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Yom Kippur Opportunity

September 13th, 2013

This evening is Yom Kippur.  What an opportune time for us to draw near to God and let His Spirit move in our hearts!

We tend to be so slow in recognizing our indebtedness to our Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe (melech ha-olam – king of the universe); slow in humbling ourselves before Him and confessing our sins and seeking forgiveness.  This is the one time of year in the Jewish calendar when we are more aware of this need in our lives.

In fact, this self-examination is prescribed for us both biblically and traditionally.  Moses described the Day of Atonement in Leviticus chapters 16 and 23. The high priest represented the people to God.  He alone could enter the holiest place in the tabernacle, and only once a year.  Even then he had to first offer a perfect animal sacrifice for his own sin, and then he and his priests offered sacrifices for the people, so their sins would be ‘covered’.  Since the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in the first century, we have replaced these animal sacrifices with our mitzvot, our good deeds.

In contrast, when our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) came, He replaced these repetitive animal sacrifices by the costly sacrifice of Himself.  He knew that when the Temple was destroyed we would have no need to re-institute the animal sacrifices. The new covenant that God promised for us so long ago through His prophet Jeremiah came into effect (Jeremiah 31:31-34).  He set aside the first covenant so He could establish the second (Hebrews 10:9)

Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the world, is the only One who could take our place and be sacrificed for us, since He alone was without sin.  Now His is the only acceptable sacrifice to God which allows us to enter His holy Presence.

The Bible is an accurate record of the history of our people and of God’s intervention in our lives.  He loves us so much that He gave His only Son so that we can come to Him and find joy in His Presence now and forever.

If you find this teaching questionable, or confusing, or interesting enough to pursue, why not contact Daniel or Alan at newcovenantforum.org?  They’d be happy to discuss it with you and answer your questions.

Contributed by Cynthia Sugar, a Jewish believer in Jesus.

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It’s the High Holidays!

September 11th, 2013

It’s the High Holidays!  It’s a time for spiritual awakening; a call to repentance as we prepare for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  We are to recognize our transgressions against God; we are to turn away from doing them and turn towards God.

So before Yom Kippur we ramp up our good activities and try to reduce our bad ones.  On Yom Kippur we fast and pray.  In the end, we hope that our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds sufficiently to have our names written in the Book of Life, as if our actions could ever meet the standards of our holy, perfect God.  In the end, we have no assurance – we just hope and pray that our sacrifice is acceptable to God, all the time knowing deep inside that it can never be sufficient.

What if, however, our eternal life had nothing to do with our merit and everything to do with the Lord’s?  What if our relationship with God was based on just that – our relationship and not our deeds or lack of them?  What if it were our faith that determined our eternal destiny?

In the Tanakh (Old Testament) it is written, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Surely we already have the love of God, but we only inherit his kingdom if we are in right relationship with him by faith.  After all, we who are in God’s image love our children, even though they do wrong, but we long for them to be in right relationship with us.

For this reason, God came to be amongst us in human form (much like he did with Abraham in Genesis 18), and became a guilt offering for us (Isaiah 53:10).  This was Yeshua (Jesus) who died on the cross for our sins and who said,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
(John 3:16-17)

Yeshua has paid the price of sin eternally for us. We do not need to wonder, for we know that the sacrifice for our sin is complete. God has provided the way for you and me.

This Yom Kippur, as you contemplate your sinfulness before God, why not receive forgiveness the way God intended: through our Messiah Yeshua.  If you want to know more, please contact us.

HAG SAMEACH!

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I Might As Well

September 25th, 2012

I stopped by to wish a Jewish shopkeeper I know a Happy New Year .  I had not seen him in many months.   At first he wanted to know why I was there.  I quickly asserted it was not to do business but rather to say hello and that I had been thinking of him whenever I passed his way. I further went on to wish him and his family a “Happy and Healthy” New Year.  He expressed how he was glad to see me.

He went on to ask me where I went to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year), and I shared that I had been at my brother’s house the first night and stayed home the second.  He said that he did the first night at his house and the second at his sister’s.  We continued with more small talk: how I had been, how business was and a few other topics we had shared in the past.

He also told me that he observed only the first day and opened his business on the second, since he had to serve his customers.  We discussed the issue of closing for the Sabbath.   When I had owned my shop, I had discussed this many times in the past with my Jewish customers.  He said he had had this argument many times, but noted that his competitors were open and therefore he needed to be.    Besides, when was he going to be open if he always closed?

Then he asked me,” so are you fasting for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)?”  I responded “I am not sure, but most likely not”.  I went on to ask if he was?  He said yes, so I asked him why?  He responded that he was going to Schsl (synagogue) all day, so he might as well.

When I asked him where he goes he named the synagogue.  He said he went there because his wife was converted there, he was married there and he was a member.  He needed to get back to work so he wished me “an easy fast” (yet another tradition) and I went on my way.

From our conversation I began to understand his observance of Judaism.  I knew he had a strong Jewish identity from past conversations.  I think his relationship with God was quite clear. He went to synagogue on Yom Kippur because “it’s was what you do when you call yourself a Jew.”

As I left his store, it occurred to me that I used to be just like him before I knew Yeshua (Jesus). My practice of Judaism was one of tradition or “that is what we do.”  That’s what my Bubbe (Grandmother) would answer me whenever I asked her “why do we do this?”

I am so grateful the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16) has been fulfilled by Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  Besides, it is not even possible to celebrate the Holy Day biblically, without a Temple and High Priest; and the rabbinic substitutions have no biblical mandate. 

Mostly, I am grateful for Yeshua (Jesus) in my life as the one time eternal atonement for my sin.  All I have to do is what is commanded: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Henry Ford said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” 

I ask you, are you going to spend another year in tradition?  Maybe this year, you can check out the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) and check out the claims of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).  He is the greatest rabbi of all times.  He is the Messiah of Israel.  He is the means of our atonement (our Kippur).   

We at New Covenant Forum would be glad to give you a free copy of the B’rit Hadashah (in almost any language) and discuss our eternal atonement in Yeshua.

May your name be inscribed and sealed  in the Book of Life forever!

Contributed by Alan Friesner: a Jewish believer in Yeshua on the staff of New Covenant Forum.

 

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The Biblical Faith

July 11th, 2012

I recently watched a documentary about an Amish man who had left his community a number of years back, and who wanted to help others who were coming out of the community.  This man spoke much about spirituality and the search for spirituality. 

At one point he investigated a Pentecostal Church who was reaching out to those in the Amish community and called it a different religion, as if Pentecostalism was predicated on different intrinsic tenets than other Christian faiths, like the Amish.

It was then that I began to wonder if this man actually understood the faith of Christianity.  Did he not know that the Church of Christ was composed of all those who believed and put their faith in Christ, making him both Saviour and Lord of their life.  People who do so, are Christians regardless of what church they go to.  People who do not, are not.

I used to say that faith in Yeshua (Jesus) was the biblical Jewish faith.  After some thought, I realize that this statement is not entirely accurate.  What I should simply say is that faith in Yeshua is the biblical faith.

That is why we can say there are believers in the Amish churches, the Pentecostal churches, the Catholic churches, the Baptist churches and so on.  It is also why there are many who sit in the pews of these same churches who are not Christians.  Christianity is not about spirituality or religion – it is about the biblical faith.

This is something Jewish people do not understand, either.  Most do not know their Scriptures well enough to recognize how biblical Yeshua is.  But the consistency between the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament or New Covenant) make a convincing argument.

To believe one must recognize one’s sinfulness.  All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) is consistent with Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 53:6 and Isaiah 64:6.

We must recognize that sin separates us from God.  We are told that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  This agrees with the Tanakh which tells us that our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Ezekiel 18:4).

Once we accept our own sinfulness, we must put our faith in the provision for atonement God has given us.  In the time before Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) that was through the sacrificial system (Leviticus 17:11).  Since then, it is through the Messiah that God had promised in the Tanakh (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Isaiah 53; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Zechariah 12:10; John 5:46-47, 7:14, Acts 4:11-12; Romans 6:23).

Faith in Jesus is the continuation of his plan for reconciliation between himself and humankind.  He has expressed that plan in the Tanakh and it finds its fruition in Messiah Yeshua.  Why not read the Tanakh and the B’rit Hadashah and check it out for yourself?  If you need a copy, contact us and we’d be happy to send you one.

That means that faith in Yeshua is for the Jew as well as the Gentile.  In fact, the B’rit Hadashah tells us that it is for the Jew first (Romans 1:16).  God’s call on the Jewish people was to behave according to his Word; in other words, to be biblical.  Faith in Yeshua is the biblical faith.

If you are Jewish and reading this, what will you do with Yeshua?  If you are reading this and you are not Jewish, the question is the same.

If you have any questions, contact us.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His Truth.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

 

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A Lamb For All Seasons

April 4th, 2012

This blog submission has been modified from an article in the January-March 2012 issue of our newsletter, The Contact.

When I partake in a traditional Jewish Passover Seder, I find something missing (besides Jesus, of course).  In the Haggadah, the liturgy for the Passover Seder, you will find the story of Moses.  You will read about the ten plagues God poured down upon the Egyptians.  It speaks of the deliverance of Israel at the Red Sea.  You will read of the promises of God to Israel, and His faithfulness.  All of these aspects of the Exodus story are markedly expressed and elaborated.

There is only passing reference, however, to the Passover lamb.  There is a brief mention that the Passover sacrifice was eaten centuries later at the temple because God passed over the houses of the Israelites.  Yet in the Torah, God puts much more emphasis on the lamb.  Listen to the Lord’s command:

“Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb … for a household … Your lamb shall be without blemish … and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

“They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it … In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast … The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”
(Exodus 12:3-13)

The Passover lamb was to be taken into the home for three days before the Passover.  Why?  Well, who cannot fall in love with a lamb as it makes its home with you?  How much more meaningful is it when that lamb dies at your hands, so that you might be redeemed – so that God’s plague of death would pass over your household?

The blood of this lamb was to be put on the doorposts of the Israelites home.  This act of trust in God’s provision would be a sign.  God would see this mark of faith, and death would pass over that home.

Furthermore, the meat of the lamb was to be eaten in its entirety.  Nothing was to be left over.  It was also to be eaten with a sense of haste, as if the Israelite was leaving at a moment’s notice, which was the case on that first Passover night.

God puts much emphasis on this aspect of the Passover.  In fact, when the Torah talks about celebrating the Passover, it is speaking of the eating of the Passover lamb in commemoration of this first sacrifice.  This was to be the focal point of the Passover celebration, yet in modern Jewish celebration it hardly gets notice.

Yeshua (Jesus), the Lamb of God, ministered in the midst of his Jewish people for some three years before he was sacrificed on the Cross.  His blood was shed so that, when we put our trust trust in this provision of God against sin and put the blood of Christ on the doorpost of our hearts, God’s judgment would pass over us.  We are to do this with a sense of haste, as if the day we will leave this earth and face the Lord in judgment was imminent.

The Passover lamb was not only a vehicle of deliverance, but was also a signpost preparing us for the greater Passover lamb that was our Messiah Yeshua.  While there are oblique references to Yeshua in the modern Passover Seder service, this most obvious sign of Jesus’ coming is hardly touched upon by Jewish people celebrating the Seder.

This is tragic, especially in light of the fact that Yeshua is not merely the lamb of Passover, but he is the Lamb who brings redemption once and for all to those who put their faith in Him.  He is a Lamb for all seasons.

It is time that the Jewish people reclaim a right understanding of this special Lamb of God – Yeshua.  This is especially true at this time of the year, as Passover approaches.  If you want to understand the truth about Yeshua and to know the joy of eternal life in Him, then please contact us.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, a Jewish believer and the General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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What’s in Another Name?

December 29th, 2011

Check out the prequel article, “What’s in a Name?” 

But as he [Joseph] considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus [Yeshua or Yehoshuah in Hebrew], for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:20-21

Most people who are at all familiar with the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) know the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho falling down (Joshua 6).  I wonder, however, how many of those people know that Joshua was not his real name.

In the book of Numbers we are introduced to him as Hoshea.  In Numbers 13:6 we are informed that Moses changed his name from Hoshea to Yehoshua (Joshua).

Now, Hoshea means “salvation.”  And Yehoshua basically means “God is salvation.”  Moses wanted the people of Israel to know that it was God who redeemed them from slavery and brought them to the Promised Land – not men.

It is this name that the angel Gabriel commands Joseph, the husband of Miriam (Mary), to name the one who would be Messiah: Yeshua (an alternative form of Yehoshua).  This baby boy would be “God Saves!”

This is the one who would also be called Immanuel, meaning “God with Us” (Matthew 1:23, citing Isaiah 7:14).  ‘God as our salvation’ is spoken of throughout the Tanakh (Genesis 49:18; 1 Samuel 2:1; Job 22:29; Psalm 35:3, to name but a few examples).

This is the one who Isaiah promised would come out of Galilee; a child born to be God and King, and who would be a light to his people Israel (Isaiah 9:1-7).  God also promised him to be a light to the nations (Isaiah 49:5-6); a Messiah not just to the Jews but to the Gentiles also.

Yeshua (Jesus) is that Messiah.  He fulfilled the promises of Scripture that
promised a righteous servant who would suffer for the sins of his people
(Isaiah 53:5), be cut off from the land of the living (Isaiah 53:8), and then
be resurrected again (Isaiah 53:10).

Yeshua is indeed “God with Us” and “God Saves,” is he not?  He is God come in the flesh to graciously deal with the sin debt which every one of us owes (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:6) – a debt that means eternal separation from God (Isaiah 59:2).  But he died on our behalf so that we can have forgiveness of sin and eternal life with Him.

Why not put your faith in Him so that you can access that free gift of salvation for yourself.  Contact us, and let us help you on the path to the freedom that can only come by knowing God’s salvation: Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ).

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Some Words and Thoughts

December 27th, 2011

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
(1 Peter 1:13-19)

A young Orthodox Jew once told me that in Judaism, doing mitzvoth (commandments) is more important than faith.  The truth of this is certainly borne out in the way many Jewish people practice their Judaism.

Biblically, however, this is not the case.  Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David – all these men transgressed against God more than once.  What made them God’s men was their faith, not their actions.  “And he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)”

In the passage above, Peter was talking to Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) and reminding them of this point.  The reason was that there were those who would steal away this truth to turn them back to a rabbinic way that neither saved nor lead to holiness.  These Jews wanted to return those saved by grace to the “futile ways inherited from [their] forefathers.”

There are those who continue to do the same.  Don’t let them.  Come and be one of the faithful, ransomed by the ultimate sacrifice whose blood covers all sins: Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).

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Setting the Standard

December 15th, 2011

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:19

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Proverbs 14:12; 16:25

“Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon,’ for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city become a desolation?”
Jeremiah 27:16-17

God’s Standard Ignored

In the last passage, Jeremiah is warning the people of Jerusalem to surrender to the Babylonians. They refused, thinking that God would never allow Jerusalem and the Temple to fall into the hands of the Gentiles.  They had plenty of men who called themselves prophets, telling them so.

But God warned them, through Jeremiah and other true prophets, that this would not be. God had set them a standard of behaviour and they had disobeyed.  Now God was fulfilling his promise to spew out the Israelites from the Land.

The Lord sets the standard and he ensures the consequences when we do not live up to His standard.

God’s Standard for Atonement

Today, however, many people who can’t even live up to their own standards refuse to consider the standard of God.  Is it any wonder then that the world has so many problems?

The biggest issue is: what is God’s standard for eternal life with Him?  How do we meet this standard?

It was first expressed by God in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Scriptures).  Speaking of the sacrifices at the Temple God says,

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.”
Leviticus 17:11

God commanded the shedding of blood in order for sins to be covered.  That is why, when the repentant Israelite brought his sacrifice to the Temple, he laid his hands upon the animal before slaughtering it (e.g. Leviticus 4:29); as much as if to say, “may my sins be laid upon this animal.”

So God introduced the principle of substitutionary sacrifice.  This is part of his standard of behaviour for attaining eternal life. There is no way of getting around it – God makes it very clear throughout the Scriptures.  (For more, click here.)

Eternal Life: God’s Promised Standard

God says more in the Tanakh.  Isaiah speaks of a righteous servant who would be, “wounded for our transgressions,” and, “crushed for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5)” Isaiah goes on to say,

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth … he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people …it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of  the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
Isaiah 53:7,8, 10 (italics mine).

God, through the prophet Jeremiah, spoke of a day when,

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Eternal Life: The Promise Kept

Yeshua (Jesus) laid down his life so that we have forgiveness of our sins – our transgressions against God.  Thus, Yeshua is the standard by which we have eternal life with the Lord our God.  He is the fulfillment of Isaiah 53, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and many other prophetic Scripture concerning our Messiah (Saviour).

  • Yeshua himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)”
  • Yeshua’s disciple, Peter, speaking of Yeshua said, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)”
  • His disciple Paul wrote, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe  in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)”

They said these things because they recognized what the Tanakh had predicted: that Yeshua was the atoning substitutionary sacrifice that God promised and that would allow our sins to be forgiven.

By what standard are you living?  Upon what standard are you basing your life?  Why not check out God’s standard.  Contact us and let us show you why we firmly believe that Yeshua is the way to eternal life with God.  You have little to lose and much to gain by doing so.

Contributed by Daniel Muller, General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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What is a Christian, anyway?

December 2nd, 2011

Before I came to believe in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), I would have told you what I thought a Christian was.  I would have told you, but I’d be wrong.

Most Jewish people don’t really understand what it means to be a Christian.  For that matter, most of the world and many who would call themselves Christians do not understand what it means either.

Perhaps it’s good to start, by saying what does not make one a Christian.

  • Going to church does not make one a Christian, although a Christian goes to church.
  • Being baptized does not make you a Christian, although if you are a Christian, you will want to get baptized.
  • One is not a Christian because one complies to certain rules or because of good deeds or because one gives to their church, although these things Christians will do.
  • Sacraments do not make one a Christian, although Christians may take part in sacriments.
  • What is more surprising is that one is not a Christian simply because they believe that Yeshua (Jesus) died on a cross for our sins, was buried and then rose again on the third day, although all Christians believe this.

No.  What makes one a Christian are these:

  • You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5; cf. Mark 12:30).
  • You must recognize that, despite your best deeds, you fall short of the glory of God by sin, which separate you from Him (Isaiah 53:6; 64:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23).
  • You must repent of your past rebelliousness against God, and must turn towards Him (Psalm 7:12; Ezekiel 18:27; Luke 13:3).
  • You then must accept Messiah’s (Christ’s) sacrifice on the cross as a free gift from God (Isaiah 46:13; 49:6-8; 53:10-11; John 3:16), recognizng that his blood covers your sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:13-14), so that you are made righteous before God through His righteousness (Isaiah 53:11; Philippians 3:9).
  • Finally, you must make God the center of your life (Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 6:5; Isaiah 45:21; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 1:25); Yeshua as both Saviour and Lord (Deuteronomy 18:18; Acts 13:23; Romans 10:8-13; Jude 1:25).

That is a Christian.  That is one brings one into the Kingdom of God.  That is what brings eternal life.

Do not be fooled by those who say they are Christians, but have no regard for God and for His righteousness.  They are not what they claim to be (Matthew 7:21-23).

All Jews and all Gentiles need to become Christians, if they want to be true followers of God.  They must recognize and follow their Messiah, Yeshua, Son of God and Son of Man.  After all, Christian simply means “follower of Messiah.”

So what is a Christian?  One who follows, in faith, the Messiah of Israel – Yeshua – whether Jewish or Gentile.

Want to know more?  Contact us!

Contributed by Daniel Muller, General Director of New Covenant Forum.

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Some Words and Thoughts

November 19th, 2011

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.  Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh– ”
Jeremiah 9:23-26

God is looking for those who will be in right relationship with him.  He is not looking for a circumcision of the flesh, but a circumcision of the heart (Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6; Jeremiah 4:4; Romans 2:29).

All our mitzvoth – all our good deeds and obedience – mean nothing if our heart is not right with God.  That right relationship comes when we accept the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) on our behalf.

Only when we have Yeshua as Saviour do we have a heart that is circumcised. Only then do we appear righteous before God.  Only then to we have the olam habah (eternal life).  Only then can we enter into the Kingdom of God.

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