This is what I saw said;
The promise given to Abraham comes through Israel, so when the promise is offered to the nations, the Torah observant Gentiles think they have to go through Israel to get the promise. Or that the promise leads them to be’come’ part of Israel. The promise being Messiah, and since he came through Israel, and calls all to Him, the nations are to come, and become part of Israel. To enter into the covenant made through Yeshua, who is drawing all to come to and become children of …Israel.
Let me try and reinforce this.
Gentiles are offered membership in the New Covenant with God only through Israel, having been grafted in to her by faith in Messiah.
God made covenants with no other nations other than Israel, so if Gentiles want to be included in the New Covenant they must be part of Israel.
Grafted in through Israel…….
A twist come when they embrace Judaism, calling all who deny thier version of Torah Observance anti-semitic and rejecting ‘the Jews’, all the while doing that very thing themselves. It’s a form or reverse replacement theology that I find hard to grasp. It’s like a woman acting like a man, who is acting like a woman…. And I can’t help but notice a Jezebel spirit within the movement.
The ONLY way to God is THROUGH Israel.
Messiah was sent to draw all to God through the Torah given to Israel at Horeb.
All nations will flow to Israel to recieve the living Torah.
Living Torah = Messiah Yeshua who causes all to follow the commandments of God given at Horeb, through the Spirit.
Now all nations (Gentiles) are called to worship in Spirit and Truth, by following the commands of God as given Moses and reinforced and renewed through Yeshua Messiah.
So before I get off track, let me refocus; The promises given to Abraham come through Israel. Because the covenants of God are made only with Israel, and Gentiles are called to be included in this covenant as one of Israel.
What is the promise made to Abraham? Well, there are many.
Stephen spoke of one right before he was murdered.
Acts 7:17 “As the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise God had made to Avraham, the number of our people in Egypt increased greatly,
He was refering to the promise God made to Abraham that even though his children would go down to Egypt God would return them to the land he had promised. A two fold promise. One that promises Abraham the land of Israel forever-even though he will live as a stranger in that land his entire life, and another that promises Abraham’s children to return out of Egypt to the land.
Acts 7:5 He gave him no inheritance in it, not even space for one foot; yet he promised to give it to him as a possession and to his descendants after him, even though at the time he was childless. 6 What God said to him was, ‘Your descendants will be aliens in a foreign land, where they will be in slavery and oppressed for four hundred years. 7 But I will judge the nation that enslaves them,’ God said, ‘and afterwards they will leave and worship me in this place.’
God fulfills his promises no? Yet, this is not the promise we are focusing on. This only serves as a reminder that God is faithful to his word. His promises are many, and his patience is long. Stephen laid out the history and glory of Israel’s relationship with God throughout the ages. He was reminding them of the pivotal promise made to Abraham in regards to being redeemed out of Egypt. Every Jew has this engraned into them. (never forget!!!) But what the crowd was not anticipating was the underlying reason Stephen was reminding them of this ‘promise’. Because he was about to trump them with THE promise made through Abraham, that of Messiah. The one Moses pointed to.
Acts 7:48 But Ha’Elyon does not live in places made by hand! As the prophet says, 49 ‘Heaven is my throne,’ says ADONAI, ‘and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for me? What kind of place could you devise for my rest? 50 Didn’t I myself make all these things?’
After eloquently laying out the glory of Israel he levels them with this. Indicating that all of Moses’s glory was but a shadow. God does not live in places made by mens hands!! (but Stephen, you just laid out the glory and majesty of the Tent of Moses!!!) Stephen has pulled the rug out from them and placed infront of them the statements about ANOTHER promise made to Abraham, that regarding Messiah Yeshua. Who IS the temple of God made flesh, who sits on the throne of God and is making the earth his footstool. What kind of house could we build….for God? What place could man create that God could rest? Does not God do this himself?!
And did he not do this by the way of Yeshua Messiah?
53 you! – who receive the Torah as having been delivered by angels – but do not keep it!” 54 On hearing these things, they were cut to their hearts and ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Ruach HaKodesh, looked up to heaven and saw God’s Sh’khinah, with Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look!” he exclaimed, “I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
Paul, was finally brought up infront of the King of Israel because of the Temple fiasco in Jerusalem. He explains that he was brought to trial because of the hope he had in the promise of God made to ‘our fathers’.
Acts 26:6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
22To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”
Again about what Moses and the prophets said, just like Stephen. And what is the promise? Messiah, and resurrection from the dead. Messiah and eternal life. To all who believe. Jew and Gentile alike. This is the promise, that has nothing to do with the law. Though the law speaks of it, it is NOT it. Yet, I tip my hand. Let’s continue more.
Romans 4 – 1-12 & 13-25
The first half of this chapter deals with the subject of Abraham being accounted righteous BEFORE he did any act of law. He was found righteous because he believed, and since he believed he followed the commands then given to him by God. His status with God had nothing to do with his actions, but with is belief. His belief caused his actions. And he was justified BEFORE he was given the commands. This was to show that God’s promise of eternal life is offered through faith, not works. Having nothing to do with following the commands, but everything to do with believing the words and promises of God. Works may prove your faith, but the fact is your faith is NOT rewarded on the basis of any works.
Since the latter half of this chapter deals specifically with this topic I will post it all.
13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring–not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”–in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
The Gentiles are God’s offspring through Abraham and the promise made through him about Messiah. The promise to Abraham does NOT come through the law, has nothing to do with the law, but rests on grace through faith. When we, Jews or/and Gentiles place faith in the promise of Messiah made through Abraham by God we also are counted as righteous in God’s sight!!! Messiah is the promise, who brings eternal life to all who believe. Having nothing to do with the law, or becoming Israel through following it.
And now the dreaded Galatians 3;
Righteousness comes ONLY through faith having nothing to do with the law.
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ……
11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–
14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Paul then goes into a detailed explaination of the relationship between ‘The Law’ and ‘The Promise’;
15To give a human example, brothers:even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
17 This is what I mean: the law, which came years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. 19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20 Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
The promises were made to Abrham and his offspring, which refers to Messiah. So, the promises were made to Abraham and Messiah.
The inheritance does not come by or through the law, it comes by and through the promise.
The law was later included UNTIL Messiah should come. The law was mediated through angels. The law is not contrary to the promise of God. The law is not contrary to being found righteous ONLY through faith in Messiah. The law is not contrary to remaining righteous ONLY through faith in Messiah.
The promise is given to those who believe in Messiah. Messiah is given to the faithful.
In Messiah all nations are sons of God, through faith.
If we are in Messiah we are children of God. Messiah is the promise, his gift is the Spirit of God that dwells within us, placing us ‘in’ Messiah, at one with God.
Galatians 4 goes into even more detail about the contrast between the law and the promise. But we really need to get to Ephesians 2 & 3.
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Gentiles were never before offered entrance or connection to the God of Israel outside of Israel. God took a Gentile and made him a special creation, unique to the rest of the nations of the world. And now, through Messiah these nations have been ‘brought near’. But how close?
The mystery of the Gospel revealed – 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Members of the same body? Could the TOG’s be right? What does it mean to become ‘members of the same body’?
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
If all were Jews, were would the body be? Are there not many parts to one body? Are not the parts of the body that ‘seem’ to be weaker actually indispensable? And those that we ‘think’ less honorable, should they not be given greater honor? Are there not parts of the body that require more or less modesty? God gave greater honor to the part that lacked!!! Did you catch that? So there may be no division in the body, but that we may all care for each other.
And, is not love a more excellent way than being appointed a high place in the body?
1 john 2
20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he made to us–eternal life.
26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie–just as it has taught you, abide in him.
I know I left out the book of Hebrews, but this has become long enough. I also wanted to point out that I do not think Jews should abandon following the Torah given Moses as our ‘identity markers’. I see the Torah as that which covers the private parts of the body, and Israel is the erogenous zone. I see Gentiles as all the other parts of the body, with Messiah being the head. We Jews need the surrounding Gentiles to allow us to be covered by that which God created for us to be covered with. I believe God has stripped us naked, making us like the rest of the nations, and they are all laughing at us because of our shame. In fact, we started the strip tease act long before God removed our covering. I see Messiah forgiving our sins, and the sins of the other body parts for not recovering us and mocking us for our nakedness. I see him coming back to reclothe his bride, after he forgives her and cleans her up, redressing her when he returns to marry her again. She who has died in sin, yet was reborn to life as a virgin. I see the body of Messiah standing at the right hand of God, forevermore…..
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