Part Three: the Separation
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"YHVH did not send his Son into the world to separate the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not separated, but whoever does not believe is separated already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of YHVH. And this is the separation: that Light (YHVH) has come into the world, and people loved the darkness more than the Light because their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever DOES what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in YHVH." John 3:17-21
To quote John 3:16 as the hallmark of Christianity while at the same time skipping over the subsequent verses 17-21, is simply disingenuous in handling the Words of Truth in the context of which they were written. Revelation 19:10b says, "…the testimony of Yeshua IS the spirit of prophecy." Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines prophecy as the "spoken oracles of YHVH". So, the testimony of the Life of Yeshua reveals how YHVH's Words are to be construed. Words mean things. It does not matter what we "think" they say - only if what the Words we are given validate what we believe as Truth or not. If what we think the words mean are not found in the Life or Words of Yeshua - at the very least, those thoughts should be held suspect. Acts 7:38 also gives us the proper Hebraic persepective of prophecy as being the spoken oracles of YHVH. If we are to use the words of Yeshua as the benchmark by which all other words are measured including other words of scripture, then we need to have a true understanding of what His Words really mean. The same Greek word translated as the English "condemnation" in John 3:19 and "judgment" in John 5:22-30 is krisis which means "a separation, sundering, to be separated from". So, by inserting the proper definition of these words into the passage above, what Yeshua actually meant by those words comes into clearer focus - and here He says there is a separation associated with how we behave. The Judgment He is speaking of, then, is to be separated from the Light by our deliberate behavior. 1John 1:5 tells us that YHVH, the Source of Life, IS "the Light". Yeshua is saying that, because it is impossible for Light and darkness to occupy the same space at the same time, you will have either one or the other manifest in the works, the deeds of an individual (see what the Properties of Light are). It is important, therefore (if we are to truly understand the Truth of Yeshua's words), to be able to define what He considered to be an enemy. Yeshua says that DOING evil is the same thing as HATING the Light, the Father - regardless of what that person proclaims with his lips. It is we who move away from the Light by refusing to bring our deeds into alignment with the Light. So, what did the Son consider to be evil - where did He say evil comes from? In Mark 7:21-23, He said evil proceeds from the heart of men and gives a listing of behaviors befitting that category. Who was He speaking to when He said those words - pagans? No, He was speaking to those who proclaimed their love for the Father. For those claiming inclusion in YHVH's Family, infidelity to the Light warrants a separation from that Light. When seen through the Hebraic perspective of Yeshua's Words, the words of the Hebrew apostle Sha'ul (Paul) in Romans 8 become reflective and supportive - essentially saying the same thing.
As seen in a previous article, A Pre-Determined Destination, YHVH "foreknew" (that is, pre-determined - not "predestined") from the foundation of the world that He would have a family that would be holy, set apart to Him by conforming to the image, the likeness of His Life manifested in His Son, Yeshua. This is the Covenant YHVH made with Himself. In other words, to become a member of the family of YHVH means to become conformed to the image of the Source of Life exhibited by Yeshua. Exactly who those individuals are will be determined by those who YHVH has "come to know" through their exhibition of a conformance of behavior coinciding with the example manifested by the Son. Conversely, by their deeds in the flesh which do not conform to the Life of Yeshua (which are death) - they become hostile to the Spirit of Life, requiring separation. The last words of Yeshua to His disciples were not what have become known as "the Great Commission". The last thing He said to five out of seven assemblies claiming their affiliation with the Spirit of Life was Repent. Repent from what? Repent from leaving their first love, the Words of YHVH - Who, scripturally, IS the Word. So, what does it mean to be conformed to the example of Life exhibited by Yeshua?
|"If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home (abide) with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me ." John 14:23-24|
|"For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of YHVH, you may receive the Promise ." Hebrews 10:36|
The Greek text doesn't say, "…what was promised" as most English versions of this scripture contain. It actually says, the promise. The author of Hebrews makes it quite clear that "…the promise" will be ours if and when we have done the will of YHVH. What is "the promise"? Verse 22 says it is the confidence to "enter the holy place," drawing near because we have had our hearts "sprinkled" and our bodies "washed". This language is the vocabulary of purity used in the Tanakh (OT, Ezekiel 36:25). The promise is the ability to once again become 'echad with Spirit as it was in the beginning with Adam. The Promise is the restoration of the Kingdom to the rightful heirs spoken of in Romans 8:12-17, the Family of YHVH - which was the purpose of Yeshua's Life. While it is certain that we have been invited into this fellowship now, today; there is another factor at play here that might be skipped over because of its implications - endurance. Obtaining the promise is the result of continuing in YHVH's Will - not a "once and for all" decision. Fellowship is the result of patient fortitude and persistent tenacity in the pursuit of His Will - keeping His Words. Perhaps the NASB, NIV and ESV changed the wording for "the promise" because they didn't want readers to think that the experience of fellowship with YHVH could be judged by our current apprehension of the Present Presence. Perhaps they wanted us to think that it is all way off in the distance so that we won't ask, "Am I in harmony with Him today?" It is much easier to imagine that it will all work out in the end if there is no standard to judge current behavior right now. The standard by which the Family of YHVH is judged are the Words of the Source of Life Who IS Light. Those not abiding in the Light are separated from The Promise by their actionable behavior.
"But when the fullness of time had come, YHVH sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to
redeem those who were under the law
so that we might receive adoption as sons."|
The Greek verb translated "redeem" in this verse is exagorazo. It literally means "to purchase out of." The root of the verb, agorazo, comes from the noun, agora, which in turn means "the marketplace." This verb in Galatians calls forth the imagery of going to the market to buy something once owned by the purchaser. According to this usage in Galatians, Yeshua bought His Family back. The action is dynamic, not static. It is the process of the repurchase that matters. But this begs a question that is almost never asked. What did Yeshua buy back and who was the present owner when He came to make His repurchase? Paul does not say they were owned by the Law - the Law was not the slave master. Being "under the Law" is not the same as being "owned by the Law." What's the difference? The Torah (misinterpreted "Law") established YHVH's instructions for what it took to live in the Present Presence of the Source of Life, and the consequence for disobedience to those instructions - which is death. Adam was not the first of mankind, but the first member of the Hebrew Family of YHVH. Holding the status of firstborn gave Adam the same authority as his Father - he was "just as" the Father, created in the likeness and image of YHVH. He was 'echad with the Father (Hebrew for "One", Genesis 2:24). When the first son of YHVH's Hebrew family disobeyed His Father's Words in the Garden, he forfeited his birthright of living In Perpetuity with the Source of Life and, thus, inherited the consequence of death. But, apparently, he did not die - or did he? Anything apart from Life is death. Separation from the Source of Life means no longer living in Perpetuity. Exodus 20:5-6 tells us part of the Nature of YHVH is that the sins of the fathers are visited upon subsequent generations of those who hate Him by not keeping His Words until and unless that sin is redeemed. YHVH defines hatred toward Him as not keeping His Words of Life. Not keeping His Words produces hostility toward YHVH which, like darkness, cannot abide in the same space at the same time with Light - thereby forcing a separation. Forgiveness does not eliminate the consequence of sin and the consequence of sin is death - separation from the Source of Life. This was the reason, the need for Atonement. The obedient second son redeemed the consequence of disobedience of the first (1Corinthians 15:45). The restored Kingdom is devaq - the opportunity of becoming 'echad with the Father, the Source of Life.
There was no death in the Garden - only perpetuity. Disobedience required separation from that perpetuity. It was death that owned the family of YHVH - not Torah which contains the instructions for Life. Being held captive by death is a consequence of failure to keep YHVH's Words - disobedience to the Words of Life! YHVH's family did not need to be redeemed from the Torah but from the result, the consequence of breaking the Words of Life by the first son - thus, making bondage to darkness their subsequent inheritance instead of Life. Had Adam kept the Father's Words in the beginning, there would have been no need for his family to be redeemed from the bondage of death. The problem is not with the standard - it is with the consequence of not keeping the standard that the family inherited. As the family's Kinsman Redeemer, Yeshua came to repurchase YHVH's Family back from the death sentence hanging over them and to restore their inheritance of Life. This is why He said in Matthew 15:24 that He was sent only to the household of Israel, the family of YHVH - and anyone can be joined to that family by receiving the Father of the family through the embrace of His Words. In Hebraic thought, redemption (deliverance, salvation, return) makes no sense unless there is an immediate threat to life itself. To ask a Hebrew, "Are you saved?" will probably bring a response of "From what?" No threat - no need for redemption. From Paul's Hebrew perspective, this means only understanding apolytrosis (redemption) in terms of thanatos (death). Torah is the revelation of YHVH's own Nature and Character displayed in human actions. If I do what Torah commands, am I not saved? Moses makes it pretty clear when he says "Choose Life!" Choose to follow YHVH's Words and live. There is not a hint that this is independent of grace because YHVH has to send it - without His grace there is no delivery of Life. YHVH's deliverance of His Family from the bondage of Egypt was a demonstration of His Grace - the children of Israel did nothing to deserve that rescue. YHVH's desire to rescue His children is the motivation behind Torah - how to live once rescued. Grace produces instruction. To "Choose Life" means choosing to accept YHVH's grace and, subsequently, living according to His Words of Life. Yeshua came that He might live under the same standard as the rest of His Family (Torah) - but in perfectly fulfilling it He elected to die anyway as the instrument of rescue for His Family. His obedient Life in the flesh became the substitute for the bondage of death hanging over YHVH's Family to bring them back to Life - to restore the Kingdom of YHVH, 'echad, to the rightful inheritors of His Family. This passage from Galatians, therefore, is not demeaning those "under the law" as if they were cursed; rather, he is describing a category of people apart from the rest of the world who are not "under the law".
Part One: Who Is The Word?
Part Two: Aleph-Tav
Part Three: the Separation
|"…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light, He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, by whom we have redemption..." Colossians 1:12-15|
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