If the works of Y'shúa were not chosen,
but the works of YHWH
in him, how then shall our works stand? Beliefs and the works
that follow after are but the mammon of righteousness, having
their conception in the gift of faith; for there is nothing we
have not first received. We are called,
first and last, to receive into ourselves the state of being
called the Son of Elohim: Yahushúa, the Projection of
Yah. As we are enabled to accept this unspeakable gift into ourselves,
the Son of Man is conceived, being furnished unto all good works
prepared for him on the path to perfection. Having
ceased from his own works, the Son can do nothing of Himself
because He is occupied in the administration of the Father's
works. This is the path of shabbat, the seal and perfection of
faith. Blessed are they who wait upon YHWH!
Consider the stave of Mashiyach Y'shúa--
his alignment in the will of YHWH! Knowing his calling and election before his baptism
by Yahuchánnan, he affirmed that all righteousness is
fulfilled by demonstration of the willingness to drown in the
waters of karmic Earth, with trust that the Father is able, there,
both to hide the soul from the faces of corruption and to revive
and renew it in the midst of the overflow-- both as pertains
to his descent to the depths and to his resurrection upon the
shore of the Father's choosing.
As he was lifted up from the waters in the
newness of the Father's life, mashiyach went not to Jerusalem
to purge the Kingdom, but to the wilderness: to purge himself,
utterly, of the habits of self. This is the fast YHWH accepts. Mashiyach
is tempted, in the wilderness of thought, to investigate and
to prove his anointing, to put on works, and to worship that
which appears. He chooses, instead, to wait upon YHWH, relying upon the Author
and Finisher of the faith found in him. This rest is the posture
of the Son and the seal of the true priesthood. To walk in this
rest is to know the power of the King.
As mashiyach Y'shúa enters into his
earthly ministry, he faints not, nor is he overcome by it: because
he speaks what he hears and does those things that are shown
unto him, of the Father. Step by step in its time, he performs
the will of YHWH
by performing a daily sacrifice of self: overcoming not by might
nor by power, but by continuance in the Spirit of YHWH.
No doubt there were times, in his walk among
his fellow men, that mashiyach understood the Father's intent
before the time and manner of its appointed performance was made
known to him. He understood also, however, that it is YHWH that must build the house
made without hands, and that our labors below are blessed only
as they reflect work done above-- that to employ saw or axe at
his own will, even for good works designated for his own hands,
is to war against faith.
Y'shúa did not surrender the reins
of his heart and mind, only to take the bit between his teeth
to run, headlong, into confusion. He conformed himself at all
times, with patience, to the transformation that is from above.
We who follow in Y'shúa's footsteps are
no greater than he. Whatever our gifts or callings or the urgency
of the works given into our hands, we are blessed in our service
only as we abide in faith. In our weakness, our wills and works
are perfected together as they proclaim that YHWH lives and reigns and is fully able to accomplish
His will in us, according to His good pleasure.
What, then, shall we understand by our shortcomings?
Have we not believed? Have we not surrendered? Have we not dedicated
ourselves? Yes, but only as we have been able within the continuum
of maturation-- within the ongoing process of a perfecting salvation.
When we stumble, we are reacting to the goad
of instruction. Let us have ears to hear!
Should we fall, we are nevertheless sheltered
in the hands of Him who first loved us; and we shall arise in
Him again for His Name's sake and for the love by which He has
loved us. Let us have eyes to see!
When the brief moment of His chastening anger
is overpast, only the glow of renewed zeal according to knowledge
will remain; for there is healing in His wings. Let us have hearts
All of the works that the Father shall give
into our hands by the agency of His Son will continue to direct
our feet away from the pitfalls of self and unto the narrow pathway
leading to our El. All things are lawfully
accomplished in Him. Let none of us suffer as evildoers by yielding
to haste. Let us continue even as we first began. Thus, does
Tsion return unto us; and by this are the walls of Yahrushalíem
raised anew in truth, with mercy and justice.
This is the Father's will: that we believe
and rely upon Him who He has sent to live in our mortal tabernacles.
This is power, and the patience of the saints. So abiding, we
cannot fail to accomplish His will, because we are enlarged by
the river of divine love flowing into and through us, which does
not issue forth in vain.
Yahúwah blesses you
and keeps you.
Yahúwah makes His
faces to shine upon you and is gracious unto you.
Yahúwah lifts up His
expressions within you and gives you peace.
--Bora ben Yosef wa Elazar-Finton,