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A “Typical” Messianic Statement of Faith
First of all, it must be clearly understood that the so-called “Messianic Movement” or “Messianic Restoration” is not a single organization with a central governing body to speak for it. Although there are many excellent Messianic theologians, there is no widely-accepted “Messianic theology.”
The movement is certainly not totally “Jewish,” and it is decidedly not “Church” (though you may rarely hear a member of a Messianic congregation use the word out of habit). It is not “Christian” in the sense of the word that most Christians think of that word. Nor is it necessarily a total rejection of either “Church” or “Christianity,” though many Messianic Believers (or “Messianics”) are deeply troubled by what those two words have come to mean to the Jewish people over the past two thousand years.
The “movement” is, however, made up of both Jews and
non-Jews who are attempting to restore to its original state the
relationship with the Creator
Both the ancient Hebrew prophets and the Book of the
Revelation (the final true prophetic revelation until the return of Elijah
immediately prior to Messiah’s return to earth) tell us that in the
“Kingdom Age” or “Messianic Age” all the nations of the world will come to
Israel to worship and observe the feasts of the Lord
Zechariah 8:23 ,
Isaiah 60:9-19, and
Revelation 15:3-4, for example). And so it is proper that all
followers of Messiah observe those feasts now in obedience to the Word of
As the sages have said, “Wherever there are two Rabbis there will be three opinions.” And so it is with the Messianic Movement. There are probably nearly as many different expressions of Messianic faith as there are individual congregations.
In another place we have defined what we consider to be the absolute minimum requirements, or the “common denominator” if you will, of Biblical Faith. Those essential elements are the same as you will find on this page.
Among Messianics are those who practice the so-called “sign gifts” and those who do not. There are those who are “dispensational” in their approach to the interpretation of Scripture and those who are not. There are those who believe that the true follower of Messiah is eternally secure in his or her salvation, and there are those who believe that a believer can “backslide” and become lost after having once been saved.
However, we believe that most people who view themselves as “Messianic” would be in at least general agreement with the following statements:
1. The Creator of all things has revealed Himself to His creation through His personal Name which is represented by the Hebrew letters Yud-He-Vav-He. Out of respect for Him and His Name, we normally refer to Him as Adonai (the Hebrew word for Lord) or by the appellation (or circumlocution) HaShem (Hebrew for “The Name”). He has revealed that in His divine nature He is an inseparable union; HaShem is One and there is only one HaShem. (“Sh'ma, Yisra'el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra'el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one]; Deuteronomy 6:4)
2. And yet, in a manner that is totally beyond human comprehension, the one ADONAI has manifest Himself to mankind in three divine “Persons:” Abba [the Father], Yeshua [literally “Salvation,” the Son] and Ruach HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit, literally “Breath”]. Yet all three “Persons” have but one Name. (“… the Name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit …” Matthew 28:19)
3. The Bible, consisting of the TaNaKh (the Hebrew Bible consisting of three sections: Torah, Nevi'im, and Kituvim — erroneously referred to as the “Old Testament”) and Apostolic Writings (erroneously referred to as the “New Covenant” or “New Testament”) make up a single unit which is the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of ADONAI. (“All Scripture is given by the Ruach [Breath or Spirit] of Elohim [God], and is to be used for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16)
[“Jesus” is an incorrect transliteration of the Greek form of
His name] of Natzaret [Nazareth] is the Messiah
of Israel, the Savior of the world. He is HaShem who came in the flesh (1Tim.
3:16). He was born of a virgin (Isaiah
Luke 1:34) and lived a sinless and Torah-observant life (Hebrews
2Corinthians 5:21). He died an atoning death as the full and complete
payment of our sin debt to
5. All have sinned (transgressed the holy Torah [revealed Law] of ADONAI) and stand condemned before Him, and need the salvation provided by the grace of HaShem through the atoning work of Yeshua as our final and ultimate Passover Lamb. (Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:23)
6. All who experientially believe and trust that Yeshua is the promised Messiah, HaShem come in the flesh, Who died as our Passover Lamb (1Corinthians 5:7) and rose again, are forgiven their sins and come into a renewed covenant with HaShem through Yeshua, and therefore become inheritors of all the unconditional promises that HaShem made with Abraham and Israel. (Romans 10:9-11, Romans 4; Romans 9) [This requires not simple intellectual acquiescence to the historical facts, but a total and child-like faith and trust that Yeshua was exactly Who He claimed to be and that He will do exactly what He has promised to do. This kind of faith will produce the evidence of an appropriate lifestyle of Mitzvah (righteous works). See James 2:14-26.]
7. Ruach HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit] permanently dwells within all true believers to lead, guide, teach, comfort, and empower us to live a righteous life and to minister to the Miqra [the Ekklesia, or “Called-Out Ones”] as a royal priesthood of believers. (John 14:26; 1Cor. 14:26; Acts 2:1-9; 1Cor 12: 1-13, Rom. 12:3-21; Eph 1:13; 1Pet. 2:4-5)
8. The promise of a faithful trust in Yeshua is resurrection from the dead, eternal life, and ruling with Yeshua forever in the place where His Kingdom will rule. Yeshua will soon rule in Jerusalem, and finally in New Jerusalem in the New Creation forever. (John 5:28-29; Rev. 19-22, especially 20:11-15)
10. The final Divine Plan for Israel is to bring the remnant of Judah, who are the faithful Jewish people, and the remnant of those who were formally Gentiles (pagans), but who have been recovered from the world by faith, back together and united into one holy nation of Israel under one Shepherd, namely Yeshua, the Messiah. This is a necessary part of the restoration of all things spoken by the prophets. (Ezek. 37, Hosea 1-2, Rom. 9:26, Acts 3:16-26)
11. The Shabbat [Sabbath], the seventh day of the week, is the created holy day of HaShem (not of Israel), which He gave to mankind (not just to Israel) and covenanted with His people as a sign forever. The seventh-day Sabbath was instituted thousands of years before the Torah was given at Sinai; when the Sabbath was given, there was no Israel. (Gen. 2:2-3; Exodus 31:12-16, Isa. 58:13-14) The seventh-day Sabbath is the true Lord’s Day. (Matt. 12:8) Nowhere in the Apostolic Writings is either the Fourth Commandment (Exod. 20:8-11) or any of the other nine ever repealed or modified. They are only amplified and explained.
12. The entire Torah of HaShem, both the Tanakh and the Apostolic Writings, is the instruction of a loving and gracious Father to His children. It is the perfect and unchanging law that gives us liberty (Ps. 119:44-45; James 2:24-26). The commandments of HaShem will not disappear until heaven and earth disappear (Matt 5:17-20). HaShem’s people delight in His instruction (Ps. 1:2). The Torah was not given for salvation. It is the loving instruction of how a redeemed people should live. Yeshua kept His Father’s commandments and lived in His love. We are instructed to walk as He walked; whoever says that he knows the Lord and does not observe the Torah is a liar (1John 2:3-6). We are to obey HaShem’s commandments and to hold to the testimony of Yeshua (Rev. 12:17). Those who are careful to walk in HaShem’s Torah will be called great in the Kingdom; those who do not walk in HaShem’s Torah will be called least in the Kingdom (Matthew 5:19).
followers of Yeshua are called to maintain their Jewish Biblical heritage
and remain a part of their people Israel and the universal body of
believers. This is part of their identity and a witness to the
14. Non-Jewish Believers in Messiah are grafted into the Jewish olive tree
11) and both spiritually and legally adopted into the family of
Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). They are
therefore equal heirs to and partakers in the unconditional covenants that
HaShem made to Israel. They are encouraged to understand and appreciate
their roots in Judaism, and accordingly should walk in obedience to the
Torah, and are encouraged to support the interests of world Jewry as
adopted members of the family of Jacob (Israel).
Compare the above with the Statement of Faith of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and that of the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations (for example).
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