Favor or Redemption
So many believers focus more on the stake and the death of Yahusha (which they celebrate once a year) than on His resurrection. With that criterion, people tend not to look past the stake, therefore, only see half the Gospel/Besorah message – where forgiveness is spoken, but they will always be a sinner.
However, the whole purpose of the stake is that Yahusha rose from the dead. The miracle of Yahusha’s death is His resurrection. His resurrection showed people they were not only a forgiven people but also a redeemed people. Now they could choose life. That is important, as only a few teach the redeemed how to walk in a redeemed, sanctified lifestyle – no longer a sinner.
Giving the full Gospel/Besorah message, the same message Moses and the Yisraelites received at Mount Sinai, drew thousands to Yahusha and caused the Pharisees to be envious, as they did not teach the ways of redemption but held the people in contempt.
Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Yahusha/Messiah, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward Elohim, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of everlasting judgment.
John 6:68 “But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life.’ ”
What happens when people learn that Yahusha forgave their sin on the stake, but they sin after they are born again (born from above) experience? At the stake, Yahusha appropriated forgiveness for all past, present, and future sin. However, does that mean a believer, now that he or she is born again (born from above), no longer needs to obey or apply His instructions spoken at Mount Sinai? No. They need to be sanctified. That means taking responsibility for their actions and repenting for any wrongdoing after their vow of obedience to Him. Otherwise, that sin will be outstanding and counted against them, even though they are “born again” (born from above). That is why gaining knowledge of Torah is essential for life is vital (Hosea 4:6).
Hos 4:6 “My people have perished for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also forget your children.
John 5:46-47 [Yahusha said to His believers], “For if you [My people] believed Moses, you [believer] would believe Me [the Bridegroom]; for he [Moses] wrote about Me [at Mount Sinai]. But if you [believer] do not believe his writings [the pattern of My Kingdom spoken at Mount Sinai], how will you [believer] believe [and act on] My words [today]?”
In Leviticus, through Yahusha’s prescribed instructions for restoration as shown by the Mishkan pattern, believers learn what sin is and how to walk in sanctification and redemption. If they do not follow His direction, that new sin will activate against them over and over again bringing a separation in their relationship. The original Mishkan design measures all sin in a believer’s life before and after the stake. If the copy of His pattern is off, then that amount needs to be corrected. If not, consequences occur. The offer of forgiveness is graciously appropriated through Yahusha’s death. His hand of redemption is always extended. However, as mentioned earlier, the same rules that were given at Mount Sinai still apply today. Through Leviticus, believers learn how to acknowledge their sin, take responsibility, and repent. When the appropriate action for restitution is taken, then that sin is no longer repeated.
Isaiah 1:16-17 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
Believers must also understand that their walk is more than a feel good emotion. Love, if applied as Yahusha taught, is the favor of Elohim that causes life-changing behavior in people’s lives. What we lack in the body of believers today is not a belief system but the instructions for how to walk out redemption.