ENTER INTO LIFE
Enter ye in at the strait (hebrew: ישׁר - yâshar) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13,14
We were created by aHâiâh (אהיה) (the Creator's hebrew name) for a purpose, to learn from life's experiences and to love him. Israel was to be an example to the nations; walking the strait and narrow way; notice the ישׂר ( yod, shin, resh) imbeded in ישׂראל (yod, shin, resh, aleph, lamed; hebrew read right to left) yiśrâ'êl.
The Father gave us life. When death entered in through the "fall", in the garden of Eden, it gave a contrast to true life. The Creator allowed this. Humanity has experienced this change for almost six thousand years. Life (hebrew: חי (chet, yod)- chay) no longer could be taken for granted. Life became finite. Life became precious.There was a new appreciation; love for life.
The Father gave us a choice. We've been given a free will. We decide each day at every point of decision whether to do what is not good for us (short or long term) or do the right thing. Life was to be a learning experience. Every situation in life has to be weighed and evaluated (if only for a moment) before being reacted upon; often for good or evil (though often grey; not clearly decerned).
The Father gave us love. He gave His Son.
The Father, aHaiah (אהיה), allowed man to procreate; this gave an opportunity to experience love (hebrew: אהב - 'ahab) for our children. We can show our love to others (Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven) as well, which hopefully helps us understand, in a small way, how the Father loves us.as well, which hopefully helps us understand, in a small way, how the Father loves us.
The Father brought life and love together in His Son, Messiah aHaishua, the Aleph/ Tav (את). John 3:16For Alohim so loved ( greek: ἀγαπάω - agapaō) the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life (greek: ζωή - zōē ).
Throughout history aHaiah (אהיה) has laboured to bring mankind to himself. aHaiah uses his Torah as His standard. Israel was reminded of this at Mt Sinai after having left honouring the Alohim of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. The Torah continues even today to be a schoolmaster, pointing out as it always has of man's need for salvation through the Messiah. aHaiah (אהיה) has given mankind the opportunity to choose the blessings or the curses that are tied to the Eternal Ten Commandments.
Believers in the Messiah, as well as non-believers, reap the consequences of disobeying aHaiah's immutable Torah. Unbelievers say that the scriptures are irrelevant, only another book. Supposed believers say the Torah doesn't apply today. They obviously don't believe Alohim’s (אֱלֹהִים) word where says it is eternal , and are selective in what they want to apply to their lives. The scriptures say you reap what you sow and multiplied, at that. Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) will not let things be added or taken from his word without consequences.
And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of aHaiah (אהיה) shall be delivered [saved]. Joel 2:32(The Scriptures 1998+)
Meanwhile people would rather live under the millions of man-made laws, than follow the few Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) has made, with not one of his being a detriment to others when followed as prescribed.
What lies ahead for true believers?
Here are some of the facets of our entering into life?
Let us start with Psalm 1.
But his delight is in the law (תּרה tôrâh) of aHaiah אהיה; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For aHaiah אהיהknoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What does Moses have to say?
Deuteronomy 4:5-9 See, I have taught you laws and right-rulings, as aHaiah my Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) commanded me, to do thus in the land which you go to possess. And you (remember true believers are grafted in; Romans 11:17) shall guard and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding before the eyes of the peoples who hear all these laws, and they shall say, ‘Only a wise and understanding people is this great nation!’ For what great nation is there which has Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) so near to it, as aHaiah our Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) is to us, whenever we call on Him? And what great nation is there that has such laws and righteous right-rulings like all this Torah which I set before you this day? Only, guard yourself, and guard your life diligently, lest you forget the Words your eyes have seen, and lest they turn aside from your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and your grandchildren.
What does the Psalmist have to say?
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalm 19:7-9The law of aHaiah אהיה is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of aHaiah is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of aHaih are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of aHaiah is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of aHaiah is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of aHaiah are true and righteous altogether.
What does Messiah have to say?
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
On the way to the garden of Gethsemane, only hours before his death the Saviour makes the point several times about what the righteous would be doing, as recorded by John . "if ye love me keep my commandments, ... He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:15,21
The question is, why would the Messiah so close to his death still be telling his disciples how important to him, and his FATHER , the commandments were, and that of keeping them, if the commandments were being done away with in a few hours at his death , as most religious denominations teach today?
I’m going with the Father and Messiah on this one.
What does John have to say?
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.1John 2:3-6
For this is the love of Alohim (אֱלֹהִים), that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1John 5:3
What does Paul say in Colosians 2:14? Blotting out the handwriting[SEC# G5498 Greek: χειρόγραφον cheirographon: legal document] of ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Solid Greek scholarship has determined that this text does not state that the living Dabar (Messiah) when nailed to the cross, brought an end to the Torah (He arose from the grave), but rather that the handwritten record of the sinner’s violations of the law (the cheirographon) was nailed to the Messiah’s cross, causing those violations to be forgiven by virtue of the Messiah’s sacrifice (His shed blood Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.).
Christianity has misused Colosians 2:14 to justify the notion that the Torah, which was given as a guide, no longer needs to be obeyed. However Paul would disagree: Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law [Torah] through faith? Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) forbid: yea, we establish the law [Torah].
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding [keeping] the commands of Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) and possessing the witness [testimony] of aHaishua Messiah.Revelation 14:12 Here is the endurance [patience] of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) and the belief [faith] of aHaishua [Messiah]. And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work. I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Tav’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:12-14
Long before the books were compiled to form “The New Testament,” Revelation 22:14 was quoted, as it is here given, by Tertullian (CE 208), and by Cyprian (CE 251) – well-known Antenicene Fathers.
We enter into life through the strait gate.
Enter ye in at the strait gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
John 14:6 Messiah taught.
An important thought in Proverbs 4:23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
We enter into life through our confession.
Romans 10: 9,10That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Master aHaishua, and shalt believe in thine heart that Alohim hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We enter into life through our repentance.
Many people feel remorse over their sins (in having done them). But are not prepared to repent (to turn away from them).
We enter into life through our faith.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Alohim (אֱלֹהִים)Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah aHaishua unto good works, which Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2: 8,9
We enter into life through our doing aHaiah (אהיה) our father’s will.
Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven....
We enter into life through our obedience.
Messiah aHaishua was asked.
Good Master what good thing shall I do, that I may
inherit eternal life?
And he [aHaishua] said unto him ...
'If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.'
Obedience : is loving aHaiah with all our heart.
Obedience : means loving Alohim’s (אֱלֹהִים) word.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Obedience : means waiting on aHaiah (אהיה).
Obedience : brings with it knowledge which runs counter to the world.
Psalm 19:7-11The law (תּרה tôrâh) of aHaiah is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of aHaiah (אהיה) is sure, making wise the simple.
Obedience : brings blessing .
Obedience : means leaving the results to Alohim (אֱלֹהִים).
Commit thy works unto aHaiah, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Obedience : there is no substitute for it.
Thus saith Alohim (אֱלֹהִים), Why transgress ye the commandments of aHaiah (אהיה), that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken aHaiah (אהיה), he hath also forsaken you.
Exodus 15 : 26
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of aHaiah thy Alohim, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee.
2 Chronicles 24:20
Obedience : is better than doing things our own way.
Obedience : brings Alohim’s prosperity.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Obedience : means caring about others.
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.
Luke 6: 27,28
Galatians 6: 10
Philipians 4:1 - 19
And the peace of Alohim(אֱלֹהִים), which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah aHaishua.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things arepure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things throughMessiah aHaishua which strengtheneth me.
But my Alohim (אֱלֹהִים) shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Messiah aHaishua.
Enter into Life