Trust in God

Paul’s famous statement, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe [pisteuō 4100] in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9), is misunderstood to mean that we’re saved by simply believing that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened as an historical fact. Thus, countless sermons have been preached and books written lending evidence to the resurrection for us to have firm belief. But that this wasn’t what Paul meant is apparent by his quote from Isaiah, “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth [pisteuō 4100] on him shall not be ashamed” (v. 11), and by what he had written earlier, “if we believe [pisteuō 4100] on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” (4:24). The Greek verb pisteuō appears about 250 times in the New Testament and usually rendered “believe” but actually means “trust.” It’s not believing Jesus was raised but trusting in Him that raised Jesus.

Peter quoted the same from Isaiah, “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth [pisteuō 4100] on him shall not be confounded [ashamed]” (1Pe 2:6. And he had already said earlier, “Who by him do believe [pisteuō 4100] in God, that raised him up from the dead” (1Pe 1:21). It’s trusting in Him that raised Jesus from the dead.

That “Whosoever believeth [trusts] on him shall not be ashamed” is that we won’t be put to shame, let down, or disappointed when we trust in Him. David said: “they trusted in thee, and were not confounded” (Psa 22:5); “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me” (Psa 25:2); “let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee” (Psa 25:20).

To “believe [trust] in thine heart” is to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Pro 3:5). In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said nothing about believing. He taught us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mat 6:20,21). This treasure is trusting in our hearts our “Father which is in heaven” (v. 1). We must live with no thought about our life or tomorrow, “Take no thought for your life … Take therefore no thought for the morrow” (vs. 25,34). We’re not to try and understand, figure out, and plan out everything but simply trust in God.

“The just shall live by faith [pistis 4102]” (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:10; Heb 10:38), is mistranslated. The Greek pistis doesn’t mean “faith” but “faithfulness” which is proven by Habakkuk’s statement, “the just shall live by his faith [‘ĕmûnȃ 530]” (Hab 2:4). The Hebrew ‘ĕmûnȃ appears about 50 times in the Old Testament and always indicates faithfulness in every context. Rendered more clearly in other translations, “live because of his faithfulness” (NET), “live by his faithfulness” (NIV), Habakkuk wasn’t speaking of our faith but His faithfulness! Abraham foretold of God providing the Lamb, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb” (Gen 22:8), and God swore His faithfulness to do it, “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD” (v. 16). Isaiah later wrote of the Lamb to come, “he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isa 53:7), and John announced the Lamb had come, “Behold the Lamb of God” (Jhn 1:29,36). Therefore, the just will live—have eternal life—by trusting in God’s faithfulness.

The German Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) is the man that gave us the misunderstanding that “The shall live by faith” means we’re saved by faith. And he’s also the man that wrote the scathing antisemitic book “The Jews and Their Lies” which was used about 400 years later by another antisemitic German leader Adolph Hitler to fuel hatred for the Jews in the Holocaust. Yet ministers, pastors, scholars, and theologians sing the praises of Luther! Why keep his dark side a secret? Maybe because revealing it would hinder his doctrine of salvation by faith?

There are many places in Scripture where God’s people were called or called themselves “servants” or “faithful.” But there’s nowhere in Scripture where they ever called themselves “believers” as they do today. There are two places in the KJV where statements were mistranslated to sound that way, “And believers [pisteuō 4100] were the more added to the Lord” (Act 5:14), “be thou an example of the believers [pistos 4103]” (1Ti 4:12). The verb pisteuo and adjective pistos were both erroneously rendered as the noun “believers.” And the problem is far more pervasive in modern Bible Versions. The ASV has 4 places calling them “believers,” the ESV 15, the NET about 25, the NIV about 50, and the NLT about 175! Why such vast inconsistencies?

Salvation isn’t about simply believing the resurrection happened but trusting God that made it happen. Our salvation is victory over death in resurrection. But if we can’t even trust God in our life, “Take no thought for your life,” how can we trust God in our death?

9 thoughts on “Trust in God”

  1. The-concluding Parshah of the Book of בראשית, and how it precisely defines the faith of Judaism.

    The Urim and Thummin, the distinction between the Tohor and Tumah Yatzirot within the hearts of bnai brit Israel.

    Do not swear the Name (revealed in the 1st Commandment at Sinai) of HaShem defiled\profaned/tumah – by a false oath. The negative commandment ”Do not to worship other Gods”; this mussar commandment predicates itself upon the יסוד of the existence of other Gods to worship. HaShem judged the Gods of Egypt; slaves thumbed their noses at Par’o and his Army and Priests as they left Egypt unto freedom. How? HaShem – a Man of War – (Sailing gunships during travel by sail – they took the name “Man of War”). Therefore the reference of Man of War, serves only as a metaphor משל. What’s the נמשל? Do t’shuvah on both the middot of the Tumah Yatzir and likewise Do t’shuvah on the middot of the Tohor Yatzir — within the heart. As HaShem judged the Gods of Egypt, if we define the middot of both Yatzirot, then HaShem likewise judges the Gods worshipped by the Yatrir HaRah – within the heart. Herein defines how to remember that HaShem took Israel – all generations of Israel – out of Egypt.

    T’shuva predicates upon remembering tohor and tumah social interactions. סליחה the 3rd middle blessing in the Shemone Esrai distinguishes itself from t’shuva – the 2nd blessing of the Shemone Esrai. The 3rd blessing of סלח stands upon the Torah commandment not to eat blood. Specifically living blood, blood fit for the altar dedication of any korban. Blood its לאו דוקא which means its a none precise term. For example some people confuse the דאורייתא commandment with not eating blood – across the board. No after the heart stops beating the blood within the carcass of the animal exists as rabbinic blood. Rabbinic commandments place a fence around the Torah. But “bad blood” between the brothers sons of Yaacov, likewise part of the דאורייתא commandment not to eat blood. The 3rd Middle Blessing of the Shemone Esrai learns from the distinction between Yaacov and Yosef. Yaacov blessed Israel before he passed away. Yosef did not give מחילה to his brothers!!!!!! In effect Yosef and his brothers “ate living blood” and Israel went into g’lut\exile/כרת.

    1. Mosckerr,

      So great to hear from you! Honestly, I was just thinking about you yesterday. I don’t know anything about you but I would like to know you better. Can you please tell me more about yourself? How old are you? Are you in a prominent position in Israel? Are you a teacher in a synagogue? If you’d rather not comment personal things here, you can email me instead at: ryan@understandingscripture.net

      That you returned to discuss with me indicates hope that your heart is still open to one day submitting to God’s Son as your Lord and Savior. The true God revealed Himself only to the Jewish people while leaving all other people without hope for a time, “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water … Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (Jhn 4:7,22), “in time past Gentiles in the flesh … That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:11,12). But after having sent His only begotten Son into this world, God’s Son is now the only hope of all people including the Jewish people. I agree with Paul’s desire and prayer for you and your people, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved … For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth [trusts]” (Rom 10:1,4).

      I just want to touch on something you said in our discussion back in September: “Horev – the same physical location as Sinai – Moshe following the sin of the Golden Calve returned and fasted for another 40 days and nights and he received the “Oral Torah” revelation. Recall that at the sin of the Golden Calf that Israel demanded from Aaron, “Moshe has died, who will teach us the rest of the Torah?” The Oral Torah logic system, revealed orally to Moshe the prophet on Yom Kippur, 40 days after the sin of the Golden Calf, this logic system format — it and this logic alone – does HaShem permit the generations of Israel to interpret the intent of the Framer of the Torah revelation – expressed through Commandments.”

      My reply:
      It doesn’t say that at all. It says, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him” (Exo 32:1), “Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him” (Exo 32:23). It doesn’t say “Moses has died” but that “we wot not what is become of him,” nor does it say, “who will teach us the rest of the Torah?” It says, “Make us gods, which shall go before us.” You claim that there is an “Oral Torah logic system” in which “HaShem permit the generations of Israel to interpret the intent of the Framer of the Torah revelation.” However, I would suggest that this simply is a “blank check” to give teachers license to “interpret” the Scriptures for themselves and say what they want it to say. It’s doing exactly what Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees were doing, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat” (Mat 23:2). Rather than leaving Moses in his place of authority and submitting to what he said, they were putting themselves in Moses’ seat by their own teachings and commandments.

      There’s essentially no difference between an “Oral Torah logic system” and what the Roman Catholic Church does today. They claim an oral tradition was passed down from the apostle Peter to them whereby they tell their followers what the Scriptures mean. It’s simply a means of undermining the authority of Scripture. But the fear of God should drive out any such thing from our heart and actions.

      Ryan

      1. Having an interesting conversation with a Catholic woman who believes in the virgin birth of Jesus son of Zeus.

        Translating words from language to language … the new language does not define the terms translated from the previous language. For example: ברית translated as “covenant”. Wrong. ברית means an “oath alliance”. For example the “United States”, Hebrew employs ברית, “the alliance among the States”. Lincoln held that the States having once joined the alliance could not thereafter leave that alliance. To cut\כרת a ברית\alliance requires swearing an oath in the Name of HaShem! Covenant does not mean ברית. Why? Because the Xtian bible translations never, not even once, does any Xtian translation of their bibles, ever bring the Name revealed in the 1st commandment!

        The Xtian translators of the Bible, they “translated” the Name revealed in the 1st commandment at Sinai. As did the elder brother of Moshe. Aaron translated the Spirit Name of HaShem unto a word אלהים\Gods. The Xtian translations of their bibles made the exact same error of judgment. Just as the Golden Calf defines avodah zarah – mistranslated into the word “idolatry”. Avodah zarah literally means “strange worship”. This term refers to the avodah zarah practiced by Par’o and Egypt. Hence the 1st commandment “I am HaShem(the Name: no word can pronounce the Name with human lips. All attempts to convert the Name into words: Yahweh, Jehovah, Lord, Allah etc etc etc duplicates to an exact tee the error of the golden calf avodah zarah), who brought you out of Egypt.

        ישעיה ז:יד translated as Isaiah 7:14. The Hebrew T’NaCH has no chapters and verse like as does the bible translations. Rather sugiot, translated as “subchapters”. העלמה הרה וילדת בן a pregnant young girl shall birth a son. The Gemarah of Sanhedrin mocks the pathetic biblical translation of עלמה into “virgin girl”. Jewish culture and customs during those times, a father could marry his young daughter without asking her consent till she reached the age of 12 1/2 years. The 6 month period before she reached the age of 13 years, the father could marry off his daughter – with her consent. After the girl reached the age of 13, the father could not marry off his daughter with or without her consent. The Talmud, specifically the Gemara of קידושין\kiddushin/ refers to a young woman, 13, above age by which a father could unilaterally marry her off, by the name בוגרת\bogeret.

        עלמה refers to a “marriageable girl”. עלמא means “world”. The Gemarah of Sanhedrin mocks the new testament error of translation. It writes: אמסר עלמא בידא דטפשאי\translated as: “the world was handed over to fools”. The Hebrew language has a mathematical precision to it. [[[“”” In the ancient understanding, a young girl was either a virgin or a slut. “””]]]. No. Wrong again. A married woman who got herself pregnant from another man other than her husband, the child produced the Torah calls a mamzer. Even to the 10th generation that child excluded from the Jewish community. Greek mythology Zeus came as a bull and seduced the Phoenician princess, Europa. Greek culture permitted beastiality and homosexuality, and adultery.

        Torah law refers to all three, as an abomination, worthy of the death penalty. So no. The Greek translation to virgin — just a bad translation. Oral Torah logic does not permit cherry picking “verses” out of the surrounding contexts of their sugia\sub-chapter. The Gospel and new testament letters of Paul and others, define their obtuse theologies by means of cherry picking verses and taking them completely out of their original contexts. Its most probably for this reason the biblical translators expunged the T’NaCH Order of sugiot, and replaced it with the alien Order of chapters and verses.

        The study of T’NaCH and Talmud follows the identical set of Oral Torah rules. These Oral Torah rules of logic, the church totally denies. Hence when the Muslims invaded and conquered Spain during the latter days of the Dark Ages, the rediscovery of the ancient Greek philosophies, specifically the writings of Plato and Aristotle took Xtian Europe by storm. The church embraced the discovery of ancient Greek logic and this rediscovery opened the gates unto the renaissance of the church and Xtian Europe.

        Jewish culture and customs, which predated the new testament by more than 150 years, known as the Maccabean revolt 167-160 BCE, commemorates the Jewish festival of Hanukkah – the festival of lights. Jews light the lights of Hanukkah to this very day! What do these lights represent? The dedication of the Will of the Jewish people to never interpret the Written Torah with any other logic system format other than the Oral Torah which Moshe the prophet heard directly from HaShem at Horev – 40 days after the tumah of the golden calf. The Yom Tov of Chag Yoma, translated as Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement sanctifies the revelation of the Oral Torah logic system which the prophet Moshe heard directly from HaShem.

        .ה’ ה’ אל רחום וחנון ארך אפים ורב חסד ואמת נוצר חסד לאלפים נושא עון ופשע וחטאה ונקה לא ינקה (שמות ל”ד-ו’ ז)

        Translated as (Exodus 34: 6,7). The revelation of these 13 middot\attributes defines the revelation of the Oral Torah at Horev. This logic format revealed to Moshe to permit him and all generations after him to interpret the Written Torah revelation of the first 2 Commandments, the revelation of these two commandments, defines the Written Torah revelation at Sinai.

        What about the 10 commandments? The Torah compares directly with the Talmud. Both texts highly edited. The Mishna represents the most authoritative codification of Jewish Oral law. What confuses Goyim alien outsiders who know nothing of Jewish culture and customs, they confuse law with logic. The Mishna writes in a Case\Rule Common law style. British courts likewise base their legal system upon “common law”. Common law stands upon precedents. This brings us to the Gemarah commentary made upon the Mishna. The Gemarah learns the Case\Rule Mishnaic common law by way of bringing halachic precedents from other sources. The Mishna has 6 Primary Orders. The Gemara brings precedents from any of these 6 Orders, which either the Mishna or the Gemarah address.

        This discipline of learning Jewish law, it likewise equally applies to the study of T’NaCH Primary sources of literature. Clearly the T’NaCH predates the writings of both the Mishna (written about 210 CE and the Gemarah sealed by rabbis Ashey and Ravina in about 450 CE) [CE – common era]. For obvious reasons Jews do not date history through the Goyim BC\AC none sense. The Roman\Greek myth of Jesus son of Zeus, Jews have rejected for more than 2000 years.

        The sugia which contains your ‘virgin birth’ stupidity none sense: translated as Isaiah 7:10 -17. To repeat: the Hebrew T’NaCH has nor employs chapters and verses. Just as the Oral Torah logic codifications of Mishna & Gemarah, known as the Talmud, strictly relies upon precedents, so too does the study of T’NaCH sugiot, stritly rely upon precedents. This discipline of learning defines Jewish scholarship made upon both T’NaCH and Talmudic primary sources.

        דיני נפשות translated as Capital Crimes cases, all learn from the 2nd Commandment of the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. By the commandment of Moshe the prophet, to try any and all Capital Crimes cases, requires at least two witnesses or perhaps three witnesses, but never only one witness. Monetary cases, Torts Courts as opposed to the Sanhedrin Courtrooms, they can make a judicial ruling by relying on the evidence given by one witness. But in all cases where a man stands trial for his life, the Sanhedrin courts only judge the case if 2 or more witnesses testify.

        Faith qualifies as דיני נפשות. Therefore to learn the k’vanna, translated as intent, of this sugia which Goyim translators have so perverted and mauled in order to “prove” their virgin birth none sense stupidity — this obligates me to bring two precedents from the Book of Isaiah by which to grasp a depth interpretation\understanding (The Talmud defines בינה translated as “understanding” as the skill which can discern like from like) of the questioned sugia of Isaiah.

        First precedent: Isaiah 26:11 – 15. Torah logic learns through classic comparison and contrast as does the study of all literature. The attributes\middot of your sugia compares to the middot\attributes of this sugia. Specific vs. general. Your sugia makes direct mention of the horrors of war, the destruction of g’lut\exile brought by Assyria. This sugia testifies that whereas the Assyrian king mocked HaShem as G-d, the people of the kingdom of Yechuda cling to doing mitzvot לשמה. Translated as we worship the revelation of the Name revealed in the 1st Commandment of Sinai. Hence the avodah zarah of translating the Spirit Name unto words.

        Second precedent: Isaiah 28:14 – 22. This precedent contains two sugiot. The first 28: 14, 15. This sugia describes Jews who have abandoned faith in HaShem. They compare to the Assyrian king who mocked HaShem as the oath sworn brit G-d. The 2nd sugia teaches a mussar of g’lut. Through g’lut\exile, HaShem sifts and purifies the chosen Cohen bnai brit people. This sugia stands upon the foundation of the oath brit sworn at the brit cut between the pieces wherein HaShem first cut a brit with Avram. There HaShem informed Avram (Avram had no children at that time), his future born seed would go into g’lut\exile. And from there HaShem would bring them out and unto the oath sworn lands. HaShem brought Israel out of Egypt. HaShem revealed the revelation of the Torah at both Sinai and Horev. All Jewish faith stands upon this oath brit foundation. The first word of the Torah בראשית contains ברית אש. Fire\אש refers to the oath sworn at the brit cut between the opposing Yatzirot, commonly referred to as the brit between the pieces.

      2. Mosckerr,

        I have to say kindly that I didn’t approve your previous post because of a vulgar statement you made. I’m sure you understand. I believe you’re a considerate and thoughtful person.

        I was quite shocked to read in your most recent post that you’re actually an atheist? I had never thought that for a moment. Since I now know that to be the case, I likely won’t discuss much with you going forward. I was assuming all along that you worship the true God and my task was to convince you of His Son. However, it’s quite pointless to talk about His Son when you don’t even believe in Him.

        If you’ll seek after God with all your heart you will find Him, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deu 4:29), “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13). That’s what I did, and I found Him. I walk with Him every day. But if you continue the way you’re going, you will perish. Your name and memory will forever be forgotten as though you never existed. Or, you can serve the Son of God and live forever. I sincerely hope you will. I wish you the best!

        Ryan

      3. Torah commands no requirements to believe in the Gods. Monotheism violates the 2nd commandment of the Sinai revelation. Torah faith centers upon the responsibility to rule the oath sworn lands with Courtroom justice. Torah faith catagorically rejects as avodah zarah belief in the God(s) based upon Creeds, theologies, and Dogmatism.

        Tefillah contrasts with Xtian prayers. Xtians pray to their Gods in the heavens. Jews stand and da’aven tefillah\Shemone Esrae/Amidah\, (different names for the tefillah which over 247 prophets (according to the Yerushalmi Talmud) worked together to define the Torah commandment to להתפלל. To call upon HaShem to judge between t’shuva of the Yatzir HaRah from the t’shuva of the Yatzir HaTov within the heart.

        Mosc

      4. Pam Larson. Knowing (a diety) through His Word … Day by Day. December 23 Zechariah (chapters) 6-9@wordpress.com

        The minor prophets, due to the limitations of their subject matter, should intermix with the larger Books of the Prophets by which to learn a precedent. The study of the Torah and Talmud, both learn by means of precedents. This most essential discipline, the Gospel foreign authors did not know nor understand. The Book of זכריה, the closest precedent to ו:ט-טו, the sugia ח:ט-יט. There the prophet concludes והאמת והשלום אהבו\and the truth and shalom loved. The mussar whereby this precedent learns your quoted sugia – emphasis and priority placed upon tohor social interactions rather than buildings constructed of wood and stone.

        This 2nd Temple prophet compares to the Book of Kings, which likewise addresses the subject of constructing the Temple in Jerusalem. A precedent comparative sugia מלכים א ט:א-יג. The construction of the Temple built to serve as evidence for the revelation of the opening 1st two Commandments at Sinai. Blessing and curse. The construction of the Temple upon Zion compares to the brit melah\circumcision – a sign of the brit.

        You employ PEACE as a noun. But שלום in fact exists as a verb. Shalom cannot exist without trust. The brit faith always and forever stands upon the life\death — blessing\curse — path of faith. Faith too exists as a verb rather than a noun. Faith requires taking responsibility for the blessing\curse oath brit faith. The mitzva of kre’a shma, this Torah commandment defines the k’vanna of love. Kre’a shma said in the evening and morning tefillot. The evening tefillah a person accepts responsibility for Torah curses. The morning tefillah a person accepts responsibility for Torah blessings. Love which fails to embrace “responsibility” for both the good and the evil — not love.

        Which Torah oath brit does acceptance of the yoke of heaven stand upon as the יסוד\foundation of faith? (This same question equally applies to all rabbinic mitzvot, chief of which the rabbinic mitzva of the prophet Shmuel\Samuel anointing David as moshiach.) Answer, concerning the construction of the Temple: HaShem and Avram cut the brit between the pieces (משל); HaShem and Avram cut the brit between the tohor Yatzir and tumah Yatzir (נמשל). The (Temple/house of tefillah), tefillah a mitzvah of the heart. The k’vannah of tefillah – a positive time oriented Torah commandment; this 3rd division of the 613 commandments requires k’vanna. Specifically: to remember t’shuvah made upon tumah social interactions … and the t’shuvah made upon tohor social interactions. The former results in the curse of Civil War. Whereas the latter produces the trust required for the people of Israel to live in peace and harmony together as a people … despite our internal conflicts of interests and contentions, within the borders of the oath sworn lands.

  2. Howdy Ryan, nice to hold a conversation with ya. Recieved s’micha\rabbinic ordination early in the 21st Century. My rabbinic peers at that time attempted to reestablish the Sanhedrin. They asked me to sit as a Great Sanhedrin judge. Alas the attempt collapsed. Its a complex issue. Basically, it appears to me that my peers did not understand משנה תורה translated as ‘legislative review’. Am a private individual, who moved houses and apartments as my source of income while serving on the Great Sanhedrin attempt.

    Your response: The Midrash interprets the Written Torah. Based upon the precedent that Moshe’s 611 commandments interpreted the first 2 Commandments of the revelation of the Written Torah at Sinai. Torah and Talmud\Midrashim they fit together like a hand into a wet leather glove. The case wherein Israel originally demanded Moshe to receive the rest of the Torah, due to their fear of immediate death, compares to the conclusion the people reached that Moshe had died after the span of 40 days and nights. My people accept the Oral Torah logic system. Jesus did not take Israel out of Egypt.

    [[You claim that there is an “Oral Torah logic system” in which “HaShem permit the generations of Israel to interpret the intent of the Framer of the Torah revelation.” ]] Logic stands upon Order. HaShem HaShem El Rachum v’chanoon etc these 13 attributes\middot they define the revelation of the Oral Torah at Horev.

    [[ they were putting themselves in Moses’ seat by their own teachings and commandments.]] No one generation holds a monopoly or lock upon logic. All generations equally can rely upon logic. The revelation of the Oral Torah at Horev — the revelation of a unique logic system format, which permits all generations the identical logic to interpret the intent of the Framers of the Written Torah.

    [[There’s essentially no difference between an “Oral Torah logic system” and what the Roman Catholic Church does today.]] No. The Catholic and Protestant churches rely upon Creeds, theology, and Dogmatism. Both branches of Xtianity (a religion reduced for simplicity unto 2 major branches. Mormonism clearly a 3rd branch but hopefully you appreciate my attempt to simplify the complex fracturization of Xtianity). The church rejects the revelation of the Oral Torah.

    Fear of Heaven, carries the definition of ‘Baal Shem Tov’. Master of a Good Name.

    1. Mosckerr,

      Thanks for telling me a little about yourself. I’m honored to know you! I’m currently writing a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans which will begin with a short auto-bio about myself. I plan to start posting it on my website before the end of the year.

      What I would like you to start pondering for your own benefit and salvation is the reality of where you’re at right now. I only know about you what you’ve told me so far but it’s probably safe for me to assume that you grew up being taught what you believe as a Jewish man. But all over the world people have been raised in other belief systems such as Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, etc. There are over 2 billion Muslims in the world, and over 2 billion Trinitarians (both Catholic and Protestant). They all have been indoctrinated with a belief system they sincerely believe is true. I want you to start considering that just like all other religions, you’ve been raised in a belief system that you’re convinced is true. But you’ll never be free from its bondage until you lay aside the underlying assumptions you’ve been taught and begin studying the Scriptures as objectively as possible. That is what I did myself. I was a Trinitarian for almost 30 years but became free from it once I started sincerely seeking the truth.

      To explain things as simply and generally as possible. God and His Son created all things. Notice the plural pronouns indicating more than one personal being, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen 1:26), “Behold, the man is become as one of us” (Gen 3:22). To forgive us of our sins, God purposed from the beginning to send His Son into this world to be the one and only sacrifice He would accept for our sins. And to bring this to pass—His Son’s sacrifice, His crucifixion on the cross—He had to keep it hidden in a mystery or a secret. As the apostle Paul explained, if men knew what they were truly doing, they wouldn’t have done it, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1Co 2:7-8). In God’s wisdom, He used the evil actions of men to accomplish the greatest good ever!

      He orchestrated the events in Joseph’s life to be figurative and prophetic of what He would later do through His Son. Joseph’s brothers rejected him for their own evil purposes, but God saved them through Joseph, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Gen 50:20). God kept hidden from Joseph’s brothers what He was doing through them until after it was accomplished. And so it was with His Son. He didn’t let His chosen people know what He was doing so that they would reject His Son and the world would be saved from sin.

      Because God didn’t make known to His people that He has a Son but kept it a secret, they convicted Him to death for that claim, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God” (Jhn 19:7). But God affirmed and vindicated His Son’s claim by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead” (Act 13:33-34), “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom 1:4).

      For the true God to be our God, His Son must be our Lord. We don’t have God if we don’t have His Son. This is what He purposed from the beginning. “He that believeth [trusts] on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth [trusts] not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Jhn 3:36)

      Ryan

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