09/08/2012 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"Saved by a Faith that Works"


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EliYah's message:

What is required for salvation? What do we need? That's the big if. That's the big question mark that a lot of people would put on others. It's a really good thing that man doesn't get to decide in the end who is saved and who's lost. HalleluYah for that! It'll be Yahweh and his judgment as to who He will save and who He won't.

Daniel 12:2 - And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.

Wow! We don't want to be in the second group there, do we? Definitely not. And so, who are the ones in the first and second group?

“Those who are wise.” We need wisdom. “Like the brightness of the firmament.” Isn't that the light that was created? “Let there be light!” Of course, the Messiah is our light. “And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." Awesome! So, Yahweh wants us to turn others to righteousness.

To righteousness. Didn't Messiah say something about that? Didn't he say in one place those who do and teach the commands ( Mat 5:18 ) will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. HalleluYah! So, we want to both do and teach others to be turned to righteousness; to do the commands.

What is required for salvation? What do we need? That's the big if. That's the big question mark that a lot of people would put on others. It's a really good thing that man doesn't get to decide in the end who is saved and who's lost. HalleluYah for that! It'll be Yahweh and his judgment as to who He will save and who He won't.

 Daniel 12:2 - And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.

Wow! We don't want to be in the second group there, do we? Definitely not. And so, who are the ones in the first and second group?

“Those who are wise.” We need wisdom. “Like the brightness of the firmament.” Isn't that the light that was created? “Let there be light!” Of course, the Messiah is our light. “And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." Awesome! So, Yahweh wants us to turn others to righteousness.

To righteousness. Didn't Messiah say something about that? Didn't he say in one place those who do and teach the commands ( Mat 5:18 ) will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. HalleluYah! So, we want to both do and teach others to be turned to righteousness; to do the commands.

There's an emphasis on turning many to righteousness that needs to occur in the body of Messiah. Now, we're going to get into what that really means because it has two meanings to it in today's session.

How can we be among those that when we sleep in the dust of the earth.... Imagine, “rise to everlasting life and shine like the stars forever.” Can you envision that? That's an awesome promise! We are saved brothers. That's what we are going to talk about– how we are saved.

And it turns out when you examine the Scriptures we are “SAVED by a FAITH that WORKS.”

Now if you were to watch somebody's life that was a believer in Messiah.

And they were giving everything they could; every gumption of their being to show love to their neighbor; to honor their parents; to keep their hearts and their minds pure, and their whole life is wrapped up into giving to the poor; reaching out to the disadvantaged; healing the broken hearts.

Almost anyone would look at that person and say, “that is an honorable life. That man right there is living the life of Messiah.” Now, same person. He's a believer in the Messiah and he's doing all he can to show Yahweh how much they love Him.

And they honor him; being very careful not to defile His holy Sabbath. To keep their bodies (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit) clean by not eating things that are unclean. He even goes into the ingredients and checks to make sure things have no pork in it.

And they faithfully did their duty of keeping his feast days and refused to work on his holy days. Many people will look at that person's life and say one word, "LEGALIST!!" “You're obviously trying to be saved by works through all that law keeping.” But you know, is that really true?

Are we legalist because we keep other commands that maybe some people don't keep? And for one reason or another they don't keep it. Maybe because they're afraid they'll be called a legalist if they keep those things. But is that what Yahweh would call us?

For instance we keep the Sabbath day and for that reason alone many will say, “oh, you're a Judizer! You're trying to earn your salvation because you keep the Sabbath day or you tell me I have to you. You're trying to earn your salvation! We don't keep the Sabbath day because we really have to.

If I was to say I had to keep the Sabbath than that would be me trying to earn my salvation!” Well, why is there a different viewpoint when someone says to somebody else, “you know, you really need to honor your parents. I mean it's required in the Commandments that we honor our parents.” Or, “you need to walk in love!”

Or, “you need to show compassion!” Or, “you need to refrain from lust and adultery!” For some reason when they tell you that, then that is not legalism. But for them to say, “oh, you need to keep the Sabbath day, it's commanded!” BINGO, “you're a legalist!” What is this? Where did this doctrine come from?

When Yahweh gave the Israelite's the Torah. When He gave them that, what was he trying to do? Was He trying to get them to focus on the external only? Was He just trying to tie them up in a web of legalism so that they would be in bondage for the next 1500 years? That's what they accuse us of.

And so we want to examine this thing in light of Scripture. I mean, we don't want to be among those trying to earn our salvation, that's for sure. We don't want to be the one saying on the day of judgment, “Yahweh, you owe me salvation because I did this.” We don't want to be saying that.

Because He's going to be looking at us and saying “no, you're own righteousness isn't going to cut it.” So I want to examine this at length and hopefully give you some things either you haven't thought of before or noticed before, or if I don't do that hopefully I’ll bolster your current understanding.

And you'll be able to more adequately share with those who would be in opposition to you for keeping these other commands that many people don't think they need to keep today.

I want to point out something because there's this mindset that as soon as you begin to do these other things that to some people look like Old Testament stuff, there's this polarization between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Almost as if they're at odds with each other; almost as if, like Marcion taught in the early second century Christianity, that the Mighty one of the Old Testament was a completely different Elohim or as they would say “God.”

Finally the New Testament came and this “Jesus”figure came along and fixed everything and calmed the old “God” down or became the new "God" that people worshiped. You almost get that impression, I mean people say: “oh, that one in the old testament, that mean Jehovah God ready to strike and kill at any slight infraction!”

And then along come the “Jesus” figure who kind of calmed Him down and now He's sort of like grandpa, a little more lenient and He'll let things slide and now He's more interested in just being buddy, buddy. That's the impression.

I don't think anyone specifically says that, but there's this lingering spirit behind a lot of mainstream churches today that sort of have that attitude; that spirit about what they teach. So, I'm going to completely obliterate that whole thing hopefully with one slide here, Exodus 34:6, right from the law:

 Exodus 34:6 - And YAHWEH passed before him and proclaimed, "YAHWEH, YAHWEH Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,

“Merciful and gracious”........ahhhh........”merciful and gracious,” lovely words, “long-suffering,” sounds like New Testament words. "Abounding in goodness and truth," isn't that very soothing to the soul? Isn't that a blessing to hear that? Isn't that a wonderful thing to our ears?

Uh oh! Here comes this New Testament verse and its the Messiah that's speaking. What's He saying?

 Revelation 2:23 - "I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

Wait a minute! I thought the Messiah was the one that was long-suffering, gracious and abounding in goodness. That's what were told. He's not judgmental. What about Acts chapter 5? Didn't two people just die right there on the spot for having lied? Brothers, He's the same yesterday today and forever; there's no distinction.

He's not Jekyll and Hyde. It's the same Elohim in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Yahweh feels the same about sin 3500 years ago as he does today; there's no difference; He feels the same way.

He's also displeased with sin in the camp and remember what Paul said, “even those who handle the body and blood of Messiah ( the drink of the communion) in an unworthy manner, he'll throw sickness on people; he'll even kill people who do that."

He can judge just as quickly; in a snap judgment – you're out here, in the New Testament church era. It's the same Elohim. It's just that we now understand the means through which we receive salvation. We now understand that it is through the Messiah, Yahushua that we become his people.

They did not understand that completely in what's called the old testament time period. They saw a little shadow of it, but didn't fully understand it. It's all a blurry picture. We now have clarity. The future is always blurry to men. Even us, we look into this glass dimly of our future should we remain faithful to Yahweh in the age to come.

So, there's no distinction between how Yahweh feels about sin in the Old Testament and how he feels about it today. I see nothing of the kind when we look into the holy Scriptures. I see nothing of the kind. And so, we need to be accurate in our view of Him. We need to be accurate.

We need to examine at length where Yahweh actually draws a line between someone trying to be saved by their own works and someone not trying to be saved by their own works, but making an effort to be righteous and holy before Him. And that's a good holy thing. First things first. One thing we have to understand.

All! That's you; that's me; that's everyone. Everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of Elohim! We talked about last week how we were created in the image and glory of Elohim. Well, we've fallen short of that glory and that image because we have sinned. We are not an accurate reflection of Yahweh.

We are not an accurate image of Him. And so, how can we be redeemed from this condition which is a failure to reflect his glory; or a failure to reflect his image? Now, some out there would just say, “that's easy, just believe in Messiah and everything will be fine; everything will be great.” But there's another Scripture we need to be aware of:

So, there's a certain amount of works involved here and what's the difference? Many are the sermons out there today saying, "oh yes, you're not saved by your own works; it's only through the Messiah that your saved,” and that's very true. But, with that is a very, very subtle doctrine “that we don't really have to be concerned about our works.”

After all, since you're not saved by works what's the point in trying to have good works to begin with, except “oh, just show them how much you love them but it doesn't really matter.” To what benefit would we concern ourselves to have any good works at all if we're not saved by our good works? And that's where a lot of confusion exists.

Some would believe since were not saved by works, you just try a little bit here and there; recognize your saved by grace and not by your works anyway, and you don't have to put all the effort into it. If you're trying to put too much effort into it, well then you're trying to be saved by your works. Well what do the Scriptures say about this?

In Romans Chapter 9, verse 30, Paul makes a statement here:

So one pursued the law; sought to be obedient to the law, but did not attain righteousness. But the Gentiles who were not looking for a law to follow, they found themselves to be the ones who have attained to righteousness. The righteousness of faith.

And many would point this out and suggests that that's what we are trying to do – pursuing the law of righteousness. And therefore will never attain – “you can never attain or keep that whole law, so why are you trying?”

They won't say that about you if you're trying to love your neighbor or be good to your brother or honor your parents or refrain from murder. They won't say that about you, but they will say this about you if you are keeping the Sabbath day or keeping a feast day. Why?

The truth is my brothers, anybody could be seeking to earn their salvation by trying to honor their parents or by saying, ( and a lot of people who will never be saved make the same statement) “well, I've been a good person so I'll make it into heaven. I've always tried to treat people right and not lie or steal and so I think I'll make it in."

Someone like that could be trying to earn their salvation just as easily as someone saying, “well, because I keep the Sabbath day or keep the feast days, I know I'll make it.” It's not the commandment we keep that saves us.

And so Romans 9:30 – 31 shown above, if you take it out of context might make you think that it is a bad thing to concern yourself with pursuing the law of righteousness. There's no point in even trying to keep the law. It doesn't give me righteousness to begin with. The Gentiles over there are obviously lawbreakers.

Here they are, attaining to righteousness! Well, Paul gives a reason why. You have to keep reading. Why the Israelite's were not able to attain to righteousness.

 Romans 9:32 - Why? Because [they did] not [seek it] by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.

That's the Messiah.

 Romans 9:33 - As it is written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

We know Yahushua was a stumbling stone that they stumbled over. They did not humble themselves and say “I have been a sinner; I need the Messiah to be my righteousness.” They were given the law and they thought that was the end all. But you know the law only serves one function and that one function is to show us the way of righteousness.

It always has and it still does today. The law cannot literally – you know, some Torah scroll go and die on a tree for us. We need that Word to become flesh and dwell among us and then that word (living word), only through him can we be righteous. So Yahushua was the manifestation of Torah keeping.

Yahushua was the manifestation of keeping every single commandment that was ever to be kept and he died for us. Because of his life which he has given to us, and said, “here is my life.” We receive his life. We put on the robe of righteousness – Yahushua the Messiah; the covering; the atonement.

The word atonement means "covering." We put his righteousness on us and he bears our iniquities and our sins as the bridegroom; as a man who is the covering for his wife, the Messiah is the covering for us. So that we are able to obtain righteousness.

So that when Yahweh looks upon us, he knows that all of our Yuck has been borne by the husband; by the bridegroom. So in spite of our own sin, we are able to be pure and holy in his site. That's how we attain righteousness.

But the only reason why Messiah could do that was because he did not break a single command in the Torah. And so, the law serves one function and that's to teach us what righteousness is. The Messiah is the one who makes us righteous.

 1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

So, that's the bottom line.

 Romans 7:7 - What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."

And so the law teaches us the difference between the righteous ways and the unrighteous ways. So, the children of Israel pursued this law of righteousness but all it could ever do is show them how rotten and wicked they are. And how they needed to live right.

Now, if our life is solely consisting of just showing everybody how rotten and wicked they are, then maybe our attitude is wrong. Maybe we're the ones being rotten and wicked. We're not also showing them a way out of the filth they are involved in.

That they can come to the Messiah and he can cleanse them, purify them in such a way as if they had never sinned. And so we need to walk in the Spirit of grace in our conversations; our relationships with our children, our spouses and with our friends, neighbors and relatives.

And so, we want to be a manifestation of Messiah, who not only kept Torah, but he also offered a way of hope; a way of salvation.

 Romans 10:1 - Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to Elohim for Israel is that they may be saved.

2 - For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for Elohim, but not according to knowledge.

3 - For they being ignorant of Elohim's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of Elohim.

And so, the zeal of Israel in the first century, was not a zeal according to knowledge. They were ignorant of something very important. Very important! And it was all throughout the prophets. And that is, “the righteousness of Elohim.” How could they possibly learn about the righteousness of Elohim by reading the Old Testament?

You've got a go into the prophets. You see it in the Torah some, but you really see it in the prophets.

Woe, this is something significant! Yahweh is saying every tongue will say this. What? Every tongue will say:

Only in Yahweh I have righteousness! And strength! Two things: righteousness and the strength to walk in righteousness. Both of them come from Yahweh our Elohim. Both of them through Yahushua the Messiah.

Justified! That means declared righteous – justification. This is not just a New Testament idea; the doctrine of justification. It is thoroughly here in the prophets. So our glory is in the righteousness of Yahweh dwelling in us and Him giving us the strength to walk in righteousness. And it's only in Him that we're justified and are made glorious!

So we have brothers a clear example from the prophets, basically, a so called, “new testament concept.” As one who shares Scripture, a lot of what I do is to demonstrate over and over again how it's all one book from Genesis to Revelation. We don't want the dividing line. We don't want the “wall of partition” between old and New Testament.

It's all one book. One series of revelations that are continuous and consistent from one end to the other. And this is just one example of that. How the justification is only through Yahweh not through our own righteousness.

Only through Yahweh do we have righteousness. Isaiah 54:17 same thing.

How does that happen? That happens through – as we now know – Messiah Yahushua. And those who read Isaiah 53 shall see that. Another example:

We didn't clothe ourselves. “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation. He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.” So He is the one as the bridegroom. So, as we enter into the bride and bridegroom relationship – where we are one spirit not one flesh, one spirit with Messiah – we are given this robe of righteousness.

And just to demonstrate once again that this comes through Yahushua the Messiah:

 Jeremiah 23:5 - "Behold, [the] days are coming," says YAHWEH, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

6 - In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this [is] His name by which He will be called: YAHWEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

I've been reading the prophets about this “Branch of righteousness.” Here He is! One who will bring righteousness to us. Yahweh Tsidkenu as we shared at length last week – One who will bring righteousness to us. This ties in beautifully and this is why I believe that this verse is translated very well.

It ties in beautifully with Revelation chapter 3 where we shared that Yahweh will write upon us His name; the name of His son and the name of His city which is

8,4PRAISE ALMIGHTY

The ones that He has chosen. And so, we receive the Messiah Yahushua who brings us the righteousness we need to have salvation. You know, even Yahushua the Messiah – contrary to what you may have heard – didn't claim that His righteousness was his own. He claimed that his righteousness could only come from Yahweh.

In fact when one time someone tried to call him “good teacher,” he corrected them.

 Matthew 19:16 - Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"

17 - So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one [is] good but One, [that is], Elohim. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

Very interesting. So even the savior himself did not claim that any goodness he had was his own. But that goodness he had could only come from Elohim. He's the only source of goodness. And I think you'll notice here, the question was, “what shall I do that I may have eternal life?” What does Yahushua point out to him?

He points out to him the righteousness of Yahweh. But he also points out to him, “if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Alright. Any humble man is going to look at himself and say, “I've not kept the commandments. There is really only one righteous, and that is Yahweh the Father. What will I do now? What will I do now?”

And that is really what Yahushua, I believe, was trying to get him to start thinking toward. And so, what the Son has done is allow the Father to flow through him unabated.

 John 5:19 - Then Yahushua answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

Again John 14:10:

 John 14:10 - "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own [authority]; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

That's how we need to be isn't it? See, the righteousness of Yahushua came from the heavenly Father, Yahweh. And even though we have sinned, if we choose to accept Yahweh's way of salvation; Yahweh's way of bringing us righteousness ( we need that righteousness, don't we? I hope you recognize that – we've all sinned) through the Messiah.

So that just as the Messiah said, “it's not me who even does these things but the Father who does them in me.” So we will also say:

 Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

That's how we become one with Messiah. That's how Messiah became one with his Father. Becoming one in will, in thought, unity, and purpose. So Yahweh is willing to allow His righteousness to be imparted to us; His image to be imparted to us; His glory to be imparted to us through the Messiah. And that's why Yahushua said:

 John 14:6 - Yahushua said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

You can't get anywhere with the Father unless you go through the Messiah. So it's only through him. If you look in the prophets, you see Yahushua's testimony here. This is not some Pauline doctrine that He invented in the book of Romans! This is right out of the Tanakh or the Old Testament.

It's only through Yahweh and his indwelling in the Messiah that we can attain righteousness. That's the source of our salvation. Yahushua dwelling in us. And so we are saved by that. Not our own works.

The mindset of many today and it is a sad state to live in is, “okay, you know, I've been mostly good and hopefully my good outweighs my bad and if that is the case, then He'll let me through; I'll make it to Heaven.” You know, if you did nothing but good your Entire life and only broke one command. You just broke one!

You just broke one! Then you are no longer the image and glory of Elohim. You are no longer able to save yourself. You have failed and fallen short of the glory of Yahweh. So you have no hope in your own righteousness. All those commandments you kept doesn't make a bit of difference if you only broke one.

You're no longer in His image. You are now a transgressor. You are now unworthy to even dwell in His presence. How many sins did it take Adam to be kicked out of the garden? Just one! Just one. So that's inherently obvious hopefully just by understanding the Old Testament even, we can grab that understanding.

So, if we're going to seek righteousness, we need to seek it by faith. That it's not our own righteousness. It's just faith that Yahweh is going to bring us His righteousness like he said He would. And that's the humble way of approaching Him. That's what He wants. He wants humility.

And so, when Paul is speaking here in Roman's 10, he says he wants to see Israel be saved. He says they have a zeal, but not according to knowledge.

 Romans 10:1 - Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to Elohim for Israel is that they may be saved.

2 - For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for Elohim, but not according to knowledge.

3 - For they being ignorant of Elohim's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of Elohim.

They're ignorant of Elohim's righteousness.

They don't know and understand. They're just ignorant. Have mercy on your Jewish brothers. They're ignorant of Elohim's righteousness. Now how many of us, even though you understood that you came to faith in Messiah, you didn't really understand the whole principle here from the Tanakh.

That it is Yahweh's righteousness (based on what you read in the Tanakh; based on what you read in the Old Testament) that saves us. Now you can show your Jewish brothers that it's only through His righteousness that were able to make it. And so, that way they won't be ignorant anymore.

“And seeking to establish their own righteousness have not submitted to the righteousness of Elohim.” That's why they're not saved. You can't make it using your own righteousness. You'll never make it.

If we are ignorant of Yahweh's righteousness, like Israel, and we do not submit to His righteousness we are going to have no choice but to try and establish our own righteousness. The problem with that is, the second you do it, the law is going to stand there and condemn you. None of us have been law keepers in the sense that we've never failed.

And so we can't establish our own righteousness. What do we need to do? We need to realize that the law will not make us righteous! It will only show us what righteousness is.

 Romans 10:4 - For Messiah [is] the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 - For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them."

Now does it make sense? Messiah is the end of the law FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. The law cannot make you righteous. Because now you believe. You believe in the Messiah. He makes you righteous. It doesn't say it's the end of the law and you don't have to keep it anymore. It's the end of the law for righteousness! That's the context.

The context is that they're ignorant of Elohim's righteousness. They're trying to establish their own righteousness through the law. Well, the law? Messiah come along and showed you, that law is not going to make you righteous. So he is the end of the law for righteousness.

Now I don't believe that this word “end” in Romans 10:4 is supposed to be “goal” or some other thing. It means “end” and in fact that word is translated “end” a whole lot more than any other word. But, Yahushua is the end of the law for righteousness! He's not the end of the law for showing us how to live. But for making us righteous.

For trying to establish our righteousness through that law. He's the end of that. No more of that. That's what we read here. Only in Yahweh. Not through the law. Only in Yahweh are we able to be justified. Only through Him. So, I hope that now, we can look at Romans 10 confidently and say, “I see that.

Not only here, but I also see that in the prophets.” It's translated “end” 35 out of 42 times, okay? The one in Romans 10. So, I do believe it's “end,” just like it says. But we need to understand the context of what is being spoken. Yahweh saw a need for us to be saved. So, He said that He will send us a Savior.

And He brought us Yahushua Ha-Mashiach. HalleluYah! In fact, Isaiah 59:

 Isaiah 59:15 - So truth fails, And he [who] departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then YAHWEH saw [it], and it displeased Him That [there was] no justice.

He was upset with the situation on the earth. Not a single man was righteous.

 Isaiah 59:16 - He saw that [there was] no man, And wondered that [there was] no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Awesome! And it says:

 Isaiah 53:1 - Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of YAHWEH been revealed?

“The arm of Yahweh.” The one seated at His right hand. To whom has that arm of Yahweh been revealed?

 Isaiah 53:2 - For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, [There is] no beauty that we should desire Him.

That's the Messiah! He is the arm of Yahweh.

 Isaiah 53:3 - He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, [our] faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 - Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by Elohim, and afflicted.

This is Yahushua. All over the prophets! This is what we need to teach our Jewish brothers, so they are not ignorant of Elohim's righteousness. And so it's only through him that we can receive peace and eternal life. There is no peace unless we are at peace with our Creator, right? The Creator of all things.

We have to be at peace with him before we are at peace at all. Without him we won't have it. Without him we are just wicked filthy sinners and His sight and we will be among those who awake to shame and everlasting contempt. So what do we need to do? We need to seek him. We need to seek him.

 Jeremiah 29:13 - And you will seek Me and find [Me], when you search for Me with all your heart.

And so, I'm sharing these things brothers, so that no one will think that this "Paul thing" in Romans is some new concept that he came up with. It was there all along. He goes on to say in Romans 10:

And he gives a reason why! Why is Messiah the end of the law for righteousness?

 Romans 10:5 - For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them."

What things? The commands. “The man who does those things shall live by them.” That means to have eternal life by them. Wait a minute. Have we done those things? No. When Yahushua pointed out to the man who called him "good teacher," he said, oh yeah, keep the commandments and you'll make it." Have you kept the Commandments? No.

Are you good? No. Not even Messiah called himself good. So, how can we be good? By recognizing the righteousness that was placed in Messiah. The Father in him doing the works. The Father in him establishing righteousness and Yahweh wants to do the same things through the Messiah in us. HalleluYah! That's the only way we're going to make it.

That's the only way we're to make it. And we see this quoted in Leviticus 18:5:

 Leviticus 18:5 - `You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I [am] YAHWEH.

Well, have we done them? Ahhh, nope, we haven't. But if we have, we'd make it. We wouldn't need a Messiah. We wouldn't need a Savior. So, only through Messiah. Messiah was called:

 John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 Revelation 19:11 - Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

12 - His eyes [were] like a flame of fire, and on His head [were] many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

13 - He [was] clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of Elohim.

There we are. That word. The Messiah being called “the word” again. So if we welcome Messiah into our heart, then the word must also be welcome into our heart, right? He's not just the word in the book of John. He's not just the word in the book of Hebrews. He's not just the word in the book of Revelation.

He is the word in the book of Deuteronomy; of Leviticus; of Numbers; of Exodus. He's the word in every book of the Bible; that's Messiah right there. He's the living Torah that dwelt among us.

He is the word of Yahweh; having kept every commandment of Yahweh perfectly and he can transform us into an image of Elohim through cleansing us of where we failed to be the word of Yahweh. Even we can become the word of Yahweh, spiritually, through the Messiah.

Have you ever heard the statement, "you know, your neighbor may never read the Bible, so you may be the only Bible that they ever read?” So we need to be that Bible. We need to be that word just as the Messiah was that word. And so, if Messiah is in our hearts, then the law of Yahweh ( The Torah – the word translated law ) will be in our hearts.

And if the law is in our hearts, will it not reflect on our outer layer through obedience to that law? Absolutely! So let's continue here in Romans 10:

 Romans 10:4 - For Messiah [is] the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 - For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them."

6 - But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Messiah down [from above])

What is this?

 Romans 10:8 - But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach:

9 - that if you confess with your mouth the Master Yahushua and believe in your heart that Elohim has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 - For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What's the “word of faith that we preach?” What is this coming from? It's a quote from Deuteronomy. Yahweh is speaking and He says:

 Deuteronomy 30:11 - "For this commandment which I command you today [is] not [too] mysterious for you, nor [is] it far off.

He's quoting from the Scripture here. What is "this commandment?" The Torah! The law of Yahweh. What did Paul just say? What's the “word of faith that we preach?”

What is not in heaven? The word. The commandment.

 Deuteronomy 30:13 - "Nor [is] it beyond the sea, that you should say, `Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'

Bring what to us? The commandment; the word.

 Deuteronomy 30:14 - "But the word [is] very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

What's the word? The word is not only the Torah but that word is also the Messiah. I didn't say it, Scripture said it.

 Romans 10:4 - For Messiah [is] the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 - For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them."

6 - But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Messiah down [from above])

Isn't Messiah called the “word of Elohim?” Isn't he called “the word made flesh that dwelt among us.” Isn't he called “the living Torah; the living word?” So we don't say in our hearts, who will bring Messiah down? Who will bring this word down? Who will bring this righteousness and go get it for us? Because we're believers, right?

We don't have to say that. We're believers so we can say the word (the Messiah) dwells in me and those words are in my mouth; those words are in my heart so that I may do it. To give me the power; to give me the righteousness; to give me the strength to walk in it. And so what Paul is quoting from here. He's talking about Torah.

He's talking about the law of Yahweh, and he is also talking about the Messiah because the two are synonymous in this way. So, the righteousness of faith would say, “because I believe in Messiah now and I believe Yahushua is righteous and he lives in me, I don't have to say in my heart who is going to bring me all this righteousness?

Who is going to bring this word in me so that I may consider myself righteous, so that Yahweh may look at me and justify me?” No, we're going to say: “the word is near me because the Messiah is near me; the words are in my mouth because the Messiah is in my heart and the law is being written in my heart and mind that I may do it."

That's the promise of the new covenant! Right? What's this "word of faith that he preached?" It's Torah! That's what it is. It's YHWH's law. They're teaching the law through faith. So, he's quoting from this (Romans 10:8-10) and how many have realized that even Israel in the Old Testament had the words in their heart too. That's what it says!

 Deuteronomy 30:11 - "For this commandment which I command you today [is] not [too] mysterious for you, nor [is] it far off.

12 - "It [is] not in heaven, that you should say, `Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'

13 - "Nor [is] it beyond the sea, that you should say, `Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'

 Deuteronomy 30:14 - "But the word [is] very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

That's Old Testament stuff there. I bet you thought that was probably New Testament if you've never heard this before. The word was also in their hearts because Messiah is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. His blood covered their sins too. Though they didn't understand it.

They didn't understand the mechanics of it and the details of it, but he also saved them. So, they can only look through glass dimly, right? So, the true faith brothers is going to say, "the Messiah, the word, his righteousness; which is the righteousness of Yahweh in me but not from me. It's in me because Yahweh has offered him to me.

He has placed that in me. All right. So, as a result of this, we can rejoice; we can be thankful for it; we can say hallelujah.

I have spent quite a bit of time here explaining this very clearly because as a result of this truth that we see all throughout Deuteronomy; all throughout the Prophets, and now into the New Testament we see one consistent word of truth. One consistent doctrine of where we are able to obtain righteousness.

I've gone into this in detail so number one we will understand it, but number two, so we can address this horrible damnable doctrine of "once saved always saved." "Forget about walking in righteousness, I'll just trust the Messiah to make me righteous.”

Or "might as well live a life of sin anyways because you know, it's the righteousness of Yahweh that makes me righteous.” I want to make sure I accurately communicate to everyone who might think that I'm saying, “oh no, we're saved by works!” If you just heard the last 45 minutes to an hour, you're not going to hear that.

I mean, hopefully, you are not going to accuse me of that. All right. But brothers, this is where the enemy has blinded the masses. First of all, by changing the very definition of sin. To where it's no longer the transgression of the law, but it's only the transgression of Paul's writings. Or, it's only the transgression of the New Testament.

They don't even accept Messiah's teachings. They say, “oh, that's before he died or that's before he was resurrected.” Now we have some new law that's invisible; it's only the law of the spiritual thing. But we have to understand that Yahweh doesn't just pass out His righteousness to everybody like candy.

There are certain people who He's going to give it to and there certain people He won't. And so when we read, we got to find out who He is going to give it to. Peter made it very clear:

 Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repentance and faith in Messiah.

 Romans 10:9 - that if you confess with your mouth the Master Yahushua and believe in your heart that Elohim has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 - For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

“Unto righteousness.” So, it's the righteousness unto faith, right? Righteousness that comes through faith; through belief. And with the mouth confession is made. Yahweh is not going to have to sit us down on our knees and make us say, “only in Yahweh do I have righteousness and strength." We are already confessing that.

We are already saying, "only through Messiah Yahushua am I made righteous." But that comes with an expectation. That faith comes with an expectation that 1. First and foremost it is genuine faith; it's not pretend faith; it's not just raw belief in recognition that he died for your sins.

It's a genuine faith and Paul himself said he taught the Gentiles what genuine faith truly is.

 Acts 26:19 - "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,

What heavenly vision? The one where Messiah came and showed him who he (Messiah) was.

“Do works befitting repentance! Did we catch that? It's one thing to say you repent, but it's another thing to have works “befitting repentance." Works that are worthy of repentance. Anyone who thinks they can have salvation without that is deceived, plain and simple.

So, just as anyone who believes sin is no longer the transgression of the law; some new law has been formed and the very definition of sin has now changed. Those who think that; they're deceived. So is anyone who thinks they can be saved apart from repentance that is accompanied by works.

If you don't have works with your repentance you don't have the faith to begin with. And if you think you can be saved apart from works, your are also deceived. Now I'm not trying to be harsh, but I'm stating a fact here from Scripture.

 Romans 6:1 - What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Certainly not! In other words, continue and don't repent. Just keep right on sinning! And then grace will come along and pick up the tab. Do you think you can do that?

If you died to sin; sins in your past; you died with Messiah and the Messiah is living you, why are you living in that sin? That's the question there. And the thing is, it's an insult to the Messiah, that having gone through all the things that he went through, because you did sin against Yahweh. And he goes through all this.

He's implanted and born through Mary and was raised. And he has his ministry; and healed; and bore everybody's sicknesses, diseases and sins; and bears the sins of the entire world and is tortured, maimed and killed. And went through all of that! Why? Because we sinned.

To think that you can go back and keep living the way you were before with all the things that Messiah had to go through to deliver you from that lifestyle and to cleanse you. That's slapping him in the face! Isn't that why he died for us in the first place?

Do you think you can re-crucify the son of man afresh? Not so. You see, Messiah wants so much for his life to be made manifest through us. And if we claim he's living in us and we just have this blasé attitude about our sin and say, "oh well, I'm a sinner anyway; saved by grace; hum drum attitude." He's not living in you with that attitude.

He never had that attitude, because it's taught plainly in the New Testament brothers. If you want to call it New Testament.

 1John 2:3 - Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

That means the Messiah is not in him! Because the Messiah is the way, the truth, and the life.

By what? By whether you keep his word.

 1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

How Did He Walk? I love asking that question. I love that question, how did he walk? The law of Yahweh is written in our hearts, right? Because Yahushua is dwelling in there. Did he keep the law of Yahweh? Yes. That's why he can be called the word of Yahweh that was written in our hearts. And if he lives in us and he is what?

The same yesterday, today and forever, right? He's not changed. Yahushua Messiah, the same yesterday today and forever. Since he was that yesterday. He kept Torah yesterday. He keeps Torah today and he'll keep Torah forever. In fact, that will still be the standard by which all men are measured in the age to come. The 1000 year reign.

Whereas some people think, "well, we got the spirit now; we look at everything in the spiritual now.” Somehow that translates into a freedom to disobey what Yahweh has told us to do in the Torah. But brothers, the spirit does not lead us to disobey anything in the Torah.

The spirit does not give us the green light to willfully transgress anything that Yahweh has said in his law.

 John 14:26 - "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit comes in Yahushua's name. It's his spirit, his word, his righteousness will come into our hearts and manifest itself through our example. And so, when Yahweh predicts in the future; in the profits, he predicts that he will place his Spirit in his people. What will happen?

 Ezekiel 36:27 - "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do [them].

What are His statutes? His law. So, the evidence of His Spirit dwelling in you is Torah observance. It doesn't say the spirit causes you to reject, ignore those old statutes and commandments and laws. The spirit of Yahweh doesn't warn you to quit spending so much time in the Old Testament. Spirit of Yahweh doesn't warn you of such things.

Rather, the spirit of Yahweh reminds you of such things that our Savior has spoken. The word of Elohim. He's a word of Elohim in the Old Testament and the New Testament. There is a spirit that will tell you to disregard His law, but that's not Yahweh's spirit. It's an unclean spirit.

There's a spirit that will tell you that, “you will not surely die. You can disobey the word and you will not surely die." Isn't that the same spirit where in Genesis, chapter 3 we heard the same words, “you will not surely die. You will live. You can disobey the father and still make it.”

If you have that attitude and that spirit about you, then there's something wrong. Now I'm not saying that you're saved by your own obedience. What I'm saying is, how can the law be in our heart when we reject it? How can the law be in our heart if we are telling everybody that it's been done away with?

How can the spirit be dwelling in us speaking the words, "disobey the Father's commands, it's okay, because it's all done away with now." When we read here, very plainly in Ezekiel:

 Ezekiel 36:27 - "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do [them].

You see, it's an awesome thing how the word of Yahweh really all ties in together as one sweet, unified word of truth. The old, tired, confusing way of looking at the Bible is, “the old and New Testament's are opposed to each other.

The Old Testament in one corner and the New Testament in the other corner, and they're duking it out and thankfully we have Jesus now to give us the victory over the Old Testament.” That is a doctrine from the pit of hell. It's not found in the Bible! It is a set up by the enemy to try and destroy souls.

To try to encourage people to sin against Yahweh by thinking that they can do what they want and still make it in. Now, I'm not saying that works will save anyone. Just as we need to shed ourselves of this mindset that the New Testament brings all this radical change.

Faith and being justified by faith is an Old Testament principle that Paul happened to draw out. He brought it out. In Habakkuk chapter 2, verse 4:

 Habakkuk 2:4 - "Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

The just ( the one who is righteous, the one who is justified) shall live ( have eternal life) by faith. The whole idea of justification by faith is an Old Testament principle. It was taught all the way back in the book of Habakkuk 2:4. And Paul quoted it many times. So, if we're prideful, we'll say "well, I'll live by my own righteousness.”

If we're humble, we'll say "only by my faith in Yahweh's righteousness am I able to be just." So, it's an Old Testament concept. We were not upright! We needed to be upright! We needed to be righteous! We needed to be just! And we received that by faith now. David understood it! Many Old Testament men understood it.

The scribes and Pharisees however, had a hard time with it. They wanted to establish their own righteousness and their false doctrine caused many in Israel to turn away from Messiah. We have a similar situation today.

We have many scribes and Pharisees trying to put man's theology into the Bible that would say, "we can turn away from Messiah and still make it." You might not think that, but isn't the Messiah the word? Isn't the word Messiah? Isn't the word from Genesis to Deuteronomy? Isn't the word part of the Old Testament also?

That's turning away from Messiah also. Now, I'm not claiming that someone's ignorant, that there lost. I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is just what Yahushua said.

He wants to bear fruit through you. But we have to abide in the vine, and Yahushua is that vine. He is the one that wants to bear fruit in us, and he'll get the credit no matter what. Because Yahweh deserves the credit. Messiah deserves the credit.

It's a complete false premise that only now, in the New Testament, do we understand grace. It's Old Testament too. In fact, you can find very harsh, condemning things in the New Testament.

 1Corinthians 6:9 - Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,

10 - nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of Elohim.

All you have to do, is be one who reviles others. Just be a reviler. Or just be one who has lust issues. Refuse to let go of the lust issues. Covetous? Out the door you go. Now wait a minute. I'm not judging anybody. Please, I'm balancing out what I said earlier. Only through Yahweh's righteousness are we saved. I'm just pointing this out.

 Galatians 5:19 - Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 - idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 - envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of Elohim.

If this is you? Is this your practice? Something that you get better at every time, you're practicing it so much. He says, if you practice those things you will not inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. I didn't say it. He said it. New Testament Scripture here said this. How about here:

These are pretty serious words here brothers. Pretty serious words! A lot of you know this already, but many believe that all the condemnation stuff well, “that's Old Testament. New Testament is all about love and grace; fluffy clouds and harps playing; floating in heaven; everything is just bliss.” Serious words here! Serious words!

Put these were the issues in the first century. These were the main issues that people were dealing with. The main sins that Satan was getting victory in peoples lives. Still are. But now, men act as if they are the only things that we have to deal with. You know, it wasn't too hard to find a Sabbath keeper in the first century.

You know, when Paul went into the synagogues, he found Jews and Gentiles. So did he have to go around beating people up about keeping Sabbath? They were already proselytes on their way in that direction. So he didn't have to accentuate those things. Therefore it's not really mentioned a whole lot. We want Messiah and his spirit to abide in us.

Not just the things that we just read about in Galatians, Ephesians and other words, but the fullness of Messiah. And his spirit will lead us to walk in the statutes of Yahweh.

 John 15:6 - "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

And since we are are ready in the vine, our words will match our faith and our heart. And if our faith and heart are truly sincere. Not saying that we will never fail. I'm not saying that we will not fail from time to time. I'm not saying that we don't have grace available for us to learn and grow. Please don't misunderstand that.

But the end goal is not Torah breaking, it's Torah keeping. Because that's what Messiah lived like.

 1John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

So right off the bat here, Yahweh already recognizes; and we need to recognize, that there is not a human being on the planet that doesn't fail from time to time. Everybody does. No one can say that “I have no sin.” No one can say that. And if we do, we're deceiving ourselves.

Because even if you're overcoming everything that you understand to be wrong, there is still areas that Yahweh is going to work on you and areas that you are blind to. Areas that you have not yet even recognized to being sin and He's going to open your eyes to. That's why I don't condemn those who are in mainstream churches.

Because their eyes haven't been opened to realize the importance of Sabbath and Torah and these things. And so I don't condemn them. If I condemn them, then I condemn myself, because there are probably things that I am blind to also. But I don't yet see about myself or see yet in the word of Yahweh.

So it's not really what you know, it's what you do with what you do know. And from what you do know, if you confess what you understand to be sin, then He is faithful and just to forgive us.

 1John 8:9 -

We don't have to wonder, “does He forgive us?” He's faithful and just to forgive us! That's a promise. We can bet on that! We can hang our salvation; our life on that! Just confess it.

Recognize that you are in need of salvation through Messiah Yahushua, and if you make a mistake and you fail, humble yourself before Him; trust in His mercy; quit looking back and press on toward the goal. We all have weaknesses too. We all have areas that we mess up and we fail. We make mistakes.

We fall into temptation and we end up being involved in some kind of sin. But what does a righteous man do? A righteous man falls seven times and gets right back up again and keeps moving. The sinner keeps on practicing that sin. Lays in it. Wallows in it, like a pig going back into the mire.

That's where he stays and all the while claiming to be saved by grace. So we've got to have the right heart and the right attitude. And we have to have a working faith. We are saved by a “working faith.” A faith that works! A faith that works. We have to abide in the vine.

If we're just an empty branch with no fruit, then Messiah will just cut off the branch and throw it in the fire. So, Yahweh is very concerned about our works. And He's very concerned about a working faith. Look what He wrote. He appeared to John, “the revelator” in Revelation Chapter one as an awesome creature – glorified.

He tells John to write down the things that He is saying. He wants John to write down some words of exhortation to the seven congregations that are in Asia. He's very concerned about something here. Writing to Ephesus:

 Revelation 2:2 - "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;

And He writes the Smyrna assembly:

 Revelation 2:9 - "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and [I know] the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but [are] a synagogue of Satan.

Then He writes to the assembly in Pergamos:

 Revelation 2:13 - "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne [is]. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas [was] My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

What does He write to the assembly in Thyatira:

 Revelation 2:19 - "I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and [as] for your works, the last [are] more than the first.

He loves that! So He writes Sardis.

 Revelation 3:1 - "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, `These things says He who has the seven Spirits of Elohim and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

He didn't like that, did He? The Philadelphia assembly. He writes to them and He says:

And then the assembly in Laodicea.

 Revelation 3:15 - "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

16 - "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

Separate them from His body. Now, in summary, do you suppose that Yahushua is a little bit concerned about Their works?

To Smyrna: “I know your works.”

To Pergamos: “I know your works.”

To Thyatira: “I know your works.”

To Sardis: “I know your works.”

To Philadelphia: “I know your works.”

To Laodicea: “I know your works.”

Do you think that He might be a little concerned there about their works at all? I hope so! He said it seven times! He said it to every single one of them. What's He saying about us today? I promise you, He's saying, “I know your works!” We're not saved by it, but He knows them. What did He say to Ephesus?

 Revelation 2:5 - "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place -- unless you repent.

Woe! There won't be an assembly in Ephesus. Basically, lose salvation. To Smyrna: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” You've got to remain faithful. To Pergamos: “Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”

Boy, He's really concerned about their works, isn't He? Then He writes to Thyatira: “I will kill her (Jezebel's) children with death, and all the congregations shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”

To Smyrna: “if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” Harsh warnings here. To Thyatira: “Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” To Smyrna: “if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

And to Laodicea: “because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Serious words! Serious words. And so, it's okay brothers and sisters if we are focused on our works, it's okay. Yahushua is focused on them, right?

 Titus 3:8 - This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in Elohim should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

He wants us to affirm this constantly. Constantly. That means ongoing, all the time; talking about our works. Because you know what? Yahushua is in heaven and He's looking at our works and He cares about that. He wants our faith to be genuine. Then again Romans 4:3:

Wait a minute. It's going to sound like we're talking about two different things; two conflicting things.

 Romans 4:4 - Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

What are the wages? Eternal life. You've heard of the “wages of sin,” which is death or the wages of not committing sin, which is eternal life. So if I was to work and rely upon those works for my salvation, I could come to Yahweh on the day of judgment and say, “alright, pay me what Thou owest.” I've worked and You pay me the wages.

Can't do that. It's only going to be through belief and through faith, like Abraham. He believed Elohim and that is what brought Him the righteousness.

 Romans 4:5 - But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Doesn't rely on his own works. Not that you would not ever do any works. As we have obviously seen in both old and new testament's.

 Romans 4:6 - just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom Elohim imputes righteousness apart from works:

We don't have to earn our own righteousness through our own law-keeping.

 Romans 4:7 - "Blessed [are those] whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

8 - Blessed [is the] man to whom YAHWEH shall not impute sin."

And so brothers, we're not speaking double talk here. We're not! Because even our faith is going to have genuine works attached to it as we plainly see. Works meet repentance. Works worthy of repentance. And so what's the conclusion?

The conclusion is, we are not saved by our works..... but unless our faith is accompanied by works, we will not be saved. That's the conclusion of all the scriptures that we have read. That's the only possible conclusion we can come to. There is no other option available.

 James 2:14 - What [does it] profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

15 - If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

16 - and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what [does it] profit?

 James 2:17 - Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Dead!

 James 2:18 - But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

19 - You believe that there is one Elohim. You do well. Even the demons believe -- and tremble!

 James 2:20 - But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

21 - Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

Abraham was justified by works because it was accompanied by faith, right?

 James 2:22 - Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

 James 2:23 - And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed Elohim, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of Elohim.

Yes, Abraham's faith saved him. But that faith was only faith because it had works that demonstrated the faith.

 James 2:24 - You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

So, that's a very clear picture.

 James 2:25 - Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent [them] out another way?

And so there is obvious principles here.

 James 2:26 - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

We would have no life unless the spirit was in us to give us breath. And faith would have no life unless works were in it to give it breath. So as the Spirit gives life to the body.....works give life to our FAITH. If you claim to have faith and there is no works to back it up, you don't have faith at all. It's not a living faith.

It's a dead faith. Non-existent faith. So, we've also heard a lot of times this story about the oars. Faith is one ore and works is the other oar on a rowboat. And they're together bringing us to the kingdom and so on.

I think a better analogy than that the boat is propelled by one oar marked “faith” and one oar marked “works,” is that both oars are marked “Faith” and “Faith” propels the boat causing it to work!

So it is a genuine faith that is working to propel the boat forward. So brothers, true faith giving life to the boat causing it to work. Now true faith would not say that works are unnecessary. Whether it be honoring our parents or refraining from lust or keeping the feast days or clean/unclean commands, each are demonstrations of TRUE FAITH.

Each, if kept while understanding that Messiah is our salvation, are important. And there is no distinction in the scriptures between clean and unclean commands, feast days, Sabbath and so on and refraining from lust and honoring our parents. There is no distinction in the scriptures anywhere. The only distinction is in mainstream theology.

It's not in the scriptures. So the bottom line is this brothers. The bottom line is this. Trust in Messiah for the salvation of your soul.....that He might dwell in you. Then, since He does dwell in you, you will walk as He walked! Simple as that. You will walk as He walked. What does that mean? How did he walk?

He honored his parents, refrained from lust, kept the feast days, sabbath and kept clean/unclean commands as well. The full package! The full package. No distinction. That's Messiah. And so here is what the mark of a true believer is, right here.

Both. And so if we want to walk as Yahushua walked, what would you do? WWYD. If He is in you; His righteousness is in you; His spirit is in you causing you to walk in His statutes and judgments (to quote Ezekiel ), then it's needful to practice all of Torah that applies to us. I'm not saying that you have to go out and stone somebody.

That's for the Judges. He kept Torah perfectly and never stoned anybody. So, we need to walk as Yahushua walked if we truly want His righteousness and spirit to dwell in us. Let's allow it to be so. Let's hunger and thirst for it.

 Matthew 5:6 - Blessed [are] those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

If He dwells in us and we want that, we will not be looking for ways to disobey and still get eternal life. We will not make void the law through the faith.

 Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Instead we will establish the law. Paul wrote the mail here. The same man. Justification by faith. You don't make void the law through that faith. What's the word void mean. Look it up in your Thayer's lexicon.

1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative 1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency 1b)to deprive of force, influence, power 2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish 2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away 2b) to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one.

2c) to terminate all intercourse with one. These are all mainstream Christian doctrines right here. The law is idle, inactivate, inoperative, no further efficiency, done away with, abolished. It's done, finished, over!

 Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

We don't make void the law. Just the opposite as Paul taught here. What do we do? We establish the law. What's that mean?

Look that one up in the Thayer's. Strong's number 2476.

1) to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set 1a) to bid to stand by, [set up] 1a1) in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before members of the Sanhedrin; 1a2) to place 1b) to make firm, fix establish 1b1) to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its place 1b2) to stand, be kept intact.

No Torah 2.0! The law of Yahweh is not void. It stands by our faith, because faith is established as giving life by works. Commandment keeping demonstrates our faith. That's what it is. And so we say:

 Psalms 119:126 - [It is] time for [You] to act, O YAHWEH, [For] they have regarded Your law as void.

May Yahweh do that work. That's a work that he's going to have to do. Hopefully He can do that through us. Through our examples, right brothers? I hope so. So we seek righteousness by faith and we receive it abundantly. We seek righteousness – number one by seeking to have Messiah's righteousness dwelling in us by faith.

That we might be cleansed of our sins. And number two, we seek righteousness by seeking out His strength. Yahweh's strength, to help us walk out that righteousness With Yahushua abiding in us. And in the end, just as the Messiah said, the Father gets the credit.

So it's time to let Messiah's life; His word feed us all the days of our lives. It's time that men stopped listening to deceived preachers and let Yahushua Himself teach us and demonstrate to us what righteousness truly is. He was meek. He was humble. He laid down His life for us.

He did all things in the Torah; in the law – weighty and less weighty. Let's abide in that vine. Let's allow Yahushua's light to flow through us completely. Completely. And let His life be lived out again through us. Then we'll be the light to which all nations are drawn. As long as we stay out of the way. Remaining humble through it all.

Remembering the pit from which we've been dug. That we dug for ourselves and which He pulled us out of. But also remembering the blessed grace we've been given. In spite of ourselves, we're able to be saved through him and we're able to walk uprightly. Thank You Father Yahweh for saving each one of us with a faith that works.

Let us be among those who endure to the end. Thank You Father Yahweh for revealing to us the true good news.

The true good news that we might receive righteousness in Messiah; that we by Your strength are able to walk it out. Thank You Father YHWH for opening our eyes to see that it's not the kind of commandment that we keep that determines whether or not we're seeking to be saved by works. But it's whether or not we truly believe Messiah is our salvation.

That Your righteousness is our salvation. And whether or not we really think we're able to pull ourselves out of the pit by our own righteousness. And thank You Father for sending Yahushua that we might be saved from the fiery destruction. That we might truly know how You want us to live.

Help us Father as Your people, to allow Him to dwell in us fully and completely and in such a way that Your Torah, Your law is truly made manifest and is magnified and made honorable once again. Thank You Father. We receive Yahushua Ha-Mashiach and His righteousness.

We confess that we are not righteous apart from Him. And any righteous acts that we do is only by the strength that You provide us as our Elohim; as our King; as our Savior; as our light; as our Creator. Making us a new creation. Thank You Father, in Yahushua's name. And for you my brothers and sisters.

May Yahweh continue to reveal to all of us His awesome ways. And may Yahweh bless you and may Yahweh truly have mercy on us all.

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