Y’shua in prophecy – Part 1- Psalm 22
We will, in this walk as believers in Y’shua, be confronted with people who do not believe in Y’shua. Some may want to talk to us about our belief in Y’shua as the Messiah. Some will challenge us. Is your faith and your understanding of prophecy such that you will not doubt, but stand firm in your belief? Can you prove from the Tanakh that Y’shua is indeed the prophesied Messiah? We need to equip ourselves, because as we have said before, there are many people out there that will try anything to convince us that we are wrong, they will attempt to sow doubt in our minds. If we do not have a firm foundation, we will start to doubt, and if we hear the lies often enough, we may start to believe them. This article is the first in a series to help equip you to be able to stand firm.
A basic introduction to the Epistle to the Galatians
One of the biggest challenges we as believers in Y’Shua the Messiah have is to get to a good understanding of the concept of the salvation we have through Messiah and the need for us to keep the commandments. Most people are pretty clear about this fact once they have done their initial Torah cycle and have been re-acquainted with the content of the first five books. When we then start studying the books of the apostle Paul again, lots of people have questions about exactly what Paul is saying. Is Paul really saying that we are under a curse if we keep the commandments? If faith in Y’Shua is our salvation, why do we need to keep commandments? You certainly hear your Christian friends asking, “Have you read the book of Galatians?” Do we understand what Paul is trying to say in this letter.
How to correct in love
We have come to understand, through personal experience and this study, that not following this procedure of correction, as laid out in Scripture, is equal to not showing love. Not correcting fellow believers does them a disservice. They will happily continue in sin, which will ultimately cause their spiritual death and the loss of their souls to Satan. Is this what you would like for your friends?
Choose your friends and teachers wisely, it could cost you your salvation
Being part of the elect makes us vulnerable to a certain extend. We are the ones who could be deceived. Knowing this is a motivation for us to search the Scriptures to ensure that we are not part of those who would be deceived. This article is meant to offer some help in that and at the same time serve as a warningâ€¦ “therefor let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”
If you will not return to Me…
Just take a look around you! There is widespread famine, tropical storms, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, financial hardship, moral decay and infertility. The whole earth seems to be in turmoil. Is this the beginning of the end times? Are we experiencing what Y’shua described to His disciples in Matthew 24? Are these purely natural events or are these calls from Yahovah? Do you know the cyclical pattern of punishment described in Scripture and the sequence in which these punishements occur? What will happen next and what are we to do?
Faith is something you do!
We all know that our salvation is by faith through His grace. If we believe that His Son, Y’Shua our Messiah, has died for us without any sin and was resurrected from the dead, then we have eternal life. But why does it then make any difference what I do? I cannot earn my salvation through works, thus I can do what I like and my salvation is secured. In this article I will proof to you that this believe is in contradiction to what our Messiah taught. Even Paul does not subscribe to this even though his verse of “cursed under the law” (Galations 3:10) is very frequently misquoted to support this theology. Let us examine the scriptures to see why it makes a difference what I say and do.