Have you ever been asked to explain how we inherit eternal life? And what is eternal life? If you have witnessed to someone about your faith chances are you have been in a situation where someone asked you these two questions.
The doctrine of eternal life through faith in Jesus the Messiah is fundamental doctrine for our Christian faith. We believe we are sinners in need of forgiveness, and when we believe in Jesus the Son of God, dying for our sins on a cross, we are saved, promised eternal life and a place in the Kingdom of God. Are you able to give a good answer if an unsaved person asked you to explain how to inherit eternal life and to explain what eternal life is?
Most Christians would answer something along with the lines of “believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ and what He did for you at the cross, and you will be given eternal life and a place in the Kingdom”.
What does it mean to “believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ and what He did for us at the cross”?
To believe in someone can mean several different things all dependent on the situation. You can believe a person exist, believe they are who they say they are, believe in what they teach. If you believe someone lives, it does not have to affect your life in any way. You can believe president Trump exist, but if you are not an American citizen, it does not affect how you live your life. If you believe they are who they say they are, it does not necessarily change or affect your life. You can believe President Trump is the President of the United States of America. But if you are not an American citizen, it does not affect how you live your life.
Do you understand how to inherit eternal life and get into the Kingdom of God? How can you be so sure you understand what it means to believe in the Son of God if you can’t explain it properly to an unsaved individual?
To understand what it means to believe in the Son of God and get into the Kingdom of God, we have to go to the Bible. We Christian believe the Bible is the infallible word of the God of Abraham, Isac and Jacob whose name is Yehovah. Everything in the Bible is the word of Yehovah, even though some of it is second hand given to us through a human being like Paul, Peter, John, the prophets in the Old Testament. The rest of the Bible is given to us directly from the mouth of Yehovah such as the words of Yeshua in the Gospels. Even though some of it is second-hand information we know we can trust it because people like Paul, Peter, John and the prophets of old were all chosen by Yehovah Himself to deliver His message.
Because some of it is second-hand information, everything said by human beings like Paul, Peter, James, and John has to be interpreted through the words told by Yeshua. The letters of Paul, Peter, and John has to agree with the words of Yeshua for the Bible to be infallible. If our understanding of Pauls, Peters, and Johns letters do not agree with what Yeshua said, our knowledge and interpretation of their letters are wrong. If our church doctrine and tradition does not agree with what Yeshua said, our church doctrine and traditions are false. If our understanding of how to interpret eternal life and getting into the Kingdom of God does not line up with the words of Yeshua, our understanding is wrong and needs to be changed.
It is also important to remember that our Bible is not written to Christians living in the year 2019. It is written to Jews living in Israel or outside of Israel who understood Jewish terminology, Jewish lifestyle, Jewish expression and idioms. So when we read our Bible there are a lot of things that is easy to misunderstand if we dont make the effort to ask ourselves, how would a Jew understand these words.
What is the most famous Bible verse in the world that almost everyone can quote? It would be John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him would not die by would have eternal life”. In John 3:36 it says “The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who does not believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon Him”. So the Bible says if we believe in the Son of God we will not die but have eternal life. But if we dont believe in the Son of God we will live under the wrath of God.
From John 3:16 most Christians construct a doctrine that says “believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ and you will have eternal life and enter into the Kingdom of God”. They usually ignore John 3:36 which clearly says there is a consequence to not believing in the Son of God. So it is obvious faith in the Son of God cannot be passive considering a lack of faith will result in Gods wrath. It is also obvious we have to do something to have faith in the Son of God considering how it says in John 3:36 we will be punished by God if we lack faith in His Son.
When Yeshua (Jesus) spoke those words in John 3:16 and John 3:36 He was (and still is) a Jew speaking with another Jew. When a Jew hears the words “believe in” it means something totally different to them than to a Christian living in 2019. In the Hebrew mindset to believe in someone must always be accompanied by action (James 2:10-26, 1.John 2:6, 3:7, 5:3). So when Yeshua said those words in John 3:16, 3:36 He knew His hearers understood that if you believe in the Son your faith has to show itself in action. If it does not show itself in a changed life your faith in the Son of God is dead and Gods wrath abides on you.
So far we have established that if you believe in the Son you have to do something. John 3:36 says if you dont do what is expected of you Gods wrath will abide on you. So it is obvious that whatever you need to do is something no one else will or can do for you. It is obvious God and Jesus will not do it for you, you have to make sure your faith in Gods Son is manifested in works or else Gods wrath abides on you. This goes against all mainstream Church doctrine that says if you believe in Jesus you can’t do anything because He did it all and He is the one who will change you. If our church doctrine does not line up with the words of Yeshua in the Bible, our church doctrine has to change.
If believing in Yeshua means we have to do something, we have to ask ourselves what do we have do to?
In John 5:24 Yeshua says “Most certainly I say to you that the one who listens to My message and believes in the One Who sent Me has eternal life and does not come into judgment, but he has departed from death into life.”.
We remember how in a Hebrew mindset, believing in someone always results in changed behavior. So when we believe in Yeshua (Jesus) it has to show itself in a changed life. In John 5:42 Yeshua says that if we believe in Him we will obey His message but we also have to believe in the one who sent Him. John 3:16 says God sent His Son Yeshua, so what John 5:42 says is this: If we believe in Yeshua our faith in Him will show itself in our obedience to His message and our faith in Yehovah (God). We remember how faith in someone in a Hebrew mindset always results in a changed behavior? So if Yeshua says we have to obey His message, and believe in the one who sent Him, faith in Yehovah also has to show itself in a changed behavior to inherit eternal life.
What is the message of Yeshua we need to obey?
In John 5:47 Yeshua says “If you do not believe in the writing of Moses, how will you believe in My teachings?”. In John 7:19 Yeshua rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the written law of Moses, and in Matthew 23:2 He instructs His disciples to obey the written but not the oral law of Moses.
Now we understand the message of Yeshua is “obey the written law of Moses”. The written law of Moses was given to Moses by Yehovah. Now we understand that to inherit eternal life, we have to believe in and obey the written law of Moses. By doing so, we will have faith in Yeshuas message AND Yehovah who sent Him. (John 5:24)
So what gives us eternal life is obedience to the law of Moses.
In John 12:44 Yeshua goes on to say “The one who believes in Me does not believe in Me but in the One Who sent Me”. So now we finally understand what it means to believe in the Son of God, it means to believe in Yehovah. And if believing in someone means to change our lives in obedience to their message, we understand faith in Yehovah means to obey His message which is to obey the written law of Moses (Ex 19:5)
So what the Bible actually says that we are not to have the Son of God as a focus of our faith, we are to have Yehovah as the focus of our faith. And when we have Yehovah (the Father) as a focus of our faith, we will automatically believe in the Son (John 12:44) and obey His and Yehovah’s message because His message (obedience to the written law of Moses) is identical to the Fathers message. Yeshua confirms this in John 8:31, if we stay focused on Yehovah being obedient to Him we will remain in Yeshua’s words and be His disciples and truly free. (John 8:36)
So we see how the Bible says that if we want to inherit eternal life and have a place in the Kingdom, we are to focus our faith on Yehovah and not the Son of God. We are to obey the written law of Moses as evidence of our faith in Yehovah, and as evidence of our faith in Yeshua and the cross. (James 2:10-26, 1. John 2:6) Yeshua confirms this when He in John 14:6 says, “nobody comes to the Father but by Me.” We need Yeshua and what He did for us at the cross to be able to have a relationship with Yehovah, but we are not to stay at the cross. We are to accept the cross and continue to Yehovah. This is what Yeshua did, and this is how we are to live (1.John 2:6) in a relationship with Yehovah through faith in His Son Yeshua. (John 3:16). Yehovah has to have a number 1 place in our life and be the most important person in our lives, not Yeshua. Why? Because the Bible says in 1.John 2:6 this is how Yeshua lived and if we are to be one with Him, we have to live as He lived.
So where does this leave faith in the cross and what Yeshua did for us? Is the cross no longer critical to our faith?
In John 8:24 Yeshua says “Therefore I said to you that you will be dead in your sins, for if you would not believe that I am Yehovah, you will be dead in your sins”.
When you obey an unwritten or written law, you show your loyalty to the lawmaker. Obedience to your employers written or unwritten law shows your loyalty to your employer. If you decide not to obey your employer’s law you would be disloyal and unfaithful to your employer. So when we obey a law we are faithful, when we disobey we are unfaithful.
Disobedience always means we choose to obey a different law. So if you are disobedient to your employers law you are not exactly lawless, you have decided to shift your allegiance and instead obey someone elses law. This is why disobedience to a law is the same as adultery. When you disobey your employers law you are guilty of adultery. When you disobey your spouses law, you are guilty of adultery.
Breaking the law of Moses is sin (1.John 3:4) and sin is adultery. When you chose to disobey Yehovah’s law you made a decision to obey someone else’s law instead. And that is the same as adultery. The first time you broke the Mosaic law, you committed adultery and Yehovah divorced Himself from you. 1.John 5:3 says it is easy for us to obey the law of Moses, and this should not surprise considering how there are many unsaved people in the world today well able to obey written and unwritten laws. So it should be easy for us to come back to Yehovah is all that is required is obedience? We can’t come back, just on account of our obedience because the law of Moses says in Numbers 5 that if an unfaitfhul wife wants to come back to her first husband, it would be an abmoniation for him to accept her back.
Yehovah is forbidden by His own law to accept us back just on account of our obedience and repentance.
Rom 7 says a law has no authority over a dead individual. So if someone has died, the law cant touch them anymore.
In John 1 Yeshua is identified as being 100% God. When Yeshua died on the cross for our sins, His own law that stopped Him from taking us back as His spouse has no authority over Him anymore. Now that He is dead and risen again from the dead to a new life, He is free from the law of jealousy in Numbers 5 and can easily accept everyone who wants to come back as His people. Rom 7 says that if we are alive, the law still prevents us from coming back to Him. But if we believe He died for our sins, our faith in the cross will unite us with Him in His death, buriel and ressurection so we to can become free from the law of jealousy and come back to Yehovah when we repent.
This is why Yeshua says in John 8:24 that if we do not believe He is Yehovah, we will die in our sins. And this is why the cross is critical to our faith. Without faith in the cross, shown in obedience to His message, we are not reconciled to Yehovah and will remain eternally divorced from Him. But if we believe in the cross, and the message Yehovah and Yeshua preached, we will be give eternal life and a place in the Kingdom of God.
How does the Bible answer the question: How do I inherit eternal life and get into the Kingdom of Yehovah (God)?
The road to eternal life and Kingdom of Yehovah starts with the cross, continues on into obeying the law of Moses and remains all through this physical life with our eyes focused on Yehovah and our relationship with Him in obedience to His law. If we do this, we will be one with Yeshua because this is how He lived His life. (1. John 2:6)
Is this what is being preached in most churches today?
No, most churches would tell you the exact opposite. They would say “believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the cross, and you will have eternal life. But do not obey the law of Moses, the law of Moses is a curse and can not be obeyed”.
Who gets to decide how we inherit eternal life and have a place in the Kingdom of God? The Bible? Our churches, denominations, and pastors? God whose name is Yehovah wrote the Bible and He is the one who created our pastors and our church leaders. Yehovah is the one who gets the final say in things, and He has already given us in His word the Bible a thorough description on how we obtain eternal life and secure a place in His Kingdom.
If our church doctrines, traditions and understanding of the Bible does not line up with what the Bible actually says we need to change them so they do line up with and agree with what the Bible actually says.
As we have seen today, the Bible says that our goal is to get back into relationship with Yehovah the Father. We can not have a relationship with Him on our terms, it has to be on His terms and His terms will always be the written law of Moses. If we do not obey the written law of Moses we have no relationship with Yehovah and our faith in the cross can not save us. (James 2:10-26). If we do not obey the written law of Moses, we have no faith in the message of Yeshua and we have no eternal life. If we do not obey the written law of Moses, we have no faith in Yehovah and if we have no faith in Yehovah we have no faith in Yeshua.
John 3:36 says the one who does not have faith in Yeshua lives under the wrath of Yehovah.
Do you believe in Yeshua? If the answer is yes, then it has to show itself in obedience to the written law of Moses, faith and trust in Yehovah. If you claim to have faith in Yeshua but you believe you can eat whatever you want, dont have to celebrate Shabbat and interpret the moral laws after your liking, your claim is false and right now you are living under the wrath of Yehovah.
In a few hours from now, Shabbat wil begin when the sun sets. The Bible says if you have faith in Yeshua you will choose to celebrate Shabbat by not working for money and not make others work for money. If you have an medical emergency, or a medical condition that makes certain things impossible to do during the week and only possible to do on Shabbat, you are allowed to make others work for money. But if it can wait until the sun sets tomorrow it must wait.
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