A young man asked Jesus point blank: “What must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus’ response was: “Do you keep the Law?” (Matthew 19:16-17) Think about that. What must I do to have eternal life? Do you keep the Law? Jesus’ consistent message to us is that we are capable of — and responsible for — doing something to repair our relationship with God and return to eternal life in God’s kingdom. He tells us and shows us how to do that.
If you make my word your home (i.e., if you live by my teachings) you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32)
Everyone who commits sin is a slave (to sin). (John 8:34)
Whoever keeps my word (i.e., whoever lives by my teachings) will never see death (i.e., will live eternally in God’s kingdom). (John 8:1)
He who is not subject to (i.e., obedient to) the son shall not see life (eternal life in God’s kingdom) but the wrath of God stays in him. (John 3:36)
If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. (John 15:10) (Jesus’ commandments were to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves — to treat others as we want them to treat us. He said that these sum up all the commandments God gave Moses to write in the Torah, the first five books in the Bible. (Mark 12:29-31) Therefore Jesus intends for us to be obedient to God by, first, living by the laws in the Torah.)
Anyone who hears my words and does not keep them faithfully (i.e., who does not live by my teachings) … who rejects me and refuses my words … the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day. (John 12:47, 48)
I am the vine; you are the branches. Without me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-8) (i.e., We must be like Jesus as branches are like the vine they come from. We must imitate Jesus.)
Whoever serves me must follow me. (John 12:26) To follow means to partner with Jesus, to copy his lifestyle and further his teachings.
I am the light of the world; anyone who follows (copies) me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)
Jesus said that he was facing the cross so the world would see his complete submission to God’s will — in other words, to make himself an example of complete submission to God. (John 14:30-31) Complete submission to God is what Jesus expects from each of us.
When a woman said, blessed the womb that bore you, Jesus responded, more blessed are those who hear the word of God and do it. (Luke 11:28) We have to do something. We have to live by God’s words.
Jesus said many will come to him and say they did great things in his name, but he will send them away and call them evil because they did not do the will of his Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21-27) Neither martyrdom, nor humanitarianism, nor giving all our money to the poor is adequate to return us to God’s kingdom. What God wants from each and every one of us is obedience. (1 Samuel 15:22-23) We are expected to submit to God’s will. Jesus tells us and shows us how to develop the ability to perceive God’s daily guidance.
Jesus said, whoever does the will of God is my mother, brothers and sisters. (Matthew 12:50) When we choose God’s will over our own willfulness we become one in the family of God with Jesus.
Jesus said it is a straight gate and a hard road that leads to (eternal) life (in God’s kingdom) and few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) There is no magic wand to give us the reward without our following Jesus’ instructions.
After his Resurrection Jesus told his disciples to teach all people to observe the commands he had given them (Matthew 28:18-20) and to teach all people repentance and remission of sins. (Luke 24:45-48) Showing obedience to God by living by God’s Law is essential, and repentance cannot be left out of the equation. We must confess our error of choosing our will over God’s and change our lifestyle to imitate Jesus’ obedience to the letter and intent of the pure Torah Law (without rabbinic additions and misinterpretations) as well as his submission to God’s daily guidance. This was Jesus’ message to the world. His teachings and example tell us and show us how to return to being one will with our Creator.
Those who want to return to God’s kingdom can do so only if they live by Jesus’ teaching and example. As he said, no one comes to the Father but by (imitating) me.
See The Gospel’s Message Within The Message for the three keys Jesus taught to perceive God’s daily guidance.
See The Torah Conscious Christian, Biblical Law by subject, paraphrased, with commentary for all the laws in the first five books of the Bible organized by subject and paraphrased. Essays at the beginning of each chapter tell how Jesus used the Law.
See Firming Up Your Flabby Spirit for answers to some popular questions about Christianity, and for an overview of the Law.
See The Torah Conscious Christian’s GUIDE TO HOLY DAYS for background about Bible based holy days, a form of service for each, recipes and songs, a one act play for Christmas and a chapter on food that gives information about some natural cures.
All these books are by Nancy Dobson, and all are available from Amazon. Only the Holy Days book is not also an e-book on Kindle. An additional book, a fiction titled SOUL QUESTION, which deals with the purpose of life and addresses the issue of suicide, is in print from Amazon and also on Kindle. Two books only on Kindle are: What the Spirit Sees…. (a book of poetry) and If You Ask Me…. (a book of essays).