Friday, January 04, 2013

Yeshua's Sonship

Letter 200 (Yeshua’s Sonship)  17/10/03

 “For it is impossible, those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame”  (Heb. 6:4-6).

This is one of the most solemn scriptures in the entire bible.  It was written specifically to a New Covenant, born again, Spirit filled believer in Yeshua as the only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father.  In another scripture we read that in the latter days many will fall from “the faith” (ref. 2 Thes 2:3; 1 Tim 4:1).  What is the “faith” referred to here?

In his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Paul asks the believers to examine themselves to see if they are in “the faith”:  “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Yeshua the Messiah is in you? -- Unless indeed you are disqualified (2Cor. 13:5).  Paul is very specific in what he is asking the New Covenant Israelite believer to do.

In the last few years and even in recent months, we have been hearing of a growing number of believers who are deserting the faith in the “sonship” of Messiah Yeshua and are relegating Him to an anointed (‘christed’) man, who through this special anointing carried out ‘a’ plan of God.  They are openly denying His conception by the Spirit of Elohim in the womb of an unmarried maiden and virgin.  If what they are saying is true, Yeshua would have been conceived out of wedlock and Joseph, being a righteous man, should have put Miriam away and had her stoned in accordance with Torah. Based on the above, Yeshua would and should have been labeled a “bastard” and his mother a “whore” (ref. Deut. 23:2; Deut. 22:20-21).

If Yeshua were born of the seed of man, He would have been a created being just like Adam.  He therefore would have had the defiled nature/life of Adam, which naturally would have disqualified him from being the required unblemished Passover lamb for the remission of sin. His blood, or I should I say the Adamic life that was in the blood, would have never been accepted by a holy God as the required payment for the redemption of man’s soul. He himself would have a need of a sacrifice to atone for His own sin nature. 

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him --for the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever --
that he should continue to live eternally, and not see the pit” (Ps. 49:7-9).

In the book written to the Hebrews (as they understood blood sacrifices, priesthood and temple worship), the writer speaks about a High Priest (Yeshua) who qualified to be the very sacrifice that He Himself would carry once and for all into the Holy of Holies (ref. Hebrews chapters 3-10).  Why was this sacrifice necessary?  Because, “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 holy, and blameless, [there is nothing holy and blameless about the Adamic life] 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 which you heard…”  (Col 1:21-23).

Peter also exhorts the believers when he writes: “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness [in the faith], being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua HaMashiach; to Him be the glory both now and forever” (2 Pet 3:17-18).

When we are born again we receive the life of the Son of God and we become a new creation-being in Spirit (ref. 2Cor. 5:17). This Spirit life is not our life, as our spirit is now hidden in this new life, which is the life of Yeshua and the Father’s. We thus become one with them in the Spirit of Holiness.  “For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in God.  When Messiah who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”  (Col. 3:3-4).  “I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20-21).

What is so tragic about denying Yeshua as the Son of Elohim and demoting Him to mere manhood?  The dreadful conclusion is that under such a state there cannot be a “body of Messiah”. In other words, no one can have His life and nature, nor can He be present in any one.   Yeshua as a mere man could not and cannot be omnipresent.  As a new creation being we live through faith in His Sonship.  But when we deny this truth, we actually crucify again not only His life - but ours as well.  Thus our inheritance is taken away from us just as it was taken from Esau, who despised his birthright, “who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Heb. 12:16-17). 

Why is it impossible to be brought back to repentance once a believer has denied Yeshua as the Son of Elohim, and his own ‘new creation’ life?  Within the heart of unredeemed man there is still a spark of spirit life that has not yet been snuffed out.  This spark contains the faith that is necessary for believing the gospel, and as long as one remains steadfast in this faith (once embracing it), the Spirit of Holiness will continue to draw him into further revelation.  But if, after having been born anew, one crucifies to himself the Son of God all over again, with it goes the ability or enablement called “faith”, leaving the unbeliever without any means to return or repent.

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed…” (Rom. 4:16).

“Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:28-29).

“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today’, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin [unbelief].   For we have become partakers of Messiah if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Heb 3:12-14)

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Heb. 10:35-36).


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