The Apostolic Creed is the earliest statement of belief that is known.
We prefer to simply accept the Word of G-d (The Bible) as the final authority in all things regarding the faith. Still, this credal statement is as pure a summary of the Biblical view as can easily be found. It is accepted by most denominations.
A Messianic version of the
We believe in G-d, the Father El Shaddai,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Y’shua haMeshiach, his only Son,
who was conceived by the Ruach haKodesh,
born of the Virgin Miriam,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into sheol.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Ruach haKodesh,
the fullness of the Body of Meshiach,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Messianic Believers are ordinary people who have realised that they have fallen short of G-d’s requirements. Because of this sin they know they have a need of forgiveness, cleansing and a restoring of relationship with G-d – all summed up in the word atonement.
Go-’s Word (the Bible) clearly shows that this calls for sacrifice – a life given for life. We need to come in G-d’s prescribed way, trusting that He will accept his ordained substitute and extend forgiveness.
The Bible makes it plain that the animal sacrifices merely foreshadowed the death of the promised Messiah, Yeshua. Yeshua therefore died as G-d’s chosen atoning lamb, as our substitute. It is on the basis of his shed blood that G-d offers full and free forgiveness to all who accept it by faith.
What does “Messianic” mean?
We call ourselves Messianic because we are believers in G-d’s chosen Messiah, Yeshua. Yeshua is the original name for G-d’s Son, our Saviour. (There are various ways of saying this name – we have chosen to use this version for its ease of pronunciation.)
According to G-d’s word, He has established a new covenant with His chosen people, Israel. (cf. Jeremiah 31:31+) This covenant has been extended to both Jew and Gentile. (cf. Isaiah 49:6 & Hosea 2:3)
We recognise what all the great teachers of Israel have taught: Namely that a Jew’s relationship to his roots depends on his relationship to G-d. Therefore all who have not accepted G-d’s chosen atonement are cut off from the supreme source of all life and being. They can only be re-grafted in through repentance and faith.
Gentiles have always been “without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without G-d in the world.”
(Ephesians 2:12) But now, through Messiah Yeshua, Gentiles can be grafted into the life-giving vine. (Cf. Romans 11:17+)
As Messianic Believers we wish to identify with G-d’s chosen people, Israel; through whom our salvation has come – as also every word of the Bible. A people that has seriously studied the Bible for thousands of years cannot help but have much from which a Bible believer can learn. However, as one basic tenets of rabbinic Judaism is to be diametrically opposed to belief in Yeshua as Messiah, we cannot accept its authority. Rather we seek to return to the Biblical foundations of Jewish life.
Messianic Believers accept the whole Word of G-d – constituting the whole 66 books of what is known as the Old & New Testaments. As such we cannot accept the maxim: “The New is in the Old concealed – the Old is in the New revealed.” Rather we would restate it as: “The New is in the Old contained – the Old is in the New explained.” For what is explicit in the Tenach (Old Testament) is not dwelt upon in the New!