NUN: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105)
Serving YHWH thru Service to Others
Are You a True Follower of YHWH's Messiah? Part II
What does Yahshua say is necessary for eternal life?
And he said to him, Why do you say good to me? None are good but one, YHWH. But, if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
Yahshua very plainly says keep the commandments. Yahshua never once said to have faith in him. He said, in Mark 11:22, “have faith in YHWH’’. In Matthew 5:20 he says your righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees. What did he mean by that? He answers that in Matthew 23:23. The Pharisees were light in their regard for YHWH's Torah. Yahshua points out that the Pharisees were more concerned with tithing than with the weightier matters of the law – judgment, mercy and faith. What did Yahshua say about grace? He never even mentions it. Nowhere in the words of Yahshua will you find Paul’s attitude that the Law is done away with by grace. Nowhere in Yahshua’s words will you find faith or grace replacing obedience. Yahshua stressed judgment, mercy, and then faith. Only Paul stresses grace.
So let us look closer. First, we should seek to define grace. We often consider grace to be a favor or kindness but it is more. The following are condensed definitions of Grace: by Merriam-Webster – unmerited divine assistance; by Strong - the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. We see then that grace is not YHWH forgiving us or turning a blind eye to what we do. It is YHWH giving us unmerited assistance to obey His commands by the divine influence of His Holy Spirit upon our hearts. Hence, we are saved, not by grace, but with grace – we could not perfectly obey without YHWH’s help – but we must still try to obey. Why do you think Yahshua, in Matthew 22:14, said, “For many are called, but few chosen”? Could it be because many will be offered this grace and abuse it? You say, “But wait, Yahshua died for our sins didn’t he?” Yes! Hence, “Saving Faith” then is faith in the fact that YHWH will accept Yahshua’s sacrifice to atone for your sins as an unbeliever. Sins committed prior to accepting YHWH as your God; and, accepting YHWH’s appointment of Yahshua as your Lord/Master. Having this faith, YHWH will grant you His Grace by baptizing you with His Holy Spirit to enable you to walk in obedience thereafter. If you have that faith, you, as in Old Testament times, will have found “grace in YHWH’s eyes” – and will be given the aid of His Holy Spirit. When you are “born of the Spirit” you are given the ability to walk in obedience – if you chose to.
For the believer, the law is not written just in stone anymore, it is written on their heart. So what is the law we are to follow? We know Yahshua, twice, made it very plain that the two primary commands were to love YHWH and to love your neighbor. We also know that there is more to it. Yahshua said these were the greatest of the commandments – not the only ones. The follower of these is “not far from the Kingdom of YHWH” (Mark 12:34).
It is time to stress an important point here – it is not about being “legalistic” or “bound to the law”. It is about the grace YHWH has given you to be as Yahshua was – loving and obedient. Yahshua said you must also love your enemy (Matthew 5:44). It is about where your heart is. Do you focus on the differences or faults of others; or, do you strive to bring the best out in them? Do you strive for earthly gain and security; or, do you have faith in YHWH to provide for you and lovingly share what you have? Do you give freely of the life YHWH has given you? Are you “good ground”?
But those on the good ground are they which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep and bring forth fruit with patience.
Yahshua paid to make you clean, to make you whole. It is up to you, with YHWH’s grace, to stay clean and whole. Yahshua also said:
Afterward Yahshua found him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing happen to you.
Why the warning of a worse thing? Again, when Yahshua speaks you must remember not grace, but judgment, mercy, and faith. So, you may be saying, “But, none of us are perfect, we all still sin, and the wages of sin are death, so that would mean we are not saved.” Not true, Yahshua addresses that issue too. His sacrifice made you clean so you could be his. YHWH has given him everyone that accepts him as Lord/Master. He makes it very plain though, how we will be judged regarding our sins that are not covered by his sacrifice – sins committed as one of his. In Matthew 6:12-15, in Mark 11:25-26, in Luke 6:35-38 and 17:3-4, Yahshua expresses very clearly how we will be dealt with. In a nutshell – you will be forgiven to the same degree and extent to which you have forgiven others. If you do not forgive others you will not be forgiven. Judgment is for all – mercy is for those that show mercy. Judgment is for all – forgiveness is for those that forgive. Yahshua is very clear about his opinion of hypocrites; so, you cannot expect to be forgiven you if you do not forgive others. Consider why Yahshua spoke the parable in Matthew 18:22 – 35.
What was the very first thing Yahshua told people to do? We find the answer in Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:15 – repent! The definition is in order: in Merriam-Webster – turn from sin; in Strong – to think differently. Again, in Luke 13:3/5 Yahshua warns us we must repent. He does not say you are saved from sin – he says turn away from sin – obey! One of the last things Yahshua said concerned obedience, in Revelation 22:12: And, behold, I come quickly and my reward with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.
IF you keep my commandments you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
Thank you for joining me on The Path to Light.
In Brotherly Love,