17 August 2020
Series: Bible study
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Jesus your source of salvation

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In Heb 5:9, we read, “and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”

Is Jesus your salvation?
Here in this verse, it answers our question: He is the source of eternal salvation but only to those who obey Him.
So my question is, do you obey Him?

If you are like most Christians, you would say yes, I do obey Him because He told me to believe in Him, and I believe He is my Lord and Savior. If I believe in Him, I am obedient to His commandment. But what if you are wrong? What if faith in Jesus is not what you have been told? The only one who can tell us the truth is the Bible itself.

In Phil 2:13, we read, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Here Paul the Apostle is praising the Philippians for having obeyed, and he is reminding them to continue to work on their salvation with fear, obedience, and trembling. According to Paul, faith is not passive; faith is something we do and is expressed in obedience.

So we have Heb 5:9, and Phil 2:13 telling us to obey Yeshua if we want to be saved. And Paul, in Phil 2:13, reminds us of the importance we need to continue obeying and working on our salvation. By this, we understand, it is possible to lose your salvation if you are disobedient.

So let me ask you again, do you obey Yeshua? Do you know what it means to obey Him? Yeshua answers this question in Luke 6:46; it does not mean to “believe in Him,” it means to do what He tells us to do.

So what did He tell us to do?
In Matt 23:2-3, Yeshua tells His disciples (and us) to always obey the Pharisees when they teach the written law of Moses. The written law of Moses is what is called the Torah.

This means if you obey Yeshua and He is your eternal source of salvation, then you will always follow the Torah. This is why James 2 and Matt 7:21-23 say that if we believe in the cross but do not obey the Torah, we are not saved.

Heb 5:9 is not only about our eternal salvation; the word used for eternal is the Greek word aioniou, which means perpetual salvation. So what Heb 5:9 is telling us is that those who obey Moses (remember, Yeshua taught us to obey Moses in matt 23:2-3) are continually saved. We understand salvation is an ongoing process, and if we make the same mistakes as our forefathers in the desert, we can hinder that process and even lose our salvation.

This connects back to Deut 28:1-13; if we obey the Torah, Yehovah, our God, will continually save us from everything we might found ourselves in. This means He will save us from sickness, diseases, even viruses, and pandemics. He will save us from financial issues, marital issues, relationship issues, or whatever it might be as long as we continually obey the Torah. And when we die, He will save us from hell because of our Torah obedience.

“Wait a minute, did you not say before, we are saved from hell because of the cross?”

Our forefathers did nothing to deserve their salvation from Egypt. Their salvation was a gift given to them, on account of the promise Yehovah gave to Abraham. After they received the gift, they had to learn how to use it. The instruction manual for the gift is the Torah. They did not deserve the Torah either; they had done nothing to earn it. Here we have Yehovah, our God giving them two things they did not deserve, salvation from Egypt and the Torah telling them how to live as saved people.

In the book of Exodus, we see how our forefathers, except for Joshua and Caleb, accepted the first gift, but they decided to reject the Torah. When they refused the gift of the Torah, they did not know how to live as saved people, so Yehovah rejected them. (Matt 7:21-23)

The cross and the Blood of Yeshua is a gift we do not deserve. But when we receive that gift, we have to learn how to use it by reading the instruction manual, the Torah. We do not deserve the Torah either; it is a gift given to us. If we reject the gift of the Torah, we will never know how to live as saved people, and Yehovah will reject us. (Matt 7:21-23)

So it is true the cross saves us from hell, but you will never know how to apply it to your life without the Torah. If you do not know how to use the cross for your salvation, you are not saved. (James 2)

Heb 5:9 says those who obey the Torah are continually saved. This means we are not just saved from hell and sin but from whatever situation we find ourselves in. (Deut 28:1-13, Matt 6:25-34)

How do we obey the Torah? We first have to learn and study the Torah to know what to obey.

Now I have given you the theological foundation for being saved, saved from hell, sin, and whatever you might be facing right now. You believe in and obey the Torah; by doing so, you follow Yeshua’s teachings, and He truly becomes your Lord and your constant source of salvation.

How do you apply all of this to your life?

If you see yourself as a Christian, born again, saved by the Blood of Jesus, it is very irresponsible of you not to learn the Torah. The Torah is Yehovahs instruction manual on how to apply the cross to your life. The Torah is Yehovahs instruction manual on how to get His help in this life. So if you choose not to learn the Torah, it is likened to someone ignoring the safety demonstration on an aircraft believing they will never have use for it. Most of us will never experience an air crash, but if we were to experience it, paying attention during the safety demonstration could be the difference between life and death.

We all know life has its ups and downs, and it is no respecter of persons. We all get sick, lose loved ones, and go through trials and tribulations that shake us the core. If you choose to ignore the Torah, you will have no way of knowing how to survive when those tribulations and trials come. But if you learn the Torah, the Bible says in Rev 12:11, 14, you will overcome even the devil himself.

So how do you apply all of this to your life? First things first, learn Torah. If you have learned Torah, it gives you access to perpetual salvation (Heb 5:9)

But how do you apply the Torah to your life, especially when it seems as if all hell has just broken loose?

We all know what happens when all hell breaks loose in our lives, we become stressed, worried, fearful, and it seems as if a billion of thoughts are all rushing through our minds at the same time and they all start with “what if…..” All those “what if…” thoughts tend to build on each other and feed each other. If you accept one, you will soon have another much worse one. So if you, for example, have the thought “what if this lump is cancer?” then the next thought will be “what if I die within a year from now?”. Why is this happening? Because when all hell breaks loose, we automatically set our minds on what is happening around us. The Bible warns us against this when it says in 2.Cor 5:7, Prov 3:5-6, we are not to walk by sight. We are to walk by faith and not trust in what we see. We are to trust in what Yehovah has said and promised us.

This is why the Bible says in 1. Pet 1:13, 5:8, James 4:7, when all hell has broken loose, we are to set our minds on the Torah. This is something we have to do; nobody will do it for us. Paul agrees to this in Phil 2:13 when he says we have to work to be continually saved, and that work is to choose to set our minds on the Torah.

So how do you do this?

You remind yourself that because you keep Torah, you deserve Yehovahs help. You deserve to be healed; you deserve to be helped, deserve to be saved, and deserve to be given the money you need because you keep Torah.

When you remind yourself about this fact, you are not talking to/praying to Yehovah. You are rewriting your brain and reprogramming it from thinking “what if ” thoughts to start thinking thoughts filled with faith. What you are doing is building your trust in Yehovahs promises in Deut 28:1-13. You are standing firm in the faith, resisting the devil, and being obedient to the Torah. The Torah says all those what if thoughts are sinful because they make you doubt and question Yehovahs intentions in your life. (1. Pet 1:13, 5:8, James 4:7.)

Yehovah promises us, in Deut 28:1-13, Matt 6:25-34, Joshua 1, if we keep meditating on the Torah, we will succeed and see His promises fulfilled.

In our hectic everyday life, it is almost impossible to meditate on 100s commandments. We need to be mentally focused, mentally present. The Bible has a solution for this. In Mark 12:29, the most important commandment is “Yehovah is our God, Yehovah is one.” So if you are in a situation where you can not safely meditate on 100s of commandments, you can choose to meditate on this one, and it will be sufficient.

As I have grown and matured in my faith, I have realized it is possible to do this while I am breathing. So when I take a breath, I go, “Yehovah is my God” when I breathe out, I go, “Yehovah is one.” When you get used to this, you will soon find yourself mentally focused on what you are doing and, at the same time, being inwardly focused on the Torah.

Learning the Torah, knowing how to apply it to your life, and fighting those sinful “what if” thoughts are not a quick fix and not a guarantee against life many situations, unexpected circumstances, and trials.

You will still have heartache, people around you will still get sick, and they will die. You might get sick, and you will have financial issues. At times you will mess up big time and experience loss. Yeshua speaks of this in Matt 6:25-34, where He promises us if we do what He taught us to do, to repent back to the Torah, we can know for sure Yehovah will meet all our needs. We never know how He will or even when He will meet our needs. At times He will use other people to answer our prayers, or He will provide us with things we need to do to answer our prayers. If you need healing, He might tell you to see a doctor, and at the same time, direct you to the best doctor. If you need money, He might give you an excellent steady, secure job. At other times, He will intervene directly in our lives. How He does it is up to Him, but we know that if we do our part and tap into the perpetual source of salvation (Heb 5:9,), He (Yehovah) will do the rest and save us from whatever we are facing now and in the end from hell and sin.

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