In the Gospel of John Chapter 3, verses 16 through 18, it says:
John 3:16-18 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”Verse 16 of the above passage is often quoted as upholding the notion that the only qualifying factor in salvation is belief in Yahshua or Jesus as the Son of God. But notice that verse 18, which is often ignored, says that belief in Yahshua includes believing in the NAME of the only begotten Son of God. In one of the Language of God books that I wrote, I expounded upon the fact that the Name of Yahshua or Jesus literally means "Yah Saves" or "God is Salvation", and so believing in His Name is believing in His Divine Character. Yahshua's Divine Character begins with His origin as the Creator of everything GOOD in the Universe for the Father (See Colossians 1:15-20).
Secondly Yahshua Character includes His ministry to humanity as the only Son of the Father, as the King of the Universe, as the Great High Priest, as the Light of the World and the Good Shepherd or Protector of His loyal sheep. and as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, who lays down His life so that the sheep can have everlasting life through Him. So Yahshua's multi-faceted character works together to bring salvation to all who love Him because of His love for us and our Heavenly Father, and because of our Heavenly Father's love for us and His Son! We therefore need to ask ourselves: what does believing in and loving Yahshua mean in the context of His Character? Well, it's not hard to find the answers, because Yahshua gave us thorough instructions about this later in the Gospel of John, where it says:
John 14:15-16 - “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray (to) the Father, and He will give you another Helper (the Holy Spirit), that He may abide with you forever.”Yahshua or Jesus Himself said that He loves and watches over those who love Him by KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS! So believing in Yahshua means loving Him enough to keep His commands! In the following passages, it is Yahshua Himself speaking to His disciples:
John 14:21 - “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
John 15:10 - “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”So if we want to apply what Yahshua said to His disciples in John Chapters 14 and 15, a saved person has to know what Yahshua's Commandments are in order to keep them, and he or she has to WANT TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS because they love Him!
Yahshua's Commandments are not difficult to find or remember.
1. Love Yahweh your Elohim with your whole heart, soul and mind.
(See Deut. 6:5; Deut. 11:1-3; Matthew 22:36-38)
2. Love your neighbor as you strive to love yourself.
(See Leviticus 19:18, 34; Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:9)
3. Partake of the Lord's Supper to remember your commitment
to follow Him until He returns.
(See Luke 22:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
4. WATCH for Yahshua's return on the clouds from Heaven.
(See Matthew 24:41-43; Mark 13:34-37; Luke 12:37)
Now you need to ask yourself how you can show that you love God with your whole heart and soul and mind. Is it by worshiping God and Yahshua, and praising His Holy Name ALL DAY LONG? That would be a good start! But how can Yahshua equip you to love yourself and to love others as He loves you if YOU DO NOT DRAW NEAR TO HIM CONSTANTLY AND KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU, AND HOW VERY MUCH HE DOES LOVE YOU?
To know how much God loves mankind, you need to become familiar with His moral commandments in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, beginning with the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 since Yahshua's two great commandments are actually taken from the Old Testament Moral Law. This is because the Moral Law expresses how we should treat ourselves and one another, and the context through which our love and mercy for others should be expressed.
I'm not talking about the ritual laws concerning blood sacrifices or the priesthood here, but the moral laws that govern human behavior toward one another. Contrary to popular Christian belief, these moral laws were never nailed to the Cross! Only the Sacrificial and Priestly Laws were done away with at Christ's crucifixion! However, this is NOT a works-based type of salvation I'm talking about here! It's a RELATIONSHIP-based one when the focus is on loving God with your whole heart! YOU CAN'T LOVE SOMEONE WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPEND EVERY WAKING MOMENT WITH THEM!
In John 14:16, Yahshua said that He gives His Holy Spirit to those who desire and strive to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS! Furthermore, in John 14:21, Yahshua or Jesus said that He will manifest Himself to those who love Him by keeping His Commandments! This means that He will show Himself to them and they will see Him with their own eyes in visions and dreams! Furthermore, the Apostle Paul said that the Spirit of God living in us is the SEAL of our salvation (See Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Therefore, without that Spirit engaging us daily to live our lives for Yahshua or Jesus, we are NOT saved!
So, by Yahshua's own definition, if you love Him more than the world, and you seek to go out of your way TO PLEASE Yahshua instead of the world daily, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BECOME SAVED! But if you love the things of this world more than Yahshua or Jesus, and you find the filth and lust and desire of the world winning out over Him every day, then you will not receive the Holy Spirit and you ARE NOT SAVED!
Think about it! READ IT! Your body is supposed to be the literal Temple of God:
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 - “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”Did you read that last sentence? What does it say? It says YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN! The reason this is so is because you belong to God ALONE when you give your life to Christ! So if you pollute God's Temple constantly with every unclean and sinful thing from the carnal world that is perishing all day long, and do not make every effort to flee from worldly sin and filth, and to keep your body free from spiritual and physical contaminants, do you think the Holy Spirit is going to want to reside in you?
The answer to that is ABSOLUTELY NOT! For our God is holy and pure, even as His Spirit is! He therefore expects us to be striving to be like Him daily, or He will not want His Spirit to dwell within us! This is why Paul said: “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him!”
SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE SAVED? SAY IT WITH ME!
“TO BE SAVED, I NEED TO LOVE YAHSHUA WITH MY WHOLE HEART, SOUL AND MIND, I NEED TO STRIVE TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS TO LOVE OTHERS AS HE DOES, AND I NEED TO ASK HIM TO HELP ME TO RESIST THE DEVIL AND KEEP HIS TEMPLE IN MY BODY CLEAN!”
That is the ONLY WAY to be saved! Indeed, ONLY Yahshua is the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE, and no one can come before the Father in Heaven but THROUGH HIM! (SEE John 14:6) We need to be intimate friends with Yahshua and His Spirit in order to be saved, because it is the entrance of the Holy Spirit into our hearts upon belief in the life, death and resurrection of Yahshua that seals us for salvation and everlasting life, and helps us to love others as Christ does!
With 💖Agape Love💖 From
Helena Lehman, A Beloved
Servant of YHWH God,
Who 😍Loves Yahshua😍 With
💖HER WHOLE HEART! 💖
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