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    How Do I Get Eternal Life?

    Introduction

    If you believe that there is more to life than just birth, death and what happens inbetween - and if you believe in the Elohim or God of the Bible, Yahweh-Elohim, then there is no more important question to ask than how do I get eternal life?

    The scriptures that follow tell us precisely how to get eternal life - to secure life after death and into the eternities. In this ministry, we believe in the whole counsel of Scripture, in other words, we take all the scriptures on a particular subject and take them at face value. At the end of the compilation is a summary of these scriptures so that you can know exactly what it is you must do to get eternal life.

    What Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) says:

    "On one occasion an expert in the Torah (Law) stood up to test Yah'shua (Jesus). 'Teacher,' he asked, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?' 'What is written in the Torah (Law)?' he replied. 'How do you read it?' He answered: 'Love Yahweh your Elohim (God) with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' 'You have answered correctly,' Yah'shua (Jesus) replied. 'Do this and you will live'" (Luke 10:25-28, NIV - quoting the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 & Leviticus 19:18).

      "Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our Elohim (The LORD our God), Yahweh (the LORD) is Echad (one - in many). Love Yahweh your Elohim (the LORD your God) with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, NIV)

      "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh (the LORD)" (Leviticus 19:18, NIV)

    "Now a man came up to Yah'shua (Jesus) and asked, 'Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?' 'Why do you ask me about what is good?' Yah'shua (Jesus) replied. 'There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.' 'Which ones?' the man inquired. Yah'shua (Jesus) replied, 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honour your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself. 'All these I have kept,' the young man said. 'What do I still lack?' Yah'shua (Jesus) answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me" (Matthew 19:16-21, NIV).

    "'I tell you the truth,' Yah'shua (Jesus) replied, 'no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life'" (Mark 10:29-30, NIV).

    "I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him (Yahweh/God) who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24, NIV).

    "For Elohim (God) so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV)

    "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for Elohim's (God's) wrath remains on him" (John 3:36, NIV)

    "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14, NIV).

    "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:27-28, NIV).

    What the Apostle John says:

    "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him" (1 John 3:15, NIV).

    "Elohim (God) has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of Elohim (God) does not have life" (1 John 5:11-12, NIV -- see also vv.13,20).

    "The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves Me" (John 12:25-26, NIV).

    What the Apostle Peter says:

    "Master (Lord), to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68, NIV)

    What the Apostle Paul says:

    "To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger" (Romans 2:7-8, NIV).

    "Keep yourselves in Elohim's (God's) love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) to bring you to eternal life" (Jude 21, NIV).

    "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Ruach (Spirit), from the Ruach (Spirit) will reap eternal life" (Galatians 6:8, NIV).

    "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to Elohim (God), the benefit you reap leads to holiness (set-apartness), and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Elohim (God) is eternal life in Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus) our Lord" (Romans 6:22-23, NIV).

    SUMMARY

    To get eternal life (i.e. qualify for heaven) you must:

    • 1. Love Yahweh with all your mind, might and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself (that's everyone);
    • 2. Obey the Old Testament Commandments (Mitzvot) and specifically the Ten Commandments (which are summaries of all the others);
    • 3. Overcome idolatry (e.g. love of money - anything that might come between you and Yahweh/God, lawful and unlawful);
    • 4. Follow Yah'shua (Jesus) (imitate His life, do as He says);
    • 5. Hear/listen to Yah'shua's (Jesus') words (i.e. study your New Testament deligently);
    • 6. Be prepared to sacrifice and be persecuted for Yah'shua's (Jesus') sake (passaive faith is not enough);
    • 7. Believe the words of Yahweh (God the Father) in the Old Testament (that's primary Scripture for all believers);
    • 8. Believe Yah'shua (Jesus) (as the Messiah - your Master and Saviour, deliverer from sin);
    • 9. Love your brother (view him as better than yourself);
    • 10. Hate your life in the world system (don't imitate the world and its sinful behaviour);
    • 11. Follow and serve Yah'shua (Jesus) (faith is not passive but active) - see this movie:

    • 12. Persist in doing good;
    • 13. Keep yourself in Yahweh's love (make sure that His love drives all you do);
    • 14. Become holy or set-apart from the world system (it's a completely different lifestyle to Yahweh's) - take a look at this movie;
    • 15. Receive it as a free gift from Elohim (God) (you can't earn the power of eternal life - it comes only by faith).

    If this isn't what the churches are telling you, they're not telling you the whole truth. Trust Yah'shua (Jesus) and the apostles!

    Would you like an overview of the whole Bible in an enjoyable format? See the movie series, The Hope. Also see the movie, The Gospel of Luke on the life of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

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