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The message of “One New Man”

The concept of The One New Man, often associated with the "Back to our Roots" movement, is a profound message that seeks to bridge the historical and theological divide between Jewish and Christian traditions. Unfortunately, this message is frequently misunderstood, leading to misconceptions and unfounded fears. Some critics argue that this movement aims to "put people under the law" or "return them to Judaism." However, these concerns stem from a lack of accurate information and a misunderstanding of the movement's true intent.

The One New Man message is not about imposing a rigid set of rules or reverting to a purely Judaic form of worship. Instead, it is a call to explore and embrace the rich heritage of the Christian faith, which is deeply rooted in Jewish history and traditions. This exploration is not a regression but an expansion of understanding, offering a more comprehensive view of the Christian faith.

Understanding our origins is crucial for comprehending our current direction and future path. This principle is central to the "Back to our Roots" movement. The early Christian church, as evidenced in the New Testament, was intrinsically linked to Judaism. However, historical events, such as the Councils of Elvira and Nicaea in the fourth century, marked a deliberate separation of the Church from its Jewish roots. These councils, among other things, sought to distance Christianity from its Jewish origins, even attempting to erase the connection between a Jewish Jesus and the Christian faith. As a result, many outward signs of this Jewish heritage, such as the tallit, the kippot (yarmulke), and the candles of remembrance and observance, gradually disappeared from Christian practice.

This separation was not reflective of God's ultimate plan for His people. It led to a disconnection from the rich blessings inherent in our shared heritage with Judaism. Recognizing that this separation was never God's intention empowers believers to embrace their identity more fully, fostering a deeper understanding of God and, consequently, a deeper understanding of themselves.

The message of The One New Man emphasizes that the New Covenant does not abolish the Old Covenant but rather brings it to completion. This understanding is crucial for believers to walk in the fullness of their faith. As the Apostle Paul states in Romans 11:12, the inclusion of the Gentiles into the faith (seen as "riches for the world") does not diminish the importance of the Jewish people. Instead, it enhances the richness and depth of the faith for all.

The One New Man message is one of unity and fullness, bridging the gap between Jews and Gentiles. It is about understanding and valuing our shared heritage and recognizing how it informs our present and shapes our future. This message is not just about looking back but about bringing the light of the past into the present, thereby illuminating our path forward. It is about empowering believers with the knowledge and understanding of their faith's roots, enabling them to activate the full revelation of their covenant relationship with God.

In essence, the message of The One New Man is a call to rediscover and reclaim the rich, intertwined heritage of Judaism and Christianity. It's a journey that brings clarity to our identity as believers, enhances our spiritual understanding, and guides us toward a more profound and fulfilling walk of faith. By embracing this message, we can truly appreciate where we have come from, which in turn illuminates where we are going, bringing the past's wisdom into our present journey and future destiny.

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Messianic Christianity

Messianic Christianity represents a significant and growing movement within both the Jewish and Gentile communities, characterized by a unique fusion of Christian and Jewish beliefs and practices. This movement is marked by a harmonious blending of traditions, where Jewish and Gentile worshippers maintain their distinct identities while coming together in a unified congregation. This fusion reflects a deeper understanding and appreciation of the roots of the Christian faith, as well as a respect for the rich heritage of Jewish worship and customs.

torah 2022 08 01 05 13 01 utcAt the core of Messianic Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Messiah, a belief that shapes its theological and eschatological perspectives. Messianic Jews, along with their Gentile counterparts in the movement, hold specific beliefs concerning pivotal events in Christian eschatology, such as the End of Days, the Second Coming of Jesus as the conquering Messiah, the re-gathering of Israel, the rebuilding of a Third Temple in Jerusalem, and the resurrection of the dead. These beliefs are deeply intertwined with traditional Jewish thought and prophecy, providing a unique lens through which both the Old and New Testaments are interpreted.

A key aspect of Messianic Christianity is the interpretation of Jewish holidays and the Torah in the context of Jesus as the Messiah. Many adherents believe that the Jewish festivals, as outlined in the Torah, are prophetic in nature and point towards the Messiah. This perspective holds that festivals such as Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) were fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus, while Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) will find their fulfillment in his second coming. This interpretation offers a rich, prophetic dimension to these festivals, deepening the spiritual significance and understanding for believers.

The observance of the Sabbath and Biblical holidays is another distinctive feature of Messianic Christianity. While traditional Christianity typically does not observe these holidays in the way Judaism does, within Messianic Christianity, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of these observances. This perspective respects the individual's calling to adhere to Sabbath observance and the celebration of Biblical holidays. It is believed that these practices not only honor the historical and cultural roots of the faith but also provide a deeper, more meaningful engagement with the scriptural narrative.

As a proponent of this movement, I believe it is crucial for Christians who feel called to observe the Sabbath and Biblical holidays to have the freedom to do so. This freedom allows for a more authentic and personal expression of faith, one that respects and honors the rich heritage from which Christianity emerged. It encourages believers to explore and embrace the Jewish roots of their faith, enriching their spiritual journey and deepening their understanding of the scriptures.

In summary, Messianic Christianity is a dynamic and evolving expression of faith that bridges Jewish and Christian traditions, offering a unique and enriching perspective on the Christian faith. It emphasizes the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy through Jesus, the importance of understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity, and the freedom for individual believers to embrace these roots in their personal spiritual practices.

 

 

 

 

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The Messianic Movement and Back to Our Roots

Integrating the Messianic Jewish movement and the "Back to our Roots" ethos into the framework of Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International (EWCMI) presents a harmonious and enriching blend of spiritual practices and beliefs.

EWCMI, under the leadership, of Pastor Chris, is dedicated to exploring and understanding the origins and roots of the Christian/Messianic faith. This exploration aligns seamlessly with the principles and practices of the Messianic Jewish movement.

EWCMI's commitment to spreading the Gospel and providing a deeper understanding of the origins of Christianity finds a strong parallel in the Messianic Jewish movement. This movement emphasizes the Jewish context of Jesus' teachings, which is crucial for comprehending the full depth and breadth of the Christian faith. By acknowledging and embracing the Jewish roots of Christianity, EWCMI can offer a more comprehensive and historically grounded perspective to its congregation and followers.

messianicThe Messianic Jewish movement's approach to worship and scripture, which includes the use of Hebrew liturgy, the observance of Biblical feasts, and the celebration of the Sabbath on Saturday, can enrich the spiritual practices within EWCMI. These elements can provide a tangible connection to the early Christian church and its Jewish heritage, thereby enhancing the congregation's understanding and appreciation of the faith's historical foundations.

Moreover, the Messianic Jewish movement's stance on maintaining Jewish identity while acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah resonates with EWCMI's vision of fostering a deeper understanding of Christian origins. This stance challenges and expands traditional Christian perspectives, offering a more inclusive and historically informed approach to faith. It allows believers, both Jewish and Gentile, to explore the rich tapestry of Christian history and its Jewish roots, thus fostering a more profound and authentic faith experience.

Incorporating these elements into EWCMI's teachings and practices can significantly contribute to achieving your goals, Dr. Christiaan J. de Ruiter, of enriching the spiritual lives of your congregation. It provides a unique opportunity to explore the interconnectedness of Judaism and Christianity, thereby offering a richer, more nuanced understanding of the Christian faith and its Jewish origins.

By embracing the principles of the Messianic Jewish movement and the "Back to our Roots" philosophy, EWCMI stands at the forefront of a deeper, more historically grounded exploration of Christian faith, offering valuable insights and spiritual enrichment to its community.

 

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Supersessionism, A Complex Theological Stance

Historical Background

Historically, Christianity has embraced the doctrine of supersessionism, often referred to as replacement theology.

This perspective implies or explicitly asserts that Christianity has replaced Judaism, effectively claiming that the Mosaic Covenant of the Hebrew Bible has been replaced by the New Covenant in Jesus Christ.

This New Covenant centers around salvation through God's grace, rather than strict obedience to the Torah.

A common thought to this belief is the idea that God's status of "chosen people" has transitioned from the Jewish community to the Christian Church.

Personal Reflections and Scriptural Insight

It is important to note that I DO NOT align with this belief. Even though Israel has rejected Jesus, it has not relinquished its status as God's chosen people. God, in His sovereign nature, does not waver or contradict Himself.

This conviction resonates with Jesus' statements as recorded in the Gospels and Paul's writings.

Matthew 5:17 (AMP) states:

"Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them."

Additionally, Romans 11:29 (AMP) affirms:

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]"

The Mosaic Covenant, Continuity and Transformation

The heart of supersessionism, wherein the Mosaic Covenant is purportedly annulled, finds varied agreement. Though adherence to God's Commandments may differ among believers, many of the laws of God are still observed, including observance of the Shabbat, some of the kashrut (dietary laws), and observance of other Holy days.

Jesus,  The Fulfillment of the Law

Jesus Christ has inaugurated a way to approach God through grace, a path available to both Jew and Gentile. The Law, as referred to in traditional Judaism, does not offer a direct route to Heaven, especially considering the complexities and challenges of maintaining perfect obedience in our contemporary world. This leads to the profound words of Jesus, where He declared:

John 14:6 AMP

"Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me."

Conclusion

Supersessionism, while historically influential within Christianity, is a complex and nuanced issue. Emphasizing a personal connection with the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can appreciate the ongoing significance of the Jewish tradition while recognizing that salvation is extended to all through Christ's grace.

This stance fosters a deeper understanding of the spiritual connection between Christianity and Judaism and a recognition of the timeless nature of God's promises and covenants.

It opens a dialogue between faith traditions and acknowledges the inherent value and continuity of God's revelation across time.

 

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Charisma

The Charismatic Christian Beliefs that the gifts (Greek charismata χάρισμα, from charis χάρις, grace) of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament are available through the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, with-or-without the laying on of hands.
These spiritual gifts are manifested in the form of signs, miracles, and wonders, including, but not limited to, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, and discernment of spirits.
While Pentecostals and charismatics share these beliefs, there are differences.

Many in the charismatic movement deliberately distanced themselves from Pentecostalism for cultural and theological reasons.
Foremost among theological reasons is the tendency of many Pentecostals to insist that speaking in tongues is always the initial physical sign of receiving Spirit baptism.
Although specific teachings will vary from group to group, charismatics generally believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit occurs at the new birth and prefer to call subsequent encounters with the Holy Spirit by other names, such as "being filled".
In contrast to Pentecostals, charismatics tend to accept one or all of the supernatural experiences (such as prophecy, miracles, healing, or "physical manifestations and the likes") as evidence of having been baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit.
Pentecostals are also distinguished from the charismatic movement on the basis of style.
Also, Pentecostals have traditionally placed a high value on evangelization and missionary work.
Charismatics, on the other hand, have tended to see their movement as a force for revitalization, renewal and spiritual growth within their own church traditions.

Wikipedia charismatic beliefs
with personal additions.


With the neo-Charismatic movement I hold the view that one receives the Holy Spirit at the moment that a person is newly born in Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit in itself, or with other words the outpouring of the grace gifts of ones live will or will not follow directly upon this conversion.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (AMP) “Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.”

Spiritual gifts are not the same as the gift of the Spirit. The gift of the Spirit has been bestowed on all believers, and every member of the body should appropriate this gift. The gifts of the Spirit, on the other hand, are distributed as he decides to each person, also there is to note that these Gifts do not necessarily involve the gift of glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues), The Spirit of God gives freely to each need, ability and understanding.
1 Corinthians 12:10-11 (AMP) “To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues.
11 All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.”


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