Well, is it? It’s a good question, is it not? Is there any truth in it, because there are those people who would have you believe that it is hard to be saved? Just by association and through innuendo, the idea that being saved is hard, suggests we have something to do with our being saved, but is this true? Surely, being saved, if it involves effort, toil, difficult choices and/or industrious participation on our part, it must then, by association, be hard? In order to answer these questions truthfully we need to know, first and foremost, what salvation is before we can ascertain as to whether it is hard to be saved or not.
Before I press on, perhaps another pertinent question would be whose will is it that we should be saved? Is it our will, our pet budgerigar’s will, our mum’s will, Uncle Tom Cobbley’s will or even our local pastor’s will? Finally, could it just be God’s will? Ever thought of that? Have you ever considered that it may just possibly be that it is onlythe Father God’s will that any man or woman be saved and no one else’s will? Furthermore, as an example, was it Samuel’s will or Jeremiah’s will that they should be saved and called to be prophets of The Lord or was it purely God’s will? Let’s read it in Holy Scripture and see for ourselves to find out:
1 Samuel 3:4 (KJV) That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, “Here am I.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Here we can plainly see it’s God’s will alone is all that is involved here that these two men should be called and chosen, and so it is with any son or daughter of God, called to be a brother and friend of Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ.) Yashua Anointed also said:
John 6:44 (KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:65 (KJV) And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Here is a fundamental Truth that tells us no man or woman can come to Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) unless The Father draws or calls him or her first. Man, of his own will or choice, cannot come to the Yashua Anointed – it’s impossible. This is because he doesn’t have a choice nor the will. The Father determines or chooses who will be called and when they will be called; man has no say in the matter at all, other than to respond in a similar way to Samuel – “Here am I”. Please note, there is no option for refusal on the part of the one called in this arrangement, otherwise God is impotent and has no will.
A warning and sound word of advice here, always beware of people who will tell you that they found a ‘Jesus’ or they accepted a ‘Jesus’ as their Saviour. By them admitting these things they are telling you that they are ‘saved’ on their terms or by their choice and will and not by God’s will at all. By uttering these terms they are telling us that they, as mere mortal creatures, are the ones who determine whether or not they are saved. From the Biblical evidence we can see that we have no involvement in this process of being saved. It is plainly not true that the decision is ours and is, therefore, a blatant lie and deception on the part of those who teach this nonsense. Again, if we are the ones doing the finding, decision making, choosing and accepting then salvation or being saved, by default, is then down to us and is all dependent upon us; our will, our choice, our wisdom and our strength. This, therefore, is a genuine tail wagging the dog scenario and a blasphemy. Is it any wonder that so many in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion are obsessed about losing their salvation? Once we understand what their ‘salvation’ is founded or built upon i.e. sand or, in another word, themselves, you can then fully understand the reasons for their Spiritual insecurity – a most wretched of wretched conditions. We must always remember, too, that ALL THINGS are to The Glory of God and for God’s Glory alone, not to, or for, the glory of man with his silly vain notions and ideas about having a role, a choice or a part in his salvation – it’s all fallacious nonsense.
Where was I? Oh yes, salvation and what it is or what it means to be saved. Well we know from what I have said above that the decision to be saved is not our own. The timing of it, too, is not ours either, (please read the story of the labourers in the vineyard in Matt 20:1-16) so that takes two weights off of our shoulders for starters, but what of the process towards salvation known erroneously as discipling i.e. learning? The Father calls and we say “Here am I”, what then, what happens next? Do we join a ‘church’? Do we join an Alpha Course? Do we apply to join a Bible College and get an ‘ology’? Do we get ourselves a loud hailer and go down to the local town centre and preach The Word and get arrested for being ‘homophobic’ or charged with ‘hate speech’ – just what is that anyway? Do we become a monk or a nun and get ourselves a Friar Tuck outfit, including the sandals – hey dude, how cool is that!? Chuckle chuckle. Do we fancy sporting one of those pudding basin hair cuts – even more cool; the kids will love it!!?? Do we shave our heads and/or don sack cloth with a good sprinkling of ashes – don’t forget to have a bonfire first because with central heating, ashes are a bit in short supply these days? What about penance, yes, what about it, on second thoughts, don’t even go there!? Do we give away all our wealth and possessions to the poor – ‘cos we have got to “make poverty history” – didn’t you know that? Should we all be speaking in tongues? Should we creep about with our heads bowed, hands clasped and looking oh so very ‘pious’? What about our sins? The Father called us and we said “Here am I” but we’re still sinning and having evil thoughts. Now we’re feeling guilty, ‘cos we shouldn’t be doing these things and having these thoughts – oh dear what shall we do – light a candle perhaps? Hang on, wait a minute, all is not lost, we can always pop into one of those ‘funny’ little cubicles and tell that even ‘funnier’ little man all about our sins – but don’t forget your 50 hail Mary’s and 100 quid/bucks ‘cos he’s got bargain basement salvation – just for you at 50% off – hey, that’s a snip at half the price and everyone’s a winner!!!
OK, just a little fun at the expense of all those deceived ‘holy’ Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religious types out there. Please note too, I will be returning to the statement: “Here am I” later as this remark says far more than meets the eye. Furthermore, I could add to this sarcastic list of questions, forever, but I can only mock for a little while, as this subject is too important to be taken lightly for too long. Having said that, we should fully understand that many new converts being called to Yashua Anointed and coming in to His fold from the world will come in with more than a few of the above false impressions, expressions and ideas about what it means to be saved or to be a Christian. All the above are false impressions, expressions and ideas of religion and not what it means to be saved and be a true follower of The Way – Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ). This point is crucial: Always remember, following Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) is not religion, it’s just following Him – The Way.
Now that’s about it for my opening article on being saved i.e. called and chosen, and I will expound on what it really means to be saved in my next articles – please stay with it, as your Spiritual and physical welfare is at stake and in order to find the Narrow Path that only THE FEW find you will definitely need these articles, for Wide is The Path to destruction (spiritual ruin) and MANY there be that find it.
Rev 18:4 (KJV) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
As a final point, the ‘her’ here in this Holy Scripture is the global Whore of Babylon; the Mother of Harlots in Rome; the counterfeit mystery religious money making organisation or system, with its offshoots known as denominations (divisions) or ‘demon-inations’, as I like to call them. This organisation poses as a church and Yashua Anointed commands His people – The Elect who have mistakenly become embroiled in it, to leave it or come out it. If you are one of God’s Elect you should do this now, as quickly as possible, if you know what’s good for you, otherwise you will continue to be a partaker of her sins and will become a fellow recipient of the plagues coming in the whore’s direction just before the Yashua Anointed’s return. You have been warned in love!!
Is it Hard to be Saved? – Part 2 – The Crucial Basics
In my first article on this vital subject I asked: What is salvation? For we need to know what it is before we can ascertain whether or not it is hard to be saved. First of all, we need to know what the essence, core or even the substance of Salvation is; its benefits, attributes or characteristics. It’s not an easy thing to quantify or qualify from a lost and unsaved mankind perspective alone, as it is Spiritual in nature, not physical or of the five senses. We need to be Born of God and receive the free gift of The Holy Spirit in order to have a grasp of it. This is why men of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion with its theologians and Bible intellectuals have such a difficult time trying to teach on this subject, because they do not understand it. How can they, when everything they meditate on is of THEIR intellect and reasoning powers alone. In fact, the more ‘clever’ they are, the harder it is for them to understand. Salvation is something that is humbly received by anyone, no matter how dim (dumb) or bright they are. Furthermore, with the high intellect alone comes vanity, so humility is a rare, if not, non-existent commodity with these people.
OK, from the term ‘humbly received’ we can easily deduce it is something we are undeservedly given – a gift and it’s free – totally free! How rare is that in our materialistic age? We all know the phrase: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and in this world (age or system) it’s true, there isn’t. From this Truth alone we can begin to see just how special a gift Salvation is. Not only a free gift but a free gift from the Creator of all things, no less. The very Godhead that gave us physical life in the first place is now giving us Eternal Life too – not offering us, giving us. In other words, we’re not asked to choose if we want salvation or not, we’re just given it.
Now this is all very fine, but what’s the catch, I hear you say? Here we can see the ‘free lunch’ suspicious mindset working and justifiably so, as that is what we are used to in this age. So, if we extend this mindset to the concept of the free gift of Salvation what do we get – people who think there are strings attached or there are conditions? This mindset is suspicious and automatically cannot believe that anything could truly be free, so it wonders what has to be done in return for such a wondrous gift, or, with a “what’s the catch” attitude!!
However, in Truth there is no catch at all, other than the ‘catch’ of Faith and/or Belief. When we’re given this gift Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) expects Belief and Faith in Him in return. So there is a catch then? No, there isn’t a catch, because Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) gives us the ability to believe and have Faith too. He gives us Salvation through Grace and Faith, as well, so this is a win, win situation, we cannot fail because none of it is of us, it’s all of God and from God, His Gifts and His Power to enable us to live up to His expectations. (Please see my article: “For by Grace Are Ye Saved Through Faith, and That Not of Yourselves, it is the Gift of God – Eph 2:8”)
Now also in my first article I explained how it is not us that decides whether or not we are to be called and saved, but the Father God’s decision, His will, His decision and His timing alone. We just respond to His call and then begin to follow Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ). We are now His Learners (disciples) and we learn from Him through The Holy Spirit and His Word – The Holy Scriptures. As Spiritual children we should be taught by a Grace filled Spirit gifted teacher, if we can find one:
1 Cor 12:28 (KJV) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments (a corruption or bad translation – overseers, shepherds or guides, not governments), diversities of tongues.” (Brackets mine)
OK, that’s all very fine, I hear you say, but what else do we do regarding our Salvation? Nothing is the answer to that, and from here on in we don’t do anything, we only do what Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) enables us to do and leads us to do through His Spirit. If we’re doing it, if we’rethe ones initiating and doing the doing, then we have no need of Yashua Anointed, and we can rightly boast in ourselves and pat ourselves on the back. All this initiating and doing would be of us and of our own strength.
As unsaved people, before our calling, we always did things under our own strength, and we literally believed in ourselves. How often do we hear sportsmen or women refer to their self belief in order to drive themselves on to better performances and greater success? If we continue living in the same manner, with the same mindset, drive and ambition, but now as saved people, what’s the difference between us and those worldly sports people, what has changed!? Answer: nothing!! In our new lives, as new men and women, our walk with God is now totally enabled by Yashua Anointed via His Spirit and we cannot do anything of our own mental and/or physical strength. If we do, it will come to nothing – it will fail – period. Everything we do now, and anything we attempt to achieve, now, is down to Yashua Anointed’s enabling, His strength, His blessings and, with the end results, being to His Glory and His Glory alone – not ours.
Right, what’s next? After our calling, repentance is next. Now enter: The beginnings of a new creation, a new man or new woman, and with it the new reality of Spiritual awareness and primarily a Spiritual awareness of our called condition. We are now on the way to becoming a new creature residing in an old body of death and sin, a body that is literally dying, and will die, never to be seen again. In The First Resurrection we will receive new Spiritual bodies. Please read 1 Cor 15 for the details and I deal with The Truth of The Two Resurrections, exposing the ‘rapture’ lie in the process, in other articles.
Moreover, after we are called we are hit by two other realities, the first is the reality of the fact that the Father God and Yashua Anointed (The Lord Jesus Christ) exist. This is a new Spiritual awareness and second, the reality of our carnal sinful nature i.e. another new awareness i.e. of sin. Before our calling we are not even aware of The Godhead’s existence and we’re certainly not aware of our sinful nature, nor are we conscious of the fact that it is an intrinsic part of us, so repentance, of our own initiation, will and strength, is impossible – completely and utterly impossible.
We can, and many of us do, frequently feel guilty, sorrowful and remorseful for things we have done in the past, but these sensations are only fleeting carnal feelings or carnal sorrow and we have to bury them deep in our sub-conscious minds in order to cope, survive and, in some cases, remain sane. Our guilt over these past events will inevitably, and often do, come back to haunt us and will continue to do so until we are made aware of Godly forgiveness and His love for us. This realisation and the lifting of this burden through forgiveness cannot occur until we are called by The Father to His Son – en route to salvation.
To repent means to “think differently”, from the Greek word metanoeo, and in order for us to think differently we must be empowered to do so, if salvation or our being saved is to be real i.e. Spiritually empowered and enabled. If one microcosm of our effort is involved, in this process, then we can boast and blow our own trumpets. Why is it we need to think differently and in what way do we to think differently? A better question would be how do we think differently? As I have already said, we now think differently because we have been given, as a free gift, the Godly DESIRE to think differently. We also need to think differently because we are now no longer God’s enemies and we are on the way to Baptism and to becoming a son or a daughter of God and a brother or sister of Yashua Anointed – literally and Spiritually born from above and Born of God (Born Again) into Their Family.
We cannot become a member of God’s Family without a significant heart-change in the way we think. God’s Law is now being written on our hearts – internalised, so for the first time in our lives we now have a God given DESIRE to do God’s will instead of Satan’s will. This new desire is the crucial characteristic of our now “thinking differently” – the crucial attribute and substance of repentance – a desire NOT to sin. Initially there may not be any outward sign of any change in us at all, but inwardly the change in thinking that has and is taking place is miraculous and will soon be made evident as the days pass!
This new way of thinking immediately gives us other desires as well: the need and desire for forgiveness is heightened, a desire to confess our sins to God for the first and only time, (see my article entitled: “Is Repetitive Confession of Sins, Biblical?”). There will be a desire to get Baptised, receive the gift of The Holy Spirit and be Born of God (Born Again). Once we are Born of God (Born Again) we are saved – period. From then on the new man or new woman will be aware of a fight, an internal war within our minds and with the internal lusts of our dead bodies of sin – our live bodies of sin die in the watery grave of Baptism. This war will continue for the rest of our physical lives and it will be with us until we die. What about the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religious mantras of ‘struggling with sin’ and ‘overcoming sin’ I hear you say? Ah yes, a very good question, and I will deal with that next time, so don’t go away.
One important issue regarding Baptism is that you MUST MAKE SURE you are Baptised into Yashua Anointed’s (The Lord Jesus Christ’s) name alone and NOT into the pagan trinity as erroneously written in Matthew 28:19. (Please see my article entitled: “Should Christians be Baptised in to Jesus Christ’s Name Alone? – Part 1”).
Now, as new Learners (disciples) who have progressed to becoming Spiritual children after we’re Baptised, (i.e. no longer disciples) what I will introduce here is a most important feature of salvation, and a feature that those of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion overlook and/or do not understand. I will now remind you of Samuel’s words when he answered The Lord’s call: “Here am I”.
Now this remark is as remarkable for what it doesn’t say as for what it does say. What it doesn’t say openly and yet does say is this: “Here am I Lord just as I am with all my faults, sins, weaknesses, wretchedness and evil rebellious nature!!” Samuel was just another man like you and I and The Lord called him as he was with all his carnal frailties and faults. It was the same for Jeremiah. The Lord knew all about Samuel’s sins, faults and weaknesses just as He knows all about ours and yet He still called Samuel to be His prophet and likewise He calls us, too, to be His sons and daughters with all our sins, faults, character flaws and weaknesses.
What does all this mean? Quite simply it means He accepts us as we are; ‘warts and all’, as the expression goes. Why does He accept us ‘warts and all’? Quite plainly, because He loves us and wants us as members of His Family, and that’s why we need to get this basic awesome Truth through our heads!? The issue here is this, are the ‘warts and all’ a permanent feature, do they remain with us for the rest of our lives, now we are new men and women? No, is the resounding answer to this question because ‘warts and all’ are all features of our dead bodies of death and sin which will eventually lessen as we grow in Grace and ultimately completely when we die. We are now new Spiritual beings, new men and women, perfect and sinless, living in our dead bodies of sin with all their ‘warts and all’.
Am I saying we are now two people? Yes I am and there is Scriptural evidence to prove it too, (please see my article entitled “Was The Apostle Paul a Schizophrenic?”) so stay with it folks, I’ll be back soon!
Is it Hard to be Saved? – Part 3 – What About Trials?
Yes, what about them? Surely trials make being saved hard. Yes they do, but as shown in my two previous articles the actual act of being saved has nothing to do with us and has nothing to do with trials, so it cannot be hard.
This is where many Christians confuse the act of salvation – the actual act of being saved, with the acts involved in following Yashua Messiah after we have been saved. These are two different things entirely. It’s a bit like a recruit signing on for military service; he signs the necessary papers and collects his uniform and he is now officially a member of the Armed Forces – a soldier. He is not yet trained, nor is he ready for active service, but he is still a soldier and is entitled to wear the uniform and to draw his pay. He is just the same as the man who has fought on the battlefield in numerous campaigns – not as experienced, but still just the same. Furthermore, this uniform, provided he never deserts, will never be taken away from him.
As we can see from the above analogy, being called is only the beginning, like collecting our uniforms – all relatively easy, but from here on in, Yashua Messiah’s ‘boot camp’ awaits and things begin to get a little tougher. Actually, the military analogy, like all analogies, here begins to break down, because Our Messiah is certainly no drill sergeant operating a ruthless regime and under tight time schedule. He is far kinder, gentler and forbearing than that and yet at the same time just as tough as a drill sergeant, but with far more patience and understanding.
Matt 16:24 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Now this verse always used to fill me with apprehension and, I hasten to add, tinged me with more than just a touch of fear. Is this the way it affects you, too, dear reader? If it does then be encouraged for you will not be alone. The thing is, what did Yashua Messiah mean by it, did He expect us to feel fear and what was He really saying if we are not meant to feel fear?
The Greek word for ‘deny’ here is ‘aparneomai’ which means ‘renounce’ and the English definitions for ‘renounce’ are 1) to consent formally to abandon; surrender; give up. 2) To repudiate; refuse to recognise; decline association or disclaim relationship with. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary) The word ‘renounce’ is far more accurate, is stronger and more descriptive than ‘deny’. In fact I would suggest that ‘deny’ is a poor translation.
So what do we disclaim relationship with or formally abandon? Our old lives and the way we used to think and then behave due to that way of thinking. Like the new soldier we have left our old lives behind – no more civvy street for the new recruit and no more old life and old way of thinking for the new disciple. We have disclaimed relationship with the world – this age or this world’s systems and ways of doing things and have begun a new relationship with our Brother Yashua Messiah. We now begin to put all our faith in Him and none of our faith in men – especially men of religion and men of politics.
As I explained in my earlier articles being called means we begin to think differently as The Holy Spirit empowers us. The Father God through His Spirit is now influencing the way we think by drawing us to His Son. This means that as Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) ‘thinks’ i.e. His mind set, so our minds are now becoming transformed and more likeminded with His mind and each day will begin to think more like Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ.) This is why likemindedness with our brothers and sisters in Christ is so crucial. If we are not likeminded with them and at the same time following Yashua Messiah, then there is something seriously wrong with their Spiritual foundation – and the reason? They are following men of religion with their traditions and false teaching, not Yashua Messiah.
I’ve digressed a little here, but a necessary digression. OK, back to the main thread. The Holy Spirit is now empowering the new disciple but not on a permanent basis. Disciples are not Born Again, so the Holy Spirit will come and go at will, just as it did with Peter when he was a disciple:
Matthew 16:16-17 (KJV) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Peter had the Spiritual power to tell Yashua Messiah who he thought He was, but later when he denied knowing Him three times The Holy Spirit was not with him.
Once baptised into Yashua Messiah’s name alone (not into the heathen Trinity) and having received The Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit then takes up full time residence with a new son or daughter of God. If this miracle does not occur then we are none of His:
Romans 8:9 (KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in The Spirit, if so be that The Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not The Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
Acts 2:17 (KJV) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts 2:38 (KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The new disciple once Baptised and Born of God (Born Again) must now take up – lift or bear up his cross and follow Yashua Messiah just as Yashua Messiah took up His cross. Now we know that Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) was not speaking literally here, well not for most of us, for many faithful followers have died and still die peacefully in old age, still believing. So what did He mean by us taking up our crosses? What did He mean by us being ‘sheep to the slaughter’ daily, again figurative language? All He meant was we should:
1) always be ready to lay down our lives for Him and our brothers and sisters if ever called upon to do so:
2) Be prepared to be hated as He was hated, and to bear up under such persecution just as He did:
3) And to count it all joy as and when we are faced with trials and difficulties of life – sometimes these trials can be very severe, whether it be persecution, financial trials or health trials, to name but a few.
Usually, though, these trials are only for a season and their severity can also depend upon what we are able to bear and also what Yashua Messiah has lined up for us in the future, by way of great responsibilities and positions of high office and great power. Make no mistake there are some very high positions in His Kingdom that He is longing to fill with us as His co-rulers. If you don’t believe me when I write these words, then believe Yashua Messiah:
John 14:2 2 (KJV) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Paul then sums it all up when he says:
Romans 8:18 (KJV) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
So there we are, the glory that shall be revealed in us. This is our awesome future spelled out here for us, so be encouraged when going through various trials.
I know, too, from personal experience, that when the going gets tough and a trial is severe, God’s Word can sound trite and meaningless and gives us no relief whatsoever. The thing to remember here is that no matter how bad our attitudes get Yashua Messiah still loves us and will never stop loving us, nor will He leave us. Believe me, when I say I have gotten very angry at God in the past whilst going through certain trials. Job is one of my true heroes of The Bible. If you’re going through a trial right now, then feel free to e-mail me at the address below to sound off and rant as much as you like. I probably won’t have any answers for you, because all trials are tailor made for us as individuals, but I promise to read your e-mail and will help and encourage if I can. Always remember, one man’s trial is a piece of cake to another man and vice versa.
Finally, yes, being saved initially is not hard because we have no say in it other than to say “Lord, here am I” when the Father calls us, but from then on things do get harder and I will deal with just how hard it can get in the articles that follow.
Is it Hard to be Saved? – Part 4 – He Who Endures to the End Shall be Saved
Now, is it this?
Matt 24:13 (KJV) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. [Italics mine]
(Bearing in mind, too, that verse 13 of Matthew 24 does not exist in Aramaic Peshitta version of The Holy Scriptures – it ain’t there, folks, so is it yet another corruption?)
Ephesians 2:5 (KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of The Throne of God. (Square brackets mine) Please note, the word ‘our’ is a corruption by addition.
Now do we have a contradiction here? No, but it would appear that there is a contradiction. Now why am I asking this question? Well, obviously, because we need to clarify what looks like a contradiction in the KJV of The Holy Bible. I’m also asking, because there is a website out there, which will remain nameless, that teaches we are not saved when we are Born of God (Born Again), but, rather, that we are in a process of being saved. Now is this true, or is it a blasphemy and a blasphemy of the first order and thereby a ‘salvation by works’ trap.
These people also say we will not be saved until the first resurrection when Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) returns to this earth and lifts us up to meet Him in the air. Furthermore, they say, or rather this particular man used to say (for he is now deceased): “to be saved is the hardest thing a man or woman can ever undertake”. Now is this true? If it is, then the above two verses from Ephesians are most definitely a contradiction to what this man was saying and, more importantly, it is a contradiction of what Yashua Messiah (Our Lord Jesus Christ) said, through Paul, in Ephesians 2:8.
Now here’s another thing: If, when we are Saved or Born of God (Born Again) at Baptism with the gift of The Holy Spirit, we enter The Lord’s Sabbath Rest (which we do), how can a rest be hard. It’s a weird sort of rest if it’s hard, is it not and if it’s hard it cannot be a rest – surely?
Heb 3:18-19 (KJV) And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not? (Korah’s rebellion in the wilderness) 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Here we can see, without any ambiguity, that it is either the God given ability of ongoing belief or a mindset of unbelief that determines whether or not we are saved, not striving until the return of Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) to this earth and our resurrection. Our resurrection to be with Yashua Messiah takes place because we are saved, not to bring salvation into being or to bring it about. I hope you can now see how rebellious, blasphemous and evil this man’s teaching was!
Many of you, who read my articles, regularly, will know that I state quite clearly that there are no contradictions in The Word of God only our poor understanding of what is written or our lack of diligence in seeking out the Truth as did the Judahites in Berea:
Acts 17:10-11 (KJV) And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These (Judahites) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received The Word with all readiness of mind, and searched The Scriptures daily, whether those things were. (Brackets mine)
This should always be our attitude and response to what people may teach us from The Holy Scriptures, including your response to what I teach. In addition we must never forget that parts of The Bible have been contaminated by corruptions or tampered with by the creatures of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. Even from the mid-first century and ever since, up to, and including, the modern translations of The Holy Scriptures today – it has always been the same.
OK, back to the thread. We have here four verses and one of them is written incorrectly, one of them has been mistranslated by someone who does not want you to understand what Yashua Messiah was actually saying. Let’s refer to the Greek MSS transliteral original for Matthew 24:13 and see if it throws any more light on this verse:
Matt 24:13 The yet one under-remaining or enduring into finish this one shall be being saved.
Now in one of my Greek-English Interlinear Bibles it words this verse in a way that puts a chink in the armour of the creatures who mistranslated this verse. I will write it as written:
Matt 24:13 The (one) but enduring to (the) end, this one will be saved.
To make sense of this verse we have to question the emphasis in order to bring out The Truth and in turn bring it into line with Eph 2:5, 8 and Hebrews 12:2 in which there is no error.
“The one enduring to the end, this one will be saved.” This verse literally means: The one enduring to the end will be the one who is already saved or the one who is saved will be the one who endures to the end. Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) is making a qualified statement here about those the Father has called to Him, His Son. There is no doubt about this, the Elect are chosen, they were chosen before they were even born – predestined. If we are Born of God (Born Again) we are not Born of God (Born Again) to fail, failure is not in the equation, it isn’t there, nor could it ever be!! We must get this solid gold truth through our heads: The Godhead is not a Godhead of failure but a Godhead of victory hence we are MORE than conquerors:
Rom 8:35-37 (KJV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. (Emphasis mine)
Now are we conquerors or not, for Yashua Messiah, through Paul, is saying we are MORE than conquerors. What is a conqueror that is MORE than a conqueror? Think about it!! Listen folks, this is a God whose will, will be done. There is no hit and miss with Yashua Messiah, it’s the bulls eye every time, without fail.
Now, Mr Strong, in his Concordance, possibly without him knowing it, reveals that he was troubled by this verse so he made this remark about the word ‘end’. In reality this was a great and well intentioned effort on his part to try and explain away an error that just needed revealing from the grammatical position.
G5056 – ‘End’ – telos – tel’-os “From a primary word tello (to set out for a
definite point or goal); properly the point aimed at as a limit, that is, (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination [literally, figuratively or indefinitely], result [immediate, ultimate or prophetic], purpose); specifically an impost or levy (as paid): – + continual, custom, end (-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare G5411.”
Just for the exercise what is Mr Strong trying to say here? He is saying that those who set out for the end or aim for the end will be saved. The problem with this explanation is that it renders the verse nonsensical. So let’s write it as Mr Strong would suggest: “He who endures to the point of setting out for the end shall be saved”. As we can see this makes no sense at all. No, there is only one explanation for Matthew 24:13 and it is the one I have given above. I will repeat it here: we have to be already saved in order to endure to the end.
Here is a scenario and a question: The last days of the last days are already upon us (this is my belief) and these last days are going to make the last two world wars look like a child’s birthday party. How on earth is any ordinary man or woman, without The Holy Spirit, going to endure, let alone survive to the end without Yashua Messiah’s help? The answer is very straight forward – they are not. The only people who will survive or come out of the end time Tribulation i.e. those who have to go through it, will be those who are saved and will endure to the end. It will be only those whom God has sealed in their foreheads who will survive. Only the Godhead can achieve this for us through His Power in us i.e. Yashua Messiah in us through The Holy Spirit.
Rev 7:3 (KJV) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
I will now finish this article with the Greek MSS transliteral renderings of Ephesians 2:5 and 8:
Eph 2:5 And (also) us being dead to the beside-falls (offences) He makes together live (He vivifies together) to the Anointed (Christ) to grace ye are ones having been saved.
Eph 2:8 To the for grace ye are ones having been saved through belief (faith) and this not out of you, of God the oblation (gift).
There we are, no question about it, these verses are sound and Matthew 24:13 is not sound in the KJV rendering! If we then add in the fact that Matthew 24:13 does not exist in the Aramaic Holy Scriptures, enduring to the end sounds like a load of cock and bull. Therefore, I hope and trust you are encouraged by this Truthful revelation. If not, then I don’t hold out much hope for your chances of enduring to the end, especially if you think it’s down to you and your strengths or efforts.