Most of the time when I am talking about Yeshua or God or what is in the Bible, I always give you the reference so you can see, for yourself, that it really is in the Bible.
I’m not gonna do that, today; if you don’t believe what I say, or if it sounds familiar but you’re not sure, I challenge you to find it.
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Churches, Messianic Synagogues, and Hebraic Roots houses of worship tell people that the salvation we receive through the sacrificial death of Messiah Yeshua is not able to be purchased and we can never earn it, yet it is priceless beyond compare… and do you know what the best part of it is?
It is FREE!
But is it, really?
Yeshua told his talmudim (Hebrew for students, or in this case, disciples) that they would be tortured and killed for following him. So, in their case, their free gift of salvation will cost them something- their health, their livelihood, even their life!
And it did.
Yeshua also told the man that wanted to follow him that the fox has its hole and the birds have their nest, but the Son of Man doesn’t have a rock on which to lay his head.
Yeshua told the rich man to give away all that he owned, then to come and follow Yeshua.
Hey, I don’t know about you, but this free salvation is starting to sound awfully costly! You may end up losing not just financial assets, but suffering abuse of your body and maybe even the loss of your life.
I know of many people who have paid a very terrible price for receiving this “free” gift, in that they have been ostracized by their family and friends.
Salvation being free doesn’t mean it won’t cost us something, it simply means we cannot buy or earn it.
If you wanted to buy it, does anyone really think God has a bank account somewhere so he can cash the check?
And you cannot earn it; well, wait a minute…that’s not really true.
If anyone, anywhere, could ever live their life completely in accordance with the Torah by never sinning, and die in that condition of perfect obedience to God’s instructions, then they would, literally, earn their salvation because the Torah is what God tells us we need to do in order to be righteous in his eyes. And to obey the Torah completely, you need to have both faith and actions that demonstrate that faith (faith and works, remember?)
God gave the Torah to the Jews to learn and obey, the reason being that once they knew it they would be his nation of priests (yes, there is a Bible verse where God tells Moses that is what we Jews are to be), and as such be an example of righteousness so that they could then teach the rest of the world to follow their example.
That would then fulfill the promise God made to Abraham that his descendants will be a blessing to the Gentiles.
But here’s the catch…no one can live a sinless life.
If someone could, then there would be three people in heaven: God, Yeshua, and that one idiot who ruined it for the rest of us.
And because no one can be totally obedient to the Torah, God sent Yeshua, the Messiah, to make it possible for us to receive the salvation that we could never earn.
So asking for salvation costs nothing, and receiving salvation costs nothing, but living “saved” by obeying God’s word (in the Torah) is very costly.
So why would I accept so much tsouris during my life?
The answer is there are two lives we all have: the first one is here on earth in the flesh, and the second one is a spiritual existence either in God’s presence, joyful and serene throughout eternity, or out of God’s presence, in the dark and cold where people moan and gnash their teeth.
The reason we are in this plane of existence is to choose where we will spend eternity; for me, I choose to accept Yeshua as my Messiah now, with all the suffering that might go with it, in order to have eternal peace and joy in God’s presence later.
You know what? Instead of asking people “What’s in your wallet?”, they should be asking “Where do you want to spend eternity?”
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That’s it for today so l’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!