LIVING OUT GOD’S WORD, 16.11.18
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
God’s Word has been so distorted and perverted, twisted, and watered down, that many denominations either directly teach, or covertly imply, by virtue of what is left unsaid, that because Messiah died on the Cross, and said “It is finished,” that intends for humanity to be free from any responsibility, accountability, or expectation of living out what Yeshua/Jesus taught, demonstrated, and modelled. It is what has laid the ground for the great apostasy. It is nothing short of the most grievous lie, deception, and falsehood, to state, or imply that Messiah’s death on the Cross means believers are free to do whatever they please. Messiah’s descending to earth, death on the Cross, and resurrection granted freedom from sin, not freedom to sin; it granted, by God’s Grace, by the power of His Holy Spirit, the Ruach Ha-Kodesh, the power to have victory over our sinful nature, and thereby be free from sin, and free from death, free to participate in eternal life with Him.
False allegations of legalism have resulted in disastrous consequences for the believer’s walk, while providing victory for the Enemy of our souls. Twisted, distorted versions/definitions of freedom and grace have created a state of worldliness amongst God’s people. Such false teachings and allegations have created unnecessary confusion amongst God’s people, replacing sound doctrine with the Enemy’s lies, overriding, and negating God’s requirement of living lives of righteousness, holiness, and obedience to His commandments.
James writes, “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror— for once he looks at himself and goes away, he immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect Torah, the Torah that gives freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts—he shall be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25). Such is the case for so many today – deceived, deluded, confused, tossed about to and fro, always doubting, “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind”(James 1:6). And these are often the very ones who are always demanding God’s blessings, oblivious to the specified conditions. Take note that: “that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord— he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7,8). Recall that: Abraham was blessed because of his faith, faithfulness, and obedience; and the woman with the issue of blood was blessed because of her faith.
Old Covenant principles have not been changed. They still apply. There are still blessings for obedience,
3 “If you walk in My statutes, keep My mitzvot and carry them out,
4 then I will give you rains in their season, the land will yield its crops, and the trees of the field will yield their fruit.
5 Your threshing will last until grape gathering, the grape gathering will last until the sowing time, you will eat your bread to the full, and live securely in your land.
6 “I will bring shalom in the land, and you will lie down, with no one making you afraid. I will remove dangerous beasts from the land and no sword will pass through your land.
7 You will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword.
8 Five of you will chase 100 and 100 of you will chase 10,000, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.
and curses/consequences for disobedience:
14 “But if you will not listen to Me, nor carry out all these mitzvot,
15 and if you reject My statutes and if your soul abhors My ordinances, so that you do not keep all My mitzvot, but instead break My covenant,
16 then I will . . . . appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever .. . . .
17 I will set My face against you and you will be routed before your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you . . . . . .
18 “If you, in spite of these things, will not listen to Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
19 I will break your pride of power. I will make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze.
20 Also your strength will be spent in vain, for your land will not yield its increase, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.
21 “if you keep walking contrary to Me and will not listen to Me, then I will multiply the plagues on you seven times . . . . .
22 I will send the wild animals among you . . . rob you of your children, destroy your livestock . . . . make you so few in number .
23 “Now if in spite of these things you will not be chastened by Me, but walk contrary to Me instead,
24 then I will also walk contrary to you. Then I will strike you, I Myself, seven times for your sins.
25 I will bring a sword upon you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant,
Yeshua/Jesus never said, “After my death and resurrection You guys can do whatever you want;” in fact, He said quite the opposite. When the lawyer asked Him what he should do to attain eternal life, Yeshua redirected him to Torah. The young man responded that he knew what God’s laws were, and “Yeshua said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live” (Lk.10:28). He was saying “Okay; you know what to do, now go and DO it!” He did not say, “well, I’m about to die for you so you won’t have to follow my Father’s laws any more.” He commanded us to follow Him; to do as He had done: “So if I, your Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example—you should do for each other what I have done (I’ve already done it; now you go and do likewise) for you. . . . If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them!” (PLEASE NOTE: He did NOT say, “I have done it; now you don’t have to”) . . . . . .. . . “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Yeshua answers. . . . . “Will you lay down your life for Me?”” (John 13:14-16,34,35,38). This is not the flower power, airy fairy, hippy love promoted in the 60’s/70’s, with Peace/Love symbols, behind which lay license for all manner of lurid lust and perversion, bearing no resemblance whatsoever to anything Christ Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach was talking about, or modelling. Hardly the stuff comprising, “Will you lay down your life for Me?” “This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:12-14). It is very clear that the kind of love demonstrated here is a very deep, pure, holy, unselfish, sacrificial love, (hardly relating in any way to worldly depictions of love as some form of sensual, emotional, feeling of elation, lust, etc.), far removed from what is touted in our society, even far removed from what is observed in much mainstream church behaviour, where considerable bondage and pain prevail.
We are called to be a holy people, set apart for Him. We are called to walk in His Word; that means do it; apply it; live it out.
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