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What I Believe
The Basics

Bible

I believe that that the Bible, consisting of the Tenakh (the Hebrew Bible containing Torah [Divine Instruction], Nevi’im [Prophets], and Ketuvim [Writings]) and the later writings commonly known as the Ketuvei HaShalichim (Apostolic Writings, B’rit Hadasha, Newer Testament), is the only infallible and authoritative word of God. I recognize its divine inspiration, and accept its teachings as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deut. 6:4-9; Prov. 3:1-6; Ps. 119:89,105; Isa. 48:12-16; Rom. 8:14-17; 2Tim. 2:15;3:16-17).

God

I believe that the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut. 6:4), teaches that God is Echad, as so declared: the one and only God, an intensive plurality, eternally existent in plural oneness [Gen. 1:1 (Elohim: God); Gen. 1:26 “Let us make man in our image”; Gen. 2:24 Adam & Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad)], that He is a personal God who created us (Gen. 1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah – Son) and Matt. 28:18-20 (immersing in the name [singular] of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

God the Father (Abba)

John 6:27b; 1Cor. 1:3; Gal. 1:1; Rev. 3:5,21; Jer. 3:4, 19; 31:9; Mal. 1:6; Matt. 6:9, 32; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; Rom. 8:14-15.

God the Son (HaBen)

God does have a Son [Ps. 2; Prov. 30:4-6 (cf. Heb. 1); Luke 12:35-37; John 1:29-34, 49; 3:14-18].

The Son, named Yeshua (Jesus), meaning salvation, came to this world born of a virgin [Isa. 7:14 (cf. Luke 1:30-35)].

The Son is God (Deity), and is worshipped as God, having existed eternally [Ps. 110:1 (cf. Heb. 1:13); Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 28:18-20; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 1 (worshiped by angels); Rev. 4:8, 5:5-14].

This One is the promised Mashiach (Messiah) of Israel [Is. 9:6-7; 11:1; Dan. 9 (esp. verses 20-26); Isa. 53; John 1:17,40-41,45,49; Mark 8:29].

He is the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Num. 24:17; Rev. 22:16).

He is our Passover, the Lamb of God (1Cor. 5:7; Rev. 5; John 1:29).

God the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)

Introduced in Gen. 1:2b.

In the Tenakh, the Spirit of God came upon individuals during the times of our forefathers, like Moses, David (see 2Sam. 23:1-3), and the Prophets, for the specific purposes.

In the Ketuvei HaShalichim, the Messiah, Yeshua, promised His disciples that “the Comforter” would come to them after He was gone, described as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17,26), who was with them and would be in them. Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth, would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him – the Messiah – not Himself (John 16:13-15). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). He seals us (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). If we do not have the Spirit, we are not His (Rom. 8:9). He leads us and teaches us (Rom. 8:14-17). His indwelling enables us to live a godly life. Acts 2:38 says, “Repent … be immersed … and receive the … Holy Spirit.”

Man

Created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27), but:

Through disobedience, man fell from his first state and became separated from God (Gen. 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all men are born with a sinful nature (Ps. 14:1-3; 49:7; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:9-12,23; 5:12).

Man’s only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Lev. 17:11; Isa. 53; Dan. 9:24-26; 1Cor. 15:22; Heb. 9:11-14,28; John 1:12, 3:36), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). We are saved by grace through faith (trusting), and that faith itself is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9).

Resurrection and Judgment

I believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from God, a state of everlasting punishment (Job 14:14; 19:25-27; Dan. 12:2-3; John 3:36; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6,10-15; 21:7-8).

The Messiah – The Redeemer

The Scriptures promised two “comings” of the Messiah:

First Coming – Promised in Dan. 9:24-26. Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin (Dan. 9:24-26; Isa. 53; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb. 9-10; John 3:16-17).

Second Coming – Promised coming in the air to receive the believers to Himself (1Thess. 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; 1Cor. 15:51-57).

The Messiah’s return to the earth: The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isa. 59:20-21; Zech. 14:4). Israel’s spiritual redemption [Zech. 12:8-13; Rom. 11:25-27; Heb. 9:28; Jer. 31:31-40 (the New Covenant)]. Israel’s national restoration is to recover the remnant of His people Israel from the four corners of the earth, and restore the Davidic Kingdom (Isa. 11 – to re-establish the throne and kingdom of David, which will last forever) [Isa. 9:6-7 (cf. Luke 1:30-33); Jer. 23:3-8].

Israel in Prophecy

I believe in God’s end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. A central part of Messianic Judaism is the belief in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures. The greatest miracle of our day has been the re-establishment or rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (Ezek. 34:11-31; Ezek. 36; Ezek. 39; Hos. 3; Amos 9:11-15; Zech. 12-14; Isa. 11; 43; 54; 60-62; 66; Rom. 11:1-34) (see also Scriptures under “The Messiah–The Redeemer” above).

Messianic Judaism

I recognize that Jewish people (physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through the mother’s or the father’s blood-line) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to the Scriptures (Rom. 2:28-29). Gentiles who place their faith in Yeshua, are “grafted into” the Jewish olive tree of faith (Rom. 11:17-25) becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham (Gal. 3:28-29) and full citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel with all the rights and responsibilities of that citizenship.

I observe and celebrate the Feasts of ADONAI according to Leviticus 23, given by God to Israel, with their fulfillment in and through the Messiah Yeshua. I believe that true “Biblical Judaism,” the faith of first century believers, which I seek to practice, acknowledges the continuity of faith in the one true God, revealed throughout the Scriptures, and ultimately manifested in God’s Son, Yeshua the Messiah. I believe that salvation has always been “by faith,” and that works of law, or righteous acts, have never saved anyone [Gen. 15:6 (cf. Rom. 4:3,20-22); Rom. 2-6; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 11:6,39].

I acknowledge that the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, not to be confused with “New Testament”) body of believers is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who have received Yeshua the Messiah as the Promised Redeemer. The “middle wall of partition” has been broken down and now we worship the God of Israel together (1Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:13-14).


I stand by these basic Bible truths:

• I believe in only one true and living God as declared in the Sh’ma (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 6:4), Who is Echad (one, a compound but indivisible unity), and Who eternally and simultaneously and distinctly exists as God the Father (Abba), God the Son (HaBen Yeshua), and God the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 48:16-17, B'resheet [Genesis] 1:1-2, Sh'mot [Exodus] 3:6, Mishle [Proverbs] 30:4, Ephesians 4:4-6).

• I believe in Messiah Yeshua’s eternal deity (Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 9:6, Yochanan [John] 1:1-4,10-14), His virgin birth (Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 7:14), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), His atoning death (Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 53, Tehillim [Psalms] 22), His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His future return in power and glory to rule the world from the throne of his ancestor David.

• I believe that the whole Bible — consisting of both the TaNaKh (so-called “Hebrew Scriptures”) and the Ketuvei HaShalichim (Apostolic Writings) — is the one and only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Tehillim [Psalms] 119:89, Mishle [Proverbs] 30:5-6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

• I believe in God’s eternal covenant with Avraham, Yitzhak (Isaac), and Ya'akov (Jacob), and with Ya'akov’s descendants forever. I therefore unconditionally stand with and support the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and hold fast to the Biblical heritage of our forefathers.

• I further believe that the Messianic Restoration Movement is the beginning of the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecies concerning the Restoration of Israel that will be completely fulfilled in the Messianic Age, when HaMelech Yeshua HaMashiach will reign physically on earth from His throne in Jerusalem, and that it is also the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecies in Zekharyah [Zechariah] chapters 6 and 9 concerning the Gentiles who will worship alongside the Jews in the Temple of HaShem (see especially 8:20-23), which will also be completely fulfilled in the Messianic Age.

For more details see either our ministry’s Summary Statement of Faith or our complete Doctrinal Summary contained in our Constitution.

Revised Saturday, 09 January 2016 10:47 AM

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