Our skin color and individual differences have absolutely no bearing on where we will spend eternity. Our destiny is determined by whether or not our hearts and minds wholly belonged to Yahweh. What does that mean? Well, simply put, Yahweh has some rules for us to follow. We either do things HIS way, or not. There is no "gray area."
Yeshua obeyed His Father’s commands; yet some mere humans seem to be under the erroneous impression that their individuality and their “God-given” choices in life somehow make them exempt, because “God knows my heart.”
Well, I’m here with a warning that that is a HUGE mistake, because throughout Scripture, in both “Testaments” we are told, over and over again, that Yahweh’s people are to be HOLY, set apart. Here are ust a few examples:
Leviticus 19: 1 ADONAI said to Moshe, 2 "Speak to the entire community of Isra'el; tell them, 'You people are to be holy because I, ADONAI your God, am holy.
Leviticus 19: 19 "'Observe my regulations....
Leviticus 19: 37 Observe all my regulations and rulings, and do them; I am ADONAI.'"
Leviticus 20: 7 Therefore consecrate yourselves -you people must be holy, because I am ADONAI your God. 8 Observe my regulations, and obey them; I am ADONAI, who sets you apart to be holy.
When did the command to “be holy” change? When Yeshua died? NO! Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom and show us how to walk in obedience to Yahweh's commands - His Torah!
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.
And take a look at this:
1 John 2:3 The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands. 4 Anyone who says, "I know him," but isn't obeying his commands is a liar - the truth is not in him. 5 But if someone keeps doing what he says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with him.
6 A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command. On the contrary, it is an old command, which you have had from the beginning; the old command is the message which you have heard before. (CJB)
We cannot separate YHWH/Yeshua/Torah! We cannot be holy/set apart UNLESS we have accepted the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who gave us Divine Rules (Torah) to follow; and who sent us His Divine Messiah who constantly reiterated those Rules and then martyred himself on our behalf.
Check out John 17, where we find Yeshua talking to Yahweh:
John 17: 1. Y’shua spoke these things and he lifted up his eyes to Heaven and said My Father the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that your Son might glorify you. 2. Just as you have given him authority over all flesh that whomever You have given him, he will give to him life that is eternal. 3. Now this is life that is eternal, that they might know You, that You are the Elohim of Truth, and he alone whom You have sent, the Mashiyach Y’shua.
4. I have glorified You on earth. The work that You have given to me to do I have finished it. 5. And now glorify me my Father with You in that glory that I had with You from before the world was.
6. I have made Your Name known to the sons of those men whom You had given to me from the world. They were Yours and You have given them to me, and they have kept Your Word. 7. Now they have known that everything that you have given to me I have given to them and they received them.
8. And they know that I have truly proceeded from your presence, and they believe that You have sent me. 9. And I plead for them. It is not for the world I plead; rather, for those whom you have given to me because they are Yours. 10. And everything that is mine is Yours, and Yours is mine and I am glorified by them. (AENT)
The bottom line is, we must know Yahweh AND His Son to gain our eternal life. We get some clear clues in various scriptures:
1 John 2:3-6: "The way we can be sure we know Him is if we are obeying His commands. Anyone who says, 'I know Him,' but isn't obeying His commands is a liar - the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what he says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with Him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with Him ought to conduct his life the way He did." (CJB)
Yeshua, in Mark 12, verse 29 says: "The most important [mitzvah] is, "Sh'ma Yisra'el, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad'". Translated to English this becomes "Hear O Isra'el, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." But let's look at that Hebrew word "Sh'ma". Translating "Sh'ma" to English as "Hear" does not do it justice. In Hebrew, the word means: "hear and do." Sh'ma does not just mean to "hear" as in "hear with your ears"; it means "hear these instructions and comply with them"; or more succinctly, "hear and do."
So, just how are you to "hear and do"? Well, Yeshua tells us! Look at the remainder of the verse: You are to "love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength."
Note He did NOT say: "You are to assert your individuality and cling to your limited, human mindset and personal opinions while ignoring My forever commands, and pretending I’m only about 'grace' and 'love.'" He said to love ADONAI with all your heart, soul, understanding, and strength…
So, to gain eternal life we must know Yahweh, follow Yeshua’s example, AND obey what he taught. That is simply the “bottom line.”