That narrow gate of Matthew 7:13-14 is narrower than we know. Most aren't taking it because, it seems (dare I say it?), they are ... lukewarm. It's easier to go around insisting "God knows my heart"; "my church doesn't require that"; or "that Torah stuff is only for the Jews," while purposely ignoring the fact that ALL who accept the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are part of Israel, and thus, they're viewed as equals in the eyes of ELOHIM. He made that fact perfectly clear in passages such as this:
Numbers 15:13 "'Every citizen is to do these things in this way when presenting an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI. 14 If a foreigner stays with you - or whoever may be with you, through all your generations - and he wants to bring an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI, he is to do the same as you.
15 For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before ADONAI as yourselves. 16 The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.'" (CJB)
And here we see Paul reiterating these pearls:
Romans 10: 12. And in this, it discriminates neither Jews nor Gentiles. For there is one, Master YHWH, over them all, who is abundantly generous towards every one that calls on him. 13. For everyone that will call on the name of Master YHWH, will have life. (AENT)
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.
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."
The thing about "lukewarm" people is that they are not taking seriously the fact that both YHWH and Yeshua said that people would be REJECTED for their unwillingness to live their faith!
Isaiah 29:13 Then Adonai said: "Because these people approach me with empty words, and the honor they bestow on me is mere lip-service; while in fact they have distanced their hearts from me, and their 'fear of me' is just a mitzvah of human origin
14 therefore, I will have to keep shocking these people with astounding and amazing things, until the 'wisdom' of their 'wise ones' vanishes, and the 'discernment' of their 'discerning ones' is hidden away." (CJB)
Revelation 3: 16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! 17 For you keep saying, 'I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don't need a thing!' You don't know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked!
18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. 19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins!
20 Here, I'm standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me. 21 I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities."'" (CJB)
If Yeshua rejects you, then where do you think you'll be spending eternity?
We recognize YHVH as the King of kings, and Lord of Lords, those exact words are in sermons and songs heard frequently in churches. But if he is king, and we claim to live in his kingdom, are.we not also to follow the laws set forth by this king? They are clearly presented to all, but mankind can always seem to make a "new and.improved way" to do things! There is a form of blindness upon the church as severe as the one upon the Jewish people. Both are decieved, and both arrogantly believe that they are correct.ReplyDelete
Only by the revelation of the Spirit will anyone be finding and kept upon the narrow way.Open our eyes Father!
There is a lake of fire, but will those who rejects the truth, will they burn in a lake of fire for all eternity --- or will they be thrown in ,and burn up -- gone for ever, where will you spend ETERNITY ? this has always been a scary thought, I have known people who go forward at evangelical meetings, to "give their hearts to JESUS " in fear of the lake of fire. Have enjoyed as always Dear Carmen your messages from ADONAI. ShalomReplyDelete