What Path are you on? Life or Death?

What path are you on? Life or Death?

Israel/Jacob-Judaism cannot save you from death in Hell; Arabia/Muhammad-Ishmael-the Koran cannot save you from death in Hell. Believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord, your Messiah, believing that Jesus died to pay your sin-debt and receiving HIS righteousness imputed into your life by faith is the only One—the Only Way–the Only Truth–the Only Path to life in Eternity. Any path other than Jesus is a dead-end.

Does James teach a works salvation?

Does James teach a works salvation? No…allow me to explain…

Grace (unmerited favor unattainable by human effort) through faith (believing-trusting) that Jesus Christ is Lord who suffered and died to pay your sin-debt is the KEY to initiating covenant relationship with the Father and receiving the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1:13-14; John 3:16-18). No man or woman is saved by their works of self-righteousness and this was demonstrated as early as Genesis 3:21 as Adam sought to cover his sin and shame with fig-leaves that were rejected by Elohim who subsequently covered Adam and Eve in an imputed robe of righteousness (animal skins) Himself through the shedding of innocent blood. In fact, on your best day your works of righteousness are a filthy, bloody, menstrual cloth in the nose of God (Isaiah 64:6).

Not until such time that you have initiated covenant relationship with the Father through faith in Jesus as Lord, alone, will your works of obedience, righteousness, be accounted to you as justification as it is your works of righteousness done through the indwelling Holy Spirit that validate your faith as legitimate saving faith…you are a new person with new goals and aspirations in Jesus and good works naturally flow through sanctification. But…those works can never supplant or replace the necessity for faith in Jesus, FIRST.

Why did God take the Gospel Message from Israel and give it to the Gentiles?

Why did God the Father remove the promise of the Gospel from Israel as His purveyors of Truth and give that promise to the Gentiles?

Christian response,

The Gospel of Jesus Christ was ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10) as the battle strategy by which the Son of God, Jesus Christ, would “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) as our entire creation is the resultant of a rebellion led by the Devil and that rebellion necessitating extrication from the Kingdom (Luke 10:18) where nothing impure is permitted to exist (Revelation 21:27).

God the Father, during the creation narrative and immediately subsequent to the Fall, demonstrated, articulated, that He would defeat His nemesis, Satan (Ezekiel 28:11+), through His own selfless love apart from the works of humankind (Genesis 3:15; Genesis 3:21-fig leaves); unfortunately, God’s plan to set apart a special people group through whom He would codify His Law, Law being the arbiter of free will, and ultimately introduce Himself in flesh was stymied by free will which manifest in the defilement of the Adamic and Noahic generations via their obscene perversity and compromise with the Devil (Genesis 6); therefore, God destroyed all but eight by water and began anew through Noah.

Soon, God commissioned Abraham as a Patriarch of a people group through whom He would reveal Himself to mankind and ultimately destroy the works of the Devil via selfless love and sacrifice via Messiah. To this end, God made a covenant with Abraham and promised Abraham that through him every family of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3); this, referencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ that would be the property, the divine possession, of Abraham’s seed and through these people God originally planned to proselytize the entire Earth with the Gospel via the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20; Jeremiah 31); in fact, Jesus clearly articulated the truism that He had come only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24-25).

Unfortunately, Israel’s children rejected the Gospel message; Israel’s children rejected their Messiah and falsely accused Him of blasphemy; Israel’s children conspired with the Roman authorities to murder their Messiah upon a tree; Israel’s children demanded that Messiah’s blood be upon them and their children; therefore, God ultimately took the Gospel intended for Israel’s children and gave that Gospel and the responsibility for the Great Commission to the Gentiles until such time the fullness of the Gentiles entering the Kingdom will have come to fruition (Romans 11:25; Acts 13:64).

For this reason, the Jew, the Israelite, continues to reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Israel continues to reject their Messiah and for this reason i.e. “unbelief,” only a remnant of Israel’s children will escape the “second death” in Perdition (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27); that remnant being those who witness Messiah’s second-advent and wail and mourn for the One they have pierced and subsequently believe in Jesus as their Lord and Messiah who died for them (John 19:37; Zechariah 12:10).

Though man’s free will reigns paramount, God’s eschatological Plan is undeterred via His omnipotence. God works through and around our personal decisions, our free will, to bring His eschatological will to fruition. God’s will be done! Amen!

Jesus is God otherwise humankind is destined to Hell…

The Deity of Jesus Christ is of necessity; otherwise, humankind is destined to death in Hell.Jesus entered Time through the womb of a virgin woman to circumvent the sin-nature passed through Adam’s genome (Romans 5:12) so that He could provide blood atonement for your sin (Leviticus 17:11) and offer you His perfection, His sinlessness, imputed into your life in exchange for your sin IF you will simply believe that He is Lord who died for you to pay your sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Genesis 3:21).

No ordinary “man” could die for you and provide you the opportunity to live forever with God; no ordinary flesh can pay your sin-debt because mankind is sinful by nature (Romans 3:23; Romans 7:14+) and God the Father and the Law requires absolute perfection in order to attain righteousness through that Law (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10; Romans 3:20) and ONLY Jesus Christ was/is capable of perfection as Jesus is Elohim manifest in flesh to destroy the works of the Devil for you (1 John 3:8b).

Does Mark 16:16 suggest that salvation requires Baptism/Works?

Law Keeper quotes Mark 16:16 suggesting that “faith alone” is insufficient for salvation. Is this true?

Christian response,

First, the last chapter of Mark is not considered inspired text and you’ll find a bracket around these words noting that point but if you desire to use Mark 16:16 as a text for the heresy of a works salvation, let’s do that; what does the text say; unfortunately, you only quoted the portion that under girds your false doctrine.

“16 The one who has believed and has been baptized will be saved; but the one who has not believed will be condemned.” Mark 16:16 (NASB)

Part “a” of Mark 16:16 clearly states that “the one who has believed and has been baptized will be saved.” IT DOES NOT SAY that the one who is “baptized” will be saved; you’re reading into the text something that is not there. The key to salvation is “belief” and not baptism as underscored by overwhelming Scripture relevant to salvation in the New Covenant.Part “b” of Mark 16:16 states “but the one who has not believed will be condemned.” It is true that the one who “believes” and is baptized will be saved but it is also true in accordance with OVERWHELMING evidence from Scripture that the one who “believes” will be saved without any form of baptism just as the one who does not believe is condemned void any form of baptism.

You run afoul of God’s grace when you believe that self-righteousness has anything to do with your salvation and you run afoul of God’s omnipotence when you suggest that you must somehow supplement the work of Jesus on the Cross to pay for your own sin – this is blasphemy. Adam attempted this very thing by covering his sin and shame with fig leaves but Elohim rejected Adam’s work and shed innocent blood to clothe Adam and Eve in a robe of imputed righteousness…God HIMSELF did the work (Genesis 3:21; 2 Corinthians 5:21) In like manner, Jesus Christ is wholly SUFFICIENT in and of Himself to pay for your sin by “FAITH” in HIM alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). You insult the Gospel of Jesus Christ when you think human effort plays a role in supplementing the suffering and blood shed of Jesus Christ for your atonement.

Are works important?

Are works important in the Christian’s life? YES, it is the obedience, love, faithfulness, to the indwelling Holy Spirit during sanctification, the Spirit having been given the faithful SUBSEQUENT to having established covenant relationship with the Father, that validates one’s saving faith as authentic. It is the behavior, the NEW CREATION in Jesus SUBSEQUENT to salvation that verifies one’s faith as SAVING FAITH but works, including the work of baptism, can NEVER supplant faith or make you “more” saved than what simple and pure faith in Jesus as Lord believing that Jesus died for you will provide. Also, YES, every believer in Jesus Christ should be baptized as commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).

Are you antichrist? Are you perishing in sin via unbelief?

Are you antichrist; Are you perishing in sin through unbelief?

One can come to the Father with partial knowledge of what Jesus has done for them at Golgotha and find righteousness and covenant relationship with the Father through faith but once covenant relationship is established and the Holy Spirit indwells the faithful as the Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14), the Spirit will increase the wisdom and knowledge of God’s faithful via sanctification (1 John 2:27) and they WILL KNOW with certainty that Jesus is God and it is this knowledge that differentiates the true Christian from every religion, sect, cult, existing in the World.

If you don’t know or if you fail to see Jesus as God, you remain in your sin (John 8:24)…you do NOT have covenant relationship with the Father and you are NOT HIS! You are antichrist and you are a servant of the Devil knowingly or unknowingly irrespective of heritage, family, creed or color (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Jesus is God Almighty

Jesus Christ is God Incarnate via the Hypostatic Union…

Jesus repeatedly tells you that He is God through words and deeds and the Jews murdered Him via the Roman authorities for this proclamation. It is the one who has been born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus as Lord (John 3), Messiah, that understands and acknowledges the necessity for Messiah’s deity because the Spirit teaches this truism (1 John 2:27) and it is the mark of the Christian knowing that Jesus is God (Matthew 16:16) and it is the one primary differentiation between the true Christian and every religion, sect, cult, of the World.

Every true Christian knows and acknowledges that Jesus is God, Creator, Messiah, Judge, because the Holy Spirit teaches this through sanctification. If you deny Jesus as God you do not possess the Holy Spirit and if you’re absent the Spirit, you’re absent covenant relationship with the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14) and if you’re absent covenant relationship with the Father by faith in Jesus as Lord, you remain in your sins (John 8:24).

Is it Legalistic for a Christian to “Keep the Law”?

Is it legalistic to keep the Sabbath Holy as a Christian? – No…but…

If you desire to keep the Law to honor Jesus Christ, the Father, the Holy Spirit and if you desire to keep the Sabbath ceremonial edict because the Holy Spirit given you as Guarantor of relationship with the Father by faith in Jesus (Ephesians 1:13-14) has moved you to honor the Sabbath…if these things bring you “peace” in your relationship with God, by all means, observe them…BUT…do not allow yourself by demonic influence to progressively believe that what your “doing” to honor the Father somehow makes you righteous and acceptable to the Father by supplementing the work of Jesus at Golgotha as atonement for your sin.

Beware of Jewish, Christian cultic, legalistic apostasy,

This is the eternal error of far too many “Messianic Jews” who live with one-foot in the Law and one-foot in Grace by Faith in Yeshua. They simply cannot bring themselves to trust in the SIMPLICITY of the Gospel message that God became flesh; entered Time through the womb of a virgin young woman; lived in perfect righteousness by fulfilling the moral requirements of the Law; then walked to the horrors of a Roman Crucifixion and shed His blood as atonement for our sin and access to that atonement granted by “faith alone.”

Be careful of the sin of the Galatian Jews that you don’t spurn the Gift of God accessed by faith, alone, for works of self-righteousness thereby making yourself unworthy of God’s grace in Jesus Christ-Yeshua (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is no peace with God when man seeks works of self-righteousness to supplement the eternally sufficient work of the Son, Jesus Christ, at Golgotha. Messiah’s atoning work upon the Cross is eternally sufficient to atone for your sin (John 14:6). Your works of righteousness SUBSEQUENT to faith in Jesus, alone, simply authenticate your faith as true but works can NEVER supplant saving faith as true faith is essential to establish covenant relationship with the Father (John 3:16-18).

Concerning the Authority-Accuracy of Scripture

Concerning the Authority – accuracy of Scripture…

To those who seek to disparage the veracity, accuracy, the Truth, of the Canon of Scripture.

There are very few minor, irrelevant, translation errors by scribes that have crept into the manuscripts over the years and it is the original manuscripts – the Autographs – that are absolutely perfect in their construction but know this… the very same God who created the Heavens and the Earth is, through His omnipotence, perfectly capable of providing you with the EXACT words He desires you have so that you can know Him personally; love Him intimately, live with Him eternally…you can rest assured that the Canon of Scripture before you is our God’s will for your life; therefore, read it with confidence and turn away from those who have no faith in God and seek to disparage His words as they have chosen to serve the Devil, place doubt in your mind, and seek your destruction in the “second death” in Perdition.

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement, the Mercy Seat

Concerning the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant and a foreshadowing of Messiah’s atonement,
Leviticus 16,
11 “Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. 14 He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.15 “He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it. 16 In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been.”

The fulfillment of all the Mercy Seat and Day of Atonement foreshadowed,

11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb, weeping; so as she wept, she stooped to look into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they put Him.” (Gospel of John, Chapter 20)

Overview,
Mary observed the blood of Messiah staining the stone upon which His body has been laid along with the two-angels, one sitting at the feet…one at the head of the actual mercy seat foreshadowed by the Ark of the Covenant. Jesus, alone, is our atonement for the sin of the whole World (1 John 2:2).

The Ark of the Covenant foreshadowed Messiah Jesus,

The Ark’s wood represented Messiah’s humanity.The Ark’s gold represented Messiah’s deity.

The Mercy Seat represented Messiah’s atoning blood sacrifice.

The pot of manna within the Ark represented that Messiah would be Bread of Life (John 6:35).

Aaron’s rod within the Ark that was a dead-stick but budded to life represented the death and resurrection of Messiah.

The Tablets of Stone, the Commandments, within the Ark represented that the Messiah would be the fulfillment of God’s Law and that God’s Law representing God’s holiness and righteousness would be integral within Messiah as the Son of God and the Son of man.