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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.