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.” (1John 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 “WORD of 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 Bible Schools and Seminaries 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 read the Scriptures for myself, and not believe these Pastors, what would I find? I guess it all boils down to the question, “Whom do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).
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 Peter tells us that Paul did (Acts 21:24).
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 WORD of Yahweh, who gave the Law to Moses?
Perhaps the commandments we keep, and don’t keep, reveal who we think Yahshua actually is.
Something to think about!
- What Are the Ten Commandments? – Also called The Ten Words, these Scripture passages are shown in both Hebrew and English, enabling us to see for ourselves what these Commandments actually say. When we as New Covenant Believers understand whose words they are, we can better know how to respond to them.
- Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation – Obedience to the Torah [Father’s House Rules for His family] is not about our redemption by Yahushua’s blood. Instead, it is Messiah’s New Testament instruction to all Born-again Believers in how to abide in Him, how to love Him, and how to walk as He walked.
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures – What is the source of our current understanding of the Bible? The pure Truths of Scripture are of highest importance — how we understand the Scriptures will affect our eternal condition! To avoid being deceived by man-made doctrines, we must not rely on Preachers, Teachers, Bible notes or commentaries. Instead we must study and understand the Bible for ourselves — not looking through the lenses of tradition or man-made Bible study methods — but relying only on what the Bible actually says about how to study and understand the Scriptures! Here are 7 Biblical Guidelines that show us the way!
- Contending for The Faith – We are exhorted to contend, to fight to remain in The Faith that was originally given. Scripture shows what The Faith is, and shows why and how we must contend for The Faith. Overview of how the adversary attacks the foundation of The Faith, with examples of contending for The Faith.
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins – Yahushua tells us why many today are not prepared.
- The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise – The Scriptures reveal a 2-step process of separation from the multitudes, for those who would grow in Wisdom.
- Let No Man Steal Your Crown – Reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown.
- Who is the Chaste Virgin? – The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride — one who is chaste, and without corruption. The Scriptures warn us of the many forms of corruption, and how to remove them, in order to remain chaste, and ready for the Bridegroom.
- The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable – A parable revealing the astonishing – and magnificent – nature of the New Covenant.