One of the basic tenets of Christianity is the belief that says Jesus is both 100% God and 100% a man. This is not a human-made doctrine, and we do find scriptural evidence for this. In John 1 and 8:58 Yeshua (Jesus) refers to Himself as God. But then something happens that tends to confuse us, In John 20:17 He says Yehovah is His God. How can Yeshua be God, one with God and at the same time make that statement? And how can Yeshua be both 100% God and 100% human and why is this so important?
If we want to understand this, we first have to make sure we know why we need salvation and what salvation is according to the Bible.
The Bible says in Rom 3:23 and Ecclesiastes 7:20, there are no righteous humans alive today. What is a righteous man or woman according to the Bible? A righteous man or a righteous woman is one who obeys the written Torah (the written law of Moses) (1.John 3:7, 5:3). If righteousness is something we achieve by following the Torah, then we know Rom 3:23 and Ecclesiastes 7:20 tells us that there no one alive today who obeys the Torah.
Mainstream Christianity would agree with this because they believe the Torah cant be obeyed. But have you noticed how Rom 3:23 and Ecclesiastes 7:20 does not say no one follows the Torah because it cant be obeyed? Instead, it means no one obeys the Torah because they have chosen not to obey it, and because of it, they are all under the wrath of Yehovah. So the anger of Yehovah is unleashed because no one follows His Torah out of choice.
If we believe the Bible is true when it describes Yehovah as being righteous in His judgments, then it would be impossible for Yehovah to be angry at someone unable to obey His rules. Because if He had been mad at someone unable to follow His laws, He would have made an unrighteous judgment. So if He is righteous in all His judgments, then it stands to reason His wrath upon those who disobey His Torah is unleashed because He knows as our creator we are well able to obey it, but we choose not to. And because we want not to follow it, He is angry at us. This is why we know mainstream Christianity is wrong, dead wrong when they say we can’t obey the Torah.
Then some would say they are well able to obey the written Torah, but since they are not Jews, only the moral commandments apply to them. James 2:10 says if you have broken one commandment in the Torah, it makes you guilty of breaking every commandment in the Torah. So even us Christians who claim to live morally righteous lives, but ignore other commandments in the Torah are not righteous according to James 2:10.
This is why we know Rom 3:10 and Ecclesiastes 7:20 are still valid today, but we also know it is a choice, people have made not to obey, and it is a choice that will cause them to lose their salvation.
What about the imputed righteousness of Christ?
Mainstream Christianity, on the other hand, believes it is impossible to live in obedience to the Torah. They believe the Torah is a burden, and obedience to it will cause us to lose our salvation. So they claim we become righteous if we believe Yeshua kept the law for us. We know Yeshua, the Son of God, was and still is a Jew born in Israel. He and all His disciples spoke Hebrew and practiced Judaism. We also know Yeshua was a man and not a woman. He kept the Torah as a Jewish man; this means He only obeyed the commandments applicable to a man. How can a mainstream Christian woman have His righteousness imputed to her if she believes He kept the law for her when we know He never obeyed any commandments applicable only to women?
Do you see how mainstream Christianity has lost contact with the Bible and how most of their doctrines are founded on human-made traditions, opinions instead of the Bible?
The Bible says it is easy to obey the Torah (1.John 5:3) for both men and women. Yeshua even says if we follow the Torah, we will inherit eternal life (Mark 10:17-27). So obedience to the Torah, because we believe Yeshua died for us, is what ensures our salvation and guarantees eternal life.
It is therefore easy to see that mainstream Christianities claim that we will have Yeshua righteousness imputed to us if we believe He kept the law for us, is false and only a human-made doctrine that has no support in the Bible. But this also means that mainstream Christians who obey only the moral commandments of the Torah, but choose to ignore such things as the Shabbat and the food laws, are not righteous and have lost their salvation. Why? James 2:10 says if you fail at obeying one commandment in the Torah, you are guilty of breaking them all.
This is why there are Christians in hell, and this is why a lot of Christians will one day hear Yeshua telling them “depart from Me for I never knew you, your workers of lawlessness.”
You do not want to be among them, repent back to Torah obedience before it is too late.
We have to choose who we will believe, human-made doctrines in the church telling us we cant obey the Torah? The Bible and the Son of God telling us it is effortless to follow the Torah, and we can even inherit eternal life is we do?
For me, the choice is natural; I would choose to obey what the Bible and the Son of God says and not some human-made doctrine that has no foundation in the Bible. Yeshua even commands us to do so in Matthew 23:2 when He says we are not to listen to human-made doctrines, but we are to listen to and obey the law of Moses (the written Torah).
The question then gives itself, if the Bible says it is easy to obey the Torah and we can even inherit eternal life by doing so, why then do we need to believe in the cross?
In Ex 19:5 Yehovah makes a covenant with the Hebrew people, if they will obey the terms of the covenant (the written law of Moses/the written Torah), He promises to be their God Yehovah and take care of them. (Deut 28:1-14). As the years went by, the Israelites crossed over into the promised land of Israel, and they were soon divided into two Kingdom, Judah in the south and Israel in the north.
Israel and Judah disobeyed the terms of the covenant many times, not because it was impossible for them to obey it, but because they chose to. After some years, Yehovah’s patience with Israel ran out, and He divorced Himself from them in Jer 3:8. He could not take it anymore of Israel always disobeying the terms of the covenant and being unfaithful to Him, so He decided to scatter them all over the earth as punishment.
The punishment and divorce will not last forever promise Yehovah in Jeremiah 30:1-38:22. One time in the future, He will restore Israel and Judah to Himself, and they will once more serve Him in obedience and faithfulness to the terms of the covenant.
This creates sort of a problem for Yehovah; He has divorced Himself from Israel because of their unfaithfulness. Now He wants to restore them to Him as His people. This is impossible for Him to do because of His law. As a righteous God, He can’t violate His own law. Yehovah’s law, the written Torah, declares in Numbers 5 it is an abomination for a deserted spouse to take back his or her unfaithful spouse. So it would be an abomination for Yehovah to accept Israel back as His people just on account of their obedience to Him.
This is why works can’t save us, and we cant work our way into heaven. But as we are about to see, works are the evidence of saving faith. If there are no works, we are not saved.
How can Yehovah fulfill His promise to Israel in Jeremiah 30:1-38:22 without setting aside His law? He has to obey His law to do this, and His law says if someone dies, they are free from the demands of the law. The answer to this is found in one of the most overlooked sayings of Yeshua in the Bible.
Sometimes the Gospels have sayings of Yeshua we can have a hard time understanding, so we skip over them. But when we do, we lose sight of what the Bible is trying to tell us, and we miss out on knowing and understanding one of the greatest love stories in the world. One such saying we find in Matthew 15:24, “I have come only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Why does Yeshua say He has come only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel when John 3:16 says He was given to the world? Because the lost sheep of the house of Israel are scattered all over the world as punishment.
Rom 7 says the law can not affect someone dead, so if you are physically dead, you are free from the law, and it can no longer touch you. The only way for Yehovah to fulfill His promise to Israel in Jeremiah 30:1-38:22 would be if He died from the law and Israel died with Him. When Yehovah AND Israel have undergone a physical death, the law in Numbers 5 preventing Yehovah from fulfilling His promise to Israel can no longer stop Him. They would then both be dead from the law and free to remarry again.
When we understand all of the above, things like “the marriage supper of the lamb” and the bridegroom terminology in the Bible becomes so much more understandable to us. This is all about Yehovah as a bridegroom desperately in love with His bride Israel doing everything in His power to restore her back to Him as His bride.
This is the foundation of our salvation, the return to Yehovah as Israel or the choice to become Israel and return to Yehovah. Why then was and is it so crucial for Yeshua to be both man and God?
We know Yeshua was born as a man by a Jewish mother in Israel. He had a physical body, born like any other human baby and had to learn to walk, talk, and handle life like any other human being. His biological father was not Joseph; the Bible says He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18). So when Yeshua was born, He was 100% a human being AND 100% Yehovah.
How can we know this for sure? If He had not been born as a human being and God, Yehovah’s plan to restore His bride Israel could not succeed. It could only succeed as long as Yeshua was born 100% as a man and 100% as God.
If Yeshua had been just a man who died on the cross, Yehovah would still be held captive to His law and forbidden to fulfill His promise to Israel. Why? Because Rom 7 says the law in Numbers 5 forbids Yehovah to accept Israel as long as He (Yehovah) lives.
If Yeshua had been 100% God, but not a man, Israel would have been held captive to Yehovah’s law in Numbers 5 and forbidden to come back to Him. Why? Because Rom 7 says the law in Numbers 5 forbids Yehovah to accept Israel as long as Israel lives.
But if Yeshua is both 100% man and 100% God, His death on the cross ensures that Yehovah AND Israel can be free from the curse of the law in Numbers 5. This is why He was born in Israel because as a 100% human Israelite He could take upon Himself Israel’s guilt and free them from the curse of the law in Numbers 5 by dying as an Israelite. This is why He was born as 100% God because Yehovah had to die to be free from the curse in the law preventing Him from accepting Israel.
When He died on the cross, Yehovah AND Israel died. Now that both are physically dead; they are both dead to the law in Numbers 5 and the law in Numbers 5 can no longer touch them. When Yeshua was raised from the dead, He was still 100% man and 100% God. Now, as 100% human Israelite raised to a new life without any guilt and sin, Israel could come back to Yehovah. As Yeovah raised to a new life, the demands of the law in Numbers 5 had been met on the cross and He was no free to accept Israel again.
When Yeshua walked out of the grave as 100% man and 100% God, all of Israel walked with Him. Now the demands of the law in Numbers 5 had been fulfilled; unfaithful Israel was dead crucified for her sins on the cross. Yehovah had died and come back to life in Yeshua, Israel had died and come back to life in Yeshua, and now all Israel (and those gentiles who want to become Israel ) who will believe He died for them can now come back to Yehovah in obedience and love. (John 14:15)
How is that possible? How can you as Israel come back to your first love Yehovah 2000 years after it happened on the cross? By faith in the cross and a decision to act on your faith and live as Israel in obedience to the written Torah. What if you are not a physical descendant of Israel? That does not matter. In Isaiah 56:3, Yehovah invites everyone everywhere to join Israel just as Ruth did. So you can also become Israel by choice and faith in the cross, with obedience to the written law of Moses.
This is why we can know for sure Yeshua was, and still is, 100% man and 100% Yehovah because that is the only way for Yehovah to fulfill His promise to Israel in Jeremiah 30:1-38:22. He had to die to the law in Numbers 5 physically, and Israel had to be able to die to the law in Numbers 5 physically. Then He had to be resurrected to a new life together with Israel. This could only be done if Yeshua was both 100% man and 100% God. It also explains why Yeshua says He has come only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel in Matt 15:24, and why He has been given to the world.
The lost sheep of the house of Israel was scattered all over the world, so He was given by Yehovah to everyone who descends from Israel or everyone who wants to become Israel, living across the globe.
In Yeshua Yehovah was reconciling Israel to Himself by making sure He and Israel died to the law, buried with Him and resurrected to a new life. And at the same time, making sure the demands of the law in Numbers 5 were met on the cross so all Israel who will believe in the cross can be forgiven for their unfaithfulness as if it has never happened.
And now we understand James 2:10-20 and 1.John 2:6, which emphasizes the importance of walking in obedience to the written Torah. Disobedience to the written Torah was the reason why Yehovah divorced Himself from Israel. So when we have been granted the ability to come back, it is only natural we will obey the Torah and live as Israel again. Our obedience to the written Torah is the evidence of our identity as Israel but also our salvation and our unity with Yeshua. (James 2:10-26, 1. John 2:6)
Now we understand why Yeshua says “depart from Me for I do not know you, you who are without Torah.” The very fact that we obey the written Torah shows that we have joined Israel and become Israel, that we have accepted Him and become engaged back to our groom Yeshua. But if we dont obey the Torah, we are not saved, and we have no evidence of being one with Israel. He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, so it is only natural He will not recognize those who claim Him as Lord but refuse to live as Israel.
So now we see that Yeshua had to be born 100% Yehovah (God) and 100% as a human being. By doing so, He could die on the cross as 100% God and 100% human being and by doing so making sure Yehovah died to the demands of the law on Numbers 5 and everyone who will believe He died for them will die to the requirements of the law in Numbers 5. He was also punished on the cross for being unfaithful, so He took upon Himself Israel’s unfaithfulness and was divorced from Yehovah (Matt 27:46). This meant the requirements of the law in Numbers 5 were met, so all who will believe HE died for them will have their unfaithfulness and punishment laid upon Him on the cross and be forgiven and reconciled to Yehovah.
If you believe He died for you, by faith, you will have died with Him on the cross. By faith, He will have been punished for your unfaithfulness to Yehovah. By faith, He will be divorced from Yehovah instead of you. By faith, you will be buried with Him free from the demands of the law in Numbers 5. By faith, you will be resurrected with Him to a new life free from the law in Numbers 5 finally able to live as a child of Yehovah, as Israel in love and obedience to Him. (John 14:15, Ex 19:5, 1.John 2:6, 3:4, 3:7, 5:3, James 2:10-26).
If you accept this and choose to act on it by faith, but refuse to obey every commandment in the Torah applicable to you outside of Israel without access to the temple, your faith is dead and can not save you.
If you accept this and choose to act on it by faith and obey every commandment in the Torah applicable to you outside of Israel without access to the temple, you are saved, you have become Israel, you have become a child of Yehovah and inherited eternal life.
The choice is yours, but the decision you make will decide if you spend an eternity in hell or an eternity in heaven and the New Jerusalem.
But what about atonement for sin?
The Torah says blood on the altar will atone for our sins (Lev 17:11). Yeshua died outside the city, and His Blood was not shed on the altar in the temple. So how can He atone for our sins if His Blood was not shed in the temple?
The Bible answers this in the book of Hebrews. When Moses was shown how to build the tabernacle, he was first shown the heavenly tabernacle so he could make a copy of it on earth. Therefore we know there are a heavenly altar and a heavenly temple we cant see with our own eyes. This heavenly altar and temple have just as high importance as the altar and temple here on earth, and because it is the original temple, it has even higher significance than the one here on earth. This temple is still standing even though the earthly temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in the year 70 AD.
When Yeshua had died on the cross and freed us from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, the Bible says He first went down into paradise and preached to those who had died as righteous men and women waiting for His coming. (Eph 4:8). These were righteous Jews and Israelites who had obeyed the Torah and believed in HIs coming but died before He came. They were being held in paradise or what is called Abrahams bosom. These men and women were freed by Yeshua and taken to heaven.
In heaven, Yeshua took the Blood He had shed into the holiest of holy in the heavens to make atonement for our sins. There He shed His Blood on the heavenly altar, and His Father Yehovah accepted his sacrifice. (Hebr 8:1-13, 9:11-12, 9:14, 9:23-26, 10:19, 1.Pet 1:18-19).
Now everyone who believes He died for them on the cross will be free from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, free to come back to a life in service, love, and obedience to Yehovah. But they will also be forgiven if they believe He shed His Blood on the heavenly altar to atone for their sins so they can be reconciled to Yehovah. It is essential to believe both in the freedom from the curse of the law, and atonement for our sins because of we need them both, and then we have to choose to walk it out every day in obedience to the written Torah.
Did He atone for our sins as a man or as God or as both? He had to atone as a human being for only the sinless Blood of a human being could atone for other human beings.
When He died on the cross, He needed to die as 100% God and 100% man. He had to be 100% God for Yehovah to be free from the curse of His law and He had to be 100% man for us humans to be free from the curse of His law in Numbers 5. When He sacrificed His Blood on the heavenly altar, He had to be 100% a human being, a sinless human being sacrificing human blood on the heavenly altar for the sacrifice for other humans to be accepted.
This is why it is so important to know that He was, and still is 100% human and 100% Yehovah. Only when we believe in His duality of nature, the cross, and His atonement on the heavenly altar, can we have freedom from the curse of the law in Numbers 5 AND atonement for our sins.
Do you believe Yeshua (Jesus Christ) died for your sins? Have you accepted Him as your Lord and your Savior? If you believe His Blood made atonement for you, but you do not believe He freed you from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, you are still divorced from Yehovah. If you believe He freed you from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, but you do not believe He atoned for your sins, you are still divorced from Yehovah.
The Bible says you have to believe both, that He freed you from the curse of the law in Numbers 5 and atoned for your sins. This you can only believe if you accept that He is 100% Yehovah and 100% a human being. He had to be Yehovah because Yehovah had to die a physical death to be able to accept us back as His people. He had to be human for us to be free from the curse of the law in Numbers 5, and for us to have our sins atoned.
If you believe all of this, but still you think you are only required to obey the moral commandments of the Torah, the Bible says in James 2:10-16 your faith is dead and can not save you. The only way to be saved is to become Israel by faith in the cross, in the heavenly altar and repentance back to Torah obedience.
Yeshua said it best Himself; He came only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Yehovah has always wanted everyone to join Israel, both they who are naturally born as an Israelite and gentiles like Ruth, who decided to leave her gods in favor of Yehovah. Yehovah even says it Himself in Isaiah 56:3, everyone can come and join Israel, as long as they accept the terms of the covenant. The terms of the covenant have always been, and will always be the written Torah.
If you believe Yeshua died for you, and you believe all of the above, you have to begin obeying the written Torah and not just the moral commandments.
The written Torah has 613 commandments, some just for women, some just for men. Some are just for priests, some for lepers and a lot of them we cant obey today because they require us to be in Israel with access to a temple. But we are obligated those that apply to our gender, outside of Israel without access to a temple.
So if you believe all of the above, you are obligated to learn the Torah and obey it. IF you do not do this, you are not saved.
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