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At the forefront of the Messianic vision must always be the proclamation of the good news that G-d’s promised Messiah has come! Through Messiah Yeshua there is now atonement for sins and peace with G-d. G-d’s Word clearly states that this message is to be proclaimed first to the Jew. Nowhere in Scripture is this requirement limited to any particular age or location.

G-d’s final means of bringing his people Israel to faithful obedience would be by a provoking of them to jealousy through the inclusion of the gentile people in his great and precious promises. As it says in Deuteronomy 32:21, “They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.” (NIV) From the call of Abram gentiles have been graciously brought into covenant relationship, yet it was always in small numbers. However in Messiah Yeshua the inclusion of the gentiles finally became an abundant reality.

The great witness to the world would now be seen in “His purpose … to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace and in this one body to reconcile both of them to G-d through the stake, by which he put to death their hostility.” [Ephesians 2:15,16 (NIV)] That is, Jew and Gentile functioning as one in Messiah. The great dividing wall of hostility was now demolished. Gentiles were once “separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without G-d in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah.” “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with G-d’s people and members of G-d’s household”. [Ephesians 2:12-13,19 (NIV)] Now it can be said of gentile believers, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of G-d; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” [1 Peter 2:10 (NIV)]

Why G-d Saves
Over the years our Gospel has become too man-centred (or ego-centric). We need to understand why G-d calls and saves. Scripture makes it clear that he is a G-d of love. But first and foremost he chooses and saves for his glory: “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” [Isaiah 48:11 (NIV)] This is also echoed in Ephesians 1:12-14 ~ “in order that we, who were the first to hope in Messiah, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Messiah when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are G-d’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” (NIV)

Paramount to redemption history is the justification of G-d’s own righteousness. This is proclaimed throughout Scripture; e.g. “It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.” [Isaiah 42:21 (NIV)] Only when G-d and his glory are firmly at the centre of our proclamation of the Gospel can we begin to understand the history of G-d’s dealings. G-d’s Word makes it abundantly clear that the purpose of G-d’s calling was always to create for himself a people for his praise taken from all the nations of the earth; e.g. “the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” [Isaiah 43:21(NIV)] & “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to G-d, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” [1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)]

Yacov, the brother of Yeshua (often called James), understood this when he pronounced, “G-d at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: “`After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ that have been known for ages. “It is my judgement, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to G-d.” [Acts 15:14-19 (NIV)] G-d’s promise to rebuild David’s fallen tent would include the gentiles!

Israel Never Rejected
Nowhere in G-d’s Word can we find a hint either that G-d has finished with Israel or that the “Church” is a separate entity from faithful Israel. Paul himself states, “I ask then: Did G-d reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. G-d did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.” [Romans 11:1-2 (NIV)] and the Psalmist proclaims, “For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” [Psalms 94:14 (NIV)] Also, gentiles have been grafted in and not planted as a separate tree (see Romans 11). The tragedy is that this has not been seen to be the case since the close of the Apostolic age. Gentile believers have not followed Yacov’s wise advice in ensuring “that we should not make it difficult for the” (Jews) “who are turning to G-d.” Rather the Church has insisted a believing Jew should consciously reject his Jewish heritage. This heresy was being promulgated even whilst the last Apostle, John, was still alive, just before the end of the first century! NO! It is the Gentile believer that is casting off their pagan, sinful heritage and joining the faithful people of G-d.

Now is the time for true believers to finally cast off all the heresies of pagan Rome. Let us plainly repent of the Augustinian heresy of replacement theology (i.e. the Church has now replaced Israel) and all its pagan consequences. Let us be bold enough to stand and complete the Reformation our brothers and sisters laid down their lives for. Let this be the age in which we make ourselves “ready a people prepared for the Lord.” If we are so prepared to do then I have no doubt we shall see “Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their G-d.” [Luke 1:16 & 17 (NIV)] There is no case in Scripture for either Jewish or Gentile congregations of believers. No! We must be seen to be one body in Yeshua Messiah and that body cannot mix the profane with the holy.

The fulfilment of this vision can only come about as both Jewish and Gentile believers are willing to repent of much within their historical cultures that is displeasing to G-d. Let us rather return to our Biblical roots and “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”. If we will do this we shall find we “are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to G-d through Yeshua Messiah.” [1 Peter 2:2 & 5 (NIV)]

 

Surely that is the desire of all who truly belong to Yeshua, to offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to G-d”?

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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!

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We’re back and here to stay. Thank you for bearing with us.

Hi!  We know, we know!  If you get two Messianics together you’ll end up with three opinions.  Maybe that’s something to do with Yeshua’s definition of a Messianic minyan – “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst of them.” Its almost certainly to do with our Hebraic roots!

What I’m trying to say is that we can’t hope to fully represent every person who claims to be Messianic – and that’s no problem.  But what we do hope is that we can help the Messianic community in the British Isle develop into all that G-d desires for it.

Some congregations see their job as providing a place of refuge where Jewish people can learn about their promised Messiah, Yeshua.  Others just want to have the warm, fluffy feeling that “Jewishness” seems to bring for them.  Others,  in their desire to be more obedient to their Saviour & Lord and His Word, have found this means they begin to look “Jewish” to many of their friends.

Really, its the latter of these three that most closely describes us.  Yes, we do believe that our assembling together will be recognisable in some ways to our Jewish brethren.  Yet, there will be differences that will cause them to question us.  And that’s where we can introduce Yeshua and full obedience to the Tenach, G-d’s Word.

We believe that true Messianic life and worship will not necessarily match up with what the Rabbis have taught.  Why is that?  Because the Rabbis have allowed the introduction into Judaism of many things that G-d has forbidden in His Word.  (And remember, as a whole, the Rabbis have sought quite deliberately, to hide their Messiah from the Jewish people!) We have a choice to make, are we going to enjy a warm, fluffy feeling or are we going to be obedient to G-d through His revealed Word?

 

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