22 December 2015

The Love Bear

Religion and faith are different words with different things.

Many religions profess obeying many rules means God is pleased, or that doing so makes you righteous.

Some religions have rules which allow for the murder of people according to technicalities.

Some argue that Yeshua taught a religion, or that Yeshua was a prophet.

But what did Yeshua and those who knew Yeshua say about these matters?

Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Yeshua answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”

- John 6: 28-29

God's work = believe in Yeshua.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

- Hebrews 11: 6

Faith necessary to please God.

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Yeshua neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

- Galatians 5: 4-6

Justified by faith through love.

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

- Galatians 5: 14

Law fulfilled by loving others.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

- Romans 13: 8-10

Continue loving.

Love fulfills the law.

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