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Most modern-day Christians, together with those who proclaim to be followers of Yahweh, seem to fall short when to comes to understanding how the death of Yahushua the messiah enables us to attain salvation and eternal life.
Many point to the basis for their understanding from one passage as given in the book of John:
For the deity so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Numerous individuals understand this to mean that all one has to do is profess a belief or faith that Yahushua (Jesus) was the messiah who was given to mankind by the father and that the messiah has washed us from our sins by dying and shedding his blood for us whereby we can become saved and have eternal life.
In reality, if one were to base all of their faith only on this one verse, it would be obvious to the serious student of Scriptures that this type of faith would be more accurately defined as “blind faith.”
In our last post, “Do I Have A Soul?”, the issue of whether or not humans possess an immortal soul was addressed.
As we continue to search out the facts concerning this subject, we should realize that the first great deception was told by the satan to Eve when he advised her that if she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil “you will not die (Gen. 3:1-5).”
It is recognized that most of us have been taught from our early years that we all have an immortal soul. Then upon death, our soul would ultimately end up spending eternity in either heaven or hell depending on what Saint Peter decided at the Pearly Gates.
Unbeknownst to many, Scriptures give a quite different scenario.
What do Scriptures say about the matter?
There is a popular saying that you might have heard which goes something like this, “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.”
First of all, the reality is that no person is going to heaven regardless of dying or not. The one exception is the person whose name and title is Yahushua the messiah. As you know, his circumstances were just a little bit different. (Another topic for a later time.)
Second, all persons will in fact die before the Judgment Day whether they believe so or not. Even Yahushua had to submit to this reality.
Is there really any merit to the idea that some select group of believers can actually take a shortcut to paradise by avoiding death?
Let’s begin our investigation to find out the truth of the matter.
What has been noticed is that most of these followers have failed to recognize that they have chosen the wrong Torah! The fact of the matter is that Scriptures point out that there is more than one Torah for you to choose from.
It is important to recognize that keeping the right Torah leads to eternal life and attempting to keep the wrong one is only going to reward a person with eternal death come Judgment Day.
If you were not aware of such a notion then it is highly suggested that you keep reading to discover the facts of the matter.
Now that you’ve got Part 1 finished, you might still be wondering if that “free ticket” to salvation is as good as you thought it was. If any doubts linger, it is highly suggested that you proceed onward with Part 2 of our investigation.
Scriptures indicate that our inheritance cannot be obtained without a sinless sacrifice. The process required that father Yahweh give Yahu Yahweh all things, even his sacred name, and then Yahu, in turn, would pass on these things as an inheritance in a conditional will.
Genesis 26:1-5, confirms that the covenant with Abraham was conditional when it reports that Yahweh told Isaak that he would fulfill the promises, “BECAUSE Abraham listened to my voice and obeyed my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
Yet even Abraham was a sinner, for all have sinned. He, like the rest of us, must come into the Eternal Inheritance by grace and by means of the messiah.
Torah of Moses Brings Curse
Further requirements were attached to the promises given to Abraham because of transgression (Gal. 3:18-19). These conditions were given in the form of the Torah of Moses or Old Covenant made at Mount Sinai and the “works of the Law (Torah)” which were added thereto (Rom. 9:32; Gal. 2:16, 3:2, 5, 10), i.e., as found in the books of the Torah. The covenant at Mount Sinai and works of the Torah did two things:
In our two previous posts, The Law and Problematic Paul, Part 1 and Part 2, the details were laid out regarding the Torah of Moses (the Law, Old Covenant) and its relationship to the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise.
Additionally, Paul, in the New Testament seems to stress the concept of grace and that we are no longer under “the Law.”
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law (Torah of Moses), but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? The deity forbid. (Romans 6:14-15)
Does grace provide a free ticket to salvation?
If you’re not sure about the answer, how about we proceed to investigate the truth of the matter.
After perusing Part 1, one might be thinking, “Paul’s writings are just a bit confusing. Why don’t we just play it safe and attempt to keep ‘The Law’ (Torah of Moses) as best as we can along with all of its works. Yahweh knows what is in our hearts and he will surely forgive any ignorance or failings on our part. When the time is right, Yahweh will reveal his truth to us and we will adjust our actions accordingly.”
Even if one were to have this attitude it would be wise to note:
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. (James 2:10)
Currently, there seems to exist a serious lack of understanding regarding the concept of the Torah of Moses (the Law, Old Covenant) and its relationship to the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise (Torah of Trust).
Without this understanding it is virtually impossible for one to properly discuss the terms “Abrahamic Covenants of Promise,” “The Law,” “Works of the Law,” “Torah of Moses,” “Old Covenant,” and “New Covenant.”
If one is interested in delving deeper into this subject then it is highly suggested you join our investigation as we uncover the facts concerning “The Law.”
The Prevailing Viewpoints
Let’s first take a look at some of the prevailing viewpoints held by various individuals and groups.
• Some believe that the Law (Torah of Moses, Old Covenant) has been completely done away with, including the Ten Commandments, and that we are now under grace.
• Others maintain that the Law (Torah of Moses, Old Covenant) is still in force and must be adhered to including all of the works that are contained within it.
So you think you’re prepped and ready to go. You may be prepped to survive a doomsday scenario by making sure you are stocked adequately with food and ammo but that’s not actually the important prepping.
In reality, the essential prepping is for one to be prepared to do Yahweh’s work. This means you got a job to do and if you are a teacher of Yahweh’s assemblies it would helpful if you knew what your job was.
Sad to say, based upon what’s being taught by the leaders of the various Sacred Name groups today, there just doesn’t seem to be many teachers who actually know what their job should be. Then there are those that think they are doing their job but, unfortunately, are not prepped with enough of Yahweh’s truth to get the job done.
Before anyone panics, we might first take a look at some of the issues surrounding the topic. (Former Baptists, take a deep breath and grit your teeth.)
Just how vital was water baptism to Yahushua the messiah and his apostles? We are told that at one point in Saul’s ministry, he could not remember the last time he baptized anyone.
I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER I BAPTIZED ANY ONE ELSE. FOR MESSIAH DID NOT SEND ME TO BAPTIZE but to preach the gospel . . . (1 Corinthians 1:16-17)