by John Greene
Loyalty. Today, fewer people have truly experienced it, even as the population of the world has exploded. Loyalty is increasingly rare among many people and in relationships today. So it is with your Heavenly Father. He is looking for loyalty. His track of righteousness that He has outlined in scripture is His established standard. Few know His standard of righteousness well. Through the Set Apart Spirit [Dedicated or ‘Holy’ Spirit], a disciple is fully able to exhibit the fruit of obedience, the Father’s righteousness in life, strengthened through the example and love of Yahshua [Jesus]. Your loyalty to Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] is expressed in your consistent walk of righteousness, which He has made possible. His righteousness doesn’t change. It is eternal and established. YHWH’s righteousness isn’t the morality or ethics of the world, nor is it simply religious patterns of thinking. It isn’t the kind of thinking displayed by the Pharisees, who were full of the leaven of idolatry and minimized sin. They worshiped rules, ritual and personal appearance as righteousness. In this way, they pretended to be righteous, even representing themselves as the ‘righteousness of God,’ just as many do in this day. (Matthew 5:20, 9:10-13, 23:25-28; John 5:29; Romans 2:5-6, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:7, 14; James 2:14-24; Revelation 22:12; Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; “Redefining Good“; “Vanquishing Sin and Oppression“; “Understanding Sin“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)
“At that time Yahshua [Jesus] said to His disciples, ‘When anyone chooses to set out to follow Me, he must deny himself and bear up his own stake, even the same as I. For that one who chooses to save his own life loses the same. But that one who chooses to lose his life because of Me obtains the same. For what does a man profit when he gains the whole world [kosmos] and loses his own life? Or what does a man yield in exchange for his own life? For the Son of man will appear in the esteem of His Father with His messengers, and at that time will reward each after the manner of His practice.’” – Matthew 16:24-26, direct translation
“And you know that He was revealed that He might take away our sins, and sin is not in Him. Everyone remaining in Him does not (practice) sin. Everyone practicing sin has not seen Him, nor known Him. Little children, let no one lead you astray; the one practicing righteousness is righteous, even as that One is righteous. The one practicing sin is of the devil, because the devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of YAHWEH was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Everyone who has been begotten of YAHWEH does not practice sin, because His seed abides in him, and he is not able to sin, because he has been begotten of YAHWEH. By this the children of YAHWEH are distinguished from the children of the devil: Whoever does not practice righteousness and does not love his brother, does not belong to YAHWEH.” – 1 John 3:5-10, HRB
“The person that practices sin, this one will die. A son does not bear the iniquity of the father, nor the father bear the iniquity of a son. Righteousness of the righteous will come to be on the righteous. The wickedness of the wicked will come to be on the wicked. When the wicked turns away from all sin that he has fashioned, putting a hedge of protection about all My laws, operating in just discernment and righteousness, will have life and not die.
All rebellions that have been fashioned will not be remembered. The righteousness that he has accomplished will give life. Am I pleased with the death of the wicked? declares YHWH. Should he not turn back from his course of life to live?
When the righteous turns away from out of righteousness and fashions unrighteousness, accomplishing all the abominations that the wicked do, will he live? All righteousness that he has accomplished with not be remembered. His treachery that he has covered up, his sin that he has carried will cause him to die. You say that the course of life of the Master is not well measured. Understand now, house of Israel. Is not my course of life well measured? Isn’t your course of life unbalanced?
A righteous man that turns away from out of righteousness, fashions unrighteousness and dies in it. Unrighteousness that he has accomplished is his death. When the wicked turns away from wickedness that he has fashioned, operating in just discernment and righteousness, he keeps himself alive.
He discerns and turns away from all rebellion that he has fashioned, will have life and not die. The house of Israel says the course of life of the Master is not well measured. House of Israel, is not my course of life well measured? Isn’t your course of life unbalanced?
Rightly so, will I judge the house of Israel, each one to his course of life, says the Master YHWH. Turn back, turn back from all your rebellions so that your iniquity will not come to be your idol. Cast away from yourselves all rebellions, where you have broken away. Bear a new heart, a new spirit. Why must you die house of Israel? Assuredly, I take no pleasure in the death of anyone that dies, says the Master YHWH. Repent and live!” – Ezekiel 18:20-32, direct translation
“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14, direct translation