1 To Whom Shall We Go?
To whom shall we go? A very good question indeed! Who has the answers to all our queries, questions, doubts and unbelief? We know Jesus is the Messiah! (Yeshua Ha Mashiach)! He alone has the Words of Life! Does He write us off when we miss the mark? No! Most certainly not! Neither does He cast us away nor condemn us! It is written; “A bruised reed He will not break; neither shall He put out a smoking flax!
He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed He will not break,
And [a]smoking flax He will not [b]quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
4 He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coast lands shall wait for His law.” (https://email@example.com/bible gateway/Is 42:2-4 NKJ/conversationswithGod/to whomshallwego)
2 Whom do you Say_ _ _
2.1 Simon Peter
From this time many of His disciples went away into the things behind, and no longer walked with Him. Therefore, Jesus said to the Twelve, Do you also wish to go? Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of everlasting life. And we have believed and have known that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
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Now there was a time when some who followed Him (Yeshua/Jesus); were offended through His teaching! They decided to follow their own way, not wanting to follow Yeshua further. During this time our Lord asked the twelve, “do you also want to leave? “
Simon Peter (Cephas/Kepha) answered with his now famous words; Lord to whom shall we go? You have the Words of Everlasting Life!_ _ _ we have believed and know You are Messiah (You are the Christ), the Son of the Living God!”
Remember Peter was among the first of the twelve to who was revealed the truth of Yeshua’s Deity. There had also been a time when Yeshua asked the twelve whom they understood; He was? The twelve replied answering; “Some say Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah John the Baptist or one of the ancient prophets who has returned from the grave. “
Even today these same scoffers and mockers are saying the same things. Their eyes are blinded! Their ears deafened! They rather prefer to believe the lie more than the Truth! Having a form of Godliness, yet denying the power and truth of the Matter.
Full of emptiness! Thinking they know all things! Being wise in the eyes of the world, yet unlearned and foolish when it comes to the things of God! These serve gods of their own making.
Even as the Apostle Paul said,
” since the beginning of all creation; His (God’s). Invisible traits and attributes are clearly seen! Thereby clearly understanding; all things were created and made by Him through the Power of His Word. Even His Eternal Power, Authority and Godhead; therefore they are without any excuse.
Though they know God they do not Glorify Him as God. Neither are they Grateful nor Thankful for the greatness of His Merciful Grace! Therefore becoming futile (incapable of producing any useful result; pointless). Their thoughts and understanding became darkened!
They are made blind! Becoming foolish in their hearts, without any understanding! Though they profess to be wise they become fools. For the fool in his heart says there is no God.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonoured among themselves; who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error. Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers, backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.
(Rom 1:18-32 WEB)
3 Whom or what do you Worship
Worshipping man-made images of nature calved in stone, creatures and every other created thing, except Creator God Who Reigns from Eternity to Eternity! Who Alone is Worthy of Praise Honour and Glory! He created all things, through the power of His Word!
Peter confessed Yeshua Ha Mashiach, acknowledging, he confirmed Yeshua is the Son of the Living God (Elohim;)! He is Emmanuel! (i.e God with us!)! Now whom do we say Yeshua Ha Mashiach is to us? Whom do you say He is? What does He mean to you? What are you going to do with Him?
To whom shall we go, realising He alone has the Words of Truth? Our Lord still honours His Word above His Name! He spoke, calling those things which are not as though they are! Even today He still speaks!
3.1 Therefore_ _ _
Rather! He desires for all men everywhere to come to Repentance! Now is the time for Salvation! There is no better time than the present! Today when you hear His Voice! Do not harden your hearts as in the time of provocation; when you provoked Me.
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today if you will hear His voice,8 Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and [a]embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness,9 Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and [b]found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years.10 And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognised My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them.11 Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest! https://www.biblegateway.com/(Heb 3:7-12 AMPC)/towhomshallwego/fertiilegroundorg)/https://email@example.com)
Although man would readily cast us away when we do not make the mark nor pass their grade! Remember life has always been a challenge! To all who dare go against the status quo, undeterred by the world’s general consensus because of our high moral stand!
Here is the Hope we have in Him (Yeshua Ha Mashiach); when sin and our enemy comes in: Like a flood, the Holy Spirit raises His (YHVH’s) Standard against him (sin and Satan)! Whom Yeshua (Jesus) our Lord already overcame; making an open show of him on the cross!
4 He always remains Faithful
Despite several issues we face, our Lord; always remains Faithful & True. Yes! Whether, we like it or not; everyone, (i.e. all of us) have various issues we regularly wrestle with! Often we battle with all our shortcomings. All fall short in many matters and areas of life. Through God’s Grace, we need to deal with them. We are reminded to be slow to anger; to practice self-control. Which is one of the Fruit of the Spirit. A tree is largely known by the fruit it bears! For instance Peaches are found on a Peach Tree, Apricots on an Apricot tree. Not the other way around! Similarly, the Lord in the beginning created all things, beautifully and wonderfully, without spot or blemish!
He also formed us in His Image! Both Male and Female! He created us, formed us with His fingers! He made everything Beautiful in His Time! He never makes a mistake. He remains Loving, Faithful and True! He is Righteous and thrice Holy! He is also Just and He cannot lie! He honours His Word above His Name!
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