“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…”
The commandments of Yeshua are the foundation for character evaluation and the instrument for character training. We are able to grow in obedience to His commandments by depending upon His transforming grace (abiding in the Vine-John 15). This includes identification with His crucifixion whereby the deeds of the flesh are put to death. Resurrection power is also crucial, for we are to be constantly filled with the Spirit to motivate us to obedience.
Yeshua’s teaching in Matthew 5-7 shows us how to apply the Torah.
“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
How can believers attain this? It is only by His power and grace.
The Call to Character
The call to character, whereby we die to self is little taught in the Western church. Character enables one to maintain lifetime covenant relationships; whether in marriage, friendship or community life. People who are growing in Kingdom character will learn to love one another more and more. Godly character is a foundational pillar of the Kingdom of God.