112:1) Praise Yahuah!
Blessed is the man who fears Yahuah,
Who delights greatly in His mitzvot.
112:2) His seed will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
112:3) Wealth and riches are in his house.
His righteousness endures forever.
112:4) Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,
Gracious, merciful, and righteous.
112:5) It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
112:6) For he will never be shaken.
The righteous will be remembered forever.
112:7) He will not be afraid of evil news.
His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahuah.
112:8) His heart is established.
He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
112:9) He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
His righteousness endures forever.
His horn will be exalted with honour.
112:10) The wicked will see it, and be grieved.
He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.
The desire of the wicked will perish.
The minute you start talking about what you are going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Imagine the scene:
It is a fine summer’s day and you decide to take a walk along a cliff top on the coast. You come to a fence with a gate that has a large sign conspicuously posted stating DANGER! Cliff edge liable to collapse. Keep to the path and well away from the cliff edge. You carry on through the gate admiring the view.
Are you attracted to the edge? Is it because of the sign or are you that keen to look over the edge?
Great debates have taken place over the years as to whether it is possible to lose your salvation. This has always worried me in as much as why the question should ever arise. What possible action could be so terrible that forgiveness was not possible?
“but whoever may blaspheme against the Ruach HaKodesh never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mark 3:29). This is the proof text that is most commonly used to argue for the answer yes to the question. The difficulty arises when defining the word blaspheme. Normally it is taken as a cursing Yahuah `Elohiym as Father, Son or Ruach. However, this would seem highly unlikely by one who has surrendered their life to Yahuah through His Son, Messiah Yahusha. There are times in every Believer’s life when tragedy strikes leaving the Believer questioning Yahuah’s motives. Take Iyov (Job) for example. He loses his children, his wealth, his status and eventually his health. His wife famously calls him to curse Yahuah and die (Job. 2:9). In spite of all that has happened to him, Iyov refuses. Some translations say renounce instead of curse. This would make more sense if renounce was substituted for blaspheme against in Mark 3:29.
Then again, is this likely? How could a true Believer, having been born again from above renounce their heavenly Father? “Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.”(2 Cor. 5:17). Surely the old self has died and been replaced by a new self, made incapable of such an act?
Therefore, if this is not possible, what does it say about the person’s original salvation? Surely this must be called into question? “Examine me, Yahuah, and prove me. Try my heart and my mind.” (Psa. 26:2). Yahuah cannot be deceived. Even though a person says a Believer’s prayer does not automatically guarantee salvation. The person might genuinely feel as though they are sincere, but a truly wicked heart (mind in biblical terms) can deceive even the person. Yahuah can see into a person’s heart (thoughts) and knows of the person’s intentions in the future.
There is another way of looking at the word blaspheme. It is through the work of the Ruach HaKodesh, that a person is truly convicted of their sin. It is by the leading of the Ruach that a person comes to know and accept Messiah Yahusha as Master and Saviour. If a person mocks the Ruach HaKodesh, then they are making fun of all the work that is culminated in the act of salvation. The birth, life, death, resurrection and exaltation of Messiah Yahusha is ridiculed. The grace and mercy of the Father is laughed at and ignored or tossed aside. No wonder that this is a sin for which there can be no forgiveness.
“though He was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things He suffered. Having been made perfect, He became to all of those who obey Him the author of eternal salvation,” (Heb. 5:9). Through the obedience of the Son, man has inherited eternal life.
“He distributes freely, he gives to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His power will be increased with honour.” (Psa.112:9). This psalm describes a Believer and how his righteousness is eternal. This righteousness is not his own but that of Messiah clothing him. The righteousness of the Believer is a result of salvation, both are here called eternal.
Notwithstanding this argument, it has always puzzled me why the initial question should ever arise. In the scenario above, why take any chance that the cliff would crumble as you walk past.
STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE!
Do not do anything that may cause you to fall.
Nevertheless, whether it is possible to lose your salvation (which I believe you cannot) or not, you first have to be saved.
Everyone has something in their lives that they have done wrong or ashamed of and try to hide it. Are you able to say to the Judge of all, Examine me, Yahuah, and prove me. Try my heart and my mind. It is of no use burying your head in the sand, as there will be a reckoning to come, one day. This is like if your walked along that cliff top and just keep walking until you run out of ground and fall over the precipice. Everything has been done to warn you of your eternal danger. Do not let this moment pass without, at least, taking stock of your eternal status; it does not meet the Judge’s exacting standards. Therefore, seek His forgiveness through His Son, Messiah Yahusha, while there is still time.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahusha so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
If you want to accept Father’s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahusha, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
“Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahusha. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahusha my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.”
Remember, the Judge looks into your heart, mind and future.
In other words, when you say a Believer’s prayer you had better mean it.
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Father’s salvation through Messiah Yahusha, then please drop us an e-mail at ATC to let us know. This not only builds up our faith, it offers an opportunity to prayfully support you. Even if you have Believing friends or family, we at ATC would be privileged to pray for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself;
But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.” (Prov. 22:3).
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahusha as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the matzah and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (matzah) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Master’s betrayal, He took the matzah, blessed it and broke it saying ‘This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.’
Bless the matzah saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth matzah from the earth.
Break and eat the matzah (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ‘This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.’
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahusha, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahusha, with a perfect blessing. Ameyn.
Please note the up-and-coming special days.
8th. New Moon – 10/10/2018
Yom Kippur – 20/09/2018
Sukkot – 25/09/2018
Shemeni Atzaret 02/10/2018
Father willing, we will meet again next Shabbat.
“Y’varekh’kha Yahuah v’yishmerekha, (May Yahuah bless you and keep you) Ya’er Yahuah panav eleikha vichunekka, (May Yahuah make His face to shine upon you and show you favour) Yissa Yahuah panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha (May Yahuah lift up His face toward you and shalom v’yasem l’kha shalom.” give you peace.)