A warning to every Jew who trusts in the Torah for righteousness and rejects Jesus Christ as Messiah…
Unless you repent of your sins and humble yourself before the Father and sincerely believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay your sin-debt, you will not be named among the remnant and you will suffer the “second death” in Hell along with a majority of Jacob’s children who have died in their sins rejecting their Messiah (John 8:24).
Are the Ten-Commandments and the 613-Levitical Laws of the Covenant of Law applicable to the New Covenant established in Messiah’s blood?
If I never possessed a copy of the Torah, the Decalogue, the Covenant of Law, I can be redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ as my God and Messiah and I can know the will of my Heavenly Father through the Law of Spirit; that is, the Holy Spirit that lives within me subsequent to trusting in Jesus as my Lord and the Law of God that is written upon my heart, not etched in stone or scratched upon parchment (Hebrews 10:16).
God’s moral law has been extant within every human being since the 6th-Day of Creation as we are created in the spiritual image of God (Genesis 1:26-28) and have been endowed with certain communicable attributes of God; morality – the natural law – the law of conscience (Romans 2:15) is integral within every man and woman and we become culpable for violating that law subsequent to attaining an age of reason/accountability.
Human kind has been governed and constrained by natural law from the beginning and will be judged by God’s moral law that is extant from Eternity past; this same moral law will convict both Satan/the fallen angels and unredeemed mankind in the Judgment; The Holy Spirit tells us that all of mankind, those having rejected the truth of God, will be “without excuse” (Romans 1:18-32); this, apart from the Commandments/the Torah given the children of Israel thousands-of-years subsequent to the 6th-Day of Creation.
The Jew, the cult members, the law keepers, inundating these religious oriented forums refuse to acknowledge God’s truth that in conjunction with the shed blood of Messiah poured-out for the forgiveness of sin (Matthew 26:26-28), the Covenant of Law was made obsolete, nullified, replaced with something eternally superior; that is, the New Covenant, where the condemnation of Law (Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:10) was replaced by grace and the hopelessness of Law that is absent atonement (Romans 8:3) was replaced by a Mediator for sin, Jesus Christ, who did, indeed, fulfill the promises of the Old Covenant through perfect obedience, sinlessness (Matthew 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 8:46).
As a Gentile, I was never obligated to the Torah or the Commandments, but God’s moral law was present in my heart from conception (Romans 2:15) and had I never trusted in Jesus Christ as my God and Messiah, that natural law (Romans 2:15) would have convicted me at the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15). I do not need the Torah, the Commandments, to know God’s will for my life nor do I require them to know His moral law concerning my relationship with my fellowman. I need Jesus in my life in order to walk in obedience to God’s will as His Spirit is my strength, my LAW, and that Law is written upon my heart and the Spirit continually, daily, guides me in that Law through sanctification as He prepares me for service in the New Jerusalem.
I do NOT need the Torah, the Commandments, to know God’s will. God gave the Commandments/the Torah specifically to the children of Israel for a sundry of reasons; primarily, the Law defined sin (Romans 3:20) via codification, enhanced culpability, as the children of Israel were set-apart specifically by God for His purposes and they were to be Holy as God is Holy. The Law was given Jacob’s children as they were to be different, holy, apart from the pagan tribes that would tempt them with apostasy and war against them to the death. The Law specifically pointed Jacob’s children to the coming Messiah as that Law demonstrated man’s inability to please God through obedience as mankind is sinful by nature in Adam and the Law demonstrated the necessity for a Mediator that was to come through the Tribe of Judah. Law keepers, SDA, Jews, keep your Law and your Torah, it’s beautiful, it’s worthy, it’s an excellent teaching tool. I’ll keep Jesus as my God and the precious Holy Spirit as my Law, for life.
Law Keeper mistakenly suggests the BEMA-Judgment of Christ corresponds to a works salvation.
The BEMA-Judgment is relevant to “believers” works; that is, those works done SUBSEQUENT to salvation during the sanctification process; these works of obedience are judged for authenticity; that is, a differentiation between works done in selfishness from works done via the Spirit.
Works play no role in salvation as our God, Jesus Christ, is more than sufficient to save the one who trusts in Him as God and Messiah, alone. It is heresy and an absence of faith to believe that one must “help” Jesus save via works.
Theological question on FB concerning the Holy Spirit: “What constitutes the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost? Mark 3:29. Is there any difference between the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit?”
The Holy Ghost (Old English) – Holy Spirit is the same God, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11-13) and Seals/Guarantees Covenant with the Father by faith in Jesus as Messiah and God over one’s life (Ephesians 1:13-14). It’s a matter of differentiating the KJV from modern translations.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was relevant during Messiah’s ministry upon this Earth as He performed miracles, raised the dead, cast out demons, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Jews accused Jesus of performing miracles by the power of the Devil/demons (Matthew 12). Such arrogance, blasphemy, and false accusations against the Spirit is the ONLY sin that Jesus said would not be forgiven within the Realm of Time or in Eternity. For that reason, blasphemy against the Spirit is not possible subsequent to Messiah ascension though some disagree.
Some theologians and Bible scholars believe that blasphemy against the Spirit is relevant today in the form of “unbelief” in Jesus as Lord; this reasoning is based on the truism that unbelief in Messiah Jesus is the only sin that God the Father will not forgive; that is, if a person dies in their sin having rejected Messiah as Mediator there remains no hope, no repentance, no forgiveness subsequent to the last exhalation (John 3:16-18; Acts 4:12; John 8:24).
Law Keepers and their heresy continue to plague these pages: “WHEN GOD TELLS YOU >>WELL DONE<< THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT DOES IT SOUND LIKE YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY PART TO PLAY IN YOUR SALVATION?”
Your obedience SUBSEQUENT to your salvation in Jesus Christ is credited as good works and will be evaluated at the BEMA-Judgment of believers for authenticity (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). You err eternally if you think that keeping a Law somehow plays a role in the forgiveness of sin earned for you ONLY by Jesus Christ and His suffering.
It is pride; narcissism; self-sufficiency; Scriptural misunderstanding; false doctrine; that insists human kind has any role to play in the redemption of the soul…a “works doctrine” is a lie of the Devil; you’re a sinner born of the seed of Adam (Romans 5:12) and the Law has already condemned you to Hell (Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:10; James 2:10); therefore, only by faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus APART from your own efforts, will you find forgiveness of sin and a Covenant relationship with the Father!
WE ALL approach the throne of Christ as unworthy sinful men and women (Romans 3:9-23); Christian’s don’t work to be saved; they seek obedience to the Spirit via sanctification BECAUSE they are saved. Christians understand that Jesus, alone, is more than sufficient to save and provide us with the imputation of His righteousness by faith i.e. GRACE, alone, by FAITH, alone.
The Christian honors Jesus and the Spirit with love and obedience because we’re redeemed and we’re a new creation in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus + NOTHING saves; if you feel you must add to or supplement the sufficiency of Jesus to save you from sin and death in Hell, you have become a cult and you serve the Devil and a religion, not our omnipotent God. It is the one who “believes” in Jesus as God and Messiah that is saved and NOT the one who works.
A “works doctrine” is a Jewish Religion and Cult error. Remain true to our foundation in Christ, alone, and find peace with assurance.
A “works salvation” advocate, possibly a Jew and/or legalist, quotes James and arrives at a false conclusion.
“FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEADCan faith alone, without works, justify and save anybody?” James 2 (KJV)
James is correct…faith, lest it be validated by good works, was never truly faith…just a head knowledge or words expressed void substance. Those redeemed by faith in Messiah Jesus will reflect a changed heart, a renewed perspective—works befitting the presence of the Spirit in one’s life.
Where you must approach with caution is misinterpreting James by suggesting he is advocating for a “works” salvation; that is, our works, good deeds, play a role in pleasing the Father who grants eternal life to the faithful…this is a Jewish error; this is death to mind, body, soul in Hell.
As far back as Isaiah, we’re told that our works, even on our best day, are as a filthy, bloody, menstrual cloth in the nose of God (Isaiah 64:6) and the error made by the Jew, the religionist’ – the legalist, is thinking that we must do something, some good work, in order to please God and thereby earn our salvation; this demonically-rooted, prideful, error mocks God and His sole-sufficiency to save through Messiah apart from our input. This is heresy.
There is absolutely NOTHING you can do physiologically to be saved from sin and death in Hell…not one thing, not one work, not one good deed, will save you from God’s wrath; if that were possible, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die for our sin. It is by faith ALONE in Jesus, alone, as our God who died to pay our sin-debt that pleases the Father who grants the faithful in Jesus redemption from sin and life in Eternity via the imputation and subsequently provides the redeemed the Gift of the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of relationship with Him…nothing else, no one else will please the Father and establish Covenant with Him but faith in Jesus, alone.
The ONLY time your works become relevant in Christianity is SUBSEQUENT to your confession that Jesus is your Lord. It is your works SUBSEQUENT to your confession that validates, authenticates, your faith as being true and your relationship with the Father as established in Covenant and verified by the presence of the Spirit in your life (Ephesians 1:13-14). You can give your body to science for your fellowman; you can love without fail; you can serve your local Church till the day you die; but, if Jesus is not your God and Messiah, your good works will die in Hell with you at the “second death” (Revelation 20:11-15). Faith alone in Jesus, alone, establishes Covenant with the Father. Good works/obedience subsequent to establishing relationship with the Father by faith, these validate your faith…they do not supplant it. A works salvation results from narcissism; pride; arrogance; self-sufficiency; these are an anathema; these are demonically rooted.
Law Keepers continue to judge the Christian by suggesting Christianity believes, teaches, that Christ abolished the Law of Moses. Did Christ abolish the Law or did Christ abolish the condemnation that accompanied the Law?
Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17) and Jesus fulfilled that Law in absolute perfection, something no one born of Adam’s seed could do (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12). Jesus fulfilled the Law for us and thereby negated the condemnation of the Law, a Law which only defines sin void atonement (Romans 3:20; Romans 8). The Christian, in the New Covenant, is not under Law but under Grace (unmerited favor) through faith in Messiah Jesus as God (Romans 6:14). The LAW could never save anyone as the Law mandated perfection and the Law curses all who fall short of its arbitrary mandates (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10). Jesus did abolish the condemnation of the Law for everyone who believes in Him as God, Messiah.
The “moral” aspects of the Torah remain valid for eternity but their morality is written upon the heart of the Christian by the Spirit and infused into the New Covenant through the process of sanctification. The one who trusts in Jesus as Lord receives the perfection/righteousness of the Law earned for us by Jesus and this is manifest via the imputation of Messiah’s righteousness into the life of the one who believes (1 Corinthians 1:30). Anyone who trusts in obedience to the Law for salvation is cursed (Galatians 3:10).
Law Keeper is confused concerning Jews, the Saints, access to the Kingdom, a discussion.
Law Keeper stated: “WHO ARE GOD’S SAINTS?(The Saints are the righteous and get to go to heaven) So if the law is only for the jews and only commandment keepers (law keepers) go to heaven then that leaves out all gentiles.Because only the SAINTS ARE TAKEN to heaven. Right?”
Commandment keepers don’t go to Heaven (Romans 3:20) because no one keeps the Commandments in perfection which is required by Law in order for righteousness (a right standing with God) to be attained through same (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10); therefore, all of mankind is condemned by Law (Romans 3:20), both Jew and Gentile. If keeping the Commandments were possible, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die for our sin (Galatians 2:21). Jesus is the perfect embodiment of LAW and its fulfillment (Matthew 5:17) and the one who trusts in Him, alone, finds grace (unmerited favor-a gift) from the condemnation of Law because the Law is powerless to save due to our sin-nature (Romans 7 & 8); therefore, Jesus kept the Law for you and for me and offers us His perfection, His righteousness, imputed into and over our life if we will trust in Him as our God who died to pay our sin-debt (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16-18). There is no special “salvation” or dispensation for the Jew concerning righteousness; without Jesus as God and Messiah, the Jew will die in Hell just as the Gentile (Romans 3:23; John 14:6; John 8:24).
Righteousness (a right standing with God) is “imputed” to the one who believes in Jesus as God, Messiah (1 Corinthians 1:30). The Law could never impart righteousness and this is the eternal and fatal error of the Jew…they trust in, covet, boast in a Law that could never save them from sin (Romans 9:32) while simultaneously denying their Messiah who died for them; therefore, Isaiah and Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, proclaim that only a remnant of the Jews will be saved and that primarily in the last days (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27). Israel’s children have condemned themselves to death in Hell for having murdered their Messiah, demanded that His blood be upon them and their children; this is the blood curse concerning Israel (Matthew 27:25; Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27). Jew, Gentile, male, female, slave, free, are welcomed into the family of God to receive eternal life IF they will humble themselves before the Father, repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as God and Messiah who paid their sin-debt for them at the Crucifixion. God is not a respecter of persons (Galatians 3:28; Acts 10:34); therefore, if you reject Jesus as your God and Messiah in and over your life, you will die the “second death” in Hell as nothing impure will be permitted to enter the Kingdom of God (John 14:6; John 8:24; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:27).
The “Saints” are the ones who do the Father’s will; that is, they believe in the One the Father has sent to die for the sins of the whole World, Jesus Christ the Righteous (John 6:29). Sainthood is not imparted by race, religion, creed, but only by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (trusting – believing) that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay your sin-debt and receiving the Holy Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of the New Covenant relationship with the Father imputed into and over your life, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Question asked on FB: “How was the Earth created?”
Christian response, Many suggest the Universe was created “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) but this is NOT what the Holy Spirit has said. The Holy Spirit tells us that matter, the Universe, our genome, were created with rapidity for cause. The Spirit tells us that the Father commissioned the Son (John 3:35; John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1) to take elements from the unseen Spiritual World and fashion those elements into matter that can be seen and apprehended by a life-form constrained by created Time and physics. The Holy Spirit teaches us that matter, Time, our Universe, were created in response to a rebellion that manifest in the Kingdom of God before the beginning of Time and that our Earth was created specifically as a repository for dealing with that rebellion and the participants in same; in fact, Jesus tells you that His Kingdom is NOT of this Realm of Time (John 18:36).
Job’s suffering has everything to do with causation for our creation and existence within Time as we’re constrained by flesh and physics. Inundating our lives and the World around us is a spiritual war that was initiated by Satan in the Kingdom before the creation of Time, the Earth and the Heavens. Satan’s rebellion is causation for the Father’s commissioning of the Son to create matter, Time, our genome (John 3:35; John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1).
The soul purpose for our existence is God’s Plan of defeating and destroying the works of the Devil with selfless love while simultaneously maintaining volitional love with the faithful angelic creation that did not follow Lucifer in the rebellion; unbeknownst to many, God loves these faithful angels beyond human comprehension. God demonstrated, to Satan and the faithful angels, the love of Job and the faithfulness of one-man whose life was dedicated to honoring God; in one sense, God defeated the wiles of the Devil through Job…God demonstrated the power of the Spirit in the life of the one who believes with faith and seeks to love God in obedience. The victory of Job set Satan on his heals and this obedience was a precursor to or example of the One mentioned in Genesis 3:15, the Gospel demonstrated in Genesis 3:21, who would come and “destroy the works of the Devil” for Eternity (1 John 3:8b).
Job stands as an example to every believer who resists the Devil, honors God; that obedience and victory over the Devil will not be forgotten…just as God did not forget to honor Job for his obedience and victory over the Devil via complete restoration with abundance. God will NOT forget your stance for righteousness in this wicked and adulterous generation; we are to remember through Job that our struggles are not in vain and never forget our battle is spiritually rooted not only carnal.