(Questions and Answers)
Ask Torah Teacher Ariel
(Note: all quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., unless otherwise noted)
Is there a "dual sanctification" theology underlying the Messianic Judaism movement today?
If by the word sanctification you mean righteousness, then I believe that the Torah speaks of two types of righteousness: forensic righteousness and behavioral righteousness. By the former, I mean the righteousness that a believer inherits when he or she chooses to be identified, by faith, with the righteousness of Messiah Yeshua. The latter implies the lifestyle that the believer now leads, as he or she walks out the truth of the first type of righteousness. In other words, true faith produces true works (see Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-26). This explanation is crucial when examining the teaching found in Romans 2:13 and 3:20. The first reference is to forensic righteousness and the second is also to forensic righteousness. But the second is set in the language of deeds of the Law (KJV), which implies behavioral righteousness. Please dont confuse these issues. Torah-true obedience never comes before Torah-true faith. True obedience to the Torah is the natural result of true faith! Both of these can be interpreted as sanctification.
Torah Teacher Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy