OJB or CJB?

What doctrine is being taught in the OJB?  This is surely not a Roman Catholic translation. Does not the OJB teach sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria, which some in the Messianic Movement want to discard so they can "follow the rabbis" (see p.1753 in The Complete Jewish Study Bible), as if what was gained in the 16th Century can be placed on the back burner?

And Canon 24 of the Council of Trent--did it not teach salvation by faith PLUS works? “If anyone says that justice [justification] received is not preserved and also not increased before God through good works, but that those works are merely fruits and signs of justification obtained, not the cause of its increase, let him be anathema. (Council of Trent sixth session, celebrated on the thirteenth day of January, 1547, Decree concerning Justification).”

 

So are we saved and justified by faith PLUS works?

 

And was James the Brother of the Lord ALSO a Council of Trent type believer because he ALSO says we are justified by faith PLUS works--and he ALSO uses the word "khoREES" in James 2:18 where he says, "But someone will say, 'You have emunah and I have ma'asim.'  You make known to me your emunah without (khorees) your ma'asim, and I'll show you, Chaver, from my ma'asim, the Emunah."   No, James (his Hebrew Name was Yaakov Ben Dovid) is attacking dead formalism, not Paul. James, who apparently wrote much earlier, and Paul agree: real faith must be active in love (Gal 5:6)

 

But if we are saved by faith apart from the works of Gezetz (Law, Yiddish), why bother to have a messianic synagogue? Didn't the OJB translator also write EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GROW A MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE?   So if we are saved by faith APART from the ma'asim (works) of Gezetz (Law), why bother to have a messianic synagogue? Paul seems to ask this question in Romans 3:31: "Does it follow that we abolish Torah and make it invalid through emunah?"

 

Paul says, "No, we uphold the Torah"  (Rom 3:31). And then in Romans chapter 8, Paul shows HOW we uphold the Torah: by believing in Moshiach Ben Dovid Yehoshua/Yeshua (Ezra 3:8; Zechariah 6:11-12) we uphold Leviticus 18:5 which says "Ye shall therefore be shomer over My chukkot, and My mishpatim; which if an ish do, he shall live by them: I am Hashem."   Rom 8:3-4 says, in effect, that the Mitgashem Ma'amar (the Incarnation of the Zun fun Der Oybershter) was for this very purpose, in order that the maleh chukat haTorah (the full statute requirement of the Torah, see VAYIKRA 18:5) might be fulfilled in us who walk in the Derech HaChayyim (the Way of Life) according to the Ruach Hakodesh and not in accordance with the basar.

So in Acts 21:21 we see Rav Sha'ul rejoining the Jerusalem Messianic Synagogue community to show that he had not assimilated or reputiated the "darkhei haTorah" (the "ways of the Torah," i.e., the Sinai Covenant and its mitzvot). Even if Gentiles might (wrongly) feel relegated to "second class" status in the Court of the Gentiles (the Soreg middle wall of partition has been torn down, Eph 2:14!), they are not to seek salvation through Bris Milah and the yoke of the Torah (Gal.5:1-3), but remember both Jews and Gentiles alike are under the power of sin (Rom 3:9) and both must take the yoke of Moshiach (Matt. 11:29) and call upon Him (Rom 10:12) Who has become the servant of both (Rom 15:7-13), for Moshiach is superior to Moses with a better covenant and a better priesthood (see the Epistle to the Hebrews 13:10 "We have a Mizbe'ach from which those who serve the Mishkan have no right to eat").

All Scripture can be used to indict the flesh and reveal the Savior, for by the Gezetz (Gen 2:16-17) comes the Da'as haChet (Gen 3:7, see Rom 3:20) and all the Torah and the Nevi'im and the Tehillim speak of Messiah (Luke 24:44). Remember: there is a Greek word spelled: chi omega rho ita final sigma   khoREES "without." Romans 3:28 OJB says "For we reckon that a man is acquitted and pronounced to be YITZDAK IM HASHEM by emunah (personal faith, trust) APART FROM (khorees) depending on [(supposed) zokheh/merit-earning] ma'asim of Gezetz (Law) [not "legalistic observance of Torah commands", a CJB mistranslation, as if being picayune about observance is the only way one could get tripped up by Gezetz-based religion, but, on the other hand, faith plus the ma'aseh (deed, thing done, act) brings "full merit before God" (see p.1753 The Complete Jewish Study Bible)! NO, NO, NO the gonif on the tree was saved by faith ALONE...what mitzvah, what ma'aseh, what deed could he do with hands and feet nailed? As far as getting into heaven is concerned, what soteriological benefit did the ma'asim (the works of Gezetz) avail the Jewish gonif on the tree hanging there with Moshiach (Luke 23:43)? Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach says that after you have done all, say that you are an unworthy servant and have only done your duty (Luke 17:10; 18:11-13) and the ONLY merit we have (look carefully at first four chapters of Romans and Ephesians 2:8-9 and see the emphasis on boasting in religion as a sure way to miss heaven) is the ALIEN merit of Moshiach imputed to us by virtue of His type-fulfilling mitzvah or righteous, worthy deed countering Adam's aveirah (Romans 5:14,18) graciously and not meritoriously received in salvation.

Compare CJB and OJB Galatians 2:16 with the Greek

even so, we have come to realize that a person is not declared righteous by God on the ground of his legalistic observance of Torah commands, but through the Messiah Yeshua's trusting faithfulness. Therefore, we too have put our trust in Messiah Yeshua and become faithful to him, in order that we might be declared righteous on the ground of the Messiah's trusting faithfulness and not on the ground of our legalistic observance of Torah commands. For on the ground of legalistic observance of Torah commands, no one will be declared righteous. (CJB).

Yet we have da’as that a man cannot be YITZDAK IM HASHEM ("be justified with G-d" IYOV 25:4) by [depending on] the ma'asim of Gezetz (Law), but through emunah in Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua." And we have come to have bitachon in Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua, that we can be YITZDAK IM HASHEM ("be justified with G-d" IYOV 25:4) by emunah in Moshiach and not by [supposed zokheh merit of] ma'asim, because by taryag mitzvot KOL CHAI LO YITZDAK ("all living shall not be justified" TEHILLIM 143:2).(OJB).

eidotes de oti ou dikaioutai anthrōpos ex ergōn nomou ean mē dia pisteōs iēsou christou, kai ēmeis eis christon iēsoun episteusamen, ina dikaiōthōmen ek pisteōs christou kai ouk ex ergōn nomou, oti ex ergōn nomou ou dikaiōthēsetai pasa sarx (Greek)


Are some in the Messianic Movement not really saved? Look at Psalm 19 in the OJB: "The torah of Hashem is temimah, converting the nefesh [T.N. hithapekh Ps 66:6; 2C 5:17], the edut of Hashem is ne'emanah, making wise the simple."