
Are we not justified apart from the law, as the Law and the Prophets testify?
3) What did Moses mean when he said,
Therefore understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. Deu 9:6
Is not our inheritance given to us by the grace of God, and not because of our righteousness?
Isn’t repentance unto salvation, resulting in the new birth as children of God, something that happens in a moment of time, but learning the ways of God to walk in them, a journey of a lifetime? (Act 15:19-21). And we will not have arrived even at the end of our lives, for the depth of Torah and the wisdom of His ways is unsearchable.
“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” Jam 4:11-12
The comments are open for your answers.