What is the Scriptural Way to God?
The Lord God of Israel desires to provide us with rest and peace through an eternal relationship with Himself. The five following principles from the Prophet Isaiah help us to obtain that relationship with God.
Sinners Before God
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Though we may judge ourselves by relative standards (“I’m as good as the next person;” or “I’m no worst than the next guy.”) God judges each of us by absolute standards of Himself and His Law: “You shall be holy as the Lord your God is holy” (Leviticus 19:2). By His standards, we are all moral failures.
It isn’t that you’re not a nice person or forget Mother’s Day, but you and the next person still fall short of God’s standards. By the way, every Rabbi, Priest and Minister have the same problem. Psalm 14:3 declares, “there is none that does good, no not one.” So no one’s pointing a finger or throwing the first or second stone at anyone else. We all have the same great problem.
Separation from God
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
The result of our sins is a broken relationship with God. Now you may pray and even fast, but the Scripture is clear: “He will not hear.”
It’s as if I stole money from you, and then have the “chutzpah” (nerve) to come to you and ask you for a gift! The response from you would be, “first let’s deal with the past offense, then we can consider your present or future needs.” God wants to bless you, but your sins separate you from Him and must be dealt with first, before He can bless you.
If this separation continues to our death, it becomes a judgment of everlasting separation from God. You must understand that this fact breaks God’s heart. He truly loves you and desires you to have everlasting life with Him. That’s why the story doesn’t end here, but continues on with Good News for your life.
Salvation in God
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has laid on Him [Messiah] the sins of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
Though there’s no deed that we can do to save ourselves, God has provided the way of salvation and forgiveness. He promised to send the Messiah to die for our sins, as our atonement or payment for our sins, because He loves you.
In the New Covenant, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) states as well, “I give my life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28). This is the salvation and right relationship that God freely offers.
Savior is God
“To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9: 5-6).
Only God Himself alone could provide the perfect sacrifice for sins, for He alone is perfect. What amazing love and humility, that the Mighty God of Israel would be born a babe, live as a Jewish man, and die as our perfect atonement. Messiah Yeshua is “Adonai,” the Lord.
Stayed Upon God
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3).
God has provided atonement from God that we are to trust. Our simple acknowledgement of our sins and our trust in Messiah Yeshua as our atonement, Savior, and Lord, is all that God requires. Upon your trust in Messiah, He provides “Perfect Peace” and eternal life.
Like Abraham, you can have a right relationship with God by faith in what God alone can and has provided:
“Abram believed God, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6). If you too believe God, here’s a simple prayer that can assist you:
“Lord, please forgive me for all my sins through Messiah’s atonement. Help me to follow Yeshua and honor You. Thank you for loving me. Amen.”
Written by:Sam Nadler Word of Messiah Ministries P.O. Box 21148 Charlotte, NC 28277