Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
"While you have the light, put your trust in the light,
so that you may become people of the light" – YESHUA
In all my years of studying the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, I have never come across a passage where YESHUA invited people to accept Him as LORD and Savior so they will become Christians. In fact, I have never come across a passage that literally says that for a person to go to heaven, he has to become a Christian. So how come I hear so many pastors or even christian laymen insist that a person must accept JESUS as LORD and Savior to become a Christian and go to heaven? If I am to imitate YESHUA to become as He is, then what's all this "acceptance formula" as if it is a mantra that everyone has to recite to become as He is? Is it possible that we have watered down the Gospel so much with so many western ideas that it has lost its original meaning?
I have observed that the Church has produced many members who give lip-service to GOD but live their lives according to the rules of the world. The Church has grown big with many members and many affiliates worldwide but it has largely failed to produce effective disciples of YESHUA. To be born again has become the in thing but not born from above. People proudly bear the symbols of their church and there's even a movement in Facebook called "Proud to be Christian." This is a contradiction in terms since a true Christian is supposed to be selfless.
The Church has even adapted to the world standard so much that it does not call GOD by His Name – YHWH. This is the Name by which He named Himself for all generations (Exodus 3:13-15). Nor do the Church call the Son by His Name – YESHUA; but they have anglicized Him and He has become westernized in the eyes of the world.
If I were satan, one of the effective ways I would blind the world to the glory of the One true GOD is by changing His Name and changing the meaning of His words. If I can westernize what the words in Scriptures mean and especially render the people ignorant of who truly GOD is by giving GOD another name, then I would have removed one of the greatest and feared weapons of the sons of GOD – the Name!
To be a believer, according to the LORD YESHUA, we must put our trust in the light, so we may become people of light. What is light? Light is one of the elements that prophets see come out of the throne of YHWH. Light that is pure and holy. The Scriptures tell us that "Thy word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Ps 119:105)." Light dispels darkness and cleanses us from sin and directs us to righteousness; and that's what the word of YHWH does. YESHUA is the Word that holds us together and completes us according to the image of YHWH. YESHUA said, "I am the light of the World (John 12:46)".
YESHUA called His disciples children of light (Matt 5:14; 2 Thess 5:5) because they trusted in Him as the Son of YHWH. They all saw how He fulfilled the Torah and how He worked the works of YHWH. As people of the Light – believers – we also imitate YESHUA because He said, "The works that I do, you shall do also and greater works than these shall you do because I go to the Father (John14:12)." It is not enought to profess faith but to show the works of faith because to believe is to be living. If the word of YHWH is not seen in the life of a professing Christian it is because he is not a Christian. To believe is to hear the word of YHWH and do it!
Believing in YHWH is not the same as believing YHWH. It is not about professing and agreeing to the idea of GOD and His attributes; but trusting in the Eternal Person of YHWH, that He knows what is best and what is right for you. It is responding to the Word by doing it thereby confirming your faith.
Real Christianity is simply asking ourselves, "What did YESHUA do, so that I can do it too?"