Jesus States Salvation is through God’s Word, Not Resurrection


Center for Tanakh Based Studies

By: William Jackson

Directly before the Christian messiah’s journey to Jerusalem, he was worshipped by thousands of devotees.  Here, probably in Galilee, Jesus dispenses wisdom to these followers through parables.  Of the many parables taught was the story about a poor man named Lazarus and a rich man.  In the story, both men die and go to Greek like shoal.  The rich man is tormented while the poor man, Lazarus, is being cared for by Father Abraham.  The rich man makes a request to return to the physical world and warn his brothers so they can be saved. Father Abraham states;

“If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31

This parable, taught by Jesus, puts the emphases for salvation on Moses and the Prophets.  When Abraham says to listen to Moses, he is more than likely referring to the Torah.  The Torah is also known as “The books of Moses”.  “Why?” because Moses wrote them (Exodus 17:14; 24:4; 34:27; Numbers 33:1–2; Deuteronomy 31:9–11). This was of course inspired by God.  As for the Prophets mentioned as the second part of this salivation recipe, their words are written in a work called Nevi’im or “The Prophets”.  Add to this Psalms and Proverbs and you have the Tanakh.  This is what Christians call the Old Testament.  In short, Jesus is saying be persuaded by the Tanakh, not somebody who was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 17:22-23, 27:53, Luke 24:6, John 11:25).


Remember, Jesus throughout the gospels insists that believers follow the Tanakh; Matthew 5:18–19, John 14:15, 21, 15:10, Luke 11:28. This is because the plan of salvation is found there: Malachi 3:16, 20, Psalm 50:23, 62:2-7, 70:5.

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