Through the exercise of free will, human beings disobeyed God, tarnished the divine image, and abandoned their privileged vocation. As a result, God’s consummating purpose for creation met with initial frustration, and all relationships within creation became subject to violence and disorder.
(Genesis 4:8; 6:5-7; Romans 8:20-22)
In the fullness of time, the Divine Son became a human being—Yeshua the Messiah, born of a Jewish virgin, a true and perfect Israelite, a fitting representative and one-man embodiment of the entire nation. He lived as a holy tzaddik (a righteous person), fulfilling without blemish the mitzvot (commandments from God) of the Torah. He brings to perfection the human expression of the divine image
(Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 1:1-4; 4:15)
Yeshua died as an atonement for the sins of Israel and of the entire world. He was raised bodily from the dead, as the first fruits of the resurrection promised to Israel as its glorification. He ascended to heaven and was there enthroned at God’s right hand as Israel’s Messiah, with authority extending to the ends of creation.
(Isaiah 53:4-6; Psalms 110:1; Matthew 28:18; Mark 14:61-62; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Philippians 2-9-11)
God poured out the Divine Spirit on the community of Yeshua’s followers, so that they might be joined intimately to the Messiah as His Body and become the preliminary representation of the New Covenant fullness promised to Israel. To this early Jewish community God added partners from among the nations, who heard the news of God’s work in Yeshua and responded to the good news with faith.
(Isaiah 66:20-21; Acts 2:1-21; 10:44-48; 15:8-9; Ephesians 1:13; 2:11-22)
Messiah’s community is a single community expressed in diverse forms within the Jewish community and among the nations. All are called to a dedicated life of worship, neighborly service, and public testimony to Yeshua. Unity and love throughout the entire community confirm Yeshua’s role, as the One sent by the Father, and God’s purpose in Messiah for Israel and the Nations.
(John 17:20-21; Acts 21:20; Galatians 2:7-8)
Forgiveness of sins, spiritual renewal, union with Messiah, the empowering and sanctifying presence of the indwelling Ruach Ha Kodesh, and the confident hope of eternal life and a glorious resurrection are now available to all, Jews and Gentiles, who put their faith in Yeshua, the Risen Lord, and in obedience to His word are joined to Him and His Body through immersion and sustained in that union through Messiah’s remembrance meal. Yeshua is the Mediator between God and all creation, and no one can come to the Father except through Him.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 14:6; Romans 6:22, 23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27)
Messiah Yeshua will return to Jerusalem in glory at the end of this age, to rule forever on David’s throne. He will effect the restoration of Israel in fullness, raise the dead, save all who belong to Him, judge the wicked not written in the Book of Life who are separated from His presence, and accomplish the final Tikkun Olam in which Israel and the nations will be united under Messiah’s rule forever. This restoration will bring everlasting joy for those who belong to Him. They will live forever in an order of mutual blessing and fellowship with God, in a cosmos perfected beyond description.
(Isaiah 9:4-5/5-6; Romans 8:18-19; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-4) (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 14:6; Romans 6:22, 23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27)
The writings of Tanakh (Old Covenant) and Brit Hadasha (New Covenant) are divinely inspired and fully trustworthy (true), a gift given by God to His people, provided to impart life and to form, nurture, and guide them in the ways of truth. They are of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
The Jewish tradition serves as the living link that connects us as contemporary Jews to our biblical past and provides resources needed to develop a Messianic Jewish way of life and thought. Furthermore, the Christian theological tradition offers riches of insight into the revelation of the Messiah and His will, and Messianic Jews need to draw upon this wealth.
(2 Thessalonians 2:15, Romans 13:7; Jude 3)