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Premise One – Take Heed That No Man Deceive You

"It's in the Book" or “Sola Scriptura” is not an excuse to set aside the words of God.  The explicit word of God is "in the Book.”  One has to disbelieve or disregard the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Jesus taught to set aside the Law and the everlasting covenant that God told Israel and the multitude of nations was “My Covenant.”  I know of no church in this country that simply says their doctrine is to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ - to abide in His instruction from the Father - as given by those proven to pass the tests that God commanded to be used to know who spoke for Him - and to reject those that God and Christ commanded us to reject. No good can come from rejecting the explicit instruction and commandment of God or Christ.  His instructions are that even if a person works wonders and gives true prophecy – anyone who leads His people away to a god not known by Israel at the Mount, or if they try to lead people from the ways that God had instructed them to walk in – God has commanded His people to not fear or obey them.  God said He allowed false ones to test His people to see if they love Him enough to believe and obey Him.  The primary test for a false prophet is if they teach according to the words of God given at Sinai.  Isaiah’s instructions were: “If they speak not according to the Law and the Testimony, there is no light in them.”  It is by these instructions from God that we know Jesus is the Christ.

Although I’m not a preacher, my family is full of them – my grandfathers, father, uncle and two brothers are, or were, preachers.  I was one who did not pursue the occupation.  Having now discovered some key elemental truths, I’m very thankful to have not been guilty of getting up in a pulpit and unknowingly preaching partial-truths in the name of God or Jesus Christ.  Some may be offended at this, but the fact is that the Scriptures say whoever doesn’t hear whatever “that prophet” said to do will be cut off from the brethren – Peter quoting Moses in Acts 3:22, 23; see Deut. 18:15.  This is also the same message taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, that we are not hearers only, but also doers of “these words,” which Jesus said were not his teachings, but the teachings God gave him to give us.  We’ve all had the same records in the gospels, and how this critical fact seems to have been cast aside by many is a marvel to me.  What I’ve found could be shocking to some and make perfect sense to others.  Regardless of any initial take, hopefully the focus in these studies into the teachings of Jesus can help lead us on to better things, that the light of His words is reflected better in the lives of all who believe in Him.

There are few who have taken time to reconsider and discover the fact that what we’ve been taught to be true has sometimes obscured the truth of God and taught against what He has declared to be His will and Everlasting Covenant.  It would be easy to just figure I may be wrong and not say anything about it for fear of being rejected by family or friends, but I am compelled to pass this on because of the commandments of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said unless one loves him more than their mother, father, sister or brother – that we are not worthy of being His disciples.  Love for Him and the Father must be greater than our love for anyone else on earth.  When we get our love for Him in its proper place, we should then be able to turn to do as He has instructed.  If we love family more than Him, we have not loved Him according to what He taught, nor loved God according to the Greatest Commandment.  If we love our “faith family” more than being faithful to Him, we are not loving Him or the Father as He commanded, or as John notes in 2 John 9-11, or the foundations of the faith as taught by Jesus in Matthew, John, and Revelation.   The closer we are to dong His will, the closer we will be to each other.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are divisions between Churches.  Each contain some of His truth, but the matter is to abide in the whole of His truth.  Surely we’ve come to so many divisions in sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God, and that God has appointed those in our Church to lead us and that we’ve dissolved ourselves of personal responsibility when we believe and do as our Church leaders tell us.  According to the teachings of Jesus, the fact remains that blind leaders of the blind will both fall into the ditch.   My prayer is that all who seek to do the will of God will wholeheartedly repent to the faith as prophesied in the Old Testament and revealed in the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.  Since the days of Martin Luther the call from many of “sola scriptura” has caused much division within the Christian faith.  The trouble could well be that we have been told to believe those that God said we shouldn’t.  We should be following the instructions of God and Christ on the critical matter of making sure we are careful about who we hear.  Today we need to turn back to the truth of God and prepare for the return of the Messiah – the bride of Christ made herself ready.

Jesus didn’t just teach:  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  He plainly taught that knowing the truth is conditional; “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  According to the doctrine of Jesus Christ, we cannot know “the truth” until we abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  Discipleship is about learning through hearing and doing – faithfully following the instructions of God and the example of Jesus Christ.  We are invited to partake of the waters of life of our own will, “whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely,” but we have to come to Him to know what we are to abide in – we have to be partakers – not pretenders who merely say they believe, but don’t do as He instructed. When the people who call themselves by His Name repent to do as He instructed (abide in His word), then Jesus said that we will be free from prison cells of darkness to see the glory of the light of His words of life. Who actually believes the words of God and Christ today; and whose doctrine is to abide in the word of Jesus Christ indeed?

Many Churches have the theme of John 3:16, and it’s common to hear people use this verse to evangelize by posting it on a bumper sticker or carry a sign to the ball game:  “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  This is presented as though all you have to do is believe Jesus is the Christ, then also call upon the name to be saved, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the one who calls upon the Lord via the “Sinners Prayer.”  Further backing this up is a quote from Paul that “salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Let me be blunt here, but I have to speak the truth with my love first focused on what God said, and that the Son said nothing the Father did not give Him to tell us.  We may want to recall that even Paul said he was baptized in obedience to what was told him that he must do, and if Paul had to do it, is it reasonable to think Paul would teach against doing what he evidently believed was necessary for true obedience?  It should be sufficient for anyone who believes in Jesus to believe what he outlined in the Great Commission and then desire to base their faith in him through being a disciple who abides in whatever he taught and exampled to his original disciples.  Where did Jesus teach otherwise?

Love for God is the greatest commandment according to Jesus (Yahshua), and it is also the first of the Ten Commandments.  If you would look carefully at the recorded teachings of Yahshua from the original disciples, Matthew and John, their records never have Yahshua teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action to be repenting to doing the will of God.   James said in his letter that faith without works is dead – and as Yahshua cautioned in His first sermon: we are to be hearers and doers of His words, especially those in the Sermon on the Mount.  This requires belief in action that repents to do the will of God as He instructed in the Torah and the teachings of the Christ – His gracious instructions in righteousness – the fullness of the grace and truth that Jesus (Yahshua) came to teach and also be an example for men of all nations to follow.  The book of Revelation ends on the note that those who have the right to enter the gates into the City will enter, but those whose works are not of God will be excluded – judgment of reward, or of condemnation, is based on works, and the works of God are done because of love, belief and faithfulness in obedience to the instructions of God through Moses, the Prophets and Psalms, and finally the revealing of the fullness of grace and truth in knowing the will of God is known through abiding in the words of the Christ that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus (Yahshua) is about repenting to do the will of God, and that God is the One who deserves any glory and praise due – not that any of our works are our boasting.  We are clearly told in the Sermon on the Mount that our works are to be seen of men as good, and this is so God would be given any praise due.  As Yahshua said, those of God will come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Two – Using His Correct Name

Some may wonder at my use of the name of “Yahshua” VS “Jesus”.   Why not get His name correct?  The original gospel of Matthew was reported by Jerome to have been written in Hebrew, and he had no knowledge of who translated the text into Greek.  An ancient document has been discovered that the Jerusalem Church, near 60 AD, only accepted as “Christian” Scripture the gospel of Matthew in the original Hebrew text.   The name given in the ancient Aramaic manuscript was not “Jesus”, but “Y’shua”, which means “salvation”.  The fact is that “Jesus” is the name given in the Greek text, which is third-hand translation of Matthew, and “Jesus” isn’t a translation or transliteration of the previous records of His name.  Some Eastern Christians who have the ancient Aramaic New Testament have accused the name “Jesus” to have been mocking the true name when the NT was translated into Greek, as a slang version of “hail-Zeus.”  Since we find the name “Joshua” in our Greek based Bibles, which is a transliteration of a similar, if not the same name, there is no sure reason to continue to call him “Jesus”.  If we believe who he said He is, shouldn’t we have the respect to use His proper name – Y’shua (Salvation), Yahshua (Salvation of God), Yeshua or Joshua?  This could also be related to a fact in His teachings that some would be offended by His name, and the topic at hand is surely foretold that many would be offended by His words. 

There are also some good studies that show the name change is not so surely developed from the slang use of Zeus, and these also discuss the letter “J” being developed in the languages through history. Either way, in keeping with the principle to return to the original faith as he taught it, we should also consider returning to his name, that we not be found to be ashamed of his name or his words from the Father. 

For the rest of these writings the primary name used for Jesus will be “Yahshua,” and this is based from my desire to return to the most original foundations of the faith in the Anointed One as can be shown throughout the Holy Scriptures and the testimony of the original disciples – the twelve apostles.

To date, the oldest text of Matthew I’ve found is the Aramaic English New Testament.  Further research indicates that there are several Hebrew manuscripts in existence, and that at least one was translated into English and published.  I have yet to get one, as the prices are quite high now, but hopefully it will be republished.  Should it be different on any points of faith or teachings, the truth of the matter is that we are doing the best we know how to do with the words of God that we have, and that if there are any corrections that need to be made to abide in the teachings and doctrine of Yahshua, we should always be willing to repent to believe the truth of God – even if it isn’t the same as what we have had in our previous Bibles.  We should always desire to uphold the very words of God, and we will surely be blessed as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Three – Believe the Instructions of God

The next premise is that what we have as our belief and faith needs to be re-examined by the commandments and instructions given by God and Christ to ensure we are only believing what we should acknowledge to be in total accord with the given the word of God and the Anointed One.  Yahshua clearly taught His disciples to be careful of who they hear, and also warns us to take heed not to be deceived.  He calls us to the very truth and goodness of God and His gracious instructions in righteousness.

We need to properly understand the principle of authority – the proper understanding of knowing the authority of the “speaker”, as the Bible does require distinction between those who speak.  When Yahshua (Jesus) said: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”, we should first discern when the Scriptures say God is speaking.  Not everyone is aware of this key element, and I’ve heard a number of sermons that would attribute the very word of God to be that of quoting a passage where God is not directly speaking.  An example is the record of when Moses was coming to the burning bush, and noting when it was God Himself speaking to him – the text is not that hard to understand and make the distinction – neither is it hard to determine when the voice came from heaven saying; “This is My beloved Son.  Hear Him.”

The general outline of authority should belong in this order:

1.       God Himself speaking.

2.      Moses’ records of the words of God.

3.      Everyone else needs to be in accord with the above.  The words of the prophets of God surely need to be accepted, as they were in accord with the words of God from Moses, and also gave us direction of recognizing the “Prophet/Anointed One”, and Yahshua said John the Baptist was the greatest of the prophets.  God, Moses, the prophets and Christ gave us instructions on how to know if someone speaks for God or not, and we need to believe their instructions are for our benefit to avoid being deceived away from the pathways we are told to walk within in our lives.

4.      “My doctrine (teaching/word) is not my own, but His who sent me.”  The original disciples recorded the words of Yahshua (Jesus).  Moses wrote the words of God, and likewise the original disciples Matthew and John wrote the words of Yahshua, and Yahshua said He spoke the words of God directly.

5.      Therefore we will find accord with the Words of God as directly recorded, and that Moses laid the foundation of the words of God, the Prophets called God’s people to obey God and also foretold of the person and work of the Messiah, and that the words of the Messiah, according to Moses, were second only to the very words of God Himself.  Prophets most often called people to repent and also foretold what was to come.  Yahshua called men to repent to prepare for the kingdom of God and revealed the fullness of the grace and truth of God through His teachings, example, fulfillment of prophecy, and doing the works no man had ever done before.

6.      Angels had limited words in Scripture, and were often direct messengers for God to pass on information to those for whom it was given.  Since we are warned to only accept those who can be proven to pass the instructions God gave to know who speaks for Him, as well as who doesn’t, we surely need to discern these matters along with the rest of His instructions in righteousness. (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18, 34)

7.      “Sanctify they by Thy truth – Thy word is truth” and also recognize the Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and the Spirit will always uphold the words of God and Christ to be good and true.  The Spirit will never testify against the words of God through Moses, the Prophets, the Christ, or the twelve apostles.  Seeming contradictions are either proof the text was altered or that we need to “wrestle” with the instructions of God to figure out the pathway we should take to remain in His will, as exampled by Jacob wrestling with the angel in the “Jacob’s ladder” accounts.

We should be well advised to hear the issue out and take ownership of our own eternal destiny.  Many people are somewhat afraid to reconsider what they’ve long held true – even if it can be proven to only be half true – especially if it can be proven untrue by the instruction and commandment of God and Christ.  I faced the same dilemma myself and know that repenting of long held partial truth is not an easy thing to do.  This is why the quote on the index page was selected to set the stage for this study.  We should be willing to reform our beliefs and viewpoint of life to the standards that are proven to have been given by God and Christ.  If it can be proven by the very words of God and Christ that we have not understood some element of the grace and truth of God, according to His word, we should always be willing to believe God and Christ and stand up for what they said is possessed by those who diligently seek to do the will of God in spirit and truth.

Per the teachings of Yahshua, we abide in Him when we abide in His word indeed.   The actual truth of God, when believed and implemented into our own life, is fully rewarded by the increased knowledge and understanding of His truth – it has been far more rewarding than I expected.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who came to earth to teach the gospel truth of God, and that He died on the cross, and then resurrected from the dead so that you too might have eternal life – please do read on and see if what I’ve found has value.  In the parable of the vine, Yahshua said we are “pruned” by hearing and accepting the words of God that he taught, so this study may be seen to be further “pruning” as we rid ourselves of those things we may have wrongly accepted on the credibility of others.  There is light and life and Spirit in His word – the fullness of the grace and truth of God – His gracious instruction in righteousness – the Truth given by God which we were created to live in our own lives and thereby be disciples indeed –  the process of becoming sons of God.

Those who have passed on before us and did not know the things being discussed here will need to rely on the mercy and grace of God for their shortfalls, just as we will have to give account to God for who we believe and what we do with the teachings and example of Yahshua.  Each of us needs to live our life in such a manner that we are doing the best we know how to do with the teachings of Yahshua, and that as more is given, more will be required – and we can then surely know that the blessings of God towards those who do His will are real.  Discipleship is a learning and doing process that incorporates His words into our lives via the “line upon line, precept upon precept” principle. The truth will be known through God being faithful to His words of life and His blessings upon those who repent to keep and uphold His word indeed.  My hope is that many might be set free from “prison houses” to the fullness of true liberty in knowing the will and work of God for those that love Him as did faithful Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Peter, James, John and Matthew.  Those that wait upon the LORD will renew their strength, and His mercies are new every morning – “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

 

The Sermon on the Mount is the foundational teaching Yahshua gave, and must be accepted wholly, not partially.

 

Many people look to the historical founders of their Church to seek guidance, but surely the time has come for those who hold to the Christian faith to return to seek guidance from the Faithful Witness of Heaven and not look to other men for truth that God has already given mankind.  We need to return to see things as God said they are and stop being led by partial or half-truths.  The need is to repent and believe and abide in the words that are wholly true – “Thy word is truth,” and, “The sum of Thy word is truth”.  The need is to open our eyes, heart and mind to the truth of God, as given by Moses, the Prophets and Psalms and faithfully abide in the commandments and doctrine of the Master Teacher, who said: “Why do you call Me “Lord” and not do as I say?”  These things are brought up as a call to turn back to God, and that we prepare ourselves for the return of our Savior and King.  The bride of Christ made herself ready.  (Rev. 19:7)  Every person who believes God should be willing to repent of believing partial truth, to then believe the whole truth.  Everyone faithful to God will have no need to repent of His truth.  It makes no sense to study and debate knowing the signs of the end times and not spend ample time to understand that we have need to repent to do the will of God.  Revelation says the bride made herself ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Four – What Does God Require of Man?

 

Micah 6:8 

 

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?

 

The fullness of God showing man what is good came through the instruction and example of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).  Yahshua gave many teachings and parables, and each is of great value.  He clearly said the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount must be our foundational understanding of the truth of God.  Proper understanding of this teaching will form the foundation for the rest of His teachings.  Building our life by abiding in His words of instruction is required – merely hearing His word is not sufficient.  Since the matters He was teaching are founded deeply into the previously given words of God, proper grasp of the underlying principles will guard and guide us through the rest of the message He gave from God.  This foundational lesson will be noted with supporting Scripture that shows His words of life are fully founded in the previously accepted words of God from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  God has shown the fullness of what is good and required of man – and the final witness to these things is Master Yahshua’s life and teachings – the commandments, precepts, judgments, blessings, promises of God, and the seal of His blood upon the Everlasting Covenant, to renew the Everlasting Covenant in its fullness, to understand that God gave Yahshua as a covenant, and also including the gift of the promised Comforter/Spirit of Truth to lead us in His ways and write His instruction upon the hearts of all His disciples, which should cause us to keep His words of life.

 

In Matthew 23 Yahshua taught the need to do whatever those who sit in the seat of Moses (a seat of rule in the synagogue), yet at the same time pointed out that the Pharisees were hypocrites and full of “dead men’s bones.”  The Pharisees chiding the disciples for not washing their hands before they ate.  The trouble with the Pharisees, as this example points out, is that God didn’t command washing the hands as the Pharisees demanded – the commandment to wash hands was a ritual they had invented that they demanded others follow, as the Pharisees believed they had God given authority over them.  It goes back to the critical matter of paying attention to the commandments of God and not adding to them, or taking away from them.  The Pharisees were infamous for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law of God.  Nehemiah Gordon, a Karaite Jew, has a good video to watch on the subject, that I hope remains on the internet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tddCNY6U77Y

The matter resides in the fact that God first spoke the Law, then wrote it down. Moses received further instruction from God, and wrote those things down as given by God, but not personally written by the finger of God on stone tablets.  Both are the words of God – one written by His own finger, the rest was orally from God, but recorded by Moses.  So it is with the instructions of God through Master Yahshua, that God placed His Spirit upon Him to directly speak His words, and then the original disciples, under direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit for total recall of whatever Yahshua had taught them, wrote His instructions in their accounts of the gospel (Matthew and John).

 

When Yahshua said that He alone is to be our Teacher, this was that He alone is to be our Rabbi, or the one who instructs us in the meaning, interpretation and application of the Torah (gracious instructions in righteousness from God).  Disciples have fellowship to be following the same Rabbi (Teacher) of the Law, to know the heart and fullness of what God desires all men to know, accept and do, that they have fellowship in His blessings and promises.

 

The fundamental error of the Pharisees was their denial of the authority of the word of God by adding to, or taking away from it, and demanding others do as they said, rather than abiding in what God had declared through Moses.  This isn’t too far from the same error of some Churches who detract from the words of God through Moses and Master Yahshua, and who put conditions, commandments, or denial of what is necessary according to God, to then do as they tell their followers.  I’ve heard that Roman Catholics even believe the Pope, on certain occasions, has the right to make decrees upon God – that God is bound by the decree.  (From Sabbath to Sunday, by Samuel B.)  And taking this thought a step further, any Church, preacher or supposed prophet cannot detract from the word of God or Christ, nor add to His word.  If we are disciples of the Christ, we are called to abide in His word because His word is the direct word of instruction from God the Father, and that keeping His word is keeping the word of God.  But He didn’t come to just give us the word of God – He also came to give us the proper interpretation and application of the will of God through teaching and giving us His example to follow. 

 

The Teachings of Master Yahshua, as will be shown, abide in the previous Law and Instructions in Righteousness from God – in fact, they are magnified and made honorable, as the prophecy in Isaiah chapter 42 clearly says:

 

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.  Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.  Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.  Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.  The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.  I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, [and] refrained myself: [now] will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.  I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.  And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.  They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye [are] our gods.  Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.  Who [is] blind, but my servant? Or deaf, as my messenger [that] I sent? Who [is] blind as [he that is] perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?  Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law (Torah – God’s instructions in righteousness), and make [it] honourable.  But this [is] a people robbed and spoiled; [they are] all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.  Who among you will give ear to this? [who] will hearken and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.  Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid [it] not to heart.”

 

Another curious matter is reported that some who are able to prove they are direct descendants of Israel are not able to return to Israel because they are now Christians, and this is founded on the belief that the teachings of the Jewish Rabbi’s be kept, rather than what God has decreed in prophecy of the return of Israel to the land.  Surely it will be just as Yahshua said near the end of His earthly ministry, that they would see Him no more until they say; “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Yehovah).”  I contacted a rabbi in Israel about this and he said it is not so, and he gave me a link to the repatriation guidelines, but it was blocked by the internet and I was unable to confirm it.  According to Yahshua, we would be hypocrites to not discern what He said are the signs of the times of His return.  Neither can we be His disciples unless we are abiding in His words from God. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Five – The Spirit of Truth

 

John 15: 26  – 16:15; 17: 1-26:  “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.  (The two primary witnesses that are to testify and witness of Yahshua and his words from God are the twelve apostles and the Comforter, who is the Spirit of truth)

John 16

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.  But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?  But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.  A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.  Then said [some] of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?  They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.  Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.  A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”

17: 1-26’ “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.  For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].   While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

The Gospels of Matthew and John, as well as the Revelation of Jesus Christ are the recorded words of Master Yahshua that His original disciples wrote, which testify of Him, and in which the Spirit also testifies of Him, as the Spirit gave them total recall of what He taught, and this is why this topic is included at this time.  The Spirit works with the word to do the work that God sent Him to accomplish. 

Many Christians believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, especially in the King James Version.   The fact is that there have been less than perfect translations and changes from the oldest texts of what we’ve inherited.  The best study Bibles have footnotes on some verses that indicate they were not in the oldest texts (likely additions).  Let’s be reasonable and faithful to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we approach the subject of the word and the Bible.  As you can note, most of the Scripture quotes in this work are from the King James Version, which is the most widely accepted translation of the Bible in English, and has long been established as an excellent translation from what our previous brothers in the faith had available to them in their time.  Most of the things I discovered about the gospel message have been from the NKJV, and there are also other translations of good merit to work from.  Another side point is that Westbow Press suggested I use a Bible translation that is out of copyright, so as to not run into copyright issues with the amount of Scriptural text in these writings.  Knowing how prone some are to not look up all the passages is the main reason I’ve included them in the text – to aid in the study.  Everyone is certainly welcome to investigate any of the passages in their Bible’s – no matter what the translation or version.  There would have to be significant changes to any Bible to arrive at a contrary translation of what Yahshua was teaching, and I believe the same message will come from the pages of the KJV as it is in the NIV, but since the Greek translations are so prevailing, some text is quoted from the Aramaic English New Testament, by Netzari Press LLC – primarily because it is the closest we are able to get to the actual words of the Master Teacher at this time,  and was directly translated from the language spoken by him and his disciples of record.  The manuscript is reported to be from about 160 AD, and predates the Greek translation of 350 AD.

Greek is a very precise language, whereas Aramaic and Hebrew are not so precise.  If words have a broader meaning in the Hebrew and Aramaic, this could be part of the root problem we have if we are focusing on the Greek manuscripts.  If some things were to be properly understood with a broader meaning than the Greek allowed, it could well be that whoever translated the Hebrew or Aramaic into Greek was not skilled enough in the matter to have relayed it correctly.  I’ve also heard from Jewish scholars that Hebrew is more specific than the Greek when it comes to knowing what the text said.  If Jerome didn’t know who translated the Hebrew Matthew into Greek, or the Aramaic Matthew into Greek. Jerome (who put the New Testament texts together) said he had no knowledge of who had translated Matthew into Greek.(about 350 AD), and that he understood that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew.  There are also a number of passages that don’t make sense in the Greek translations and the AENT makes much better translation of, which makes it a wonderful companion Study Bible for any serious student of the Scriptures or any disciple of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).  What I’ve heard of the Hebrew to English translation may be even better than the Aramaic to English; as said before, we should always desire to be in possession of the truth.

I don’t know that there were quotation marks in the ancient languages, so it is possible that Yahshua said some would come and say he was the Messiah, but would lead many away from the truth he taught, if possible, even the elect could be deceived.  Today we find ourselves in a time of great deceit and overturning of right for wrong, and wrong for right.  We have also been told that because of the growth of iniquity (lawlessness - Torahless) that the love of many would grow cold, but that those who persevere to the end will be saved.  My hope is to bring some things to light, so that what we believe and do can be based on what God declared through His Son and that our faith can be on the sure foundation - the rock that Yahshua said will endure any storm in life.  As Yahshua said, those of God come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.

 

The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would exalt the Torah and even cause the Gentiles to keep His instructions in righteousness as honorable (Isaiah 42).  I believe the time has come to "Restore!"  Isaiah 42:18-25:  "Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who [is] blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger [that] I sent? who [is] blind as [he that is] perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?  Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honourable.  But this [is] a people robbed and spoiled; [they are] all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.  Who among you will give ear to this? [who] will hearken and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.  Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid [it] not to heart.”

If we are to "Restore” the initial problem of who to believe was recognized by Israel before Moses died; they wanted to know who they should hear as the spokesperson for God after his death.  These instructions/commandments of God are given in Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13 and 18.  Yahshua also gave like teaching on this matter that we need to carefully note and put into action so that we are not deceived.  The instruction is that even though the person in question gives prophecy that comes true, and even works great wonders or miracles - if they lead people away to another god than the God at Mount Sinai, or lead the people away from doing as God had already instructed them, that they were not to hear or fear that prophet (person – could be a teacher, rabbi, preacher, apostle, false messiah, angel or anyone who would try to lead His people away from His instructions in righteousness). 

Once we establish the true spokes-persons according to the instructions of God, the next lacking matter is to understand the work that God said He would send His Spirit to accomplish.  Peter preached the first gospel sermon on Pentecost – the day to honor when God had first given His Instructions in Righteousness to Israel.  Prophecy in at least two places relate to this event on Pentecost, as it is also the record of God giving His Spirit and the Spirit coming with power (Acts 1-3).  Most are familiar with Jeremiah 31:31, but we also need to note Ezekiel 36: 25-27.  The prophecy in Ezekiel says that God would give His Spirit to write His instructions on the heart – the same instructions given from Sinai – so that we could be careful to do them from our hearts. Note the similarity to Acts 2:38, 39 where Peter is reported to be giving the promise of God to all nations about repentance, baptism for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:25-38; “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.  And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that [were] not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.  Not for your sakes do I [this], saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.  Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause [you] to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.  And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.  And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are become] fenced, [and] are inhabited.  Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined [places, and] plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken [it], and I will do [it].  Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet [for] this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do [it] for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.  As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.”

 

While this was the word of God to Israel, the everlasting covenant includes those not of Israel who separate themselves from the world to serve the God of Israel and to serve Him alone as their God.  The everlasting covenant of God is to bless all the nations through the Anointed One of Israel, which all Christians believe is Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).  The Gospel went first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles, and we can know that the Holy Spirit was first given to the disciples and then to  those of the Jews who believed, repented and were baptized on Pentecost (Acts 2:38-39).  All Scripture has yet to be fulfilled, but we need to note that the Spirit (Comforter) came, just as Yahshua said He would, and that God gave His Spirit with specific purpose, which is prophesied of here, and this is the truth of God we need to grasp.  God didn’t send His Spirit of truth to nullify or set aside His word or truth or everlasting covenant – “Thy word is truth.”

In His prayer for the disciples in John 17, Yahshua prayed that the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples to have inspired recall of all He had taught them.  He said the Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and we need to also let the Spirit write both the Torah instructions in righteousness and Yahshua’s words of God on our hearts, as both are the words of God as originally given to the people of God and then the disciples of Master Yahshua.  Isaiah 42 says that the Messiah would cause even the Gentiles to honor the Torah and that the Messiah would exalt the Torah (Commandments of God – Instructions in righteousness), and make them honorable, not set them aside, nail them to the cross, or loosen them.  In Yahshua’s first sermon He tells us that we are not to think He came to do away with the Law of God, but that all the Instructions of God are good and true and that there is life and blessing in doing the will of God – this is what the Beatitudes are about, as noted later in study of the Sermon on the Mount. 

We can also see in the teachings of Yahshua that the instructions of God are exalted to their highest levels of righteousness in the Doctrine of God.  He came to not only tell us of those things the Father had given Him to teach us, but also in His example to show us the life that God wants His people to live - Yahshua taught true interpretation and application of the Instructions in Righteousness (Torah) that God intends for our greatest blessing, and the hope of eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Heaven).  Yahshua's basic message was our to repent and turn to do as God instructed, to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God.  God did not say Gentiles need to keep the commandments given only for Israel (circumcision), but they should keep the open-ended commandments that were given for everyone.  Note well that a “multitude of nations” left Egypt with Israel and were present with Israel when God gave them (Jew and Gentile) commandments, as well as when Joshua was about to lead Israel into the promised land, and within those commandments are specific directions for those who were “strangers” and “sojourners” with Israel.  Initially, it appears that we need to repent to do the Ten Commandments as given by God, as they are certainly for all, as well as commandments that identify moral or civil right and wrong.  Suffice to say that Yahshua upheld even the least commandments of God as given and was clear when He was calling people from the basic rules previously given, to even higher standards of belief and conduct - righteousness – the true righteousness that God desires men to live by.  Yahshua also said it was through doing those things that we might have His joy in ourselves – the very joy that can only come from doing the will of the Father in Heaven – as told us by His only begotten Son.

The Spirit was given to help us reform our conscience – our innermost self – to conform to what God has declared to be good, right, just and true; that we are then enabled to discern good from evil and to choose the good as God and Christ have declared it to be.  The Spirit testifies of Christ, helps us recall and incorporate His words into our hearts, leads us to truth, and is the promised Comforter: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

The Spirit was given to testify of the Christ/Messiah, and to lead us to all truth, and never will the Spirit of truth lead us away from the truth of the words of God or Christ.  We are to be sanctified by the truth of the word of God.  This is a primary test for knowing the truth or error of any man or spirits, and how we can test the spirits, to see if they are of God, or not.  (Especially applicable to keep in mind when someone says God or the Spirit revealed anything to them.) As love is known by what it does, and is not just a feeling, we can also recognize the true Spirit of Truth by what He does regarding the words of God, and not just by how it makes us feel.  As He said, “Thy word is truth” and that the Spirit is the “Spirit of Truth.”  The Spirit works hand in hand with the words of God, and was sent that we would allow the Spirit to write the words of God on our hearts, that we would be careful to observe and do what God graciously has given us as His words of life – which leads us in the pathway to eternal life.  When we allow the Spirit to do the work He was sent to do, then He helps us reform our heart and conscience, to cause us to abide in the words of God.  As we abide in His word in spirit and deed (wholeheartedly), the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, and can possess great comfort and trust in His words to realize the work of God.  Then as we abide in His word, we have the real life, hope and joy that can only be known by His own.  God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him and seek to do His will, and come to be friends of Yahshua who also share in His joy.

Yahshua did not come to set us free from the Law, and neither did He give us a Spirit that will reject the instructions of God, or the promises of God, or the everlasting covenant.  Yahshua’s teaching about the work and purpose of the Spirit is spoken of in John 16.  This may seem overly redundant, but this is such an important part of the Gospel, and the very purpose and work of the Spirit in the lives of believers, that it is extremely important to make sure we properly understand this fact of the faith taught by our Redeemer, Savior and King.  Re-read the passages from John 15: 26 – 16:1-15; 17: 1-26 at the start of this chapter….

The common link is that His words are spirit, life and light, and that the Spirit assists us to live them out in our belief and service in Him and the words that God gave Him to give us; the Spirit also was given to write them on our hearts, that we would be careful to do them – to cause us to abide in His words of life.  One of the main fruits of the Spirit is the joy produced by doing what God and Christ have instructed us to do.  Just as children find joy when learning to do as their parents instruct them; the joy we gain by doing as God and Christ have instructed us is one of the greatest joys one can experience in life.  Yahshua had joy in doing the will of God, and He invites us to have the fullness of His joy in ourselves – that we possess a measure of the same joy He had.   God is eternal and His words are forever true.  Hearing and doing the words of life leads us in doing His will and brings eternal joy if we remain faithful and sure in our hope of the kingdom of God.  As we repent to see things as God said to see them, this reforms our conscience/soul/heart to cause us to do His will because the Spirit works with the Word of God in our lives to produce the genuine growth and faithfulness and love we have for God and His gracious instruction that leads us in becoming what He created us to be.  To discover and possess this truth is only known by disciples who remain true to Him and who long to do His will, that they may know what they do is done of God. 

There is one degree of the work of the Spirit to convict us as we hear the gospel and come to believe and then repent to start doing the will of God, and the distinct measure of Spirit that he gives to those who obey him indeed by accepting the whole of his words of life – not just picking and choosing the ones we like and then disregarding the whole of his truth, which is not his, but the very words that God gave him to give to us.  As he said, all things that the Father had given him to say are the words he gave, and that through accepting and abiding in them as our rule and manner of life, we are kept by his Name and are His possession.  As we abide in His word, the Spirit leads us in His truth, which is the eternally true words of God.

If God and Christ are true, how is it possible that living “by the Spirit” can ever be done by setting aside any word of God or commandment of God about what He considers good, right, just and true? Nor could the Spirit condone saying what God has prohibited is now perfectly acceptable to God.

For years I wondered how it was possible that Yahshua going away was necessary or beneficial; His comment in the prayer about the Comforter/Helper was a curiosity to me.  Now I realize that while on earth His presence was with those in His immediate vicinity.  The Spirit of God knows of no place in all of creation that anyone can go to escape His presence.  Therefore, since the Spirit is given to all since Pentecost, all who repent to do the will of God and are immersed in His Name to receive the promised Spirit, that He is with all of them at the same time, in a deep and abiding way to Help us in being careful to do His will and to encourage and comfort us along the way.  The instruction of God becomes our “conscience” of how we view whatever we face in life.

We know that God said to choose life that we might live, and He was speaking of His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah), which was to be the primary guide of living life and the means by which He could give His blessings.  Then Yahshua came and made the Torah honorable – even for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42 prophecy), and the Spirit was given to write the words of God on our heart to cause us to keep His word indeed.

 

 

 

 

Premise Six – The Everlasting Covenant (“New” or “Renewed”?)

My work experience included working with designers, engineers and civil engineers on projects that infrequently had conflicting information about requirements for projects.  When they weren’t communicating effectively and paying close attention to details in the plans, or project requirements, mistakes were sometimes made on significant issues that had to be corrected before the project was completed.  One project included a mistake about the exact locations for the bridge abutment foundations. Although review of those locations were not in my purview, it was problematic when abutments for the bridge alignment were off a small, but significant distance on either side of the bridge.  How the mistakes occurred wasn’t my responsibility.  When dealing with changing locations for major structural elements along rivers and levees regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies, it was no small matter to get approval for work outside the scope of the original project after it was approved and the contractors were building the project.  

In terms of the gospel, we should realize by now that God is not a forgetful or overwhelmed design team, but is fully capable to have given us those instructions we need to do whatever His works are that He said must be done by those who are working for Him on earth.  We should greatly benefit to double check the location and conditions of the founding documents plans to make sure what we are doing is compatible with what He declared.  No good can come from following our own heart, if our heart is not aligned to seek to do His will.  If we destroy or set aside the foundation established by God and Christ, how can what we build in our lives be shown to be living “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”?  This is why it is critical to note those that don’t speak according to the very words of God.  If we need to repent, to turn back to do the will of God – so let it be!  All who desire to do His Will, will not refuse to submit to His Will as contained in the agreements in His everlasting covenant.  This covenant was established long ago, and we need to better understand what God has said about it. 

Since God is not one to go back on His word, and is fully capable in all things, when He gave us the correct information, it is not His problem when we have ignored His instructions, promises, or the conditions of what He said is the basis of the “everlasting covenant”, or “My Covenant” that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Israel, the multitude of nations with Israel, the Prophets, David and Master Yahshua.  God gave sufficient instructions and directions that are not that hard to understand if we but go back and double check what He said, rather than presuming upon others information that may not in total alignment with His word, promises or everlasting covenant.  This goes back to the principle of double checking what someone tells us, to ensure it is in accord with the Holy Scriptures – proving what is true and holding fast to it.  Such a situation may exist with the understanding many Christians have regarding the “everlasting covenant” and what the required conditions are.  Covenants are agreements, and are not unlike a Contract to build a highway, and that the builder and workers build it according to the plans, specifications, and special provisions and regulatory permits. Changing requirements without the authority to do so, and then expecting to be paid for all manner of work, or lack of work, required for the project should be considered unreasonable.  Who would pay someone for not building a bridge  that was required in the plans?  What good is the roadway if it leads off a cliff?  Who would pay a contractor for paving the hillside instead of the compacted road base?  Those of God will seek to do His will in spirit and truth.  As the passage says, “God has shown you, O man, what is good.”

Some have been taught that the conditions of the everlasting covenant were done away with on the cross, but I submit that from double checking the Scriptures, it was not done away with, rather, it was made complete on the cross, sealed with Yahshua’s own blood, and proven acceptable to God by his resurrection from the dead – bringing into full effect the conditions and promises therein, as made by God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the Prophets records regarding the gospel message of the blessings of God to all nations – to all who repent and believe and obey the gospel of God that Yahshua taught.    Also note the promises of Master Yahshua to those who believe in him and do as he instructed and are active in their life through abiding in him through abiding in his words of life.  According to his words, this is how we remain in Him and show our love for Him to be true. The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and will help us abide in Him as we abide in His word.  See the parable of the vine:

John 15:1-27: (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC, 2010) “I am the Vine of Truth and my Father is the Cultivator.  Every branch that is on me that does not give fruit, He takes it away.  And that which bears fruit He prunes it that it might produce more fruit.  You are already pruned because of the word which I have spoken with you.  Abide in me and I in you, as the branch is not able to produce fruit by itself unless it should abide in the vine.  Likewise you are also not able unless you abide in me.  I am the Vine and you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, this man will produce plentiful fruit because without me you are not able to do anything.  Now unless a man abide in me, he is cast aside like a branch that is withered and they pluck it and place it into the fire that it may burn.  Now if you abide in me and my words abide in you, anything that you desire to ask will be given to you.  In this the Father is glorified that you bear abundant fruit and that you be my disciples.  As my Father has loved me, so too I have loved you.  Abide in my love.  If you keep my Commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the Commandments of my Father, and I abide in his love.  I have spoken these things with you that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full in you.  This is my Commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.  There is no love that is greater than this that a man lay down his life for the sake of his friends.  You are my friends if you do all that I commanded you.  But, I have called you my friends because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You have not chosen me but I am the one who has chosen you.  And I have appointed you that you should also go and produce fruit, and that your fruit might remain.  That all that you ask of my Father in my name He will give you.  These things I commanded you, that you should love one another.  And if the world hates you, know that it hates me before you.  And if you are of the world, the world would love its own.  But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world.  Because of this, the world hates you.  Remember the word which I have spoken to you.  That there is no servant who is greater than his master.  If they persecute me, they will also persecute you.  And if they keep my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you because of my name, for they do not know He who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no holocaust upon the face of their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  And if I had not done works before their eyes that no other man has done, they would have no sin.  But now they have both seen and hated both me and even my Father.  That the Word might be fulfilled which is written in their Torah that ‘They hated me without reason.’  But when the Redeemer comes, He Whom I will send to you from the presence of my Father, the Spirit of Truth, He Who proceeds from the presence of my Father will witness concerning me.  You will also testify, for you were with me from the start.”

(Note the works of Yahshua as they relate to the works of Moses, as told in Deuteronomy 34: 10-12, and how this also relates to Deut. 18 and “that prophet” and Peter’s comment in Acts 3:22,23.  The “You will also testify, for you were with me from the start” is why we need to carefully study whatever Matthew, John, James, Jude or Peter wrote of the gospel.)

This is a broad overview of the promises and covenants of God in Genesis: God told Adam and Eve that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them to eat of the tree that brought death and evil into the world.  Then we find a covenant made to all mankind through Noah. God had destroyed all flesh upon the earth because of evil and violence – only Noah and the souls in the Ark were preserved.  Next we find the account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 12-50.  In Exodus we can see God establishing Israel as a nation as He lead them out of Egypt in fulfillment to what He had told Abraham would happen to his descendants in Genesis 15:13, 14.  The primary question at hand is if the covenants God made with men had conditions, or if the covenants God made were without conditions – conditional, or unconditional covenants (contracts) and are based on will of God and His grace towards mankind.

With Noah, God said he was to build and Ark – Noah had to do the work God gave him to do.  After Noah had done what God instructed him to do, and after the flood came to destroy all flesh upon the earth, we see God giving Noah the everlasting covenant sign of the rainbow, to remind mankind that God has promised to never destroy all flesh again by water, as He did in the time of righteous Noah and his family.  God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and confirmed it AFTER Noah had done his part.  Surely the condition was that Noah build the Ark and do all as commanded by God.  Judging from the size of the Ark, the work was likely done by all those in the Ark.

Next we find a more detailed account of God saying He will – future tense – establish His covenant with Abraham and his seed if Abraham walked with Him blamelessly – the Hebrew translation of the texts says “wholeheartedly”.  It seems reasonable that “blamelessly” and “wholeheartedly” would both imply that Abraham was to be doing as God told him to do, and that the matter was not “unconditional”, as some have said.

Note that the covenant is future tense in Genesis 12, and that Abraham did what God told him to do:  “Now the LORD had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.”   Then we see that Abram walked through the land God told him to go to and then the LORD appeared to Abram and said “To your descendants I will give this land.”  Abram met the condition by doing as God told him to do.

God also appears to Abram again in Genesis 13, after Lot departed his company, and God again speaks to Abram “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.  And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, thus your descendants also could be numbered.  Arise and walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”  Again, we find Abram not just looking, but to also walk through the land; he did as God instructed him to do.                                  

Then we see Abram and Melchizedek and his honor towards him in Genesis 14.

In Genesis 15 we find God speaking to Abram in a vision; “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”  Then Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” and “Look, You have given me no offspring, indeed one born in my house is my heir!”  Then God said, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir. Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.  So shall your descendants be.”   This entire chapter has to do with the descendants of the original covenant God made with Abram that he would have numerous physical descendants.

Genesis 16 then relates to the descendants of the original promise were to come from Abrams’ wife, not the son of the handmaid – although the angel of the LORD did bless the handmaid Hagar’s son, Ishmael, and foretold of Ishmaels descendants.

Genesis 17 regards the descendants of Abram that were to be the recipients of the benefits of the land, descendants of the covenant of God to Abram, and that He would establish His everlasting covenant with his descendants after him.  The sign of the covenant being circumcision.  And what was the condition?  First it was that Abraham walk before Him blamelessly (wholeheartedly in the Jewish translation).  “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham.”               Again we can see the condition that Abraham had to walk uprightly before God – blamelessly.  I would call that a condition of the covenant.  From the actions of Abraham, it would seem that this was Abraham’s understanding of what God said.  Then God says “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”   

Then we find the accounts leading up to God testing Abraham in chapter 22, and that God provided the sacrifice Himself, rather than Isaac being sacrificed by Abraham.  God again made a statement to Isaac that He found Abraham to have met the conditions given beforehand, and why He found reason to consider Abraham to have been faithful to his part of the covenant, and to then continue to establish the everlasting covenant through Isaac and his descendants after him.  This is in Genesis 26:2-5:

“Then the LORD appeared to him and said; “Do not go down to Egypt, live in the land of which I shall tell you.  Dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands, and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”                

In this passage we see the lands promise to be current with Isaac, but future for his descendants. We also see there are things yet to come, as the “I will” for future descendants who will possess the lands, and the seed by which all the nations of the earth will be blessed.  God was foretelling the establishment of the “everlasting covenant” that would be to all nations and generations, not just the covenant of the seed of Abraham being circumcised to be in possession of the fullness of conditions for the “everlasting covenant” yet to be established.  Recall that God had already foretold to Abraham that his descendants would be afflicted for four-hundred years in a land that was not theirs – Egypt.  It was through bringing Israel and the multitude of nations who together left Egypt to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that we can clearly see what the conditions of the everlasting covenant are extensively recorded to be.

It is also in these very conditions that we can see the instructions and commandments of the grace and truth of God being given and recorded, and later brought to their fullness, as fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) through His teachings, judgments, precepts, promises, commandments, example in life, death, burial, resurrection from the dead being in full accord with the “everlasting covenant” to all future generations who choose to also serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  To be found as faithful Abraham is to be found to be doing likewise: “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”

As Joseph said to his brothers who had sold him into slavery, “You meant it for evil, but God used it for good.”  God was working out His plan for the children of Abraham, that He would bring them out of Egypt with great possessions, and then establish His everlasting covenant with them.  As with Abraham, they agreed to keep the commandments of God to be their part of the everlasting covenant.  At mount Sinai God gave His instructions and commandments to Israel and the mixed multitude as conditions to the Everlasting Covenant which He would bless them as they kept His instructions, which the people agreed to when God first spoke them and then wrote them on stone tablets and instructed them to place the stone tablets into the Ark of the Covenant.

That the Ten Commandments were inscribed by God upon the stone tablets and placed in the Ark of the Covenant would indicate keeping them is part of the Everlasting Covenant.  God Himself wrote them on stone, which signifies the enduring nature of His will regarding these instructions.  Also in the Ark was a bowl of manna, the bread that came down out of heaven to feed them – which the Christ is recorded to have said He is the true bread that comes from heaven.  The third item in the Ark was the staff that budded to signify who His chosen priesthood would be.  It shouldn’t be insignificant to recognize that those called out of the world to serve God through being disciples of Master Yahshua are to keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Yahshua (feed on His words of life), and serve as a priesthood who truly represent and testify by their word and deed to the goodness of God and of the grace and truth of God taught by Yahshua, thereby testifying to the world in being a priesthood of believers, and who also have their hope in the resurrection of the just – those who are called, chosen and faithful (budding of the staff), and the supreme hope of the resurrection of the just.

Surely God and Christ expect us to understand what He said, as Moses was careful to record the matter, and Yahshua said we need to believe what Moses testified to.  The failings of Israel to keep the instructions of God is well told throughout the Old Testament, as they too were prone to disregard the explicit word of God and turn from it to follow their own hearts – to invent and follow what they wanted, rather than submit to the words of God given from the beginning.  As Jeremiah recorded, they were following the dictates of their own hearts and falling backwards – not even remaining in place, let alone progressing to what God had told them to do, and thereby be His witnesses to the world of His goodness.  This is such a critical matter that I’ve searched many Bibles to see how these things are related in the accounts given to us from Moses – in major Greek translations of the Old Testament, as well as the approved Masoretic Text of the Holy Scriptures as translated into English by the Jewish Publication Society and published in 1955.

The gospel is founded on the promises of God - going back to the beginning of the word of God to see exactly when He gave this “everlasting covenant.”  From my perspective, it seems that the Christian world mindset seems to have been disregarding the matter for centuries is no excuse to pretend that falling backwards was ever seen by God to be an acceptable manner of life to Him, or to our Lord and Savior.  As Yahshua said, He came to fulfill all that was written of Him.  I was hampered in this by the teachings of my own father, who believed and taught me that all the prophecies of God in the Old Testament were fulfilled at AD 70, and thereby the entire Old Testament was largely cast aside as irrelevant.  This upbringing has caused much personal anguish in my life, and I hope by bringing this up that more would realize the significance of the everlasting covenant made by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and especially that the everlasting covenant of God has always had conditions.  As Yahshua established in the Sermon on the Mount, His disciples will not even think He came to loosen or set aside even the least of the commandments of God, and that we are to keep them if we are to be found true to His instructions in righteousness.

Genesis 15 tells of the promise of God to Abraham that he would have a descendant to inherit his property, rather than the servant born in his household.  Read the chapter carefully.  God told Abraham that his descendants would be numerous, but where in chapter 15 do we see that God was making an everlasting covenant to bless all the nations through his (Abraham’s) seed?  Look very carefully and see if you can find where God said the nations of the world would be blessed per the word of God to Abraham at this time.  The covenant God was making with Abraham at that time was that he would have descendants to inherit the promised land, as well as foretelling Abraham of the time of his descendants in Egypt and after 400 years they would return to the land that God had given to him and his descendants.  Focusing on the first teaching of Master Yahshua: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  What did God say regarding the “everlasting covenant” to bless all nations? 

Yahshua tells us that the Law of God is to remain a steadfast set of instructions from God.   He also tells us that it speaks of the justice, mercy and faith that we need to show in our lives, from our hearts, first towards God, then also towards ourselves and likewise to others.  All these matters are shown to us by His life, teachings, and example of how God wants us to live as we follow after Him in word and deed.  This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), just as God could say “these ordinances” given Moses in the Law shall be “everlasting for all generations.” (Ex 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3 and Num. 10:8.

“New Covenant” or “Renewed Covenant”? Andrew Gabriel Roth, in his notations in the Aramaic English New Testament, brings to the surface what Yahshua was saying about the Everlasting Covenant in Matthew 26:28, which is a key passage to understand – if His Covenant of His blood was for a “new” covenant, or was it “renewing” the covenant of God.

AENT, Netzari Press LLC, 2010;  Matthew 26:27-29; “And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them and said, “Take, drink from it all of you.  This is my blood of the renewed covenant, which for the sake of many is shed for the forgiveness of sins.  And I say to you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until the day in which I drink it anew with you in the Kingdom of my Father, of Elohim.”  Footnote 251, page 78:

“Both Aramaic “khawdata” and Hebrew “chadasha” means renewed as in Psalm 51:10, “renew a right spirit within me”, Lam. 5:21; “renew our days as of old”.  “Chadash” can also be “new”: or “repair” as in Isaiah 61:4 “repair the waste places.”  YHWH (God) spoke of the Renewed Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-37 that He would, “put my Torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts… the seed of Israel also shall never cease from being a nation before me forever.. says YHWH..” This is the “Renewed Covenant”; however, even in Paul’s day, the Kingdom that Y’shua offered was being violently counterfeited by religious traditions into something very contrary.  Successive Greek theologians (like Marcion) replaced the meaning and importance of “Renewed Covenant” with the term “New Testament” and made a division of “Old and New” Testaments.  Torah was and is taught by mainstream Christians to be either for Jews only, or completely abolished; thus, the “New Testament” became laden with anti-Semitism.  The hierarchical values of “modern” pagan cultures were syncretized by Greek Gnostic philosophies into the teachings of Y’shua and Paul to the point that modern day Christianity would be unrecognizable by the original followers of Y’shua as the “Faith which was once delivered’ (Yehuda 1:3).  See Renewed Covenant and Eighteen New Testament Misconceptions #15: The “New“ Covenant in Appendix.”

In review, we should see that from the beginning God has instructed man.  “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  “Build and Ark.” “Walk before Me blamelessly.” “Because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”  The fullness of the record of the instructions were given by God, to Moses, who gave them to Israel and the multitude of nations that left Egypt to serve God, and were conditions by which God could bless them as they did His will and did not allow the practices of the evil nations that were in the land before them.  It is these same instructions of God that Yahshua said to not even think He came to set aside even the least commandment, but through His life and teachings elevated to the fullness of the grace and truth of God towards those who believe and obey the Son.  It is also these same conditions, in their fullness, that God gave His Spirit to cause us to keep His instructions in righteousness.  Again, in 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles and Psalms, David talks about the everlasting covenant, the Abrahamic covenant. He sings it beautifully in Psalms 105, “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant.”

Should this be the proper understanding of the teachings of Yahshua about the Law in the Sermon on the Mount?  It should be something to re-consider and discuss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Seven –The Definition of Love, As Given By God and Christ

Having grown up as a teenager in the “Jesus freak” time-frame, one thing that still stands out in my memory was the concept of “love” being unfocused.  As the Beatles song went on and on:  “Love, love, love; love, love love; love, love, love; all you need is love.”  Some also pretended that Jesus’ love was passion for a fallen and forgiven harlot that followed Jesus and the disciples around (Jesus Christ – Superstar).  My dad would get up in the pulpit and preach about “Agape’” love – the unconditional love of God in 1 Corinthians 13 – and that all the problems in the world or the Church would be resolved with agape’ love – we just needed to put unconditional love into practice and action.  We can look back historically and see that all this preaching and singing of “love” undefined by the life, word and example of Jesus didn’t accomplish much.  Could it be because no one bothered to notice that the love of God or the Christ is not unconditional?  In effect, many were merely taking a few quotes of His word and neglecting to understand His teachings, life and example – the ‘cut and paste’ version of Christian faith.  “The sum of Thy word is truth” – not “some of Thy word is truth.”

How did Yahshua define love? What did love mean to him?  And just to be sure we know it when we see it – what would the love he taught cause those who believe him to do?  Did he ever teach unconditional love, as the Greek word “Agape’” could indicate to us?  Or is this a provable misunderstanding?  It’s no small wonder that God said through the Prophets that in the end times there would be great deception and turning from His instructions of righteousness to work lawlessness, as well as the fact that some things would remain hidden, or not understood, until the time of the end. (Such as the words to Daniel from the angel)  Could it be that we should recognize the Messiah by the prophecies of what he would teach and do, in addition to the prophesied lineage?  We should also know those who are truly his by their manner of life and conduct – his disciples model their understanding and life upon His example and word. According to Yahshua, love is known by what it does - it isn’t just a feeling – it has definition and is not ambiguous.

The passages from John 14 and 15 show that love abides in and does as he taught – love is defined, proven and known by the works it does.  Not that our love can ever be completely perfect, but as disciples of Yahshua, we are called to live and grow and walk through continuing in the pathways of life and conduct he gave us to abide in.  If we are faithful, in time we will mature and grow to become his disciples indeed through growing to be more like him.  As John said, if we confess our sins, God will be faithful to forgive those who return and continue on in the pathway of life that He has instructed us to walk in.  As Yahshua said, it is enough that we become like him, that we reflect the goodness of God in our lives, just as he did.

 

We know from the Sermon on the Mount that we are not to even think Yahshua came to set aside, loosen or do away with even the least of the commandments of God.  The commandments of God were the conditions for the Covenant that God put upon Israel and the Gentile sojourners with them.  Review of those Commandments will show some things to be instructions to His people about knowing what He said is right and good, and what He declared to be minor sins and matters of ritual purity, as well as what was sin, evil and also what He considers to be abominations.  Some things that resulted in a person being “cut off” from the people were minor issues of ritual purity that were easily resolved.  Some things were regarded to be abominations in His sight and were not easily resolved.  Be careful to treat His words with the distinctions He made, and don’t ignore any of His Instructions in Righteousness.  This should be reasonably convincing evidence of the source of the Commandments of God, proving they are from the Creator who knows what is for our good and what it takes to live a blessed life in a community that desires to live uprightly toward both God and their fellow man.  Because the need to honor and keep His instructions indeed was taught by Yahshua, faithful disciples will be doing these things and also keeping the words of God given by Yahshua.  When we mature in the things of God as Yahshua taught them, and also raised righteousness to higher standards, we will come to understand more fully what it means to know what God is doing and what it means to be a friend of Master Yahshua.  Although discussed earlier, since it is the direct topic discussed at this time, this passage is again noted:

 

John 15:9-21;  “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

 

Revelation 12: 10-12; “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

 

When our faith and word is abiding in the testimony of the gospel as preached by Yahshua, and our love is centered on doing the will of God, surely we will be found to be faithful overcomers who fully trust in the Testimony and blood of the Lamb of God.

It is also said in Revelation that those who enter the City do so because of right – not just grace, not just because of their faith without works, but rather because they kept the commandments of God and the Testimony of Master Yahshua.   Revelation prophecies that the bride of Christ made herself ready for His return, she was clothed in clean garments that were not stained with unfaithfulness or abortions.  She knew what the will of her betrothed was and set about to make sure she was faithful to Him indeed and persevered to the end in her faithfulness to God and Christ with the help and assistance of the Spirit to renew and empower and aid in  living within the pathway to eternal life as shown through Master Yahshua.  Lamentations 3:21-33 comes to mind:  “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in him!  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.  It is good for a man to hear the yoke in his youth.  Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him.  Let him put his mouth in the dust – there may yet be hope.  Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.  For the Lord will not cast off forever.  Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.  For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.”

(As a side-bar of the Scriptural details of the teachings of Master Yahshua, this passage directly relates to the one about “turning the other cheek”, as what the underlying support text is: “Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.”)

The apostle John wrote of these things in his letters, which provides further evidence that this is in keeping with the Apostles understanding of the instructions of Master Yahshua that fits perfectly with what is quoted just above about the need to love Him as He said.

 

I John 1; “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

I John 2: 1-6; “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

God knows our works.  He knows our hearts better than we can ever know ourselves.  Do take note of what Yahshua taught, and do so with the mind to be faithful and true - to be his disciple indeed and to be wholehearted in our discipleship to him.  Grow in understanding and faithfulness to the instructions in righteousness, that God may then be true to His word and be able to bless us, rather than place ourselves under a curse by ignoring His instruction and goodness.  The faithfulness of God to His words of blessings and curses towards Israel are surely something we all need to heed and pay close attention to.  There is no reason to believe God will be unfaithful and cast aside His words as meaningless or irrelevant.  God has both shown and told us what is good – if we will but see, hear, and turn to do His will that He might heal us, and possibly our nation.   As the Revelation of Master Yahshua ends, “Amen.  Come quickly!”  Are you making yourself ready?  Are you trying to share the need to repent to do His will with others, so they might also be saved from this wicked and perverse generation?  At least be salt and light for Him.

Love is a verb; it is an action, and according to God and Christ, it is being active to do as God and Christ have instructed and commanded us to do if we believe.  The world cannot love God because it cannot abide in His words of life because their deeds are evil, so in response, the world hates God and those who do His will indeed.  Love, according to God and Christ, is known by what it does, rather than an imagined feeling or emotion that is not in accord with His words of life, and we are told to choose life, that we may live.  To love God is to seek to know and do what He delights in – to do His good will.

Of the Ten Commandments, the only one most Christians ignore is keeping the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was primarily kept in the home.  This command has to do with not doing gainful work and to remember the blessings of God in the Everlasting Covenant and provisions made for us in every need we have.  It is a time to remember His goodness in creation of the earth and all good things He gives us.  The day was traditionally set-apart, distinguishing the secular from the holy, before sundown on Friday, Scripture readings, and then also commemoration of the end of the Sabbath with sundown on Saturday.  We can keep the Sabbath holy and set it apart as commanded without the need to convince everyone in our Church of the need to keep the Sabbath and worship on Saturday instead of Sunday.  I found two paperback books on the subject of keeping Jewish home customs in a used book store, or you might do some searches to find information on the internet.  It was enlightening to understand the matters from the Jewish perspective, and they have been keeping the Sabbath commandment a long time.  We should keep the day as Set-Apart to our Creator and learn about how much this day speaks of our Savior, Redeemer, Master and King. See “The Jewish Home” by Daniel B. Syme; UAHC Press, New York, New York.  Note that there is careful division between the secular and what God has set-apart as holy.