Newsletter  Vol 14, No 2    February 2005

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Messianic Jewish Identification with the Body of Believers
| Dr Daniel Juster, Director |

Nothing is more common among us than the call for Jewish believers to identify with their people and the Jewish State of Israel. This is crucially important. However, it is also very important for Messianic Jews to identify with the larger Body of the Messiah. There are reasons why Messianic Jews struggle over this, but these reasons must not be allowed to prevent this important identification. Why? Because this identification is crucial for the salvation of Israel and the nations.

Why is it a Struggle to so Identify ?

There are many reasons. Here are a few. One is the false teaching about the meaning of One New Man in Ephesians 2. Some teach that this means the distinctive callings of Jews and Gentiles are eliminated in Messiah. Some teach that the One New Man is to look very Jewish; others teach the opposite. Both teach a kind of homogenized One New Man. However, if we believe that God is creating the great personalities and peoples to uniquely enrich the Kingdom of God (as John Dawson in Healing America's Wounds), then homogenization is wrong. The irrevocable call of Israel continues in the New Covenant. Messianic Jews are part of it. As male and female still exist in Messiah and have distinctive callings, so the unity of Jew and Gentile is more parallel to marriage in covenant than to homogenization. Messianic Jews sometimes do not identify with the larger Body of the Messiah because they react against the false one new man teaching. They fail to see the importance of living out the true meaning of One New Man (Humanity).

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