Skip to comments.Can a Person Be Saved Without Jesus?
Posted on 01/16/2010 8:23:23 AM PST by Colofornian
This week's Bible study dealt with a question some Christian folks asked before the start of our meeting: Can someone who has the Torah and lives obediently to it be saved if they don't accept Jesus as Savior?
We approached this in three steps:
What is meant by Torah observant?
What is the difference between Jesus and Yeshua?
What is meant by being saved as related to Messiah?
First, we discussed that being Torah observant means to obey the written word of Elohim, not the traditions of men that have come in and taken a place alongside His Word. To be Torah observant means to obey the commandments, judgments, statutes and instructions of Elohim as He gave them to Moshe (Moses) and subsequently recorded in the Torah.
Next we discussed if Yeshua taught that the Torah should be observed or obeyed? In Matthew 5:17 Yeshua said during His Sermon on the Mount:
Do not think that I am come to destroy the law [Torah], or the prophets [Nevi'im]; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
When someone teaches that Jesus did away withdestroyedthe Torah, they are saying in effect that He lied; when He actually said that He did not come to do away with the Torah. He said He came to fill up the Torah and Prophets with meaning and to interpret them correctly. The terms fulfill and destroy are rabbinical terms that mean to explain correctly or incorrectly respectively.
We see Yeshua filling up the meaning of the Written Word when He says in Matthew 5:21,22:
You have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you...
Since Elohim said that His people are to keep His commandments forever (Exodus 31:16, Leviticus 16:31, 23:21), to say that Jesus did away with the Torahand the commandments in itplaces Him in the category that Moshe taught in Deuteronomy 13:1,2:
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, Let us go after other godswhich you have not knownand let us serve them.
Moshe cautioned not to believe that prophet:
You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for YHVH your Elohim is testing you to know whether you love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after YHVH your Elohim and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.(Deuteronomy 13:3,4)
So when a person comes to a Torah follower and quotes Jesus as saying:
...that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised... (Luke 7:22b)
and at the same time says that Jesus did away with the Old Testament commandmentsthis is a red flag to the Torah observant believer. Jesus, according to Moshe, must then be a false prophet if He does signs and wonders and teaches not to keep the commandments in the Torah.
Second, is there a difference between Jesus and Yeshua? Do the two names identify the same person? Jesus (Ιησους) is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Yeshua (ישוע). In this sense, it is the name in a non-native language for the same Person. But when it is contrasted that Yeshua of the New Testament kept the Torah, instructed His followers to keep the Torah, taught the Torah, and did all the signs and wondersthat's different.
The problem arises when the names Jesus and Yeshua are used interchangeably. On one hand, the modern church refers to their Jesus as a Prophet who annulled the Torah and taught their people not to follow the commandments in the Torahthus this would make the Jesus that is usually taught by many Christian missionaries and teachers a false prophet according to the teachings of Moshe. The Torah explicitly warns the followers of YHVH not to listen to this kind of false prophet.
The third question is about the Messiah. Again, the name of Jesus is tied to the Christian Christ. Many Torah followers make a distinction between the Christian Christ and the Jewish Messiah. The Jewish Messiah is a central figure in biblical thought. Many of the figures in the TaNaKh (Old Testament) looked forward to and had faith in the coming Messiah. The binding of Isaac is a prime shadow of the Messiah. Abraham looked forward to the Messiah:
God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. [See all of Genesis 22:814]
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son...that Elohim was able to raise him from the dead... (Hebrews 11:17 [OT Genesis 22:12])
And the Scripture, foreseeing that Elohim would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed. (Galatians 3:8 [OT Genesis 12:3])
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed Elohim, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of Elohim. (James 2:23 [OT Genesis 15:6])
As did Jacob:
So Jacob called the name of the place Peni'el, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved. (Genesis 32:30)
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. (Genesis 49:10)
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25)
Your throne, O Elohim, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore Elohim, Your Elohim, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Psalm 45:6,7)
David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. (Ezekiel 37:24)
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:25,26)
Their Redeemer is strong; YHVH of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case, that He may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. (Jeremiah 50:34)
Our Redeemer; YHVH of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 47:4)
In the modern church the Christ often taught under the name of Jesus is not the Jewish Messiah of the Scriptures. The Christian Christ Jesuschanged the unchangeable commandments, statutes and judgments of Elohim. He also violated the Torah, according to many teachers. If Jesus violated the Torah, then He sinned. If He sinned, He was not sinless. If He wasn't sinless, He was not a Perfect Sacrifice for our sins.
The real Messiah of the Scripturesthe Jewish Messiahdid not sin. He kept the Torah to the letter, He taught the Torah, and He was born, grew up, lived, died, and was raised againa Torah-observant Jew.
So can a person be saved without Jesus or the Christian Christ? The answer we came up with in our study isyesif the question relates to the Jesus or the Christian Christ usually preached in the modern church.
But, can a person be saved without the Jewish Messiahthe Torah-observant Jew in the Scriptures Who is the Savior, the Redeemer, and the Perfect Sacrifice for sin? No!
With this knowledge, according to the prophet Ezekiel, he points out in Ezekiel 18 that each person needs to set his life on-course based on what the Torah says. Excerpts from verses of this chapter state:
But if a man be just, and does what is lawful and right...If he has walked in My statutes and kept My judgments faithfullyhe is just; he shall surely live!...the soul who sins shall die... Ezekiel 18:5,9,20.
Ezekiel continues in verse 20 that if the wicked person who repentsturns from his sin to righteousnesswill live. But in verse 24 if the righteous person who turns from righteousness to wickednesswill die. The Hebrew word for righteous is tzadik (צדיק) meaning straight, as in the narrow way. And the word for wicked is rasha (רשע) meaning off the path, as in wide is the way that leads to destruction.
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)
In both Ezekiel and Matthew the life spoken of is more than physical existence. They are discussing Eternal Life, salvation. The gate by which we gain entrance to the path of salvation is the atonement of our Sacrifice Yeshua. The path of salvation is obedience to the commandments, judgments and statutes of Elohim.
It is up to each of us to choose our path in life, the way of the world or the way of Elohim. If you choose to follow the Elohim of the Biblewhich Messiah will you followthe fabled Torah-denying Christ of the modern church who, according to Moshe and the Torah, was a false prophet and leads to eternal death and separation from YHVH our Elohim. Or, the Torah-observant Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah)the true Jewish Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament and Whose earthly life is recorded in the New Testamentand Who provides eternal life as the Perfect Sacrifice for our sinsthe only path for salvation.
Yeshua said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Can you expound on this. What is the "plan?"
The truth that God saved people before the birth of Christ leads the conversation do dispensationalism, but I don’t have a problem with that.
As I recall, John 3:16 makes a promise that requires on-going belief.
Romans 10:9 states a one time action that has continuing results, and also mentions the resurrection.
But the bottom line is that all salvation requires either the belief in the coming Christ or the resurrection of Christ which makes Christ the focal point of all salvation.
Where the Jews go is not according to me. I am a mere mortal that only knows what I’ve been taught in church, and my pastor preaches the Word directly from the Bible.
Though it is true that God can do what ever he chooses to do, He has given us a rule book to go by. I doubt that he would do something the opposite of what he laid out in His own book. The God I believe in isn’t a “do as I say, not as I do” God.
Cooking advice? How bout a recipe for eternal life.
There is one mediator between man and God, and that is Jesus Christ.
For Christians, Jesus is the way.
Do know about other beliefs.
That is not entirely true. Once God has limited Himself to work through a particular order or means, he is bound to it. There is no salvation outside of Christ Jesus. Salvation is through faith in Christ alone. The ceremonial and civil laws of the Old Testament were never directed toward Gentiles, and these were shadows that have been perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. The moral law is the only law that still remains for Christians.
Saved from what?
The righteousness of Jesus Christ was credited to Abraham, David and all who believed in His coming in the Old Testament.
Many have contended across the last 60+ years that there are parallel paths to salvation, one requiring being saved by Christ, and the other one just requiring the old testament with no need of Christ.
Yet, Galatians identifies the second path as a false one no Christian can endorse, saying,”I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ died in vain.”
There is in fact only one path to salvation, and that is with Christ.
Amen !..post modernism rules much of what calls itself Christianity today !
Who is “Jesus”? /sarc
It's simple to.
Accept Jesus Christ (the real one) and mix with love, joy and peace.
Cook for a life time.
All paths are valid, all paths are equal.
Of course it never address the final logical issuer, if all paths are valid and equal why have any at all?
Christ is the way, this is his created world and ALL people of every nation, creed and race are his.
If one elects to not acknowledge such, it still does not change the reality they live in nor their future.
Shabbat Shalom !shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
Which part of “Our Father...” is not Jewish?