A Call to Righteousness in Messiah Yeshua

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Crop of Saint John the Baptist Sees Jesus from Afar James Tissot

‘Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is in you? Unless you fail to meet the test…’
— Shaul, 2 Corinthians 13:5

And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and the Sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, new Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), coming down out of Heaven from G-d, having been prepared as a bride, having been adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice from Heaven saying, ‘Behold, the Tabernacle of G-d is with men. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and G-d Himself will be with them as their G-d. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more. Neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the first things have passed away.’ And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will freely give from the spring of the Water of Life. The one overcoming will inherit all things, and I will be his G-d and he will be My child. But as for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and detestable, and murderers, and sexually immoral, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the Second Death (Hitgallut / Revelation 21:1-8).

And I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it, from Whose face the Earth and the Heaven fled, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the one of life. And the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to their deeds. And the Sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Sheol gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each according to their deeds. Then Death and Sheol were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death, the Lake of Fire. And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire (Hitgallut 20:11-15).

The wrath of G-d is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who are suppressing the truth by their unrighteousness. Because what can be known of G-d is manifest among them; truly, G-d has revealed it to them. For His invisible attributes, being understood since the creation of the Universe by what has been made, are clearly perceived—His eternal power and divine nature—so they are without excuse. For having known the G-d, they did not glorify Him as G-d, nor did they give thanks; rather they became foolish in their thinking, and their foolish heart was darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became foolish, and changed the glory of the immortal G-d into a likeness of an image of mortal man, and birds, and animals, and creeping things. Therefore G-d gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonour their bodies among themselves, who changed the truth of the G-d into the lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, Who is blessed to the World to Come. Amen. For this reason the G-d gave them up to dishonourable passions; for their females exchanged natural use for what is unnatural. Likewise also the males, having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed with desire for one another; males committing shameless deeds with males and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And just as they did not approve of having knowledge of the G-d, the G-d gave them up to an unapproved mind, to do unbecoming things, being filled with all unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, wickedness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice—secret slanderers, open defamers, G-d haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful pretenders, inventors of evil, stubbornly disobedient to parents, foolish, treacherous, heartless, merciless. Having known the judgment of the G-d, that those doing such things are worthy of death, they are not only doing them but approving of those so doing (Romans 1:18-32).

Indeed, both Jews and Greeks, all are under sin, as it is written. None is righteous; not even one. There are none understanding; none searching for G-d. All have turned away; together they have become useless. None are doing well, not even one. Their throat is an opened grave; with their tongues, they engage in deception. The poison of asps is under their lips; in whom is a mouth full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are quick to pour out blood; in their paths are brokenness and misery, and a peaceful way they have not known. There is no fear of G-d before their eyes (Romans 3:9b-18).

And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Yeshua looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with G-d. For all things are possible with G-d’ (Mark 10:26-27). ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him Who sent me has the Life of the World to Come. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to Life’ (Yokhannan / John 5:24).

Behold, the Lamb of G-d, the one taking away the sin of the world (Yokhannan 1:29b); like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of those who through him are believers in G-d, Who raised Him from the dead and gave him glory, so that their faith and hope are in G-d (1 Kefa / Peter 1:19-21). Let it be known to you therefore, Brothers, that through him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is acquitted of everything (Ma’asei / Acts 13:38-39a).

He was in the beginning with the G-d. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (Yokhannan 1:2-3). For by him all things were created, in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).

Truly in this manner G-d loved the world, that He gave His only born Son, that everyone believing in him would not perish but would have the Life of the World to Come. For G-d did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. The one believing on him is not judged; the one, however, not believing has already been judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only born Son of the G-d (Yokhannan 3:16-18).

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of G-d is the Life of the World to Come in Messiah Yeshua our Lord (Romans 6:23). The one not having known sin, He made sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of G-d (2 Corinthians 5:21). For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in the Messiah will all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

G-d shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Messiah died for us (Romans 5:8). For while we were still weak, at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). While we were enemies, we were reconciled to G-d by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10a). Because Messiah indeed suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to the G-d, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit (1 Peter 3:18).

Messiah died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and he appeared to Kefa (Cephas), then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to Ya’akov (“James”), then to all the skhlikhim (emissaries / ambassadors, a.k.a apostles; 1 Corinthians 15:3b-7).

The Torah (Instruction a.k.a. Law) and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of G-d through faith in Yeshua the Messiah for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of G-d, and are made righteous through His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Messiah Yeshua, whom G-d put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show G-d’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Yeshua (Romans 3:21b-26). He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 Yokhannan 2:2).

And he died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised (2 Corinthians 5:15). Everyone believing in the Son has the Life of the World to Come; everyone not obeying the Son will not see Life, but the wrath of G-d remains on him (Yokhannan 3:36).

Yeshua came and said to them, ‘All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in my name, teaching them to observe all of the things I have commanded you; and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.’ (Mattityahu 28:19-20, Emended).

The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of G-d has come near; repent and believe in the Good News (Mark 1:15b). The good news of the G-d (Mark 1:14b, Romans 1:1b, 15:16b, 2 Corinthians 11:17). The good news of His Son (Romans 1:9b). The good news of the Messiah (Romans 15:19b, 2 Corinthians 2:12, 9:13, Galatians 1:7). The good news of the glory of the Messiah (2 Corinthians 4:4, 10:14). The good news of Yeshua the Messiah (Mark 1:1b). The good news of the grace of the G-d (Ma’asei 20:24b). The good news of your salvation (Ephesians 1:13b). The good news of the peace (Ephesians 6:15). The good news of the Kingdom (Mattityahu 24:14b). The everlasting good news (Hitgallut 14:6b).

The times of ignorance G-d overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead’ (Ma’asei 17:30-31). Repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Yerushalayim’ (Lukas / Luke 24:47b). G-d does not wish that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Kefa 3:9). Repentance leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10a) and Life (Ma’asei 11:18b) and the forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:47, Ma’asei 2:38)

That which we have seen and heard we declare also to you, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And furthermore, our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. And we write these things so that our joy may be full. This is the message we have heard from him and make known to you: that G-d is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. If, however, we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Yeshua His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 Yokhannan 1:3-7).

When the fullness of time had come, G-d sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-5). As many as received him, to those believing on his name, to them he gave power to become Children of G-d, who were born not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of G-d (Yokhannan 1:12-13). Therefore, be imitators of G-d as beloved children (Ephesians 5:1).

Yeshua replied, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of G-d’ (Yokhannan 3:3). ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of G-d. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit’ (Yokhannan 3:5b-6).

Everyone believing that Yeshua is the Messiah has been born of G-d (1 Yokhannan 5:1a). Everyone who has been born of G-d overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. For who is the one overcoming the world if not the one believing that Yeshua is the Son of G-d (1 Yokhannan 5:4-5). If you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and believe in your heart that G-d raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

We know that everyone who has been born of G-d does not continue sinning, but he who was born of G-d protects him and the evil one does not touch him (1 Yokhannan 5:18). No one born of G-d makes a practice of sinning, for His seed remains in him and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of G-d. By this it is evident who are the Children of G-d, and who are the children of the Devil. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of G-d, nor is the one who does not love his brother (1 Yokhannan 3:9-10).

Is the Torah sin? May it never be! No, rather, I would not have known sin, but by the Torah; for I had not known lust except the Torah had said, ‘You will not covet’ (Romans 7:7). Therefore, the Torah is holy and the Commandment holy, and just, and good (Romans 7:12). Furthermore, it is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass, than one taga of the Torah to fall (Lukas 16:17). Furthermore, this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, so I worship the G-d of my fathers believing all things that are written in the Torah and in the Prophets (Ma’asei 24:14). You see, Brother, how many tens of thousands there are among the Jews having believed, and they are all zealous for the Torah (Ma’asei 21:20b).

For truly, I delight in the Torah of G-d in agreement with the inner man (Romans 7:22). So, then, with the mind I myself certainly serve G-d’s Torah, but the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:25b). For the desires of the flesh are against the spirit, and the desires of the spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do (Galatians 5:17). Furthermore, the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Because the mind of the flesh is hostile to G-d; for it is not in submission to the Torah of G-d, and neither can it be. So then those who are in the flesh are not able to please G-d (Romans 8:6-8).

Who will deliver me from this body of death? G-d’s grace through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord (Romans 7:24b-25a). ‘The first man, Adam, became a living being’ [Bereishit / Genesis 2:7]; the Last Adam a Life giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). He will immerse you with the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit; Mark 1:8b).

Yeshua answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will attend carefully to my words, and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him’ (Yokhannan 14:23). ‘He who has my commandments and attends carefully to them is he who loves me, and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will make myself known to him’ (Yokhannan 14:21). ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even Ruakh Emet (the Spirit of Truth)…’ (Yokhannan 14:15-16a). ‘The helper, the Ruakh HaKodeh, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you’ (Yokhannan 14:26). When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority…’ (Yokhannan 16:16:13a).

‘If you attend carefully to my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have attended carefully to my Father’s commandments and remain in His love’ (Yokhannan 15:9b-10). And this is the love: that we walk according to His commandments. This is the Commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it (2 Yokhannan 1:6). The foremost is, ‘Hear, Yisrael (Israel): HaShem is our G-d, HaShem is One; and you will love HaShem your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’ [Devarim / Deuteronomy 6:4-5]. The second is this: ‘You will love your neighbour as yourself’ [Vayikra / Leviticus 19:18b]. There is no greater commandment than these (Mark 12:28b,29b-31). All of the Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Mattityahu 22:40).

For us there is one G-d, the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6a), the only true G-d (Yokhannan 17:3b). Blessed be the G-d and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah (1 Kefa 1:3a, Ephesians 1:3a, 2 Corinthians 1:3a). For there is one G-d, and there is one mediator between G-d and men, the man Messiah Yeshua (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the beginning of G-d’s creation (Hitgallut 3:14b), the Firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15b). No one has ever seen G-d. The only Son, who is at the Father’s side, he has made Him known (Yokhannan 1:18)—Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see (1 Timothy 6:16a). That the G-d and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of Glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 Yokhannan 5:21).

By this we know that we love the Children of G-d: when we love G-d and obey His commandments. This, in fact, is the love of G-d, that we attend carefully to His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome (1 Yokhannan 5:2-3). And whoever attends carefully to His commandments remains in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He remains in us, by the Spirit that He has given us (1 Yokhannan 3:24). And we are witnesses of these things and also the Ruakh HaKodesh whom G-d has given to those obeying Him (Ma’asei 5:32). My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father: Yeshua, a righteous Messiah (1 Yokhannan 2:1).

But put on the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Romans 13:14). As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You will be holy, for I am holy [Vayikra 11:44,45, 19:2, 20:7].’ And if you call on Him as Father Who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile’ (1 Kefa 1:14-17).

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your mind (Romans 12:2). Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on Earth (Colossians 3:2). Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10). Be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23).

Yeshua therefore said to the Yehudim (Jews) who had believed him, ‘If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (Yokhannan 8:31-32). ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone committing sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not always remain in the house; the son always remains. If, therefore, the Son will set you free, truly free will you be’ (Yokhannan 8:34b-36).

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples’ (Yokhannan 15:5-8).

And Yeshua said, ‘Go, and from now on sin no more’ (Yokhannan 8:11b,d). Everyone committing sin also commits lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you see that he was manifested to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. Anyone remaining in him does not sin; anyone sinning has not seen him, nor has he known him (1 Yokhannan 3:4-6).

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua, who do not walk in agreement with the flesh, but in agreement with the Spirit; for the law of the Spirit of Life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and death. That is, the Torah was without strength, in that it was weak through the flesh. G-d, having sent His own Son in the form of sinful flesh and on account of sin, condemned sin in the flesh; in order that the righteousness of the Torah might be filled to fullness in us, who do not walk in agreement with the flesh, but in agreement with the Spirit. That is, those who are in agreement with the flesh seek the things of the flesh, but those who are in agreement with the Spirit the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:1-5). And we know that the Torah is spiritual (Romans 7:14a).

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying . . . ‘Do not think that I have come to dissolve the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to dissolve, but to fill to fullness. For truly, I say to you, until Heaven and Earth pass, one yud or one taga will in no way pass from the Torah until all come into being. Whoever, therefore, will break one of the least of these commandments and will teach others likewise, he will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever will do and teach this, he will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Truly, I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the soferim (scribes) and Perushim (Pharisees), you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven’ (Mattityahu 5:2,17-20).

‘The soferim and the Perushim have sat down on the seat of Mosheh (Moses). All things, therefore, as much as they tell you to do, do also, but not the deeds they do; for they say but do not do’ (Mattityahu 23:2-3). Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from G-d, and those that exist have been instituted by G-d. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what G-d has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment (Romans 13:1-2).

Therefore remember that formerly, you Gentiles in flesh—who, being called Uncircumcision by those being called Circumcision in flesh, made by hand—that at the time that you were separate from Messiah, you were alienated from the commonwealth of Yisrael and foreigners to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without G-d in the world. Now, however, in Messiah Yeshua, you who formerly were far have become near by the blood of the Messiah (Ephesians 2:11-13). So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow-citizens with the holy ones and of the Household of G-d (Ephesians 2:19). The Gentiles are to be fellow-heirs and belonging to the same body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Messiah Yeshua through the Good News (Ephesians 3:6).

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the king as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of G-d, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people (1 Kefa 2:13-15). Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

‘Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but the one doing the will of my Father Who is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many wonderful works?’ And then will I say to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you committing lawlessness” (Mattityahu 7:21-23). ‘And why do you say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I say?’ (Lukas 6:46).

And by this we know that we know him: if we attend carefully to his commandments. The one saying, ‘I have known him’, and not attending carefully to his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever attends carefully to his word, in him truly the love of G-d is perfected—by this we know that we are in him. The one saying he remains in him is indebted to walk just as he walked (1 Yokhannan 2:3-6). The disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfected will be like his teacher’ (Lukas 6:40).

Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgivess of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh. For the promise is for you, and for your children, and for all who are far off—as many as HaShem our G-d will call (Ma’asei 2:38-39). Nations who are turning to G-d . . . abstain from pollutions of idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from bloodshed (Ma’asei 15:19b,20b, compare Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Yoma 9b, Vayikra 17:10, et al.). Or do you not know that your body is a Temple of the Ruakh HaKodesh within you, whom you have from G-d? (1 Corinthians 6:19a).

Do you not know that all of us who have been immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into his death? We were buried therefore with him by immersion into death, in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Messiah, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Messiah, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to G-d. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to G-d in Messiah Yeshua. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:3-12).

Yeshua said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the Life. The one believing in me, even if he dies, he will live; and everyone living and believing in me will never die, to the World to Come’ (Yokhannan 11:25-26a). ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the one believing in me will also do the deeds that I do; and greater deeds than these will he do because I am going to the Father’ (Yokhannan 14:12).

For the grace of G-d that brings salvation has appeared to all people, teaching us that, having denied the ungodliness and the worldly desires, we should live moderately, righteously, and godly in the present age, waiting for that blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great G-d, and our saviour Messiah Yeshua, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify a people for His possession, zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:11-14). To him who loves us, and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his G-d and Father, to him be glory and dominion to the World to Come and forever. Amen (Hitgallut 1:5b-6).

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of G-d—not born out of deeds, so that no one should boast. For we are made by Him, created in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which G-d prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10). Do we then abolish the Torah through the faith? May it never be! Rather, we establish the Torah (Romans 3:31).

But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you the faith by my deeds. You believe G-d is one; you do well. The unclean spirits also believe, and are terrified! But would you like to know, O empty person, that the faith apart from the deeds is useless? Was not Avraham our father declared righteous from deeds, having offered his son Yitzkhak (Isaac) on the altar? You see that the faith was working with his deeds, and by deeds the faith was perfected. And the Scripture was filled to fullness, saying, ‘Avraham believed G-d and it was accounted to him for righteousness, and he was called a friend of G-d. You see that a man is declared righteous from deeds, and not by faith alone. Likewise also was not Rakhav (Rahab) the prostitute declared righteous by deeds having received the messengers and having sent them out another way? Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the faith without deeds is dead (Ya’akov 2:18-26).

‘Happy are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; happy is the man against whom HaShem will not count his sin’ (Tehillim 32:1-2). Is this blessing then only on the Circumcision, or also on the Uncircumcision? We are saying truly the faith was accounted to Avraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Being in circumcision or uncircumcision? Not in circumcision but in uncircumcision. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Avraham had before he was circumcised (Romans 4:7-12).

Neither circumcision is important, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation (Galatians 6:15). For in Messiah Yeshua neither circumcision has any strength, nor uncircumcision, but faith operating through love (Galatians 5:6). Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping of the commandments of G-d (1 Corinthians 7:19). For circumcision is advantangeous if you keep the Torah. If, however, you are a transgressor of the Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumcision keep the decrees of the Torah, will not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? (Romans 2:25-26).

G-d is not one who shows partiality. Rather, in every nation, the one fearing Him and doing righteousness is acceptable to Him (Ma’asei 10:34b-35). He will give to everyone according to his deeds; to those who by steadfastness in good work are seeking glory and honour and incorruptibility, the Life of the World to Come. To those, however, who out of self-interest are disobeying the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness, indignation and wrath; distress and anguish on every soul of mankind doing the evil, Jew first and also Greek, but glory, honour, and peace to everyone doing the good, Jew first and also Greek. For there is no partiality with G-d. For as many as have sinned without Torah will also perish without Torah, and as many as have sinned with Torah will be judged by Torah; for it is not the hearers of Torah who are righteous before G-d, but the doers of Torah will be declared righteous (Romans 2:6-13).

Little children, let no one deceive you. The one doing righteousness is righteous, even as [Yeshua] is righteous (1 Yokhannan 3:7). So then be doers of the Word and not only hearers, deceiving yourselves (Ya’akov 1:22). For whoever attends carefully to all of the Torah but stumbles in one point has become guilty of all. For He Who said, ‘Do not commit adultery’, also said, ‘Do not murder’. Now if you do not commit adultery but you murder, you have become a transgressor of Torah. So speak and so do as those about to be judged by the Torah of liberty (Ya’akov 2:10-12).

Whoever looks into the perfect Torah, that of liberty, and continues therein, not being a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his deed (Ya’akov 1:25). Blessed are those hearing the Word of G-d and keeping it (Lukas 11:28b). All Scripture is G-d-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of G-d may be complete, having been equipped for every good deed (2 Timothy 3:16-17). For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, so that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope (Romans 15:4).

So then we know that the Torah is good if one uses it lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8). Yes, even if one competes athletically, he is not honoured unless he competes lawfully (2 Timothy 2:5). Do you not know that those running in a race all indeed run but only one receives the prize? Run likewise, that you may obtain it. Furthermore, everyone who enters an athletic contest is self-controlled in all things. They of course do it so that they might obtain a perishable prize, but we one that is imperishable. I therefore run likewise, not as uncertainly; I fight likewise, not as beating the air. No, rather, I beat my body black and blue and make it a slave, lest I myself, having proclaimed to others, might fail the test (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

For I do not want you to be ignorant, Brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the Sea, and all were immersed into Mosheh in the cloud and in the Sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was the Messiah. Nevertheless, G-d was not pleased with most of them, for they were scattered down [to the ground] in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did (1 Corinthians 10:1-6).

Do not be misled. G-d is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that is what he will harvest. For the one sowing to his flesh will harvest corruption from the flesh. The one, however, sowing to the spirit will harvest the Life of the World to Come from the Spirit. And let us not become exhausted of well doing, for truly we will harvest in our season without exhausting (Galatians 6:7-9). But the one having endured to the end, he will be saved (Mattityahu 24:13).

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed zizanium in the midst of the wheat and went his way. But when the plant sprouted and brought forth fruit, then appeared the zizanium also. So the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have zizanium?’ He said to them, ‘A hostile man has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the zizanium, you also uproot the wheat with them; let both grow together until the harvest. And at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First gather together the zizanium and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn’ (Mattityahu 13:24-30).

He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed are the Children of the Kingdom, but the zizanium are the Children of Evil. The enemy who sowed them is the Devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are the angels. Therefore, just as the zizanium are gathered and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of stumbling and those engaging in lawlessness, and will throw them into the fiery furnace, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. The one having ears, let him hear (Mattityahu 13:37-43).

The Kingdom of Heaven has become like a man, a king, who made a marriage for his son and sent his servants to call those having been invited to the wedding, and they were unwilling to come. Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those having been invited, ‘Look, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage! But they, being careless, went their ways; one to his field, another to his merchandise. And the rest of them, having seized his servants, treated them shamefully and killed them. But when the king heard of it, he was provoked to anger, and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding-banquet is prepared, but those having been invited were not worthy. Go, therefore, into the entrances of the highways, and as many as you will find, invite to the wedding. So those servants, having gone out into the highways, brought together all as many as they found, both evil and good; and the wedding was filled with guests. And the king, having come in to see the guests, saw there a man who did not have on a wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘”Friend”, how did you come in here without having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, having tied his feet and hands, ‘Take him away, and throw him into the darkness outside.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Truly, many are invited, but few are chosen (Mattityahu 22:2-14).

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Halleluyah! For HaShem our G-d the Almighty reigns! Let us be glad and greatly rejoice and give Him the glory, for the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready. It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure, for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the holy ones.’ And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of G-d.’ (Hitgallut 19:6-9).

It is written, ‘Man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of G-d (Mattityahu 4:4). Blessed are those washing their garments, so that they will have right to the Tree of Life and will enter by the gates into the city (Hitgallut 22:14). So, then, if you would enter into Life, keep the commandments (Mattityahu 19:17). Fight to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able (Lukas 13:24). Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and spacious is the way leading to destruction, and many are those entering through it. Because narrow is the gate and troubled is the Way leading to Life, and few are those finding it (Mattityahu 7:13-14).

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a Kingdom, priests to his G-d and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Hitgallut 1:5b-6). Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3). May the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with you. Amen (1 Thessalonians 5:28).

Immanuel is a servant of the Lord Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth) and founder of Kingdom of Heaven Embassies. He is a Jewish man seeking ten men from all the languages of the nations to join him in preparing their nations for the Messianic Era in accordance with the teaching of R’ Yeshua, that the nations might become one in worshipping Yeshua’s G-d and Father in spirit and truth, so that the blessing of Avraham might truly come upon them. Learn More

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