The 2 Steps to Gaining Eternal Life

salvation

There are many ways to approach this subject. The best way to do this is to make everyone go through a “Dogma Detector.” Don’t worry, It won’t hurt . . . much! So step up, put your theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories into the white plastic tray and then step through the “Dogma Detector.” Don’t worry, you will get your theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories back after this post . . . if you still want them, that is.

What was that?!? The “Dogma Detector” is beeping! Are you trying to sneak a man-made doctrine into this teaching? Tsk, tsk, tsk! That is not going to work. Please, check ALL of your pockets and empty all of your theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories into the white plastic tray. Thank you.

beep! Beep! BEEP!

Maybe some of you are having a hard time going through the “Dogma Detector” because you are not really sure what a dogma is, or for that matter, what YOUR own dogma is. Lets tackle that one first . . . To do this, we have to understand what theology is first:

The science of God or of religion; the science which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of God, his laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly understood) “the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures, the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of Christian faith and life.”
Noah Porter, ed., Webster’s 1913 Unabridged English Dictionary, (Springfield, Mass.: G. C. Merriam Co., 1913), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Theology”.

In layman’s terms and to keep this simple, theology is a belief system.

Theology is a little bit different than religion in that religion is a practice based upon a theology that is believed to be true.

Now we get to the 2nd word in Theological Supposition . . .

1. The act of supposing, laying down, imagining, or considering as true or existing, what is known not to be true, or what is not proved.

2. That which is supposed; hypothesis; conjecture; surmise; opinion or belief without sufficient evidence.
Noah Porter, ed., Webster’s 1913 Unabridged English Dictionary, (Springfield, Mass.: G. C. Merriam Co., 1913), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Supposition”.

In layman’s terms, and to keep this simple too – dogma. Even simpler? Theory.

Theory, dogma, supposition. They are all synonyms.

So let’s see how many are trying to bring a theological supposition, dogma, or theory into this teaching by asking a simple question. Before we do this, I want to warn you in the most emphatic way that I can:

Do NOT take my word for ANY of this!

Check what I am saying against the text! Do NOT become sheep blindly following! That is a good way to end up in the slaughterhouse! Open the text and VERIFY! Whether it be with me or anyone else, YOU must do the work! Do NOT accept until you have verified! I can not say this in strong enough terms!

So here is the simple question regarding salvation:

Static

or

Dynamic?

If you do not understand what I am asking, let me ask it a different way:

Is Salvation a single moment in time? A single confession of faith securing an eternal destiny? A momentary and single acceptance that gives eternal life?

or

Is Salvation a life lived for God?

In this simple question, theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories are exposed quite easily. Let me ask it in a different way:

  1. Are you “saved?” (past tense – STATIC)
  2. Are you “being saved?” (present tense – DYNAMIC)

Without getting into it too deep, the word in the text is sōzōmenoibeing saved. It is a verb that is normative, plural, masculine, participle, present and middle. Simply put, in the process of . . .

That also exposes some theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories quite easily, doesn’t it? I have written on many of these topics in detail already so I am not going to in this post to keep this post shorter. They were necessary to ask though because we are talking about the 2 steps to gaining eternal life and it is foundational to being able to understand what those two steps are. Theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories make it hard to see what is being said in the text. They color the text and what it is conveying just like sunglasses do when they block out certain spectrums of light – certain colors.

Before we see what the text says, let’s go to some of the top Christian, Messianic and others sites on the web and see what they say one needs to do to gain eternal life . . . I will tell you right now that it is difficult to find papers by the following that address this subject directly and to the point.

Everyone knows the evangelist Billy Graham. Let’s see what his answer on page 193 of his 1960 book My Answer:

Last night I dreamed I was dying and woke up in an agony of fear. Today I know I am not ready to die. What must I do?

God may have permitted you to have this dream to make you realize that you have neglected the most important thing in this life and in the next. You can have peace in your heart and the assurance of salvation if you will humbly acknowledge yourself as a sinner in God’s sight, ask His forgiveness and cleaning and trust in Jesus Christ, God’s Son as your Saviour from sin. Christ died on the Cross to do just this very thing for you. Let me urge you to get a Bible and read, or ask someone to help you read the following verses: Romans 3:12, Romans 3:23, II Timothy 3:5, Romans 3:19, Ephesians 2:8, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, Hebrews 7:25, Romans 10:13, and Romans 10:9, 10. These are not magic verses. They simply tell us about our need and how to find that need met in Jesus Christ. You do not have to do some wonderful thing to be saved. All you have to do is accept the wonderful thing Christ has done for you. After you have this assurance in your heart tell other people about it. Also, show by your daily life that Christ has changed it for His own glory.

http://www.ccel.us/myanswer.ch20.html

John MacArthur is huge in the Calvinist circles. Lets see what he says:

The Bible says that if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved. However, the Bible does not present faith as simply “mental assent to the facts of the gospel.” True saving faith involves repentance from one’s sin and a complete trust in the work of Christ to save from sin and make one righteous. The Reformers spoke of three aspects of faith: recognition of the truth claims of the gospel, acknowledgment of their truthfulness and exact correspondence to man’s spiritual need, and a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ who, by virtue of His death, provides the only sufficient sacrifice for one’s personal sin. Any one of these three aspects of faith, taken by themselves, is insufficient to meet the biblical definition of saving faith. However, the presence of all three components together results in saving faith. In other words, saving faith consists of mental, emotional, and volitional elements. Saving faith involves both the mind and the will.

http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA164/What-is-the-nature-of-true-saving-faith

Michael Brown is a Messianic Jew and a charismatic. Him and John MacArthur have been been battling for years. While I could find no specific paper he has written on-line, I did find on his website some of his views:

Paul in his letters lists many things that God requires of us – after all, we have received Jesus as our Lord and it is now our sacred calling to do His will – not to be saved but because we are saved. Just take out your Bibles and read Ephesians 5:1-6 (or, if you like, start in the fourth chapter and read through to the end of the fifth) and very clearly, Paul tells us how we are to live and warns us about the dangers of deviation from God’s ways. Or read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (again, among many other passages), where Paul lays out what God requires of us as His children.

Jesus paid for our sins once and for all on the cross, but the blood is applied to our lives the moment we are saved and then in an ongoing way once we are saved (notice the present continuous tense of the Greek in 1 John 1:7).

First, I actually teach what he claims I don’t teach, namely that the moment we are saved, we are set apart by God as holy and called “holy ones” (saints). That is our identity in Jesus – saints, not sinners – and now we are called to live that out. That’s why Peter writes, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:14-16)

http://askdrbrown.org/dr-paul-ellis-underscores-the-errors-of-hyper-grace/

John Piper is also huge in the Calvinist circles. Let’s see what he says:

What are the most basic things a person needs to believe in order to be saved?

Paul says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” He says, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.”

So I take texts like that and begin at the core—the death of Jesus. He died for our sins, which means I must believe I am a sinner. A person that doesn’t believe he is a sinner can’t be saved. If there is nothing to forgive, Jesus didn’t do anything for me. If he didn’t do anything for me, I’m not believing him for salvation. If I’m not believing him for salvation, then I’m not saved. So you must believe you are a sinner.

You also must acknowledge what Jesus did. He lived the perfect life. I don’t think you can believe that Jesus sinned and still be saved. Because then the sacrifice made for you was not what God required, and you aren’t believing in what God did for you. So Jesus is the sinless Son of God and he gives himself up to die in my place.

This substitutionary dimension of the death of Christ for my sins is necessary. There are lots of ways the Bible talks about this and I think you can be very confused about some of them while still being saved. I don’t want to start listing off all the ways the Bible talks about the atonement and how confused you can be about them while still being saved. Let’s just say that what is required is the core of the gospel—that the remedy is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who never sinned got in my place and took the wrath of God for me. He died in my place.

http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-must-someone-believe-in-order-to-be-saved

The Baptist mega-pastor Andy Stanley has nothing that I could find on this in writing. In fact, when I go to his church site and type in “how do i get saved,” it returns the following:

“Sorry, your query did not return any results. Check your spelling or try a different search term.”

http://northpoint.org/search-results/eyJyZXN1bHRfcGFnZSI6InNlYXJjaC1yZXN1bHRzIiwia2V5d29yZHMiOiJob3cgZG8gaSBnZXQgc2F2ZWQifQ

Joyce Meyer is a huge Prosperity Gospel (Health and Wealth) teacher. This is from her site:

Why

Why am I here? Who am I? What will happen when I die? These questions have intrigued people throughout the ages. The answers can be discovered by understanding God’s plan of salvation and by getting to know Jesus Christ.

Who Is Jesus? What Did He Do?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose from the dead to save humanity from dying in their sins.

Christ died to pay for our sins, your sins can be forgiven. And because He conquered death, you can have eternal life — you can know for sure what will happen to you after you die.

But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you

Ask forgiveness.

Believe in the gift of salvation.

Pray to confess your sin.

Receive Christ into your life.

http://www.joycemeyer.org/EverydayAnswers/BecomeAChristian.aspx#why

Joseph Prince is the pastor of one of the biggest churches in Asia. He states the following on how to get saved:

How Do I Get Saved?

Salvation is a gift from God, and comes through believing in Jesus and Jesus alone.

In John 14:6, the Bible tells us very clearly that Christ is the only way to God and eternal life, and in Romans 10:9–11, the Bible tells us how to be saved and have eternal life: Believe in our hearts that Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the grave, and confess with our mouths that He is our Lord and Savior.

To accept Christ into your life and be saved, please say this salvation prayer.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for me, for sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all my sins. His precious blood washes me clean. You raised Him from the dead. He’s alive today. And I thank You all my sins are forgiven. I’m righteous by the blood. I’m under God’s favor. And I thank You Father that surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life from this day forth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

http://www.josephprince.org/daily-grace/salvation/

Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life and Church books) has a video and a pdf. Aside from that, he also has a devotional that he addresses this topic with:

How Do I Know I’m Saved?

By Rick Warren — May 21, 2014

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

In Luke 23:42, one of the criminals hanging next to Jesus on the cross prayed, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (NIV).

Notice that he didn’t ask Jesus to stop his pain, although he would have been in excruciating pain on the cross. By that time, Jesus was famous for doing miracles, but the man didn’t ask Jesus to save him from death, either.

He said, “Jesus, remember me.” Why? Because he knew that his deepest need was salvation from sin — not just salvation to get into Heaven. He believed in Jesus.

The Bible says in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (NIV).

So how do you know for sure that you’re saved? How do you know you’re going to Heaven when you die? How can you be certain? How can you eliminate your doubt?

Your assurance of salvation is not by your works, because you can’t earn your salvation. Your assurance of salvation is not by your feelings, because feelings come and go.

What is your assurance of salvation? The promise of God’s Word. If God says it, that settles it, because God cannot lie. You can trust the promise of God’s Word. You can rest in it.

http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/how-do-i-know-i-m-saved

These are just a few of bigger names in the thousands upon thousands of people that are leaders influencing believers and non-believers alike. I am are NOT going to confirm or refute their answers above in this post, I am simply going to go to the text and see what Yeshua (Jesus) has to say when asked this very question. I will let you come to your own conclusions.

I will be using the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible) by David Stern but I am going to take the verse numbers and heading out so you can see how Yeshua deals with it without the distractions of verse numbers etc:

An expert in Torah (a lawyer) stood up to try and trap him by asking,

“Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?”

Yeshua (Jesus) doesn’t answer him directly. He does what Rabbis (teachers) do – He teaches. Instead of answering, he asks the man 2 questions.

But Yeshua said to him,

  1. “What is written in the Torah?
  2. How do you read it?”

“How do YOU read it?” Awesome question, huh?!?

He answered,

“You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.”

The lawyer answers with the Sh’ma (Deut 6:4), and with (Lev 19:18). Both are straight out of the Torah of Adonai. How does Yeshua (Jesus) respond to the lawyer’s answer? How will he respond to this guy that says what must I DO . . . ? Will he respond with a some theological supposition – some dogmas such as, “DO??? That is works based righteousness – you don’t have to DO anything to receive eternal life!” Nope – he doesn’t say that. The answer might startle you though – especially considering the explanations from all of the modern day people before this story:

“That’s the right answer,”

Yeshua said.

Do this, and you will have life.”

“The RIGHT answer!” “You will have life!” Uh-oh! The “Dogma Detector” is beeping like crazy now!!! But like some of you reading this right now, you want to justify your theology – your dogma – your theological suppositions. You want to rationalize (attempt to make the unreasonable sound reasonable). The lawyer did too. . .

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Yeshua,

“And who is my ‘neighbor’?”

Well, lawyer my friend, you just asked for another lesson from the Rabbi (Teacher) Yeshua – and what an excellent lesson it is!

Taking up the question, Yeshua said:

“A man was going down from Yerushalayim to Yericho

when he was attacked by robbers.

They stripped him naked and beat him up,

then went off, leaving him half dead.

By coincidence, a cohen (priest) was going down on that road;

but when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Likewise a Levi who reached the place and saw him

also passed by on the other side.

“But a man from Shomron (A Samaritan) who was traveling came upon him;

and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion

The Greek word for compassion here is (splanchnizomai) in a word mercy (sympathy, pity).

So he went up to him, put oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them.

Then he set him on his own donkey,

brought him to an inn and took care of him.

The next day, he took out two days’ wages,

gave them to the innkeeper and said,

‘Look after him; and if you spend more than this,

I’ll pay you back when I return.’

Of these three (the cohen, the Levite and the Samaritan),

which one seems to you

to have become the ‘neighbor’ of the man who fell among robbers?”

Yeshua has the lawyer answer his own question AGAIN! It seems the lawyer is pretty bright and knows the text pretty well. After all, if the text is the inspired word of God, and God and Yeshua are one, then Yeshua would seem to me like the MOST qualified person EVER to answer this lawyer’s question, wouldn’t you agree? So how does the lawyer answer?

He answered,

“The one who showed mercy toward him.”

Right answers aren’t all that is required, are they? Understanding . . . that is what always seems to be lacking. Remember what the text says?

Proverbs 1:1-7 (CJB)
1  The proverbs of Shlomo the son of David,

king of Isra’el,
2  are for learning about wisdom and discipline;

for understanding words expressing deep insight;
3  for gaining an intelligently disciplined life,

doing what is right, just and fair;
4  for endowing with caution those who don’t think

and the young person with knowledge and discretion.
5  Someone who is already wise  will hear and learn still more;

someone who already understands  will gain the ability to counsel well;
6  he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions,

the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7  The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

This lawyer is a bright cookie. He has the right answer again. In fact, he has NOT given an incorrect answer. He answers:

“The one who showed mercy toward him.”

Yeshua gives him the understanding to go with the right answer with the following proclamation:

Yeshua said to him,

“You go and do as he did.”

OY VEY! Yiddish for (Oh the pain!) This can’t be right, can it? Yeshua is telling this guy to go out and do, (heaven forbid), works?!? You see, mercy is a work. Loving-kindness (grace) is a work. But make no mistake, works in-and-of-themselves are nothing. We could do all the the works in the world and they would not matter without the love the Creator showed us – the mercy He showed us by sending His one and only unique son to bleed so that there could be forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:22 (CJB)
22  In fact, according to the Torah, almost everything is purified with blood;

indeed, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

The shedding of the Messiah’s blood – the greatest act of mercy ever! The greatest work ever! This is love! Let’s look at the verse in Hebrews in context so you can see why:

Hebrews 9:11-22 (CJB)
11  But when the Messiah appeared

as cohen gadol (high priest) of the good things that are happening already,

then, through the greater and more perfect Tent

which is not man-made (that is, it is not of this created world),
12  he entered the Holiest Place once and for all.

And he entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves,

but by means of his own blood,

thus setting people free forever.
13  For if sprinkling ceremonially unclean persons

with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer

restores their outward purity;
14  then how much more

the blood of the Messiah,

who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself to God

as a sacrifice without blemish,

will purify our conscience from works that lead to death,

so that we can serve the living God!

15  It is because of this death

that he is mediator of a new covenant [or will].

Because a death has occurred which sets people free

from the transgressions committed under the first covenant,

those who have been called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
16  For where there is a will,

there must necessarily be produced evidence of its maker’s death,
17  since a will goes into effect only upon death;

it never has force while its maker is still alive.

18  This is why the first covenant too was inaugurated with blood.
19  After Moshe had proclaimed

every command of the Torah to all the people,

he took the blood of the calves with some water

and used scarlet wool and hyssop to sprinkle both the scroll itself and all the people;
20  and he said,

“This is the blood of the covenant which God has ordained for you.”
21  Likewise, he sprinkled with the blood

both the Tent and all the things used in its ceremonies.
22  In fact, according to the Torah, almost everything is purified with blood;

indeed, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

But we still don’t have the whole story. The lawyer asked Yeshua, “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?”

The answer was simple and the lawyer already knew it because he answered his own question and was told he was CORRECT by Yeshua. The lawyer answered with the 2 most important commands:

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (CJB)
    4  (A:vi, S: v) “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad[Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one];
    5  and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.
    6  These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart;
    7  and you are to teach them carefully to your children.

    You are to talk about them when you sit at home,

    when you are traveling on the road,

    when you lie down

    and when you get up.
    8  Tie them on your hand as a sign,

    put them at the front of a headband around your forehead,
    9  and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.

  2. Leviticus 19:1-3, 10-18, 32-34 (CJB)
    1  Adonai said to Moshe,
    2  “Speak to the entire community of Isra’el; tell them,‘You people are to be holy because I, Adonai your God, am holy.
    3  “‘Every one of you is to revere his father and mother,and you are to keep my Shabbats; I am Adonai your God.

    10  Likewise, don’t gather the grapes left on the vine

    or fallen on the ground after harvest; leave them for the poor and the foreigner;

    I am Adonai your God.
    11  “‘Do not steal from, defraud or lie to each other.
    12  Do not swear by my name falsely,

    which would be profaning the name of your God; I am Adonai.
    13  Do not oppress or rob your neighbor; specifically,

    you are not to keep back the wages of a hired worker all night until morning.
    14  “‘Do not speak a curse against a deaf person

    or place an obstacle in the way of a blind person; rather, fear your God; I am Adonai.
    15  (RY: v, LY: ii) “‘Do not be unjust in judging

    show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty,

    but with justice judge your neighbor.
    16  “‘Do not go around spreading slander among your people,

    but also don’t stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake; I am Adonai.
    17  “‘Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly,

    so that you won’t carry sin because of him.
    18  Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people;

    rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

    32  “‘Stand up in the presence of a person with gray hair, show respect for the old; you are to fear your God; I am Adonai.
    33  (RY: vi, LY: iv) “‘If a foreigner stays with you in your land, do not do him wrong.
    34  Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native-born among youyou are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Adonai your God.

I have given you the context around the words answered to Yeshua by the lawyer. The words Yeshua said were correct. There were no verses or chapters when the lawyer answered Yeshua – they didn’t come into existence until very much later. Context would be expected to be known by any Rabbi or Torah teacher. They would know more than a single line (or verse as we call it).

This is not something any of the teachers and preachers that I quoted above address in their responses. Why? You would have to ask them directly. That no one quotes the above may very well be one of the reasons we have such a big problem in the assemblies today – the teachers are teaching theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories.

Yeshua is not. He is very clear here – the question is answered succinctly. If we didn’t have to battle theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories, this page could have been a simple quote of the text regarding his interaction with the lawyer and his question. If we didn’t have to battle theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories, more teachers answers would have matched the Lord of Lords and Host of Host’s answer.

But there is more to it as well. A very important understanding that is not taught in very many assemblies or by many of the teachers quoted above. Notice the following:

Matthew 25:31-33 (CJB)
31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory,

accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne.
32  All the nations will be assembled before him,

and he will separate people one from another

as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
33  The ‘sheep’ he will place at his right hand and the ‘goats’ at his left.

                      GOATS                                                             SHEEP

Matthew 25:41-45 (CJB)
41  “Then he will also speak to those on his left, saying, ‘Get away from me, you who are cursed! Go off into the fire prepared for the Adversary and his angels!
42  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43  a stranger and you did not welcome me, needing clothes and you did not give them to me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
44  Then they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, needing clothes, sick or in prison, and not take care of you?’
45  And he will answer them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you refused to do it for the least important of these people, you refused to do it for me!’
Matthew 25:34-40 (CJB)
34  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world.
35  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you made me your guest,
36  I needed clothes and you provided them, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
37  Then the people who have done what God wants will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38  When did we see you a stranger and make you our guest, or needing clothes and provide them?
39  When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’
40  The King will say to them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did them for me!’

There is no mistaking what Yeshua is teaching here. He is teaching mercy. He is teaching love. Love is not a feeling, love is a command. Love is a work. Showing mercy to others is a work. Refusal to love – refusal to show mercy is evil. It has dire consequences . . .

Matthew 25:46 (CJB)
46  They will go off to eternal punishment,

but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.”

Not eternal life . . . eternal punishment. Is this overwhelming you? Are you trying to rationalize (attempt to make the unreasonable sound reasonable) your theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories? Why would you do this? Are the words of our Master Yeshua the Messiah not enough?

Way back in Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) we see something very simalar. I will let your read the whole chapter because you should . . . you need to! This is the culmination of that entire chapter:

Isaiah 1:15-17 (CJB)
15  “When you spread out your hands,  I will hide my eyes from you;

no matter how much you pray,  I won’t be listening;

because your hands are covered with blood.
16  “Wash yourselves clean!  Get your evil deeds out of my sight!

Stop doing evil, 17  learn to do good!

Seek justice, relieve the oppressed,  defend orphans, plead for the widow.

Show mercy – love!

You see, the problem with theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories is that they are always exposed by the text if they are not congruent with the text. Sad part is that many defend the theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories over the text that corrects or refutes them.

Now for the final part. The part that is a key to helping your understand it all – without theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories getting in the way and obscuring the actual word of God.

Not surprisingly, it is another question by a lawyer with the intent or testing/trapping Yeshua. Again, I will be using the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible) by David Stern but I am going to take the verse numbers and heading out so you can see how Yeshua deals with it without the distractions of verse numbers etc:

When the crowds heard how he taught, they were astounded;
but when the P’rushim (Pharisees) learned

that he had silenced the Tz’dukim (Sadducees),

they got together, and one of them who was a Torah expert (lawyer)

asked a sh’eilah to trap him:

“Rabbi, which of the mitzvot (commandments)

in the Torah is the most important?”

He told him,

“‘You are to love Adonai your God

with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’
This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.
And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

He gave the same answer to this lawyer that the other lawyer gave him – the answer that he told the other lawyer was correct. But he adds something at the end . . . a VERY SIGNIFICANT something:

All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

This is God speaking. This is His word. This is what His word says.

You can try and justify your theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories

but you are arguing with the word of God, not me. I won’t even go down the road with you.

You see, there is only ONE theological supposition, dogma, and theory that has any merit because it is NOT actually a theological supposition, dogma, or theory . . . it is a FACT:

All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

So when you tell someone how to have eternal life by scripture, remember that ALL of the scripture is DEPENDENT on the 2 most important commands per Yeshua.

And guess what folks, if you don’t show mercy and grace to your fellow man (neighbor – enemy and friend), then you can’t love God . . . per the text!

1 John 4:20 (CJB)
20  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother,

he is a liar.

For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen,

then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

I know this is a long post. I didn’t want to split it because it is so very important to understand. It is not God’s desire that any should perish –

2 Peter 3:9 (CJB)
9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness;

on the contrary, he is patient with you;

for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed,

but that everyone should turn from his sins.

But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Adonai has his limits. You do not have all the time in the world to get around to it. He destroyed the earth with a flood as a warning to future generations that would live ungodly lives:

2 Peter 2:4-6 (CJB)
4  For God did not spare the angels who sinned; on the contrary,

he put them in gloomy dungeons lower than Sh’ol to be held for judgment.
5  And he did not spare the ancient world; on the contrary,

he preserved Noach, a herald of righteousness, with seven others,

and brought the Flood upon a world of ungodly people.
6  And he condemned the cities of S’dom and ‘Amora,

reducing them to ashes and ruin,

as a warning to those in the future who would live ungodly lives;

On the other hand, we are commanded to love. To show mercy to each other. To have and show loving-kindness (grace) to and for one another. The reason is simple. God is love:

1 John 4:7-10 (CJB)
7  Beloved friends, let us love one another;

because love is from God;

and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God.
8  Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love.

9  Here is how God showed his love among us:

God sent his only Son into the world,

so that through him we might have life.

10  Here is what love is:

not that we have loved God,

but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the kapparah for our sins.

God himself tells us that he takes no pleasure in the wicked dying:

Ezekiel 18:23-32 (CJB)
23  Do I take any pleasure at all in having the wicked person die?”

asks Adonai Elohim.

“Wouldn’t I prefer that he turn from his ways and live?
24  “On the other hand,

when the righteous person turns away from his righteousness

and commits wickedness

by acting in accordance with all the disgusting practices that the wicked person does, will he live?

None of the righteous deeds he has done will be remembered;

for the trespasses and sins he has committed, he will die.

25  “So now you say, ‘Adonai’s way isn’t fair.’

Listen, house of Isra’el! Is it my way that is unfair? or your ways that are unfair?

26  When the righteous person turns away from his righteousness

and commits wickedness, he will die for it —

for the wickedness he commits he will die.

27  And when the wicked person turns away from all the wickedness

he has committed and does what is lawful and right,

he will save his life.

28  Because he thinks it over

and repents of all the transgressions he committed,

he will certainly live, not die.

29  Yet the house of Isra’el says, ‘Adonai’s way isn’t fair.’

House of Isra’el, is it my ways that are unfair, or your ways that are unfair?

30  Therefore, house of Isra’el, I will judge each of you

according to his ways,” says Adonai Elohim.

“Repent, and turn yourselves away from all your transgressions,

so that they will not be a stumbling block that brings guilt upon you.
31  Throw far away from yourselves all your crimes that you committed,

and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit;

for why should you die, house of Isra’el?
32  I take no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” says Adonai Elohim,

“so turn yourselves around, and live!

This is the lesson. It has a simple answer that has been obscured by theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories. These theological suppositions, dogmas, and theories actually battle the word of God at times.

“Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?”

The answer is simple. Love God with all you got and love your neighbor as yourself. Show mercy and loving-kindness to your fellow man the same way our Master and King showed mercy to us. The entire text is dependent on these 2 commandments. John 3:16 is dependent on these 2 commandments. All of the text the pastors and teachers above quoted are dependent on these 2 commandments.

“That’s the right answer,”

Yeshua said.

Do this, and you will have life.”

 

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About Even If Ministries

Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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