When we start a conversation concerning salvation we must clearly define the subject; if we do not give a satisfactory clarification of the subject we can generate confusion. Most would define salvation in the Church realm as being qualified by the unmerited grace of Almighty Yahveh to enter Glory after death, through Yahshua the Mashiach. The salvation we want to talk about is inclusive of the after life on Earth experience but not exclusive of the life on Earth before death.
We love to talk about the Sweet By and By and I certainly want to include the Sweet By and By in this discussion. I also want to talk about the Nasty Now and Now and that’s where we will focus most of our attention. Now my precious saint if you don’t make a successful trip through the Nasty Now and Now there will be no Sweet By and By. Let us begin to focus on the present need for deliverance and protection called salvation, from the present situations of life. To consider this subject and neglect to consider the life of the man who walked more abundantly in deliverance than probably any other man would be shameful. This man was King David.
King David had a few problems of his own making because he violated the Father’s commandments as many of us have done today. Unlike many of us today king David knew from whence his help came. He knew that deliverance was of Almighty Yahveh and he knew that The Father would hide His face from him if David regarded iniquity in his heart. David went to great lengths to keep his heart pure, free of sinful attitudes.
David stated in psalms 119 the reason for his hope Ps 119:113-117. “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.” 114 “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.” 115 “Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my Sovereign!” 116“Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” 117 “Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.” David said that he does not hang out with the double minded people and like David I do not share their interest in the worldly behavior or conversations. I love Your Law.
Just as men build a wall around an enforcement to protect it, so we must build a wall around our life on earth. We must, with even more care than men use choosing materials for a physical fortress, we must like David, select with great care what kind of materials we use to build this wall of salvation. We can’t use just any kind of material; we must use the materials that have been tested, tried and found dependable.
Hold me up according to your word. I’m not going to trust in denominational doctrines neither will I trust in traditions or fables. I will trust in your Word and do your Commandments and Statutes so shall I be delivered. David knew that The Father set the ways of life and death before him. David knew he would have life if he was obedient to The Father’s commandments and let them govern his life. Death would be the path if he ignored the commands and followed his own desires.
Matt 19:16-17 “Now behold, one came and said to Him,” Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, The Almighty. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Again Yahshua gave the answer to the question. What must I do to have eternal life? Yahshua said “keep the commandments”.
Now we all understand we are not saved by the works of the law but by the grace of Almighty Yahveh through Yahshua Ha Mashiach. However if we say we are saved and seek to ignore or even destroy the Sovereignty of the law there is something wrong with our understanding. If we have this attitude then the wall we are building is of inferior materials and the wall will not stand. The Father gave us the commandments so that we could have the protection of the covenant around us. We were grafted into the Israel of Almighty Yahveh and not Israel into Greek tradition. Mark 7:9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of Almighty Yahveh, that you may keep your tradition”. This is one major area that the church needs to correct. We need to get back to giving credence to the Torah of Almighty Yahveh and keeping in Covenant with Him.
The Father not only gave us the Commandments but He gave us the Ruach HaKodesh to empower us to have it in our capacity to stay within the boundaries the law has set. Not only did He empower us He cleansed us from past violations.
To take advantage of His generosity and compassion by continuing to live in sin is a horrible attitude and a terrible mistake. Too often we are taught to not be condemned over sins committed. After all we have all fallen short of the Glory of Yahveh. There’s a difference in falling short of His glory and wallowing in the shame of perverse teachings that minimize sin and rebellion. This concept was never taught by Paul he never diminished the consequences of sin. In fact he taught that you should take heed of yourself and abstain from the desires of the flesh.
In Phil 2:12-13 NKJV “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is Almighty Yahveh who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” We are cautioned to be extremely concerned about the wall of salvation we are building around ourselves; that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
Our actions are either building or tearing down the walls of salvation. We are commanded to use materials that measure up to the specifications; the commandments are the specifications that we are ordered go by. Our actions are the materials used to build the walls of salvation. When we use traditions, denominational doctrines or pagan practices to build our wall we are using inferior materials. Our wall will crumble when the enemy attacks and proceeds to bombard The Wall of Protection.
Nothing can protect you but the covenant you have with The Father. You may say our salvation is by faith and not by works. I will declare to you “faith without works is dead”. Noah’s faith caused him to cut timber, prepare it and build a boat out of it. He worked on it over a hundred years.
When the flood came, the only thing between him and death was the works of his faith in the Word of Father Yahveh. Noah’s faith and works separated him from the rest of that generation. Your faith in the Word of Yahveh and your works of obedience will separate you from this generation; otherwise you will perish.
Rev. 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Almighty Yahveh and the faith of Yahshua. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in Almighty Yahveh from now on.’