John 8:12; "I am the
light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
AENT (Aramaic English New Testament) "I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but he will find the light of life for himself."
is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Jesus are surely the Mother-Lode of it's grace and truth. When Jesus
gave the great commission in Matthew he gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple. He didn't call them 'Christians',
but 'disciples.' In the great commission (Matthew 28:19,20) Jesus said to make disciples (of him), baptize them (Acts
2:38,39), and teach those disciples to observe and keep whatever he had first commanded them (Acts 3:22,23).
The sermon on the mount, found in Matthew 5-7, Jesus says (7:24-27):
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them,
I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds
blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will
be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
He was making a specific point in this sermon to identify "these sayings of mine." After
review of several translations, including the oldest Aramaic, the matters given in the opening lessons give key
elements being established that all disciples need to note. While it isn't a term or quote of Jesus, many
have called the sermon on the mount to be the "manifesto" of Christianity. On the page link of the
"List" of his teachings are included a number of passages of Scripture to reference that should be an
aid for additional insights to the fulness of what he was teaching that may not be noted in many study Bibles.
John 15:9-15; "As the Father loved me, I also have loved you;
abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay
down one's life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you
servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard
from my Father I have made known to you."
Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they
may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."
John 14:23,24; "If
anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
He who does not love me does not keep my words, and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me."
Jesus gave hundreds of teachings,
and each has important lessons in our discipleship to Him. We are counciled to not to be hearers only, but among those
who are hearers and doers of His word. Jesus came to teach and manifest the righteousness, grace, mercy,
promises, will and truth of God that leads to eternal life.
In Micah 6:7,8 we are told:
"Will the LORD be pleased with
thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?"
came to show us exactly what these things mean: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God and our fellow
8: 31,32; "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free."
does Jesus mean by 'If you abide in my word'? In my dictionary the meanings of abide are:
to wait for; to endure without yielding; to bear patiently; to accept without objection; to remain
stable or fixed in a state; to continue in a state; to conform to; to acquiesce in. Faith
in Jesus as Christ is far more than a profession out of your mouth, the church you belong to, a spiritual feeling, or the
system of religion that you practice. In the opening sermon of Jesus we are told to not just hear his words - if we
want our 'house' to withstand the storms and floods we are to be doers of what he taught. In the personal aspect of
our faith we are told to abide in his words if we want to 'know the truth.'
"That prophet" spoken of by both Moses and Peter is Jesus Christ *Acts
truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall
hear in all things, whatever he says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be
utterly destroyed from among the people." Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many
as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with
your fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." To you
first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities."
Of Jesus Christ
"My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know
concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority."
In this teaching Jesus equates
the personal testimony of His truth from God (the gospel of the kingdom) is to be found in our will to do what he said.
The mercy of God is evident because it is found in our will to obey, rather than in absolute perfection to do it all.
We need to be humble and honest with ourselves and God. As we look into the things of the Lord, to see ourselves
through His teachings, that we notice our needs and confess our shortfalls of abiding in whatever He said, so that,
as I John 1:9 says, if we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive. By abiding in the words of Jesus we find
both the personal testimony of knowing the gospel of the kingdom of God, and the process of maturing in Christ, that we might
"have the mind of Christ" in us, and thereby we also become the light and salt in the world.
John 14:23,24; "If anyone loves me, he will keep my
word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does
not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me."
True Christian doctrine is to observe all of the teachings and commandments of
Matthew 4:4; 'It is written, "Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
John 6:63,64; "It is the Spirit who gives life; the
flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
But there are some of you who do not believe."
Revelation 22:12-16; "And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every one according to his work.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Blessed
are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into
the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters,
and whoever loves and practices a lie. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches.
I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
Don't be a goat see The list of Jesus' Teachings 203 and 213
Mt 23:8-12; "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher,
the Christ, and you are all brethren."
John 15:9,10; "As the Father
loved Me, I also have loved you, abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will
abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in in His love."
One Disciple To Another
ONE DISCIPLE TO ANOTHER
Who is true to
Gospel of the Kingdom.”
Premise 1 - Take Heed That No Man Deceives You
Premise 2 - Using His Correct Name
Premise 3 - Believe the Instructions of God
Premise 4 - What Does God Require of Man?
Premise 5 - The Spirit of Truth
Premise 6 - The Everlasting Covenant 56
Premise 7 – The Definition of Love
The Teachings of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ)
The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship
The Greatest Commandment
The Kingdom of God
The Gospel According to Matthew
The SERMON ON THE MOUNT 120
Various Parting thoughts 185
“Every student who enters upon a scientific pursuit, especially if at a somewhat
advanced period of life, will find not only that he has much to learn, but much also to unlearn. As a first
preparation, therefore, for the courses he is about to commence, he must loosen his hold on all crude and hastily adopted
notions, and must strengthen himself by something of an effort and a resolve, for the unprejudiced admission of any conclusion
which shall appear to be supported by careful observation and logical argument, even should it prove of a nature adverse to
notions he may have previously formed for himself, or taken up without examination, on the credit of others. Such
an effort is, in fact, a commencement of that intellectual discipline which forms one of the most important ends of all sciences.”
Sir John Herschel, quoted by Joseph Seiss from
preface to “Prophecy In Stone.”
What might our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ be if we base our understanding of
his message through the accounts of the original twelve disciples and the Holy Scriptures of first century Israel?
What impact would it have if we, as they, also view Jesus as our Teacher, or Rabbi, as he explained the fullness of
the grace and truth of God in the Torah and then raised the standards of righteousness to the higher levels that God desires
from man, who was created in His image?
Matthew 23: 8-12;
“But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master (Teacher), [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no [man]
your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters (teachers):
for one is your Master (Teacher), [even] Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall
exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Who Is True to Jesus Christ (Master Y’shua)?
Matthew 7:24,25; " Therefore
whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded
upon a rock.”
Matthew 28:17-20; “And Jesus came
and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever
I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world.’ Amen.”
Have you ever wondered if you were taught to believe the gospel
message Jesus preached? Is his a message that changes with time and culture? Or, is
it a set message that is timeless and as applicable to life today as it was nearly 2000 years ago? Of the
major divisions in Christianity today there are significant differences between what it means to be a Christian. God
created each person to be unique – no two are alike in every way, but do we have any sound reason to believe that opposing
diversity of teachings, or faiths, are what God desired of those who believe in Jesus Christ? Didn’t
his prayer in John 17 say that he desired those who believe in him to be one – not multitudes of fractured believers
who teach against each other, or who don’t teach his message as abiding in whatever he first taught the original disciples?
Some are on a binge to do less and less of what he taught and have nearly divorced themselves from the words that he
said are the very words of God and lead to life eternal. In one account Jesus likens disciples to being
branches on the Vine that are in unity with him to produce the same fruit through abiding in his words from the Father and
also included keeping the Commandments of God – this is what he taught.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes the point to dig down
to the bedrock of his teachings to build our house on sure things so the storms of life won’t undermine the foundation
he was giving in the lessons of that sermon. This is actually a good example of what we see today.
Those before us seem to have allowed the wholeness of those words to crack and decompose, and further cracking and
decomposition and introduction of organic information from men has further contaminated the original bedrock to the point
that we are sitting on the dirt above the Rock, and need to dig down through centuries of dirt, mire and division of his words
from God to re-discover the actual original gospel that he taught. This has been the purpose of my study,
to dwell upon only what Jesus taught and the Scriptures spoken of in those teachings, so we can see the Original Gospel that
Jesus taught and base our lives on being his disciples, just as the original disciples of Jesus did. Through
this focused study seven main premises that seem to have been misplaced. Study them carefully and see if
they are in accord with the very words of God.
If you can please endure a lengthy introduction to this topic, I believe you will
see that everything is significant to this question. Most, if not all of it, should be related to the actual
teachings of Jesus Christ and my sincerity in speaking what I’ve learned of his teachings and if his teachings are the
words of God (YHVH). These discoveries can be equally applied by anyone who wants to make sure they are
on the pathway of life that God and the Anointed One have given as instruction and council to all who seek the light of His
truth, and to be freed from what the prophet Isaiah called “prison houses.” The situation should
become apparent if you follow along with what I’ve discovered after 60 years of life and study, and most revealing when
observing what I honestly believe and conclude to be the root cause of why there are so many divisions in the Christian faith.
As the root cause is identified a possible remedy is revealed.
The Roman Empire was at its height during
the early history of the Church. Persecution began, first towards Jesus, and then the original twelve disciples,
and then to those of the Jews who believed in him. Jesus and all the original disciples were Jews and the
Church of God started in Jerusalem. The first account of a Gentile being converted, Cornelius, was one
who feared God and did good towards the Jews and respected God and the faith of the Jewish people. (Acts 10)
This is a broad historical overview of
The Church, believers in Jesus as the anointed one (that prophet spoken of by Moses), originated at Jerusalem
and were abiding in the great commission by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (Y’shua) through making disciples of
him as he had instructed them to do. They spread the message of repentance for the coming kingdom of God
throughout the known world. After some years Paul entered the picture, first as a persecutor, then he reported that Jesus
appeared to him directly and called him to be an apostle. Paul gave his teachings to areas away from Jerusalem,
but visited Jerusalem several times, as noted in his writings and in Acts. Paul was involved with a few
controversies in early Church history.
About 300 years later, Imperial Rome transferred some authority to the Roman Church.
The Church at Rome grew in power and tried to overtake the rest of the Christians as their subjects. Those
outside Roman rule were threatened that they also had to submit to the authority of Rome and change their doctrines and Scripture
to match what the head of the Roman Church declared. The Roman sphere of influence also evolved into making
Churches under the authority of various area Kings, who were to be in submission to the head of the Roman Church. Thereby
the sanctioned “Church State” that those who came to the new world hoped to escape and be able to worship God
by the dictate of their conscience, as understood by the Scriptures, to worship God as they believed, rather than the dictate
of their King or the Pope. The office of the Roman Pope was one of great political and religious power. For
many centuries those who would not submit to Rome were persecuted, but the Christian faith extended beyond Roman rule as the
Apostle Peter first went east before going to Rome. The Roman Church rule has its own historical events
of significance, and I’m really not so interested in those things at this time, except to note the most enduring influence
to this day is what the currently extended Churches consider to be Scripture. The book listing for the
New Testament Canon was declared by the Roman Church about 350-400 AD, almost 300 years after the Church began.
The same books were received in other areas and preserved outside Roman rule. An ancient Aramaic
manuscript, reportedly predating the Greek (167 AD) was discovered and translated into English and has the same books as our
current New Testament. (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC, 2010) Not all of the books are
in that ancient manuscript, and a few were added when translation into English (the “Western Five”)
Ancient texts discovered from Egypt and
the area of the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been from both the Temple library and the early Church before the Roman destruction
of Jerusalem. What has been declared to be accepted Scripture by The Roman Church does not necessarily
match what some of these ancient texts declared to be Scripture. There is ancient evidence that in the
60’s AD, the Jerusalem Church only accepted the Old Testament and the original Aramaic or Hebrew text of Matthew. The
gospel of John was likely written after 60 AD, and judging from the style of Greek used, it is very unlikely that it was actually
written by the disciple John. The gospel of Matthew was reportedly written by Matthew,
who was one of the twelve apostles, and the apostles were the chosen disciples and the appointed eye-witnesses of Jesus and
the teachings he gave (the Gospel). This study, which focuses explicitly on the teachings of Jesus in Matthew,
substantiates this could well be true. God said through Moses, the Prophets and Jesus Christ that we “Take
heed that no man deceives you.” A primary way to know the truth of the matter may be to first understand
the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in Matthew – particularly the sermon on the mount – as Matthew is the best
account of this critical opening lesson. Many pretend the gospel of Matthew was written to the Jews, but
this is without evidence in the text. In fact, the conclusion of the book states that those of all nations
be taught according to its account – not just Jews. This is explicit in the “Great Commission”
at the end of Matthew 28.
The Roman Church claims to be the oldest and therefore “original” Church.
There are also those who split with the Roman Church over doctrines and authority the Church is to submit to (Roman
Pope). Their belief is that Rome departed from the original Church, which is why they call themselves Orthodox,
yet the establishment of a Roman Pontiff occurred centuries before the official split between Roman Catholic and the Eastern
Orthodox Church near 1000 AD. Evidence is that the primary divide in the Christian faith occurred well
before the division between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Evidence in Acts 21 shows there was
a great divide between the followers of Jesus and Paul.
Controversy over what writings should be accepted as valid Scripture existed from
near the beginning of the Christian faith. Many scholars have not been facing the teachings of Jesus and
judging the various accepted accounts by the instructions of God found in the Hebrew Holy Scripture. In
fact, one cannot find Paul, Luke, Mark and Hebrews to be in accord with the recorded teachings of Jesus in Matthew. It
may be time to write a book called “Disharmony of the Gospels”, rather than delude ourselves
by pretending there is “Harmony of the Gospels”. Many quotes of Old Testament passages are mistranslated and totally
misrepresent what the Hebrew Scripture said. In fact, this very issue proves and identifies where even
the text of Matthew was altered. An example is the virgin birth narrative in Matthew 1.
This is substantiated because the oldest texts of Matthew do not contain this account. If we want
to know what Jesus taught, it is necessary to go back to the oldest records and the Hebrew Scriptures – not the accounts
altered in the Greek and Latin texts. As Isaiah said: “If they speak not according
to the Torah and the Testimony, there is no light in them.” Rome didn’t declare New Testament
canon until three centuries after Jesus died – and the historical fact is Rome killed thousands of disciples of Jesus
and destroyed all the written evidence they were able to find – but the truth can now be known if our love is to the
One True God – YHVH and His anointed one.
Later in history some men believed the Roman Church was corrupted and that the people
needed to have the Scriptures available in the language they could understand. It was through this
period that the King James Bible and others came into use. Following this came many other Protestant denominations
whose variant doctrines promote to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and have largely based their faith and practice through
Statements of Doctrine, or Creeds, for each Church, and each sect based their doctrines on the texts the Roman Church declared
to be the New Testament. By now people generally follow the faith of their fathers or settle on a congregation
that best fits what they either find most family friendly, or least objectionable to what they were taught to believe.
Sola Scriptura, or Scripture only, was the basis of the Protestant reformation, and as evidenced by Martin Luther,
this was largely formulated on understandings stemming from the writings of Paul. What Martin Luther believed
at the beginning of the Reformation is not what he came to understand later in life, and I’ve heard that the Church
that bears his name does not have complete unity to this day.
Later developments in the 1800’s re-awakening also finds
those who attempted to return to the original faith, as best as they understood it to be, as well as those who claim restored
priesthood authority through their Living Prophets. The Latter Day Saints have added books to their Scripture
that purport their founder, Joseph Smith Jr., to have received by direct revelation from Jesus Christ, or purported translations
of ancient books from golden plates or Egyptian papyrus that crossed his path. The founding prophetess
of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White, also wrote extensively, and her books also cause them to focus their faith away
from the existing teachings of Jesus, to then also observe whatever she wrote.
After spending years studying a broad variety of Churches, all
I can conclude is that there are so many Churches because none of them actually remained believers of whatever Jesus taught,
to be hearers and doers of his words from the Father in Heaven, but allowed themselves to drift away from the teachings and
examples he gave and turned to what someone else taught.
It was only through focused study to know explicitly what Jesus
taught that helped me realize the significance of the matter. If you don’t believe me, see if you
can go to a Church whose speakers focus their missionary work or exposition of Scripture and the Gospel (sermon/testimony)
completely centering from the teachings of Jesus Christ, without supporting references to their prophet, their church founder,
or the apostle Paul taking precedence over any of the teachings of Jesus Christ - as given to us by his chosen eyewitnesses.
The teachings of Jesus should be compared to the Instruction of God given in the Hebrew Holy Scripture.
The most controversial teaching is Jesus’
instruction that even the least of the commandments in the Law are still in effect – VS – it was nailed to the
cross and done away with or set aside as a marriage certificate to a dead mate. No one can possibly attend
every Church existing on earth today, but after visiting many, all I can say is I’d love to find one that does focus
teaching its members in the fullness of Jesus’ teachings that he said lead to life eternal. The focus
of Christian faith should be on doing the will of God. The person, prophecies, examples and teachings of
Jesus Christ substantiate the Torah … if we believe his word is true. The gospel record says that
we are to be his disciples indeed if we are to know the truth, which requires abiding in his word, and requires knowing what
he taught. (See the opening quotes of Jesus at the start of this chapter)
By our time, and through the confusions of history, how can we
possibly know who and what to believe is the fullness of the grace and truth God gave through him? We
can know that Jesus is the Christ because he fulfilled the prophecies given in the Old Testament and noting those that he
fulfilled – this is the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we can see that he met all the conditions to prove
he is “that Prophet” that Moses said was to come, who we must hear in whatever he tells us (Deut. 18).
We can also know that the Holy Spirit led the original disciples to record his teachings. Jesus
passed all the instructions of God to know who we are to hear (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18, 34:10-12). These words
of God instruct us in how to tell who we are to accept to be spokespersons for Him. The primary tests regard if what they
say comes to pass (true prophecy), or work wonders (miracles), or if they remain true to what God had instructed them about
the pathway of life that His people are to walk within (righteousness as defined by God – the will of God for His people).
Jesus surely fulfilled all these things to show he is “that Prophet.”
After study of the Jewish records of Scripture,
it is given fact that the quotes of some passages – including prophecy from Matthew 1 – is not according to their
records – which can be shown to be substantiated by the Dead Sea Scrolls. There have been a number
of alterations to the text of Matthew, but evidence of the alignment of Jesus’ teachings to the Hebrew Scriptures prove
what he taught is according to the declarations and instructions of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets. The
commonly believed concept of the NT being inerrant is easily shown untrue, as is the Trinity doctrine. The
matter is known by the word of God in the Hebrew text (translated into English about 1900). As noted in
the quote preceding the book, we need to follow verifiable fact – not simply remain in error when it can be proven to
be error. God desires those who observe His words of life to do them indeed. Some of
the major passages of error will be noted in later chapters – and you are invited to look some of these over if you
want to see them for yourself – and anyone who loves God will observe His word accordingly. Those
who choose to deliberately remain in untruth will not go to the Holy Scripture to know truth from lies.
In fact, this is how what we have been taught to believe about Jesus and his Church ends up in different fellowships,
belief systems of what the “gospel” is, Church organizations, and Church Doctrines regarding what members must
believe and do to be “faithful” Church members. While all say they are Christians, how can
all of them be faithful Christians and have so many differences? Some differences are profound –
and some even teach against what Jesus said his disciples will believe and do. How is it that so many who
believe in Jesus as children end up rejecting their faith in their teens and twenties? Suppose one discovers
what they were taught to be true isn’t true to something Jesus or God said? Some may conclude what
they were taught offends their own soul. Many continue to search for the complete truth because they deeply
love and believe Jesus is the Christ and desire to know him more fully and have a deeper relationship with the Father as Jesus
did. If you are reading this, chances are you fit in this group, and I hope you’ll come to discover
what my search has found to be the truth that Jesus said will set us free to the will, joy and blessings of God, thereby leading
us to life eternal.
|Jesus lifts Peter out of the waves
|He also saves us in the waves life brings our way