Who Was Abraham
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
Is it enough to be Abraham's physical seed?
We must understand that YHVH (The Creator) has chosen to replicate Himself (in Spiritual Character) and therefore create righteousness seeking, Spiritually immortal children in "His Own Spiritual Image," (see "The Meaning of Life"). The keywords here are "In His Own Image!" Since YHVH has chosen to Spiritually replicate (Spiritually procreate) Himself in His own righteous image (Ephesians 4:21-24), then why did He choose Abraham? Why not just create perfect (incapable of sinning) children from the very start, and eliminate the middle man, so to speak? Well, the answers are quite simple actually. You see, YHVH is not searching for Spiritually perfect people (a false christopagan legalistic perspective). YHVH is searching for people that Spiritually desire (seek) to become perfect (a Spiritual Intent). At first glance, this statement may seem to be a little strange to most of us, and way out of line with Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and even Judaism (and to varying degrees it is), but the difference is simply one of attitude (Spirit). Additionally, perfect people (by the letter of the law) have no need of a Messiah, which further substantiates my position. Therefore, YHVH does not need for you or anyone to be covered (hidden to the eyes of YHVH) by the blood of Messiah Y'Shua (and certainly not the Universal Greco-Roman Jesus Christ) in order to appear perfect when they are not. Is YHVH blind? Absolutely not! YHVH sees all and judges the "Intent of the Heart," and the Spiritual "Intent of the Heart" can not be covered (hidden) by blood sacrifice. The Sacrifice of Messiah (Click Title) was never meant to obscure our true nature from YHVH and therefore make sinners appear to be sinless! The "Sacrifice of Messiah" was always meant to "Change" the Spirit or Nature of those who believe in the Messiah's Ministry of Righteousness from a selfish spirit to a selfless Holy Spirit, and thus, cause us to ultimately become a sinless "New Man" in the eyes of YHVH! Not only will the old selfish human nature no longer be visible to YHVH, but it will ultimately no longer be visible to anyone, because it will simply no longer exist. Click on verses: Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-14.
Note: Please try to understand that their are at least three entirely different states of perfection, and I am talking about the ultimate achieved state of Spiritual Perfection, NOT a temporary state or condition of being without sin, as a newborn baby; and I am certainly not talking about physical perfection, as with being created with perfect DNA, as I am sure Adam and Eve were created. Even so, Adam and Eve were not perfect in the sense that they could resist all temptation. Therefore, this message is about achieving the ultimate state of perfection by emulating Messiah Y'Shua; because in YHVH's eyes, perfection is not a state of being sinless; it is a state of having a righteousness seeking attitude of Love (Holy Spirit) for YHVH first and YHVH's creation (mankind) second (Colossians 3:1-14).
These next few statement may, also, seem a little strange at first, but try to stay the course anyway.
First of all, HE, who is "Good," cannot desire to exist alone without becoming evil. Let me explain; "Good" can only be or remain "Good" when "Good" is being performed or planned! Why? Because "Good" is an "Outpouring" of the "Selfless Intent of the Heart," called "Love." Now I ask you, how can there be an "Outward Flow" OR "Outpouring" of "Good" or "Love" from within if there is no one present other than "Self" to receive this outpouring?
Note: This is not to say that YHVH has not ALWAYS been Good (because He HAS always been good), even before angels or humans were created. Why? Because YHVH ALWAYS intended (planned) to create Angels and ultimately man. This clearly shows why it is 'The Intent' of ones heart that is the indicator of Good, and not necessarily the Act. YHVH, sees the "Motive" behind every Act, and so should we. I, also, submit this understanding as being self-evident as to why YHVH's "Plan of Salvation" existed prior to creation itself. For it was within the "Mind of G-d" that not only all of creation "Pre-existed," but the Messiah, also, pre-existed; not as an entity, but as a guaranteed "Plan of Action." Were we then created imperfect? Absolutely not! We were all (including Satan) created in perfection (without Spiritual blemish), but we were all allowed to make the freewill choice to become imperfect (with Spiritual blemish or "Self-centered"). Being created "Perfect" does not mean incapable of sin, it means to be blemish free at the start (a clean slate, so to speak). Even so, YHVH still does not expect us to be perfect, but to desire to be perfect! (Hebrew 4:12) For within such a Holy Attitude, sin is no longer just simply sin, but becomes a positive learning experience (Romans 8:28). It is this Holy Attitude that YHVH seeks from All of His Future Children, because it is this Holy Attitude that will always bring about a "Turning Away From Sin!"
Additional Note: (symbolism) Water (Spiritual Good or Love) is poured, and water flows, therefore water is used as the mentally visual symbol for the verses below. A well (a source) of "Spiritual Water" is used to express a "Source of Eternal Life" that is imparted by YHVH's Holy Spirit of Love.
John 4:14 (dual physical & Spiritual meaning)
14 but whoever drinks of the water (Holy Spirit or Character of Good or Love) that I will give him will never thirst (for Love and Acceptance by YHVH); but the water (Holy Spirit or Character of Good or Love) that I will give him will become in him a well (a source) of water (Holy Spirit or Character of Good or Love) springing up to eternal life."
John 7:38 (dual physical & Spiritual meaning)
38 He who believes in me (Ministry of Messiah Y'Shua, as a Role model), as the scripture has said, from within him (a source of the Holy Spirit or Holy Character/Attitude) will flow rivers of living water (Holy Spirit of Good or Love that imparts eternal life; Remember YHVH is Love!)."
Revelation 22:1-2 (dual physical & Spiritual meaning)
He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal (Pure), proceeding out of (not into) the throne (a source) of YHVH and of the Lamb, in the midst of its street. . . .
Jeremiah 17:13 (dual physical & Spiritual meaning)
13 YHVH, the hope of (all of) Israel (both Abraham's physical & Spiritual seed), all (all 12-13 tribes and gentiles) who forsake you shall be put to shame. Those (Israelites & gentiles) who depart from me shall be written in the earth (receive eternal death), because they have forsaken YHVH, the spring (the Source) of all living waters (Holy Spirit or Character of Good or Love that imparts eternal life).
Zechariah 14:8-9 (dual physical & Spiritual meaning)
8 It will happen in that (future "End Time") day, that living waters (Holy Spirit or Character of Good or Love that imparts eternal life) will go out from (New) Jerusalem (YHVH's Coming Kingdom on Earth); half of them (YHVH's Elect) toward the eastern sea, and half of them (YHVH's Elect) toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be.
9 YHVH will be The Spiritual King over all the Universe and Earth (Satan is presently lord over the Earth). In that (future "End Time") day YHVH will be one, and his name one. Messiah Y'Shua will be The Acting King (YHVH's proxy to mankind).
Additionally, how can "Love" OR "Good" exist alone as either a selfish state of existence OR as a self-centered state (no "Outpouring") without becoming evil? Answer: It cannot, as "Good" cannot be both "Selfless" (outward or giving) and "Selfish" (inward or taking). Therefore, YHVH has selflessly chosen to Procreate Himself as Righteousness Seeking Spiritual Images (Glorified Human Beings); but He has, also, chosen a method (Plan of Salvation) whereas evil can not become an end product of this procreation process. This process involves two stages of existence combined with two stages of purification. The first stage of existence and for purification occurs after ones physical birth, wherein purification by the Holy Spirit of YHVH's Love is applied to "True Worshippers." The second stage of existence and purification occurs at the point of "The Resurrection," when "Death" (and eventually "Fervent Heat") purifies the Earth from those that cannot or will not "Love" or "Seek YHVH's Righteousness." Only those that have the desire and capacity to "Love YHVH" and "neighbor" will achieve the final stage of existence as appointed immortal "Sons of God," just like Y'Shua became an appointed Firstborn "Son of God," (second stage), but was physically born as a "Son of Man" (first stage).
Please Remember: YHVH does not seek human perfection! YHVH seeks humans, who SEEK righteous perfection!
IF it were possible for a human to achieve sinless righteous perfection by never breaking any Commandment, Ordinance or Statute, YHVH would still reject that person IF that person's attitude was such that he or she did not actually want to be perfect (in the image of YHVH's Holy Spiritual Mind of Love), but simply desired to be like YHVH in power (Immortality, Authority, Might). This is the difference between YHVH's Selfless Righteous Nature, and Satan's Self-seeking Nature (Human Nature)!
Those that seek 'Immortality, Authority, and Might' will only receive 'Death,' but those who seek to be made in the "Image of YHVH's Holy Spirit of Love" will receive 'Righteousness' AND Immortality, Authority, and Power (they will be filled). Why? Because YHVH knows that those 'Who Love' will NOT abuse Power!
However, make no mistake, those that SEEK perfection WILL always (continuously) attempt with all their Spiritual Strength to OBEY ALL of YHVH's Commandments, Ordinances, and Statutes, not only because these teach us Perfection through Righteous Love, but because these are the embodiment of the perfection that we seek.
Secondly, why didn't YHVH just simply create perfect children? This too, is easily answered. "True Perfection" must be attained in order to be effective. For example, is it enough for a created child to follow a set of rules OR commandments flawlessly like a robot? Is there "True Love" OR "True Goodness" in actions taken (even if perfect) if the "Love" OR "Goodness" performed is pre-programmed In like a computer? Answer: Absolutely not! "True Love" OR "True Goodness" can Only be expressed IF and WHEN it is Chosen Over Evil ! How many of you would prefer a pre-programmed lifetime partner (a "Stepford wife" type) over a human partner with true intelligence (capable of making their own decisions), especially IF that human partner has personally chosen you over all others? Well, regardless of your answer, YHVH has seen fit to SEEK OUT those who would Love Him in just exactly this way! . . . "Over All Others! . . . including yourSelf ! YHVH is not replicating you or me! YHVH is replicating YHVH! YHVH is replicating "Righteous Love Perfected!" And "Righteous Love Perfected" is not a DNA specific physical human being OR the physical seed of Abraham! But it is actually the "Spiritual Seed of Abraham!" YHVH is not seeking flesh, YHVH is seeking "Righteous Obedient Love!" (Agapao or Moral Love, and Agape or Benevolent Love. Emotion is not a necessary part of this Love, but is not excluded either.)
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and don't begin to say among yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father;' for I tell you that YHVH is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones!
22 You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we know (YHVH is "Love"); for salvation is from the (Jews) Tribe of Judah (The Jewish Messiah was both Abraham's physical and Spiritual seed).
23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the True Worshippers will worship (express Obedience through "Love" towards) the Father (G-d of "Love") in Spirit (not physical DNA or flesh) and Truth, for The Father SEEKS such to be his worshippers (children, sons, servants who have chosen to Love YHVH in Spirit & Truth).
24 G-d is Spirit (Holy Spirit of "Love"), and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and Truth."
Thirdly, So why Abraham? Because Abraham was a "True Worshipper!" Abraham "Loved" YHVH! Abraham "Chose" of his own free will to "Worship YHVH" in the Holy or Righteous "Spirit of Love" and in the Holy or Righteous "Spirit of Truth." Abraham obeyed YHVH (with all of his heart) because he "Loved" YHVH! Therefore, YHVH CHOSE Abraham and blessed Abraham's seed (Messiah), as a favor to Abraham! Why? Answer: Because Abraham found "Favor" (Grace through obedience through love) with YHVH. Now, one MUST realistically ask oneself, "Is it enough to be the Physical Seed of Abraham?" Answer: Absolutely not! YHVH does not seek the physical seed (DNA) of Abraham to be His worshippers; YHVH seeks those with the same "Righteousness Seeking Spiritual Seed of Love," as Abraham, to be His worshippers! Therefore, YHVH seeks the "Spiritual Seed" of Abraham to become His Children, His Sons or His Friends! (Selfless, Just Like Y'Shua our "Role Model")
What possible need would the "Self-existent" Eternal "All Powerful" Spiritual Creator of ALL physical substances in the Universe, "YHVH," have for physical DNA (flesh)?
Answer: Absolutely NONE! YHVH can create as much of it as he wants, anytime he wants.
Note: This is not to say that the physical seed of Abraham are not to receive an aspect of the blessings of the physical promises to Abraham, but they will never enter into "The Promised Land" (New Jerusalem - YHVH's Coming Kingdom on Earth) if they do not "Love YHVH" as Abraham "Loved YHVH."
Beware of the Deceptions of Satan,
for they are many!
Genesis 12:1-4 (a Dual Spiritual to physical promise)
Now YHVH said to Abram, "Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father's house, to the land (the physical land of Jerusalem, as a foreshadow of the Coming Kingdom on Earth OR New Jerusalem) that I will show you.
2 I will make of you a great nation (dual Spiritual to physical promise). I will bless you (dual Spiritual to physical promise), and make your name great (dual Spiritual to physical promise). You will be a blessing (dual Spiritual to physical promise).
3 I will bless those who bless you (dual Spiritual to physical promise), and I will curse him who curses you (dual Spiritual to physical promise). In you will all of the families of the earth (not just the physical seed) be blessed."
4 So Abram went (Obeyed), as YHVH had spoken to him.
If you are Jewish, why would you want to limit yourself to being just an inheritor of the physical promises, when the Spiritual promises are so much more of an inheritance?
Genesis 17:1-11 (The Conditional Dual Spiritual to Physical Promises)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, YHVH (Spiritually, NOT physically) appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am, YHVH, Almighty. Walk before me, and be blameless (Be "Good" in my eyes, and IF you are "Good").
2 I will make my covenant (Marriage Vows) between me and You (personally) , and will multiply You (personally) (both physically & Spiritually) exceedingly."
3 Abram fell on his face. YHVH talked with him, saying,
4 "As for me, behold, My covenant is with You (personally) . You (personally) will be the father of a multitude of (various) nations.
5 Neither will your name any more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations (NOT just Israel) have I made You (personally).
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful (I will Procreate you both Spiritually or mentally and physically), and I will make nations of You (personally). (Physical and Spiritual) Kings will come out of You (personally).
7 I will establish My covenant (Marriage Vow of "Love") between Me and You (personally) and your (Spiritual and physical) seed after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant (marriage vow), to be a G-d to you and to your seed (that Keep their Vows of "Love") after you.
8 I will give to You (personally), and to your (physical and Spiritual) seed after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession (the future area for the New Jerusalem from Heaven). I will be their G-d (IF they "Love" Me and Keep their Marriage Vow)."
9 YHVH said to Abraham, "As for you, you will keep my covenant, you and your seed after you throughout their generations (OR divorce will initiated by your unFAITHfulness).
10 This is My covenant (marriage vow), which you shall keep (not break), between me and You (personally) and your (physical and Spiritual) seed after you. Every male among you shall be circumcised (physical circumcision is a foreshadow of the Spiritual circumcision of the heart).
11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin. It will be a token of a (Spiritual) covenant (of Spiritual Marriage; "Love") between me and You (personally).
So, how did Abraham express his love for YHVH? Remember, Abraham did not receive any promises prior to expressing his "True Love" for YHVH, but only after he expressed his "True Love" for YHVH. It was then up to Abraham to continue "In That Love" for YHVH OR he would have broken his "Vow of Love" (Marriage Covenant) with YHVH.
5 ... Abraham obeyed My voice (words), and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." (Does anyone believe that Abraham did these things like a programmed robot or with the mentality of a lawyer?)
39 They (Pharisees) answered him (Messiah Y'Shua), "Our father is Abraham." Y'Shua said to them, "If you were Abraham's children (True Spiritual Seed), you would do the (Holy Spiritual and loving) works of Abraham (the "SHEMA," verse 5).
40 But now you (physical seed, not Spiritual seed) SEEK to (break YHVH's Law of Love and) kill me, a man (Y'Shua) who has told you the truth, which I heard from YHVH. Abraham didn't do this (Abraham was a True worshipper).
41 You do the works of your father (Satan)." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, G-d."
Note: These (legalistic) Jewish Pharisees were psychologically hungup on their physical Jewishness (Hebrew DNA), which effectively made them worshippers of "The Physical" and "SELF;" This is idolatry!
42 Therefore Messiah Y'Shua said to them, "If YHVH were your Father, you would love me, for I came forth and have come from YHVH ("Love," 1 John 4:8). For neither have I come of myself, but He sent me (to you, just as YHVH has sent ME to YOU with this message).
1 John 4:8
8 He who doesn't love doesn't know YHVH, for YHVH is love.
So who was Abraham to YHVH? Answer: Abraham was an ordinary man, capable of being perfected (just like you and me), who loved YHVH with all of his heart, all of his life (living soul), all of his Spirit (mentality), and all of his strength! And Abraham loved his neighbor as himself!
16 But don't forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such (personal) sacrifices YHVH is well pleased.
28 One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he (Messiah Y'Shua) had answered them well, asked him, "What commandment is the greatest of all?"
29 Y'Shua answered, "The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is one: (not three or two in one)
30 you (just like Abraham) shall love the Lord your G-d with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the primary commandment ("The Shema").
31 The second is like this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
32 The scribe said to him, "Truly, teacher, you have said well that He is one, and there is none other but He,
33 and to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34 When Messiah Y'Shua saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of G-d." No one dared ask him any question after that.
Deuteronomy 6:1-15 ("Shema" verse 5, 6-9)
Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which YHVH your G-d commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land (Old & New Jerusalem) where you go over to possess it;
2 that you might fear (have proper respect for) YHVH your G-d, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, (ancient) Israel (both physical & Spiritual seed), and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as YHVH, the G-d of your fathers, has promised (physical & Spiritual Promise) to you, in a land (New Jerusalem, yet to come, as YHVH's Kingdom on Earth)flowing with milk and honey.
4 Hear, Israel (physical & Spiritual seed): YHVH is our G-d; YHVH is one (not 3 or two in 1):
5 and you shall love YHVH your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
6 These words, (Verse Five) which I command you this day, shall be on your heart ("Love," the first stage of purification);
7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes (The "Mark" of YHVH's Children).
9 You shall write them on the door-posts of your house, and on your gates.
10 It shall be, when YHVH your G-d shall bring you into the land (YHVH's Coming Kingdom on Earth) which he swore (as a marriage vow) to your fathers (who truly "Loved" YHVH), to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob (Israel), to give you (True Worshippers), great and goodly cities, which you didn't build (YHVH built),
11 and houses full of all good things, which you didn't fill (YHVH filled), and cisterns dug out, which you didn't dig (YHVH provided), vineyards and olive trees, which you didn't plant (YHVH planted), and you shall eat and be full;
12 then Beware lest you forget YHVH, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt (symbolic for Satan's Earth, religions, and governments), out of the house of bondage (symbolic for Satan's sinful Attitude of "Self").
13 You shall fear (have proper respect for) YHVH your G-d; and Him (only) shall you serve, and shall swear by his name (because you truly "Love" Him).
14 You shall not go after other gods (Christianity or other pagan religions), of the gods of the peoples who are round about you (this includes "Self" worship);
15 for YHVH your G-d in the midst of you is a jealous G-d; lest the anger of YHVH your G-d be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth (Final stage of purification).
Are You of the Spiritual Seed of Abraham?
Do you carry the "Shema" of YHVH in your heart?
Do you truly "Love," YHVH, your Creator?
Are you a source of "Living Water?"
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If you have YHVH's Holy Spirit, then you are a "New Man."
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Master, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of YHVH, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts;
19 who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you did not learn Messiah that way;
21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Messiah Y'Shua:
22 that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Holy Spirit),
24 and put on the new man, that like G-d (G-d's Image) has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor. For we (True Worshippers) are members one of another.
26 "Be angry, and don't sin." Don't let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give (charity) to him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.
30 Don't grieve the Holy Spirit of G-d (in your mind and heart), in whom you were sealed (Shema) to the day of redemption (The Resurrection).
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as YHVH also in Messiah forgave you.
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If you have YHVH's Holy Spirit, then you are in "His Image."
If then you were raised together with Messiah, seek the (Spiritual) things that are above (Holy), where Messiah is, seated on the Right Hand of YHVH.
2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.
3 For you died, and your (old) life is hidden (no longer a visible part of you) with Messiah in YHVH.
4 When Messiah, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore your members (lust of the flesh) which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
6 for which things' sake the wrath of YHVH comes on the sons of disobedience.
7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them;
8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.
9 Don't lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings,
10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,
11 where there can't be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Messiah is all, and in all (Spiritually speaking).
12 Put on therefore, as G-d's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also do.
14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.
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