LOOK AND LIVE
by Tony Alamo
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).
When God says ALL, He means ALL: all, all, all. This is the first commandment; if we break one of the commandments, the Bible says, we are guilty of breaking them all, especially if we break the most important one. James 2:10-11 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point [break one commandment], he is guilty of all. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not murder. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou murder, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” Verse 13 says, “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” Now this is from the New Testament, which is more severe than the Old Testament. Read the words of Jesus in Matthew, Chapters 5 and 6—read the whole New Testament and the Old Testament—and you will see that the penalty of the law goes away only if we believe, and we believe only if we keep all the commandments. God has not changed His commandments. The first commandment remains the same. Luke 10:25-26 says, “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him [Jesus], saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He [Jesus] said unto him, What is written in the law [which God gave Moses to give to everyone in the Old Testament and all of us in the New Testament]? how readest thou?”
Jesus, who is God in the flesh, is referring here to the Old Testament law, because Jesus did not come to destroy the law and the prophets. Jesus said, “Think not that I am come [into the world] to destroy the law, or the prophets [the Old Testament]: I am not come to destroy [any of the law or the wonderful truths of the Old Testament prophets], but to fulfil. [Jesus fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah coming to earth as a man, including the exact time of His birth and death, how He would be betrayed, the manner in which He would die, and His resurrection.1] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18). When the apostle Paul says that we are no longer under the law, he simply means that we are no longer under the penalty of the law, because we who are saved are no longer sinners. We are now the sons of God, members of Christ’s body, so long as we never turn back towards sin. Because we are no longer sinners, cleansed by the blood of Jesus, the law cannot condemn us any longer. The law condemns sinners, not Jesus and not His sinless members, His body, His sinless bride. The world hates this message because the world is not of the truth but belongs to its father, the devil, who is the father of liars.2 Therefore, the law never goes away “till all be fulfilled.”
Now, back to the book of Luke. The lawyer has asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. And Jesus asked him, in turn, what the law says. The lawyer answers (and remember, this is the New Testament), “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And He [Jesus] said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he [the lawyer], willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:27-29). Then Jesus told him the parable of the good Samaritan, letting him know everyone is our neighbor. Here Jesus tells every reader that knowing the Scriptures is not enough, because knowing the truth but not doing what God wants and commands you to do, is dead faith. The apostle James also says, “faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20) It is the same as not loving the Lord. It is breaking the first, and most important commandment and the second command, which is to love the stranger—everybody—as yourself.
The Lord was showing the lawyer what the half brother of Jesus, the apostle James, said in James 2:16-20, “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit [what good is it]? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” Faith without works is the same as not loving the Lord. It is breaking the first and most important commandment as well as the second command, which is to love the stranger, everybody, as yourself.
Every human loves to be blessed, but not many have been fully blessed, primarily because they don’t fear God.
“The people [of Israel] saw [on the mountain] the thunderings, and the lightnings, and noise [blast] of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not [if you keep His commandments]: for God is come to prove you, and that His fear [the fear of Him] may be before your faces, that ye sin not” (Exodus 20:18-20).
Now, we must not fear the devil, but we must fear God.3 “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13b). God’s Word throughout the Bible acknowledges that the devil used the body of a serpent not only in the third chapter of Genesis (the beginning), but also in the book of Revelation (12:9, 14-15, 20:2-3). The devil, the serpent’s venom, is lies. He, in the beginning, deceived Eve with his venomous lies, and now we see he has deceived the whole world,4 all those whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 12:9, 13:14). These verses show that the devil’s poison has infected the whole world; the people have broken every law, and they are all on their way to Hell and the Lake of Fire, because in their deception, they continue to love darkness rather than God’s light, the Word. And they will continue to love the darkness until they begin receiving God’s punishment for their rebellion, their sins.
In Numbers 21:4, the children of Israel became impatient with the direction God was leading them and didn’t trust God to deliver Canaan into their hands, even after witnessing God’s mighty works and their deliverance from Egypt. With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, they refused to go into the Promised Land after it was spied out for forty days. For this, God was angry and cursed them by making them wander in the wilderness for forty years, one year for each day the spies surveyed the Promised Land. Wandering in the wilderness, they circle back to the Red Sea, no doubt to be reminded of how the living God delivered them from Egypt, with ten plagues (including one that killed the firstborn of every family and every animal in Egypt), the parting of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to cross on dry land, and the subsequent drowning of the entire Egyptian army.5
In their anger, as if they intend to intimidate God and muscle Him into changing His mind, “the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread” (Numbers 21:5). They could have been in the land of milk and honey, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods, fine houses, but they trusted in their own foolish minds instead of God.
Every sin of the world (our scummy sins) was placed upon the sinless Jesus. He became a scumbag for us. If we keep our eyes upon this fact, that He became the devil for us (instead of us), we will remain thankful for what He did for us as our Savior. Keeping our eyes upon this fact, we will escape the bite of Satan. Always believe this fact and you will be saved!
They angered the Lord again because of their unbelief: “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee.” Men, women, and their children were dropping like flies. They cried out to Moses: “Pray unto the Lord, that He take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people” (Numbers 21:6-7). “And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth” (Numbers 21:8-10).
The New Testament now tells us that everyone who has been poisoned by the serpent, everyone who has been deceived, is on his way to Hell and the Lake of Fire, as the Israelites who were bitten by the snakes faced death. And just as the Israelites could be saved if they beheld the serpent of brass, we too will be granted life, eternal life, if we turn, totally turn, our backs on the world, sin, Satan, the flesh, death, Hell, and keep our eyes on Jesus, the Word of God. Jesus became sin for us; He became our sin, the serpent of venomous lies.
Jesus said in John 3:13-16, “And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, [Jesus walked with Adam in the garden; Job; Enoch walked with God; God appeared to Abraham many times; He appeared to Hagar, Abraham’s second wife; Isaac; Jacob; Laban, Jacob’s uncle; Moses; Joshua; Balaam; Gideon; Samson’s mother and father; Samuel; David; Solomon, Elijah.6 He was in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew men, and Nebuchadnezzar saw Him in the furnace with them.7 He was with Zechariah, Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, and many others!8] even the Son of man which is in Heaven [He is and always was the fullness of the Godhead bodily9]. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world [the souls of all the deceived people of the world], that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him [and nothing or nobody else] should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The only way people will convince God that they love Him with all their heart, all their soul, all their strength, and all their mind is to keep their eyes only on Jesus, who became the serpent, the scumbag for us, and stay away from the serpent’s poison in the world. Look and live. Accept the only way, the only truth, the only life, Jesus, now by saying this prayer to the Father:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Jesus for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, submit yourselves one to another, and do what the Word says so that the church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God’s Word, His order, and His authority in and by you. Praise the Lord. May God bless and reward you abundantly. Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Praise the Lord. May God bless and reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Look and Live footnotes:
3. Ex. 20:20, Deut. 4:10, 5:29, 6:2, 13, 10:12, 20-21, 13:4, Josh. 24:14, 2 Kings 17:36, 39, Job 28:28, Psa. 2:11, 19:9, 25:12-14, 31:19, 33:8, 18, 34:7, 76:7, 85:9, 115:13, Prov. 1:7, 3:7, 8:13, Matt. 10:28, Luke 12:5, 2 Cor. 7:1, Eph. 5:20-21, 1 Pet. 2:17, Rev. 14:7 return
6. [Adam] Gen. 3:8; [Enoch] 5:22; [Abraham] 12:7, 14:18-20, 17:1-4, 18:1-33; [Hagar] 16:7-14; [Isaac] 26:2-5, 24; [Jacob] 28:10-19, 31:11-13, 32:24-30, 35:1, 9, 46:2-5; [Laban] 31:24; [Moses] Ex. 3:1-22, 33:11, 21-23; [Joshua] Josh. 5:13-15; [Balaam] Num. 22:21-35; [Gideon] Judg. 6:11-24; [Samson’s parents] 13:2-21; [Samuel] 1 Sam. 3:21; [David] 2 Sam. 24:17, 1 Chron. 21:2-18, 26, 2 Chron. 3:1; [Solomon] 1 Kings 3:5-14, 9:2-9, 2 Chron. 1:7-12, 7:12; [Elijah] 1 Kings 19:1-16, 2 Kings 1:3-17 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return