Do you consider yourself a Christian? If the answer is yes, your faith is founded on three very important doctrines. These three doctrines make out the very foundation of Christianity, so if you remove one of them or change them, the foundation for our faith is gone. This is why these three is so important, but it is also why it is so important to us to make sure we really believe them.
As a Christian, you believe in what is called the great commission (Matt 28:16-20). You believe that Yeshua (Jesus) told His disciples, and everyone who believes in Him, to go out into the world and witness to the world about Yeshua.
The second important doctrine is this, you believe Jesus was able to make atonement for your sins because He was the sinless lamb of God who never sinned a day in His life. Because He never sinned, He was well able to make atonement for your sins.
The third one is this, you believe God is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (everywhere at all times) and ominiscience (all knowing). This is what makes God into God, only a God can be all powerful, all knowing and all present.
We find all three of these doctrines in the Bible, and as a Christian, you confess to believe them. The question is this, do you really believe them or is it more along the lines of “I believe them because my pastor says it is so”.?
How do you understand the Great Commission? Is it “go tell people that Jesus died for them on the cross”?
We find the Great Commission in Matt 28:16-20 when Yeshua says to His disciples “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”
Mainstream Christianity usually understands the great commission along the lines of “go tell everyone Jesus died for their sins, if they believe they are saved and have become a disciple of Jesus”. Is this how the Bible describes the great commission in Matthew?. Do we anywhere in the Bible find Yeshua telling His disciples to tell the world He died for their sins and believe in the cross?
The text says “Therefore go 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 obey everything I have commanded you.” Nowhere in the text does it say “go and tell everyone I died for them on a cross.” What it does mean is “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” There is a vast difference between “teach them to obey” and “believe I died for their sins.”
Are we not supposed to say He died for our sins? Yes, we are to tell people He died for our sins (2.Cor 5:11-21), but the emphasis of the Great Commission is “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you” not “tell them I died for them.”. This tells us our focus has first to be obedience before we preach atonement. (Rom 3:20)
Why is obedience emphazised over atonement?
Perhaps you remember a few weeks ago how we learned about Hellenization? We who are alive today in 2019 live in a world influenced by Greek philosophy and Greek Hellenized way of thinking. The Bible was written in a Hebrew culture with a Hebrew way of thinking. There is a vast difference between the Hebrew mindset and the Greek mindset. If we forget that the Bible was written to Hebrews with a Hebrew mindset, we will end up misunderstanding the Bible and even lose our salvation. How can we lose our salvation if we read it with a Greek mindset? Because the way of salvation is described from a Hebrew mindset written to people with a Hebrew mindset and not to people with a Greek mindset. To understand how to be saved, we have to read it from a Hebrew perspective and not a Greek mindset.
When Yeshua walked among us, the second temple was still standing in Jerusalem. The priests of the temple still sacrificed on the day of atonement, so atonement was a natural way of life. Everyone knew and understood they needed to atone for their sins. What they did not understand was who they were supposed to obey. The Pharisees told the people to obey their laws and traditions; Yeshua taught the people to obey the written law of Moses only (Matt 23:12). So because atonement and sacrifice was a natural way of life, but obedience to the written law of Moses was not, the emphasis in the Great Commission is “teach them to obey.” It does not negate atonement or the sacrifice on the cross, but because atonement was such a natural way of life, it was more important to tell them to obey. Through obedience comes a knowledge of the need for atonement (Rom 3:20)
Even though we live in a Greek culture, with a Greek mindset, it becomes difficult even for us to understand atonement if we do not first understand the need for obedience. When obedience comes first, we suddenly realized we have failed at it and we are in desperate need for atonement. When mainstream Christianity preaches atonement and tells their people they dont need to obey anything because then they will be “under law and not grace”, they are making it impossible for their congregation to understand atonement. (Rom 3:20).
If you dont understand atonement you are not saved.
When we dont understand atonement we read the Great Commission with a Greek mindset, all we make the mistake and think all we need to do is to tell them Yeshua died for them and pronounce the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit over them when we baptize them.
If we, on the other hand, remember Yeshua was and is a Jew who spoke those words to other Jews, we know we have to read the same text from a Hebraic mindset. In a Hebraic mindset, “the name” can mean two things. It can mean the actual given name a person has, and it can mean their character and personality.
We remember from last week how Yeshua says He has come in His Fathers name, but He will ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit in His name. Last week we learned how this has nothing to do with what name we are to call the Holy Spirit, it has everything to do with how we can identify the Holy Spirit by His character and personality.
When Yeshua tells us to baptize them in the name of The Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, He is referring to character and personality, not to the actual names of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is telling us to baptize people into the character of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit by teaching them first to behave and live the way the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit lives. (1. John 2:6). When we imitate the life of Yeshua, we imitate the life of the Father and the Son and we become one with them or baptized into them. (1.John 2:6).
How did the Apostles understand the Great Commission?
If someone came to faith in Yeshua as their Messiah, the Apostles expected them to immediately repent from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating meat from strangled animals and meat with blood still in them. (Acts 15:19-21). Then they are to go to the local synagogue and learn how to obey the written law of Moses. (Acts 15:21)
This is very different from mainstream Christianity in 2019. When someone comes to faith in Yeshua as their Messiah, we tell them to “pray the sinner’s prayer” and “ask Jesus into your heart.” We tell them how they are under grace and not law, and how the law has been done away with at the cross. When they ask how they are supposed to live as new Christians, we dont have an answer because mainstream Christianity believes the standard of righteousness (the law of Moses) is a burden and done away with at the cross.
Without the written law of Moses we cant baptize them into the character of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If we cant aptize them into their character we have no way of fulfilling the Great Comission and we might not even be saved ourselves. (James 2:10-26, 1.John 2:6)
When we see such a vast difference between the Apostles understanding of the Great Commission, and how mainstream Christianity understands it today, we have to acknowledge that something is terribly wrong somewhere. And we have to ask ourselves if we have even understood the cross? Because how can we know atonement if we dont first understand why we need atonement? And how can we understand atonement if we believe the thing that shows us why we need to atonement, was done away with at the cross?
If Yeshua (Jesus Christ) told us to baptize new believers into the character of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we have to do what He said and teach them to become one with Yehovah through obedience (1.John 2:6). When they know what to obey they know their need for atonement and will appreciate the cross (Rom 3:20).
What about water baptism?
A central part of the Mosaic law is the Mikveh, the ceremonial cleaning bath. So water baptism is a natural consequence of obedience to the great commission. When someone has learned the law of Moses, they will obey it by going into the Mikveh.
So now we understand that according to the Bible, fulfilling the great commission is not going into all the world telling people “Jesus died for your sins”. It is going into all the people telling them to repent back to obeying the written law of Moses AND telling them to believe in the cross. (2. Cor 5:11-21)
Do you believe Yeshua (Jesus) was the sinless lamb of God who never sinned a day in His life, and because of His sinless life He is well able to make atonement for you on the cross? The Bible says in 1.John 3:4 sin is breaking the law of Moses, so we know that if He never sinned He has never broken the Mosaic law.
Perhaps you have heard it said that He kept the law of Moses for you, so you dont have to? And if you believe in His righteousness and the fact that He kept it for you, you will be considered righteous and as if you have never broken the law? The problem with that statement is that He was, and is, a man. He only kept the commandments applicable to a Jewish male. So if it is true that His obedience can be applied to you by faith it would mean that only men can be saved. 1.John 5:3 says the one who does righteousness is righteous, and we know James 2:10-26 and 1.John 2:6 says that if we obey the law of Moses we become righteous. This is why we know without a shadow of a doubt such a statement is untrue. We do not become righteous if we believe He was righteous and obeyed the law for us. We become righteous when we obey righteousness and obedience to righteousness is the same as obeying the written law of Moses.
Yeshua obeyed only the commandments applicable to a Jewish male. He obeyed it perfectly, and because He never sinned, He is sinless and well able to atone for both men and women. But because He kept the only the commandments applicable to a Jewish male He did not keep it so that we dont have to. We still have to keep the law of Moses as evidence of our salvation (James 2:10-26, 1.John 2:6)
The law of Moses strictly forbids idolatry (Exodus 20:2, Deut 5:6) and says we are only allowed to worship Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isac, and Jacob. For Yeshua to be the sinless lamb of God, He had to obey every commandment in the law of Moses, applicable to Him as a Jewish male, including Exodus 20:2 and Deut 5:6. If He worshiped any other god, or if He made Himself into a God and specifically told people to worship Him, He would be guilty of idolatry and no longer sinless. But we know for a fact that He was sinless because He never disobeyed His Fathers law, the law of Moses. So there is no possible way He could have encouraged anyone to worship Himself or told anyone to pray to Him.
Dont get me wrong, the Bible is very clear, Yeshua is divine. ( John 1, 8:58) There is no question about His divinity, He is Yehovah, and He had to be Yehovah to free us from the law of jealousy in Numbers 5. But we know from His own words that He is not the Father, for His Father is greater than He (John 14:28).
His divinity is not in question, but at the same time, He had to be obedient to every commandment in the Mosaic law to atone for our sins. So even though His divinity is not in question, He never told anyone to pray to Him, to worship Him. He always said pray to Yehovah and worship Yehovah. He said things like He is the gateway to a relationship with Yehovah (John 14:6) but He never ever told anyone to worship Him or to pray to Him.
In the Great Commission He instructs us to teach them all that He has commanded us. He commanded His disciples to worship Yehovah, to pray to Yehovah and to pray in Yehovahs name. He had to do this if He were to be obedient to the Mosaic law, and He can only be our sinless lamb if He was obedient to the Mosaic law.
If we are to be obedient to the Great Commission, we have to teach people to pray to Yehovah, worship Yehovah and pray in Yehovahs name. Why then do we see mainstream Christianity praying to Jesus (Yeshua) and worshiping Yeshua? Why do we see mainstream Christianity pray in Jesus name? Yeshua did not tell us to worship Him, to pray to Him or to pray in His name. He taught us to pray to, to worship and to pray in Yehovahs name.
The Bible says in 1. John 2:6 if we are one with Yeshua we have to live as He lived. If He only worshiped Yehovah, prayed to Yehovah and in Yehovah’s name we can only worship Yehovah, pray to Yehovah and pray in Yehovah’s name if we want to be one with Him.
Why do we call Yeshua Lord but we dont obey His teachings on who to worship and who to pray to?
How do you usually react when something bad happens to you? Do you easily worry and get stressed out about it? Do you start rebuking the devil doing “spiritual warfare”?
The Bible says Yehovah is omnipotent, omninoscient, and omnipresence. These three qualities of Yehovah says that He is all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere at all times. Everything that happens in this world is either willed by Him or allowed by Him. This means that nothing happens if it has not first been approved by Him or allowed by Him. (Matt 10:29-31, the book of Job)
When something bad happens to you, or to a loved one, Yehovah has either allowed it or willed it to happen.
Most Christians dont believe this to be true, in their minds, the devil is almost equal to Yehovah and able to do what he wants without having to ask Yehovah for permission. So when something terrible happens to us, we automatically envision ourselves caught in a power struggle between two equally powerful forces, the devil and Yehovah, so we start rebuking and fighting the devil.
The Bible says you who are reconciled to Yehovah through faith in the cross, living in obedience to righteousness (the written law of Moses), have full authority over the devil. (Rev 12:11). Why should you fight the devil if you have authority over him? If you have authority over him, you have to command him to leave, and he has to leave. (James 4:7). What gives you this authority? Your faith in the cross? Your obedience to the written law of Moses? Rev 12:11 says it has to be both, faith in the cross AND obedience to the written law of Moses.
So why then do bad things happen to righteous people who live reconciled to Yehovah through faith in the cross? Not because the devil attacks you, but because Yehovah allows it or even wills it to happen to you.
If you claim to believe in the God of the Bible, whose name is Yehovah, you cant rebuke the devil as most Christians do. You have to accept that if the devil is attacking you right now, Yehovah has allowed it to happen and perhaps even willed it to happen. If He has allowed it or willed it to happen it is futile to fight the devil, you have instead to ask yourself why it has happened and repent from what caused it in the first place. Nowhere in the Bible do we see King David, Abraham or Moses engaged in spiritual warfare fighting the devil. When bad things happened in their lives, they knew it was because of sin in their lives so they repented and asked Yehovah for forgiveness. Sometimes, but not all of the time, Yehovah removed the consequence of their sins. If this is the way our forefathers in the Old Testament did it, then this is the way we are supposed to do it we who are reconciled by faith in the cross living as obedient children.
We dont even see our forefathers in the New Testament doing spiritual warfare against the devil. They did confront him or his demons, but when they did, both the devil and they knew Yeshua and the Apostles were on the winning side. What was is that gave Yeshua, and later on the apostles the authority over the devil? Their faith in the cross? No, it was their faith in the cross combined with their obedience to the law of Moses. Rev 12:11 says this is how we overcome the devil by living united with Christ (1.John 2:6) in obedience to the written law of Moses, believing in the Blood of the Lamb dying for our sins.
The reason why most Christians are not willing to accept the idea that Yehovah can allow the devil to attack us is their lack of faith in the Mosaic law. We all know that crime does not pay and crime has consequences. So if you break national law in your nation, you know it will bring with it not so pleasant consequences. When those consequences strike you dont start rebuking the police. If you open your Bible and read it for yourself, you will soon see how Yehovah allowed terrible things to happen to Israel when they broke the law of Moses. (Deut 28:14-45). Malachi 3:6 says Yehovah never changes, so He still allows terrible things to happen to those who disobey Him. If the devil is attacking you right now it is because of sin in your life, do what David did and repent of your sin back to obedience. Yehovah will not always remove the consequences of your sins as we see with King David. He was forgiven for his adultery with Bathsheba, but Yehovah took the life of his son. But you can know for sure He will always forgive if you sincerely repent and ask His forgiveness. (1. John 1:9)
So how are we to react when something terrible happens to us or someone we love? First of all, we are to remember that Yehovah has either allowed it or willed it to happen. This should make us feel very safe and secure, because if this comes from Him it will be easy for Him to remove it from us as well. Second of all, we should ask ourselves why He has allowed it or willed it to happen. We know from the Bible, in Deut 28:14-45 breaking the law of Moses has consequences. So we should immediantely repent from our sins, come back to obedience and ask His forgiveness. We know the Bible says if we do this, He will forgive us (1.John 1:9). He might not remove the consequences of our sin, but forgiveness is the more important so our relationship to Yehovah can be restored. Thirdly we have to ask Him to either remove the consequence of our sin, or to help us handle the consequence of our sin. If we are being obedient, He will always answer such a prayer.
What about rebuking the devil?
Rebuking the devil is something you do when you are righteous. 1.John 3:7 and 5:3 says righteousness comes from being obedient to the Mosaic law. Rev 12:11, James 4:7 says if we also have our faith in the cross, we will overcome the devil. So if you will be obedient to the Mosaic law, and be reconciled through faith in the cross, you are already rebuking the devil and doing spiritual warfare guaranteed to win. But if something bad is happening to you right now it has been allowed to happen because you have stopped rebuking the devil. If you will repent from failing to rebuke him and start living righteously again, Rev 12:11, James 4:7 says he will flee from you. 1.John 1:9 says if you will ask forgiveness for failing to live righteously Yehovah will always forgive you. He might not remove the consequences of your sin, but He will always forgive you.
These three doctrines are the very foundation of your Christian faith. If you consider yourself a Christian, these three doctrines will affect how you live your life. If it does not affect how your live your life, you are not actually a Christian. (James 2:10-26). If you are not a Christian this is the time to become one. Repent back to obeying the law of Moses (the written law), ask Yehova for forgiveness for all the times you broke His law in the past, and believe Yeshua the Messiah died for your sins. This makes you a Christian and people around you will see Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) in you by how you live your life.
Today it is Friday, and the Shabbat will begin in a few hours from now. If you are a Christian you will celebrate Shabbat today.
Decide today to celebrate Shabbat by not working for money and not making others work for money. So make sure you do your groceries before the sun sets today. There are as always exceptions to this, the Bible says if you have a medical emergency you can break Shabbat, if you have a medical condition that only allows you to do things on Shabbat you can break Shabbat. But if it can wait until tomorrow when the sun sets it has to wait.
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