Disciple of Yeshua

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"I am Yahovah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me." (Ex. 20:2-3)

 

July 2015

 

     Those of us who love Yeshua/Jesus have witnessed another nail driven through His body (the physical Church) once again; the legalization of same sex marriage by the Supreme Court is a ruling that serve the purpose of the enemy of Yahovah, Creator of heaven and earth. Note this Scripture: "For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet." (NKJV Psalm 22:16) This Scripture is a direct reference to those who seek to nullify the Word of Elohim/God. The representative for promoting the truth concerning relationships between man and woman, and let me hasten to add moral behavior, the Church, is not only silent on this matter but has become complicit in this sin of flagrant abominable behavior.

     There was a mandate given to the body of Christ at the close of the Gospel of Matthew which says: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (NKJV Matthew 28: 19-20) "Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you" is the absolute command and authority of the believers and followers of Yeshua the Savior  and righteous judge of all.

     In the Gospel of Matthew Yeshua began His public ministry with these words: "...Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (NKJV Matthew 4:17) Moreover, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (NKJV Matthew 5:17-18)

     That statement which Christ made concerning the kingdom of heaven being at hand was prefaced with these words: "From that time Yeshua/Jesus began to preach and to say." Christ was preaching that men had to change their way of living, repent, if they wanted to enter into the kingdom of heaven where He will be King of kings and Lord of lords. In the book of Matthew, chapters 5-7 gives the principles for being allowed into the kingdom of heaven. Standards of righteousness are set forth; whatever standard one must have to enter Christ is able  to supply through His sacrifice. All one need do is believe the gospel, trust and obey His word and you shall be saved! So He asks the question of Christians who obey not His word: "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord' and not do the things which I say"?

     He continues by providing a contrast between those of faith and those who rebel against His truth: "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:..." (NKJV Luke 6:46-47) Yeshua/Jesus then goes on to describe two men. Each man building a foundation for living his life. One built his life on Yeshua's sayings/teachings and withstood the disturbance of life's pain with adversity and overcame; the one who refused to hear and obey succumb to the things of the world and the desires of the flesh and was destroyed in his character needed to enter into the kingdom of heaven; this one was cast into outer darkness.

     It is quite clear to me that there is an intense struggle between those who are called Christian and those who love and obey Yeshua/Jesus. There are many who call Him Lord but refuse to obey Him. There is a clarion call given to Timothy by Paul which is essential of all who love and obey our Savior: "I charge you therefore before Elohim/God and the Lord Yeshua/Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." (NKJV 2nd Timothy 4:1-4)

     We who are responsible for teaching doctrine should be encouraged by Paul reenforcing Timothy's ministry in the faith. This is the same mandate Yeshua/Jesus gave His apostles and would have given to Pilate. In John 18:38 Christ is on trial before Pilate who asks Him "What is truth"? But before Christ could answer the question, Pilate went out to the Jews and said: "I find no fault in Him at all." Yeshua/Jesus had already answered this question in John 14:6 when He said to Thomas: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Our Savior began and ended His ministry preaching and teaching with these words: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

     The kingdom of heaven is a place and, if one is wise, all should be striving to enter into it. Christ is the King who will rule eternally in His kingdom of heaven on earth. To enter this kingdom with eternal life men and women must have obtained a character and nature such as Christ. A summary is given in Galatians and first Timothy of this character: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (NKJV Galatians 5:22-24)

      "But you O man of Elohim/God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (NKJV 1st Timothy 6:11-12) What things should a man or woman flee in order to pursue righteousness? "He is proud, knowing nothing but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." (NKJV 1st. Timothy 6:4-5)

     The kingdom of heaven is a place where eternal life is given to those who accept, believe, and obey that which Christ has taught and commanded His disciples: "So Yeshua/Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'receive the Holy Spirit...'" (NkJV John 20:21-22) For those of us who embrace Christ, our message has not changed. We believe: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (NKJV 2nd. Timothy 3:16)

     Just as the Scripture instructs us on who will be accepted in the kingdom of heaven it also warns us of who will not enter into the kingdom of Christ the Savior. When one confesses, accepts, and ask Yeshua to save them as his or her Lord and Savior, and repent of past sins, then walk in His teaching, that person is immediately saved and given the Holy Spirit at that instant. That person now has eternal life and must now walk and live the life of Yeshua/Jesus and seek holiness through living out the simplicity of the gospel!

     "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, or adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of Elohim. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the Name of the Lord Yeshua/Jesus and by the Spirit of our Elohim." (NKJV 1st. Corinthians 6:9-11)

     The Scripture gives us instruction on being worthy of receiving eternal life in the kingdom of the world to come: "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from Elohim/God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify Elohim/God in your body and in your spirit, which are Elohim's. (NKJV 1st. Corinthians 6:18-20)

Until the next time,

In His service, James A. Chisolm    

      

      

      

 

 

      

 

 

 

 


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