- Presenting Messiah to Your Jewish Friend
- Church of the Messiah - Growing in Grace
- God is Not Enough, Messiah Needed
Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Your assignment was to write what you were observing for future generations. Think for a moment what a daunting job that is. First, your ability to describe what you are seeing is difficult and on a verge of near impossible. It is so difficult that your descriptions even if it appears well phrased and okay to you, what are the chances that the future generations could make Your assignment was to write what you were observing for future generations.
It is so difficult that your descriptions even if it appears well phrased and okay to you, what are the chances that the future generations could make sense of your descriptions? This is the dilemma of all the messengers of that time. The Gods were wowing them with technologies never been seen or understood. The people saw what they saw and wrote what they saw. The constraints are that we are assigning interpretations to these recorded events not applying logic, science, texts etc. You know that a star will not move and stop and resume movement again like the Bible described.
God sees the heart, and if the desire is there to please Him, He honors this. When we truly love, the desire to please Him will be genuine. Blessings to all! Keep seeking to keep finding. I read the bible the whole bibe and wrote papers, it seemed like every day, served Mass during school and after school Back then they would go to the classroom and get alter boys to serve for a funeral or something like that and we got a tip, yay for 12 straight years.
They people and the bible always talk about the Jews and the prophets and Abraham and Noah and Moses and Ezekiel and so on and so forth. Bear with me because I forgot much in the last 40 plus years but how come God saves the Jews and not the other people and really never ever says that there may be a nice Egyptian family with a couple of kids that are just trying to survive but it seems God smites them also. To take it a step further I never hear countless references to the Asian population. But my friends from work that are Asian do not believe in Jesus or God. Thanks for reading.
God Bless James. Whether we are Catholic or Protestant, Evangelical or Baptist, we are still operating under the false belief that our Christian faith is a true faith, unaltered since the time of Jesus. Not so. Matthew, St. Paul, St. Peter, an so on, replaced the Parthenon of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian gods. The whole process was also an antisemitic one as the Jews had hit another low in popularity. The Roman Emperor Constantine had a hatred of Jews, who had caused more problems than any other conquered country in the empire. To replace Passover, Easter, named after a fertility god, was appointed, Christmas replaced Hanukah, Harvest Festival replaced the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, and so on.
These days, even for the most devoted and devout Christian and church, it is impossible to please God by obeying His laws. It is so fortunate that God helped us by giving us Jesus, Amen? The pyramid further widens at its base to embrace the Ten Commandments—specifying more concretely how we love God and love people. Biblical Prophecy is inerrant and infallible! I encourage each and everyone of us to read Scripture in context…. Acts ….. Romans , For until the law sin was not in the world, but sin is not imputed where there is no law!
Imputed Ellogeo—Greek means to not be charged to our account as sin. Genesis …. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart are evil continually. No Commandments!! The Serpent? The garden? Choices, choices, choices! A diabolical and nefarious doctrine has entered into the hearts and minds of men! The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God..
This Book of John is located toward the back of the Bible. What else does GOD say about choices with regards to comitting sin? Are we to literally sever limbs and pluck out organs? To live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD! There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. Simply and plainly….
Presenting Messiah to Your Jewish Friend
Not fallible or inerrant man! The same foolishness that is being exhibted through many televangelist and ministres; that desire to keep their members in darkness evilness and not into the light of GOD righteousness. Yes, we live in this sin sickened world but, we as Disciples of Christ should not be of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. Yes, Scripture doth say this, however, if we continue to read the proceeding verses we will understand the context of this verse. Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Luke ; 5. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. Could Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth be those that that are referred to in Romans 3: 10? Before it is too late…Matthew Central Theme? The author of this article is spot on! Yeshua always talks about how we are to worship His Father and that He is here bring us back to Him.
God says to follow his commands and so does His Son Yeshua our Messiah. He was the Last Sacrifice and we no longer have to die for our sins. To be righteous you must get that from the blood of Christ, However, to love God or your neighbor, you must love them by doing the Law. How can you say you love God and have other Gods before him?
For one to belong to God…. One that is in opposition to the law of God is the enemy of God. The Bible clearly teaches that by the law is the knowledge of sin. Why would one that loves God and is thankful for His sacrifice, wish to continue in sin?? People better humble themselves and repent…while they still CAN! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Our righteousness must 1 come from what God does in us, not what we can do by ourselves, 2 be God-centered, not self-centered, 3 be based on reverence for God, not approval from people, and 4 go beyond keeping the law to living by the principles behind the law.
Chronological Life Application Study Bible. The Tower of Babel May 29, Leslee Owens 1 year ago Reply. Johann 1 year ago Reply. Gordon Tippett 1 year ago Reply. In fact, he says this in Romans Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Anthony 1 year ago. Ernest 1 year ago.
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Gord 1 year ago. So, in your view, we should still be offering animal sacrifices? Curt 1 year ago. Christopher Milligan 1 year ago. Charlie 1 year ago. Kathy 5 months ago Reply. Do you warship Paul or you warship God? Ruben 5 months ago. Or do you not believe Paul was inspired in his writings? Are they just his opinions? Donna 2 months ago Reply. How could He abolish the law of commandments when He kept them faithfully? Christoffer 1 year ago Reply. God is good! Thanks for this encouraging comment you made, it made me glad!
Lisa 1 year ago Reply. Shumaker 1 year ago Reply. Paul Chapman 1 year ago Reply. This is true in as far as sinful, unconverted man is. Christ, in coming to fulfill the law does two things. Romans In other words, we live in obedience to the law only through the grace of Christ. This fulfills the last 6 commandments. This fulfills the first 4 commandments. The article is spot on. Wil 1 year ago Reply. Timothy Roberts 1 year ago Reply. Faith 1 year ago Reply. Dr Derek P.
Blake 5 months ago Reply. Jama 5 months ago Reply. Eric 4 months ago Reply. Devin Edwards 5 months ago Reply. Joseph Cavanagh 4 months ago Reply. Faith 4 months ago Reply. Gods law is forever 2 months ago Reply. Michael Scott 1 year ago Reply. Troy 1 year ago Reply. Barney Rehm 1 year ago Reply. Dale Yancy 1 year ago Reply. Azi 1 year ago Reply. Devin Edwards 5 months ago. Charlie 1 year ago Reply.
Terry 1 year ago Reply. Arthur 1 year ago Reply. Gerry 1 year ago Reply. Paul Chapman 1 year ago. We certainly do not remain in a sinning state when we live a life in the spirit. Kent 5 months ago Reply. Why would we call keeping the Torah a burden? Psalm NIV 24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Read 1 John chapter 2 recently?? Herb Nye 1 year ago Reply. Herb, Paul wrote about 7 laws: 1. David Wright 1 year ago Reply. Tim 1 year ago Reply. Esther 1 year ago Reply. Michael willard 1 year ago Reply. Paul was saying that circumcision was not for salvation.
He was not teaching against it. Herb Nye 1 year ago. Let him not seek it? Craig Oliver 1 year ago Reply. Tom 1 year ago Reply. Samuel 1 year ago Reply. Prince 1 year ago Reply. Hajo 1 year ago Reply. Point 2, civil law.. What if we had obeyed the law? Would society be as it is now? And why do we want to change the society? Who or what drives us to do so? Margaret Rodriguez 1 year ago Reply. Colleen G 1 year ago Reply. Chris Stinnett 1 year ago Reply.
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Tony G 1 year ago Reply. In Mat. So, who are His followers? Philip Moore 1 year ago Reply. John Bratincevic 1 year ago Reply. Daniel Frederico 1 year ago Reply. Analyse 3 months ago Reply. Shayne Higgins 1 year ago Reply. Eldon 1 year ago Reply. Christopher Milligan 1 year ago Reply. David 1 year ago Reply. Well said Christopher. Thank you David. Terry Shelton 1 year ago Reply. Akie 1 year ago Reply. Hubert 1 year ago Reply. Patty 8 months ago Reply. James 8 months ago Reply. Steven Thompson 5 months ago Reply.
Peter bwalya 5 months ago Reply. Wonderful staff. The material suits the 21st century church. Roosevelt 5 months ago Reply. James 2 months ago Reply. Yet others find this quote and its use particularly offensive. Are they as followers of Yeshua to join themselves to the followers of Yeshua, especially when the referent is to Jewish people who have not embraced Yeshua the Messiah?
In addition, there is now a worldwide Jewish roots movement which means different things to different people. Some teach that all Christians are to live a Jewish life or at least a Jewish Biblical life. They thereby reject the traditions that have become part of the Christian community and seek to make the whole Church Jewish. Others are concerned more with supporting Israel and see their faith from a more Hebraic perspective. I believe that God is in the phenomena of Christians joining Messianic Jewish congregations, supporting Israel and seeking the Jewish roots of their faith.
However, there can be imbalanced.
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We need to address this. The prophecy of Zechariah 8 is ultimately a millennial promise. Yet there are foreshadowings of the Age to Come in this Age, for the Kingdom of God has broken into this Age, and indeed, Jews and Gentiles being one in the Messiah is already a manifestation of the Age to Come. Yet, the New Covenant Scriptures do not lead us to believe that the expressions of New Covenant faith are to be uniform.
Let us look more closely at the issues. However, I want to address especially the issue of Jewish roots. Yes, God is calling all to understand the Word in its original Hebraic context. It is a key to attaining greater unity in the Body. But some are teaching a new view of Galatians where it is said that there is neither Jew nor Gentile or Male or Female in Yeshua.
This is then interpreted to mean that all are called to keep the same Law or Torah and at least keep all the commandments that constituted Jewish Biblical life in the Hebrew Bible. Some add much in the way of Jewish tradition to this orientation. While it is true that those who are in Messiah are in Abraham and form one Body of Messiah, and are indeed of equal status and worth, this does not mean that there are no distinctions of covenant responsibility.
We started this article by noting with gratitude that there is a foreshadowing of the Age to Come in the growing identification of the Church with the Jewish people. This has taken three legitimate forms and fulfills the commandment of Paul that the Gentiles are to show mercy to the Jewish people. The first is that many in the Church seek to understand their faith from a more Hebraic mindset according to the context of the New Testament writings. Secondly, many are showing mercy by supporting Israel and Jewish ministries.
Lastly, some have been called to actually live their lives with and before the Jewish people. These join Messianic Jewish congregations. Not all are called to this last way of identification. This is a special calling. However, we also noted that some have been teaching that there should be no distinction not only with regard to salvation but in any significant regard.
It is said that Jew and Gentile together now constitute Israel. This is understood in such a way that it is taught that all have the same covenant responsibilities in the Body of the Messiah and are to keep the same Law. I believe this teaching is contrary to the Word of God and violates the Scriptural teaching that those from the nations are not responsible to live by the whole Law in the same way as the Jewish people.
So in this article, we want to point out the distinctions which release most Gentiles, who are not called to Messianic Jewish congregations, from Jewish covenant responsibilities. We immediately find ourselves noting that the Book of Acts records the decision of what was known as the Jerusalem Council. The issue was whether or not Gentiles had to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses to be saved. Acts A great decision was reached by the Apostles and Elders and was voiced by James.
Without going into detail, we simply note that they affirmed that Gentiles are not responsible to be circumcised or to keep the whole Law of Moses. My view is that Gentiles were, of course, taught to keep the basics of the moral life as was taught in epistles of Paul and the teaching of Yeshua. It was assumed that there would be a growing appreciation for Jewish roots as well as understanding what was necessary to enable Jewish people to relate to Gentile believers. Circumcision was the key sign of entrance into the Jewish covenant and its responsibilities. It is very important to note that there is not one word to contradict the expectation that Jews were responsible to circumcise their sons and to maintain their covenant responsibilities to the whole Torah.
With regard to Jewish believers, James urges Paul to give testimony in Acts 21 that Jewish people are still to maintain the covenant Torah responsibilities in the New Covenant. In verse 24 Paul is urged to pay the sacrifice price for those under a Nazarite vow to show that he lived in an orderly way. However, the language actually conveys the idea of the right order. James is saying that while the Gentiles have been released, it is right to order for Jewish believers to maintain their Torah life.
This was not a stretch for Paul. For he himself, with no outside pressure, had been under a Nazarite vow and cut his hair at its completion Acts and Numbers 5. So we see a distinction. Some want to play down this distinction as only one of the entry requirements for Gentiles who will later be trained to keep the whole Torah.
God is Not Enough, Messiah Needed
Yet, we would say, if this was the case, why not urge them to be circumcised someday? Why is there not one word that teaches this in the New Testament. If one is not circumcised, then one is not obligated to obey the whole Law! It is remarkable that there is hardly one verse that we can point to encouraging the Gentiles to keep the feasts literally. One may only point to a veiled reference in I Corinthians 5, which may only be metaphor concerning congregational discipline and purging out the leaven — keeping the Festival the whole of New Covenant life? Furthermore Colossians makes it clear that the heart circumcision that had been received was fully sufficient for those who had come to Yeshua.
These are a shadow of the things to come. The substance is the Messiah. Some in a most twisted way turn interpretation on its head and actually teach that this is saying that believers are to be rigorous in their observance so that no one will be able to judge them. Romans 14 gives further evidence that there is now liberty for Gentiles with regard to such practices. The whole thrust of the New Covenant Scriptures makes this quite clear. So in what way are Jewish and Gentile believers distinguished?
It is not in regard to worth or status in the New Covenant. It is rather in regard to calling and responsibilities arising therefrom. Can we list some distinctions? Jewish believers are responsible to: circumcise their sons and to observe the Torah as it can be applied in the New Covenant order. We are to observe the feasts. We also are to identify with Jewish history, both its good and bad, as our history.
We repent for what is bad and embrace what is good. This ties us to our national heritage. It honors our fathers and mothers. In addition, we identify with the land of Israel as promised to us as a national people. This ties us to Jewish culture as our culture. Jewish life is an irrevocable calling Romans Many of us are called to return to the Land of Israel.
Gentile believers are responsible to obey the commandments of Yeshua as He applied the teaching of the Hebrew Scriptures in a way that is universal. His teaching gives us the keys for applying the universal dimensions or principles of the Hebrew Bible.
In addition, Gentile believers are responsible to love the Jewish people and to understand the Bible according to the original Hebraic meaning, for all are called to understand the Word with accuracy. In addition, they are called to love the Jewish people and show them mercy. In so doing, many will want to join in Jewish celebration to deepen their understanding and identification with the Jewish people. They are free to do so and encouraged.
The physically uncircumcised are invited to the Passover meal if they are circumcised in heart. However, those from other nations are also free to develop styles of worship and cultural expressions that are creative expressions of Biblical truth. The hymns of J. Bach, Charles Wesley, Vineyard folk styles, the classic liturgy of the churches, and Black Gospel are all wonderful and valid expressions. Not all are called to a primary Jewish cultural expression of faith.