There are some pretty strong statements in Scripture, that define who loves Yahshua, and who does not — who will see eternal life, and who will not:
“…If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” (John 8:51) “…If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10) “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4)
In light of the seriousness of this issue, have we endeavored to find out what “My” sayings are, and what “My” commandments consist of? Wouldn’t we want to find out exactly what “My” sayings and commandments are, so we can be sure that we are walking as obedient children? This is a SERIOUS matter!
In order to determine what “My” sayings and commandments are, we must first determine who Yahshua really is.
If the words Yahshua spoke to mankind are limited to a 3-1/2 year period on earth, perhaps His words, sayings, and commandments might be found only in the New Testament.
If, on the other hand, He spoke to mankind over several thousand years before He manifested Himself on earth, perhaps His words, sayings, and commandments might appear in the Old Testament as well.
If He wrote the ten commandments with His finger, and gave them to Moses, and if He accompanied the Israelites while in the wilderness — this would certainly put the test of “If you love me, keep My commandments” in a new light.
Indeed, if I were to think Yahshua were actually the “Yahweh” of the Old Testament, who would establish a “New Covenant” consisting of the Old Testament Law to be written on the heart, I might want to actually keep the Passover Feast, the Pentecost Feast, and all the other Feasts that Yahweh claimed are “My” feasts. I might even want to keep the 7th day Sabbath!
If I were to believe most Pastors today, who have learned in Cemetery and Bible School that “My” Commandments are only found in the New Testament, I would conclude Yahshua was merely the 3-1/2 year guy, a mere “short-timer.”
If I were to not believe these Pastors, but read the Scriptures for myself, what would I find? I guess it all boils down to the question, “Whom do you say that I am?”
I suppose I could continue to let my lack of keeping the Feasts and Sabbaths demonstrate that I think Yahshua was just a short-timer, but I’m beginning to think He is the Big-Guy, and has been here for the long-haul. I’m getting the idea I would like to find out more, and begin walking in a more “orderly manner, and keep the Law,” as the Apostle Paul did.
I sure would not want to meet the Bridegroom, only to be told, “Why did you listen to those Pastors, and Teachers, and their Doctrines and “Commandments of Men,” that turn men from the Truth?
Who is Yahshua? Is he only the son of man? Or, is He the giver of the Law to Moses?
Perhaps the commandments we keep, and don’t keep, reveal who we think Yahshua actually is.
Something to think about!