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Introduction: Take Heed That No Man Deceive You,

“This Gospel of the Kingdom”

John 7:16,17;  "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."

[Doctrine, teaching and instruction have the same basic meaning.  The authority of Yahshua’s (Jesus’) doctrine is based on the Instructions in Righteousness, the Everlasting Covenant, and the promises, precepts and judgments of God in the Old Testament - the accepted words of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Close examination of the doctrine Jesus (Yahshua) taught will show they are in accord with the instructions of God therein, and do not lead away from anything God had commanded as the moral standards of righteousness that He expects from mankind.  The Doctrine of Christ reveals the fullness of the grace and truth of God.]

Matthew 5: 17-20; “Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For assuredly I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will be no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

[If prophecies of the Testament of God are found to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua), that doesn’t cause them to be discarded, as they are the proof of who He is – neither does His revealing the fullness of the instruction and commandments of God cause any word of God to then be cast aside – the words of God are confirmed – this is largely what “fulfilled” means.  To have missed the need for keeping even the ‘least’ of the commandments was not equated to have been excluded from the kingdom of Heaven – but where do we find those that He “never” knew?  Those who were lawless – who were without or against Torah. (Greek ‘anomia')]

John 8:12;  "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (Psalm 119:105; “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”)

John 8: 31,32;  "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  (“Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”)

Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

John 15:9-15; "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

John 14:23,24;  "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me."

Matthew 28: 18-20; “And Jesus 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, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Amen.”

Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

 

 

Faith molds our conscience, as well as our general outlook on life.  All men have basic hopes, needs and desires in life, and we spend years trying to develop the conscience of our children, as well as ourselves.  Laws can be written to regulate behavior in social matters of importance, but living in harmony with others has never been achieved by human legislation and regulation.  Religion – or system of belief – whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Farsi, any other religious belief, or even lack of belief in any religion – Atheist, Agnostic, or secular humanism  – all of them have an impact on the conscience of the individual.  In its most basic sense – the conscience tells us when something is right or wrong – accepted or prohibited – beneficial or harmful to ourselves or others.  The general human lack of perception of these things gave us the old adage of “The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions.” The variance of standards for behavior of one person to another – whether between parents and children, brothers and sisters, extended family, faith family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers and those we consider bothersome to us, or even enemies – all social and religious behavior beyond infants will involve some element of consciousness of the conscience to decide what we have come to believe, feel or do about almost anything.  Our consciences are molded by others in our youth, but when we become adults, we should be able to think things through more rationally than we could as a child.

Christianity is belief that God promised a Savior/Messiah/Prophet that has a dual nature – both divine and human, and that Jesus Christ was begotten miraculously by the working of the Holy Spirit to cause a young Jewish woman, Mary, to conceive and give birth to a son – and that the Son would fulfill all that was written of him in the Holy Scripture – the prophecies of his person, work (mission), and teachings.

There are thousands of Churches that profess the Christian faith.   What I’ve found most concerning is the vast differences they have regarding the doctrine and commandments given to us in the gospel accounts written by the original disciples, who knew first-hand what He taught them.  Comparison of their records of His teachings to what is taught in many Churches shows that little is said of the actual doctrines and commandments of Jesus (Yahshua), or of the commission to teach others to be His disciples indeed - to be found among those who keep His words of life because of their love and belief in Him.

A Rabbi summed up his view of Christianity in a parable, which I'll try to paraphrase:  God created a beautiful city for the people He had made.  All things were provided that they would need to live happy, healthy, and harmonious lives.  The means to attain food and clothing and shelter were there – nothing was lacking.  He also gave them transportation; they had cars, motor cycles, bicycles, and they drove or walked around the city in their daily course of life – to and fro – everyone was traveling along their lives.  God also gave them rules to travel on the roadways – rules about stop-lights, stop signs, yield to pedestrians, crosswalks, speed limits – all the rules necessary to enable them to travel safely and ensure everyone reached their destinations.  However, it wasn’t long before they started disobeying and ignoring the rules and many were hurt and injured because of those who disregarded the rules.  Some even died in tragic accidents.  Repeatedly, God tried to encourage the people to return to keep the rules, but they wouldn’t hear anyone He sent.  Finally, God sent His Son to teach the people about the rules, that they might not harm or kill each other.  Many of the people listened to the Son and were going back to keeping the instructions of God about safe traveling, but after a few years the Son was killed in a tragic car accident!  They mourned for a time, but then someone said that the Will of the Son provided payment for their traffic fines – so they went back to driving as they had before the Son came, and many people have been injured and killed since then.

I’ve visited and studied with most major Churches.  All of them were friendly and in possession of love for Jesus Christ and desire to share their belief in Him with others.  Through my years of investigation and studies, each had some valuable understanding of His word and the gospel message that added to my understanding of the Christian faith.  However, it wasn’t until personally facing what He said those who love Him will do, that I realized the common understanding of “love” for Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) is much smaller than what He taught it should be.  According to His words from John 14:23-24, we love Him when we keep His word and abide in whatsoever he taught – keeping His commandments.  We can see from the gospel accounts that this is not about absolute perfection, in a legalistic sense, but that we are actively growing our understanding and application of His teachings to our life, and that we are also as gracious, forgiving and encouraging towards others, as He has been to us. 

The main point is that keeping to His instruction should be our manner and rule of life and conduct.  His call was to repent to do the will of God, for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Being in the Kingdom is to be good citizen who honors and keeps the commandments of the King.  He calls us to reform our conscience to the same standards of what He affirmed, taught, and declared true and good – from the Father, through Him, to each of His disciples, and that the Spirit was sent to help us along the pathway of life  in the pathway of truth and love – to be found within the grace of God towards those who seek to do His will indeed.

Every student of the Bible should know that Jesus and Paul taught different messages, and this is what caused Dispensational Theology to be accepted to mask the differences between their teachings/doctrines.  Of the primary differences between the gospel according to Paul VS Master Yahshua is that Paul taught salvation by grace, not by works, and by faith, rather than faithfulness to the instructions and commandments of God and Christ. Instead of believing what God said to believe and do, Paul inserts his own doctrines - that of personal expediency instead of the commandments of God or the Christ - to live by the "Spirit", without pointing out that the "Spirit" was sent to write the commandments and instructions of God on our hearts so we would be careful to be faithful in keeping them from our heart. (Ezekiel 36:25-26)  If this doesn’t relate to what we call our conscience, I fail to understand a better way to define it.  One teaches that the will of God is to become our own will (repentance to do the will of God and keep His instructions), and the other teaches that all things are lawful, and what we do is based on our own conscience, rather than the stated standards that God gave through Moses and Christ.  I know Paul taught in I Corinthians 7:19 that keeping the commandments of God is what is most important, but Paul also taught the opposite thing – that we are freed from the Law because it was nailed to the cross, and that the Law causes sin because it made him aware of his sin.  Which is it Paul?  Keeping the commandments of God, or that if you think you need to keep His commandments that you’ve fallen from grace and are thereby condemned by God?  Jesus (Yahshua) taught that all men will be judged by His word.  Paul taught that all men will be judged by his gospel.  Who should we believe?

Had God and Christ been ambiguous there could be some excuse.  However the fact is that they were clear in what they said. Hearing the words of God and not doing them will lead to what Yahshua (Jesus) explicitly warned against – those without, or against, the Torah (the gracious instructions in righteousness from God) will be told that He never knew them.  The commission was to take the same gospel to all nations.  We can see in the great commission at the end of Matthew that the same doctrine was to be taught to all (Matthew 28: 18-20).  We can also know of the faithfulness of God to uphold His word from the Psalms, which also say (Psalm 119:118); “You reject all those who stray from Your statues, for their deceit is falsehood” and 125-128; “I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies.  It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void.  Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!  Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.”

"It's in the Book" or “Sola Scriptura” are not an excuse to set aside the words of God.  The actual truth is "in the Book.”  One has to disbelieve God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Yahshua taught to believe Paul.  I know of no church in this country that simply says their doctrine is to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ - to abide in His instruction from the Father - as given by those proven to pass the tests that God commanded to be used to know who spoke for Him - and to reject those that God and Christ commanded that we are to reject. No good can come from rejecting the explicit instruction and commandment of God.  I greatly fear “we” of the western “Christian” world will stand condemned for rejecting both the Father and the Son because our love is found wanting, and we’ve considered as “Scripture” those who are proven false by the instructions of God and ChristIf you are not familiar with the instructions from God to determine who speaks for Him, this will be discussed shortly.

Although I wasn’t a preacher myself, my family is full of them – my grandfathers, father, uncle and two brothers are, or were, preachers.  I was one who did not pursue the occupation.  Having now discovered some key elemental truths, I’m very thankful that I’ve not been guilty of getting up in a pulpit and unknowingly preaching lies and half-truths in the name of God or Jesus Christ.  Some may be offended at this, but the fact is that the Scriptures say whoever doesn’t hear whatever “that prophet” said to do will be cut off from the brethren – Peter quoting Moses in Acts 3:22, 23; see Deut. 18:15.  This is also the same message taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, that we should not be hearers only, but also doers of “these words,” which He said were not His teachings, but the teachings God told Him to give us.  We’ve all had the same records in the gospels, and how this critical fact was cast aside by those who have college degrees in study of the faith is a marvel to me.  What I’ve come to find could be shocking to some and make perfect sense to others. 

There are few who have taken time to reconsider and discover the fact that what we’ve been told to be true has actually obscured the Truth of God and taught against what He has declared to be His will and Everlasting Covenant.  It would be easy to just figure I could be wrong and not say anything about it for fear of being rejected by family or friends, but I am compelled to pass this on because of the commandments of God.  Jesus said unless one loves Him more than their mother, father, sister or brother – that we are not worthy of being His disciples.  Love for Him must be greater than our love for anyone else on earth.  When we get our love for Him in its proper place, we might be able to repent to do as He has instructed.  If we love family more than Him, we have not loved Him according to what He taught, nor according to the Greatest Commandment.  If we love our “faith family” more than being faithful to Him, we are not doing as He commanded, or as the Apostle John notes in 2 John 9-11 or the foundations of the faith as taught by Yahshua in Matthew, John, I John and Revelation.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are Churches, as each contain some of His truth, but the matter is to abide in the whole of His truth.  Surely we’ve come to so many divisions in sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God, or that God has appointed those in our Church to lead us and that we’ve dissolved ourselves of personal responsibility when we believe and do as our Church leadership tells us.  The fact remains that blinded leaders of the blind will both fall into the ditch.   My prayer is that all who seek to do the will of God wholeheartedly will repent of belief in those that can be shown to be nothing but false teachers and a false apostle.  Since the days of Martin Luther the call from many of “sola scriptura” has caused much division within the Christian faith.  The trouble could well be that we have been told to believe those that God said we shouldn’t – if we follow the instructions of God and Christ on the critical matter of making sure we are careful about who we hear.  Because those before us didn’t ensure only those in the Bible passed the tests of God regarding the matter will be for God to judge, but today we need to turn back to the truth of God and prepare for the return of the Messiah – the bride made herself ready.

The writings of Paul and his disciples are at the center of most all divisions within the body of Christ.  The earliest record to show divisions over Paul can be found in Acts.  Another early work is by Tertullian, “The Prescription Against Heretics.”  I highly recommend the book “Jesus Words Only”, by D. J. Tondo.  It’s well referenced and researched and presents the case against the doctrine of Paul in in a way that most any student of Scripture should appreciate.  See:  “http://www.jesuswordsonly.com”

Jesus didn’t just teach:  “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  He plainly taught that knowing the truth is conditional; “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  We cannot know “the truth” unless we abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  Discipleship is about learning through hearing and doing – faithfully following the instructions of God and the example of Jesus Christ.  We are invited to partake of the waters of life of our own will, and “whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely,” but we have to come to Him to know what we are to abide in. When the people who call themselves by His Name repent to do as He instructed, the Christ has said that we will be free from the prison cells of ignorance, and God has said that He will heal their land – it appears to be the fact, but who actually believes God today, and whose doctrine is to abide in the word of Yahshua indeed?

Many Churches have the theme of John 3:16, and it’s common to see people use this verse to evangelize by posting it on a bumper sticker or carry a sign to the ball game:  “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  This is presented as though all you have to do is believe Jesus is the Christ, then also call upon the name to be saved, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the one who calls upon the Lord via the “Sinners Prayer.”  Further backing this up is the quote from the presumed apostle Paul that “salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Let me be blunt here, but I have to speak the truth with my love first focused on what God said, and that the Son said nothing the Father did not give Him to tell us.  Love for God is the greatest commandment according to Jesus (Yahshua).  If you would look carefully at the recorded teachings of Yahshua from the original disciples, Matthew and John, their records never have Yahshua teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action to be repenting to doing the will of God.   James said in his letter that faith without works is dead – and as Yahshua cautioned in His first sermon: we are to be hearers and doers of His words, especially those in the Sermon on the Mount.  This requires belief in action that repents to do the will of God as He instructed in the Torah – His gracious instructions in righteousness.  The book of Revelation ends on the note that those who have the right to enter the gates into the City will enter, but those whose works are not of God will be excluded – judgment of reward, and of condemnation, is based on works, and the works of God are done because of love, belief and faithfulness in obedience to the instructions of God through Moses, the Prophets and Psalms, and finally the revealing of the fullness of grace and truth in knowing the will of God is known through abiding in the true words of the Christ that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus (Yahshua) is about repenting to do the will of God, and that God is the One who deserves any glory and praise due – not that any of our works are our boasting, as Paul said.  We are clearly told in the Sermon on the Mount that our works are to be seen of men as good, and this is so God would be recognized to be good for giving such good instructions to us.  As Yahshua said, those of God will come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.

Some may be put off by my use of the name of "Yahshua" VS "Jesus".  As a first premise, why not get His name correct? The original gospel of Matthew was reported by Jerome to have been written in Hebrew, and he had no knowledge of who translated the text into Greek.  The name given in the ancient Aramaic manuscript was not “Jesus”, but “Y’shua”, which means “salvation”.  The fact is that “Jesus” is the name given in the Greek text, which is third-hand translation and isn’t even a translation or transliteration of the previous records of His name.  Some Eastern Christians who have the Aramaic New Testament have accused the name “Jesus” to have been mocking the true name when the NT was translated into Greek, as a slang version of “hail-Zeus.”  Since we find the name “Joshua” in our Greek based Bibles, which is a transliteration of a similar, if not the same name, there is no sure reason to continue to call him “Jesus”.  If we believe who he said He is, we should have the respect to use His proper name – Y’shua (Salvation), Yahshua (Salvation of God), Yeshua or Joshua.  This could also be related to a fact in His teachings that some would be offended by His name, and the topic at hand is surely foretold that many would be offended by His words.  You may find this discussion of the topic interesting and helpful:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/topicindex/353-yashua-and-the-name-of-jesus.html

The second premise is what we have as our “New Testament” needs to be re-examined by the commandments and instructions given God and Christ to ensure we are only believing those that have proven themselves to be someone we should acknowledge to have given the word of God truthfully and faithfully.  Yahshua clearly taught His disciples to be careful of who they hear, and also warned to take heed not to be deceived!

For years I used to scoff at LDS for believing the Bible is only correct, so far as it has been correctly translated.  Based on the instructions God gave on the subject, the problem we have in our hands is much worse than that.  Blind faith in “The Book” that is not proven true by the instructions of God will bring us no more good than to be a blind person following a blind leader.    If what I’m bringing up can be proven wrong by the previously accepted commandments and instructions of God in the Old Testament, and the gospels recorded by original disciples of Yahshua, or the proven spokespersons of God – by all means, don’t believe what I say is true!  God is the One who is True, though every man be found a liar.   But, if what I’m saying is true, you’re well advised to hear the issue out and take some ownership of your own eternal destiny, rather than blindly placing it in the hands of someone else.  Considering the resistance I’ve met with these truths, my initial thought is that most people are afraid to reconsider what they’ve long held true – even if it can be proven to be false.  I faced the same dilemma myself and know that repenting of long held false beliefs is not an easy thing to do, but have found it to be fully rewarded by the increased knowledge of the truth of God and Christ – it has been far more rewarding than I expected.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who died and then resurrected that you might have life – please do read on and see if what I’ve found has true value.  As we are “pruned” by hearing and accepting the word of God through Master Yahshua, it may be seen to be further “pruning” that we rid ourselves of those things we were told to be true, that actually aren’t.  There is light and life and Spirit in His word – the fullness of the words of God – His gracious instruction in righteousness.

Those who have passed on before us and did not know the things I’m bringing up will need to rely on the mercy and grace of God for their shortfalls, just as we will have to give account to God for who we believe and what we do with the teachings and example of Yahshua.  Each of us needs to live our life in such a manner that we are doing the best we know how to do with what we’ve come to know, and that as more is given, more will be required.  Discipleship is a learning and doing process that incorporates His words into our lives via the “line upon line, precept upon precept” principle. The truth will be known through God being faithful to His words of life and His blessings upon those who repent to keep and uphold His word indeed.  My hope is that many might be set free from “prison houses” of false doctrines to the fullness of true liberty in knowing the will and work of God for those that love Him as did faithful Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Yahshua, Peter, James, John and Matthew.

 

Many people look to the historical founders of their Church to seek guidance, but the time has come to return to seek our guidance from the Faithful Witness of Heaven and not look to men for truth that God has already given mankind.  We need to return to see things as God says they are and stop being led by partial truths.  The need is to repent and believe and abide in the words that are wholly true – “Thy word is truth,” and, “The sum of Thy word is truth”.  Open your eyes, hearts and minds to the truth of God, as given by Moses, the Prophets and Psalms and faithfully abide in the commandments and doctrine of the Master Teacher.  These things are brought up as an initial turning back to God, and that we prepare ourselves for His return.  The bride of Christ made herself ready.  (Rev. 19:7)  Every person who believes in God should be willing to repent of believing partial truth, to then believe the whole truth.  Everyone faithful to God will have no need to repent of His truth.  "The sum of Thy word is truth", not "Some of Thy word is truth".  Not every word in our current Bible is the word of God, nor does it claim to be.  Even words of Satan are in the Bible, but we are called to repent to do what God said is good and true.

 

Micah 6:8 

 

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

The fullness of God showing man what is good came through the instruction and example of the Son of man, Son of God, the Logos manifest in the flesh, the Desired One of old, foretold even in the Gospel of the Stars.

 

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