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  1. 1. Sherut haRitztzuy (the ministry of reconcilliation) by whom we have now received the reconcilliation ( Atonement) Let this day be a day of reconcilliation and regeneration) SIN put in simple terms Sin is an attitude of mind which manifests itself in rebellion against YHWHs commandments. 1 Yochanan 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Torah: for sin is the transgression of the Torah. We often fail in the battle against sin because we won’t call it for what it is:lawlessness, an offense against the Great Law Maker, YHWH. Instead, we say things like “If I’ve done anything wrong . . .” or “Mistakes were made . . .” and so forth. Call it for what it is: sin and lawlessness. “The first step towards Sacred living is to recognize the true nature and wickedness of sin.” (Stott) There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing to sin. Even the most faithful believers sometimes commit sins, but they do not cherish a particular sin orcontinually choose to commit it. A believer who commits a sin can repent, confess it,and find forgiveness. A person who continues to sin, by contrast, is not sorry for what he or she is doing. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness. Such a person is in opposition to YHWH, no matter what religious claims he or she makes. The Messenger Gabriel promised Yosef, regarding the ministry of Yëshuå: you shall call His name Yëshuå, for He shall save His people from their sin.
  2. 2. Mattiyahu 1:21 And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shall call His Name Yëshuå( ‫ : )ישוע‬for He will bring His people Yëshuåh (rescue, salvation, deliverance) from their peyshaim (rebellions sins). Yëshuå takes away our sin in the sense of taking the penalty of our sin. This isimmediately accomplished when one comes by faith in Yëshuå. He takes away our sin in the sense of taking the power of sin away. This is an on going work in the lives of those who walk after Yëshuå. Yëshuå takes away our sin in the sense of taking the presence of sin away. This is a work that will be completed when we pass into eternity and are glorified withYëshuå. This is the work of Yëshuå in our life. It is a work we must respond to, but itis His work in us We cannot take away the penalty of our own sin. It is impossible to cleanse ourselves in this way. We must instead receive the work of Yëshuå in takingaway our sin. We cannot take away the power of sin in our lives. This is His work in us, and we respond to that work. Someone who comes to Yëshuå does not have to clean themselves up first, but they must be willing to have Him take away their sin. We cannot take away the presence of sin in our lives. This is His work in us,ultimately accomplished when we will be glorified with Him. In Him there is no sin:Yëshuå had no sin to take away; therefore He could take away our sin, taking it upon Himself.Our world is awash with sin and its consquences wars, famines, disease, persecution, unemployment, violence, greed and a many more problem and the root problem of course is sin. Abiding in sin or abiding in YHWH.Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor knownHim. Since sin is lawlessness, a disregard for YHWH, and since Yëshuå came to takeaway our sins, and since in Yëshuå there is no sin, then to abide in Him means to not sin. 1 Yochanan 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in usTo think this of ourselves is to deceive ourselves, and to say this of ourselves is to lie - the truth is not in us."Our deceitful heart reveals an almost Satanic shrewdness in self-deception . . .
  3. 3. The language of the roadway and the language of fellowship are now drawn together by Yochanan in a few simple and direct sentences. YHWHs truth is not an abstract philosophical ideal to be honored and held up for respectful admiration, but a relationship to be lived. It immediately becomes clear that YHWHs truth is a dynamic roadway upon which we are to walk, and on a day-to-day basis. We are to experience YHWHs light upon our own existential pathway, and this makes all thedifference. For Yochanan , Nätzräya faith is not a matter of Ruakh ual speculation or the mastery of secrets and code words. Yochanan continues to write with the same freshness and lack of pretention that has marked his opening sentences as he now sketches in how a person can live in fellowship with YHWH and with YHWHs people.If you say you have no sin you have achieved a fearful success, you have put out your own eyes, and perverted your own reason! There are few people today who think they are sinlessly perfect, yet not many really think of themselves as sinners. Many will say “I make mistakes” or “I’m not perfect” or “I’m only human,” but usually they say such things to excuse or defend. This is different from knowing and admitting “I am a sinner.”To say that we have no sin puts us in a dangerous place, because YHWH’s grace and mercy is extended to sinners. Not to “those who make mistakes” or “I’m only human” or “no one is perfect” people, but sinners. We need to realize the victory and forgiveness that comes from saying,“I am a sinner - even a great sinner - but I have a Savior who cleanses me from all sin. ”Though sin is present, it need not remain a hindrance to our relationship with YHWH - we may find complete cleansing (from all unrighteousness) as we confess our sins. To confess means, “to say the same as.” When we confess our sin, we are willing to say (and believe) the same thing about our sin that YHWH says about it. Yëshuå’ story about the religious man and the sinner who prayed before YHWH illustrated this; the Pharisee bragged about how righteous he was, while the sinner just said YHWH be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:10-14
  4. 4. Two men went up into Beit HaMikdash to pray; the one a Prush, and the other a moches (tax collector). The Prush stood and prayed thus with himself, Elohim, Ithank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this moches (tax collector). I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the moches (tax collector), standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto shamayim, but smote upon his breast, saying, Elohim be merciful to me a sinner. tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. The one who confessed his sin was the one who agreed with YHWH about how bad he was.Confess is a verb in the present tense; the meaning is that we should keep on confessing our sin - instead of referring to a “once-for-all” confession of sin at our conversion.You don’t have to go to a confessional to confess your sin. When you are baptized, you are confessing your sin by saying you needed to be cleansed and reborn. When you receive communion, you confess your sin by saying you need thework of Yëshuå on the cross to take your sin away. But of course, we need to confessour sin in the most straightforward way: by admitting to YHWH that we have done is sin, and asking for His divine forgiveness, based on what Yëshuå has done on the cross for us. Our sins are not forgiven because we confess; if this were the case - ifforgiveness for a sin could only come where there was confession - then we would all be damned, because it would be impossible for us to confess every sin we ever commit. We are forgiven because our punishment was put upon Yëshuå, we are cleansed by His blood.. However, confession is still vital to maintain relationship with YHWH, and this is the context Yochanan speaks from. As YHWH convicts us of sin that is hindering our fellowship with Him, we must confess it and receive forgiveness and cleansing for our relationship with YHWH to continue without hindrance. Confession must be personal; saying “YHWH, if we have made any mistakes, forgive us” isn’t confession, because it isn’t convinced (saying “if we made”), it isn’t personal (saying “if we made”), it isn’t specific (saying “if we made any”), and it isn’t honest (saying “mistakes”).Because of Yëshuå’ work, the righteousness of YHWH is our friend - insuring that we will be forgiven, because Yëshuå paid the penalty of our sin. YHWH is being faithful and just to forgive us in light of Yëshuå.Treat YHWHtruthfully, and he will treat you truthfully. Make no pretensions before YHWH, but lay bare your soul, let him see it as it is, and then he will be faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness." (Spurgeon) The promise of 1 Yochanan 1:9
  5. 5. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. shouldn’t lead us into sin, saying “Hey, I’ll go ahead and sin because YHWH will forgive me.” It should lead us out of sin, knowing that YHWH could only be faithful and just to forgive us our sins because the wrath we deserved was poured out on the sin.Since each sin carries with it its own measure of wrath, so there is a sense in whicheach sin we commit added to the agony of Yëshuå on the Tree.There is no more sure evidence that a person is out of fellowship with YHWH than for someone to contemplate or commit sin with the idea, “I can just ask for forgiveness later.” Since YHWH is light and in Him is no darkness at all, we can rest assure that the person who commits sin thinking that isn’t in fellowship with YHWH. If we deny the presence of sin, we are self-deceived and denying YHWH’s word. Yet, though sin isalways present, so is its remedy - so sin need never be a hindrance to our relationship with YHWH. The idea that His word is not in us is related to the idea that Yëshuå is the Word of life 1 Yochanan 1:1;That which was from the Beresheet (beginning), which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Dvar Chayim (Word of life); if we refuse to see sin in us, we show that Yëshuå is not in us. No man was ever kept out of YHWHs kingdom for his confessed badness; many are for their supposed goodness." (Trapp) 1 Yochanan 3:6 Whoever remains in him doesnt sin. Whoever sins hasnt seen him, neither knows him. indicates that is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. Yochanan is notteaching here the possibility of sinless perfection The present tense in the Greek verb implied habit, continuity, unbroken sequence” (Stott); the NIV has the right idea when it translates these verbs with phrases such as keeps on sinning, continues to sin, and he cannot go on sinning.Whoever abides in Him does not sin: Yochanan’s message is plain and consistent with the rest of the Scriptures. It tells us that a life style of habitual sin is inconsistent with a life of abiding in
  6. 6. Yëshuå HaMoschiah. A true Believe can only be temporarily in a life style of sin. Paul’s teaching in Romans 6 is a great example of this principle. He shows us that when a person comes to Yëshuå, when their sins are forgiven and YHWH’s grace is extended to them, they are radically changed - the old man is dead, and the new man lives. So it is utterly incompatible for a new creation in Yëshuå to be comfortable in habitual sin; such a place can only be temporary for the Believer.In some ways, thequestion is not “do you sin or not?” We each sin. The question is, “How do you react when you sin? Do you give into the pattern of sin, and let it dominate your lifestyle? Or do you humbly confess your sin, and do battle against it with the power Yëshuå can give?”This is why it is so grieving to see Believerss make excuses for their sin, and not humbly confess them. Unless the sin is dealt with squarely, it will contributeto a pattern of sin that may soon become their lifestyle - perhaps a secret lifestyle, but a lifestyle nonetheless.What is important is that we never sign a “peace treaty” with sin. We never wink at its presence or excuse it by saying, “Everybody has their own sinful areas, and this is mine. Yëshuå understands.” This completely goes against everything we are in Yëshuå, and the work He has done in our life. 1Yochanan 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of YHWH, and it is not yet revealed what we will be.But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is To live a lifestyle of habitual sin is to demonstrate that you have not seen Him (in a present sense of the ultimate “seeing Him men, and that you have not known Him. There are some people so great and so wonderful that seeing them or knowing them will change your life forever. Yëshuå is that kind of person.In the beginning mankind it was not so, man lived and dwelled in YHWH; presence, in so much has the tree of life (Yëshuå ), and many other trees of Righteousness ( gabriel, lucifier, michael....) also lived with the garden of eden, in that GardenYHWH instructed man in the way of YHWH, man was an orb of light, more beautiful than any of YHWHs creation of messengers Yechezk’el 28:12 Ben Adam, take up a lamentation upon the melekh Tzor, and say unto him, Thus saith YHWH ( ‫ )אדני‬YHWH ( ‫:)יהוה‬ Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.Thou hast been in Eden the garden of Elohim (‫ ;)אלהים‬every precious stone [was] thy covering, the
  7. 7. sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thypipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou [art] the anointed cheruv that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the kodesh har(mountain) Elohim ( ‫ ;)אלהים‬thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. Now with a third of the messengers in sin ( rebellion of YHWH) YHWH began creating after his own kind ( benai of YHWH), his own family of beings of ruakh,he at that time also introdued choice between life on the one hand and knowledge on the Other Our first parents rejected the Tree of Life [which represented Yëshuå ] andchose haSatan: the one who had the knowledge and personal experience of good and evil. Their decision plunged the whole world into troubles so great that they now threaten to engulf us. Our first parents wanted to know about good and evil - by personal experience. Mankinds present plight some 6000 years later is simply the result of their tragic decision to ‘see for themselves.’ Problems are the evil part; the part of which the whole human race now has full knowledge. Bear in mind that the root cause of all our problems is sin, the rejection of YHWH’sdirections and the violation of His commands. The sin may be in ourselves, in others,in society at large or may even go back several generations to our ancestors. But you can be sure that at the root of every problem is sin. Somebody, somewhere along the line has transgressed the law of the Most High and human suffering is the result. Is there any salvation from this sad state of affairs, this roundabout of rebellion, this treadmill of trouble? We are happy to say, there is. Worst of Sinners Many sinners suppose that they are worse than all others. This is an understandablereaction to strong conviction, but it is wrong in every case. In any event Yëshuå came to save all sinners, irrespective of whether they think they are the worst or not - for “All Have Sinned.” Man’s universal need and YHWH’s universal offer. Romans 3: 23For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of YHWH, being justified freely by His
  8. 8. grace through the redemption that is in Moshiach Yëshuå, Paul develops his teaching about salvation around three themes. Justification: an image from the court of law and solves the problem of man’s guilt before a righteous Judge. Redemption (an image from the slave market)solves the problem of man’s slavery to sin, the world, and the devil. Propitiation an image from the world of religion, appeasing YHWH through sacrifice. Even as all have sinned and fall short of the glory of YHWH is universal, so is the offer of being justified freely by His grace. It is open to everyone who will believe. Morris, quoting Moule:“The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it; but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of an Alp; but you are as little able totouch the stars as they.” Everyone falls short, but everyone can be justified freely by His grace. How do we fall short of the glory of YHWH? It’s impossible to describe every way, but here are four important ways man fallsshort of the glory of YHWH.We fail to give YHWH the glory due Him, in our words, thoughts and actions.We fail to qualify for, and thereby reject, the glory and reward that YHWH gives faithful servants.We fail to properly reflect YHWH’s glory, byrefusing to be conformed into His image.We fail to obtain the final glory YHWH will bestow on His people at the end of all history. Justified freely by His grace:Being in such a sinful state, the only way we can be justified is to be justified freely. We can’t purchase it with out good works at all. If it isn’t made free to us, we can’thave it all. So we are justified freely by His grace - His unmerited favor, given to uswithout regard to what we deserve. It is a giving motivated purely by the giver, and motivated by nothing in the one who receives. Freely is the Greek word doreanThe way this word is used in other Renewed Covenant passages helps us understand
  9. 9. the word. Matthew 10:8 Freely you have received, freely give Revelation 22:17 And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freelyshow that the word means truly free, not just “cheap” or “discounted.” Perhaps the most striking use of the ancient Greek word dorean is in Yochanan 15:25: They hated me without a cause (dorean) Even as there was nothing in Yëshuå deserving of man’s hatred, so there is nothing in us deserving of justification all the reasons are in YHWH. Calvin on the use of both the words freely and grace:“He thus repeats the word to show that the whole is from YHWH, and nothing fromus . . . lest we should imagine a half kind of grace, he affirms more strongly what he means by a repetition, and claims for YHWH’s mercy alone the whole glory of our righteousness.”Through the redemption that is in Moshiach Yëshuå: Again, Paul’s gospel centers squarely in Moshiach Yëshuå. Salvation is possible because of the redemption found in Him. YHWH cannot give us His righteousness apart fromYëshuå Moshiach. Redemption has the idea of buying back something, and involves cost. However, YHWH pays the cost and so we are justified freely.The word redemption had its origin in the release of prisoners of war on payment ofa price and was know as the “ransom.” As time went on, it was extended to include the freeing of slaves, again by the payment of a price. The idea of redemption means that Yëshuå bought us, therefore we belong to Him. Paul expressed this thought in another letter: 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify YHWH in your body and in your Ruakh , which are YHWH’s. 1 Timothy 1: 15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Yëshuå came intothe world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” Therefore no matter what the problem is, and it may not be your fault, for its rootcause may go back a hundred years or more, Yëshuå can help you. He is ‘YHWH in
  10. 10. human flesh’ and he can save you from problems of every kind. As Abraham Lincoln once said to a friend in great trouble: “Go to Him and pray, for He alone can save you.” What Must I Do To Be Saved?By far the most important piece of information ever to be transmitted to the sons and daughters of men is the answer to the question: “What must I do to be saved?” Saved, please note, not just from ones temporal problems which come to believer and unbeliever alike - but from the end result of sin -condemnation and everlasting death! Acts 16: 30-31 “... Sirs What must I do to be saved? And they said: Believe on the Eloahi Yëshuå , and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” [Note: And Thy House - Household] Yochanan 3: 16-18“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoeverbelieveth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For YHWH sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of YHWH.”From these passages we can see that faith in Yëshuå [the Saviour’s Hebrew Name] isthe way to salvation. In short, the sinner, no matter how bad he may think he is, must have faith in Yëshuå. Hemust believe what YHWH has categorically promised. And he must rest assured that what the Almighty has promised - He will do.The whole universe would descend into absolute chaos if YHWH failed to keep this single promise. So we can have absolute confidence in Him that He will not break His word. Trust Him. He will do what He says. Salvation from sin and its consequence is guaranteed to those who have faith in Yëshuå . But what about the present problems [physical ills, persecution, poverty,starvation, homelessness, unemployment, loneliness etc.] which are not automatically removed when a person believes? Righteous Job
  11. 11. Job 1: 3His enormous wealth: 10 children, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 she asses and many servants. Chapters 1-37 His terrible troubles: Job lost practically everything, wealth, possessions, family, health and friends. Few men or women have suffered as Job did. His Faith: Job 13: 15: “..Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him...” Job 19: 25-26 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see YHWH:” Jobs experience proves that even a godly person can have troubles. And they maynot be speedily removed even after prayer. But faith can win through every trouble no matter how bad it may be. When you feel that your troubles are too much, think of Job. The Apostles All the Apostles suffered enormously; far more than is generally known. And in theend almost all suffered a martyrs death. They had troubles, no one will dispute thatfact. But YHWH allowed them to experience trouble for a very good reason. He waswith them throughout their trials. He did not remove trials; but provided the strength to bear them. Note Pauls attitude in time of trial. Romans 5: 3-5 “... But we glory in tribulation: knowing that tribulation worketh patience, And patience experience, and experience hope. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of YHWH is shed abroad in our hearts by the Ruakh HaQ!odesh which is given unto us.” 2 Corinthians 11: 23 To 12:9 Are they ministers of Moshiach? (I speak as a fool) I [am] more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in
  12. 12. deaths oft.Of the Yehudim five times received I forty [stripes] save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; [In] journeyings often, [in] perils of waters, [in] perils ofrobbers, [in] perils by [mine own] countrymen, [in] perils by the heathen, [in] perilsin the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the assemblies Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The Elohim ( ‫ )אלהים‬and Father of Eloneinu Yëshuå (‫ )ישוע‬Moshiach, which is blessed forevermore, knoweth that I lie not. InDemeshek the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Demeshekim with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands. It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of YHWH. I knew a man in Moshiach above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: Elohim ( ‫ )אלהים‬knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: Elohim ( ‫ )אלהים‬knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heardunspeakable words, which it is not permissive for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or [that] heheareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of adversary to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing Ibesought YHWH thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Moshiach may rest upon me. A true believers faith or greatness does not exempt him/her from suffering. If Paul did boast, it was of his inadequacy, his weakness and the opportunity to demonstrate Yëshuå’s power in weakness. YHWH often permits trouble and pain. It preventspride. Even a great believer’s prayers can fail. And the reason is that Yëshuås powerto overcome evil is best demonstrated in the midst oftrouble. The greater the darkness the more effective is His shining grace and glory. Yëshuå’s grace is all you need. His power comes to its full strength when we are helpless. 2 Corinthians 12: 10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, indistresses for Yëshuå’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Yëshuå;
  13. 13. His servant and yours Shalom in Righteousness by the GRACE of YHWH keiYAH nätzräyaremember me and pray for me that YHWH will be gracious unto me and be merciful unto my sins which i have sinned against him. Peace be to them that read and that hear these things and to their servants: Amein and Amein Freely ye have received, freely give A rule necessary, and of great extent. A servant in the Gospel Vineyard, though worthy of his Comfortable support while in the work. Should never preach for hire, or make a secular traffic of the Ruakh ( spirit ual work): what a scandal is it for aman to traffic with gifs which he pretends, at least, to have received from the RuakhHaQodesh, of which he is not the master, but the dispenser. He who preaches to get a living, or make a fortue, is guilty of the most infamous sacrilege