February 14, 2017

Emunah

What We Believe

Holy Scripture

That the (Holy Scriptures) BIBLE consists of the Tanakh (Old Covenant) and the later writings commonly known as the B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant/Apostolic Writings), is the only infallible and authoritative word of G-d. We recognize its divine inspiration, and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of emunah (faith) and halakha (practice). (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalm 119:89, 105; Isaiah 48:12-16; Romans 8:14-17; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17).

HaShem

We believe that the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4) is the watchword of our faith, instructing that G-d is Echad, as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness [Genesis 1:1 (Elohim: G-d); Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our image”; Genesis 2:24 Adam & Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad)], that He is a personal G-d who created us (Genesis 1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three persons: Father, Son, and the Ruach haKodesh, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah, the Son) and Matthew 28:18-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, Yeshua the Son, and Ruach haKodesh).

God the Father

We believe in HaShem as Our Heavenly Father. The Holy Scriptures verifies this in: John 6:27b; I Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 1:1; Revelation 3:5, 21; Jeremiah 3:4, 19; 31:9; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 6:9, 32; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; Romans 8:14-15. As Messianic believers in Yeshua, we acknowledge that the proper reference to G-d is HaShem or Adonai; and the Divine Name is never to be pronounced.

Yeshua the Son

We believe in perfect faith, of the coming of the Messiah (Maimonides). The Son is called Yeshua, whose name means salvation. Yeshua, the Son of G-d came to this world born of a virgin, for the redemption of all humankind (Isaiah 7:14 (cf. Luke 1:30-35)).
Yeshua, the Son is G-d is divine (being co-equal and co-eternal with the Father), and is worshiped as G-d, and has existed eternally (Psalm 110:1 (cf. Hebrews 1:13); Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-19; Revelation 3:21 (Hebrews 1 – worshiped by angels); Revelations 4:8, 5:5-14).
Yeshua is the promised Mashiach (Messiah) of Israel (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1; Daniel 9 (especially verses 20-26); Isaiah 53; John 1:17, 40-41, 45, 49; Mark 8:29). He is the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16). He is our Passover, the Lamb of God (I Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5; John 1:29).

The Ruach haKodesh

As mentioned of the Ruach is introduced in Genesis 1:2b stating, “And the Spirit of G-d was hovering over the face of the waters.” In the Tanakh, the Spirit of G-d came upon individuals during the times of our forefathers, like Moses, David (see II Samuel 23:1-3), and the Prophets, for the specific purposes.
In the New Covenant, the Messiah Yeshua, promised His disciples that “the Comforter” would come to them after He was gone, described as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 26), who was with them and would be in them. Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth, would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him – the Messiah – not Himself (John 16:13-15). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of G-d seals us (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30 (see CJB). If we have not the Spirit, we are not His (Romans 8:9). He leads us and teaches us (Romans 8:14-17). His indwelling enables us to live a godly life. Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, be immersed, and receive the Ruach haKodesh.”

Humanity and Sin

Men and women are equally created in the image of G-d (Genesis 1:26-27), however because of disobedience, humankind fell from the first state and became separated from G-d (Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all humans are born with a sinful nature (Psalm 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12).
Our only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-26; I Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 28; John 1:12, 3:36), resulting in regeneration by the Ruach haKodesh (Titus 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of G-d (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Resurrection and Judgement

We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from G-d, a state of everlasting punishment (Job 14:14; 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:36; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 10-15; 21:7-8).

The Mashiach

Yeshua is the Messiah and is both the Anointed One and our Redeemer: The Scriptures promised two “comings” of the Messiah, as confirmed by our Sages as Mashiach ben Yosef (the Suffering Servant) and Mashiach ben David (the Coming, Conquering King).

His First Coming: Promised in Daniel 9:24-26. The initial coming’s purpose was to make atonement (covering) for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17)—as the Suffering Messiah. The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isaiah 59:20-21; Zechariah 14:4).

His Second Coming: The Messiah Yeshua will return to the earth as King (Revelation 19:11-16). Upon His return, a many wonderful thing will happen: He will bring with Him an army of the Heavenly hosts, and those who went on before us (Revelation 19:14) and those who are still on earth will meet in the air to receive the believers to Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; I Corinthians 15:51-57).