The Heart of The Matter


In the last Bible Study, we covered

Repentance from Dead Works. The Basic Doctrines have a parallel meaning with the Feast Days. Both reveal the plan of Redemption for mankind. They are chronological steps that we live out as we fulfill the meaning and purpose of our calling.

Repentance from Dead Works, astonishing as it may seem, is coming out of the world’s false and pagan religious systems. It begins with the Set-apart Spirit working with our hearts and minds, as the Father draws us to Himself and His way of life, to reveal the real truth of Scripture.

John 6:44, 65 – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Verse 65 – And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John 14:17 – Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth it not, neither knoweth it: but ye know it; for it dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

This calling and the Set-apart Spirit gives us spiritual sightedness to see that our past beliefs were false and need to be repented of, along with our personal sins and short- comings. We need to have faith towards Yah to bring us to the next step in the Redemption process. This process also imparts belief to us which is one of the fruits of the Set-apart Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, belief,

At this point, the Set-apart Spirit is only with us and is not in us until after Immersion. It can still impart the belief needed to repent of Dead Works, to have our sins forgiven, be immersed and have the Set-apart Spirit put inside of us.

2 Timothy 1:6 – Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of Elohim, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

Belief towards Yahweh is expressed by our actions or works in the Repentance process.

James 2:18 But someone might say, “You have belief, and I have works.” Show me your belief without your works, and I shall show you my belief by my works.

James 2:19 You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe – and shudder!

James 2:20 But do you wish to know, O foolish man, that the belief without the works is dead?

James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father declared right by works when he offered Isaac his son on the slaughter-place?

James 2:22 Do you see that the belief was working with his works, and by the works the belief was perfected?

James 2:23 And the Scripture was filled which says, “Abraham believed Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness And He called him, “he who loves Elohim.”

James 2:24 You see, then, that a man is declared right by works, and not by belief alone.

James 2:25 In the same way, was not Rahab the whore also declared right by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the belief is dead without the works.

Mark 1:5 – And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all immersed of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

The time is at hand for you to now believe because I am sharing with all of you the true Good News.

Ephesians 2:8 – For by His favor are ye saved through belief; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Elohim:

He is offering us His favor and His belief. It is part of His calling and His goodness to us to offer us Repentance.

Romans 2:4 – Or despises thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leadeth us to repentance?

Belief comes from hearing and studying His Word. We must stay immersed in His Word.

Romans 10:17 – So then belief cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh.

Acts 17:11-12 – 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. 12 Therefore many of them believed; also, of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.


This Covenant or contract is between two or more parties. It is an agreement where each party agrees to do something in exchange for something each party wants.


John 3:16 – For Elohim so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Our Father sacrificed His only Son.

Colossians 1:20-23 – And, having made peace through the blood of his stake, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

21 And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you Set-apart and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

23 If ye continue in the belief grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Good News, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

He sacrificed Himself to bring peace and reconciliation by the atoning of His blood for all mankind.

Hebrews 9:22, 26 – And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Vs 26 – For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bares our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

His sacrifice is for the forgiveness of our sins and our healing – both physical and spiritual. He did these things for us so His Blood Covenant with us would give us the current status of being His children once we receive His Spirit.

Romans 8:14-17 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of EL, they are the sons of Elohim.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Elohim

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of Elohim, and joint-heirs with Messiah; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

As we grow and mature, we then are preparing ourselves thus making ourselves ready, to be His Bride.

Ephesians 4:13-15 – Till we all come in the unity of the belief, and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Messiah:

Revelation 19:7 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

This makes us one with the Father and Yahshua and qualifies us to be part of the Ruling – Royal Family.

John 17:22-23 – And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

1 Peter 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an Set-apart nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

Revelation 2:26 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahshua, and for the word of Elohim, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years.

Do you want what Yahweh wants for us – to be His Sons and Daughters – to be One with Yahweh and Yahshua – to share their esteem forever – to be part of the Ruling Family a Royal Priesthood – and Yahshua’s Bride?

We are free moral agents. We can count the cost – Accept our part of what we have to do – or reject our calling.

Deuteronomy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before your life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:


  1. Repent of Dead Works and our personal sins and short-comings.
  2. Have belief toward YHWH in His blood and sacrifice.
  3. Counting the cost of the walk of the new believer.

Luke 14:26-35 – If any man come to me, and hate not (love less) his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his stake, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, this man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Counting the cost is a very important part of preparation before entering into a Covenant relationship. In order for the Covenant to be legal and binding, we must understand the terms and conditions of the agreement. Yahweh is an Elohim of law and justice. He doesn’t bind someone to a contract that they do not understand. The contract is in His blood.

1 Corinthians 11:25 – After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the Renewed testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

His Spirit seals us.

2 Corinthians 1:22 – Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Our calling and the Spirit working with us gives the understanding that allows Yah to prepare and know our hearts so we can receive His Spirit. Conversion is of the heart – an understanding heart.

Mathew 13:15-16 – For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Part of counting the cost and fulfilling our part of our Covenant with Yahshua is that we walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by Immersion into death: that like as Messiah was raised up from the dead by the esteem of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


It is the Straight and Narrow and Difficult path that leads to Eternal Life.

Mathew 7:13-14 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

This difficult path is one of always putting Sin Out of our Lives by the power of the Set- apart Spirit and becoming instruments of righteousness.

Romans 6:12-13 – Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Elohim, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Elohim.

All this is accomplished by letting Yahshua and His Spirit live in us and guide us.

Galatians 2:20 – I am sacrificed with Messiah: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Messiah liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the belief of the Son of Elohim, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Colossians 1:26-27 – Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

27 To whom Elohim would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Messiah in you, the hope of esteeming:

Romans 8:4-6 – That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

1 John 3:24 – And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.

The new walk is a life of growing and overcoming and service to others.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in favor, and in the knowledge of our Savior Yahshua Messiah. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, acceptable unto EL, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Elohim.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which Elohim hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Mathew 25:34-40 – Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The new walk is a life of Service, Repentance, and Surrender to Yahweh’s will in our life’s choices. This is what we are committing ourselves to when we enter into the Immersion Covenant with our Savior Yahshua.


After Repentance from Dead Works and having Belief in Yahshua’s blood and sacrifice for the forgiveness of our Sins, and understanding the cost and commitment of the Covenant agreement – and after counseling with a True minister, one should be ready for Immersion.

Immersion is when a person is completely immersed in water.

John 3:23 – And John also was immersing in Aemon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were immersed.

Mathew 3:16 – And Yahshua, when he was immersed, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of Elohim descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

This symbolizes – (see below)

Romans 6:3-6, 11– Know ye not, that so many of us as were immersed into Yahshua Messiah were immersed into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by Immersion into death: that like as Messiah was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Vs 11 – Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto Elohim through Yahshua Messiah.

Colossians 2:12-13 – Buried with him in Immersion, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the belief of the operation of Elohim, who hath raised Him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

In other words, our sins and our old man are buried in Immersion and through His death for our sins, we come up out of the water sinless and a new creature in Yahshua.

Before a person is put under the water, they are asked if they have repented of all their sins and believe in Yahshua’s blood for the forgiveness of their sins. They are asked if they accept Yahshua as their personal Savior for the forgiveness of their sins.

** Please Note: There are no Scriptural examples of anyone being immersed in the name of the Father, the Son and the Set-apart Spirit – only in the name of Yahshua

Acts 4:10-12 – Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Yahshua Messiah of Nazareth, whom ye sacrificed, whom Elohim raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stands here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there redemption in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of EL, and the name of Yahshua Messiah, they were immersed, both men and women.

Acts 10:48 – And he commanded them to be immersed in the name of the Messiah. Then prayed they Him to tarry certain days.

Before the person is put under the water, they are told that they are being immersed into the name of Yahshua Messiah and not into any worldly sect or corporate organization, but into the Spiritual Body of Messiah.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also, is Messiah.

13 For by one Spirit are we all immersed into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Ephesians 4:4-7 – There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Elohim, one belief, one Immersion,

6 One Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7 But unto every one of us is given favor according to the measure of the gift of Messiah.

These scriptures describe the Spiritual Body of Messiah. It is very important to notice the singular description. There is only one scriptural way to be immersed, only one Set- apart Spirit, only one Yahshua, and only one belief or truth. This is a total description of the oneness we have with Yahshua and this is what a person is being immersed into.

After a person comes up out of the water, the minister tells them these beautiful words– that all their sins are forgiven. They are a pure, clean, sinless vessel ready to receive the Set-apart Spirit through the Laying on of Hands.

Acts 19:6 – And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Set-apart Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

2 Timothy 1:6 – Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of Elohim, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

1 Timothy 4:14 – Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

These scriptures show us the correct way to receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit is by the Laying on of Hands by an ordained minister who, himself, has gone through the same process of Repentance and has the same understanding of Scriptures we have studied today.

What has been described in this Scripture Study on Belief towards Yahweh and the Covenant Doctrine of Immersion which is a process of obedience to the Scriptural Instructions on the subject of the conversion process. Once this process has been obediently followed, a person should be converted and filled with His Spirit.

Acts 5:32 – And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Set-apart Spirit, whom Elohim hath given to them that obey him.


One should ask themselves if they think they are truly converted. Have I followed all of these scriptural steps before my conversion –Repentance from Dead Works, Belief towards Yahweh, Counting the Cost, Really Understanding the Covenant Relationship that Yahshua expects us to be committed to before He will give us His Spirit and we become betrothed to Him?

Was I immersed in Yahshua’s name? Was I immersed by an ordained minister who really understood, accepted and lived by the scriptures explained in this study – even if I had a strong religious experience or calling that changed my life and brought me to a Repentant way of life? How do I know that it wasn’t just the Spirit working with me and yet not in me?

John 14:17 – Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth it not, neither knoweth it: but ye know it; for it dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

How Can We Tell?

The definition of a truly converted believer is found in Romans 8:8-9 – So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Elohim.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Messiah, he is none of his.

These are all very serious questions we all need to ask ourselves. They are a matter of Spiritual life or death. I have had to ask myself these questions in times past.

For further studies, see the Definition of Faith/Belief Study paper and Immersion According to the Scriptures.

© Author: Larry Scher – Minister – 11-01-2018

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