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If You Want Eternal Life, Keep the Commandments [Torah]

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It will make some people today very upset to hear you give the exact same answer that Yahushua gave – ‘if you want to enter into life keep the commandments.’ Their immediate reaction would be that you are teaching a false gospel and denying the work of the Messiah. This is because people think that once you ‘accept the Messiah’ you do not need to keep the commandments. Even if you quote from Matthew19:17 the exact same answer that the Messiah gave to the rich young ruler, ‘if you want to enter into life keep the commandments’. If you read it directly from the Bible, a lot of people would weasel their way out of it. They may say, let me tell you what the messiah really meant, he was tricking the rich young ruler or making him think. Yahushua meant exactly what he said. He was answering a question about what to do to get eternal life and that has to be the most important question in the world!. He went directly to the heart of the matter when he said if you want to enter into life, you need to keep the commandments. There is just no other way around it - commandment keepers inherit eternal life. Commandment breakers do not enter into, or have, or inherit eternal life.

In Matthew's account, the rich young ruler responds by saying, which ones, and that's a silly question. If somebody asks, which ones, maybe their heart is not in the right place. When Yahushua said, keep the commandments, it is obvious that he meant any commandment that you could keep, keep it. Any commandment you have the ability to keep that applies to you, keep that commandment.

For this is the love of Yahuwah, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3)

If our heart is in the right place, all of His commandments are easy to keep through His love and enabling.

It appears that this man’s heart was not in the right place and he was trying to figure out what's the bare minimum that I need to do and still get eternal life. In life, some people can be given a task and they'll do just barely enough to get by. They'll move slow, they'll work with a frown, they'll grumble, they'll complain but they'll do just enough not to get fired.

Then you have other people who will work heartily as unto Yahuwah and not unto men. They'll do everything they're required to do and they'll do it with joy. They will do it to the very best of their ability and then they'll go above and beyond and do something a little bit extra. You have that in life, you have that in the natural. If we apply this to the spiritual, there are people who ask - which ones master, which commandments when he says, keep the commandments [meaning all of them]. Then there are people who don't ask the question, but they immediately start thinking, I need to go read and study the commandments so I can do what the master says. These are two different types of people and there are examples in scripture which we may examine later.
This lesson was taken from a non-WLC video by Matthew Janzen: Is Almsgiving like the Prosperity Gospel? (Mark 10:17-31)