The following is summary of important beliefs (tenets of faith) in our Messianic Jewish perspective.
Holy Scriptures (Kitvei ha Kodesh)
“Holy Scriptures” refers to the Christian Bible (Biblion), which consists of two complementary Covenants (Testaments) and is an Elohim (God)-inspired infallible spiritual guide (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16-17), applicable to all areas of life. The Bible is both a divine and human book. The Bible was written and preserved by diverse devout human writers and agents in their historical and cultural contexts (cf. Deut. 31:9; 2 Pet. 1:21), and is enlightened for believers’ understanding by the Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) (cf. John 16:13). Verbal plenary inerrancy was a feature limited to the original writings (autographs), but the Bible’s divine infallibility persists. Different Bible versions and translations have different intents and purposes. While Bible versions vary in quality, there is no one exclusive version that Elohim (God) approves. The Bible as a book should be properly respected, not worshipped.
Nature of God (Elohim) and Yeshua (Jesus)
1. There is always and ever only one true Elohim (God) (cf. Deut. 6:4); He is Creator of all things (cf. Rev. 4:11). The one true Elohim (God) is revealed throughout the entire Bible. The one true Elohim (God) is the only path of spiritual salvation and eternal life (cf. John 17:3). The one true Elohim (God) is in nature and essence – infinite, spiritual, personal, rational, relational, intimate, creative, redemptive, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, all-wise, mysterious, free, and balanced. Elohim (God) therefore expresses Himself as a person does, by: being, thinking, feeling, communicating, acting, and relating as He desires (cf. Hos. 2:14). Biblically, varied descriptions are legitimately used to illustrate Elohim’s (God’s) person and nature. In the Brit Khadashah (New Testament), partly due to the limits of human language and perception, the nature of Elohim (God) is illustrated as three divine aspects – Father, Son/Word, Holy Spirit – which act simultaneously in proper unity (cf. 1 Pet. 1:2) in one infinite God-Person.
2. Yeshua (Jesus) is essential as a divine aspect and human expression of the one true Elohim (God) (cf. John 1:1, 14). Yeshua (Jesus) is the divine Son/Word expression of Elohim (God). As a genuine expression of Elohim (God), Yeshua (Jesus) is fully Elohim (God) but not all of Elohim (God) (cf. Col. 1:15; 2:9). As a genuine expression of Elohim’s (God’s) person, word, truth, and purposes, Yeshua (Jesus) had to be both human and divine in nature (cf. Isa. 9:6). For mankind and Earth, Yeshua (Jesus) has been appointed as the predicted ultimate Messiah (cf. Luke 1:32-33). Yeshua (Jesus) was a real historical human person, with a real miraculous virgin conception and birth, real crucifixion death, and real bodily resurrection from the grave (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3-8). Yeshua (Jesus) is now exalted to Elohim’s (God’s) side and will have fulfillment of His Messianic kingship (cf. Dan. 7:13-14).
3. Similar to the divine Son/Word of Elohim (God), the Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is truly Elohim (God), but not all of Elohim (God). The Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is infinite power and presence of Elohim (God) in varied applications toward all of Elohim’s (God’s) creation (cf. Gen. 1:2; John 16:8). The Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) works variously to implement the believer’s intimate relationship with Elohim (God) (cf. Rom. 8:26; Gal. 5:22-23). The Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) represents and fulfills the diverse emotional expression of Elohim’s (God’s) communicative relational nature (cf. Eph. 4:30).
Mankind and Salvation
1. Mankind is a marvelous creature made by Elohim (God) (cf. Gen. 1:26-27). Mankind now possesses a sinful nature in earthly lifetime, and is ultimately accountable to Elohim (God) for an eternal destiny (cf. Rom. 3:23; Heb. 9:27). Through Meshiakh Yeshua (Christ Jesus) and Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit), man may live sanctified and in good intimate spiritual relationship with Elohim (God) (cf. Eph. 1:3-14).
2. Human forgiveness of sins, spiritual salvation (redemption), and eternal life are the result of man’s sincere faith in the one true Elohim’s (God’s) revealed gospel message (cf. John 1:12; 3:3, 16). Elohim’s (God’s) salvation for man was portrayed and accomplished by Yeshua ha Meshiakh (Jesus the Christ), and sealed by the Ruakh Kodesh (Holy Spirit) (cf. Rom. 8:1-5), but man’s salvation experience is not without conditions (cf. Rom. 10:9-10). Elohim’s (God’s) salvation-relationship must be proven by the mortal believer’s sincere faith, good works, good character, and testimony (cf. Mic. 6:8; Phil. 2:12, 15; Jam. 2:26).
3. The Jews are Elohim’s (God’s) specially chosen people among mankind for His purposes (Exod. 19:5-6). All genuine believers in Yeshua ha Meshiakh (Jesus the Christ), regardless of heredity, are made spiritual Jews and incorporated into a true spiritual Israel (cf. Rom. 11:16-29; Eph. 2:10-22; Rev. 21:10-14, 27). As spiritual Jews, Christian believers can be called ‘Messianic Jews’ and possess useful and appropriately edifying divine instruction in both Tanakh and Brit Khadashah (Old and New Testaments) of the Bible (cf. 1 Cor. 10:11).
1. Glorifying Elohim (God) (i.e. drawing positive attention to Him) is mankind’s highest divinely created purpose in life (cf. Isa. 43:7). Everything the genuine believer does in life can reflect Elohim’s (God’s) goodness or may give positive attention to Him (cf. John 15:8; 1 Cor. 10:31). Accompanying this purpose is the Bible’s overall perspective of the believer living a balanced life, avoiding behavioral extremes (cf. Eccl. 7:16-18).
2. Genuine and devout personal spiritual intimate relationship with Elohim (God) is the truly satisfying spiritual life (cf. Ps. 23; John 15:1-11; Col. 1:27-28). Such relationship must be trusted, sought, and maintained by the believer (cf. Ps. 15).
3. Since genuine Christian believers are spiritual Jews, they should have love and appreciation and prayer for Israel and the Jewish people today (cf. Ps. 122:6; Rom. 10:1). Being Jewish possesses a share in a certain Biblical and divine blessing (cf. John 4:22), and adds some light of understanding upon the message of the Bible; but love/appreciation for Israel, Jews, and things Jewish is not a good luck charm (cf. Zech. 7:2-10).
4. Believers’ faith and lives should be pleasing, first of all toward Elohim (God), and secondly toward mankind as best as possible (cf. Mark 12:29-33). The genuine believer is not made perfect in earthly lifetime, but may live with victory through the Ruakh Elohim (Spirit of God) (cf. Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Pet. 1:3-9).
Kingdom of Elohim (God) and Church
1. Elohim’s (God’s) creation with kingdom consists of natural and supernatural domains (cf. Gen. 1:1). Elohim’s (God’s) kingdom and gospel message offer true and lasting life, which must be promoted to mankind by Meshiakh’s (Christ’s) believers (cf. Ps. 67; Matt. 28:19-20).
2. Each genuine believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and truthful church/synagogue has its own personality, spiritual gifts, strengths, weaknesses, and style (cf. Rom. 12:3-8). There can be friendship, fellowship, and shared-efforts among different genuine believers and truthful churches (cf. John 17:20-23). No local church/synagogue or denomination can rightfully say that it is the only true church; nor is spiritual salvation/eternal life obtained by a church membership (cf. Jer. 7:4).
3. The successful local church/synagogue is at the same time a spiritual and physical ministry (cf. Acts 2:42, 46-47), a business, and an organization of teamwork (cf. 1 Cor. 12). The truthful local church/synagogue is owned and commissioned by Elohim and Meshiakh (God and Christ), and operated for Him by His trustworthy believers (cf. 1 Tim. 3:1-15).