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A dot point-type belief statement the writer holds is as follows – all the while thanking the LORD (Hashem) in the name of His risen Son for whatever good I have been given;
• G-d is one, and created all. Blessed is His Holy Name;
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Genesis 1:1
• G-d is not a man or the son of man, and therefore the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is not the Messiah (Christ);
Numbers 23:19, Hosea 11:9
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
The Father (Who is God) is thus ‘greater’ than His created, righteous, risen Son (Christ/Messiah);
John 14:28, Isaiah 45:5.
• 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 (sinners) may be completely forgiven of their wrong deeds. That’s why it says Christ;
‘…makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)
As Christ is the designated mediator (in a similar, though superior metaphor 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
Holy Scripture gives us the account of how Abraham believed G-d, and because of his faith G-d then accounted Abraham as righteous as per Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:11. Abraham then went and got circumcised (Genesis 17:26), in order to uphold the LORD’s commandments, hence Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV.
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;
believe and repent of their sins, and return to the holy God’s good ways (such as the 10 Commandments and the rest);
Acts 3:19 NASB, Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV
be baptized (immersed) in water, by a person who also believes that God has raised His Son (Christ/Messiah) from the dead;
Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21 ESV
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).
This ‘new’ heart and becoming a ‘new’ creation is what is known as being ‘born again’ (John 3:3, 3:7)
• A new believer begins turning to God’s good ways and commandments by first observing they abstain from for 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.
• 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;
‘For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law….
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.’
(Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV)
A brief explanation for the above two verses could perhaps be read as follows;
A person is accounted righteous and saved by grace through faith apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9) – first, like in the account of faithful Abraham Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:11.
With this, upon being resurrected after this life, a believer believes for grace to save them (James 2:10, Acts 15:11, Zechariah 12:10).
The reason for this believing for grace, is because for a person to be accounted completely righteous and receive everlasting life by their deeds alone (and not believing in Christ) – the condition is that they must literally do ‘all’ of the Law of Moses.
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).
This perhaps sets the context for Ezekiel 20:25 how no man born of fallen man’s seed can meet such a righteous requirement of doing ‘all’ always. At the same time, a person is to note the context of this, remembering that God’s commandments and statutes are ‘…holy, and just, and good.’ (Romans 7:12, Psalm 119:47).
With this faith, one is to thus 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, faithfully 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 – and a believer is to do what they say (Matthew 23:1-3, Matthew 16:6). At the same time, a believer is to be careful of any leaven, as all men born of fallen man’s seed here currently and sadly sin and fall short (Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV, Leviticus 4:22, 4:13)
Hashem (the LORD) is the Sovereign King over all, and He will lead and teach a believer His ways, and write them on their new, cleansed hearts (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 God who brings about change from above, and that believers are 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!