Shalom, Has anyone told you on Hanukkah that Yeshua Loves You ? Well, if not, please allow me to be the first. YESHUA LOVES YOU!!! and that's the truth. Heb. 6:18; Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 4:18
"CAN a Follower of the WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE be Carnal?”
Let’s first define the term “carnal.” The word “carnal” is translated from the Greek word sarkikos, which literally means “fleshly.” This descriptive word is seen in the context of Followers of the Way in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. In this passage, the apostle Paul is addressing the readers as “brethren,” a term he uses almost exclusively to refer to other Born Again Believers; he then goes on to describe them as “carnal.” Therefore, we can conclude that Followers of the Way can be carnal. The Bible is absolutely clear that no one is sinless (1 John 1:8). Every time we sin, we are acting carnally.
The key thing to understand is that while a Born Again Believer can be, for a time, carnal, a true Followers of the Way, Truth, and Life will not remain carnal for a lifetime. Some have abused the idea of a “carnal Believers” by saying that it is possible for people to come to faith in Messiah (Christ) and then proceed to live the rest of their lives in a completely carnal manner, with no evidence of being born again or a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Such a concept is completely unbiblical. James 2 makes it abundantly clear that genuine faith will always result in good works. Ephesians 2:8-10 declares that while we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, that salvation will result in works. Can a Follower of the WAY, in a time of failure and/or rebellion, appear to be carnal? Yes. Will a true Follower of the WAY remain carnal? NO.
Since eternal security is a fact of Scripture, even the carnal Believer is still saved. Salvation cannot be lost, because salvation is a gift of YAHWEH that He will not take away (see John 10:28; Romans 8:37-39; 1 John 5:13). Even in 1 Corinthians 3:15, the carnal Believer of the WAY is assured of salvation:
“If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
The question is not whether a person who claims to be a Follower of the WAY but lives carnally has lost his salvation, but whether that person was truly saved in the first place 1 John 2:19.
Followers of the WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE who become carnal in their behavior can expect YAHWEH the Heavenly Father to lovingly discipline them (Hebrews 12:5-11) so they can be restored to close fellowship with Him and be trained to obey Him.
Our Heavenly Father’s desire in saving us is that we would progressively grow closer to the image of Yahshua Messiah/Christ (Romans 12:1-2), becoming increasingly spiritual and decreasingly carnal, a process known as sanctification.
Until we are delivered from our sinful flesh, there will be outbreaks of carnality. For a genuine Born Again Believer in Messiah (Christ), though, these outbreaks of carnality will be the exception, not the rule.
"How can I guarantee my eternal destination?"
Face it. The day we step into eternity may come sooner than we think. In preparation for that moment, we need to know this truth—not everyone is going to heaven. How can we know for sure that we are going to heaven?
Some 2,000 years ago, the apostles Peter and John were preaching the gospel of Yahshua Messiah (Christ) to a large crowd in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). Peter made a profound statement that resonates even in our postmodern world: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Now as then, Acts 4:12 is not politically correct. Today it’s popular to say,
“Everyone’s going to heaven” or “All paths lead to heaven.”
There are many who think they can have heaven without having Yahshua Messiah. They want the glory, but they don’t want to be bothered by the cross, much less the One who died there. Many don’t want to accept Yahshua as the only way of going to heaven and are determined to find another path. But Yahshua warns us that no other path exists and that the consequence for rejecting this truth is an eternity in hell. He told us that “whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for YAHWEH'S wrath remains on him” (John 3:36). Faith in Messiah (Christ) is the key to going to heaven.
Some will argue that it’s extremely narrow-minded of YAHWEH Elohim (God) to provide only one way to heaven. But, frankly, in light of mankind’s rebellion against YAHWEH, it’s extremely broad-minded for Him to provide us with any way to heaven. We deserve judgment, but YAHWEH gives us the way of escape by sending His one-and-only Son to die for our sins. Whether someone sees this as narrow or broad, it’s the truth. The good news is that Yahshua Messiah died and rose again; those who are going to heaven have received this gospel by faith.
Many people today hold to a watered-down gospel that does away with the need for repentance. They want to believe in a “loving” (nonjudgmental) Elohim (God) who never mentions sin and who requires no change in their lifestyle. They may say things like, “My Elohim (God) would never send a person to hell.” But Yahshua spoke more about hell than He did about heaven, and He presented Himself as the Savior who offers the only means of going to heaven:
“Yahshua said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Who will actually enter YAHWEH'S kingdom? How can I guarantee that I’m going to heaven?
The Bible makes a clear distinction between those who have eternal life and those who do not: “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of YAHWEH does not have life” (1 John 5:12). It all goes back to faith. Those who believe in Messiah are made the children of Elohim (John 1:12). Those who accept Yahshuas' sacrifice as the payment for their sins and who believe in His resurrection are going to heaven. Those who reject Messiah are not. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of YAHWEH'S One and only Son” (John 3:18).
As awesome as heaven will be for those who accept Yahshua Messiah as their Savior, hell will be that much more awful for those who reject Him. One cannot read the Bible seriously without seeing it over and over again—the line is drawn. The Bible says there is one and only one way to heaven—Yahshua Messiah. Follow Yahshuas’ command:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13–14). Faith in Yahshua is the one means of going to heaven. Those who have faith are guaranteed to get there. Do you trust in Yahshua?
Have you made a decision for Messiah? because of what you have read here? If so, please read the Decision prayer I am posting here, and do write to me in a PM if you have any questions.