Disciples: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose

by John and Ruth Greene

salt-and-lightYahshua [Jesus] had earlier called His disciples and told them that they would be fishers of men. In Matthew 5:13-16, He tells them what He expected them to be – salt of the earth and light to the world. The prophets of the old kingdom of Israel were the salt of that land, but disciples were to go into the world as both salt and light in a dark kingdom of mankind. (Luke 14:34; Colossians 4:6) This salt and light were like the force of leaven in the world. (Matthew 13:33) Elohim’s [YHWH] Word is quick, penetrating and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) It reaches the heart and cleanses much like the traditional use of salt for preservation. (Acts 2:27; 2 Corinthians 2:14, Number 18:19; Leviticus 2:13; Ezekiel 43:24) By being salt, disciples become more and more free from worldly corruption as they become a new man in Messiah through study, association of strong brotherhood and discipleship, compounded by the counsel of the Holy Spirit. When you speak to others about Bible truth you are as salt in the same way in your covenant with YHWH. Disciples are light (Ephesians 5:8) and must shine as lights, (Philippians 2:15; John 8:12) fellow workers with the Messiah and the Kingdom of YHWH. (Matthew 7:14, 22:14; “The Miracle of Living Water“; “Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah“)

light of the lampDisciples are the salt of the earth rather than the profession of an organized church that claims to be salt and light. Much of organized Christianity has lost its salt if it was ever salt for the Messiah. This has often been by focusing on a definition of the church which gives man authority instead personal relationship with the Messiah. (Mark 9:49-50; Luke 14:34-35; 2 Peter 2:20-21) The leaven of tradition and false religion of the world has been mixed with the light of YHWH’s Kingdom. This worldly leaven has contaminated the salt and light of YHWH making many multitudes of Christians of little use to Elohim or His purpose. The fire of the Holy Spirit is quenched. The fountain of YHWH isn’t there. The gathering that claims ‘Christ’ has learned to be unreceptive to the Word of Elohim and the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Instead, they are taught to be dependent on earthly leadership through an organized hierarchy of religion. (“Leaven of the Pharisees: Leaven of the World“; “What is God’s Church“)

city-on-a-hillSanctified disciples of the Messiah are to stand apart from the teaching and knowledge of the world. Much of organized religion today has brought the world into a false body of religion, a counterfeit cesspool of demonic nastiness. The light they give is colored by Satan or quenched altogether. So many church leaders speak another gospel, even a regulated gospel of the state, corporations of man. When you live for Messiah you glow with Elohim’s light. Can you hide a city that is on a hill? Only by dimming or quenching the light. Your bright light is an uncompromised life for your Messiah, a reflection of what Yahshua [Jesus] is like. In this way, disciples are to be a beacon of the truth. (Matthew 7:21, 28:18-20; James 2:24; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; “Bible Prophecy & the Rise of the Corporation“; “Christians & Religious Freedom in the Last Days“)

Being a beacon for YHWH’s Kingdom is not being quiet when you need to speak or going along with the crowd. Being a beacon for YHWH’s Kingdom is not denying the light of Messiah or willfully allowing sin to dim the light of Messiah. Being a beacon for Elohim’s Kingdom is not ignoring the needs of brothers and sisters in the gathering of Messiah. The beacon of discipleship explains your light to others. The beacon of discipleship doesn’t shrink back from speaking YHWH’s truth, shutting your light off from the rest of the world, nor does it seek popularity (2 Timothy 2:15; Colossians 2:8, 3:17; “Disciple: Living as Light“; “Live as Children of Light“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)

In the physical nation of Israel, Elohim’s laws were given to help people to love Him with all their hearts and minds, to give a way to define their future from their past. In time, religious leaders had turned YHWH’s law into a confusing mess, inventing new ways to understand the original law or crafting new understanding for their own advantage. (Matthew 16:11-12; Mark 7:5, 13; Luke 16:14; 1 Corinthians 4:6) His Spirit was extinguished by the nation as if YHWH wasn’t real. They feared His Name to the point that they failed to use it and lost their identity. Perhaps their Elohim wasn’t real to them beyond a means to an end. The corruption of Israel was also a proof that a unified nation was unwilling to serve and lovingly obey. (Isaiah 1:1-31; Psalm 78:10-11, 40-42, 56-57; 2 Kings 17:7-8, 18-20; Jeremiah 32:30; Amos 9:8)

bible-studyThe plight that this nation of people finally found themselves in demonstrates the reality in this day that individual and personal trust in YHWH is vital and not simply a corporate matter as many churches teach. A church organization or a nation is not an anointed middleman. (2 Peter 2:19; Galatians 6:8: Matthew 7:13-15, 21) YHWH must not be separated from you. Yahshua [Jesus] is your personal High Priest. All of Elohim’s chosen people through Messiah are priests. In contrast, organized religion often creates separation to establish authority. There is no separation, so why would you insert separation? Why would you replace YHWH’s Word with man’s word? (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6, 5:10; Hebrews 8:1-6; John 15:16; 1 John 2:1-29; Exodus 19:6) Much of the organized church is teaching the equivalent of the law, even their own law, without revealing the authority of the Holy Spirit and rightly dividing scripture. They substitute ‘corporate authority’ for direct relationship and personal understanding. The Holy Spirit is your personal Counselor that binds you to YHWH’s Kingdom, your seal and assurance. (John 14:17, 26; 15:26; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 5:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Titus 2:12; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“)

Yahshua [Jesus] brings those that will listen to His purpose instead of through the excesses of religious leaders. Law and grace are both aspects of Elohim’s nature that He uses in dealing with mankind. Moses emphasized law and justice. Yahshua [Jesus] emphasized Elohim’s mercy, love, and forgiveness. (2 Corinthians 3:10-18) Moses was the giver of the law while Yahshua [Jesus] came to fulfill the law. The nature and will of YHWH were revealed in the law. Today the nature and will of YHWH are revealed through the Messiah instead of stone tablets. Revelation comes through personal life as you grow in Messiah and listen to the Holy Spirit. Your understanding will increase as you focus on YHWH’s righteousness. You don’t need to see Him. His fruit is abundant through His people and His creation. Righteous teaching and understanding is illuminated by Bible truth for those that are alert, discerning and vigilant. Your trust must not be in a multi-level marketing scheme that claims to promote ‘faith,’ but squarely on the sacrifice, love and trusting relationship of your Messiah as your High Priest. (Matthew 5:17-19; Hebrews 7:18-19, 22, 8:6-13; “Seeking a New Spirit“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“; “Called to Have Confidence in Messiah“;  “How YHWH Marks His People“; “The Bible & Higher Authority“)

mark-of-YHWHs-SpiritYahshua [Jesus] said to rejoice when you are persecuted because of YHWH’s righteousness. All oppressors will be judged by what they measure out to you and your reward will be great in YHWH’s Kingdom. This takes your focus off the world and focuses on the Messiah as you learn to work with the Sanctified Holy Spirit as your Counselor. This is where the focus of the disciple must rest. It strips away superficial beliefs that are not of YHWH. It strengthens your trust through endurance. Your attitude through trial and learning serves as an example, as a testimony to others. (Matthew 7:2; Luke 9:23; Romans 6:13, 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Corinthians 1:10)

All of YHWH’s prophets experienced persecution. When you are persecuted and you continue in your conviction and love of Elohim’s Kingdom, this proves your devotion, your commitment, that you won’t be swayed. Your diligent daily living focuses on spiritual maturity rather than spiritual infancy. Remember that there can be no persecution within YHWH’s Kingdom. When you experience persecution within a professed body of religion, even as you are firmly grounded in the Holy Spirit through scriptural truth, you know where that body really resides. (Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:24) Yahshua [Jesus] said that His disciples must excel beyond the corruption of religious leaders of that day. Disciples have the same charge today as they focus wholly on their Messiah, through the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare against the things of the world. (Matthew 5:20; “The ‘Supranational Babylon’ “; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness”; “YHWH’s Faithful: Victory in Spiritual Battle“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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