There is quite a bit of confusion among the Body concerning the three topics of redeemed, restored and saved. In churchianity, confusion reigns regarding these subjects. It would be beneficial to take some time to go over these topics and clarify what Scripture says about these issues.
Throughout Scripture there is one central theme; the relationship with our Abba and how we can return to the status we lost in the Garden. Everything in the Scriptures is about this topic. Most Bible scholars understand that Genesis (Bereshit) and Revelation are the same story with different characters. The difference is Revelation is Bereshit in reverse. Bereshit starts in a Garden with Adam and Chavah (Eve) establishing a personal relationship with their Creator. The fall (sin entering mankind) creates chaos and separation from Abba. Revelation starts with chaos and separation from our Abba, those who choose redemption are restored and ultimately find salvation. They are returned to a Garden and have relationship with YHWH again.
Probably 99.9% of us came from some kind of religious background into this Way. Unfortunately, we also come in carrying all of our baggage from that religion. This means the words; terminology and thought process we bring must be reevaluated and corrected as we go. Whatever background you came from had some sort of process by which you obtained salvation. If you aren’t “saved” in that particular method you are “lost.” So when we learn that we must unlearn, it can be quite shocking to discover new definitions and Scriptural Truth.
When is a person “saved?” By what actions or procedures do we become “saved?” Isn’t this what we must know in order to reach the goal line? Let me assure you, the vast majority of churchianity do not have a clue what is Truth regarding these questions.
What does it mean to be redeemed? How are we redeemed and who is the Redeemer?
Let’s address Who our Redeemer is first.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and as the Last shall rise over the dust; and after my skin has been struck off, then in my flesh I shall see Eloah,
(Job 19:25-26 The Scriptures 1998+)
Job says his Redeemer lives and in his flesh he will see Eloah. So there is a Redeemer who was alive and well in Job’s day. This Redeemer would ensure that even though Job’s flesh was rotted away, Job would still live to see Eloah. This verse can also be taken to mean that Eloah was IN Job’s flesh. For Job to be redeemed, he would need a structural DNA change so that Eloah was IN Job. This was and is the primary function of the Redeemer; changing this mortality into immortality. Metamorphosis in our fleshly bodies resulting in something different that the state we are in since the Fall.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, O יהוה, my rock and my redeemer.
(Psalms 19:14 The Scriptures 1998+)
Here the songwriter David says יהוה is his Redeemer. The word David uses is ga’al, it means next of kin or deliverer. Ga’al suggest returning something back to its original state i.e. putting us back into the state we were before the Fall in the Garden.
Ya’cob is near the end, he calls all of his sons and grandson around him to bless them before he passes on. When he is blessing Yosef he says,
the Messenger (Malak) who has redeemed (ga’al) me from all evil – bless the youths! And let my name be called upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Yitshaq. And let them increase to a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
(Genesis 48:16 The Scriptures 1998+)
So Ya’cob knew his ga’al (Redeemer) was the Malak (translated incorrectly as angel) he encountered on the day his life was changed (or returned back to the original state of mankind before the Fall).
So when we encounter our Redeemer (Ga’al) something happens and we are returned (shoob where we get teshuvah -repentance the act of returning) back to mankind’s original state before the Fall in the Garden. Without a face to face (Paniym Paniym) experience with ha Ga’al (the Redeemer) we cannot be returned and have NOT teshuvah (repented). ONLY after teshuvah can we be ga’al (redeemed) and begin the next step of the process.
In Torah the laws concerning the kinsman redeemer use the Hebrew word ga’al. This explains the hidden meanings in the story of Ruth (the bride) and Boaz (the ga’al). This story in Ruth is the complete process by which one is redeemed, restored and ultimately saved.
Draw near to my being, redeem (ga’al) it; Ransom me because of my enemies.
(Psalms 69:18 The Scriptures 1998+)
And they remembered that Elohim was their rock, And the Most High Ěl their redeemer (ga’al).
(Psalms 78:35 The Scriptures 1998+)
Give thanks to יהוה! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of יהוה say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary,
(Psalms 107:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Do not fear, you worm Yaaqoḇ, you men of Yisra’ĕl! I shall help you,” declares יהוה and your Redeemer, the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl.
(Isaiah 41:14 The Scriptures 1998+)
But now, thus said יהוה, your Creator, O Yaaqoḇ, and He who formed you, O Yisra’ĕl, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name, you are Mine.
(Isaiah 43:1 The Scriptures 1998+)
And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
(Revelation 5:9 The Scriptures 1998+)
“You are My witnesses,” declares יהוה, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no Ěl formed, nor after Me there is none. “I, I am יהוה, and besides Me there is no saviour. “I, I have declared and saved, and made known, and there was no foreign mighty one among you. And you are My witnesses,” declares יהוה, “that I am Ěl.
(Isaiah 43:10-12 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Because there was born to you today in the city of Dawiḏ a Saviour, who is Messiah, the Master.
(Luke 2:11 The Scriptures 1998+)
We have a Redeemer Y’shua our Messiah, He redeems us by returning us to the original state we (mankind) were in before the Fall in the Garden.
Restoration is the act of restoring. To restore in Hebrew is the word shoob. This is the root for the word teshuva which is the Hebrew word for repent. Teshuvah means to turn around and go back. When we are redeemed we begin the restoration. Walking out the Torah and returning to the old paths.
The first time we see “shoob” used is in the curse mankind receives after the Fall in the Garden.
“By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread until you return (shoob) to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you return (shoob).”
(Genesis 3:19 The Scriptures 1998+)
Here we see that the sin code brought on the curse to return to the earth from which we came. So we see shoob used to indicate returning to dirt. Sin caused mankind to be turned away from Abba YHWH and to return to the ground/dirt. The dirt/ground was not to be our goal line. After YHWH had breathed breath (ruach) into mankind we were set on course to become spirit, soul and body. The sincode reversed our status making us body, soul and spirit that eventually dies and returns to the dirt.
Now we seek a reversal of the curse. We desire to return to the blessing of becoming echad (one) with YHWH and regaining the authority the sincode stole from us.
Let’s see what the prophet Nehemiah says about restoration.
but if you shall turn back(shoob) to Me, and guard My commands and do them, though you were cast out to the end of the heavens, I shall gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen, to make My Name dwell there.’
(Nehemiah 1:9 The Scriptures 1998+)
No matter how far you might have strayed, if you shoob (return) back to your Abba, and guard/uphold/keep His commands, He will bring you back. Kind of sounds like the story of the prodigal son doesn’t it?
The Torah of יהוה is perfect, bringing back (shoob) the being; The witness of יהוה is trustworthy, making wise the simple;
(Psalms 19:7 The Scriptures 1998+)
Here we see an interesting verse, the Torah of יהוה is perfect, is brings our soul/being/nefesh back. Torah brings restoration. We have been told by churchianity that we have been “set free” from the Law/Torah, but David says the Torah restores the soul.
In Psalms 23, David says YHWH restores his soul/nefesh and leads him in the paths of righteousness for His Names sake. So restoration is a returning to a Path that is righteous, and this return causes His Name to be glorified.
Now let’s take a quick look at the verse churchianity uses to describe what they call revival.
and My people upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn (shoob) from their evil ways, then I shall hear from the heavens, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 The Scriptures 1998+)
NONE of the promises, YHWH hearing us, forgiving us and healing us, will happen until we shoob (return) from our evil ways. As we learned earlier, it is His Torah that leads us back from evil ways. So how can one see “revival” while denying and refusing His commands? We must turn back to Him and His Torah, otherwise we crucify Y’shua afresh every time we continue to sin (transgress the Torah) We are being restored to a previous state of existence, a state that returns authority to Adam (mankind) so we are no longer under the curse of the sincode.
To understand this process we must know and understand our Redeemer. When Y’shua came as Moshiach ben Joseph, He was basically Adam again. Just as Adam in his original state existed without the sincode in his flesh; Y’shua was the Ruach of YHWH comingled with a human ruach, a human nefesh (soul) submitted to the Ruach and a fleshly body. He suffered, felt pain and was tempted in all manners as all flesh is tempted. However, in His sinless blood was DNA that could not be sick and His nefesh and Spirit couldn’t be killed. Now before you stone me hear me out.
Sickness, aging and death are the results of the sincode. Prior to eating from the Tree of Knowledge, Adam was not susceptible to sickness, aging or death. Therefore, if he didn’t eat from the wrong Tree, he wouldn’t die.
And יהוה Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Eat of every tree of the garden, but do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat of it you shall certainly die.”
(Genesis 2:16-17 The Scriptures 1998+)
Common sense will tell you if you eat of the Tree you die then if you don’t eat of that Tree you live, right? It was the sensual pursuit of carnal knowledge (YHWH didn’t want them ignorant, just not pursuing carnal knowledge) that introduced sickness, aging and death. Anyone and everyone who has the blood from Adam with the sincode written in our DNA, will eventually be sick, grow old and die.
“The being who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the crookedness of the father, nor the father bear the crookedness of the son. The righteousness of the righteous is upon himself, and the wrongness of the wrong is upon himself.
(Ezekiel 18:20 The Scriptures 1998+)
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is Lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
(Ezekiel 18:21 IAV)
“Again, when I say to the wrong, ‘You shall certainly die,’ if he turns from his sin and does right and righteousness, if the wrong restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the laws of life without doing crookedness, he shall certainly live; he shall not die. “None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him – he has done right and righteousness; he shall certainly live.
(Ezekiel 33:14-16 The Scriptures 1998+)
“See, all beings are Mine, the being of the father as well as the being of the son is Mine. The being that is sinning shall die.
(Ezekiel 18:4 The Scriptures 1998+)
For this reason, even as through one man sin did enter into the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned –
(Romans 5:12 The Scriptures 1998+)
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
(Romans 6:16 The Scriptures 1998+)
For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah יהושע our Master.
(Romans 6:23 The Scriptures 1998+)
But each one is enticed when he is drawn away by his own desires and trapped. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. And sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. Do not go astray, my beloved brothers.
(James 1:14-16 The Scriptures 1998+)
So, as we can clearly see, death is the end results of sin. Y’shua knew no sin and therefore had to choose to lay His life down for us all.
“Because of this the Father loves Me (Y’shua), because I lay down My life, in order to receive it again. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to receive it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
(John 10:17-18 The Scriptures 1998+)
The end result of true restoration is becoming like Y’shua. To become like Y’shua, we must become one (echad) with Y’shua.
Salvation; what and who is it? How and when do we obtain it?
This is what we have come to and we will conclude with this final subject.
"And you will be hated by all on account of My (Y’shua) name. But the one enduring to the end will be saved.
(Matthew 10:22 MRC)
Y’shua says the one who endures, tarries has patience to the end will be saved. Endures what? Is choosing to follow Y’shua as we experience restoration a test of endurance?
For I am already being poured out, and the time of my departure has arrived. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have guarded the belief. For the rest, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Master, the righteous Judge, shall give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all those loving His appearing.
(2 Timothy 4:6-8 The Scriptures 1998+)
Then יהושע said to His taught ones, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.
(Matthew 16:24-25 The Scriptures 1998+)
Blessed is the man who does endure trial, for when he has been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him.
(James 1:12 The Scriptures 1998+)
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-27 KJVA)
We too, then, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us, looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, יהושע, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim. For consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and faint in your lives. You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the appeal which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה, nor faint when you are reproved by Him, for whom יהוה loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.”
(Hebrews 12:1-6 The Scriptures 1998+)
So it would appear that after teshuvah (to repent, turn around and go the other direction) we are ga’la (redeemed or put back into a former state) then we are enduring, preserving or running a race (restoration) to the end where a crown awaits (salvation).
How do we receive salvation? Well first we must know salvation.
“I have waited for your salvation (Y’shua), O יהוה!
(Genesis 49:18 The Scriptures 1998+)
And Mosheh said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation (Y’shua) of יהוה, which He does for you today. For the Mitsrites whom you see today, you are never, never to see again.
(Exodus 14:13 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Yah is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation (Y’shua). He is my Ěl, and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.
(Exodus 15:2 The Scriptures 1998+)
He alone is my rock and my salvation (Y’shua), my strong tower; I am not shaken. My salvation (Y’shua) and my esteem depend on Elohim; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in Elohim.
(Psalms 62:6-7 The Scriptures 1998+)
And יהושע said to him, “Today salvation (Y’shua) has come to this house – since he also is a son of Abraham. “For the Son of Adam has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
(Luke 19:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)
Y’shua is our salvation, His name means salvation. So how do we receive or become one with Salvation? The way YHWH created that two become one is marriage. So is there a time that we (the Bride) marry Salvation and the two become one?
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.” And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones. And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.”
(Revelation 19:7-9 The Scriptures 1998+)
In the end there is a wedding of the Lamb to a pure Bride. They will become one and the Bride will become saved. That is at the end not at the beginning as churchianity has erroneously taught. We don’t become truly one until the marriage is consummated. Now we are betrothed and are preparing for a wedding. We have been redeemed by our kinsman Redeemer, we are preparing for the wedding day so we are being restored and the culmination is salvation, becoming one with our Groom.
So my beloved, we must understand the process and seek the relationship that leads us to salvation. Along the Way of Restoration we should receive power from on High.
“But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehudah and Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8 The Scriptures 1998+)
We will be able to do signs and wonders to deliver and set free the Lost Sheep and for the glory unto YHWH.
And fear came upon every being, and many wonders and signs were being done through the emissaries.
(Acts 2:43 The Scriptures 1998+)
And through the hands of the emissaries many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one mind in Shelomoh’s Porch.
(Acts 5:12 The Scriptures 1998+)
Elohim also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Set-apart Spirit, distributed according to His own desire?
(Hebrews 2:4 The Scriptures 1998+)
You see, once we are conformed to His Image we receive back the authority that we lost back at the wrong Tree in the Garden. Once YHWH fills us with His Ruach we are able to do His work without the hindrance of the sincode. It’s not about ANYTHING else but these three things; Redeemed, Restored and Saved.