Torah Portion METZORA – Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:1-15:33

Once Saved Always Saved?

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved and a blessed Passover to all!

One of the most common deadly deceptions is the “Once saved, always saved” doctrine. I believe that this particular doctrine has killed too many people!

In fact some Christians and some religious Jews harbor the same dangerous belief that CHOICE has nothing to do with Salvation. In other word it is all predestined and we humans have no say. Among many Orthodox Jews the belief is:

“No matter how much we sin we cannot lose our “Jewish Soul””. Immorality, homosexuality and the like cannot make us to lose our “Jewish Soul”. However, they say, believing in Yeshua is the only thing that can cause us to lose this precious soul!

That is why when many of us Jews accept Messiah; our closest family sits SHIVA for us which means they do a ceremony of mourning for the dead and sit in desolation and mourning for 7 days on the floor as if we died!

Among the Christians something very similar happens when many believe that it does not matter what a Christian does as long as he “believes” in Jesus. That believe with no need for REPENTANCE or CLEANSING is enough to “go to heaven” and inherit Eternal Life. In the case of the Christian deception there is only one thing that can cause a Christian to lose his/her salvation and that is JUDAIZING or most particularly following anything Jewish. They often quote from Galatians 3-5 about this very misunderstood subject. The persecution against a person that desires to enjoy the Jewish Messiah in His Jewish context is fierce to say the least.

Both Christians and Jews share common deceptions. This shows in a peculiar way how tied are the Christians and the Jews and how much we belong together!

The Word of God is very clear that not everyone who considers himself a Jew is saved.

Jew & GentileBoth Jews and Gentiles need to REPENT and receive forgiveness of sins!

2000 years ago only Jews could be saved, only Jews had a Covenant with the Almighty God! Paul made a point in the Book of Romans that ethnicity (being ethnically Jew by birth) is not enough for salvation.

A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. Romans 2:28-29

This is a very revealing passage as we could now change it and say, “A person is not a Christian who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.” No, a person is a Christian who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.

Paul said that the CIRCUMCISION of the HEART was needed. In other words the FLESH or the CARNALITY of the heart needed to be REMOVED so that YHVH could write His Commandments and ways there!

There is a BIG difference in the natural between a man that is circumcised and a man that is not. It is NOTICEABLE! In the same way there is a big difference between a believer in Yeshua that is circumcised of heart and one that is religious and shows no change of heart and lifestyle!

Yeshua warned us against the belief that Salvation meant only to believe that Yeshua died for our sins and that no REPENTANCE is needed. He warned us seriously that a true believer would also be an OBEDIENT person! He clearly said that the disobedient “believers” would not be saved! He called those “believers” that disobey Him- EVILDOERS or Wicked People that are LAWLESS! In other words their hearts had not been circumcised and the Commandments of the Most High are not written in there!

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:21-23

He said clearly that those “believers” that walk in the futility of their minds, keep on sinning and are carnal are regarded as His enemies and die eternally!

For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:29

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8

THE FULL PROGRESSION OF SALVATION

In the Book of Leviticus chapter 16 we have a most revealing progression of SALVATION!

Day of AtonementDuring the most holy day of the Biblical Calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom HaKipurim, the High Priest needed to take some radical steps to bring yearly salvation to all of Israel. These steps are very revealing of the process of REDEMPTION.

For it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before YHVH. Leviticus 16:30

It included the blood of a sacrificed goat as a Sin Offering to atone for the sins of Israel, another goat a scapegoat on whose head the High Priest CONFESSED the sins of Israel and then sent the scapegoat carrying the sins to the wilderness. Then the High Priest needed to WASH, DRESS in His priestly garments and finally he had to offer the BURNT OFFERING!

In the same manner Yeshua became that goat for SIN and His blood brought about forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7). He is also the scapegoat that REMOVES our sin. So, following FORGIVENESS (Blood) comes SIN REMOVAL (Confession!) (1 John 1:9). Once we have been forgiven and our sins confessed and removed; now we need to wash with the water of the Word (that means meditating in the Word day and night!) to remove any dirt left by sin (Ephesians 5:26). Following the washing we must dress in the New Man in our new Royal Priesthood garments (Ephesians 4:24) (1 Peter 2:9) so we can offer our own flesh as a burnt offering before YHVH! We must become the High Priest of our own body and offer it as a Living Sacrifice to Elohim-God, in other words to LIVE for Him alone!

THE WONDERFUL SMELL OF BURNING FLESH!

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

sacrificial givingWhen your flesh burns you will obey God in all that He asks you to do! Including in your GIVING! Paul called the act of sacrificial giving a “sweet smelling aroma” like in the case of the burnt offerings in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and from the beginning of time! (Genesis 4:4-5)

But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. Philippians 4:18

True Salvation will affect our lives in EVERY way. The way we live will radically CHANGE to match the Biblical Culture. If there is no change, no REPENTANCE, no OBEDIENCE to His Holy Spirit and Word, the Blood of Yeshua cannot help us anymore!

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29

True salvation will lead us to true deliverance from sin and to radical obedience in every area of our lives, including our body, mind, attitudes and FINANCES! The smell of burnt flesh in every area of our lives will be pleasing unto YHVH!

‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:16

If we are HOT the flesh will BURN and we will smell good to the Lord!

The only way that we can keep on smelling good and on the Narrow Road of Salvation is to be filled with His Holy Spirit Fire and not to quench it with sin and disobedience, with murmuring and complaining and unbelief! Paul said that he worked his salvation with fear and trembling because he did not believe in the deceptive doctrine of “once saved, always saved!” He knew that we needed to walk a radical walk of obedience and holiness every single day!

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12

Baptism of the Holy SpiritFirst we must receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire and then we must learn to feed the FIRE with obedient acts of faith in every area of our lives.

The Gospel and the Torah –Word of God must affect all areas of our lives! Our obedience to walk in holiness does not depend on any circumstances but on Him who calls! We have an ETERNITY to enjoy our choices that we made in THIS life! (The Bible says that we live only once and afterwards the judgment! Reincarnation is another common and deadly deception!)

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2

A LIFE CHANGING PRAYER

I say YES Adon (Lord) Yeshua (the true name of “Jesus”) come and save me to the uttermost! I give my life fully to you. I ask forgiveness from all my sins and rebellion and I receive it. I am yours forever! Pour out your Holy Spirit and Fire and make me burn for you! AMEN!

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