How to inherit eternal life, according to Yeshua…

A man once asked Yeshua what he needed to do to inherit eternal life.  That is a question asked today by those who recognize the longing in their souls.  Yeshua’s answer was a little different than what you will hear in most churches…  Should give us something to chew on!

Here is how Luke records the exchange,

25 And a [a]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [b]How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

To start with, this immediately throws a wrench in the cogs of those who think the importance of the Torah is somehow diminished after Yeshua!  Further, notice Yeshua isn’t the One who encapsulates the commands into these two ‘laws,’ both direct quotes from the Torah.  Common knowledge of the day understood that the Torah was about loving God and loving neighbor.

Notice also superscript ‘a.’  Yeshua is not talking to someone who just fell off the turnip truck!  This is an ‘expert in the Mosaic Law.’  The Torah.

Christendom generally blows right past this passage because they are in such a hurry to get to the ‘Good Samaritan’ story and see this lawyer’s heart exposed.

The point, though, is that Yeshua throws a monster spotlight on the importance of obedience to the Torah in respect to eternal life.

Now, don’t misunderstand me and think I am advocating for ‘works salvation.’  I believe we enter the covenant by grace through the blood of Messiah, but once in the covenant, we have a responsibility to love our Suzerain by showing loyalty/obedience.  Over and over, Yeshua elevates the Torah!  After all, He being the Lawgiver, desires that the Torah be great and glorious.

Yahweh was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
To make the Torah great and glorious.

When Yeshua says, ‘Do this and you shall live,’ He is answering the question about obtaining eternal life with a quote from the Torah!!  Leviticus 18:4-5 says,

 You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, [a]to live in accord with them; I am the Lord your God. So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord.

No, we can’t keep them perfectly, but, they are THE model for how we are to walk!  They are called ‘righteousness’ for a reason!!  Those who teach that we don’t need to keep the commandments, or worse, those who teach that keeping the commandments is opposed to faith, stand utterly exposed as false teachers by this little missive of Yeshua.

Yeshua basically says, “Keeping the commandments, and not just the Ten, but ‘all the Law and the Prophets,’ is the path to eternal life!!”  If you read beyond those verses He demonstrates that the heart is critical in how we do so, but He never negates or even hints at the Torah being insignificant in the equation.  Rather, He highlights it!!

Chew on that for a while…

Shalom!

About Pete Rambo

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8 Responses to How to inherit eternal life, according to Yeshua…

  1. hisloammi says:

    And I believe He repeats this story in 2 other gospels…so, He has told us 3X. When a parent tells you one time you should listen, but after three times if you didn’t hear it you get in trouble.

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  2. I added you to my fledgling Hebrew Roots subreddit. http://reddit.com/r/hebrewroots There’s a larger Messianic one on Reddit as well. I just use the HR one to post links to various blogs and articles. If you’d like to post there let me know your user name and I will add you as a moderator. 🙂

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  3. “When Yeshua says, ‘Do this and you shall live,’ He is answering the question about obtaining eternal life with a quote from the Torah!! ”

    Doesn’t Yeshua say “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes (that is in me – Yeshua) has eternal life.” (John 6:47) So, it’s clearly, according to him, not enough to gain eternal life by simply being observant of the commandments (which includes, of course, loving G-d) as Jews have been doing before his was born. My question is – where can we find this extra requirement (belief that G-d one day will appear as a man, die and rise) for eternal life in the Hebrew Bible?

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      Gene,

      Shalom. Thanks for dropping by.

      I understand your reasons for asking the question, because I am familiar with discussions/debates you have had with several bloggers/blogs I frequent. If I am not mistaken, you do not believe the NT to be inspired, nor do you believe that Yeshua is the Mashiach. In essence, your question is designed to create doubt, but for the moment, I will entertain it.

      Repentance/redemption/salvation has always been by faith for all people. The blood of lambs and bulls only serve as pointers to the One, like unto Moshe, who would come, attested by the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies. (The NT is the best attested ancient manuscript in history. Moreso even than the Torah in terms of nearness to original copy and numbers of ancient manuscripts available.)

      That Yeshua, as Divine Presence in physical form, came as Mashiach ben Yosef is entirely compatible with Judaic literature and beliefs, albeit, a minority position. Rabbi Itzhak Shapira’s excellent book, The Return of the Kosher Pig, overwhelmingly demonstrates this. The Tanak demonstrates again and again the intention of G-d in/through Mashiach. Every story, every symbol, every appearance of the Angel of the L-rd… everything. It is writ LARGE through the Torah, and indeed, the entire Tanak. There is no confusion of disconnect in the story from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

      That G-d doesn’t say it the way you ask it, is immaterial. The clear message is there from beginning to end!

      As Yosef went into Egypt for a time and was lost to his brothers that he might save the world, so Yeshua was lost among the nations. Mashiach ben Yosef!

      As Zaphenath-panea, the Prince, was revealed to his brothers for who he really was, so Jesus is being reveal to His brothers for who He really IS… Yeshua, Melek Israel! The Memra. Metatron! Indeed, Mashiach ben David will soon return.

      He indeed did say, as you quote, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes (that is in me – Yeshua) has eternal life.” (John 6:47) He is the Way, the Truth, the Life. We do well to cling to Him through His atoning blood, shed once, for all.

      My prayers are with you. Shalom!

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    • Brother Bill says:

      Yahushua son of Nun, as seen in the TaNaK, and Yahushua son of Yahutsadak, the Kohen Gadol, as described in Zechariah chapter 3, are both are prophetic pictures, in multiple ways, of Ha Tsemach “The Branch,” who is also the one who fulfills of the words seen in Debarim 18:15-19, which says:

      יהוה your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brothers. Listen to Him, 16 according to all you asked of יהוה your Elohim in Ḥoreb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of יהוה my Elohim, nor let me see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 “And יהוה said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 ‘I shall raise up for them a Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 ‘And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)

      There are many, many more prophetic pictures of Messiah seen throughout the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings, but this short reference should suffice to answer your question.

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