not live by bread alone,
But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
The founding principle of the gospel call of Jesus is doing
the will of God. The Christian gospel is the call to relationship with God as He intended from the creation
of man. This is established throughout all the teachings of Jesus. From his visit to the Temple as a child by
growing in learning and understanding the will of God in the Holy Scripture, he also grew in wisdom, stature and favor with
all men. The gospel accounts of Matthew and John make no mention of Jesus staying at the Temple as a child, but we can
see evidence in the Scripture that teaching children to love God and honor His words of life were foundational in the account
of why God loved and chose Abraham and his seed after him to bring the fullness of His everlasting covenant of grace and truth
Genesis 18: 17-19; “And God said, “Shall I conceal from Abraham what I do, now that Abraham is surely to
become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him? For I have loved him,
because he commands his children and his household after him that they keep My way by doing charity and justice, in order
that I might then bring upon Abraham that which I had spoken of him.”
Since the focus of this study is on the agreement that
the Holy Scriptures have with the teachings, life, and example of Jesus, this is only brought up as a link to the fact that
the words of God say that children are to be taught the will of God from their youth, that they might know His good will and
His warnings against unrighteousness – to know good from evil, and to develop their relationship with God according
to His word, which includes their role in the family and society. One reason God chose Abraham was because He knew he
would teach his children and household to observe the will of God and trust in His promises and goodness to all who love and
obey Him wholeheartedly. A related teaching of Jesus was that children not be prevented from coming to him to receive
It can be observed that all his teachings center from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets, and these are the underlying theme
of all his teachings. His final charge to all disciples when he departed to Heaven was about teaching disciples to observe
whatever he had commanded his first disciples. Repentance is to turn and do as God instructed. This writing is
an exercise to know what those instructions are in a more detailed accounting for Christians who desire to do the will of
God, which is based on what God said throughout the Torah – not just the Law of God, but certainly to revisit the Law
in the light of the teachings of Jesus. The prevailing doctrines of most Christian churches has been to set aside the
Law of God, even though Jesus openly taught that his disciples will teach and keep even the least of the commandments of God.
There has been
an accounting of the Law – a list of 613 commandments of God, as outlined by Jewish Rabbi’s, particularly Rambam,
but this work is to re-investigate the Torah to get a more complete accounting based in the principle as taught by Jesus,
that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God – not just the Law as many Christians have thought about
it for many years. In the study helps section of the Aramaic English New Testament, Andrew Gabriel Roth gives a listing
of the 613 Laws, with reference locations, and comparative accounts of which are kept by Christians – even though many
believe the Law was set aside. Review of writings of Jewish Rabbi’s sometimes appear to be in defiance of the
instructions of God. One example is of the conservative Orthodox Pharisee belief, which says if there are 1000 true
prophets of God that say a Scripture means one thing, but 1001 Rabbi’s say it means another thing – that the 1001
must be obeyed. The instructions of God say what He has instructed us to do is not too hard to understand or do, but that
if a matter of judgment is too difficult, that their Priests were to hear the case and make a decision, which would be binding.
this principle are the tests given by God to know if we should believe someone has heard from Him and is giving His word –
or if they speak lies or presumptuously. God has not left men without the means to know His will and how to tell truth
from half-truths and lies. God does not demand perfection, but He does expect us to know His good will, and to be able
to distinguish between good and evil, as well as secular and Holy. If someone can be shown to be a true prophet by the
commandments of God on the subject, wouldn’t it be in defiance of His word to turn to believe “teachers”,
or Rabbi’s, who teach contrary to what God said through a prophet that is proven true by His instructions? (Deut.
18:19) Because of this, and because the teachings of Jesus are based upon “living by every word that proceeds from the
mouth of God,” all the words of God of what man has been instructed about living according to His will is the intended
focus of this study. Everyone should hear the words of God to know that what they do is done of God. As Jesus said:
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."
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."
John 8:12, AENT (Aramaic English New Testament) "I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will not walk in darkness, but he will find the light of life for himself."
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."
It was surprising for me
to discover that the Jewish sages and Rabbi’s records of history tell that the Greek translation of the Holy Scriptures
was poorly done, and it was not used in their Synagogues. Since this discovery I have been studying the Holy Scriptures
(Tanach) from three Jewish translations to English. The most useful and upright reading for a beginner to the Torah
may be The Stone Edition (SE), published by Artscroll. Another prime source is “The Soncino Chumash” (SC),
which provides more footnotes about minor spelling curiosities and how the text was translated and various schools of thought
from their greatest scholars. There is also the translation of the “Holy Scriptures” (HS) done by the Jewish
Publication Society earlier in the 20th Century. Some Christian scholars have said one recent translation
of Old Testament was translated from the Hebrew, rather than the Greek, but comparison to the Hebrew to English seems to perpetuate
some errors of the Greek translation – as can be noted in Genesis 3 in the curse upon the serpent, that the seed of
the woman is singular – whereas the JPS is plural. But then it can be seen in the SE to be singular. Thankfully,
the issue of the Christian faith does not reside on a narrow minded view of one passage in the Holy Scriptures, but that it
is firmly rooted from the all the words of God – and never set them aside as “fulfilled”, or as a marriage
certificate to a dead mate.
One thing has been refreshing to note is the Jewish perspective that since their manner of life is to keep the commandments
of God, so long as they maintain that as their goal and based from the Holy Scriptures – in matters of opinion they
are very accepting of each other to still be Jews. Having grown up in a church that tended to divide over things not
even based in the Scriptures of the NT, I find it refreshing to see the unity that is found when the primary goal is to keep
the commandments of God to be the manner of acceptable life and faith. This is a first attempt to review all the words
of God in the light of the Teachings of Jesus, that the Spirit might write them on our hearts to do them (Isaiah 42, Ezekiel
37, Matthew, John). As Isaiah 42 says, the prophet Yeshua (Jesus) would be a light to the Gentiles and make the Torah
honorable for them to also keep.
Do be forewarned that the Torah truths will be examined in detail – and some of these details will
prove some authors in the New Testament to be in error, and based on the commandments of God, we must repent to believe God
and the true prophets, as we also believe Jesus and the called, chosen, faithful and true apostles of Jesus Christ. Likewise,
examination of the facts will show that the Law was not only given to the Jews – it was also given for all Gentiles
who seek to worship and serve God through doing the will of God wholeheartedly.
Many overlook the fact that Jesus was sent to Israel and
he foretold the coming destruction of the Temple and the time when men would not go to the Temple to worship God, but that
God would seek those who worship Him in spirit and truth – to which Jesus said “Thy word is truth.”
May we open our hearts,
minds and lives to the light of the words of God, that we know the truth and discern what we are to do if we love God according
to His word and Everlasting Covenant.
Main points will be given by chapter, starting with Genesis. As with my previous book, “One
Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus”, the old King James Version (KJV) will be used for the bulk of the quotes,
to avoid copyright issues. Each can use their own translation – but note specifics between Western translations
and the Hebrew to English translations as given by Jewish scholarship. God entrusted them with preserving His word,
and from what I’ve noted to date, He was correct to do so, and it is one reason He chose Abraham and his seed after
There is a thousand-pound
gorilla in the room, so to speak, with the basic Christian faith, and this will briefly be covered before launching into study
of the books of Moses (the first five books of the Bible are the “Torah”). If Matthew is believable as the
critical account of the teachings of Jesus, it is impossible to set aside the commandments of God because in the sermon on
the mount Jesus said his disciples will keep even the least of the commandments of God. When Jesus was asked which is
the greatest commandment, his reply was the first commandment as given by God, and added that the second is like unto the
first commandment. In the first commandment, that Jehovah alone is our God, He also commands a curse to those who don’t
obey Him, and blessing to those who do obey Him. This is contrasted with the teachings of Paul, that the Law was a curse and
not given by God and that the gospel is to live by the Spirit instead of the letter of the Law. Both cannot be true,
and as Jesus said: “Thy word is truth.” (numbers and notations are added to the text)
Exodus 20: 1-14 (SE); “(***) God spoke all
these statements, saying: I am YHWH your God. Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
“(a)You shall not recognize the gods of
others in My presence. (b)You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens
above, or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth. (c)You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship
them, for I am YHWH your God – (d) a jealous God, who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth
generations, for My enemies; (e)but who shows kindness for thousands to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”
“(a)You shall not take the Name of YHWH,
your God, in vain, (b)for YHWH will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.”
3. “(a)Remember to keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it. (b)Six days shall
you work and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is Sabbath to YHWH your God; (c)you shall not do any work –
you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, your animal, and your covert within your gates – (d)for
in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day.
(e)Therefore, YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.”
4. “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened
upon the land that YHWH, your God, gives you.”
shall not kill; (b)you shall not commit adultery; (c)you shall not steal; (d)you shall not bear false witness against your
“(a)You shall not covet your fellow’s
house. (b)You shall not covet your fellow’s wife, (c)his manservant, (d)his maidservant, (e)) his ox, (f)his donkey,
(g)nor anything that belongs to your fellow.”
“The entire people saw the thunder and the flames, the sound of the shofar and the smoking
mountain; the people saw and trembled and stood from afar. They said to Moses, “You speak to us and we shall hear;
let God not speak to us lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for in order to elevate you
has God come; so that awe of Him shall be upon your faces, so that you shall not sin.”
God gave the commandments to all present at the
Mount, all those He said were “My people”, which included Israel and all the multitude of nations that followed
after God with Israel as they left the “house of slavery”. It can also be seen that the commandments were
not listed as “ten commandments”, but generally as six commandments with subsets included in each. We can
also see that God gave His instructions/commandments to elevate those who serve Him alone as their God, and that the elevation
is directly related to keeping His commandments and thereby reside in His blessing (kindness). With the commandments
is included a curse for those who take His Name in vain. This is not only using His Name in any disrespecting way, but
also to claim Him as your God and not honor His instructions, or to ignore His commandments.
There are many more commandments of God, but it
is upon these words that the rest of the commandments are based upon. He gave them for goodness to those who seek to
love Him as He commanded. He gave us instruction that we might grow to become all He created us to become. He
gave them that we might live under His kindness, blessing and love. He gave them that we might know what is good, and
to distinguish between what He says is sanctified and what He said is secular – that we recognize what is Holy, and
that which is not. His word tells us His truth, and His truth is known by His word – not our opinion or feelings,
and certainly not by clever reasoning that defies the goodness of His words of life, or the everlasting covenant.
Refuting the teachings of Paul by
the Holy Scriptures and Word of God
A growing number of authors of books and internet sites have been bringing up the false teachings of Paul.
After reading “Jesus Words Only”, “Not Paul, but Jesus”, “The Mythmaker, Paul and the Invention
of Christianity”, and a number of web sites and other internet resources, it was clearly shown that the gospel Paul
taught was in competition to the actual teachings of Jesus and his disciples. Since there are contradictions of fact
in the four gospel accounts, only the two that have historical support that they were written by chosen disciples of Jesus
will be used herein – with the interest of a sure foundation to place trust in the words of Jesus to be from eye-witnesses
that Jesus chose to testify to the world on his behalf.
God commanded in Deuteronomy chapters 4, 12, 13 and 18 that we test those who claim
to speak His word, otherwise, how can we know if they speak truth or lies, or words from God or their own imagination?
Jesus can be shown to pass the “prophet tests” from God – and therefore the Jews have rejected a true prophet
of God and failed to believe one that He sent – in fact, the “Desired One” of the ages spoken of by Moses
in Deuteronomy 18:19 as “that prophet” that they were to hear in all things or be cut-off from the brethren.
God also did greater works through Jesus than Moses, which ties in the principle of “that prophet” with the works
of Moses spoken of in Deuteronomy 34:10-12. Christians who fail to hear “whatever that prophet shall say to you”
have also shown their disbelief if they reject the words of God, Laws of God the everlasting Covenant, or the commandments
and teachings of Jesus. Last, but not least, Muslims who don’t obey the words of God and the doctrine of God taught
by Jesus (Yeshua) cannot be found true either. False prophets, false apostles, or unbelief of the true prophets of God
will all be found lacking in goodness based upon the instructions and truth of God. He has told us how to know His truth
from errors and lies – if we will turn to believe Him and those He sent, and reject those who can be shown to lead His
people away from His words of life, truth, justice, mercy, peace, kindness and blessing.
Jesus said that God seeks those who worship Him
in spirit and truth – God has always desired what is best for man, but when any man disbelieves God and rejects His
instructions, disobedience and disbelief are conjoined to reject the goodness and blessings of God. One of the false
premises of Paul is easily refuted by God in Genesis 4:7. Just before we read of Cain killing Abel, God told him: “Surely,
if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its
desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.” This should be one of the foundation stones about what God said
regarding sin, and that improving in our obedience to God as a growing process is what is required – that we are active
to continue to grow in our walk within the pathways of life He has instructed us in. Rather than stumble, fall and go backwards
- faithfulness is getting up and going forwards and growing in the pathways of life through abiding in His word indeed.
The primary persons that
God revealed His will and word through were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob Moses and Jesus (Yeshua). The primary thesis of faith
as taught by Paul was to say Abraham was found righteous by God because he believed the word of God in Genesis chapter 15,
and that God counted this to Abraham as righteousness. Chapter 15 is about God saying Abraham would have a descendant
to inherit his possessions and land – that God counted his belief in this promise of God as righteous. There are
two primary flaws with making too much with this one passage. First, a gentile doesn’t change his DNA to being
Jewish by merely believing God. If this were the case, then why didn’t God simply have one of Abram’s servants
believe and thereby become of the “seed” of Abram? The passage has no such story to tell. Instead,
both Abraham and God are clear that the subject is the direct offspring of Abraham, and later it is shown that the promise
was only through both Abram and Sara, not the handmaid. Second is that the chapter is about the property of Abraham,
not the passages where God said why Abraham was found faithful, or the reason God loved Abraham and counted him to be the
one through whom his seed would bless all the nations. Genesis 15 is about one of the ten tests God gave to Abraham
to have found him to be wholehearted in his belief and obedience to God – to be found faithful to God.
Genesis 17 is about the
“everlasting covenant” that was to be ratified between God, the descendants of Abraham, and the multitude of nations
that left Egypt with Israel to serve and worship the One True God. Genesis 17:7; “I will ratify My covenant between
Me and you and between your offspring after you; and I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojourns
– the whole land of Canaan – as an everlasting possession; and I shall be a God to them. God said to Abraham,
“And as for you, you shall keep My covenant – you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.”
Genesis 18:19; “For I have loved him (Abraham), because he commands his children and his household after him that they
keep the way of Jehovah, doing charity and justice, in order that Jehovah might then bring upon Abraham that which He had
spoken of him.” And regarding the beginning of God continuing His covenant with the offspring of Abraham, God
told Isaac (Genesis 26:5); “Because Abraham obeyed My voice, and observed My safeguards, My commandments, My decrees,
and My Torahs (instructions – manner of life as God commanded). God found Abraham faithful for many more things
than merely believing God would provide him an heir for his property!
Launching forward in the books of Moses we see the words to Abraham being fulfilled
in the sojourns of his descendants to then be found under oppression in Egypt, and God working through Moses to show God bringing
“My people” out of Egypt to also include “a multitude of nations” who were present at Mount Sinai
and also agreed to keep the commandments of God to receive the blessings of God. The “sojourners” were also
cared for by God and present when Israel entered the land of Canaan. In the Law is distinction between Israel and those
of other nations, which is then made further evident that the Law is for all – not just Israel – but for men of
all nations who set themselves apart from the world to obey the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Everlasting
Covenant that God established at Mount Sinai was not for the Israel only, but it certainly came through the posterity of Abraham
and Sarah to then be a blessing for all the nations and peoples who believe and obey God. Everyone who made it through
the wilderness wandering to Canaan had to be abiding in the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant – including the sojourners
- not just the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
In Exodus 9:20-21 is noted those who believed, feared, and obeyed the word of God
– this is why many came to believe in God and left Egypt with Israel to serve God as their God, and that when “all
the people” were at Sinai, God said the commandments were for them all – not just Israel. Review of Exodus
through Joshua will show that they were still with Israel as they entered the promised land. See Exodus 12:38,49; 13:18;
15:13, 16, 17; 16:4-5; Exodus 12:38 clearly says a multitude of nations left Egypt with Israel. Joshua 1:2 says “Moses
My servant has died. Now, arise, cross this Jordan, you and this entire people, to the land that I give to them, to
the children of Israel.” All “this entire people” crossed over, but the land was promised as the possession
of the descendants of Abraham, and God was faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants after
them, as well as in blessing those of other nations through them – because they feared and obeyed God.
A brief review of the gospel of Paul:
Paul (Saul) claimed to be a Pharisee and to have studied
under one of Israel’s great Rabbi’s, Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). “The Acts of the Apostles” was reportedly
written by Luke, who seems to have been the personal biographer of Paul – judging from the fact that most of Acts is
about Paul. Luke was not one of the original disciples/apostles of Jesus. Neither did Luke claim his gospel account
to be inerrant – but second or third hand accounts of what he said others said about the life and teachings of Jesus.
It can also be proven that Paul never met Jesus – by the comparison the accounts of Paul himself and the accounts written
by Luke. Paul says he preaches the crucified Christ – the cross, and “liberty” from the Law.
Jesus said his message is to repent and obey God – which included all the Law, including the least of His commandments.
What is the “liberty” Paul spoke of saying the Jewish believers were trying to spy on him about? Is it more
likely that they heard the false teachings of Paul and were getting evidence of his teaching such things as setting the Laws
of God aside to be absolutely against what God and Christ taught – to then report it back to the apostles at Jerusalem?
One matter is that we can
see in Acts that Paul was not the first person to preach the gospel to those outside of Israel. The record is that the
Jews who believed Jesus to be the Messiah took this belief back home with them from Jerusalem. We can also see that
the first reported Gentile conversion was Cornelius, who was baptized by Peter. So if the gospel of Jesus Christ had
already gone to other nations from the beginning of the Church of Christ, this matches another item reported by Luke that
seems to be in defiance to historical fact – Jesus commanded the Apostles to make disciples of him of all nations –
not just Israel, not just Jews – but of all nations – which is what they were doing when Paul came to town later
in Acts 11: 25-26;
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas
and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
passage is proof that Paul went to the Jewish Church at Antioch and inserted himself as a teacher after Barnabas took him
there. It is also useful to note that later on Barnabas abandoned Paul due to the controversy over what Paul taught
against the instructions of God and Christ. Second Timothy 4:16 clearly states that everyone but Luke abandoned Paul
at his first defense. Defense of what? We can see evidenced in Acts 21 that the issue was over doctrine –
not as many falsely claim. The doctrines of Paul and his disciples continues to sow even more discord 2000 years later.
Every Protestant reformer based their version of the gospel on the teachings of Paul, rather than returning to the bedrock
of the teachings of Jesus as given by his original disciples – especially as given in Matthew. All divisions between
churches have some doctrine from Paul or his disciples at their root cause. I know of no doctrine of division that is
based on the doctrines of Jesus, aside from the followers of Paul who reject the words of God given by Jesus Christ in favor
of the cheap grace gospel message of Paul.
Near the start of Acts is the account of the Apostles preaching the gospel in the streets of Jerusalem,
for which they were imprisoned and commanded not to preach in the name of Jesus. Again they went about preaching and
were brought before the Jewish authorities (Acts 5:34). It is recorded to be the very words of Gamaliel that it would
be wise for them (the Jewish court – made up largely of Pharisees and Sadducees) to not hinder them because they might
find themselves to be fighting against God if what they preached of Jesus was true, and that if it was not true that they
would go away of their own – as did followers of false messiahs. Other accounts in Acts show the disciples of
Jesus who were Jews were still worshiping in Synagogues with the Jews, as well as being found at the Temple. Paul was
invited to take a vow at the Temple to clear his name of the charges against him by the Jews in Asia (Acts 21: 17-40).
The charges against Paul were made by original Jewish converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ: “You see brother (Paul),
how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; but they have been informed about
you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their
children nor to walk according to the customs (rites in the Torah – 2010 AENT).”
The point being made here is that there was harmony
with the Jews and the original disciples of Jesus who were also Pharisees, and that Cornelius had good relation with the Jews
before his baptism – there was no conflict evidenced with Gentile believers and the Pharisees. It was the corrupted
Priesthood of Jesus’ day that convicted him falsely. It was the corrupted Priesthood of their days that were charged
by Rome to ensure there was no sedition of the Jews to follow another king but the Caesar of Rome, thereby securing their
livelihood. It was also reported that Paul had letters from the High Priest to arrest followers of Jesus in Damascus.
If Paul were a student of Gamaliel, how is it that Paul was then denouncing the wisdom of Gamaliel that even convinced the
Sanhedrin to leave the apostles alone? It would seem to be impossible that Paul was really a Pharisee, let alone to
be a student of Gamaliel. Gamaliel was an advanced teacher and one would have had to have significant knowledge of the
Law and Covenant of God to even be his student. Do the teachings of Paul show his regard for the words of God to be
as high as what Jesus commanded of his disciples? Do the teachings of Paul show any regard for the Everlasting Covenant
and actual reasons that God said He found Abraham to faithful, or why God said He loved Abraham? No, not a word of these
truths in the writings of Paul. Rather, just the opposite; it can be shown repeatedly that Paul taught the Law
to be done away with on the cross of Jesus – thereby standing his followers in the pathway against the stated will of
God from all the Holy Scripture and the very teachings of “that prophet”, Jesus.
This was extremely difficult for me to accept,
as I had been taught to trust in Pauls’ account to be the gospel truth of Jesus Christ. Upon close examination
and trust in the words of God, the matter is known. Also, upon close examination of other people who have said they
were prophets, such as Joseph Smith Jr., Ellen White, and countless others, it can be shown easily who we are commanded to
ignore. The instructions of God are forever true, and no true prophet would say to believe or obey a false prophet,
or who tries to teach those who serve God to ignore His instructions that lead to life and blessings from God. No true
prophet would take away from the standards of God about grace, truth, faithfulness, judgment, discernment, or mercy.
Following are a few teachings
from Paul that show his lack of knowledge of the word of God and that what he taught contradicts Everlasting Covenant and
the words of God through Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Jesus Christ.
The easiest matter to discern if Paul told the truth is who Paul said gave the
Law to Moses. Most everyone knows it was God Himself – simply reading Exodus carefully will show this to be the
fact of what Moses said, and all the Prophets and Psalms agree that Moses told the truth, and Jesus said if you don’t
believe Moses, you can’t believe him either.
Within the commandments of God about how tell who the liars are is that we are not to be afraid of
liars. God knows one tool of liars is to threaten people. In Galatians 1:6-9; “I marvel that you are turning
away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another, but there are some
who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if
anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Who is the “we”?
Paul’s closest associates were Silas and Timothy. Barnabas ended up abandoning Paul. Since Acts 21 proves Paul
was teaching against what the original disciples of Jesus in Asia believed truth to be, and the Apostles also gave Paul opportunity
to prove the charges untrue – but most importantly, the gospel account of Matthew, understood in the very light of the
Law of God and the Everlasting Covenant – it was Paul who was preaching “another gospel” that was not in
accord with the words of God or Christ.)
Jesus came preaching and calling men to repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. The entire
message of Jesus was to be hearers and doers of the will of God – his was a call to faithfulness to God and His word
– his was a call to be hearers and doers of the words he claimed to be the very words of God. Jesus spent significant
time to teach the disciples/Apostles/Emissaries and called them to be co-witnesses with the Holy Spirit to the Gospel of God.
Jesus never taught the disciples that the gospel is about God imputing righteousness, but that God calls us to live righteousness,
justice, mercy and truth.
And what was the source of Paul’s gospel? Galatians 1:11-12; “But I make known to you, brethren, that
the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it,
but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Then why is it that in Acts 9:6 Paul had to go to Ananias
to “know what you must do”? By the time Luke finishes Acts for Paul, the story has completely changed in
facts and details – the sure sign of a false witness. Compare Acts 9 testimony from Paul to Acts 22, 24
and 26. There is no way that any one account should be counted trustworthy if it came from Paul – the story always
became more grand, glorious, and self-promoting. It is likely Felix who told the truth when he said Paul had gone mad.
Galatians 3:19-20 is possibly
one of the most overlooked passages in Paul’s writings. “What purpose then does the law serve. It was added
because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was appointed through angels by
the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.”
First, in this passage Paul says the Law was not
given by God Himself – in defiance to the Torah’s record. One has to disbelieve Moses and the thousands
present at Mount Sinai to think such a thing. And somehow we are to believe all the Bible is wrong BUT Paul?!
Second, God told Abraham that He would confirm His Covenant with the seed of Abraham after him, throughout their generations.
This was clearly told to be at Sinai, and those of the other nations were included then at Sinai and upon entry into the land
of promise. God gave the Torah as His instructions in righteousness for all who would depart from lies and false gods
to serve Him alone as the One True God, and His instructions and blessings were for their good, as He told them, “Choose
life that ye may live!” Third point: The “seed” of Abraham was understood to mean the posterity of
Abraham. This is clearly seen to not be singular because God said his seed would be as numerous as the stars in the
heavens, or the sand of the sea-shore. Paul is taking one statement from God about Abraham and totally twisting it out
of context and fact and turning it upside-down. Anyone who cannot pause and reconsider the facts – in the interest
to “live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” has no business claiming to be a Christian, as the
definition of “Christian” was said to be what they called “disciples” of Jesus. Those who would
believe Paul over the testimony of God through Moses and Jesus should just admit they are the Church of Paul – not the
Church of God or Jesus Christ! Much more could be said of this passage, but this should be sufficient to show Paul was
not telling the truth, nor did Paul exhibit any basic knowledge of the Holy Scripture or the Everlasting Covenant –
which includes “days and months and seasons and years” as given by God, and called by Paul to be “the weak
and beggarly elements” (4:10), to be “those which by nature are not gods” (4:8). Paul is great at
spinning his web, but anyone who believes God and Christ will repent of ever believing Paul when they realize the actual words
of God are at the very core of every teaching of Jesus. Paul said the Law is not of faith (Gal. 3:12), but do recall
Jesus’ chastising the Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law to have included “faith”
specifically (Matthew 23:23)! We’ve been deceived far too long by Paul and need to return to the Author and finisher
of our faith if we are to be blessed of God and found faithful and true. Revelation says those who are overcomers keep
the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation also says salvation or damnation is based upon
works – not “faith” alone, or “grace” alone (Revelation 21: 12-21). The “grace”
of God has always been towards those who repent and obey Him alone as God.
God said He would give His spirit to write His words on our hearts to cause us
to do them (Ez. 36:25-27; Acts 2:38-39; Matthew 28: 18-20), and that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him (I John 3:24;
John 14; Matthew 28: 18-20). Since the work of the Spirit is to testify to the words of God by writing them on our heart
– that we do them – it would be an absolute lie to say living by the “Spirit” would be living against
the words of God – which would include the Law, or any actual word of God.
Genesis is about the power of the word of God in creation
of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein. It is a book of origins, generations, and is not only a book of
history, but also the beginning of the revelation of God and His gracious instructions to man from the beginning. Something
to consider is that charting the lifespans of the genealogies from Adam through Abraham will prove that many key figures had
overlapping lifetimes up to the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Although little is retold of the instructions of God
to mankind before His giving the Law at Mount Sinai, it would not be out of reason to know that God never left mankind ignorant
of His will, and that certain figures of history were remaining faithful to His instructions of life. Also presented
is an underlying factor of the records of men whose lives overlapped and thereby the knowledge from Adam through Abraham is
implied. Charting the lifetimes given, it can be shown that Abraham was born within the lifetime of one of the faithful
sons of Noah, as well as when men began again to defy the instructions of God after the flood. The Hebrew to English
translation from the Jewish record presents an interesting item in chapter 14, that being Malchizedek, king of Salem, to actually
be the son of Noah’s son Shem. Malchizedek was both king of Salem and the priest of God, the Most High, because
unlike priests and kings of the other kingdoms who worshiped fallen angels, he served God and recognized that God was with
Abraham and also blessed Abraham because of this.
A commonly accepted doctrine among many Christians stems from Calvinism –
that man is born in sin because of the sin of Adam, that the nature to sin is inherited and that the nature of man was thereafter
to sin – to be a born sinner – totally depraved. It is very important to note the ancient record of Genesis
to believe what God said and carefully consider those words to know the truth of God that has existed for thousands of years.
What did God say about the nature of man, and what did God say about sin and how man should view sin and overcome sin?
The telling of creation
is given in both Genesis chapter 1 and 2, and the accounts are not the same. Because of this it would be wise to not
wrest one account to be correct and the other error. Rather it shows that we are to seek wisdom through both accounts
and not pit one chapter against another, or to twist the word of God against itself. Incidentally, this is also the
principle taught by Jesus in his replies to the temptations in the wilderness after his baptism – we are called to abide
in the sum of His word, rather than believe one passage to the exclusion of another – when taken in context.
In the creation account
the source of all creation is the power of the active word of God. God spoke, and it was so. Starting with “Let
there be light.” The first thing God called good was the light. That light preceded the Sun, Moon and stars.
The Spirit of God was also active in creation, and the Spirit and Word of God worked in harmony to create what God decreed
to be. For a disciple of Jesus (Y’shua), we can also know that the Spirit works with the Word of God to accomplish
His work in our lives as we seek to do His good will indeed – to hear and do His will.
“In the beginning of God’s creating
the heavens and the earth – when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and
the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters - God said, “Let there be light,” and there as light.
God saw that the light was good, and God separated between the light and the darkness. God called to the light, “Day”,
and to the darkness He called, “Night.” And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
At each day of creation,
God proclaimed what He has called into existence “good”, and upon the creation of man, that it was “very