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Tests for 8alvation Assurance

Some people believe that if you only pray a prayer, you are saved. !s this Scriptural?
Salvation is a serious issue and it is every believer's responsibility to take this matter
serious and search the Scripture to find out what the truth is regarding salvation.

Terminology:

The following terminology will be used in this study and is based upon the Hebrew
origins of the Scripture and will open up a bit of depth in our understanding of certain
aspects of the Word, which is lost through our English translations of the Bible.

• Yahweh or YHVH – translated in the English Bibles as LORD and is the Name of
God that God gave Moses at the burning bush. This Name means; “He is who
He is” coming from the first person Name “I Am that I Am”
• Yeshua or Yehusuah – The Hebrew Name of our Saviour which is translated to
Greek as Ieosus and transliterated from Greek to English as Jesus in the English
Bible. Ieosus means “God of Healing”. The reason is that there is no “Y” in Greek
and the closest sound was the “I”. The Name Yeshua means; “Yahweh is my
Salvation” and this Name underlines that He is our Saviour as prophesied in
Scripture.
• Messiah – Translated as Christ in the English Bible and comes form the Greek
word Christos which means “Anointed One” and this is also the Hebrew meaning
of Messiah or pronounced as “Massiach”.
• Elohim – Translated as God in the English Bible; it is the Name of God which
means; Messenger, Judge and Ruler/King and are the attributes of Yeshua.
• TaNaK or Scriptures– This is the “correct” term for the English translation “Old
Testament”. The “Old Testament” implies that there was only one “Old Covenant”
and one “New Covenant”, but there are many “Covenants” written in the TaNaK
or Scriptures and the term “Old Testament” is incorrect in it’s application. The
TaNaK is the collation of all the Books known to the people in Yeshua’s time and
are the Torah (first 5 Books of the Scripture), the Nevi-im (the Prophets) and the
Kevotim (the Psalms or writings). I like to refer to the “Old Testament” as the
Tanak or the Scriptures.
• Torah – translated as Law in the English Bible. It actually means Instructions In
the Scripture it is also referred to as the “writings of Moses” and consists of the
first five books of the Bible. It comes from the root word “Yarah” which means; “to
flow like water” and “to learn how to shoot”. This is interesting because sin in
Hebrew is defined as “missing the mark”.
Paul refers to the Torah as the “knowledge of sin” and this is why. The concept of
water is also found in the “New Testament” where the Word is referred to as
water (Eph 5:26). To wash yourself with the water of the Word (Torah) is to
cleanse yourself from sin which is defined in the Torah (first five books of the
Bible). This helps us not to miss the mark or to sin, but to live a holy righteous life
unto Him. (2 Tim 3:16)
• Brit Chadasha or Apostolic Scriptures – as translated and known as the “New
Testament” or “New Covenant”. These are the portions of the Bible that were
mostly written by Paul and the Disciples and did not exist in the time of Yeshua.
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When they referred to “the Word” as in the Book of John, they refer only to the
Tanak because the “New Testament” was not compiled yet.
Brit Chadasha means “Renewed Covenant” and is the extension that was added
to all the previous Covenants where He will write His Torah (Law) on our hearts
and where He underline the grafting in of the Gentiles into Israel as prophesied in
Jer 31:31-33 and Eze 11:19. Heb. 8:8-12, Heb. 10:16-17.


The initial Step to Salvation

Paul gave us in Romans the starting point of faith and this verse is used as basis of what
is known as the sinner’s prayer:

Rom 1o:o-1o
(o) Becouse i[ gou con[ess the Lord Jesus, ond helieoe in gour heort thot
Cod hos roised Him [rom the deod, gou sholl he sooed. (:oJ 1or uith the
heort one helieoes unto righteousness, ond uith the mouth one
con[esses unto solootion.

Joh g:1o
1or Cod so looed the uorld thot He gooe His onlg-hegotten Son, thot
uhoeoer helieoes in Him should not perish hut hooe eoerlosting li[e.

These verses are good foundational verses that tell us the initial steps of salvation. Many
people teach that if you ask Jesus into your heart, that He will come in and then you are
saved. This is derived from Rom 10:10; ….uith the mouth con[ess unto scltction…So, if
you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth you are saved. All good, but the
question I want to ask is; how do you know that you believe, or put it this way; how
would other know that you believe?

The Gospel that was preached by Yeshua and His Disciples was; “Repent, [or the
Kinqdom o[ God is ct hcnd!” The sinners prayer MUST be preceded by repentance and
you need to repent from the sin in your life AND THEN ask Yeshua into your heart and
ask Him to forgive you from everything you did wrong and THEN you need to follow Him
as your new Master, and not follow sin anymore. This is what it means to believe; if you
follow Yeshua as your new Master and as the Shepherd, then you are walking in faith.
Paul told the church in Corinth to examine and test them selves, to see if they are in faith
or truly believe.

zCo_1g:g
Exomine gourseloesuhether gou ore in the [oith, test gour oun seloes.
Do uou not lnou uour oun seltes thct Yeshuc the Messich is in uou, i[ not gou
ore rejected? Rom_8::o, Gcl_z:zo, Eph_(::;, Col_::z;, :1o_a:a.

Why would Paul want the people to examine them selves if they have prayed the
prayer? Surely they were saved praying the prayer? The salvation prayer is the first
step that leads to “walking with Jesus”.

This means that you should walk as He walked and become like He is, so that you can
grow in faith and perfection and that your fruit might show that you are a child of God.

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Rom o:zz
ßut nou, heing mode [ree [rom sin, ond hooing hecome seroonts to Cod,
gou hooe gour [ruit to Holiness, ond the end eoerlosting li[e.

Paul makes it quite clear that a believer’s life should reflect fruit of holiness all the time,
until you inherit everlasting life or salvation. You are made free from the bondage of sin,
and have come to the truth regarding sin and you now know what sin is and do not want
to serve sin anymore. As a believer you have become a servant of God that follow in
His precepts in His Word (Truth) so that your life can bear fruit of set-apartness
(holiness). A True believer’s life will not look like the world, but will look like Yeshua. This
is the next step towards salvation or everlasting life, according to Rom 6:22. This sounds
a bit more complex than the one prayer you thought you have to pray to be saved. That
is true, the prayer is not a magic wand that will change you instantly, you have to know
God and the knowledge of Him is written in His Word, and you need to live this new life
after you have prayed the prayer. What is the used of conversion if you live the way you
use to live before your conversion?

1Jo_g:1g
1 hooe uritten this to gou uho helieoe in the Ncme o[ the Son o[ God, so thot
gou knou thot gou possess eoerlosting li[e, cnd so thct uou beliete in the
Ncme o[ the Son o[ Elohim.

John had the same views on salvation and has given us five tests in the book of 1 John,
where you can examine yourself to see if you comply with the “standard” of living the life
of a true believer and if you still walk the narrow road after you have entered through the
narrow gate. There are five areas that will be affected when you are born again:

• You will have a new relationship with YHVH.
• You will have a new relationship with sin.
• You will have a new relationship with His Word. – Part 2
• You will have a new relationship with people. – Part 2
• You will have a new relationship with the world. – Part 2

Test 1 – Relationship with YHVH:

1Jo 1:o-¬
(ó) I[ ue scu thct ue hcte [ellouship uith Him, cnd uolk in dorkness, ue lie
cnd cre not doinq the truth. (;) But i[ ue uolk in the light os He is in the
light, ue hcte [ellouship uith one cnother, cnd the hlood o[ Yeshuo the
Messioh, His Son, cleonses us [rom oll sin.

Fellowship.
If you are a believer, you will have fellowship. If you have no fellowship, are you a
believer? I think not. Fellowship is an outflow of your faith in Him and an assurance that
you are saved. This is not a test if you are a good or bad Christian, it is a test if you are
saved or not. What is fellowship?

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Fellowship according to the Dictionary.
The condItIon oI sharIng sImIIar Interests, IdeaIs, or experIences, as by reason oI
proIessIon, reIIgIon, or natIonaIIty.

If you have the same interests and ideals as God, then you have fellowship with Him. He
is interested in saving people and to reveal Himself to people. Are you interested in
helping people to get saved and to help reveal God to other people? How can you do
this? By living a life that reflects God’s Character and to speak His Gospel truth to
people you are in contact with when the Spirit prompts you.

Walking in darkness.
If you walk in darkness and say that you are saved, you are a liar. (Says John). What is
darkness? YHVH is Light and He has revealed His Light (will) to us and has told us what
He desires so that we can fellowship with Him and have these common interests. If you
do not know what YHVH desires, you are distant to Him and do not know Him. In other
words; to walk in darkness is to have works in our life that contradicts YHVH's character
(in us) and His will and what He hates. Your lifestyle will reflect where you walk, in the
Light or in the darkness. If the balance tips over towards YHVH's will and ways and
character, you are walking in the Light. If your lifestyle reflects and tips over to worldly
things, red lights should come on, then your are walking in darkness. We all do make
mistakes, but what is the ratio between your "good works" and "bad works". Do you
make a habit out of sin or do you have a habit of having fellowship with YHVH and
occasionally sin? Do you live a reckless, careless lifestyle and do what you like? If your
lifestyle does not reflect YHVH's character and will in your life, you are a liar and are not
saved. Test yourself in this and repent if necessary.

Test 2 – Relationship with sin.

Sensitive to Sin.
Sin in our lives in not a test if we are lost, but our attitude towards sin is the test. Are you
sensitive to sin?

1Jo_1:S-1o
(8) 1[ ue sog thot ue hooe no sin, ue ore misleoding ourseloes, ond the
truth is not in us. (o) 1[ ue con[ess our sins (repentonceJ, He is
trustuorthg ond righteous to [orgioe us the sins ond cleonse us [rom oll
unrighteousness. (:o) 1[ ue sog thot ue hooe not sinned (not repentingJ,
ue moke Him o lior, cnd His Word is not in us.

A true Believer will be sensitive to sin and will live a life of repentance. When last did you
confess your sin? God said He would give you a heart that will respond to Him. People
are cold hearted and refuse to recognize their sin and do something about it. These
people are arrogant and do not want to humble them selves to the Word of YHVH. If
someone comes to you and tell you about sin in your life, how would you respond? Will
you be angry and accuse your friend as being judgmental, or would you take your
friend’s observation to heart and see if it is true and repent?


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Fifty years ago people were devastated with sinful things in the world and today, there
are a lot of believers who practice these same things and call themselves followers of
the Master. People have become num to sin and do not know what sin is and what
righteousness is. The Churches preach today that if you want to be righteous, you are
legalistic and will fall from grace. This is a lie from Satan! YHVH’s righteousness and the
knowledge of sin are only found in His Word and people had rejected His Word because
it does not compliment their lifestyles of comfort and prosperity and “freedom”.

Pride is the root of hard heartedness. Pride will cause you not to acknowledge and
recognize sin in your life and will cause you not to live a life of repentance and this will
lead to self-righteousness. If you repent and confess your sin, He will forgive you your
sin and you then have to go and sin no more. What is confession? It means; "to speak
the same thing". The Holy Spirit speaks to your heart and exposes sin in your life, will
you respond by acceptance, and repeat His Word, or “confess” His Word over your life
and conform to it. In other words; you confess with your actions and not only with your
mouth. Everybody have sin. If you say you have no sin you are a liar. Study His Word to
find out what sin you have in your life, and if it is not in line with His Word, repent and
confess your sin in word and in deed, living a life of repentance.

1so oo:z
Ior cll those Mu hcnd hcs mcde, cnd cll those exist, scus YHVH. ßut to this one 1
uill look, to the o[[licted ond contrite spirit, ond the one uho tremhles
ot Mg Word.

Do you tremble at His Word? Are you afflicted with a contrite spirit? He sometimes
speaks “hard words” through His Word that is for your benefit, and not to break you
down. YHVH is exposing your sin, and does not to condemn you, but He wants to be
saved you and to be set you free. Unrighteousness is a lack of conformity to the
Character and will of God and His Character and Will is only to be found in His Word. .
He will cleanse you to conform to His Character and Will ONLY if you submit to His
Word. A lot of people (believers) today are not sensitive to sin and accept sin and
tolerate sin because they want to belong and seek man's (world) favor and acceptance.
In order to do this and “serve God”, they LOWER YHVH’s standards to conform to man’s
standards and they then live and look just like the unsaved world, but still call
themselves believers.

John said that if you walk in the darkness and say that you have fellowship with Him and
know Him, you are a liar. If you are a believer, walk as a believer should and imitate
Yeshua and walk like He walked, then you are following Him as your Master.

Rom o:a-o
(a) There[ore ue uere buried uith Him bu bcptism into decth, so thct cs Christ
ucs rcised up [rom the decd bu the qloru o[ the Icther: eten so ue olso should
WALK 1N NEWNESS O1 L11E. (=J 1or i[ ue hooe heen joined together in
the likeness o[ His deoth, ue sholl olso he in the likeness o[ His
resurrection: (ó) knouing this, thot our old mon is cruci[ied uith Him
in order thot the hodg o[ sin might he destroged, thot [rom nou on ue
SHOULD NOT SERVE S1N.

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1Jn g:1S
We knou thot eoergone uho hos heen horn o[ Cod DOES NOT
CONT1NUE TO S1N, hut the one horn o[ Cod guords himsel[, ond the eoil
one does not touch him.

Conclusion:

To test where you stand in regards to your salvation, you need to consider these things:

1. Do you have fellowship with God?
2. Do you love the things God loves and hates the things God hates?
3. Do you walk in the light or in darkness?
4. Do you look different than the world?
5. Are you sensitive to sin in your life?
6. Do you know what sin is and which areas you struggle with?
7. Do you live a life of repentance and ask forgiveness?
8. When last did you repent of something you did wrong?
9. Do you serve God or sin?

This is personal and between you and YHVH and He knows your heart and you can be
honest with Him. Between Him and yourself, answer these questions and repent if
necessary and make your life right with Him. Test yourself in these areas so that you can
have confidence in whether you are really saved or not as John stated in 1 John 5:13. If
you do not comply with these standards, repent and ask YHVH to renew you on the
inside with His Spirit so that you will have the ability and the desire to live life on His
standards and be like Him. Next time we will look into Salvation and what it all entails on
a practical level, answering the question; how do I get saved?


We will continue and look at the last three tests of Salvation:

• Do you have a new relationship with His Word?
• Do you have a new relationship with people?
• Do you have a new relationship with the world?

All these tests John gave the believers in the Book of 1 John where He made the
following statement at the end of the Book in Chapter 5:

1Jo_g:1g
1 hooe uritten this to gou uho helieoe in the Ncme o[ the Son o[ God, so thot
gou knou thot gou possess eoerlosting li[e, cnd so thct uou beliete in the
Ncme o[ the Son o[ Elohim.

Paul gave the same message in the Letter to the Church in Corinth:

zCo_1g:g
Exomine gourseloesuhether gou ore in the [oith, test gour oun seloes.
Do uou not lnou uour oun seltes thct Yeshuc the Messich is in uou, i[ not gou
ore rejected? Rom_8::o, Gcl_z:zo, Eph_(::;, Col_::z;, :1o_a:a.

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Why would Paul want the people to examine them selves if they have prayed the
prayer? Surely they were saved praying the prayer? The salvation prayer is the first
step that leads to “walking with Jesus”. This means that you should walk as He walked
and become like He is, so that you can grow in faith and perfection and that your fruit
might show that you are a child of God.

Rom o:zz
ßut nou, heing mode [ree [rom sin, ond hooing hecome seroonts to Cod,
gou hooe gour [ruit to Holiness, ond the end eoerlosting li[e.

Paul makes it quite clear that a believer’s life should reflect fruit of holiness all the time,
until you inherit everlasting life or salvation. You are made free from the bondage of sin,
and have come to the truth regarding sin and you now know what sin is and do not want
to serve sin anymore. As a believer you have become a servant of God that follow in
His precepts in His Word (Truth) so that your life can bear fruit of set-apartness
(holiness). A True believer’s life will not look like the world, but will look like Yeshua. This
is the next step towards salvation or everlasting life, according to Rom 6:22. This sounds
a bit more complex than the one prayer you thought you have to pray to be saved. That
is true, the prayer is not a magic wand that will change you instantly, you have to know
God and the knowledge of Him is written in His Word, and you need to live this new life
after you have prayed the prayer. What is the used of conversion if you live the way you
use to live before your conversion?


Test 3- Relationship with His Word.

Dou you know Him?
There are a lot of people today confessing to be believers and they say that they have
come to know Yeshua or Jesus. What does John say about knowing Yeshua?

1Jn z:g-a
And hg this ue knou thot ue hooe knoun Him, i[ ue keep His
commondments. (a) He uho sogs, 1 hooe knoun Him, ond does not keep
His commondments, is o lior, ond the truth is not in him.

Johan says the exact same thing that Yeshua said in Matt 7:21-23; “I do not KNOW you,
you workers of lawlessness”, this implies people not following His Commandments. In
Hebraic thought “to know” is a term used within the marriage; “Adam knew his wife and
she conceived”. It is a word that describes intimacy that is only found between a man
and a woman within marriage. In Genesis it says: “Adam knew his wife and she
conceived”. He is our Husband and we are His Bride and to know Him is to have
intimacy with Him by knowing His Word and living it out. This will cause the “seed of His
Word” be planted in you so that you will “bear” fruits (children) of righteousness that will
look like the Father. The opposite is also true; if you have intimacy with the world, you
will bear children (fruits) that will look like the world. In other words, you know Him and
He knows you if you are intimate with Him through Hus Word (Yeshua is the Word) and
keep what is found in His Word; His Commandments

Do we love Him?
We confess that He loves us and that we love him. How do you know that you love Him?
Again John and Yeshua gave the same answer.
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1Jn g:g
1or this is the looe o[ Cod, thot ue keep His Commondments, ond His
Commondments ore not hurdensome.

Joh 1a:1g
1[ gou looe Me, keep Mg Commondments.

You cannot say that you love God unless you abide in His Word and keep His
Commandments. Some people say that they keep His Commandments by re-defining
His Commandments into their perception of what they believe the Commandments are.
They say that Jesus came and took all the Commandments away and changed it into
Two Commandments, which is then again, summed up in one Commandment; “to love”.
This contradicts what Yeshua said in Matt 5:17: “I did not come to destroy the Torah
(Commandments) and the Prophets…” People say that Love is the only Commandment
that is left and that you will do all of them if you love God and love all people. Is this what
Yeshua really meant when He explained to the man what the Greatest Commandment
is?

The Commandments
The answer Yeshua gave Him was the headings of the two sets of five Commandments,
also known as the Ten Commandments. The reason He did this was because there
were no Scripture reference numbers that we know today, like Ex 20 verse 1 to 17. No,
He had to quote a part in Scripture that pointed to the section He was referring to and
the man knew the whole piece of Scripture that needs to be considered. HE DID NOT
SUBSTITUTE THE TEN COMMENDMENTS FOR ONLY TWO COMMENDMENTS! He
used it to refer to the Ten Commandments, which are the greatest Commandments.
YHVH personally spoke these Commandments from the mountain and wrote it
personally in stone. This is not to change and is written is stone, not to deteriorate.

The First Heading is to love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and all your soul and
all your strength. This is detailed in the first five Commandments; to believe that YHVH is
the God that brought you out of Egypt (bondage). That YHVH hates idols and graven
images. That YHVH forbids you to use His Name falsely. That YHVH wants you to honor
HIS DAY OF REST to show that you follow and honor HIM and not the world System.
And lastly, that you will honor Him as your Father and your source and that you are His
child.

The Second Heading is for the last five Commandments; how to treat and love your
neighbor. You will show that you truly love your neighbor if you do not covet his things,
wife or anything of him. This will result in you not stealing his things, or his wife or taking
him out of the way (murder) to get to his things. You shall then also not lie to cover up
your evil plan of covetousness.

The purpose of the Commandments
YHVH designed His Commandments in such a way so that man’s heart will be exposed.
The Commandment you break exposes that area of weakness that is hidden in your life
and you can look into the “mirror” of the Commandments to “see” what is inside of you.



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zCo g:1S
But ue oll, uith our [oce hooing heen unoeiled (spirituol eges opened -
understond the reoeoled knouledge o[ YHVH's WordJ, hooing heheld
the glorg o[ YHVH os in o mirror, ore heing chonged into the SAME
1moge [rom glorg to glorg, eten cs hg YHVH's Spirit.

If you look into the Commandments (mirror), you will see your inside and the image of
YHVH and the purpose of the mirror (Commandments/Word) is to show you the
difference between your image and YHVH’s image so that His Spirit can change you into
His Image as you repent on what is exposed.
You need the Word/TaNaK and the Spirit and a humble retentive heart to be changed
into His Image. “receive with meekness the implanted Word…” James 1:21. Humility is
the key in being changed.

If you refuse to do a certain Commandment, you are actually exposing your heart and
the ‘flaw’ that keep you from entering the fullness of YHVH’s life. The Commandments
are not physical so that you can reason and understand it always; it is spiritual to do a
spiritual cleansing work within you so that His restoration process can be made complete
or “Shalom”. The more Commandments you are willing to embrace, the more you are
spiritually sorted out and converted into His Image. To do the Commandments are not
for Salvation or Redemption, Yeshua’s blood takes care of this, no, it is for Sanctification
or inward washing so that He can cleanse you from the inside our.

Eph g:zo-z¬
thot He might soncti[g (cleonseJ ond cleonse it uith the uoshing o[
uoter hg the Word (ToNoKJ, (z;) thot He might present it to Himsel[ os
the glorious church, uithout spot or urinkle or ong such things, hut
thot it should he holg ond uithout hlemish.

Most people in the Church that say that the Torah is abolished do 80% to 90% of
these Commandments through following the NT and the Spirit, but they refuse to
embrace all of it, and thus wouldn’t be changed into the fill Image of YHVH’s character
He planned for us to conform to, sad, but true.

True believers have the testimony or faith in Yeshua the Messiah AND the
Commandments of YHVH that they use to cleanse themselves with so that they will not
be tempted and fall beck into the world.

Reo 1z:1¬
And the drogon uos enroged ooer the uomon, ond uent to moke uor
uith the rest o[ her seed, uho keep the commondments o[ Cod AND hooe
the testimong o[ Yeshuo the Messioh.

The dragon is a symbol of Satan and he makes war with the people that are a thread to
him and his kingdom; the true believers who keep His Commandments and have faith in
Yeshua the Messiah.

Why do we want to keep His Commandments?
As we have seen, it is there for cleansing of the inner man and the Scripture is all we
have to help us from being deceived and led astray. What did Paul teach about the
Scripture (TaNaK) and how should it be used.
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zTi g:1o-1¬
All Scripture (ToNoKJ is Cod-hreothed, ond is pro[itohle [or doctrine,
[or reproo[, [or correction, [or instruction in righteousness, (1¬J thot
the mon o[ Cod mog he per[ected, thoroughlg [urnished to eoerg good
uork.

Doctrine: All doctrine needs to be founded upon the basis of Scripture and must be
confirmed in the TaNaK.
You cannot take one verse in the NT out of context and build a doctrine on it. No, you
need to see where it first originated to get the true essence and understanding as well as
conformation to KNOW that it is the TRUTH on which the doctrine will be build.

Reproof & Correction: It is also good for reproof. If someone does something weird,
you can always search the Scripture to find out is it is right or wrong and if it will bring us
closer to YHVH or draw us further away from YHVH. Care should be taken if you
interpret Scripture to keep it clean from man’s opinions and traditions.

1Jn z:g-o
ßut uhoeter leeps His Word (TcNcK), trulu in this one the lote o[ God is per[ected.
ßu this ue lnou thct ue cre in Him. (ó) He uho sogs he ohides in Him ought
himsel[ olso to uolk eoen os He uolked.

To abide means to walk with Him on a daily basis, to dwell with Him and to do the things
He would do. You cannot walk with someone if you are not in agreement with Him. To
be in agreement means to come together and start from the same place. You must start
your spiritual walk, as a believer, and start with the foundation of His Commandments,
as Yeshua taught the young man; to love YHVH with all your heart and your neighbor as
yourself, and then build up from there into His Image.

To abide with Him means that it should become your way of life and a lifestyle to
live out His character as His Spirit expresses it through you. But you have to want
to allow Him to do it. This is not a new concept or a new commandment that Yeshua
taught, no; it is the same Commandments as was written in the Torah. Why do we need
to be cleansed and be sorted out? YHVH wants to use you in a mighty way as part of
His Plan to save people for His Kingdom. If you resist His Word and His cleansing power
you are refusing to be made ready to be used for the work of His Kingdom, the same
work that Yeshua did when He walked the earth. It is not for yourself or for your salvation
that you follow His Commandments, it is for the other people in the World that needs to
be reached and brought in for His Kingdom, through you, expressing His Image.

Instruction in Righteousness: What is righteousness? According to Webster
Dictionary:

Puritg o[ heort cnd rectitude o[ li[e: con[ormitg o[ heort cnd li[e to the
dioine lou. Riqhteousness, cs used in Scripture cnd theoloqu, in uhich it is chie[lu
used, is neorlg equioolent to holiness, comprehendinq holu principles cnd
c[[ections o[ hecrt, cnd con[ormitu o[ li[e to the ditine lcu. 1t includes oll ue coll
justice, honestg ond oirtue, uith holg o[[ections: in short, it is true reliqion.

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It is quite evident that Instruction in Righteousness is to KNOW what is written in the
Torah (Law) and to know what YHVH calls sin and what He calls Holiness. He
instructed us to be Holy for He is Holy. Eph 1:4, 5:27, 1 Pet 1:16,


Test 4 – Relationship with people.

1Jn z:¬-S
Brothers, 1 do not urite o neu commondment to gou, hut on old
commondment uhich gou hod [rom the heginning. The old commcndment
is the Word uhich uou hcte hecrd [rom the beqinninq. (8) Agoin, 1 urite o neu
commondment to gou, uhich thing is true in Him ond in gou, beccuse the
dcrlness is pcssinq cucu, cnd the true Liqht nou shines.

How is it that He gives you an old Commandment and later on say that it is a new
Commandment. What does it mean? The oldest Commandment that is taught is to love
your neighbor. How can there be a new commandment, did Yeshua change the Torah?

Joh 1g:ga
1 gioe gou o neu commondment, thot gou looe one onother. As 1 hooe
looed gou, gou should olso looe one onother.

Yeshua did not change the Torah, but raised the standard higher. To love is an old
concept, but to love as He loved is a standard so high, that we find it difficult to
comprehend it. What does it mean to love as Yeshua loved?

Let me give an example: The Torah teaches us to give a tithe, Yeshua taught to sell
everything you have and give it all. The Torah teaches not to kill, Yeshua taught if you
hate your brother, you are guilty of murder without the deed. The Torah teaches not to
commit adulatory, Yeshua taught that if you look at a woman and desires her in your
heart you have committed adultery with her. He raised the standard to eliminate sin in
the “seed” state before it matures into actions. Did Yeshua change the Torah? No, He
raised the standard. How can He do this because Israel struggled to keep the
Commandments as is? He gave us His Spirit to make this possible so that we can be
able to overcome sin in the spirit before it manifest in the flesh. Why did He raise the
standard? He has restored us spiritually and we are in the process in being
restored fully so that we can be conformed into His Image and will be able to
stand in He presence without being consumed by His Holiness. In other words, it is
a step closer to be restored back to the Garden of Eden state where we will dwell with
YHVH again.

1Jn z:o-11
He uho sogs he is in the light ond hotes his hrother is in dorkness until
nou. (:o) He uho looes his hrother ohides in the light, ond there is no
o[[ense in him. (::J But he uho hotes his hrother is in dorkness, ond
uolks in dorkness, ond does not knou uhere he is going, hecouse
dorkness hos hlinded his eges.

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How do we love our brothers and what does it mean? Looking at love in the light of the
raised standard and example Yeshua set, we must love our brothers unto death, just as
Yeshua died for us. Are you willing to die for your brother or to help your brother in
need? If you are a true believer you will have compassion and a love for your brother
that comes from his Spirit inside of you that will cause you to love each other with the
same love Yeshua loved us. If you do not experience this love, repent and ask YHVH to
give you this love with the power and help of His Spirit.

1Jn a:¬-S
Belooed, let us looe one onother, [or looe is o[ Cod, ond eoergone uho
looes hos heen horn o[ Cod, ond knous Cod. (8J The one uho does not
looe hos not knoun Cod. 1or Cod is looe.


Test 5 – Relationship with the world

1Jn z:1g-1¬
Do not looe the uorld, nor the things in the uorld. 1[ ongone looes the
uorld, the looe o[ the 1other is not in him, (:ó) hecouse oll thot is in the
uorld, the lust o[ the [lesh, ond the lust o[ the eges, ond the pride o[ li[e,
is not o[ the 1other, hut is o[ the uorld. (:;) And the uorld posses ouog,
ond the lust o[ it, hut he uho does the uill o[ Cod ohides [oreoer.

Things of the world: People have a sense today that they can be a true believer and
have this burning love for the world and the things therein. There is a teaching in the
Church today that is called prosperity where they teach that you will be rich and that it is
the sign of the end times. They teach that it is one of the last things that must happen
before the coming of Messiah; the restoration of wealth of the world to the believers.
People’s hearts are turned to money and they get excited to get rich and God is the One
that will give it to them, all they have to do is believe. Faith is directed at gaining worldly
things and not directed at living a pure and humble submissive life under YHVH’s
authority. Why is this teaching wrong in the church today? Because it contradicts what
Yeshua said:

Mot o:zo-gg
But log up treosures in Heooen [or gourseloes, uhere neither moth nor
rust corrupt, ond uhere thieoes do not hreok through nor steol. (z:) 1or
uhere gour treosure is, there uill gour heort he olso. (zz) The liqht o[ the
bodu is the eue. There[ore i[ uour eue is sound, uour uhole bodu shcll be [ull o[ liqht.
(z() But i[ gour ege is eoil, gour uhole hodg sholl he [ull o[ dorkness. I[
there[ore the liqht thct is in uou is dcrlness, hou qrect is thct dcrlnessl (za) No
one con seroe tuo mosters. Ior either he uill hcte the one cnd lote the other, or
else he uill hold to the one cnd despise the other. You connot seroe Cod ond
mommon. (z=) There[ore 1 sog to gou, Do not he onxious [or gour li[e,
uhot gou sholl eot, or uhot gou sholl drink: nor [or gour hodg, uhot
gou sholl put on. 1s not li[e more thon [ood, ond the hodg more thon
clothing? (zó) ßehold the birds o[ the cir: [or theu sou not, nor do theu recp, nor
qcther into bcrns. Yet uour hectenlu Icther [eeds them: cre uou not much better
thcn theu cre? (z;) Which o[ uou bu beinq cnxious ccn cdd one cubit to his
stcture? (z8) And uhu cre uou cnxious cbout clothinq? Consider the lilies o[ the
[ield, hou theu qrou. Theu do not toil, nor do theu spin,
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(zo) but I scu to uou thct eten Solomon in his qloru ucs not crrcued lile one o[
these. ((o) There[ore i[ God so clothes the qrcss o[ the [ield, uhich todcu is, cnd
tomorrou is throun into the oten, uill He not much rcther clothe uou, little-[ciths?
((:J There[ore do not he onxious, soging, Whot sholl ue eot? or, Whot
sholl ue drink? or, With uhot sholl ue he clothed? ((zJ 1or the notions
seek o[ter oll these things. 1or gour heooenlg 1other knous thot gou
hooe need o[ oll these things. ((() But seek [irst the kingdom o[ Cod ond
His righteousness: ond oll these things sholl he odded to gou.

Yeshua explained the priority of your faith; put His Kingdom and His things first, then will
He add unto you the things that you need to live this life and the things you can handle.
If your eye is on the things of this world, your heart will be evil. Not to covet is in the last
Commandment and is the farthest away from the First Commandment; which is to
believe in YHVH. It also forms that basis for breaking the other Commandments on the
“love your neighbor” tablet. If you love the world, your eyes lead you and your heart is
full of covetousness.

Lust of the flesh & lust of the eyes: There is a narrow way and a broad way; YHVH’s
things and His wisdom are not found on the broad way. The broad way looks flashy and
is designed by satan to attract fleshly minded people. There are a lot of movies and
things is the media and on the music scene that is contrary to what YHVH’s Word
teaches, the world is saturated with it and we are surrounded by it. Immorality in TV
programs and propagation of liberated reckless living following after sex drugs and a
good time. Will you as a true believer watch a show or a movie that promotes
things that YHVH hates?

YHVH’s Commandment to us is; “be Holy for I am Holy!”, “be Set apart for I am Set
apart!” Don’t be part of this world and do not be blinded by the darkness so that
you can no longer see the evil things that endanger you and your family.

If you look at the parable of the sower; the sower sows the seed (Word of YHVH) and it
falls in the ground (your heart) and grown and bears fruit (actions). You can receive
“seed” in two places in your body; through your eyes and through your ears. Seed is
known to be the Word of YHVH but Satan copied YHVH’s things and created his own
seed, which he sows in the hearts of people, his seed is found in the world system and
comes in through the media, entertainment, movies and music. If these seeds grow, they
will smother the growth of YHVH’ seed and your heart (ground) will be full of worldly
plants that bear worldly fruit (actions).

How do I keep Satan’s seed from entering into my life? Stop exposing yourself to
the things of the world that are contradicting the seed of YHVH. Don’t watch movies
that YHVH despises, movies that embrace and promote the occult like Harry Potter,
Narnia, movies on fairies, magic, murder, sex before marriage, revenge, hatred, lust,
pornography, and the list goes on and on. The things you do exposes the one you follow
as your Master. You cannot follow two masters; you will love the one and hate the other.
This is the most difficult area where we try to keep our sanity because the whole world
and everything around is full of worldly things that Satan introduced to sow his seed in
the hearts of the people. The bad thing about these seeds is that they are designed to
be pleasurable to the flesh; this is why John warns against the lusts of the flesh.

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Pride of Life: YHVH’s Word is like water and will only reach those who are humble and
bow down to the authority of the One Who gave it. You will not be changed by His Word
if you are arrogant and puffed up by man’s ideals and ideas, especially in this modern
age we live in. People think they are like gods because of technology and power and
wealth and the media advertise this as the natural way of living. Everybody is like
this…be like the world. The world system has exalted it above YHVH and is created by
the one who exalted himself above YHVH back then; satan. Man fell from the Glory of
YHVH and satan created “heaven on earth” so that man wouldn’t long to go back to the
state he fell from.
This system is flesh based and has a lot of bling and flickering lights to attract many. Do
not be blind for the truth and have your eyes open to the darkness and be entrapped by
it’s false glory.

Conclusion:

To test where you stand in regards to your salvation, you need to consider these things:

10. Do you have fellowship with God?
11. Do you love the things God loves and hates the things God hates?
12. Do you walk in the light or in darkness?
13. Do you look different than the world?
14. Are you sensitive to sin in your life?
15. Do you know what sin is and which areas you struggle with?
16. Do you live a life of repentance and ask forgiveness?
17. When last did you repent of something you did wrong?
18. Do you serve God or sin?
19. Do you really know God?
20. Do you love God?
21. Do you tremble at His Word and humble yourself to do His Word?
22. Do you keep His Commandments or do you reason your way around it?
23. Do you love your brother unto death and do you regard other people higher than
yourself?
24. Does the world hate you because of your faith?
25. Do you love the world and want to be accepted?
26. What drives you in life?
27. What are your priorities?
28. What comes first in your life?

This is personal and between you and YHVH and He knows your heart and you can be
honest with Him. Between Him and yourself, answer these questions and repent if
necessary and make your life right with Him. Test yourself in these areas so that you can
have confidence in whether you are really saved or not as John stated in 1 John 5:13. If
you do not comply with these standards, repent and ask YHVH to renew you on the
inside with His Spirit so that you will have the ability and the desire to live life on His
standards and be like Him. Next time we will look into Salvation and what it all entails on
a practical level, answering the question; how do I get saved?