One God, One Faith

“There is one body [of Christ] and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4:4-6

“From one man he [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” -Acts 17:26

The reason most Jewish people think that Christians hate them is because of what they have suffered at the hands of those who claimed to be followers of Jesus. I learned this from my mother when I was very young. Dr. Michael Evan’s (Founder Jerusalem Prayer Team) book, Jew Hatred and the Church

“The victory for freedom of thought recorded in our Bill of Rights recognizes that in the domain of conscience there is a moral power higher than the State. Throughout the ages, men have suffered death rather than subordinate their allegiance to God to the authority of the State. Freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment is the product of that struggle.” 

Supreme Court of the United States, Girouard v. US, April 22, 1946

Words of wisdom:  “I wish to end the delusion that good is gained by evil means, or that even maintaining my own economic and physical security is something to be defended by means of violence.” – Interrogator Joshua Castel; Smithsonian Jan./Feb. 2019 America At War: The Priest of Abu Ghram.” 

“Torah and the translation of the word Torah are greatly misunderstood by Christians. … Torah means teaching or instruction, not law. Please make a conscious effort to erase what you have heard about ‘LAW’ in biblical teachings. … The Torah judge does not sit on a bench as an inquisitor, nor as a symbol of governmental powers, he sits on his tribunal as a teacher, as one to whom has been given the privilege of interpreting in human terms God’s will and God’s word. … The Jewish legal system functioned without any coercion [government by force]; it could not exercise any physical or penal sanctions. There were no prisons alongside the academies or the synagogues where the Jewish tribunal would convene. There was neither policemen nor bailiffs prepared to carry out the orders of the court. The judge sat completely disarmed. He had nothing, not any powers- except for reverence of Torah and the conscience of the people. Jewish law addressed itself to developing the character of the people, to refining individuals as human personalities, to replacing the lack of external force with the presence of inner sanctity. The law was obeyed not because there were jails, but because a people inwardly accepted it and its decisions. Consequently, its decisions and decrees were carried out with a fidelity and dispatch that no penal system ever inspired. Further the law was obeyed because the people realized and accepted that it was righteous, humane, considerate, and motivated by love of God and total surrender of vanity and self-interest to the principles of His teaching of the inviolate nature of Tzedek- true teaching of God’s justice.”  -Scripture taken from The One New Man Bible, copyright 2011 William J. Morford. Used by permission of True Potential Publishing, Inc

It is written: “My purpose is that they may be encouraged, that they may be joined together in love, and that they may have all the riches derived from being assured of understanding and fully knowing God’s secret truth, which is-the Messiah! It is in him that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” -Colossians 2:2-3 Jewish New Testament” 

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the LORD’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:17-19

Finally, centuries of Jewish rejection of Yeshua and Christian rejection of Jews has produced a situation today in which it is commonly supposed that Christianity is Christianity, and Judaism is Judaism, and never the twain shall meet. Moreover, many Jews and Christians are satisfied with this arrangement. But it was not God’s will that there be two separate peoples of God. Gentile Christians who recognize that they have joined Israel, not replaced it, and Messianic Jews who identify fully with both the Jewish people and the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, must work together to heal the greatest schism inthe history of the world, the split between the Church and the Jewish people. The Jewish New Testament has a part to play in this great task of bringing the two together in a way that preserves the identity of the Jewish people within the Messianic Community, as both Jews and Gentiles honor God and his Messiah according to the Tanakh and the New Testament. -Jewish New Testament, David H. Stern

“The Gospel had leaped over national bounds to a people who in the judgment of the Jews were not the recipients of God’s blessings. The following questions may have arisen: Should not the new faith in Jesus Christ be kept within national bounds? On what grounds could non-Jews be sharer in the Jerusalem-centered Pentecost? The Jewish Christians [Messianic Jews] had no blueprint for church extension beyond Jewry. Their viewpoint had not risen above the common Jewish idea of proselyting.” –The Holy Spirit and the Holy Life, Chester k. Lehman; © 1959; page 71

Good and great news! The Holy Spirit is alive and bringing healing to both Jews and Christians through Messianic Jews such as this: I found Shalom!

Israel plays a vital role in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) plan for world redemption from sin and evil!

“The Jewish people gave to the world the eternal Book of Books. … This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their state is irrevocable.”

God’s Family… be apart today!

Holy Nation is God’s story