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The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob raised His created, righteous Son the Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ (the Messiah) from the dead.
A person repents, seeks newness, and is immersed in water.
With this faith we learn and uphold the law of Moses.
With this, it should be known that God’s risen Son, the created, sinless Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach) is actually referred to in the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) as both a ‘man’ and the ‘Son of Man’ – thus he is not God, but rather a created being;
John 3:14-15, 3:16, Acts 17:30-31, Proverbs 8:12, Proverbs 8:22-23, Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34-35.
• Complete forgiveness of sins, and Everlasting life without end (upon resurrection after this short life), are given from God to a person believing in His risen Son, the Lord Jesus Christ;
John 3:14-15, 3:16, John 14:1
Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20
A person may ask ‘how can believing in Christ allow them to receive forgiveness of their sins and everlasting life?’ The answer; The risen Lord Jesus Christ prays to his Father (God), so that fallen humans whom believe may be completely forgiven of their wrong deeds. With the above, a believer in Messiah (Christ) believes for such grace – and should it be G-d’s will, this is done by the Lord Jesus Christ;
‘…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)
‘…we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus…’
(Acts 15:11 ESV)
– as Christ is the designated mediator (in a similar, though more excellent way to how Moses mediated between the people of Israel when G-d gave the famous Ten Commandments [Exodus 24:2, Deuteronomy 5:22-27] , for example;
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2:5 KJV
Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”
Exodus 24:2 ESV
With this, the risen King Messiah (Christ) is also deemed High Priest in the order of Melchizedek as seen as a recognised Priesthood in the Torah and declared in the Psalms;
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,
Genesis 14:8 NIV
The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4 NASB
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Hebrews 4:14 ESV
And with this faith, a believer upholds the Law of Moses (Torah);
Where to from here?
With this faith (believing in the LORD God Almighty and that He has raised His Son the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead), the basic broader ‘items’ for a new believer of the Gospel (the Good News) to first begin with, could be briefly outlined as follows;
• All dear people everywhere are instructed to;
These items are undertaken in an effort to seek and ideally receive a new (spiritual) heart from G-d, and also G-d’s Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) within a repentant believer;
Ezekiel 36:26-27 , Hebrews 8:10
Such a change is referred to as ‘…times of refreshing…’ (Acts 3:19 NASB) from the LORD, where all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV), all God willing of course (Acts 15:8-9) and persistence is of great importance (Matthew 5:6, 7:7-12).
• A new believer begins turning to God’s good ways and commandments by first observing they abstain from four initial sinful things as listed multiple times in (Acts 15:19-20, 15:28-29, 21:25).
Briefly, in the interests of transparency, these four initial things for new believers with this faith to strive and stay away from are;
1) things polluted by idols;
This could perhaps be interpreted as to stay away from eating any food that has been used in pagan-style, idol sacrifices. And also not having idols and the like also.
2) sexual immorality;
This could perhaps be interpreted as to stay away from all forms of sexual immorality.
3) from what has been strangled,
This could perhaps be interpreted as to stay away from eating any animal that has been slaughtered for food by way of strangling (e.g. by it being choked).
4) and from blood.
This could perhaps be interpreted as to stay away from not eating or drinking any blood, as per references such as found in Genesis 9:4 and Deuteronomy 12:23.
In the passage of Acts 15:19-21, these four sinful items to abstain from are mentioned. The law of Moses (Torah) is mentioned a little later, and it states that the Torah is read every sabbath; a believer observes the sabbath initially, learns more about it, along with the abstaining of these four sinful matters, to begin with;
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
Acts 15:19-21 ESV.
• With this faith, repentance, and good deeds – a believer will ideally want and seek to learn more and more of the holy God’s good Law and commandments (Rom 7:12), known as the Law of Moses (‘…Torah…’ Law [ref. OJB]).
Here, such a believer’s approach in reconciling the ‘Old Testament’ (‘Tanakh’), with the ‘New Testament’ (‘Brit Chadasha’) – could perhaps be summarised with these two verses;
A brief explanation for the above two verses could perhaps be read as follows;
The reason why a person believes for grace, is because for a person to be accounted completely righteous by G-d and receive everlasting life – the condition is that they must literally do ‘all’ of the commandments and statutes, which are Law of Moses and also expounded upon in the Prophets (such as Isaiah).
Hence, some of the following verses from the first five books of the Bible are given which state ‘…all…’ commandments (Deuteronomy 28:15 and the like).
Books like the book of Isaiah were certainly not written at the time of say Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy – the first five books of the Bible. Instead, Isaiah was was written much later, and contains a statute which is vital for a person to receive everlasting life without end, after this life;
‘…a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’…
Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;’
(Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 ESV)
Such is only available by believing in Messiah (Christ) – believing the gospel, repenting, being baptised, seeking and receiving newness (keeping on knocking until you receive it), and learning and observing G-d’s good commandments;
‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone…’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV
This vital statute found in Isaiah, can be found mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15-19, a commandment which applies to all of G-d’s holy prophets, however, Isaiah is speaking of a specific prophet (Messiah [Christ]) in particular because it is he who is the key for a person to receive eternal life from G-d.
With this faith, one is to uphold the law (God’s good commandments being the Law of Moses, also known as the ‘Torah’ [ref. Romans 3:31 OJB]).
Holy Scripture confirms that the dear, zealous scribes and Pharisees are divinely given permission to manage, rule on, and strive to safeguard procedures and recommendations on how to uphold the Law of Moses. A believer is to do what they say (Matthew 23:1-3).
At the same time, a believer is to be careful and weigh any man-made rules, traditions, and or customs which may break Torah Law (the Law of Moses). These are referred to in Matthew 15:3-9 and Isaiah 29:13 – amongst other places.
Such a practice is actually in accordance with what we find in the Torah – where it says all men born of fallen man’s seed here currently and sadly sin and fall short – even scribes and Pharisees whom are considered people in positions of power here (Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV, Leviticus 4:22, 4:13).
This is by no means meaning that believers are to ignore and disregard the scribes and Pharisees, or relax observance and teach others to relax their observance of Torah Law; as it says that the righteousness of a believer must exceed theirs (Matthew 5:17-20).
With regard to a believer observing the commandments, Hashem (the God of Israel), will lead, teach, and cause a believer in Messiah (Christ) to walk in His ways – writing them on their new, cleansed hearts, putting His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) within them (Ezekiel 36:26-28, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Hebrews 8:10-12, Acts 15:8-9).
May the LORD bless all in Christ (Messiah) – as we love our neighbours as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:30-31), and also bless those who may not feel the same way about the Holy Scriptures and Christ (Messiah) at this time (Luke 10:29-37) – as we acknowledge that it is only the holy G-d who can draw a person near to the Messiah (Christ) (John 6:44). Believers are thus instructed not to judge others lest they themselves be judged (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV).
Believers are thus encouraged to;
‘…always be gracious…’
(Colossians 4:6 ESV),
and peaceful (Matthew 5:44 KJV, 5:9, 5:38-40).
May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel); bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Omayn (Amen).
Shalom and kind regards!