Becoming the Saviors of Men, Our Relationships with God, and the Law – a Foundation to Isaiah’s Gospel
This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll consider the main aspect of why understanding Isaiah is important and introduce a foundation to Isaiah’s Gospel. First and foremost, many of us need to become righteous enough to obtain favor with God so that we can receive His protection when the calamities of the Endtimes come upon us. In other words, we need to become the saviors of men. Ultimately, what determines having favor with God is the type of relationship that we have with Him, and that special relationship with God requires a series of ascensions – going from glory to glory - 2 Cor. 3:18. As we will see, Isaiah’s Gospel sets out the various kinds of relationships that one can have with God depending on the types of laws one lives. This blog will expand on Dr. Gileadi’s analysis of a Hebrew Gospel in his book Isaiah Decoded to include a system of law that facilitates a realization of these relationships.
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Becoming the Saviors of Men
The Bible, and for that fact the Book of Mormon, both set out examples of how individuals had obtain God’s favor through their righteousness and received His protection and received protection for others. We see that with Noah, with Abraham obtaining God’s favor saving the lives of Lot and his daughters, and with Moses delivering Israel from bondage. We have Lehi and many examples in the Book of Mormon of individuals obaining favor with God and receiving His protection. One particular example that the Book of Mormon provides is the Brother of Jared. The Brother of Jared obtained God’s favor when he, his family and friends fled the Tower of Babel and petitioned for God’s mercy to save them. Moreover, Moroni seems to link this to a latter-day prophecy with the end of America and implying the need for righteous men to function as saviors.
Specifically, the Brother of Jared had humbled himself, repented of his inquities, had become sanctified and functioned as a savior to his family and friends. (Ether 1:34; 2:15; 4:6–7). On the surface, this seems like a pretty straight-forward recipe for obtaining God’s favor. We might think that, but when we drill down into these concepts of repentance, sanctification, and salvation, a whole complex of theology emerges, which is what we will see in our study of Isaiah’s Gospel.
Ultimately, receiving God’s favor to obtain His protection is predicated on the kind of relationship that we have with Him.
Three Types of Relationships
We can begin our look at the various types of relationships that man can have with God through Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians on the three spiritual levels of Humanity, which can be expressed in the Spirit, the Son, and the Father. In summary, these relationships look like this.
Relationships with God and Law
Having a relationship with God requires that we live the laws associated with that kind of relationship. Yeshua expressed this concept at John 14 when He declared –
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
So this declaration by Yeshua is clear that to be in a relationship with Him and the Father requires us to live their laws.
A System of Laws
The scriptures set out laws for each type of relationship with God, and all relationships are based on these laws. The laws associated with Paul’s three spiritual categories of Humanity look like this.
Isaiah’s Gospel and a Fullness of Relationships
When we get to the Gospel that Dr. Gileadi sets out in his book Isaiah Decoded, we see an expansion of these relationships to seven. The number seven in the scriptures connote a condition of fullness, completion and perfection. These seven relationships are subsets with Paul’s three types and represent the seven permanent types of relationships that we see in eternity.
It is these seven types of relationships that we see in eternity and the associated laws that are the subject of our study through Isaiah. Understanding Isaiah’s Gospel helps us to know now how we stand with God and what we need to do to grow in a relationship with Him - and for those who are to obtain favor with God and become the saviors of men.