'CHRISTIANS' ARE NOT SAVED, ACCORDING TO JESUS.
Jesus is Not Yahoveh, but Yahoveh's Prophet
JESUS, YAHOVEH’S PROPHET
According to Jesus, the religious leaders were lost because they don’t believe what Moses wrote about him…and, as we will see, the Christian Church doesn’t believe Jesus either.
Jesus said whoever keeps his word will have eternal life (John 8:51, Matthew 7:24-27, and others). As strange as this may sound, the Christian Church does not accept, obey or keep Jesus’ words. Evidence of that is in the Christian church doctrines which are based on Paul’s teachings, many of which are often contrary to Jesus’ teachings (see more on this below). Why is that? Jesus tells us why.
Jesus said, (John 5:43), “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name (such as Paul), him you will receive.” Why is that? Jesus continues… John 5:46-47, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” According to Jesus, the reason people don’t accept Jesus’ words, or teachings, is because they don’t believe Moses, especially what Moses wrote about Jesus. So instead, they accept the writings of others, such as Paul.
What was it that Moses wrote about Jesus that they failed to believe? Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 18:17-19, “And Yahoveh said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” And we know this passage from Deuteronomy 18 is speaking about Jesus, because Acts 3:22, Acts 7:37, and Revelation 22:9 all confirm that these verses are referring to Jesus. Moses, under the inspiration of God, wrote that Yahoveh God would send His prophet Jesus to His people and He said that they had better listen to him, for he speaks “My words” with "My authority", says Yahoveh, and if they don’t heed ‘My word’ which he speaks, there will be grave consequences. (To “hear” is the Hebrew word ‘shama’ meaning to heed, or hear and obey). If we believe this declaration by Moses (or really Yahoveh) to be true, we would receive, accept and obey Jesus’ words with the same authority as if spoken by Yahoveh God Himself. And if we did that, we would allow no one to contradict them, negate them, trump them, or supersede them in any way – they are timeless commands and irrefutable truths. But yet, the religious leaders at Jesus’ time rejected Jesus and his message because they didn’t believe Moses when he said Jesus was Yahoveh’s prophet speaking Yahoveh’s words with Yahoveh's authority.
What was it that Jesus said that was rejected by the religious leaders? One of the biggest contentions Jesus had with the religious leaders was that they kept their ‘oral traditions’ (manmade religious doctrines) sometimes at the expense of God‘s law, and sometimes adding to God’s law. Mark 7:7 and Matthew 15:9, “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men (oral laws).’ The Pharisees didn’t completely abandon God’s law, but parts of it were replaced or negated by their ‘oral laws’ and they added many of their own, making religion a burden to the people. Luke 11:48,” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.”
The Pharisees neglected many of God’s laws but taught people to keep their own man made laws. And when even one of God’s laws is rejected, or set aside, that is spurning God’s authority and despising His word. Setting aside even some of God’s laws made them what the Bible refers to as ‘lawless’. Matthew 23:28, “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” They kept all of there religious rules, and look pious to men, but they neglected God's law. Matthew 13:41-42, “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Clearly ‘lawlessness’ is a crime worthy of eternal death by God’s standards.
God told us to keep His law, commandments and statutes and that was repeated by Jesus His anointed Prophet. When we allow a 'lawless' authority, church or whatever, to convince us that we can set aside or reject some, or all, of God's laws, we have allowed that 'lawless' authority to supersede God's supreme authority. When that happens we have a new supreme authority and therefore a new god.
Jesus speaking with the authority of Yahoveh, told them to set aside their ‘oral traditions’, ‘oral law’, or doctrines of men and keep the law of God given by Moses. But they rejected that command from Jesus – not believing that he was speaking for Yahoveh - even though his miracles all bear witness that his message was from the Father with the Father's authority. But they couldn't see that connection so Jesus called them blind.
Deuteronomy 18:17-19 tells us that Jesus spoke Yahoveh words by Yahoveh’s authority, and Jesus confirmed that in John 14:10 and John 14:24 telling us that he only speaks the Father’s words and by the Father’s authority. Wow! How would anyone dare rejecting Jesus’ words? Right?
But, like the Pharisees, today's Christian church leaders reject Jesus’ commands to keep the Old Testament ‘law and prophets’ (Matthew 5:17-20), and accepts Paul’s teachings on setting aside God’s law (Romans 3:21-26, 6:14, 7:4, Colossians 2:17, Galatians 4:4, 5:1, etc.). The church used Paul’s teachings in formulating church doctrines which tells them that we don’t have to keep God’s laws because Jesus died on the cross and now they are under grace, not under the law. The Christian church teaches and preaches what Paul wrote, ignoring that Jesus told us to keep ever 'jot and tittle' of the ‘law and prophets’ and the Commandments of God until heaven and earth pass away. The Christian church seems to have forgotten that Jesus said, in Matthew 28, to go into all of the world and teach and preach all that he had commanded, not what Paul had written.
Today’s missionaries and pastors preach and teach Pauline doctrines which tell people to ‘just believe in Jesus and you will be saved by grace, there’s no need to keep God’s law, no need to eat Biblical kosher, no need to keep the feast days, and there’s no need obey what Jesus commanded.’ There are a number of verses that tell us that we gain eternal life by believing, and there are a number of verses that tell us that we gain eternal life by keeping Jesus’ words, and keeping the commandments of God. We can only conclude that to believe in Jesus means to obey him. It would be senseless to say that we believe in Jesus, or we believe in God, but we won’t obey them. That makes no sense. If we truly believe we will obey. Jesus agreed, he said, ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Jesus said if you truly believe in him, believe that he is ‘lord’, you will obey him. Jesus said those who love him keep his word, the Father will love them also (John 14:21).
Jesus told the people of his day, and us, to keep the ‘law and prophets’ every ‘jot and tittle’ even ‘the least of the commandments’ until ‘heaven and earth pass away’ (Matthew 5:17-20), and he said it’s those who “do the commandments of God” who will “enter the city (New Jerusalem) by the gates and eat from the tree of life” (Revelation 22:14). Entering a city by the ‘gates’ is significant, it means having gone through judgment, and allowed access to the city. In ancient time, judgment happened at the ‘gates’ of a city. Those found guilty were taken outside the city and punished as the crime deserves (i.e., fire and brimstone). Those who were found ‘not guilty’ were allowed access into the city, in this case the New Jerusalem. We have several examples of judgment in the city gates in the Old Testament. What will be God’s criteria for judgment? It’s just as Revelation 22:14 says, “doing the Commandments of God”. And Jesus agrees with that in John 5:24-30, where it says he will judge, but according to God's will, or God's law.
Whether we are saved by keeping the commandments of God, or if keeping the commandments is evidence that we are saved, is not the point here, either way, Jesus and God told us to keep the Commandments of God to enter the New Jerusalem. And if we set God’s commandments aside (making us a presumptuous sinner) we will be judged as being lawless. Yet today’s Christian Church doctrines, based on Paul’s teachings, teaches people that we don’t need to keep God’s law – they say “just believe”. In teaching that to the people, the church is producing lawless people who feel they can ignore Jesus’ instructions, Moses words, and God’s Commandments.
Jesus himself was a ‘Biblical Jew’. That means that he kept the laws and commandments of God as given in the ‘law and prophets’, and he rejected the man made oral laws, traditions, creeds, or doctrines which were in conflict with God’s word. In Revelation 14:12, the ‘saints’ or the ‘redeemed people of God’ are defined as those who ”keep the Commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus”. The Scriptures call on us to have the faith of the Jewish Jesus, to follow him and to walk as he walked.
So please, set aside all church teachings and doctrines that conflict with Jesus’ words and then study Jesus’ words (as he was speaking for Yahoveh) and obey all he said for eternal life.
Important notes; WHAT TYPE OF SINNER ARE YOU?
In order to understand the Scriptures, it’s important to understand that there are two types of sinners defined in the Scriptures, ‘presumptuous sinners’ and ‘unintentional sinner’ (We see them both in Numbers 15:27-31 and note that different translations use different names for them.) ‘Presumptuous sinners’ are sinners who know God’s law but presume it’s not for them and they presume they don’t have to keep it and presume that there will be no consequences for breaking it. They don’t consider it a sin to break a law that they rejected so they never feel guilt and repent. Presumptuous sinners are also called ‘lawless’, ‘unrighteous’, or ‘workers of iniquity’. Jesus came to call the unrepentant presumptuous sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32,”I have not come to call the righteous, but (presumptuous) sinners, to repentance.”
An ‘unintentional sinner’ knows God’s law and aims to keep it. But they occasional fail (sin) when they are overcome by temptation, a time of moral weakness or ignorance. When they sin they know that they did wrong and they will feel guilt and remorse, and knowing the ‘fear and love of God’, they will repent. Through repentance their sins are forgiven, forgotten, pardoned, atoned for, and blotted out. Following repentance, ‘unintentional sinners’ are considered to be ‘righteous’. Jesus didn’t need to call the ‘unintentional sinner’ to repentance, because they do repent after they sin.
Proverbs 24:16, “For a righteous man (unintentional sinner) may fall (into sin) seven times And rise again (through repentance), But the wicked (presumptuous sinner) shall fall into evil and not rise (because they will not repent).” God calls repentant sinners “righteous”! It’s those that don’t repent that are called wicked, lawless, workers of iniquity or presumptuous.
SAVED BY GRACE
The Church say, ‘we are saved by grace, apart from keeping the law’. Who is saved by God’s saving grace? Everyone who is saved is saved by God’s saving grace. What is God’s saving grace? God’s saving grace is His love and mercy He has for certain people. Who receives God’s love and mercy? The Scriptures (Exodus 20:6) tell us;
“but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (NKJV)
“and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.” (ASV)
“but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (NIV)
And in John 14:24; “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” (NKJV)
This is the only formula in the Scriptures that we have to gain God’s love (i.e., His saving grace). Sure God loves everyone, but God has a special love for certain people. God loves those who love Him and keep His commandments. If you somehow believe that you can gain God’s saving grace without keeping God’s commandments, you are saying that God will give His saving grace to those who reject His commandments, spurn His authority, despise His word, and rebel against Him, dishonoring God and Jesus by their disobedience. Really? You really think that God will welcome those lawless presumptuous sinners into heaven? Absolutely not! To reject any of His commandments is look Him in the eye and say ‘no’ to Him, the fact that you keep some of laws doesn’t negate the fact that you are a rebel in God’s eyes because of the law(s) that you don’t keep. Exodus 20:5 says, as far as God is concerned, those who refuse to obey Him ‘hate’ Him.
You say, ‘that’s not me’. Do you keep God’s Sabbath day holy or do you worship on Sunday? Do you keep God’s feast days, or do you do Easter and Christmas instead? Do you worship Yahoveh alone? Do you eat kosher, or do you eat those things which God forbids? Do you eat Easter Sunday Ham dinners? Do you pray to anyone other than Yahoveh?
And ‘yes’ according to John 3:16 God has a ‘love’ for everyone, but yet, even according to that verse everyone is not saved. Only certain ones who meet a certain condition will be saved. And that is to ‘believe in Jesus’. But as we saw earlier, to ‘believe’ includes obedience. To say that you believe in Jesus but won’t obey him is senseless. And so your obedience won’t be perfect but that is what repentance is all about. But, if you simply don’t care what he commanded or won’t obey him, you are among the wicked, lawless, presumptuous sinners. If try to obey him and repent when you fail you are an unintentional sinner, one of God’s righteous.
Repentance is key to salvation. But before one can truly repent, one has to acknowledge that they have sinned by violating God's laws which He told us to keep. If someone believes that they are not under God's law, they can not repent. If you truly believe that you are not subject to God's laws, and you don't need to keep them, you will never repent. Today's Christian church has little use for repentance... Since they are not under the law, there is no sin - and if no sin, repentance is not needed.
What is true repentance? What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, it’s doing what God forbids or not doing what God commands. To repent means to ‘turn around and go the other way’. So to repent of sin, means to stop breaking God’s law and start keeping God’s law. But true repentance is not a mere mechanical obedience, it has to involve a godly sorrow because of sin, and a commitment to re-submit ourselves to God’s authority.
It would be impossible to obey God with a mechanical obedience only, that would be superficial only and true obedience comes from the heart, not the outward flesh. Without a commitment of the will, or heart, there would be no sorrow for sin and therefore repentance would not happen. Those who fear and love God will keep His commandments, those who have no fear of God or love for God can not obey because they are rebels at heart.
Love and fear God, keep His commandments, all of them, less you are found to be a lawless presumptuous sinner, wicked rebel, and worker of iniquity. Such people will not enter through the gates of the New Jerusalem but will be judged as lawless sinners and stoned with fire and brimstone.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil."
THE ONENESS OF GOD - JESUS IS NOT YAHOVEH
There are many verses in the Bible in which Jesus speaks of Yahoveh God as someone other than himself. Such as Matthew 4:10 and John 14:1, and John 17:3. Jesus referred to Yahoveh and God and Father.
The Jews always strongly affirmed the oneness of God by reciting the ‘shama’ (Deuteronomy 6:4) three times a day, so that it would be ingrained into them and to make sure that they don’t forget it; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel: YAHOVEH our God, YAHOVEH is one! You shall love YAHOVEH your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Yashua himself quoted the ‘shama’ (Mark 12:28-30) “Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the most important commandment of all?”
29 Yashua answered him, “The first and most important of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, YAHOVEH our God, YAHOVEH is one. 30 And you shall love YAHOVEH your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first and most important commandment.” So Yashua affirmed that there is one God, Yahoveh, and Yahoveh is one. Yashua knew nothing about a Trinity and denied any such idea. In John 17:3, Yashua said, while praying to the Father, His God, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yashua Christ whom You have sent.” Yashua affirmed again, that the Father (Yahoveh) was the only one true God. And that eternal life hungs in the balance of knowing that.
Paul agreed with that, 1 Corinthians 8:6a (NKJV), “yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Yashua Christ, ….” Paul agrees that there is one God, the Father, and then there is the Messiah, Yashua.
The Old Testament clearly and repeatedly states that there is one God and God is one and there are no other gods. So for someone to affirm the Trinity, they would have to say the Old Testament, which Yeshua called “word of God” (Mark 7:13), which was eternal, and indestructible (Matthew 5:18), was wrong and in error, and that would make Paul and Yashua liars or ignorant, and God’s Holy Scriptures unreliable. To say that the New Testament affirms a Trinity, which it never mentions, would be strange because there is also no hint of it in the Old or New Testaments. The entire concept is implied, or assumed.
The First Commandment tells us that there is one God and His name is Yahoveh. Exodus 20:2-3, “I am Yahoveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Jesus (Yeshua) told us to worship Yahoveh alone and serve Him only. Matthew 4:10, “Then Yeshua said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yahoveh your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” And in Revelation 22:8-9 Jesus tells John not to worship him, but to worship God.
Yashua here identifies himself as someone other that god. John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” Jesus never claimed to be God.
Jesus said, John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Not only is the Father the only God, but eternal life hangs in the balance of knowing that.
Paul wrote, 1Corinthians 8:6, “yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” Paul believed that the Father was the only God.
While speaking to the woman at the well, Yashua identifies himself as one of the Jews who worships the Father (Yahoveh) in truth and spirit. If Yashua was God, he wouldn’t be worshiping God. Yahshua said in John 4:22-23, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
Yashua said he has a 'Father and a God', who is the same Father and God of the disciples. John 20:17, “ Yashua said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” It’s unlikely that a God would have a God. Jesus clearly did not consider himself to be God.
The “Church” is an institution of religion. Religion is man’s way of trying to please God, in an attempt to appease Him and gain salvation. Since religion was created by man, operated and controlled by man, it is far from perfect and full of man made traditions. The traditions are in the form of creeds and doctrines, which are imposed on all members. One of those man made doctrines is the doctrine of the Trinity, which is an invention of the Church, and is based on a man made creed, the Nicene Creed, written in about AD 324. The idea of a ‘trinity’ came from pagan religions, and was brought into the early apostolic church, along with other non-Biblical teachings by pagan converts – making Christianity a pagan version of Judaism. The idea of a ‘Trinity’ is a foreign concept to the Bible and incompatible with Biblical teaching – but yet is forced on all Christian church members.
If the church would take an honest look at the first of Ten Commandments written in stone with the finger of God.... Exodus 20:2-3, "I am Yahoveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me."
YASHUA (Jesus) IS NOT JEHOVAH, OR YAHOVEH GOD
Many Christians, if not all, worship Yashua (Jesus) claiming that it is proper to do that because he is Jehovah God or Yahoveh God. But the Scriptures clearly point out the Yahoveh God is Our Father. (Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 32:6, 32:18-19, 1Chronicles 29:10, Isaiah 63:16, 64:8, Jeremiah 3:19-20,31:9-10, and others). It’s Yahoveh that Yashua referred to as his ‘Father’ and ‘God” (John 20:17), it was Yahoveh that Yashua told us to worship alone (Matthew 4:10, John 4:22-23, Revelation 22:9), it was Yahoveh that Yashua told us to pray to (Matthew 6:9), it was Yahoveh that raised Yashua from the dead (Acts 13:30-37), and it was Yahoveh that Yashua worshiped (John 4:22-23). If you follow and obey Yashua’s teachings, do as he told you, you will pray to and worship Yahoveh alone.
Perhaps one reason they worship Yashua is that they credit him with creation instead of the Creator, Yahoveh God. They mistakenly they credit Yashua with creation, because John said “all thing were made through him” (John 1:3). Yahoveh God made the world as we read in Genesis, by His word, much later in time, Yashua was begotten as “word became flesh” (John 1:14) – so it was by the Word of God (later personified as Yashua), that the world was made. Yahoveh God is the Father and Creator, we mustn’t take His glory away by giving Yashua credit with making the world, Yashua, as the Word, was the agent by which the Father spoke the universe into existence.
These verses all identify the Father as Yahoveh God.
Exodus 4:22, “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says Yahoveh: “Israel is My son, My firstborn.” (Having a son makes YHVH a Father)
Deuteronomy 32:6, “Do you thus deal with Yahoveh, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?”
Deuteronomy 32:18-19,”Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you. “And when Yahoveh saw it, He spurned them, Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.”
1 Chronicles 29:10, “Therefore David blessed Yahoveh before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Yahoveh God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.”
Isaiah 63:16, “Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Yahoveh, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”
Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Yahoveh, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.“
Jeremiah 3:19,20b, “But I said: ‘How can I put you among the children And give you a pleasant land, A beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?’ “And I (YAHOVEH) said: ‘You shall call Me, “My Father,” And not turn away from Me…says YAHOVEH’
Jeremiah 31b:9-10a, “… for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn…Hear the word of YAHOVEH…”
Malachi 1:6a, Yahoveh says, “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor?...”
Malachi 2:10a, (NKJV), ‘Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?”
And Yashua is clearly not the Yahoveh our Father, whom Yashua and Paul identify as the only true God. Yahoveh is the Father, and the only true God.
John 8:42 (NIV), “Yashua said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.”
John 17:1a,3, “Yashua spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come… And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yashua Christ whom You have sent.”
John 20:17, “Yashua said unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God and your God.”
Ephesians 4:6 (NKJV), “one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
I know it's contrary
I know what I write is completely contrary to what your church tells you, but what I tell you is straight from the Scriptures with Jesus’ words intact. What the church teaches is also from the Scriptures, but Jesus’ words and the Old Testament are superseded by Paul’s words. Ultimately you have to choose between Paul’s teachings and Jesus’ teachings. But choose wisely, Jesus said that by his words we would be judged (John 12:48).
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