The gift of the cross

Have you ever been given a gift you do not deserve? If you are a mainstream Christian, your first response would be, the cross. You did not deserve the cross but God gave it to you anyway because He loves you. (John 3:16). It is true we dont deserve the gift of the cross, it is a gift given to us just because He loves us. But because we are all born as human beings, we already deserve it on account of our humanity. The cross was given to all humans, everywhere at all times and only to the human race. So even though we dont deserve it as such, being a human being makes us worthy of it. If you accept the cross, you become a Christian, but what does it look like to be a Christian according to the Bible? What does it look like to have accepted the greatest gift God has ever given us?

When our parents gave us gifts for our birthdays,loved us and cared for us, we know we did nothing to deserve it. They gave us gifts, their love, their protection and care because we are their bilogical children . We did nothing to deserve it because we did not choose when or to whome we would be born. At the same time, being born into a family makes us worthy of their love, gifts and protection.

There are gifts we do not deserve because we can’t do anything to earn them, but at the same time, we possess some kind of quality that makes us worthy of them. Then there are gifts we can do something to earn because we decide to do something and what we decide earns us the rights to them. When we choose to become employees in a company, we earn the right to a paycheck and benefits. We choose to apply for a job in a company, and as long as we choose to behave accordingly to the unwritten laws of our employer, we are guaranteed a paycheck and benefits. We choose who we will marry and our choice gives us the gift of love and respect, as long as we behave accordingly to the unwritten laws of our spouses.

Both type of gifts, those we earn as a result of our choices, and those we are worthy of because we possess some quality (as in being born into a family and being born as a human being), can be lost if we do not obey the conditions that come with them.

Applying for a job earns us the right to a paycheck and benefits as long as we obey our employers written and unwritten laws. Marrying someone earns us the right to their love and respect, as long as we follow their unwritten rules. Being born into a family makes us worthy of our parent’s love and protection, as long as we obey them.

Even though it is not something most people talk about, it is a fact that you can actually lose your parents love if you do something that is so horrendous and evil your parents just can’t accept it and you show no sign of remorse. All love is conditional, even between a parent and their child. So even though we do not deserve our parent’s love, we are worthy of their love just because we are born into their family. But even if we are worthy of their love, it can be lost if we do not live up and have no desire to live up to our parents moral standards.

The Bible says sin is breaking the law of Moses (1.John 3:4). It also describes Yehovah (God) as holy and righteous, a God that hates sin. How do you think He feels when He sees human beings sinning?

How would you feel if your child did something that was purely evil and he or she showed no remorse and no sign of wanting to repent? A natural human reaction would be for you to want to distance yourself from your child as much as possible because there is something deep down inside of you that cant associate with a person who commits acts of pure evil and have no sign of remorse. Why? Because you are made in the image of Yehovah, and Yehovah cant and will not associate with anyone who commits acts of evil and shows no sign of remorse.

If we can accept the idea that a parent can love their child conditionally, we have to accept the idea that Yehovah loves us conditionally. If we are able to distance ourselves from our bilogical children, because they have commited acts of pure evil and shows no sign of remorse, we have to accept the idea that Yehovah can do the same thing and distance Himself from us when we sin and show no sign of remorse and repentance.

If someone came up to you and told you they were a Christian, how can you know for sure if they are telling the truth? How can someone know who you are related to? By how you act and how you look because you are a biological child of your parents, you will resemble them in the way you act, the choices you make, and your physical appearance. If someone claimed to be a Christian, you would expect them to act as a Christian and resemble Christ in some way. If they did not act as a Christian you would know they were not telling the truth.

In 2019 there are more than 40 000 + different Christian denominations in this world, all claiming to be Christians. Most of them are, for some reason, unable to cooperate, even though they all claim to believe in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. How can there be 40 000 + different opinions on what it means to be a Christian when we have only 1 Bible?

When we have 40 000 + different opinions on what it looks like to be a Christian, and we have 1 Bible, we know something is wrong somewhere.

1.John 2:6 says all who claims to be a Christian has to live their life the way He did. In 1. Cor 11:1 Paul the Apostle agrees with this when he encourages his readers to imitate the life of Christ, the way he did. The question then is, how did Yeshua (Jesus) live His life? If we can answer that question, we can know what it looks like to be a Christian.

We know He raised the dead, healed the sick, befriended sinners, and fought the religious crowds. But we also know there are many religions in this world with “holy” men who claim to have done the exact same things. So how can we tell Yeshua apart from Buddha, Muhammed, and the rest of them? How can anyone identify you in a crowd of people where everyone is wearing the same clothes with the same colors? By your personality, the way you act, the choices you make and your moral standard. It is our personalities that makes it possible for us to stand out in a crowd. So if we want to identify Yeshua in a crowd of “holy” men we have to look at His personality.

The one thing that separates Yeshua from the rest of the crowd is His, and His Fathers love for the written Torah (the written law of Moses). Everything He did was in obedience to the written Torah, everything He taught was in obedience to the written Torah. The fact that He obeyed the Torah, and taught His disciples to obey it, proves that He is the Messiah sent by Yehovah (Deut 13) The Bible says in John 1 He is the word of Yehovah, so He is the walking, talking, breathing, living Torah. You can’t claim to know Him if you reject the written Torah (the written law of Moses). If you reject the Torah you reject Yeshua. (Matt 7:21-23)

If 1.John 2:6 says, anyone who claims to be a Christian has to live their life they way Yeshua did, we now know it means that everyone who claims to be a Christian has to obey the written Torah. Paul the Apostle agrees with this in 1.Cor 11:1, and James 2:10-26 says if we dont do this, our faith in the cross cannot and will not save us.

So what does it look like to be a Christian? A Christian obeys every commandment in the written Torah applicable to his/her gender, living outside of Israel without access to a temple. This means you cant claim to be a Christian and work for money on the Shabbat. If you work for money on the Shabbat, or you make others work for money, you are sinning against Yehovah (1.John 3:4). James 2:10-26 says if you consciously choose to sin you are under Gods wrath. (Deut 28:14-45). Repent while it is still time.

We can’t earn the love of our parents, but the fact that we are born into their family makes us worthy of their love. We can’t earn the cross, but the fact that we are born as human beings makes us worthy of the cross. So you have already earned the love of your parents just by being born, and you have already earned the cross just by being born a human being. As with the love of your parents, the love of Yehovah expressed in the cross (John 3.16) is not unconditional. If it is not unconditional, it can be lost if we do not do our part. Our part is to repent back to Torah obedience, and remain obedient to the Torah.

Do you understand the cross?

The Bible says sin is breaking the law of Moses (1.John 3:4). When a human being sins the first time, Yehovah divorces Himself from that person (Jer 3:8). 1.John 5:3 says it is easy to obey the written Torah, but Yehovahs own law in Numbers 5 says it is an abomination for Yehovah to forgive us and become our God again just on account of our obedience to His Torah. So the only way for us to be free from the law of jealousy in Numbers 5 would be if Yehovah died a physical death and we died with Him. (Rom 7)

When Yeshua died on the cross, it was Yehovah (God) who died a physical death on the cross. At that moment, He was freed from the law in Numbers 5 hindering Him from accepting us back as His people and from forgiving us on account of our obedience. When we believe Yeshua died for us, we will by faith die with Yehovah on that cross 2000 years ago, and also be set free from the curse of the law in Numbers 5. Now that we believe, we can come back to Yehovah, be forgiven, and He will once more be our God.

If the divorce happened because of our sin, it happened because we have broken the law of Moses. A natural consequence of accepting the cross would be to decide not to break the law of Moses (the Torah) again. (Rom 6) If you understand the cross and accept it, you will as a result of it, choose from now on to obey the written Torah at all times. (James 2:10-26, 1. John 2:6)

Accepting the cross opens your life up to being loved by Yehovah. But as with your parents love, Yehovahs love is conditional. 1.John 5:3 and James 2:10-26 says we have no exscuse for not obeying every commandment in the written Torah, applicable to our gender living outside of Israel without access to a temple. And if we do obey them as a result of our faith in the cross, Deut 28:1-13, Matthew 6:25-34 promises us healing, protection, guidance and the love of Yehovah. But if we do not obey, Deut 28:14-45 says Yehovahs wrath will be kindled against us and we will become once more His enemy.

So even though you do not deserve the gift of the cross, you are worthy of it just by being born a human being, it comes with conditions. As long as you obey the conditions of the cross, you will also get to share in the love of the cross and stay in that love.

What does it look like to be a Christian according to the Bible? A Christian is someone who believes Yeshua died for them on the cross and obeys every commandment in the Torah applicable to them.

What does it look like to be a Christian, according to mainstream Christianity? If their definition of what it looks like to be a Christian does not agree with the Bible, we can’t accept it.

Mainstream Christianity believes in a passive faith, you can’t do anything to earn the cross, you are not worthy of the cross and you must never do anything to remain a Christian. The only thing you have to do is believe. We already know this is not what the Bible teaches, the Bible says we cant earn the cross, but we are worthy of the cross just because we are born a human being. And if we accept it, we have to obey by the conditions of the cross to remain a Christian.

This should not surprise us considering how this is the way every relationship works, those we have made by choice and those we are born into. As long as we obey by the conditions of the relationship, we get to share in it. If we disobey the conditions, we lose the relationship.

What are the consequences of believing mainstream Christianities idea of salvation? We read the consequences in Matthew 7:21-23, those who die without obeying the written Torah because of their faith in the cross, will hear “depart from Me, your workers of lawlessness”.

If we, on the other hand, believe in and accept the cross, we will, as a result of it, choose to obey the written Torah. Obedience to the written Torah will make us a Christian (1.John 2:6). If we are a Christian, the way the Bible describes it, Rom 2:29 says we become a real Jew and a descendant of Abraham. We have to keep in mind, Yeshua was a Jew, so when the people in Antioch said His believers were Christians, they were saying they lived their lives as He did. So being a Christian does not mean you abandon the written Torah, the food laws, the Shabbat laws. It means you live your life the way Yeshua did, in obedience to the written Torah. So being a real Jew (Rom 2:29) is the same thing as being a Christian. (1. John 2:6). Being a Christian and a real Jew is the same thing as being united with Yeshua. (1. John 2:6)

According to the Bible, if we accept the gift of the cross on Yehovahs conditions, we become Jews even though there might not be a trace of Jewish DNA in your lineage. For according to the Bible, the true Jew is not the one born in Israel by a Jewish mother. The true Jew is the one who is reconciled to Yehovah and lives in obedience to the written Torah. (Rom 2:29, Isaiah 56:3)

When you were born into your biological family, you did not earn your status and role as a son or a daughter. Being a biological son or a daughter makes you worthy of everything your parents can give you, their love, respect, help, and protection. So even though you did not earn your status as a biological son or daughter, your status guarantees you and makes you worthy of their love, respect, and help.

The cross is something we cant earn, but because we are human beings, we are worthy of the cross. If we choose to accept it, we will obey its conditions, and our obedience to the conditions of the cross will make us a son or a daughter of Abraham. We can’t earn the status of a son or daughter of Abraham, this is something given to us when we accept the cross and its conditions. But because we do something and choose to accept the cross, our acceptance guarantees us a status as a son or a daughter of Abraham and the right to call ourselves a true Jew (Rom 2:29)

Your status as a son, or a daughter of Abraham makes you Jewish and a partaker of everything promised to Abraham. Now that you are a Jewish by faith in the cross, and repentance back to obedience, Abraham becomes your father and you become his children. Yehovah promised to Abraham, to care for him and his descendants as long as they lived as a descendant of Abraham as a Jew. This is why Yeshua says in Matthew 6:25-34 if we live as a Jew we will have no reason to worry about anything.

All the promise of healing, prosperity, protection, guidance, wisdom and a worry-free life (Matt 6:25-34) were never given to the gentile church, they were given to Abraham and all his descendants. So it is obvious if you want Yehovah (God) to heal you, provide for you, protect you and give worry-free life, you first have to choose to become a Jew and choose to live as a Jew. How do you do that? By accepting the cross and the requirements that comes with it which is repentance back to obeying the written Torah (including the Shabbat and the food laws) and believing in the cross of Yeshua.

The promise of salvation by faith in the cross was never given to the gentile church; they were given to all who wants to become a Jew by repentance back to Torah obedience AND faith in the cross. (Rev 12:11, 14:11, James 2:10-26, 1.John 2:6)

If you want the gift of salvation, the gift of eternal life, the gift of becoming a child of Yehovah (God) and seeing all your needs met, you have to do it His way. Yehovahs way is repentance back to law obedience (the written Torah, not the Mishna or the Talmud. Not church doctrine, church traditions) AND faith in the cross.

Is this what mainstream christianity is telling you?

If what mainstream Christianity is telling you does not agree with the Bible, we cant accept it. The Bible and what is says has to be our number 1 source of truth and our only source of truth. Today you have learned what the Bible says about Yehovahs gifts of eternal life, salvation, and how to be healed, cared for, provided for by Him. If what you have learned today does not agree with what your church teaches you, you cant accept what your church teaches. You can only accept what the Bible says.

Today it is Friday, and one of the ways for us to accept Yehovahs gifts is to celebrate Shabbat. Shabbat begins when the sun sets and ends tomorrow evening on Saturday when the sun sets. Shabbat is a gift, and we cherish and appreciate the gift of Shabbat by not working for money and not make others works for money. If you have a medical emergency, you are of course allowed to make others work for money.

Next Friday, at 01:00 am CEST (Central European Summer Time) I will be back with another Shabbat sermon. Feel free to send me your prayer, prophecy and counseling requests. It is free of charge, and feel free to share every teaching and sermon you find, they are free of charge. the only thing I ask in return is that you tell others about this ministry so more people can know where to find free ministry online.

Yehovah bless you

Apostle.

Apostle Ernie

A sinner saved by grace, called to the office of an apostle. Jesus died for me, that is my only hope so I cling to the cross of Christ. Without the death of Christ on the cross I will be lost. But the cross of Christ is the source to ALL I need in this life and the next one. Apostle Ernie

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