- Published: Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:57
- Written by Timothy Chapman
Faith is the number one most important aspect of the Christian life. Yahweh asks that we believe what he says and that we trust him. For "Abraham believed Yahweh and it was credited to him as righteousness." [Genesis 15:6] Faith is not blind, but rather based on evidence. Yahweh proved himself worthy of being trusted (eg: Genesis 15). It is by this type of faith that one is counted as righteous as already mentioned. This faith is also not a passive belief, but drives one to action as shown in the example in Genesis 15 where Abraham first believed Yahweh, then obeyed him. It is this type of faith that we are to have in Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, the son of Yahweh. It is through faith in him that we will have eternal life [John 11:25-26] and are counted as righteous [Romans 3:21-22]. And it is by persevering in this faith that we will be saved [Mark 13:13]. There is no other means by which these things can happen. Anyone who teaches otherwise is a heretic.
Obedience proves our faith. The one who we believe in is the one whom we obey. Faith is useless to the one who refuses to obey [James 2:20]. This means that we obey Yeshua's (Jesus) teachings and his example [1 John 2:6, John 14:12]. Obedience to the Law of Yahweh (will be referred to as "The Law" everywhere on this site unless specified otherwise) is the definition of righteousness, for "it is not those who hear the Law who will be declared righteous in God's sight, but those who obey it who will be declared righteous." [Romans 2:13] And "sin is the transgression of the Law." [1 John 3:4] This does not contradict what I said earlier about righteousness being by faith [Romans 3:21-22]. Righteousness by faith means (a) because of our faith in Yeshua (Jesus), there are no sins being counted against us and we are righteous, and (b) we keep the Law by faith [Romans 1:5; 16:26]. Even being obedient to death [Philippians 2:8]. Whoever claims to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) but does not live in obedience to Yeshua's teachings or example proves that their faith is false. Anyone who teaches "Jesus did that so we don't have to", or anything similar that results in rebellion, is a heretic.
The Deity of Jesus
Yeshua (Jesus) is the son of the living God and is also God [John 1:1-14] who came in the flesh and is the Anointed One (Messiah/Christ) of God. There is a three-part test concerning the deity of Jesus to determine if someone is a true or false teacher. The test is outlined below according to Scripture. To pass this test, a person must believe and acknowledge the following:
- That Yeshua (Jesus) has come in the flesh [1 John 4:2].
- That Yeshua (Jesus) is the son of Yahweh (God) [1 John 4:15].
- That Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah [1 John 5:1].
Anyone who breaks any of these three rules is teaching a false Yeshua (Jesus) and their faith is contrary to the Word of Yahweh. They are definitely not from Yahweh. Anyone who adds to these rules which concern the deity of the Messiah is guilty of adding to Scripture and is a false teacher.