“If you keep My commands, you will stay in My love – just as I have kept My Father’s commands and stay in His love. I have said this to you so that My joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.” (Yochanan 15:10-11)
In this post I want to begin digging into the actual commands of Yeshua. I’ve elected to use a similar categorization as presented in Tom Blackaby’s “The Commands of Yeshua: What It Really Means to Follow Yeshua.”
Approaching God ~ A
“Eternal life is this: to know You, the one true God, and Him whom You sent, Yeshua the Messiah.” ~ Yochanan 17:3
Looking at Yeshua’s life, we see that nothing was more important than His relationship to His Father. Yeshua wants us to have a healthy and vibrant relationship with His Father more than anything else. In fact, He wants us to have the same type of relationship with God that He has enjoyed with His Father from the beginning. If you read through chapters 15-17 of Yochanan’s Besorah, you will see just how important this relationship between the Father, the Son, and you and me is to Yeshua. (See Yochanan 15:9; 16:27; 17:11, 18, 21-23, 26.)
The relationship we see Yeshua modeling for us with His Father is the same kind of relationship Yeshua wants to have with us and what Yeshua wants us to have with His Father. Of course, this is because the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are one with each other. As we relate to one, we relate to all. So as Yeshua, in human form, reveals to us the Father, who is Spirit, His commands regarding worship, relationship with God, and knowing God emanate from His passion for us to know God in all His glory.
In order for us to experience the fullness of who God is, however, we must meet certain requirements. It is important for us to remember that we are the creation; He is the Creator. We follow His expectations, meet His standards, and obey His instructions in order to know Him, serve Him, worship Him, and demonstrate our love for Him.
How does one approach God? Let’s take a look at what Yeshua said about approaching God. Continue reading