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The Early Church Fathers, Anti-Semitism & Anti-Judaism, the Messianic Jewish Movement, and the Recovery of Truth

jsperling's picture

Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Jimmy Sperling. I am a Messianic Jew residing in Sacramento, CA and attend a Messianic synagogue (Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation). That means that I am a inheritor of two faith traditions. It also means that I hope to bring some rediscovered and recovered truth and light to speak truth about the intertwined history of Israel and the Ekklesia.

Only when we can tell the truth as both persecuted and persecutors will we find common ground.

Let me face one of the issues head-on. Do you want Jews in the Kingdom of God, or are your more interested in becoming a gentile Borg? (YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.) Are you refusing to take the admonitions of Scripture to heart? It seems to me that the reason that the Brit Hadasha does not mention "Gentilizers" is that it would never occur to Rabbi Shaul even in his worst nightmares that gentiles who named the name of Yeshua would ever insist on turning his teachings on their head and requiring Jews who believe in Yeshua to renounce their culture and identity in order to believe.

michael_legna's picture

Yes keep the law - but keep the intent of the law not the letter

blackhawk said -
My question is this: as heirs of Abraham, whether Jew or Gentile by blood, ought we to keep what is called the Mosaic Law, the Torah?

Yes, the law has not passed away...

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

...but we keep the law by fulfilling it with love. Let me explain:

No one but Jesus could keep the law perfectly. The law serves us as schoolmaster

Gal 3:22-25 22 But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The schoolmaster convicts us of being under sin.

Those who tried to live up to the letter of the law did so in order to merit salvation or to make God a debtor to them so He owed them salvation - that doesn't work. That is why Paul tells us that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

How does the Spirit lead us to be able ministers of the law? Through love.

Rom 13:8-10 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus taught that we our righteousness had to exceed that of the Pharisees.

Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

These men were chosen as an example because they were the best at keeping the letter of the law, and it was not enough, because they did not keep the intent of the law.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

For me it all goes back to knowing that God prefers mercy over sacrifice.

Hos 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

What does this mean? It means God prefers that we understand why He gave us the law - to show us how to love one another and focus on that instead of rote performance of the letter of the law without understanding why?

This is why Jesus quoted this verse on two different occasions to correct those who thought He had committed an offense.

Matt 9:13 as He ate and showed His mercy toward those the law was understood to say He should not associate with.

and

Matt 12:7 as He and His Apostles walked through the grain on the Sabbath and picked kernels to eat which some understood the law to speak against.

The end result of both of these was that it was better to good works of love in fulfillment of the law then to focus on the minutia of our understanding of the letter. It is only when we come to love that we begin to come to a knowledge of God as suggested in Hos 6:6.

That is why love is greater than faith or hope.

1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

That is why love fulfills all the law.

Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.




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