Have you ever heard Christians tell you that there’s nothing you can do to earn salvation and that grace is unconditional? To try to earn salvation by doing good works is a slap in the face to the work of the cross. Most people will quote Paul citing Ephesians 2:8-9 to support their view that we can do nothing to earn our salvation. However, this is NOT what the Lord Yashua nor his disicples taught. The gospels are replete with verses that contradict this heretical notion. Unconditional means that you don’t have to do anything to merit salvation, yet we find it mentioned in the gospels four times, Yashua stating that a believer must lose his life for his sake in order to be saved. That doesn’t sound unconditional to me. It is conditional, and it is on the condition that one must be willing to lose his or her life for the Master’s sake (See Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, 17:33).

Matthew 16:25
25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Only by the grace of God can we be saved, but it’s not unconditional. There are requirements to being saved. Grace is conditional at a minimum on repentance and obedience to God’s commandments. A person MUST deny himself or herself and take up the cross and follow Yashua (See Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 14:27).

Matthew 16:24
24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

You must also be willing to give up all that you have for his sake. I don’t understand how anyone can say grace is unconditional. The very definition of a disciple means one who is a learner and pupil who puts into practice what the Master commands. Salvation is not based on a single verse in the bible. It is not only a matter of mere belief, but a disciple must put the teachings into practice and follow Yashua. The word “believe” in John 3:16, in the Greek, meant a continual belief and following of Yashua in the Greek. It is not discernible in the English, but it implies a following by that belief. James also reaffirms these points when he says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19) James even lists a couple of examples to show that it is not faith alone that justifies us. Our lives must demonstrate what we believe, living as a shining light, by doing good works. It is more than a mere mental acknowledgment of the truth. Yashua stressed that you must be willing and forsake ALL that you have to become a disciple of his.

Luke 14:33
33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

The rich young ruler went to Yashua and asked him what good thing he must do to enter into eternal life. Yashua revealed to him that if he is to be saved he must obey the commandments. So obeying the commandments is something that YOU MUST DO to gain entrance into eternal life. The Master even went on to include three more actions for the rich young ruler to follow if he wanted to be perfect. He had TO DO three more things: (1) sell all that he had, (2) give it to the poor, and (3) follow Yashua.

Matthew 19:17
17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Luke 18:18-22
18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

John also reiterates this in his writings. A disciple of Yashua must keep the commandments, and those that don’t are liars according to 1 John 2:4. So there are really only two options for a believer:

(a) Keep the commandments to show our love for God (See John 14:21, 15:10; 1 John 2:3, 3:22, 24, 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6) or
(b) NOT keep the commandments and be labeled a liar or least in the kingdom of heaven (1 John 2:4, Matthew 5:19).

John 14:21
21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

1 John 2:4
4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Everyone who disobeys the commandments of God and teaches others to do so are labeled liars (the least) and end up in the lake of burning fire (See Revelation 21:8).

Revelation 21:8
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

In the Book of Revelation, we find Yashua reprimanded five of the churches for works which he did not find complete in his sight. The Greek word for “work” used here is ergon (Strong’s #2041), and it is also the same word used in Ephesians 2:9.

Revelation 2:4-5
44Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
55Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

The ones who overcomes are the ones who are saved. It is mentioned no less than seven times in these two chapters. Overcoming is repentance/action/works and Revelation clearly states that we are judged according to our works. Nowhere does it state that we are judged according to our faith, it is always by what we DO.

Revelation 20:12-13
1212And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
1313And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Matthew 5:16
16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In Revelation, each time Yashua will point out what they did wrong and his warning was to repent. Only upon repentance would they then be considered “overcomers” (See Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26). It was some action/repentance they had to do on their part to be saved. Again, if anyone says to you that you don’t have to do anything to receive salvation, they’re wrong. Dead wrong. Yashua would tell the churches in Revelation that there is something they MUST do to be saved. Jesus did not say to them they were lacking in faith. The faith and grace doctrine taught by Paul is absent from the book of Revelation. You won’t find the faith and grace doctrine taught in the gospels, it is a pauline teaching and concept. Jesus was addressing believers who were not keeping the commandments. He points out very clearly they were lacking in works and repentance!

Revelation 2:26
26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Does all this sound like grace is unconditional that there is nothing you can do to merit salvation? Yashua’s mission was to bring sinners to repentance. The blood of Yashua was available for everyone, but the bottom line is that there must be repentance, obedience to the commandments (Torah), good deeds and good works at a minimum. We need to understand the seriousness of becoming a disciple. Followers of Paul’s teachings will have you believe that all we need to do is accept Yashua into our hearts and have faith to be saved. Yashua never taught such heresy. He taught that one MUST repent in order to be saved (See Luke 3:3-5, Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 9:13; Mark 6:12; Acts 2:38, 3:19).

Luke 13:3
3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Matthew 3:2
2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 9:13
13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 6:12
12And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Acts 2:38
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Therefore, disciples of Yashua will repent, keep his commandments (Love God), love one another and do good deeds. We will know that we believe and have faith if we are faithful to do all that is commanded of us. Our beliefs will be justified by our actions (James 2). In conclusion, yes, there is something we can do to merit salvation and no, grace is not unconditional. For Yashua told believers that they must strive in order to enter through the gates to life.

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