|The Ten Words of LIFE|
Part Three: In Perpetuity
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall choose LIFE so that you live, both you and your seed, to love YHVH your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him…" Deuteronomy 30:19-20
"Speak to all the assembly of the people of Israel and say to them; you shall BE HOLY, for I, YHVH, your Elohim am holy." Leviticus 19:2
In the last article, The Will of the Father (click on highlighted words to view content), we observed that being faithful to the Life of Yeshua by our actions today means we HAVE, right now, perpetuity of Life - not as a possession, but as a result of clinging to the Image of Life found in the Words of YHVH that Yeshua exampled (John 14:23-24). As evidenced in the article, Where Is Heaven?, we found the Kingdom of Heaven to not be an idyllic "place" found somewhere in the future but a state of being an individual "puts on" TO BECOME ETERNAL IN THIS LIFETIME. Yeshua says in John 6:54 that the one who eats of His flesh and drinks of His blood IS HAVING eternal life (not "will have") - right now, in this present life. The Greek word translated "eternal" in this verse is aionios which means "without beginning and without end". This is the same definition that is found in Isaiah 41:4 and Isaiah 44:6 that is given to YaHoVeH - the Name which means the Present Presence. So, from this Hebrew perspective, what do these words from the Hebrew Yeshua reveal about the nature of eternal life? If heaven is not a "place" but an elevated state of being, produced through manifesting the image of Spirit, then His statement of "down-stepping OUT of heaven" begins to make sense as a movement from an elevated state of being, Spirit, into another of flesh - thus, bringing the perpetuity of Spirit into the flesh. In so doing, Yeshua fulfilled the purpose of the Father to restore the inheritance of YHVH's Kingdom to His Family of Israel as it was in the beginning by preserving the echad (Hebrew for "one") of Spirit He was born with within flesh through obedience to the Words of His Father The members of YHVH's family are anyone who chooses to do the same as Yeshua - to love YHVH, the Source of Life, by obeying His Voice and clinging to Him (Matthew 22:37-38 - quoting Deuteronomy 6:5). By conforming our lives to the character of the Nature of Spirit found in His Words, we become transparently holy - even as He, YHVH, is Holy (which means to be set apart from the rest of this world as Yeshua reinforced in Matthew 5:48 - quoting Leviticus 19:2). This Hebrew word, kodesh, (translated "holy"), comes from the same root word as kadoshe, which is translated "saint". To become one with Spirit means to abide with Spirit in perpetuity where He resides (see what it means to Abide In His Name).
As explained in the article The Immortal Soul, our comprehension of time as we know it today is a man-made phenomenon that did not exist prior to 1847 and only then with the advent of "railroad time". The definition of time is a system of measurement from one cyclical event to another. If there is no beginning and there is no ending, there can be no cyclical event from which to take neither a measurement from nor an ending to calculate the measurement between the two events. Thus, since YHVH inhabits eternity and with Him there is no beginning and no end, there is no time in eternity - only perpetuity (Isaiah 57:15). Living in perpetuity with the Creator means creation exists right now. Recent discoveries in science are revealing that the universe is constantly expanding, not deteriorating - evidence that the creation process is still occurring, right now. While Yeshua's obedience as the Kinsman Redeemer fulfilled the purpose of the Father to restore echad to His family, it did not change the plan for that family by the Father from the beginning. That plan was for His Family to have an ongoing participatory role in creation which manifests His image of Light to the world (Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 60:1-6, 1John 1:5). This participatory idea stands in complete opposition to the usual Christian concept of a static creation within which mankind only alters, produces, manipulates, or is manipulated by what already exists. While the subject of the physical creation described in Genesis is true from its surface presentation, creation seen from this view alone is limiting. The Hebraic perspective is much more encompassing - not everything is to be found in physical reality. The creation of righteousness, for instance, requires an active participation in the Words of Life. To bring about the fullness found in YHVH's plan of creation, His family must be participating in acts of righteousness which affect outward reality as a result of inward construction. Our choices alter the face of the cosmos, bringing into being or excluding from being physical entities. In the murder at the hand of Cain, for instance, YHVH notes that the generations that should have been born to Abel are now forever removed from reality - an act of darkness that wipes away physical beings from ever being exposed to Light (Genesis 4:6-11, Hebrews 12:24, John 3:19-21, see To Know Him to find out what it means, scripturally, to murder).
|a participatory involvement|
|"For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Thus it is written, 'The first Adam became a living being'; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit …as He is, so are we in this world." Romans 5:19, 1Corinthians 15:45, 1John 4:17|
The world suggests that the essence of being human is a fact of existence as homo-sapien. But scripture, when seen from the Hebraic perspective it was written in, reveals a different point of view. Adam, the first of YHVH's Hebrew family, was formed human because he was invited to participate in the Divine Image - an image that is the dynamic interplay of actions reflecting the Nature of Spirit. Sin, which is disobedience, does not reflect that Spirit; rather, it reflects rebellion against Spirit Therefore, sin is the antithesis of being human. Sin makes us less than human. And in Hebrew thought all biological entities called homo sapiens have sinned. With one exception, all are in some state of less-than-human (Romans 3:23). Doing what I want instead of doing what YHVH wants reduces the image of His Spirit in me, and consequently, reduces my humanity (Luke 9:23). Adam's disobedience was what passed to the rest of YHVH's Family, placing them into bondage alongside the rest of the world separated from Spirit (Exodus 34:7).
"Yeshua is the image of the invisible YHVH -
the firstborn of all creation,
While the Hebrew word goy means "nation" from a general perspective, there is only one nation (goy) that worships the One True Elohim of Israel. However, in the plural, goyim, it is especially used of "other nations beside Israel" to describe the profane practices of those who are strangers to Elohim. In Isaiah 42:6, YHVH says He will make His Family, Israel, a "light (i.e., a teacher) to the other nations (KJV translated "Gentiles"). One cannot be a practitioner of the ways of other nations and, at the same time, expect to be incorporated into the nation of YHVH's family of Israel as seen in Leviticus 19:2 and Acts 15:19-21. These four instructions in Acts are taken directly from the portions known as the "Heart of the Torah" in the Original Writings. They are found in the book of Leviticus from chapters 11 through 20. These chapters give YHVH's definition of what is holy - and what is not. Notice that Acts 5:19 declares these instructions are to be given to "those of the Gentiles (other nations) who turn to YHVH" - not to Yeshua. Turning to YHVH means abandoning the pagan practices of other nations and choosing to align oneself with the ways of the nation of YHVH, the Family of Israel - one cannot do both at the same time. To be holy (Hebrew kodesh) means to be set apart from the rest of the world (see the article Legalism for a deeper examination of Acts 15).
From Noah, all of mankind has sported the Father's Hebrew DNA; but because of Adam's disobedience, that blood was corrupted, requiring separation - even in Noah. Noah was chosen to carry the status of firstborn into subsequent Hebrew generations because he kept the Father's Words (Genesis 6:9, Genesis 6:22, Hebrews 11:7). The reason for the separation of Adam's corrupt blood from the Tree of Life was to keep the Source of Life pristine and pure. Without YHVH's Glory resting within the liver to continually cleanse the blood, that blood remains corrupted - even for the Hebrew (Leviticus 17:11). Exodus 34:1-7 answers the request of Moses to "show me Your Glory" in the last few verses of Exodus 33
|...the Glory of YHVH|
The creation of the world as we know it is in the process of being created by the participation of those who are actively engaged with Spirit, today. The purpose for the creation of Adam was as the firstborn of a Hebrew family that would be the expression of the Father's image, becoming participants in the creating process. That purpose was fulfilled in the atonement of the Kinsman Redeemer To enter into a creative partnership with YHVH as His children in the formation of the world as YHVH originally intended means we bear responsibility for what we do here on earth. We affect the creation, not simply by altering what is already there but by actually bringing into being the fuller purposes of YHVH. We are active, essential participants in an ongoing creation. To keep the Words of the Father in the same manner as Yeshua exampled means that we display YHVH's character in our actions without any other purpose or intention than to honor Him. To keep the Words of the Father in the same manner as Yeshua exampled means that we are nothing more than the transparent vehicle of YHVH. To be in perpetuity with YHVH means that, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" - words that should resonate in how others view our Life.
"We know that when the tent which houses us here on earth is torn down, we have a permanent building from YHVH, a building not made by human hands, eternal in heaven."|
If you read this verse from 2Corinthians in the original Greek, without doctrinal overlays, the Greek word aionios again appears translated as "eternal" - meaning "without beginning and without end". What do you do with a house? You abide, dwell, live in - inhabit a house with your being. The "house" He is building is AMONG those who choose to actively participate with Him in constructing a permanent place of dwelling in perpetuity where Spirit abides by obedience to His Words. Again, words mean things, and the tense that is being used in this verse is "have" - meaning that house is available to us right now. When you die and this "tent on earth" is torn down, the house of Spirit you have constructed is part of the New Jerusalem that is not made by human hands but is comprised of Spirit - of which all those who are now a part form the brilliance of it. This scripture speaks of the result of our participation in the Spirit of perpetuity today - the "Keys to the Kingdom" Yeshua speaks of in Matthew 16:19, Matthew 18:15-20, and John 20:21-23 (see Just As-Even So). The Hebrew word for "repent", teshuvah, means a return to the image of Spirit. It is to re-capture humanity because without an open, cooperative, obedient relationship with Him, there is no sharing in His image. The core Nature of Spirit that runs like a thread throughout His Words is selfLESSness. Disobedience to YHVH's Words removes us from the full image of His Nature (Luke 9:23).
Part One - the Present Presence
Part Two - The Father's Will
Part Three - In Perpetuity
|"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12|
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