By Wes Myhre
Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, I hope you are well and prayed up. It is possible that this essay will set people at odds with one another. This subject matter causes divisions within families, churches, communities, and countries, but we must confront this subject and study it out. Furthermore, if we cannot lay aside our traditions, humble ourselves, read and listen to God’s truth through prayerful study of the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings, and the Letters, the spirit of pride will cause discord within our lives and in our “religious institutions.” Case in point, over 33,000 different Christian denominations exist today. So, carefully read, investigate, and consider the following pages, and when you have time ponder this: “Will the great tribulation be the event to bring all denominations and congregations together.” The doctrine of the Rapture will be discussed later.
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Mathew 13:15-17
In the past few years I have discovered I am prayerfully longing for something not being taught in today’s ecclesia. Through my own studies I have found, I hunger for something more, other than the mundane, feel-good sermons offered on Sunday mornings, which have prompted me to search out or, if you will, investigate God’s divine provisions of how to biblically ascertain truth, which is leading to the incineration of long held church doctrine. The light of truth exposes the doctrines of men.
I will share my study prayer to convey to you my sincere hope and faith in finding God’s truth, as well as ridding one’s self of unrighteous philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
“Father God, please cover me with the Blood of the Lamb and protect me from all enemy intrusion. I ask that you open my mind and heart, ears and eyes, to Your truth, cast out all unrighteous teaching I have learned through the years, and please renew my heart and mind in order that I can learn Your truth, hidden in plain view in Your Word. Father God, please forgive me of my sins and help me to understand Your truth. Father, please reveal to me all the lies I have been taught about Your Word and You. Also, please grant me the discernment and strength to accept Your truth. I ask for these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.”
Also, I employ a quote Chuck Missler uses, demonstrating a righteous investigator. “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which can keep man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is condemnation without investigation.” Chuck Missler credit’s this to Edmund Spencer; however, as usual there is disagreement with who uttered these words.
One of the honorable pursuits as a Christ follower is studying God and His Word. I do this by a careful investigation of God’s Bible. I believe the Bible is the inherent Word of God. However, I understand the Bible has gone through several translations since the writing of the Gospels and other apostolic letters. I believe the Bible illustrates who God is and His plan for mankind. I find the following steps invaluable in my biblical education, an in-depth approach to reading and understanding God’s Word.
There are three principles which are always constant, and from these three constants all else is should be filtered.
1.God is never changing: was, is, and will be. (Satan is never changing, always the father of lies.)
2. It takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter.
3. God will reveal a matter to His Prophets.
These three principles must be employed when studying God’s word, and if what we are studying, teaching, or learning does not reflect these constants then we must reassess, rethink, reevaluate, and reconfigure our own studying, teaching, or learning.
- God is never changing.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Psalm 102:25-27
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:15-17
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:7-9
We can hear in these verses God/Jesus Christ is never changing.
(Satan is never changing)
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ . . . And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:3, 14
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
2 Corinthians 2:11
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2,
Satan, an individual or corporate entity, was, is and will be a liar until he and/or they is/are thrown into the lake of fire; therefore, evil uses the same tactics against God’s people from the beginning to the end.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
- It takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter.
This divine design of two or three witnesses spills over into the early legal system as well. Two or three witnesses are needed to establish a crime or rebuke someone of sin in the church.
First though, let us examine where God first demonstrated this principle since we understand and know our walk talks louder than our talk talks.
Scripture demonstrates God provides two witnesses by employing heaven and earth as his witnesses. He not only talks the talk but He walks the walk. He first provides an example and then expounds upon it.
Look at Genesis 1:26,
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Here we see where there were at least two witnesses making man in the image of God and in His likeness as well as commanding man to take dominion over the fish, fowl, cattle, the earth and every creeping thing on the earth.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. Deu 4:26
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deu 30:19
Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them. Deu 31:28
Therefore; God first established this principle by utilizing two witnesses, heaven and earth. Later, in Numbers we find God requires His people within the Hebrew legal system to employ the principle as well.
Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Num 35:30
At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. Deu 17:6
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. Deu 19:15
Here are examples of the practice in use within the Hebraic societal setting.
And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. Isa 8:2
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Isa 43:12
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isa 44:8
And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. Jer 32:10
And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. Jer 32:12
And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. Jer 32:25
Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD. Jer 32:44
Here we see two or more witnesses are always used.
The New Testament authors quote from the Old Testament concerning the principle of 2 or 3 witnesses. They employ this standard to their everyday living.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Mat 18:16
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 Co 13:1
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 1 Ti 5:19
He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Heb 10:28
When God establishes a principle, He does it with two or three witnesses in His word.
And as well as can be expected, the two or three witness principle was practiced by Jesus. When He sent His disciples out as witnesses, they went out in twos.
Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Matthew 18:19 we find when two or three believers are in agreement in prayer, it establishes that matter in heaven, and the Father responds.
Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Note in Matthew 18:20 Jesus is in our midst when two or more of us are in agreement.
This a powerful principle. We need to comprehend the depth of it as it adds power and faith to our prayers, and our witness for the kingdom.
(20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Right before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, God will warn the world, that He is about to unleash inconceivable judgments upon the earth. God employs the two or three witness principle to establish the coming judgments and sound the warning to the world.
Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Looking closer at the gospels, we find the recorded history of Jesus and His ministry as Matthew, Mark and Luke witnessed His life. They establish the truth of Him and of His Second Coming. This can be found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, and here we observe how Jesus used the three witness principle to establish the events surrounding His Second Coming.
Following are more examples of how the two or three witness principle is used in the New Testament.
The Bible lists three witnesses that the Lord Jesus was Israel’s Messiah and Savior, John the Baptist, Jesus’ works, and the Father.
There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. (33) Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
(36) But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
(37) And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. John 5:32
Finally, John tells us in 1 John 5:7 there are three that bear record in heaven and three that bear witness in earth.
1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Here are more verses containing examples of this principle in use. Mat 23:31, Luk 24:48, Act 1:8, . Act 2:32, . Act 3:15, Act 5:32, Act 7:58, Act 10:39, Act 10:41, Act 13:31, 1 Th 2:10, 1 Ti 6:12, 2 Ti 2:2, Heb 12:1
As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. Acts 17:10-12
Aside note: later we will look at what scriptures the Berean Jews were using. This is an interesting study.
- God will reveal a matter to His Prophets
The Bible is full of more proofs concerning this concept: Noah, Moses, Jonah, Daniel, John, etc.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Ephesians 3:3-4 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
1 Corrinthians 2: 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
We need to keep studying-
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Now let us go to the topic at hand.
The concept, of ignoring God’s commandments or the philosophy that His commandments no longer apply, is faulty at best and blasphemy at worst. I will explain.
The Biblical definition of sin is as follows:
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4
7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord. Deut 9:7
18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage. Joshua 1:18
Or you may choose to use the Greek definition as sin and say, “It is missing the mark.” However this is disingenuous if not quoting the whole definition of the Greek word hamartia translated sin in English. (Note: The KJV translates Strongs G266 Hamartia in the following manner: sin (172x), sinful (1x), offense (1x).)
Strongs defines Hamartia as:
- equivalent to G264 (hamartanō)
- to be without a share in
- to miss the mark
- to err, be mistaken
- to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
- to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin
- that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
- collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many
Or you may choose to quote a number verses where Paul allegedly states the law is no longer being used because God administered it to show us we needed a savior. Before going down this path, a good Berean will search out Paul’s life as described in the Bible, and will find Paul followed God’s laws.
For further study here is an essay entitled “Paul never said the Law was abolished. Read for yourself.” It can be found at http://www.eliyah.com/protorah.html, http://www.eliyah.com/ .You can also go to 119 Ministries The Pauline Paradox- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZBb5gypa2k for an additional study on Paul, Rabbi Shaul.
Let us move on to what Jesus says about His Commandments. First though, we must be biblically established God and Jesus are one by using two or three witnesses.
John 10:30 – I and [my] Father are one.
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
John 8:58 – Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 10:30-33 – I and [my] Father are one.
John 1:3 – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:2 – The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 20:28 – And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Here is what Jesus says about his commandments:
|Exo 20:6||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.|
|Deu 5:10||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.|
|Jhn 14:15||If ye love me, keep my commandments.|
|Jhn 14:23||Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.|
Now let us shift gears a little and do a study on God’s grace and mercy. I have not included all the verses in the Old Testament in which God employed grace and mercy, but I want to include a number to show this idea of God’s grace being new after Jesus’ earthly ministry as a man is not Biblically accurate and therefore not true.
|Gen 6:8||But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.|
|Exo 33:12||And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.|
|Exo 33:17||And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.|
|Exo 34:9||And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.|
|1Sa 20:3||And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.|
|2Sa 14:22||And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.|
|2Sa 16:4||Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.|
|Ezr 9:8||And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.|
|Psa 84:11||For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.|
|Jer 31:2||Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.|
Here is God’s mercy.
|Gen 24:27||And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren.|
|Gen 39:21||But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.|
|Gen 43:14||And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.|
|Exo 15:13||Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.|
|Exo 20:6||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.|
|Exo 33:19||And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.|
|Exo 34:7||Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.|
|Num 14:18||The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.|
|Num 14:19||Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.|
|Deu 5:10||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.|
|Deu 7:2||And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:|
|Deu 7:9||Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;|
|Deu 7:12||Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:|
|Deu 13:17||And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;|
|2Sa 22:51||He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.|
|1Ki 3:6||And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.|
|1Ch 16:34||O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.|
|1Ch 16:41||And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever;|
|2Ch 6:14||And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:|
|2Ch 7:3||And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.|
God has shown His love, grace, and mercy to mankind from the beginning, as opposed to both orthodox and accepted contemporary views of doctrine where God is angry and grumpy, prior to the Crucifixion. However, looking closely the above scriptures reveal God was, is, and will be a God of GRACE, LOVE AND MERCY!
It is important to understand the most basic characteristic of the nature of God, GOD IS LOVE. Everything God does flows from His love. When God grants His GRACE, it is embedded in and flows from His love. Whenever He gives mercy and forgiveness, favor and blessing, kindness and forbearance, it is by HIS GRACE!
Chen is the Hebrew word translated as “grace.” The KJV translates Strongs H2580, chen, in the following manner: grace (38x), favor (26x), gracious (2x), pleasant (1x), precious (1x), well-favored (with H2896) (1x).
Checed is the Hebrew word translated as “mercy.” The KJV translates Strongs H2617, checed, in the following manner: mercy (149x), kindness (40x), lovingkindness (30x), goodness (12x), kindly (5x), merciful (4x), favor (3x), good (1x), goodliness (1x), pity (1x), reproach (1x), wicked thing (1x).
I say all this to point to the fact when Jesus tells us;
|Jhn 14:15||If ye love me, keep my commandments.|
|Exo 20:6||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.|
|Deu 5:10||And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments|
He really means to keep his commandments, keep His laws. Here listen to what He says in Matthew,
|Mat 5:19||Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.|
The commandments are God’s laws, His rules, His instructions for us to live and maintain health physically, mentally, and spiritually in order for us to love him.
Reminder- do not let the evil spirits creep in and make you believe keeping God’s law is a salvation issue. Remember God’s laws for the believer are instructions for holiness, which in layman’s terms is to be set apart, and to help God’s people love Him with all their might, heart, mind, and soul.
|Deu 6:5||And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.|
|Mar 12:30||And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.|
|Luke 10:27||And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.|
So now let us look at Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Now you are asking yourself one simple question, if God is never changing then why are we not offering sacrifices? The answer to this question is a lengthy study, but for now, simply put, God foreordained Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation before the foundations of the world were in place; therefore, works were never intending as being part of salvation. To understand this better, please study the Melchizedek Priesthood. (For futher study please go to the following web sites and continue to search and educated yourself, https://torahwithoutrabbinics.wordpress.com/2013/06/ or Torah to the Tribes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXewt1T7BZ0&nohtml5=False.)
Here are the verses showing Jesus sacrifice was foreordained.
|Rev 13:8||And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.|
|Jhn 17:24||Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.|
|Eph 1:4||According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:|
|1Pe 1:20||Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,|
A lot more on this can be written, but bottom line is the enemy has been trying to derail God’s people since the Garden using lies. The truth is not in him.
So therefore, let us look at 1 John 3 in its entirety. We know in verse 4 sin is the transgression of the law. From my mathematical and English background we can substitute “transgression of the law” in for the word “sin” to hear and see what John is actually saying.
So mathematically written: TRANSGRESSION of the LAW = SIN
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our transgressions of the law; and in him is no transgression of the law.
6 Whosoever abideth in him transgresseth the law not: whosoever transgresseth the law hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth transgression of the law is of the devil; for the devil transgresseth the law from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit transgression of the law; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot transgress the law, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
In summary God’s grace has never changed. He still wants us to follow His commandments and law, and if we do not, we will end up capitulating to the forces of this world compelling God to turn ‘His people’ over too to the physical curse of His law, as found in Leviticus 26 and Romans 1, and this could be a salvation issue to the unfaithful, we are not reaching.
|And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7|
|In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. Deuteronomy 30:16|
|What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15|
|And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31|
|But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23|
|Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8|
|This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8|
|And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. Deuteronomy 28:1|
|All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 1 Corinthinas 10:23|
|But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. Psalm 103:17-18|
|This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12|
|I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. Psalm 119:30|
|And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4|
|With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119:10|
|And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13|
|Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20|
|Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12|
|Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14|
|But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Amos 5:24|
|For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14|
|Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2|
|But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5|
|He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8|
|Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:21-22|
|And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4:21|