What is in a Confession of Faith?
Christians confesses that Jesus is their lord and savior, but what does this really mean? They say they have repented of our sin and put their belief and faith on him, and by that they are saved, but what do they mean by that in comparison to what it really means? The only authoritative definition of sin Christians can go by is that which is scriptural, and it states in scripture, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
(1 John 3:4) The apostle Paul goes on to encourage Christians not to sin, listing all sorts of sins that can be ascribed to transgressing the law (properly, the Torah), or acts that can cause one to transgress the law. Now we, being in the world, hear from the lips of men many things they deem sins, but they are often sins in the eyes of the worldly, and do not reflect the law. Now Christians should only accept the authority of YHWH the Most High as the ultimate authority, and if it does not agree with His authority, then it comes from the mouth and pen of the devil to deceive and lead astray, so when one comes to a point of repentance, what is that person doing? Repentance in most cases of the new testament is translated from the Greek μετανοέω, metanoeo, which means literally ‘to change your mind’, and in the context of the passages, it means to change your mind from committing sin (the transgression and forsaking of the law), and of course then to doing the will of YHWH. When we repent, we no longer want to live a life of sin—we no longer want to transgress the law. Instead we want to do the will of YHWH.
Now understand this: The Messiah Yahushua (The Hebrew name for who is commonly called Jesus) taught the law and the prophets, and he did NOT come to this world to do away with them.
“ ‘Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.’” (Matthew 5:17-18)
Heaven and earth are still here, so the law still stands as it is, and no commandments are changed from it. Only the Levitical priesthood duties are transferred, since Yahushua was the last valid sacrifice on earth.
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ [Yahushua haMashiach] the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”(1 John 2:1-2)
The Messiah taught the law, and was prophesied of in the law:
“ ‘But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’” (John 5:45-47)
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18)
“ ‘ I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.’” (John 12:46-50)
So if we know that the Messiah taught the Torah (Law) and the keeping of all of it, and if we read the Gospels with this understanding, the Gospels make more sense, rather than being confusingly contradictory to the belief that Yahushua did away with the law. His famous teachings about adultery and love and charity were elaborations on the law, for he took these commands from the law. But now we read, and we see he actually commanded us to DO the law, quite opposite to the belief that we can essentially abandon it and live completely against it.
“ ‘Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22-23)
Evil is sin, and sin is transgressing the law, and living lawlessly is being an evildoer.
“ ‘But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’” (Matthew 7:26-27)
Those who reject the law of Moses, which Yahushua taught, are doing so to their own destruction. This chapter of Matthew concludes the sermon on the mount, where The Messiah is described as teaching with authority, and not as the scribes. He is often said to teach with authority, unlike the scribes and Pharisees, who, albeit they primarily taught what is known today as the Talmud, they ALSO taught the Torah, but a corrupted version of it. If the law is abolished, what sin is there to repent from, what are we repenting towards, and do we therefore need any salvation? As John said in 1 John 2:1-2, Yahushua was our atoning sacrifice, but he also said this in the next few verses that followed:
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God [Aluhayim] has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)
What is it to Not be of the World?
Now Yahushua often speaks about breaking from the world, and the apostles reiterates about not being worldly, that we are not of the world. The law that YHWH has given us is NOT of the world—it is of YHWH the Most High in the heaven. It is separate from the rest of the world and its customs and loves and priorities and gods. It serves YHWH, the Creator of all, and glorifies Him and sets apart a people for Him. Yahushua called all of us who are to be in him to do the Torah—to do the will of the Father, and follow the Son and believe on him and what he said, to have faith (fidelity and loyalty) in him and his words. The law is not done to be a proof of righteousness to men, as the scribes and Pharisees used it. It does not atone for sin, and its practice alone without Yahushua, our new and permanent king and high priest, will profit you nothing. It is a sign that we are a people of YHWH, that we obey our Creator and love our Aluhayim (commonly translated as “God”) and do not reject him, nor do we reject the Son, who taught the law. We will not perfectly abide in the law, but we MUST pursue it with our whole heart as an expression of our love for the Creator and our devotion to Him. As it is written in the scriptures:
“This is the covenant I will make with Israel [Y’shral] after that time,” declares the Lord [YHWH]. “I will put my law [Torah] in their minds and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God [Aluhayim], and they will be my people.” (Jerimiah 31:33)
Is the Torah, or law, of YHWH on one’s mind and heart if they believe that they do not have to do virtually any of it? Or is it rather on their hearts and minds if they wholeheartedly pursue it and study it so as to express their love for YHWH the Creator by being obedient to Him, as the Yahushua the Son commanded us. Is the Torah on our hearts and minds if we attempt to rationalize why most commandments are done away with, or if we try to refer to Paul’s writings to say that the Torah covenant was not as good as the “new covenant”, and to say that the Torah is a curse? Is the Torah on our hearts and minds if we are constantly trying to run away from it and find ways to forsake it, and as well not even study it to fully know what was written in there? Or is the Torah on our hearts and minds when we go out and tell people how much wisdom YHWH the Creator had in His Torah, for when one truly studies it and works to understand why commands were given, one will likely find that they were for very good reasons. Is the Torah rather on our hearts and minds when we boast, not of our own works of keeping the Torah, but boast about YHWH and how his Torah is perfect and obedience to it works wonders in our lives because of the power and wisdom of YHWH?
Yahushua told us to keep the Torah, and we have him as our eternal high priest who will atone for us with his blood when we do break it, but we are not to reject it and live lawlessly—that is a rejection of YHWH and the Son, and if we reject one master, which other do we love? Do we love YHWH and pursue YHWH and forsake all things in pursuit of the commands our king Yahushua has given us as the mouth of the Father, or do we love the world and forsake the commands of the Father for the love of worldly things.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God[Aluhayim] lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
“The Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the Lord [YHWH] is your God [Aluhayim] and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. And the Lord [YHWH] has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim], as he promised. (Deuteronomy 26:16-19)
Christians: re-read the Gospels, knowing that Yahushua the Messiah taught the law, and let the Holy spirit, the Spirit of Truth, show you what needs to be done.
Paul’s (Sha’ul’s) Parable of the Olive Trees
Consider Paul’s parable of the olive trees:
“If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.’ Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God [Aluhayim] did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God [Aluhayim]: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God [Aluhayim] is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!” (Romans 11:16-24)
The good olive tree is Y’shral (Israel), the wild one the gentiles. We the gentiles have been permitted to become Y’shral through Yahushua and can take part in Y’shral’s covenant with YHWH. The Gospel is not a message saying we can now live freely in sin because Yahushua died for us; the Gospel was brought to the world so that the lost sheep among the gentile people of the rest of the world could hear their masters voice and return to YHWH and be his people.
“He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel [Y’shral].’” (Matthew 15:24)
Those who are the lost sheep scattered amongst the gentile nations will hear his voice and come to him, following him and obeying him as our master and permanent high priest of YHWH.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus [Yahushua] the Son of God [Aluhayim], let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”
(Hebrews 4:14) All who repent to follow Him can enter covenant with Y’shral and become Y’shral through him and his teachings, his death and resurrection, and be a people for YHWH Most High, following His ways where we once cared not one bit for them.
What is Faith?
Faith is about much more than belief. Belief alone does not merit redemption, nor profit anything.
“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God [Aluhayim] is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” (James 2:17-20).
“When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God [Aluhayim]? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:28-29)
Demons certainly are not going to inherit eternal life, yet they confess Yahushua. They are evil beings which tempt people to sin (break the law) and teach others to do so, and as are the demons cursed for being lawless, are men any different? When Yahushua speaks of causing others to sin, he says this:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)
Faith is not only about belief, but fidelity. Does a faithful wife believe in her husband? Yes, but more importantly she is loyal to him. How do we express our loyalty—our faith—to our Master? By doing as he commanded and taught.
“And someone came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?’ And He said to him, ‘Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’” (Matthew 19:16-17)
So What Commandments is Yahushua Talking about?
What are the commandments? The closing chapters of Deuteronomy, after all of the law is given, reveal that all of the Torah (law) is YWHW’s commandments:
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the LORD [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim], to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).
If the Messiah Yahushua is our master, then we should obey him with all of our heart and soul and efforts. Yahushua would not teach any commandments other than the full Torah. If he did, then he would be doing at least two major thigs that make his validity as Messiah completely nullified:
- He would be committing a sin. “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] that I give you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2) This itself was a command from the Torah. If all transgression of the Torah is a sin, yet the Messiah is sinless, then either Yahushua did not do this, and remains sinless, or he did do this, and so had sin, and is disqualified as Messiah.
- He would be a false prophet. “If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder,2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods”(gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4) So if Yahushua taught others to break the Torah, and taught others to teach to break the Torah, then either: a) The messiah is a false prophet according to YHWH, and so are his disciples, or b) YHWH, the Most High worshipped and glorified throughout all of the Old testament, is an evil deity and/or is false. If either of these things are true, then there are serious problems with the scriptures. However, neither of these things are true, so there is no conflict.
Here is the parable of the new wine:
“And He was also telling them a parable: ‘No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. “But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. “And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” When Yahushua came, he did not come to change the law, or add any new practices and traditions to it, as did the disciples of John or the Pharisees. He did not come to add new fabric of doctrine over the old fabric of the law, or else they would conflict each other in doctrine and existence. He did not add new ways into the ways of the old wineskins of the law, lest all things fell apart into imperfection and discontinuity in YHWH. And no new way was to come, for the old way of the law, which YHWH established as an EVERLASTING covenant, was best.
“The secret things belong to the Lord [YHWH] our God [Aluhayim], but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
7 The law [Torah] of the Lord [YHWH] is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord [YHWH] is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord [YHWH] are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord [YHWH] is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord[YHWH] is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord [YHWH] are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:7-10)
“The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.” (Isaiah 24:4-6)
The Ultimatum of Keeping the Torah Covenant, and Forsaking It
Doing your ABSOLUTE best to keep the law—including much sacrifice of ways and things we once loved and enjoyed—is as much paramount to being a believer and follower of Yahushua as believing in the Creator YHWH, the one true Aluhayim, and the Messiah himself. If one believes in the Messiah, yet forsakes his command to keep the law, where does that one fall in the eyes of the Judge?
“ This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God [Aluhayim] who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus [Yahushua].” (Revelation 14:12)
“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Revelation 17:14)
“ ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s[Aluhayim’s] holy people.) Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God [Aluhayim].’” (Revelation 19:7-9)
We see eternal life on the new earth in the presence of YHWH is given to those who both keep the commands of YHWH and have belief on Yahushua the Son. It speaks of the righteousness of the saints, or set-apart ones, and the only true righteousness is this:
“And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord [YHWH] our God [Aluhayim], as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy 6:25)
Those who do these things are reaped by the Son of man for eternal life, and those who do not sadly will endure the wrath of YHWH, and then meet eternal death.
“And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, ‘Write, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!”’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.’ Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, ‘Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.’ So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God [Aluhayim]. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.” (Revelation 14:13-20)
The first harvest is the harvest of Yahushua, reaping the earth of those people described in the three previous selections from Revelation—those who believe in Yahushua the Messiah and keep the commandments of YHWH the Most High. Those in the second reaping are all others—those who do not do those two things, and the wrath of YHWH is theirs to know. Christians: it is extremely important that you keep the commandments of the Torah—the first five books of the Bible—because this is what Yahushua—who is called Jesus—told us to do.
“Jesus [Yahushua] replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:23-24)
YHWH did not make one set of standards for one time and then radically change them at the coming of His Son, for YHWH is unchanging.
“God [Aluhayim] is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19)
“I the Lord [YHWH] do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” (Malachi 3:6)
The Good News!!
Christians: you have a wonderful opportunity! You have the belief on the Son, so if you follow his commands to keep the Torah (law), you are in covenant with YHWH, and have the wonderful promise of eternal life in the presence of YHWH on the new earth, where there will be no sin or suffering! This is truly a blessing, and worth pursuing with all of your heart and soul and strength. So once more: re-read the gospels, then study the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). By obeying our Master, we will be YHWH’s beloved chosen people! And fear not, for we do have grace in our failures to keep the law perfectly. If we wholeheartedly keep the commandments and pursue them all no matter what, then we are following Yahushua, and so when we do fail, his blood will atone for us. But his blood will not be an atonement for us if we willingly forsake it, and treasure the things of the world and the ways of the world over the commands of YHWH. But rejoice in the law just as we rejoice in our redeemer Yahushua, for the law is no curse; it is blessings.
“See I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim], to walk in his way, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] shall bless you in the land which you will possess.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16)
YHWH has given us the blessings of the law, and the blood of Yahushua for atonement for sin, that we might have eternal life with Him forever on the paradise of the new earth, and this is a truly beautiful thing! Know this and keep it in your heart:
“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord[YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] has forbidden. For the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] is a consuming fire, a jealous God [Al] After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time—if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] and arousing his anger, I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed. The Lord [YHWH] will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord [YHWH] will drive you. There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. 29 But if from there you seek the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim], you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord [YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] and obey him. For the Lord[YHWH] your God [Aluhayim] is a merciful God [Al]; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” (Deuteronomy 4:23-31)
May YHWH the Most High bless you, and bring you peace and understanding.