Are There Few That Be Saved?

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:  I pray that those who read the following  will do so with an open heart and an open mind. I personally feel that the OSAS doctrine is a false concept and not a safe faith to walk in and I will share why I believe the way that I do. One thing to focus on before I begin is that If there is no freewill then the Bible is wrong! ALL WRONG. We are given free will by Yahwey.  We are also fully given the right, to take back our free will, once we commit ourselves to become one of His. He on the other hand, does not change or take back His will. His gifts and the calling are irrevocable… PERIOD.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Luke 13 :23- 24 >  Then said one unto Him, Rabbi, are there few that be saved? [Good question]  And He {Yahushua} said unto them, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

Those who ‘do not’ do their part…. striving, laboring, working hard, will ‘not’ enter into the Kingdom. Yahushua said some will seek to enter but will not be able to. In order to obtain the right to enter the Kingdom, we have something we must ‘do’. [poieō]

Revelation 22:14 *Blessed are they that ‘do’ [poieō] His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have to make ourselves ready, to prepare, to do something out of something. 》 poieō

Without our works, our faith is dead so it is evident that we must use the law of faith. We must put our faith into action. Our faith in action fulfills our covenant agreement.

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James 2:24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

James agrees with what Yahushua said in Revelation (Recorded by John the Beloved). James is saying here that it isn’t by faith only that a mans work is justified. James also agrees with what Luke wrote when he quoted what the people had asked Yahushua, if there were few that be saved? The mere fact that James says, that there are ‘works’ aught to stand out to us because by a man works, he is justified.    It isn’t just man’s faith, but the works included that makes a man justified.

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Enduring to the end is work too but thank God we have the Spirit huh? Mark also recorded that we are to endure to the end  to receive salvation.  This means that we gotta stay strong and stay focused on the end goal.

Mark 13:13 And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

IF we endure to the end, then we ‘shall’ be saved. This is future tense. This also shows that keeping salvation IS conditional, not unconditionally permanent, and this condition is, as always, obedience to His will. This also shows us that we are not saved, until after we have endured to the end.

Paul made another statement that I believe really impacts the once saved always saved concept.

To the folks at Corinth, Paul wrote:

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others I myself should become castaway (disqualified). ~ 1st  Corinthians 9:27

To the folks at Colosse Paul wrote, ” And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you sacred, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you heard, that was preached to every creature under the sky, of which I, Sha’uwl, became a minister.” ~ Colossians 1:21-23

Here is a man who has been extremely obedient, even to his death; after his meeting with Yahushua  on the road to Damascus. He believed in Yahwey, confessed His name, and was immersed for the remission of his sins, and yet he says that if he does not continue in obedience he will be “disqualified” (look up Strongs G0096 for the meaning). Then he tells the members of the assembly in Colosse that IF they continue in the faith they would remain reconciled to Yahwey.  It just does not sound as if Paul believed the very doctrinal teaching that is in question here, the concept that once a person is saved, they are always saved.

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Yahushua is the one who said, “IF you love Me, obey My commandments.

The idea of IF is in everything that pertains to salvation and it is always determined by the  IF that we are in obedience.

IF we love Him

IF we do His will.

IF we keep His commandments.

IF indeed we continue in the faith

IF we hold fast the confidence and hope to the end of our lives.

Hebrews 3:6 But HaMashiach as a son over His own house, whose house are we, IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. RNJKV

I truly think that a lot of the misunderstanding for many people is not really knowing and understanding what Yahushua saved us from. He saved us from the penalty of the law which was the possibility of death in certain circumstances.  Some of the violations of Torah came with a penalty of death. He gave His life in our stead, thereby paying our debt for the violation of transgression because that is what sin is; violating God’s law.

Ezekiel 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am יהוה, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols. {RNKJV}

According to the prophet Ezekiel, the reason for the captivity that had already occured, (At that time) as well as for the one in store for the people left in Jerusalem, (At that time)  is because of the people’s defiance of Yahwey’s laws. Because Ezekiel believes that Yahwey rules supreme over all the nation of the earth, any violation of Yahwey’s laws commands without appropriate punishment constitutes an infringement upon the diety’s honor. Yahwey does not change.  No matter what anyone tells us, His word tells us that He does not change. We have to believe this. We have to believe His word, otherwise we are under the admit ion that He is a liar.

Such violations are serious matters to Ezekiel, evidenced by the fact that his references to punishments are usually followed by the words “Then you will know that I am the Lord”. A prophet speaks the words that Yahwey put into their mouth;  kinda like the Holy Spirit speaks ever so softly to us. Yahushua also spoke the words that Yahwey told Him to speak. All communications are from the Creator.

How else will we know that we are His if we do not keep His commandments? WORKS!

1st  John 3:4 tells us exactly what sin is: Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Yahushua did not diminish in anyway, the authority of the law. If He did, He would have sinned and we know that He did not sin. Yahwey commands us to keep His commandments forever. Yahushua did not change that. If Yahushua is the literal word of Yah incarnate, He is always going to remain the same yesterday and today and forever according to Hebrews 13:8 in the NT. We also have this same promise in the OT.

Malachi 3:6 For I am יהוה, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. {RNKJV}

If Yahushua had changed and not fulfilled His duty in doing Torah, He would have been consumed.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Paul wrote to the saints at Philippi that they should work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.  This is yet another acknowledgement by Paul the Apostle that there was work to be done regarding our salvation. That combination of wording ‘work out’ is katergazomai, to preform, accomplish, achieve, or to do that from which something results, to fashion, to render one fit for a thing. That is Thayer’s definition.  Strong’s definition is similar, to work fully, that is to accomplish, by implication to finish, fashion;-cause, do,(deed), preform, work (out).

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To become a child of Yahwey, you must obey His words, period. This reminds me of making sure that I am able to keep my obligation ‘before’ I sign a contract when I purchase a car. Would I sign that contract without knowing that I had obligations to keep in order to fulfill my contract? We cannot just ask Yahushua into our heart and believe that we do not have anything to do after He arrives. We have to willingly submit to the requirements that Yahwey has set before us.  Remember, If you love me,  keep My commandments and I and My Father are One? They cannot contradict One another.

We have to know that there are requirements that we must fulfill in order to gain our salvation. Yes,  believe it or not, even gaining salvation is even conditional.

It is written that when we hear His word (a condition), truly believe in Him through that word (a condition), we must change our way of thinking (repentance – a condition) and be immersed in His name for the remission of sins (baptism – a condition) and in so doing we will receive the free gift of the Holy Spirit. Even from the beginning of our walk, there are certain requirements that must be met before we begin that walk.

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In doing this, because we have come to believe that Yahushua is the Son of Yahwey, we are instructed to no longer think on the things of this world,  but instead begin to seek the things of the kingdom of Yahwey, and His righteousness.  We have to stop and consider,  how can we do this?  How can we seek and find His righteous way of living?  Then, we begin to live out our lives according to what the Holy Spirit reveals to us and as we do, we are continually putting to death, that old man of sin, the nature that we had been born into. Then, upon our death and resurrection, we are risen from the grave victorious on the day of resurrection BECAUSE we have overcome.

Under the perfect law of liberty, we are saved by His grace and justified by our faith. When we fall from grace, eternal life is no longer ours, until we repent and the Father forgives us for our error. Does this sound like that once we are saved that we are always going to9 be saved?

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The verse below shows what happens IF man attempts to return to the carnal law of ordinances (mans own way of doing) after we are in His body.

Galatians 5:4 (RNV) You have become estranged from the Anointed, you who are justified by law, you have fallen from grace.

Without first belief and then obedience, which starts with repentance and immersion in His name for the remission of our sin, our name is never entered in the book of life so we never have the opportunity to “overcome the world.” This doesn’t sound like we are always saved once we are saved. There are conditions to be met.

But now the righteousness of יהוה without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;   Even the righteousness of  יהוה which is by faith of Yahushua the Messiah unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference.   ~Romans 3:21-22 {RNKJV}

Paul is saying that justification is obtained by the righteousness of Yahwey. Whether it is by faith in Yahwey or faith in Yahushua,  there is no difference. Either Yahushua is God in the flesh or He isn’t.

The law was given to man. Without the law pressing us to obedience, we would not know what sin is except that John the beloved does make it crystal clear to us that sin is a violation of Yahwey’s Torah.  The law is extremely important because it is the only thing (Document) that makes everyone equal. The intention of the law is to preserve society to benefit man. I don’t know what the big fuss is about.  There are laws regarding personal hygiene, clean and unclean dietary issues, agricultural law and so much more. It all has to do with the benefit of man and how to live in a communal environment. Either we trust that Yahwey knows what is best for the His creation or we don’t. We cannot trust Him to the end if we cannot trust Him from the beginning.

Romans 3:25-26 Whom יהוה hath set forth to be a propitiation (Sacrifice of atonement)through faith in His (Yahushua’s shed blood) blood, to declare His (Yahwey’s) righteousness (As a demonstration) for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of יהוה;  To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He  (Yahushua)might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Yahushua. RNKJV

So those who believe in Yahushua are justified by faith. We are establishing the law (Torah, His Instructions) by faith.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? By no means: yea, we establish the law.

Yahushua was delivered for our offences, our transgression against Torah. He was then raised for our justification. Yahushua’s death saved us from the penalty of the law. Yet again, we have God in the flesh, doing what is best for us. Establishing His law is beneficial to our daily existence.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Paul said, “For though I preach the glad tidings, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the glad tidings!” ~1st Corinthians  9:16

Paraphrased : ‘Woe is into me IF I don’t preach the glad tidings.’ Paul knew he had work to do. If Paul didn’t do the work that was required of him, he would have been sorely grieved. (Look up the word woe)

Paul went on to say, “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the glad tidings is committed unto me.” ~ 1st Corinthians 9:17

So Paul knew the consequences if he did not do the work committed to him willingly, that he would loose his reward. His own words were that he would be castaway. He says so in the last verse of this same chapter.

1st Corinthians 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Yahushua said to ‘strive’ to enter in the straight gait. Why?

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Not many people are willing to walk in obedience to the whole truth of the word of God.  This is why few find the straight gait to life because the way to the straight gait is a road less traveled because to whom much is given, much is required.

In all of Paul’s Epistles, the argument is never IF one should obey Torah.  The argument is how do we get justified before Yahwey? Most people cannot fathom that the Torah sanctifies a believer after he or she is justified and teaches him or her right from wrong. The Holy Spirit confirms in us, what is written.  Our obedience is the evidence of our love toward Yahwey and the evidence of our faith in action after Yahushua has paid for our justification. We are to go and sin ‘no more’.  But we need help. The Torah and the Spirit help us achieve this goal.

Every human being’s deeds have been sinful in nature because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. These deeds; no matter how good they look or how sweet they might be, they are still punishable by death because no human being can claim eternal life without having faith in Yahushua who paid the death penalty for our unrighteous sin. Yahushua has paid (With His own life) the unrighteous deeds of those who accept His atonement work and repent of their unrighteousness.

I want to make it perfectly clear that our ‘gift of faith’ does not earn our salvation. Salvation is something that was and will always be our Creator’s idea. We on the other hand, use the measure of faith that He gave us to trust Him enough, knowing and believing that He has already worked out how He will accomplish this goal to keep His word to us, regarding our eternal salvation. We don’t have to do a thing because salvation is His gift to us from the beginning to the end. However, I rest in complete assurance that we are His workmanship and that we have been created in Messiah Yahushua for good works, which Yahwey prepared beforehand. Not many people understand what Paul is talking about here because more often than not, we forget that Paul at the time of this letter was only using Torah, The Prophets and The Writings to instruct and teach with. The works that Yahwey prepared beforehand are found written in the Law, otherwise known as Torah. {Ephesians 2:8-10} We don’t often receive a gift and then ask the giver, “How much do I owe you?” However, when someone gives us a gift, their hope is that we will enjoy that gift and perhaps make good use of it. Yahwey isn’t any different. He gives us gift’s to encourage us, to help us grow, to instruct us how to live in harmony with those around us which thereby helps to advance His Kingdom.

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The Hebrew word, torah (תורה), is derived from a root that was used in the realm of archery, yareh (ירה). Yareh means to shoot an arrow in order to hit a mark. The mark or target, of course, was the object at which the archer was aiming. Respectively for each of us, we learn that torah, Yahwey’s written instructions are like an arrow aimed at the mark of its target because His instructions have a goal. The mark therefore is the target to the truth about Yahwey and how one relates to Him. The torah is, therefore, in the strict sense, Yahwey’s instruction designed to teach us the truth about Him. Ergo, Torah means teaching, instruction, guide or direction. So when Paul says that we are Yahwey’s workmanship, as we have been created in Messiah Yahushua, for good works which Yahwey prepared beforehand that we should walk in ‘them’, the good works are obviously the works written in Torah, His instruction for us. Yahwey created each of us through Messiah Yahushua or in Him to follow Yahwey, as He comes along side of us and join Him, the good works that Yahwey has gotten ready for us to do and work we had better be doing. Therefore having said all of this, it is my own personal opinion that the word Torah, since it does mean instruction; can actually be applied to the whole Bible.

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The reason I say we better be doing is because we will be rewarded by these works when Yahushua returns. We know this because Matthew recorded this truth in chapter 16, verse 27: For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. The reason there is a reward coming is because we are judged at the resurrection, according to our works. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Our performance on how we lived building our character and living Elohim’s way; will be rewarded. We cannot boast in this because as I mentioned before, this whole idea was Yahwey’s idea in the beginning to which there is no end. Torah teaches us character but the words and the teaching is from Him. The character in us comes from Him but we must desire and yield to His instruction according to His purpose for our life. The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are His children when we yield to the Potters hand. When Paul used the words that we should ‘walk in’ them, those two words, Paul uses the Greek word of peripater meaning to be occupied with. We are to daily be occupied with Yahwey’s instruction that He prepared beforehand.

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Path One Either His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path…. or it isn’t.

Now we can certainly understand why Yahushua said,  “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

There is only One Way, One Life, One Truth, One Law and One Gait at the end of One Path. The One Path…. has never changed.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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