The Importance of Spiritual Israel

Romans 11: 11-24  “the gentiles being a wild olive branch being grafted into the cultivated olive tree”

The concept of “spiritual Israel” has been difficult for us to understand. Coming from the viewpoint of a ‘new dispensation’, we never really sought to understand Romans 11 in fulness. Then the Father brought overwhelming truth to us and prompted us to seek Him for revelation of this. It is not a concept that we grew up  with in church or understood, even in more mature years of our faith. Our understanding has been expanded greatly by His Word teaching to us and we would like to share it with you.

We want to emphasize that ALL who are born again by faith in Christ are PART of  ‘spiritual Israel’.  We will explain what this means and why this is even important today as we are ‘ not under the law’ 

We pray that you will be blessed in understanding this powerful chapter of scripture in Romans 11

Word given by the Spirit regarding this subject:

The commandments and statutes that were provided for My people were given to My chosen nation, My Yisrael says YHWH    (My Israel says the Lord whose name is YaHuWaH) Had I wanted them to be for the ‘Jews’ only, surely I would have waited for the emergence of the Yahuwdi ( Jews ) from within the tribe of Yahuwdah? ( Judah ) I did not do such a thing says Yahuwah because My everlasting covenant was made with Yisrael. ( Israel)  ALL that are part of Yisrael partake of the blessings of that covenant and are also subject to the requirements of that covenant.

My Son came to you so that all may partake of the blessings available through the covenant. He came so that the Torah could be properly understood and to remove the burden of the penalty for sin which was death and remains death for all that are not counted among the children of  Yisrael  ( Israel )

There are many lies being taught by the tares- that My chosen nation has been ‘un-chosen’ …. if that were the case, nothing would be certain and all faith would be misplaced.

Only through Yisrael can the inheritance be attained. Would a father make a        co-heir with his son from a stranger of unknown character from a foreign nation?

This is a simple picture says Yahuwah- there is one tree whose roots are fed from the very essence of My Spirit.

That tree is “Israel” the nation that I chose above all nations, the people with whom I made My everlasting covenant.

Becoming a brother to My Son bears the gift of confirmation of your nationality – you are no longer a stranger, but a part of Yisrael, the ‘wild branch’ which is part of the true tree of Yisrael by the same roots and an equal partaker of the inheritance promises I made to that set apart nation says Yahuwah.

My Son is the WORD made flesh, the demonstration and interpretation of the Torah perfected and correctly interpreted.

The promise of the inheritance is pursued through the Torah.

Those that followed My Son in the flesh when He walked among you, gave a glimpse of the power available to the children of Yisrael who walk according to My Word using My Torah as their guide.

To deny your part in ” Israel ” is to cause you to sell your birthright as did Esau.

Your birthright is the same as for all those that are born into Yisrael,  literally   and spiritually.

There is but one covenant and one inheritance, always to “Israel and Israel” alone.

To aspire to the inheritance and refuse the nationality is a path that only leads to destruction.

Many are called, but few are chosen says Yahuwah.

I am ONLY calling Yisrael. The grace of My salvation provides you with a ‘passport’ that will gain you entrance into the nation.

In order to perfect the salvation of your soul, wherein lies the path to rewards and the ‘hope of the higher calling’ which is the resurrection of the chosen  from out of those that are called, you have to prove yourself worthy and earn the right to partake of that part of the inheritance by running a good race.

To run the race effectively you must run strictly according to the rules. The commands and statutes given to your nation Yisrael, are the rules says Yahuwah.

Follow them precisely and do not deviate lest you find yourself  ‘off track’

Any such transgression will cause you to lose ground. Keep your eyes on My Son, He already outlined the perfect application of the rules.

You will miss the mark in many respects on many occasions, else you could not remain on the earth. Mercifully the spiritual penalty of the law, eternal death and damnation, has been removed  once and for all for all those counted among the children of  ‘Israel’.  This was My grace-full gift says Yahuwah.

Now as children, you can aspire to be sons and if sons, even co-heirs to the fullness of the promises.

A child attains son-ship through maturity.

A son, either by birth OR adoption attains the rights of co-heir by the way he treats the Father.

If he follows the desires and instructions of his father , he will qualify for heirship and inherit his birthright.

The birthright for ALL the children of My chosen nation Yisrael is of unfathomable riches says Yahuwah.

Run your race well says Yahuwah, the closer you get to the prize, the more clearly you will hear My voice shouting encouragement and willing you to win.”

After we received this teaching, we looked for Scriptural validation and expanded the message.

“ the commandments and statutes that were provided for My people were given to My chosen nation, My Yisrael, says Yahuwah

Looking at Rom. 9: 4-5 we read : ‘theirs is the adoption as sons, theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises

“Had I wanted them to be for the ‘Jews’ only, surely I would have waited for the emergence of the Yahuwdi (Jews) from within Yahuwdah?  (Judah)  I did not do such a thing says Yahuwah because My everlasting covenant was made with Yisrael. The united kingdom of  Israel  was divided after the death of Solomon. After the reign of King Solomon his son Rehoboam became king. But the Lord said to Solomon in 1 Kings 11:11  “so Yahuwah said to Solomon ‘ since this is your attitude ( in 11:4 it says ‘ as Solomon grew old his wives turned his heart after other gods’) and you have not kept My covenant and My decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates, nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son” 

This came true when Rehoboam rejected advice from the elders that served his father ( 1 Kings 12: 5-15) and took advice from ‘the young men that grew up with him’ and it resulted in placing a heavier yoke of ‘harsh labor’ on the people. And so it came to be that in verse 16 it says “ when all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: what share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents O Israel ! Look after your own house O David! But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still rules over them

Thus out of the 12 Tribes of Israel, Rehoboam ruled over Judah and Benjamin who stayed true to the House of Judah.

The Ephraimite, Jeroboam, was made king over the remaining 10 tribes.

When a civil war loomed the LORD said in 12: 23 ‘ say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to the whole house of Judah and Benjamin and to the rest of the people, This is what the Yahuwah says: Do not go up and fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is My doing” NIV

Therefore Israel in its complete united state are all of the 12 tribes, but the Scriptures made a distinction between ‘Israel and Judah’ due to this pivotal historic moment and you will find in the Word written often ‘ the TWO houses of Israel- meaning the house of Israel ( also called the house of Ephraim  interchangeably and meaning the same thing) and the house of Judah( incorporating Benjamin)

Thus when the Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the earth made this everlasting covenant with Israel , he made it with ALL of Israel, not only with the ‘Jews’. The Jews are called by this identification because they are from the House of Judah.

Gal 3:29 : If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

“ALL that are part of Yisrael partake of the blessings of that covenant and are also subject to the requirements of that covenant.”

In Romans 11: 1 – 24, Paul makes a passionate argument to support this truth by the Holy Spirit speaking through him .

We are quoting only part of the chapter, but do read all of it.

Verse 2 “ God did not reject His people whom He foreknew”

verse 5  ” so too at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace and if by grace, it is NO longer by works,

Verse 7 ‘what then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened’

Verse 11 “again I ask did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all !”

Verse 14 “ in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do , CONSIDER THIS; You do NOT support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then ‘branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in’. Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either”

verse 23.  and if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in for God is able to graft them in again.

24. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree!”

It is important to understand that once a believer is being born again through faith in the blood of Jesus ( YAHUWshua ), such a believer is ‘grafted into the olive tree’ and the ROOT of that tree is the same for ALL who come to believe , whether you are a Jew who come to believe in Christ (the Messiah)  or a Gentile who come to believe.

There is not another ‘way in’ for a Jew that believes on the Blood of the Saviour . There is only one way for both Jews and Gentiles.

Did the Jews reject the Messiah at His first coming? ‘Yes’ !

And since that time countless Gentiles came to accept Jesus ( YAHUWshua) and run with the gospel preaching the truth till today. Jews that in this period of time came to believe in Him are part of the same ‘tree’ as you and I who are Gentiles.They are  grafted back into their own olive tree’

Why ‘their own’? Because of the root. Abraham in the physical and Christ the TRUE root of the Word. It is with Abraham that the covenant was made and his faith, NOT works,  set all of this in motion. From this root came Isaac and then Jacob and then his 12 sons that became the tribe of Israel the olive tree. From this root came the prophets, the law (Torah, which mean ‘instructions’) the Kings, specifically David and then the Savior  Yahuwshua the Messiah  ( Jesus ) the TRUE ROOT which is the WORD.

It is ALL by faith , there is no other way.

Isaiah 27: 6 “ In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit’”

Romans 11 teaches that we as Gentiles are the wild olive branch that has been grafted into the cultivated olive tree with the root of Abraham. Most ( save for a remnant – as in verse 5) of the Jews have been ‘cut off due to unbelief’ and we grafted in because of faith.

So we now share in the sap from the root . But so does the Jew who believes  ( thus ALL gentiles and ALL Jews who do not believe are both outside of this tree. The Jews, being ‘cut off’ and the unbelieving Gentiles ‘never grafted in’)

Jews who get grafted back in now stand on faith in the blood of Christ and is not under the penalty of the law of sin and death any longer. Plus they are standing on the blessings of the covenant. They do not ‘ lose’ their Jewish heritage.

What now of the Gentiles that get grafted in? Do we become ‘Jewish’ because the tree is Israel ? Certainly not. Gentile believers are now PART of Israel. Not physical Israel but spiritual Israel, because Abraham the root was justified by faith and not by legal works ( ” law “) !

That is why all of us who are justified by faith is of the seed of Abraham- Jew or Gentile!

As the Word clearly states:  Romans 2: 29 ‘ No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly, and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the SPIRIT, NOT by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God”

Now that it has dawned on us that we are part of the olive tree which is Spiritual Israel, does that mean that we are also under the blessings and curses of the covenant God made with Abraham – the father of ALL who have faith in Christ? The answer is a resounding yes!

But as we are NOT under the law, what does this mean? And what ‘law’ does this refer to ?

It refers to the law of SIN and DEATH . But we are under the RIGHTEOUS   REQUIREMENTS of the law to receive praise from our Father ! To hear Him say: ‘well done my good and faithful servant’.  Our crowns and rewards are not for being born again and neither for keeping the law to GAIN righteousness, as righteousness only comes through the Blood. But the Law is good and perfect and blessed are everyone that keeps it.

The New Covenant (Testament) confirms that which we all know ;  that “we are not under law but under grace.’’ But this truth carries with it a deep maturing of our faith to be a suffering servant, suffering in the flesh towards the lusts and temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, so as to become part of the Bride of Christ.

We explain this in depth under the teaching  ‘who is the bride of Christ?’

Let us continue to look at understanding ‘spiritual Israel’

ALL that are part of Yisrael partake of the blessings of that covenant and are also subject to the requirements of that covenant. My Son came so that all may partake of the blessings available through the covenant. He came so that the Torah could be properly understood and to remove the burden of the penalty for sin which was death and remains death for all that are not counted among the children of Yisrael.

There are many lies being taught by the tares- that My chosen nation has been ‘un-chosen’ If that were the case, nothing would be certain and all faith would be misplaced.

Only through Yisrael can the inheritance be attained. Would a Father make a co-heir with his son from a stranger of unknown character from a foreign nation?

This is a simple picture says Yahuwah- there is one tree whose roots are fed from the very essence of My Spirit.

That tree is “Israel” , the nation that I chose above all nations, the people with whom I made My everlasting covenant.”

NAS Jeremiah 31:35 Thus says Yahuwah ( the LORD) , Who gives the sun for light by day, And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; Yahuwah of hosts is His name: 36 “If this fixed order departs From before Me,” declares Yahuwah, Then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.” 37 Thus says Yahuwah “If the heavens above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel For all that they have done,” declares Yahuwah ( the LORD)

Jesus ( YAHUWshua) came so that the Instructions ( the Torah) could be properly understood.

Matt 5: 17 NIV  and bold letters mine to emphasize “ Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law ( Torah) or the prophets; I have NOT come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, UNTIL heaven and earth disappear , not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law, until everything is accomplished”

Then He continues to say !

19. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Does this sound contradicting from ‘ you are not under the law’?

If  Christ came to abolish the law, then it means that you could murder, right? And you could steal and covet, correct ?

No! He IS the very Word of God, now made flesh, and would not contradict Himself. He kept the perfect law as He IS the Word. He is the Law of the Word.

Heb 13: 8 ‘ Jesus Christ ( YAHUWshua ) is the same yesterday, today and forever”

The perfect Law showed us what sin is . As Paul writes by the Spirit of God in Rom 7:7

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said ‘do not covert’. But sin, SEIZING the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from the law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life ad I died.

Verse 11 “ ……and through the commandment PUT me to DEATH’

12. so then the LAW is HOLY, and the commandment is HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and GOOD”

Now does Paul contradict himself ‘too’? NO!

In the New Covenant (Testament) we will see that Christ died to SET us FREE from what? The Law? NO! the Law is holy, set apart and righteous and good! ( verse 12 above) and Christ also said ” I did NOT come to abolish the law” !

He came to set us free from the PENALTY and CURSE of the law that brought DEATH and eternal damnation for man.

He reconciled us to God through His blood and we are FREE from the PENALTY of sin and death from the Law , but not from the RIGHTEOUS commandments of the Law.

“ Rom 8 1” Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, ( YAHUWshua) because through Christ Jesus the LAW of the Spirit of life set me free from the LAW of sin and death”

When we, after being born again and having been set free from the curse of the law, NOW fall short of the mark ( the good, perfect, set-apart ,holy righteous Law of God, His  decrees, commands, statutes precepts, ordinances ) WE REPENT. And if we live our entire natural life on earth seeking more after the desires of the flesh and the things of this world (or falling away or live disobedient and do not repent ) we will suffer loss. Our eternal salvation is sealed in the Blood of Christ, but we have to ” work out our salvation with fear and trembling” . This refers to the salvation of our souls unto rewards in the millennium Kingdom  ( our inheritance ) of the 1000 years reign of Christ on earth.

We are now part of Spiritual Israel, from the root of that tree , the covenant God made with Abraham- that through his seed ALL nations ( Jews and Gentiles) will be blessed.

To Israel, whom the Gentiles are part of, many promises has been made. Many blessings (and curses for disobedience)  There are requirements for His beautiful everlasting festivals that is set apart and holy to keep, as well as the 7th day of the week. ( The Word says ” BLESSED are they who keep the Sabbath day holy ” and set apart )

Yet our flesh and mind screams “ I am NOT under the Old covenant but the New!

True, but again what does this mean? The New covenant is the one made in the Blood of Christ that paid for the penalty of sin and death that came through the Law. He did not die to set us free from the righteous requirements of the Law.

We are now grafted into Israel and into the blessings that come through OBEDIENCE to all that God requires. Christ did not abolish the Law . He upheld it, He fulfilled it, He completed it, He interpreted it. He abolished the penalty that came with it.

And now that we are not under the penalty of the curse of sin and death that came through the Law, why should we keep the it? Why should I not covet? Why should I not steal? Am I not ‘free’ from the penalty of the law? Why should I keep the Sabbath ?

Now you are asking the ‘mystery‘ questions ! And it is not really a mystery, but it has been so hidden in the man made teachings of unenlightened Christian teachers, that is has become a ‘mystery’.

Christ never broke any of the Commandments including the Sabbath- the 7th day ( “Saturday”) but He chastised and ridiculed and nullified the man made laws of the Pharisees.

One example in this ‘law’ which is called the ‘Tokanot’ of the Jews, is actually one stipulation that a ‘man cannot made mud ( clay) on the Sabbath and put on his eyes’. That is why Jesus ( Yahuwshua) did EXACTLY that, to ‘break’ their man made laws when He healed the man born blind on the Sabbath by spitting on the ground ( which is another of their laws: ‘one may not spit on the Sabbath’ ) and made mud in His hands and put it on the man’s eyes. He then subsequently broke another of their laws on the same Sabbath when He said to the man ‘go wash in the Pool of Siloam’  as there are certain rules as to how far you can walk on the Sabbath and whether it is to the pool or from the pool (a long man made list)

What then are the truth to these ‘mystery’ questions? We understand the truth of ‘not under the law but under GRACE.’ Then why are we required to keep the law  that we are “set free from” ?

Paul dealt with these questions in Romans ( were he used several exclamation marks ! )

Romans 6: 1 NIV “ What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

By no means!

we died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?”

And again in Romans 6: 15 ‘ What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace ? By no means! ( he repeats the exact words twice)

Romans 6:11-12 “ in the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires” And this is the key. Our ‘ mortal body ‘. Our Spirit is saved and under the blood, but we have a responsibility onto our walk on this earth in the ‘ mortal body’ after salvation. We are now DEAD to sin and when it now comes to tempt us, we can master it. We can overcome it by the blood and the word of our testimony, by the power of the Holy Spirit within us . We are no longer a slave to sin. The Word says ‘do not let sin reign in your mortal body’.  (before salvation we were a slave to sin as the Spirit of God were not within us unto whom we could submit so that He can take control )

verse 13 ” do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace”

Romans 7:21 “so I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being, I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me What a wretched man I am ! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ ( YAHUWshua) our Lord! So then, I myself  in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin”

And here starts the battle between sin and righteousness for as long as we have a body. ONLY those who are in Christ can overcome.

We are now grafted into the olive tree and partaking from the sap from the holy root and thus have an obligation to the righteous commands of the law, now that we are FREE  from the curse of the law brought by sin.

For Almighty God, on the Day of Judgment will look at every believer who is under the blood , Jew and Gentile , ALL of Spiritual Israel, and grant unto us everlasting life because of the Blood.

He WILL judge us though ( the Word says in I Corinthians that we will all appear before the Judgement seat )  Judge us for what ? For what we have done IN THE BODY whether good or bad. To receive rewards or suffer loss. Did we live righteously in the fear of God or did we live as the world?  Did we pick up the burden of the cross? Did we deny our flesh the lusts of the world? Did we lay down your own free will to rather obey His Word?

1 Pet 1:13 “rid yourself of all malice and deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. Like new born babies crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good”

Heb 12: 4 “In your STRUGGLE against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” and in verse 7 “ Endure hardship as a discipline, God is treating you as sons”

1 Peter 4:1 ” Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin”. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God “

1 Peter 4:15 “if you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any kind of criminal or even as a meddler in other peoples affairs………….

verse 19….suffer according to God’s will……..

After salvation, our mind ( our soul) is not made perfect. That is why the Word says “renew your mind” .We must grow up in  our salvation and renew our minds. Our spirit is renewed ( born again) but not so the flesh or mind. And if the mind and flesh are running at the pace of the world , our spirit will suffer under that. We are still saved by the blood of Christ that paid the penalty of our sin, but if we do not obey God’s Word in its fullness, we will suffer great loss on the day of judgment.

By the same faith we must now OVERCOME our flesh and the desires of the flesh that leads to sin. To grow up in our faith and work out our salvation with fear and trembling’

1 Pet 4:1 ” Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because those who have suffered in their bodies are done with sin”

1 Pet 2:20 “ but how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in His steps”

Phill 1:29 ” for it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have’

1 Cor 7:29 ” What I mean brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who are married should live as if they are not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away”

Philippians 2: 12 ” …………..  continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling , for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose ” In this train of thought, the Apostle Paul now writes a powerful statement in chapter 3:14 ” I press on towards the goal to win the prize…….” We can only win the prize of the up-calling ( read all of chapter 3 ) if we run this race according to the “rules”

I Cor 9: 24″  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a ways to get the prize… verse 27 ” No , I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” Paul is born again and knows he has eternal life ! Thus he is not talking here about “losing his salvation” , but losing the prize. See what Paul writes in Philippians chapter 3 in this regard.

These are just a few of the Scriptural truths. See our other teachings on the website  that deals with loss for believers even unto exclusion from being part of the bride of Christ, yet saved unto eternity.

1 Cor 3: 1” Brothers, I should not address you as spiritual, but as worldly- mere infants in Christ”. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it”

1 Pet 2: 2 ‘ like newborn babies crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation

Phill. 2: 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

1 Peter 4:19 “ if it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? ” ( this scripture is in the midst of a message dealing with suffering for Christ (as he is writing to those already saved and under the Blood )  This ‘salvation’ being  ‘hard’ spoken of here, is not unto eternal life, but unto the salvation of the soul. The righteous are to work out their salvation (that they have already obtained)  with fear and trembling. 1 Peter 1 : 9 ” for you are receiving the goal of your FAITH , the salvation of your SOULS “. Similar as Paul’s writings explaining  the running of the race, the goal of the up calling , the goal of the prize….. It is by faith we are saved , spirit first ( free gift of grace) and then soul ( righteous works by the Spirit within us)

Peter then continues in verse 13 ” Therefore PREPARE your MINDS for action…….(and culminating in chapter 4 teaching us the meaning of suffering and the body and judgement  Chapter 4: 18 ” if it is hard for the righteous to be saved……)

Heb 5: 1 2: In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

Hebrews 5:14  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

1 Cor 3.10

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.( YAHUWshua)  12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

II Cor 5: 10 NIV “For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while IN THE BODY, whether good or bad”  Also see 1  Peter 4: 5 ” But they will have to give account Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead “

A person who comes to Christ MUST believe ( not believe PLUS some man made rule to salvation)

An unbeliever cannot ‘repent for his sins’ and THEN come to Christ.

An unbeliever must believe. Then after such a person comes to faith and is saved, now the requirement is to always walk in repentance. Not only is the Blood a believer is standing on holy, but the covenant we as believers are under, is also holy and perfect. And when we now sin, we err under the blood and HAVE to repent SO that we DO NOT build on our new foundation ( 1 Cor 3: 10-20) with hay, stubble and straw that burns up on the day of Judgement!

Any works that is not birthed by the works of faith through the Holy Spirit in you , is  “hay, stubble and straw”

Why then a Judgment seat ? God cannot judge the foundation of His Son’s blood , it is a free gift by faith. But it is our life IN THE BODY from the day of salvation to the day we leave this earth , that will be judged ( ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ )

Rom 2: 16 “ This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ…..

This is only the tip of the iceberg on the strong meat of the truth on this particular subject. We will publish several other teachings that deal with believers’ rewards/loss/inheritance in the millennium Kingdom of Christ during which Satan is bound for 1000 years and after that will come the eternal kingdom of God.

Look under our section “ the Kingdom Truths.” There are several topics that deal with ‘rewards and loss’ and believers’  responsibility to ‘save his soul’

We repeat a few scriptures here as we want all believers to soak this truth….

1 Pet 1: 9 for you are receiving the GOAL of your faith, the salvation of your souls’’ Greek word ‘psuche’ that is translated life or soul ( and this is NOT eternal salvation, but soul salvation (for deeds done in the body during the time on earth)

Heb 5: 12 “    11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

6:1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death”

It is quite sobering that the ‘milk’ we get every Sunday in church is ‘laying the foundation’ ! We ought by now to walk in utter conviction of Matt 16.

After our foundation is laid , we  are to pick up the burden of the cross ( that is the Word, in ALL its fullness, not only the bits we like) and become set apart and holy like our Savior is. We can only do that by submitting ourselves to the Holy Spirit to bear fruit through us; by submitting our will to His perfect will so that we will not be ashamed on the Day of Judgment that we were saved by grace and then lived like the world.

as quoted earlier, 1 Pet 4:1 ” Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because those who have suffered in their bodies are done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God”

verse 5 ” but they will have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit”

Romans 7:4 ” so my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead in order that we might bear fruit to God. For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now by dying what once bound us, we have been released from the law , so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not of the old way of the written code”

Now that we understand the difference between being set free from the law ( its penalty that causes death) and keeping of the righteous commands of the law in order to bear fruit, we can move on and grow up in our salvation. In suffering in our bodies ( in our struggle against sin and overcoming sin by the blood and the Spirit) we will enter into the Kingdom and hear the King say ” well done My good and faithful servant.” God cannot commend us by saying ‘well done’ because of the free gift of the blood of His Son, but by overcoming in this life BECAUSE of Christ’s finished work.

In conclusion : the last part of the Word that the Lord gave us will now become ‘ revelation knowledge’ to us when we understand what we have been studying thus far .

..” In order to perfect the salvation of your soul, wherein lies the path to rewards and the ‘hope of the higher calling’ which is the resurrection of the chosen from out of those that are called, you have to prove yourself worthy and earn the right to partake of that part of the inheritance by running a good race.

To run the race effectively you must run strictly according to the rules. The commands and statutes given to your nation Yisrael, are the rules says Yahuwah.

Follow them precisely and do not deviate lest you find yourself ‘off track’

Any such transgression will cause you to lose ground. Keep your eyes on Yahuwshua ( Jesus ) , He already outlined the perfect application of the rules.

You will miss the mark in many respects on many occasions, else you could not remain on the earth. Mercifully the spiritual penalty of the law, eternal death and damnation, has been removed once and for all for all those counted among the children of ‘Israel’. This was My grace-full gift says Yahuwah.

Now as children, you can aspire to be sons and if sons, even co-heirs to the fullness of the promises.

A child attains son-ship through maturity.

A son, either by birth OR adoption attains the rights of co-heir by the way he treats the Father.

If he follows the desires and instructions of his father , he will qualify for heirship and inherit his birthright.

The birthright for ALL the children of My chosen nation Yisrael is of unfathomable riches says Yahuwah.

Run your race well says Yahuwah, the closer you get to the prize, the more clearly you will hear My voice shouting encouragement and willing you to win.”

We are thus under the righteous requirements of the law to follow it and remain faithful so as to receive the FULLNESS of our reward. Our obedience to His law , His instructions and including actions that deny the flesh and doing works of righteousness by the Spirit of God, all culminates to  “well done my good and faithful servant”  To live a righteous life, includes this part of the word that the Lord gave us ” : Becoming a brother to My Son bears the gift of confirmation of your nationality – you are no longer a stranger, but a part of Yisrael, the ‘wild branch’ which is part of the true tree of Yisrael by the same roots and an equal partaker of the inheritance promises I made to that set apart nation says Yahuwah.

So we can no longer say ” I am not part of that old covenant Israel pattern, so I do not have to keep the 10 commandments in its ” letter and law” . Neither can we say  ” well I do not commit murder, or steal or covet, but I don’t have the keep the 4th commandment, keeping in the sabbath as it is only for the Jews ( or I keep it on a different day to distinguish myself from the “Jews”  – thus following after the world’s changing ” the set times and the laws” ) and those old festivals are only for the Jews.  ( Passover, feast of unleavened bread etc) . Now that we understand we are under grace , but yet under the righteous requirements of the Law unto our rewards and inheritance, we will be careful to do all of the Fathers will. Our obedience to the TRUTH will be rewarded.

Working out our salvation is picking up the burden of the cross, to deny the flesh , shun evil, resist the devil, doing good works of righteousness by the Spirit of God, doing WORKS of FAITH and not neglecting His commands.

Kind David writes in Psalms 19

 ” the Law of Yahuwah is perfect… reviving the SOUL

The statutes ( witness/testimony)  of Yahuwah are trustworthy, making wise the simple

The Precepts ( orders) of Yahuwah are right, giving joy to the heart

The commandments of Yahuwah are radiant, giving light to the eyes

The fear of Yahuwah is pure, enduring forever.

The ordinances ( right rulings)  of Yahuwah are true and altogether righteous

they are more precious than gold, than much pure gold. They are sweeter than honey , than honey from the comb

By them your servant is warned.

in keeping them there is much reward ! “

King David understood clearly ( even whilst under OT law) that the letter of the law kills but the Spirit gives life, wrote in Psalm 51 ” You do not delight in sacrifice or I would bring it. You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit , a broken and contrite heart, O God You will not despise

and in Psalm 119: 120 he wrote:

“My flesh trembles in fear of You. I stand in awe of your laws”

AMEN!