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Romans 5:8-10 ~ “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”Contrary to popular belief, there is only ONE WAY to get to Heaven and to avoid Hell, which is where all unrepentant sinners in total rebellion against God's Moral Laws or Commandments will go. To be saved from everlasting torment in Hell, you need to acknowledge that you are a sinner because you have repeatedly broken some or all of God's Moral Laws or Commandments, and you are in need of a Savior and Deliverer to be your Advocate before God when you are judged after death. This is what it means to believe in, or to have faith in Christ. In the act of BELIEF and FAITH, you must recognize your sins, repent of them, and seek Christ's forgiveness and His Spirit to overcome sin, and resist the Devil
Look over the following list of God's Ten Commandments and honestly assess yourself as you do:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS from Exodus Chapter 20, Verses 2 through 17:
1) “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
2) “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.”
3) “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
4) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
5) “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
6) “You shall not murder.”
7) “You shall not commit adultery.”
8) “You shall not steal.”
9) “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
10) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
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Although believers in Christ are not specifically called to follow the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, or any of God's Moral Laws that are listed in the Torah, we should be familiar with them so we will understand the directions of the Holy Spirit, and be able to tell the difference between truth and heresy. The Moral Laws of God can be found in Exodus 21, Exodus 22, Exodus 23, Leviticus, Chapter 18, Chapter 19 and Chapter 20, and in Deuteronomy 18, Deuteronomy 19, Deuteronomy 21, Deuteronomy 22, and Deuteronomy 23. These summarize the Moral Laws of God that we are required to be aware of, and to keep - as the Spirit of God will always lead us to do!
Because Yahshua is God's ONLY incarnation as a man, and He never sinned, His blood and body were perfect or without corruption (2 Corinthians 5:21). Furthermore, because Christ first loved mankind before we knew about or loved Him, His perfect Blood was shed so that we could be forgiven and inherit everlasting life (John 3:16-18). This is why we are told in Scripture that there is no other Savior other than Yahshua that will win us God's full forgiveness and pardon (1 John 2:1-2). This means that NOBODY can get saved from Hell and inherit everlasting life without making, and believing in this admission (John 6:40).
After our blood guilt for sin is paid by believing in Christ, however, we are called to do our best to live a godly life by following Christ's Commandments. These are His Two Commandments: to Love God and to Love your Neighbor, which summarize the Ten Commandments (Mark 12:28-31) and the Moral Laws against Sexual Immorality that are laid forth in Leviticus, Chapter 18, Chapter 19 and Chapter 20. To do this effectively, however, we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be born again, and to be instructed by God's Spirit on how to live righteously.
Attending Church or taking Communion cannot save you. Only Yahshua's shed Blood can save you when you accept it as a covering for your sins. After this, if you are sincere in wanting to love and follow Yahshua, you will receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, through Whom you will be born again spiritually. Evidence of being born again can be seen through a gradual change of behavior from wanton sinner to righteous follower of Christ who is not living in rebellion against God. If you are a much better person now than before you were saved, you experience feelings of love, compassion and forgiveness toward others on a regular basis, if Scriptures come to mind when you are seeking answers to your problems, and if you are doing your best to be loving like Christ and confident in your faith in this dark world, then you can be fairly certain that you are born again.
If you are born again, you will also find yourself wanting to pray, to read and understand Scripture, and to follow Christ's living example as to how to approach God and how to treat others, and you will repent REGULARLY and remember to ask for forgiveness when you slip up. If this describes you, then you do NOT have to worry about your salvation! It's guaranteed by the Blood of Yahshua/Jesus when you accept Him as your Savior, and you truly do repent and follow Him as described above!
But remember that there is judgment awaiting those who do not live godly lives or repent (i.e. turn away) from their sins and ask God to help them to change. The wonderful rewards associated with serving Christ after our salvation that are hinted at in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, and the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19:11-27 can be lost, and Yahshua and the Apostle Paul warned that one can even lose their salvation if they reject Christ and His Gospel after receiving Him and it, or if they show no self control, but wantonly continue to sin after accepting Christ as their Savior:
Mark 8:38 ~ Yahshua Said: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ~ The Apostle Paul Said: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”When interpreting the above Scriptures correctly, understanding the meaning of the words "belief", "repentance" and "witness" are key. The believer that sins and does not repent sets a bad example or witness, and risks losing their salvation, especially if they continue in sin, and do not care that they are doing so. This attitude shows a rejection of Christ and the Gospel He preached, and that is why Christ warned that He would be ashamed of those who are ashamed of Him and His teachings or commandments. He said this to emphasize the fact that He will be ashamed of, or reject anyone that knows what He expects from us, but will not live by His teachings, and will not teach others to do so. One's salvation can also be lost by blaspheming the Holy Spirit, which equates to calling Christ or our Heavenly Father Beelzebub, which is a demonic entity akin to the Devil or Lucifer that is opposed to God, and hates God's love for all mankind:
Matthew 12:24-32 ~ Yahshua said that calling Him or His Father Beelzebub (i.e. Satan) is the Unpardonable Sin! ~ “Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. 31 Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”Speaking against the Holy Spirit means speaking against the testimony of the Spirit in our hearts and minds, and against the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life. For example, the Spirit of God will convict us of Yahshua's full deity and humanity, and the importance of His Commandments. The Spirit will also show us our need to repent or turn away from sin when we accept Yahshua's Words of Life in the Gospels, and when we ask God the Father to embed His Moral Law, and Christ's Spirit that convicts us to keep these commandments, deep into our souls.
The Spirit of God also convicts new believes of their need for Christ's shed blood to cover us so that we can be saved from our sins, and so that we can learn to live a godly life after being born again spiritually by His indwelling Spirit. Indeed, it is the Spirit of God dwelling within the believer that imparts spiritual gifts and fruits, and these manifest in a believer's life as miraculous supernatural manifestations, such as having prophetic dreams and visions, hearing words of knowledge from God through the Spirit, healing the sick, and speaking in tongues.
As long as these supernatural spiritual manifestations in believers agree with the Bible, and do not contradict the teachings of Christ or the Apostles, they should be accepted with joy, and considered to be true gifts of God. Sadly, though may supposed believers are guilty of it, denying the Holy Spirit's active manifestations in believer's lives today amounts to committing the Unpardonable Sin, and can result in losing one's salvation!
For a more detailed explanation of the different ways in which one's Salvation from Hell can be lost, please read this excellent article about it here:
Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com
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