‘And HaShem will be King over all the world. On that day, HaShem will be One, and His Name One.’
— Zekharyah (Zechariah) 14:9
As Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth) says,
‘…the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.’
— Yokhannan (John) 4:23
And as he says to his Father and our Father, to his G-d and our G-d (cf. Yokhannan 20:17),
‘…this is the Life of the World to Come, to know You, the only true G-d, and Yeshua the Messiah whom You have sent.’
— Yokhannan 17:3
He speaks here of more than academic knowledge of G-d and His Messiah, but of course learning the truth about G-d and His Messiah is an essential part of coming to know them. Those who embrace the truth will receive the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit; Yokhannan 14:15-17a), and G-d and His Messiah will make their dwelling with them (Yokhannan 14:23b-24).
Therefore, consider carefully the following. Knowing the Father, the only true G-d, and Yeshua the Messiah whom He sent certainly includes distinguishing correctly between them.
- Yeshua is the beginnning of G-d’s creation (Hitgallut 3:14b); his G-d and Father always was.
- Yeshua has a G-d and Father; his G-d and Father does not.
- Yeshua is the Messiah; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is a Temple of G-d’s Spirit (cf. Yokhannan 2:21, 1 Corinthians 6:19); that Spirit proceeds from Yeshua’s G-d and Father (Yokhannan 15:26).
- Yeshua is the Son of G-d; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is G-d’s heir (cf. Romans 8:17); his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is the firstborn among brothers; his G-d and Father does not have siblings.
- Yeshua is the Man of Heaven; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is the Memra (Word) of G-d; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is the Son of Man; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is the Second Adam; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua is the Servant of G-d, his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua was sent by G-d; his G-d and Father was not.
- Yeshua is the prophet like Mosheh; his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua’s face was seen, the face of his G-d and Father is not.
- Yeshua grew in wisdom (cf. Romans 8:17); his G-d and Father does not.
- Yeshua is a worshipper of G-d (cf. Yokhannan 4:22), his G-d and Father worships no one.
- Yeshua offered up prayers and supplications to G-d (cf. Ivrim / Hebrews 5:7); his G-d and Father prays to no one.
- Yeshua slept (cf. Mattityahu 8:24, Mark 4:38); his G-d and Father does not (Tehillim 121:4).
- Yeshua was tempted with sin (cf. Mattityahu 4:1, Ivrim / Hebrews 4:15); his G-d and Father is not (cf. Ya’akov / James 1:3).
- Yeshua does the will of G-d; his G-d and Father does His own will.
- Yeshua learned from G-d; no one teaches his G-d and Father.
- Yeshua’s authority is not from himself (Yokhannan 12:49, Mattityahu 20:23, 28:18, Mark 10:40, Philippians 2:9); his G-d and Father is Sovereign over all.
- Yeshua does not decide who will sit at his right and left in his kingdom (cf. Mark 10:40); his G-d and Father does.
- Yeshua can do nothing of himself, while nothing is impossible with his G-d and Father.
- Yeshua was given by G-d; his G-d and Father gave His Son.
- Yeshua is the Lamb of G-d (Yokhannan 1:29, cf. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 53:6-7); offered to his G-d and Father.
- Yeshua is likened to the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness, which was later idolized (2 Melakhim / Kings 18:4).
- Yeshua died (cf. 1 Timothy 6:16); his G-d and Father possesses immortality.
- G-d raised Yeshua from the dead (cf. Romans 10:9, et al.)
- Yeshua lives because of the Father (Yokhannan 6:57b); all life is from his G-d and Father.
- Yeshua is seated at the right hand of G-d (cf. Luke 22:69, et al.); his G-d and Father is on His throne.
- Yeshua is the High Priest of the Heavenly Tabernacle (cf. Ivrim / Hebrews 8:1-2); he mediates between G-d and men (1 Timothy 2:5).
- Yeshua intercedes for transgressors (cf. Yeshayahu 53:12, Ivrim 7:25); his G-d and Father is the One to Whom he intercedes.
- Yeshua doesn’t know the hour of his return (cf. Mark 13:32); his G-d and Father does.
- Who has understood the mind of HaShem? But we have the mind of Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:16).
‘Blessed be the G-d and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!’
— 1 Kefa (Peter) 1:3a, Ephesians 1:3a, 2 Corinthians 1:3a
This is the teaching of the emissaries of Rabbi Yeshua, whom Yeshua commissioned to make disciples of all nations (Mattityahu 28:19).
As Yokhannan says,
‘We are from G-d. Whoever knows G-d listens to us. Whoever is not from G-d does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.’
— 1 Yokhannan 4:6
And as Yokhannan says,
‘Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of the Messiah does not have G-d. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or tell him to rejoice, for whoever tells him to rejoice takes part in his wicked works.’
— 2 Yokhannan 1:9-11
But as Shaul a.k.a. Paulos (Paul) warned,
‘I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things…’
— Ma’asei 20:29-30
And as Yokhannan warned,
‘Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that Antimessiah [Antichrist] is coming, so now many antimessiahs have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out that it might become plain that they all are not of us. . . . Who is the liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? This is the antimessiah, he who denies the Father and the Son.’
— 1 Yokhannan 2:18-19,22
This is very important. It is antimessiah to say Yeshua is G-d, because Yeshua is the Messiah, not G-d. This becomes clear to those who apply themselves to seeking the truth about this matter with help from the Most High, Who gives wisdom and understanding to those who ask with faith (Ya’akov / James 1:5-6). G-d is not His Messiah, because He did not become flesh, and He did not anoint Himself with His Spirit, which proceeds from Him.
But as Shaul says of the man of lawlessness,
‘…he takes his seat in the Temple of G-d, proclaiming himself to be G-d.’
— 2 Thessalonians 2:4b
This is something Yeshua the Messiah never did.
As the Lord Yeshua says,
‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah [Teaching/Instruction, a.k.a. Law] or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fill them to fullness. For truly, I say to you, until Heaven and Earth pass away, not a yud, not a taga, will pass from the Torah until everything is accomplished. Therefore, whoever relaxes one of the least of these mitzvot [commandments] and teaches others to do the same will be called least in Malkhut HaShamayim [the Kingdom of Heaven], but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in Malkhut HaShamayim.’
— Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17-19
What, then, is the greatest mitzvah (commandment)?
As the Lord Yeshua says,
‘The most important mitzvah is ‘Shema, Yisrael [Hear, Israel]: HaShem is our G-d, HaShem is One. And you will love HaShem your G-d…”
— Mark 12:29b-30a (see Devarim / Deuteronomy 6:4)
And as Yeshua says,
‘…I love the Father…’
— Yokhannan (John) 14:31b
From this it should be obvious, if not for prevalent error: HaShem our G-d is the G-d and Father of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. The foremost commandment—the most important thing—is to know HaShem alone is our G-d, that He is One, and to love Him completely.
As the beloved disciple and servant of the Lord Yeshua says,
‘By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.’
— 1 Yokhannan 2:5b-6
“Walking” here includes thinking as he thought, speaking as he spoke, doing as he did; following his teaching and his example.
Yet many have accepted the lie that Yeshua is the Most High G-d; the second person of the “trinity”. This is in contrast to the truth that he is one with G-d; united with him in spirit and truth.
Without a doubt, legions of them are zealous for G-d, but not according to knowledge (cf. Romans 10:1-3). Such zeal is not in accordance with Yeshua’s love for his G-d and Father. May G-d grant them repentance leading to salvation and Life (2 Corinthians 7:10, Ma’asei / Acts 11:18).
As Yeshua says, not everyone who calls him Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of his Father Who is in Heaven (Mattitayhu / Matthew 7:21). Breaking the least of the commandments and teaching others likewise will render one least in the Kingdom of Heaven (cf. Mattityahu 5:19). Therefore, those breaking the greater commandments without repentance, such as the Shema, the foremost commandment according to R’ Yeshua, will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all (Mattityahu 5:20).
No idolater will eat from the Tree of Life (Hitgallut / Revelation 22:14-15). As Yeshua says, narrow is the Way, which leads to Life, and few there be that find it (Mattityahu 7:14). In that day, many will try to call Yeshua lord, and will boast of their accomplishments, which they purported to do in his name, and he will tell the lawless, those who violate G-d’s Torah, to depart from him, because he never knew them (Mattityahu 7:22-23).
As Yeshua says, his G-d and Father is the only true G-d (Yokhannan 20:17, 17:3). Likewise Shaul says, there is one G-d, the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6a). As Kefa and Shaul say, blessed be the G-d and Father of Yeshua (1 Kefa / Peter 1:3a, Ephesians 1:3a,17, 2 Corinthians 1:3a, et al.).
Those who call what HaShem has created HaShem Himself are repeating the sin of the golden calf (Shemot / Exodus 32). Those who make an idol out of the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness have failed to learn from history (Yokhannan 3:14, 2 Melakhim / Kings 18:4). The very first order of business for the nations who are returning to the Most High G-d HaShem is to keep away from idolatry (Ma’asei 15:20).
Therefore, ‘Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues. For her sins are heaped high as Heaven, and G-d has remembered her iniquities’ (Hitgallut / Revelation 18:4b-5). ‘…The days are coming when I will muster against the idols of Bavel (Babylon); all her land will be put to shame, and all her slain will fall in the midst of her’ (Yirmeyahu / Jeremiah 51:47b).
May the G-d and Father of our Lord Yeshua, the Father of Glory, send you His spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).