First, the bad news: All of us are dirty with sin [falling short of the holy sublime character of YHVH, our Creator-Redeemer]. All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth. All of us are like dead leaves. Like the wind, our sins have carried us away. All people have sinned and are not good enough for God's [YHVH's] glory. The payment for sin is death [separation from YHVH, Source of love, joy, peace, everything worthwhile].
Now, the good news: But YHVH [GOD, also called Yah in the Bible] gives us the free gift of life forever in Messiah Yahshua [a.k.a. Christ Jesus] our Master [Lord/Boss]. But Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. In this way Yah shows his great love for us.
If you declare with your mouth, “Yeshua is Master,” and if you believe in your heart that YHVH raised Yeshua from death, then you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with YHVH. And we declare with our mouths to say that we believe, and so we are saved [rescued from an empty life that ends in meaningless death]. As the Scripture* says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”
[The Master, says:] “If anyone wants to follow me, he must say ‘no’ to the things he wants. Every day he must be willing even to die on a cross, and he must follow me [speak and do as the Master]. Whoever wants to save his life will lose it. And whoever gives his life for me will save it." But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of YHVH really lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, then he does not belong to Messiah. Messiah died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that they would live for him.
Scriptures are from the ICB with additions in brackets and titles replaced with Names: Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-11; Luke 9:23-24; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 5:15; *-See Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:6
Yah's Fellowship Restored
Now we tell you what we have seen and heard because we want you to have fellowship with us. The fellowship we share together is with YHVH [GOD] the Father and his Son, Yeshua Messiah [a.k.a. Jesus Christ]. We write this to you so that we may be full of joy.
Here is the message we have heard from YHVH and now tell to you: YHVH is light [reality, accuracy, truth], and in him there is no darkness [fakery, deceit, lies] at all. So if we say that we have fellowship with YHVH, but we continue living in darkness, then we are liars. We do not follow the truth. YHVH is in the light. We should live in the light, too.
If we live in the light, we share fellowship with each other. And when we live in the light, the blood of the death of Yahshua, Yah's Son, is making us clean from every sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins.
We can trust Yah. He does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrongs we have done.
If we obey what YHVH has told us to do, then we are sure that we truly know YHVH. If someone says, “I know YHVH!” but does not obey YHVH’s commands, then he is a liar. The truth is not in him. But if someone obeys YHVH’s teaching, then YHVH’s love has truly arrived at its goal in him.
This is how we know that we are following YHVH: Whoever says that YHVH lives in him must live as Yahshua lived.
1 John 1:3-9, 2:3-6 from ICB with additions in brackets and titles replaced with Hebrew Names.
The Living Torah
The law [Torah, instruction] was given through Moses, but grace [divine power to live a holy life] and truth [accurate representation of the Torah in word and deed] came through Yeshua Messiah. You are saved by the Spirit that makes you holy and by your faith in the truth [grace and truth working together].
[Yahshua says:] "Don't think that I have come to destroy the law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. ..." For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts.
Let us, then, feel free to come before God's [YHVH's] throne. Here there is grace. And we can receive mercy [undeserved loving kindness] and grace [divine power to live holy] to help us when we need it.
Scriptures are from the ICB, unless otherwise noted, with additions in brackets and titles replaced with Names: John 1:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13c; Matthew 5:17a; Romans 10:4 CJB; Hebrews 4:16.
LEGEND OR REALITY?
Read the account of His life, death, burial, and resurrection. You will find He is who He claimed to be. He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life: YHVH's Word in human form.
John, an eye-witness, states: "The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth." and "We write you now about something that has always existed. We have heard. We have seen with our own eyes. We have watched, and we have touched with our hands. We write to you about the Word that gives life. He who gives life was shown to us. We saw him, and we can give proof about it." -- John 1:14, 1 John 1:1-2a from the ICB
You owe it to yourself to investigate. Here are three of many respected resources: Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace; The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel; Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell. (We are not affiliated with these authors nor do we receive remuneration for recommendations.)
Some of us Share Stories on this website about our personal experiences with YHVH through Messiah. Ask and we'll be happy to discuss our relationship with him.
Liar, Lunatic, or LORD?
C. S. Lewis stated in 1942 and published 1952 in his book, Mere Christianity: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
[This was also proposed by Watchman Nee in Normal Christian Life (1936) and Scottish preacher, "Rabbi" John Duncan (1796-1870).]