The Steps Of Salvation
As Found In The Hebrew Scriptures
by Sister Rivqah (R.J. Coover)
Copyright © 2005
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of YAHWEH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of YAHWEH may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Are you a Scripture-believing person? If the answer is “Yes”, that is good. But... stop and think for a minute: Do you believe all of the Scriptures? From the book of Matthew through the book of 2 Peter, we see “the Scriptures” mentioned 52 times. What are Yahshua and His followers referring to? Are they speaking of “the New Testament”? No. They are referring to the books preceding Matthew.
When YAHSHUA was born as a baby, not one of the “New Testament” books was written. After His death, resurrection, and ascension, we see a few of the books being written, namely, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. And then, little by little, other books were written, like the books of Peter, Jude, etc. We know that the majority of “New Testament” books were written by Paul, who was not even a follower of YAHSHUA when He was carrying out His mission on earth. So it took a while before he started writing all the letters that compose most of the “New Testament”, like Corinthians, Timothy, Romans, etc. Moreover, when Luke sat down to write about YAHSHUA’s time on earth, he had no idea he was writing Scripture. When Paul wrote letter after letter to the assemblies, he did not even imagine that people 2000 years later would be reading his letters as Scripture. So then, from all of this we can safely conclude that the writers of Matthew through Revelations were not referring to those books when they spoke of “the Scriptures”.
Let us look at some examples of where the words “Scripture” and “Scriptures” are used. What did the “New Testament” writers, and YAHSHUA Himself, think of the “Old Testament”? Matthew 22:29 — YAHSHUA answered and said unto them, “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of YAHWEH.” Luke 24:27 — And beginning at Moses and the prophets, YAHSHUA expounded unto them, in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:45 — Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. John 5:39 — “Search the Scriptures......... which testify of Me (YAHSHUA).” Acts 17:2 — And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.” Acts 17:11 — These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 18:24,28 — And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures....... mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the Scriptures that YAHSHUA was the Messiah. Acts 28:23 — And when they had appointed Paul a day, there came many to him into his lodging, to whom he expounded and testified the Kingdom of YAHWEH, persuading them concerning YAHSHUA, both out of the Law of Moses, and out of the Prophets, from morning till evening. Romans 15:4 — For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 2 Timothy 3:15 — And that from a child thou hast known the set-apart (holy) Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in YAHSHUA the Messiah. We can clearly see that YAHSHUA and His disciples upheld the Law, Prophets, Psalms, etc. A brief rundown of the previously listed verses reveals the following to us: We are to search, study, understand, and know well the “Old Testament” Scriptures, for they comfort us, reveal unto us the only begotten son of YAHWEH, and make us wise unto salvation.
Seeing all of this, why don’t we take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with some of the basic doctrines of salvation, as found in the “Old Testament”, more properly referred to as the Tanak. 1
We have seen that when YAHSHUA and His followers talked about “the Scriptures”, they were referring to the Tanak. We have also realized that they upheld these Scriptures. And moreover, we have beheld the basic doctrines of salvation, presented to us in the Tanak as clearly as they are presented in the latter portion of the Scriptures. Of a truth, All Scripture is given by inspiration of YAHWEH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of YAHWEH may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) HalleluYah!
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1 “Tanak” literally means “Instruction (Law), Prophets, and
Writings (i.e. Psalms