What Did Jesus Say About His Teachings
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord,
Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that
day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
"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."
"Then Jesus answered and said to them,
‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does,
the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will
show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so
the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should
honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes
in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly,
I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will
live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority
to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are
in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have
done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous
because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of
Me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness
to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the
burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John’s,
for the works which the Father has given Me to finish - the very works that I do - bear witness of Me, that the Father has
sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen
His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures,
for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me
that you may have life.
"I do not receive honor
from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not
receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe who receive honor from one another,
and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who
accuses you - Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me. But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe My words?"
Reflecting back through the gospel
accounts of the true testimony of John the baptist, this is the central points that John had to say about Jesus:
John 3:28-36; "You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not
the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom,
who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of
the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and
heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God
is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father
loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does
not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
As translated in the NKJV, which is mainly
from the Greek texts, it would appear that who has everlasting life is known by who "believes" and who doesn't "believe".
The sermon on the mount places the division between whoever is a hearer and a doer of what He taught to believe and
do - VS - whoever only hears what He said and then doesn't do what He said. The oldest known Aramaic manuscript of the
New Testament was translated into English in 2010 and has an important distinction in what is recorded that John testified
of Jesus (AENT does not have the name "Jesus" in the text and generally uses "Y'shua" and "Master
Y'shua"). John 3:31-36; "For he who has come from above is higher than all, and he who is from the earth,
is from the earth he speaks. He who has come from Heaven is higher than all. And what he has seen and heard he
testifies to, and his testimony no man receives. But he who receives his testimony is true that Elohim seals. For
whoever that Elohim sends the Words of Elohim, he speaks. For Elohim does not give the Spirit in measure. The
Father loves the Son and all things he has given into his hands. He who believes
in the Son has life that is eternal, and he who does not obey the Son will not see life, rather the wrath of Elohim will rise
up against him." This is very similar to the NIV translation.
He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the
third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem
until you are endued with power from on high."
"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."
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in
Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are
already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
"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." For Jesus knew
from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, "Therefore I have said to
you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father."
From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the
twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"
Simon Peter answered Him "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe
and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
teachings were both words from God, as well as the manner of life He lived and the works that He did. Let’s also consider
some of what He said about the words He used.
In Jesus’ prayer
in John 17 are foundational truths about the very words He spoke. In this prayer He clearly states that the disciples given
to Him were given words from God. He then goes on to say that those who believe on Him through their word would also be blessed
to be with Him.
John 17:8, 17.
"For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them,
and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent me."
"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."
As we read and study the teachings of Jesus we can have His words written in our hearts
as we submit to the sanctification provided by Jesus as we believe and do what He taught us - that we be ‘sanctified
by the truth - Thy word is truth.’ We have those words of Jesus which He said could by no means pass away.
Build your life as a disciple of Jesus Christ upon the foundation of His words.
We are indeed blessed to not only believe in Jesus, but to have the richness and sureness
that can be found in His words of life.
Jesus is Who He claimed, then why are there so many Churches? And which Church is the right Church?
These are very perplexing questions, especially considering that Christian
Churches all consider themselves to be 'Christians' and preaching 'the gospel' to the whole world along with their own community.
I'm not speaking without knowledge on this matter, as few have looked into the situation more that I have, as it is, not only
by comparison of doctrines reported to be taught by various denominations/fellowships.
truth is that for a fellowship to be growing in the Lord requires at least a start at the matter of truly living by faith
in belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Savior and Lord that He claimed to be. I've never attended a Church that didn't
claim to love the Lord, but have never attended one that taught that according to the Lord, you don't love Him unless you
are abiding in His words and keeping His commandments - and that this is what He meant in identifying those who came to hear
Him as those who were seeking to please the Father by doing His will.
Often those who say they keep the commandments of Jesus limit the 'commandments' of Jesus Christ
to the golden rule, which ignores the fact that Jesus said all the other commandments hang from the two of the golden rule.
To be honest, those who attack others have their own doctrinal faults that they are not as keenly aware of as they
are the faults of others. The fact is that if we do love the Lord we need to know what the Lord taught and repent of
whatever is not found to be in the light of His words - ALL of them from Matthew through Revelation.
If Revelation is true and the letters to the seven Churches is a prophecy
of Church history (which is what I've come to believe), then we need to believe what the Lord said to this Church and live
accordingly. Examine the text of the Lords epistles and see if you agree.
Revelation 3 outlines directions to three churches: the dead church,
the faithful church and the lukewarm church.
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works,
that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come
upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with
Me in white, for they are worthy.
He who overcomes
shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before
My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
And to the angel of the church in
Philadelphia write, "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and
no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens."
know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have
kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews
and are not, but lie - indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet; and to know that I have loved you.
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you
from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar
in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the
city of My God, the New Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
And to the angel of the church of
the Laodiceans write, These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could
wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable,
poor, blind, and naked - I councel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments,
that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.
Therefore be zealous and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to
him and dine with Him and he with Me.
who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches."
His words carefully and pray that you understand the truth of what you need to do.
With so much division in the churches, it seems that no matter where we are at
this time the need is to repent of all the false doctrines of men and seek to know the true doctrine of God that Jesus taught
and do everything you can to abide in His word. I would like to point out a few things for your consideration regarding
the gospel of Jesus Christ and who is preaching the truth.
1. Being a Christian, a real disciple of Jesus Christ, centers in discipleship - being a student of
Jesus Christ and no other man. I've said it many times in these writings, but again return to the final charge of the
Lord before leaving this world to go the Father. He said to make disciples of Him, baptize them and teach them to observe
whatsoever He had commanded them (His original eyewitness disciples, who became the twelve apostles). Perhaps we can
be a disciple of Jesus no matter what church fellowship we are in, but I would encourage each person, including myself, to
respectfully encourage those you worship with to grow in thier love for the Lord as He defined love - which is to keep His
words and live by them. Since the Lord taught that disciples are to be baptized, you may want to fellowship with those
who believe the elemental matters as commanded by the Lord and preached by Peter, that belief, repentance, confession and
baptism are for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Comforter) are the promise of God. Jesus said
we need to build our life upon not being just a hearer of His words, but that one is blessed in doing what He taught.
2. We have been told in the Scriptures about the last days, and
that many will follow false teachers and false prophets. This reality is all around us - how many people follow after
'prophets' who say things that the Lord did not teach? How many add to what the Lord said? How many take away
from what He clearly taught? Someone doesn't have to call themselves a 'prophet' to teach falsely. There are two
primary ways you will know these people:
their fruits - what are the fruits of the Lord and the Spirit and the truth VS what are they doing? The more you investigate
a matter by the councel of the Lord, the more discerning you will be of the truth that exists.
By their doctrines - do they abide in His word, or do they take away or add to
them? Do they teach the need to obey the commandments of God?
There are some who believe the words of Jesus were corrupted and had to be restored.
Do distinguish the accounts of those who were of the chosen twelve VS those who gave lessor witness. There are
also those who take a few verses of Paul, notibly Romans 10, to ignore the charge of baptism for the reasons Peter gave in
the promise of God. Then there are those who heap further false doctrine to say that Jesus nailed the Law of God to
the cross, - based upon Paul's writtings. Jesus, in His opening sermon, upheld the longevity of the Law of God - till
heaven and earth pass away! Jesus placed the matter as those who seek and do the will of God by hearing Him are His
mother, brothers and sisters - His true family.
truth has been with us all along, but the Christain faith has been largely hijacked by those who would argue about when God
saves a person than the need to abide in the Lord by keeping His words. Each generation must stand on its own, each
person must stand on his own regarding judgement of the Lord. Be faithful and strengthen that which remains - persevere
in the faith and grow in both your knowledge and life as a sojourner on the earth, looking for the City which is not built
with human hands.
Jesus taught to believe and do
what God said is just and right. Every teaching is from the Law, Prophets and Psalms. If you allow anyone to obscure
this truth from you or your children, you are doing Him a great dis-service and may be living your faith in vain. He
has declared that those who are without Torah will be told: "Depart from Me, I never knew you." And as the
Revelation of Jesus Christ ends, the matter is who does the works of God - and that they have the right to enter the City
of God; those outside the City did not do His will and were judged to be evil. Learn the will of God and grow in it.
See the link: What does God require?
For information about Paul and his writings, see:
sobering fact is that God is so holy and righteous that He hates the sinner (Psalm 5:5; Lev. 20:23; Prov. 6:16-19;Hos. 9:15). Some say that we should say that God only hates the sin but loves the sinner. But,
the above scriptures speak contrary to that. But it is also true that He is love (1 John 4:8). It is better to accept the love of God found in Jesus than to reject it and suffer
has been written about how the Law/Torah/Commandments of God as given to Moses don't apply to Christians today. The
Aramaic English New Testament, published by Netzari Press LLC in 2010 has a chart of all the commandments. There are
many other helpful topical studies in the back, but this one should be reviewed by anyone who has the desire to do what God
has instructed. While I'm still studying the matter out in documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls that are likely from
the early Church period while the Apostles were still alive, no one needs to be ignorant of what God has commanded. No
one should be going around chiding anyone over keeping all 613 Commandments of God perfectly - at least no one who claims
the name of Jesus Christ or Christian or disciple of Master Y'shua. Mr. Roth has devoted much time and study to review
the matter, and I'm confident that this will help give a better understanding of the matter of keeping the Commandments of
God. Clicking on the following link you will be able to download the list of the 613 Commandments and know more about