(Delivered at Hephzibah Meeting in Marlow, Bucks, England)
When I first became a believer in Jesus as Messiah, the Son of the Living God, my immediate instinct was that the Gentile believers had taken away everything from its Jewish beginnings and, in doing so, caused most Jews to disregard the claims of the Christian faith and religion. Then, as I began to read the whole Bible myself, the Holy Spirit began to show me that there was much truth in what Christians claimed, but there was little understanding to explain it in a manner that put it in perspective. Of course, we Jews were guilty of the same things that we accused Christians of being and doing!
A couple of passages early on grabbed my attention, one to open my eyes and mind to the sovereign ways of God in His dealings between the Jews and Christians; and the other as a warning to believers from falling in a similar fashion as Israel, angels, and ordinary people have done long before and all along the way. Mt 21:33-45 Jude 5-7 Continue reading “A BETTER INHERITANCE IN MESSIAH – 29 Apr 2005”
Ex 34:9 . . .pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance
Is 53:10-11 Yet it pleased YHVH to crush Him, putting Him to grief. If You would make His soul a guilt offering, He shall see seed; He will prolong days, and the good pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
1Pet 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave his life unto death on the cross and rose again from among the dead in order that we who believe could receive the forgiveness of our sins and become righteous in God’s sight. With this great love, we can live forever in His presence as His children and not die. This was God’s plan and purpose from before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:3-14). Yeshua told His disciples that all things that the Father has are His (Jn 16:15), including us whom He also received from God His Father (Jn 17:3). In other words, we are Yeshua’s Inheritance according to the will and testament of God (Heb 9:15). Continue reading “NACHALAT YESHUA/YESHUA’S INHERITANCE CONGREGATION – 16 Oct 2004”
(Taught at Musalaha Youth Leaders’ Conference in Odenwald, Germany)
Gen 49:18 I wait with hope for Your salvation, YHVH! יהוה לישועתך קיויתי
The key to reconciliation between those who have beforehand been at enmity – at least in thought or perception if not in deed – is the same for youth (and their leaders) as it is for any other age or group of contemporaries: knowing and being thankful that God has reconciled Himself to you personally and to your own people on the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1-11). As believers in Messiah, we are to relate to other believers not according to the flesh – be it nationality, race, color, etc. – but as a new creation, redeemed by the blood of the Son of God. Continue reading “RECONCILIATION: SEEING GOD’S FACE IN THE SON OF MAN – 25 Aug 2003”
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith which was once-for-all delivered to the saints
[Lk 22:19-20]; 1Cor 11:23-26 – remember Yeshua and His death until He comes again
The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Yeshua the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming again. Our sins are forgiven through faith in the once-for-all sacrificial and atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. We have fellowship (communion) with God our Father and with His Son, and with one another through the Holy Spirit indwelling all who are born again by the Word and the Spirit of God.
Does this sound like the religious teaching of Judaism? Does it sound like the wisdom of the world’s great thinkers and philosophers? NO! For the cross is an offence to the one born with natural honor and privilege before God, such as to the Jews being the chosen people, and a rock of stumbling to our fleshly pride and ambitions. For the wise of this world, the cross – the means of a sure and shameful death for the transgressor – is foolishness, simplistic. Yet for the one who believes, whether Jew or Gentile, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God is the power of God unto salvation! Continue reading “The Gospel, The New Covenant, and The Messianic Faith Are Neither Jewish Nor Greek – 19 Dec 1998”
Mt 5:4/Lk 6:21 “Blessed are they who mourn/weep now, for they shall be comforted/laugh.”
Within the past month, members of this congregation have experienced mourning and weeping. With the death of two family members, loved ones and friends had a personal and family experience of weeping and mourning. And now this week, we have joined with the nation that weeps for her children, the 73 young men – soldiers – who died without warning or expectation; not at the hand of their enemies, but in a collision of two helicopters of our own.
Who among us did not cry before the Lord when we heard the news? Who did not feel the pain of the families and close friends? Who among the children of God the Father in Heaven does not pray from his heart, “Until when LORD?!; Thy Kingdom come!; Blessed is He who comes in the name of YHVH!; Come, Lord Jesus!”? Continue reading “THE CROSS”
(Updated 18 May 2017)
Ps. 138:1-6 “. . .for You have magnified Your word [saying] above all Your Name” (v. 2)
–recognition of God’s Name brings forth songs of praise (psalms included musical instrumentation);
–songs of YHVH and of His ways;
–the names of God a progressive revelation of Himself to His people–in fact to the world–finding fulfillment under Heaven and in this present creation in the Name above all names, Yeshua (Jesus), our Savior God;
–names are significant throughout Bible, both prophetically and in reference to character of a person, sometimes becoming forever associated with good or with evil, e.g., Abram/Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Samuel, Daniel, Delilah, Jezebel
–in eternity, both the Lord Yeshua/Jesus and we will have new names–an eternal testimony from God our Father of who and what we are (Rev. 2:17; 3:12; 19:12) Continue reading “WHAT IS IN A NAME?: “[YESHUA] SHALL BE CALLED A NAZARENE””
2Cor 11:2 Engaged to the Lord
2Pt 1:4 Promises of God to escape worldly corruption and to partake of divine nature
Gen 24:50-58 Rebecca’s betrothal (engagement) to Isaac
When any person – whether Jew or Gentile – is born-again through repentance and faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, he enters into a new, covenantal relationship with God as Father, who gives him/her the Holy Spirit, and the believer knows that he is joined to the Lord.
God gives us His great and precious promises not only to realize them in the world to come, but also to affect our lives here today: that we would set them before us and allow the living hope of them to work in us to transform and cleanse our souls and our lives. These promises are not for any particular individual alone, but rather to all members of the Church, the Body of Christ.
One of these wonderful promises God gives to those in Messiah is to become His Bride! We become engaged to the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, when we believe on Him as Savior and Lord. This is a profound mystery: the union of Messiah and the Church (all Christians collectively), of which Adam and Eve – the first man and wife (woman) – are a type. Continue reading “BETROTHED TO YESHUA – 2 Mar 1991”