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Experience: (1) United States Marine Corps 1/1 - 0311 - NCO (2) 31-year retired veteran of the Houston Police Department (3) Education: Master's Degree/University of Houston at Clear Lake

Life in Torah v. Life in Jesus

Life in Torah v. Life in Jesus

The Torah is beautiful…how would mankind know his origin, God’s eschatological plan for Time and Eternity void the Torah but it’s only “half the Book?” I’ve never read a book where I understood the author’s intent at chapter 39 of 66. The problem you face in your life of exclusively dwelling in the Torah is you’ve neglected God’s Way of acquiring the indwelling Holy Spirit given ONLY, exclusively, to those who believe with a sincere heart that Jesus is Lord and that He died to pay their sin-debt for them…a debt they could never pay them self.

It is the belief, faith, in Jesus as Lord that initiates covenant relationship with the Father who agrees to forgive your sin based upon the imputation of the Son’s righteousness into your life (John 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:7; Ephesians 1:13-14)…it is at that time that the Father, by covenant promise, seals you and guarantees you an eternal inheritance by Gifting you with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)…and ONLY then will your eyes be opened, your heart made receptive to the deeper truths of God’s truth and His wisdom that are beyond a natural man’s ability to comprehend and internalize (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Until such time you honor the Father by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit takes-up residence within you as your Teacher, your Wisdom and your Discernment, you will never truly know God intimately. Faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord is the KEY to knowledge, wisdom, peace, joy, eternal life, in the Holy Spirit; in fact, there is NO OTHER WAY (John 14:6; John 6:29; Romans 5:1).

If you deny the Deity of Jesus Christ, you’re not in covenant relationship…

If you deny the deity of Jesus Christ, you are not in Covenant Relationship with the Father…

Jesus is God, Elohim, I AM, having entered Time “to destroy the works of the Devil” for your benefit (1 John 3:8b) and if you deny Jesus as your Lord by faith believing that He died for you, you will not enter the Kingdom of God but you will die in your sin and perish in Perdition without hope or remembrance (John 8:24). It is the one who is born again by faith in Jesus having received the Holy Spirit as guarantor of that relationship that KNOWS Jesus is Deity and the necessity for same; in fact, it is the knowledge that Jesus is God which separates the Christian from every religion, sect, cult, in the World.

Covenant Relationship with God – what is mandated?

Entering into a Covenant Relationship with God the Father, what is mandated?

From Adam to Abraham, from the Covenant of Law to the Covenant of Grace, one’s “faith” in God has been “KEY” to establishing covenant relationship with Him (See Hebrews 11). Though God gave Israel’s children the ceremonial laws, dietary laws, the Decalogue, and commanded them to obey these rules and regulations, these laws only foreshadowed and expressed Israel’s need for the coming Messiah and pointed Israel’s children to a coming Redeemer who would keep those laws with perfection and justify and sanctify the one who “believes” in Him by faith (Galatians 3:24).

In the New Covenant, it is “faith” that remains “key” to establishing Covenant Relationship with God the Father; that is, faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, as Messiah-Redeemer-Savior-Intercessor who shed His innocent blood upon a Roman Cross at Golgotha to pay the sin-debt of humanity and reunite God and man by eradicating the chasm of sin. Faith, that is, believing that God is true and that God will do exactly as He has promised in His written word and through His Living Word, Jesus Christ, is the only Way to the Father’s heart and the only Way to an eternal Covenant Relationship sealed and guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:6; Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ…

The Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ…

The Decalogue, the Ten-Commandments given Jacob’s children at Sinai, are truly nothing more than the moral law codified in stone….a moral law extant from the creation of the angels as the moral law of conscience, infused within every human being by our Creator at conception, is the arbiter of free will. Yes, the Decalogue does proclaim some specificity concerning certain sins and certain commands given to Jacob’s children as this people group was set-apart for God’s special dispensation through a Law Covenant where they were to be holy as God is Holy. Nine of these moral laws were infused into the New Covenant by Messiah and mens rea (the thought life) enhanced their culpability before God (Matthew 5:21-27).

As a Gentile who loves and serves Jesus Christ, the Decalogue stands in divine beauty as representing God’s holiness but I don’t enslave myself to letters etched in stone as I serve the Living God through obedience to the Holy Spirit who lives within me and guides me in God’s will through sanctification (Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16). I don’t worship letters nor do I seek self-righteousness through a facade of obedience to those letters; I serve God in Jesus Christ through the Spirit and in this covenant of intimacy with my Lord there is peace, forever (Romans 5:1).

Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep My Commandments.” What Commandments and how?

Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love me, you will keep My Commandments.” What Commandments and how?

The one who has entered into covenant relationship with God the Father by faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord believing that Jesus died to pay their sin-debt does not practice lawlessness nor are they obligated to rules, laws, mandates, days, ceremonies, but they are redeemed, they are forgiven, they are declared “not guilty” by covenant promise (Hebrews 8:12) and have received the indwelling Holy Spirit as Guarantor of that Covenant; a better Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-13)…NOT one etched in stone or scratched upon parchment or mutilation of the flesh but a Covenant of Grace through Faith that changes the heart and reunites man and God in love with intimacy and peace (Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 5:1).

When Jesus tells you that those who love Him keep “MY” Commandments, Jesus is not speaking of the inferior Law Covenant of sin and death (Romans 8:2) that only defines your sin absent atonement (Romans 3:20) but Jesus is speaking of HIS Commands articulated within HIS ministry upon this Earth. These Commands are administered and arbitrated by the indwelling Holy Spirit in the New Covenant and it is the Holy Spirit via sanctification that teaches them, implements them with patience, grace, mercy, compassion, through the conscience as the Spirit prepares those in Jesus for service in the New Jerusalem (Galatians 5:16; John 14:26).

Through the Spirit’s teaching, leadership, anointing, with tact and compassion, there is peace with God knowing that the redeemed are forgiven and that they are loved beyond human comprehension by the God of the Universe; in this, there is intimacy, peace, joy, contentment, in our relationship with God, forever (Romans 5:1). The Law Covenant could NEVER provide this relationship of intimacy with eternal purpose and contentment but only the faithfulness of Jesus and the Holy Spirit make this intimacy with God possible (John 14:27; Hebrews 8:7).

Jesus is the “end of the Law” concerning righteousness…what does this mean?

Jesus is the end of the Law concerning righteousness (Romans 10:4). What does this mean?

Jesus is the “end of the Law” concerning “righteousness.” This means that Jesus, in His sinless perfection, kept the righteous requirements of the Law for you and for me (Matthew 5:17) as we’re sinners (Romans 3:23) and unable to keep the Law in mandated perfection (James 2:10); therefore, the Law curses us because of our sin-nature (Galatians 3:10) and the Law only defines our sin but provides no atonement (Romans 3:20), but God the Father sent the Son into the World as our Redeemer via the Gospel (John 3:17; 2 Timothy 1:9-10) and Jesus walked before the Father and mankind in absolute perfection, kept the Law in perfection, gave Himself as blood-atonement for our sin (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28) and those who believe in what Jesus did for them at the Cross by dying to pay their sin-debt receive the IMPUTED righteousness of Jesus over their life in exchange for their sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3) and they are declared “not guilty” by the Father (Hebrews 8:12) and enter into covenant relationship with the Father guaranteed and sealed by the Gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14).

No longer must man strive after a law seeking righteousness with God in the hopelessness of self-righteousness but Jesus becomes our righteousness by faith (John 3:16); so then, Jesus is the “end of the Law” concerning righteousness (a right standing) with the Father (Romans 10:4) for all who believe that Jesus died for them to pay their sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10).

Jews, Israelite’s stumble over repentance – self righteousness…

Jews, Israelite’s, cults, sects, continue to stumble over self-righteousness thinking “repentance” is sufficient for salvation from death in Hell. They are eternally in error.

You can keep the Torah, a religion, to the very best of your ability and you can repent of sin relentlessly, continuously, with sincerity, but if your sin does not receive the blood atonement (Leviticus 17:11) provided only by Jesus Christ by faith, trust, belief, that Jesus is Lord who died for you (Romans 10:9-10), you will perish in your sin and you will perish in the “second death” in Perdition (John 8:24; Rev 20:11-15). You MUST be Born Again by faith in Jesus and receive the indwelling Holy Spirit as Guarantor of that covenant relationship (John 3; Ephesians 1:13-14) to be integrated into the New Covenant and receive the benefits thereof i.e. forgiveness of sin – eternal life – the indwelling Holy Spirit – peace with God, forever (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 8:12; Romans 5:1).

Must one believe Jesus is God to receive eternal life?

Must we believe that Jesus is God in order to receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life?

I don’t believe that knowing Jesus as God is a prerequisite to salvation by faith as one may enter into covenant relationship by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (trusting-believing) that Jesus is Lord who died to pay their sin-debt – BUT – the most important sign that one has been redeemed and their faith is valid and true having received the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of covenant relationship is not only a changed life seeking righteousness but the fact that during sanctification, where the Holy Spirit imparts divine wisdom into the life of the faithful in Jesus, they will come to KNOW without doubt that Jesus is God, Elohim, and they will understand the necessity for this divine truism as this knowledge is one KEY that differentiates the Christian from every religion, cult, sect, in the World today.

Does Water Baptism impart Redemption – Eternal Life?

Does Water Baptism impart Redemption – Eternal Life?

I do agree that one who is born again by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord “should” be Baptized…they “should” desire to follow our Lord in all things in obedience to His commands but water does not save anyone! It is only the sinless blood of Messiah shed at Golgotha that makes atonement for your sin and only your faith in that blood initiates covenant relationship with the Father…NOTHING else, NO ONE else; Jesus is our God, our Redeemer and He is completely sufficient in and of Himself to redeem you from your sin; in fact, Adam attempted to cover his sin and shame by the works of his own hands with fig leaves in Eden but Elohim rejected Adam’s self-righteousness and Elohim shed innocent blood to acquire a robe of imputed righteousness for Adam and his wife; therefore, God HIMSELF did the work of redemption not man (Genesis 3:21; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

If a man or woman is saved by faith in Jesus as Lord, they have received the Holy Spirit of God as Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14) yet, for some reason is not baptized, they remain eternally secure in the atoning blood of Messiah as the redemptive element concerning salvation but they most likely will lose rewards at the BEMA Judgment for disobedience and their daily walk in the Spirit will be continuously stymied by unfaithfulness testified to by one’s conscience during sanctification.

The children of God in Jesus Christ find peace and intimacy through obedience to God’s will; therefore, obedience to the commands of Jesus is imperative if the “Zoe Life” is to manifest during sanctification by the Holy Spirit.

Does the worship of Jesus violate the Greatest Commandment?

Does faith in Jesus violate God’s Greatest Commandment? Some Jews/Israelites suggest Jesus is idol worship…allow me to respond…

Exodus 20:2-3 I Am the LORD THY GOD, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt… Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me.

The very SAME God you cite who delivered Israel from bondage to slavery is the very SAME God who delivers humankind from bondage to sin and slavery to a law that only condemns them to death in Hell (Romans 3:20). Jesus Christ is Elohim – Jesus is Yahweh – Jesus is I AM having manifest in flesh within the Realm of Time to provide blood atonement mandated by Leviticus 17:11 (Hebrews 9:22) so that YOU CAN LIVE with HIM ETERNALLY. Jesus is not an idol – Jesus is the Living God who gave Himself for you with selfless love “to destroy the works of the Devil” for YOUR benefit (1 John 3:8b).

Jesus’ introductory message as He initiated His Ministry upon this Earth from the Scroll of Isaiah (61).