About my Statement of Faith
It is important to establish what we believe and how our Faith provides a victorious approach to life. I have prayerfully recorded my own beliefs, establishing a consistent confession in agreement with the Word of God (Elohim). I declare that faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) uniquely enables Godly, victorious living.
Why I describe myself as a Hebraic Believer in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah)
A Christian believer is a person of any ethnic or cultural origin (Jew or Gentile) who believes that Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is the Son of God, and has submitted their life to His lordship. Yeshua sacrificed himself to redeem mankind from the certain penalty of sin, transgression and iniquity. Those who come to faith in Yeshua are therefore freed from the penalty of sin. I desire to practice the Faith as the earliest believers did. The Scriptures teach that through Yeshua believers are children of Abraham [a Hebrew] by faith. So, in this way, we can be described as Hebraic believers. A better understanding of the Hebraic roots of the Faith will help to clarify Biblical teaching regarding Elohim and His covenants.
1. The Biblical Scriptures, composed of the Torah (Five Books of Moses), Nevi’im (Prophets), Ketuvim (Writings) and the Brit Chadashah (New testament) in their original writings are fully inspired by God (Elohim) and remain the only infallible and authourative Word of God. The Scriptures are our full and final authority concerning all issues of life and godliness.
2. The Torah (5 books of Moses-Pentateuch) is a comprehensive summary of Elohim’s foundational teachings as found in the older Covenant and are being fulfilled under the New Covenant in Yeshua (Jesus).
3. The one true God (Elohim) has revealed Himself in the scriptures according to Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One”. His name is represented by the characters YHWH, whom we can call: Elohim, Adonai, Creator, Savior, Lord, Almighty, Mighty God, Eternity’s Father, Ha SHEM, Echad. Elohim is the creator of all things, infinitely perfect, all knowing, all powerful, ever present, and eternally existent and will become the acknowledged King of all the earth.
4. Elohim (God) is manifested to man in three different ways – as Creator or Father; as Redeemer/Messiah named Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah); and finally as Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) all possessing the same nature of Deity, and sovereignty but with different functions ("Compound Unity"). Elohim is sovereign ruler over all creation, compassionate and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness and truth. He forgives confessed iniquity, transgression and sin, yet he will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
Gal 3:7-14, 2 Pet 1:23; Gal 3:24a, Rom 4:16-17
Reference click Names of God
5. I believe in the Deity of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Messiah), Elohim’s only begotten son, who:
6. The prophetic Scripture record about Yeshua Ha Mashiach’s birth, life, His miracles (past, present and future), His sacrificial death, His bodily resurrection, His appearance thereafter in Jerusalem, His ascension to heaven, His future return to judge the living and the dead and to establish His continuing Kingdom on earth
7. Man is a created being, made by Elohim in the likeness and image of Elohim. Through transgression and the fall of the first man (Adam), sin entered Elohim’s creation. There is now none born righteous, but redemption and salvation from sin, transgression and iniquity is a free gift offered by Elohim, through Yeshua.
8. Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) was manifested as a man to undo the works of Satan. He gave His life and shed His blood as a perfect sacrifice to redeem and restore mankind to the original created image of Elohim. That redemption and salvation is through Yeshua alone
9. The only means of being cleansed from sin is by Elohim’s grace, and by faith in the sacrificial atoning blood of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Salvation cannot be earned by human merit. Salvation is accomplished in our personal lives through faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach’s death and resurrection, which provides atonement for all who commit their lives to Him. Yeshua is the Foundation of the Faith.
10. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as promised by Elohim, and foretold by the prophets, was sent through Yeshua Ha Mashiach by the Father, Elohim. By His present ministry, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) indwells the believer who is thereby enabled to live a Godly life. The Ruach HaKodesh empowers, counsels, teaches, comforts, inspires and guides believers. The Ruach seeks to glorify and testify of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates, seals and sets the believer apart to a holy life. The regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh is absolutely essential to personal salvation.
Ex 19:20; Deut 5; Jer :31-37; Heb 8:10; Matt 5:17-19, Jn 5:46
Zech14:9, Deut 6:4-9, Is 48:16-17, 1John 5:7-13
Gen 1:1-2, 26; John 1:1-3, 14, 18, John 10:30; Ex 34:6-7
Is 9:5-6; Is 7:14-15; Matt 1: 18-25; Gal 4:4, Is 7:14
Jn 1: 4-9
Heb 4: 15, 2Cor 5:21
Rom 3:25, Heb2:17
Jn 1:8, Is 9:6, Jn 14:16
Jn 4:25-26, Lk 23, 1Tim 2:15
Dan 7:9-14; Matt 26:64; Rev 1:1-18, 1 Cor 15:52; Jn 6:29, 40, 44; Jn 5:11-12
11. All believers, though forgiven, still have the capacity to sin. In spite of this fact, Elohim has made provision for believers to live in obedience to Him through faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach and reliance on the Ruach HaKodesh. The foundational principles of the faith are ....see Bible study notes by Derek Prince
12. The Jewish people, according to the flesh (i.e. descendants of Abraham) who place their faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach have not disavowed or separated themselves from their Judiac heritage, but remain children of Israel. Also, Gentiles who place their faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach are born again of the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) and grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. The “wild olive” and the “natural olive” branches are grafted into one "root" which is Yeshua Ha Mashiach, who is also the Head. The Body of Yeshua Ha Mashiach is made up of all who have been redeemed by Him and regenerated by the Ruach Ha Kodesh. This joining of Jew and Gentile in Messiah produces One New Man, and there is One Messiah, One Spirit and One Elohim (God)
13. We should affirm, embrace and practice the foundational Commandments of Elohim and those commandments as clarified through the teachings of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Messiah). I believe that the Ten Commandments and the synopsis defined by Messiah Yeshua are eternally valid. The Ten Commandments were written by the very finger of Elohim and convey the very spirit of the entire Torah.
14. The Mosaic (Sinai) Covenant has been rendered obsolete only in respect of the ceremonial requirements for righteousness and as a method of salvation. Yeshua Messiah is our Passover Lamb and by faith in Him all the requirements of Elohim for salvation and righteousness have been met.
15. The process of sanctification continues after being “born again” as a progressive work of grace by the Ruach Ha Kodesh with the believer's cooperation. This sanctification is manifested as the renewing of the mind through study of the Word of Elohim, and continues until Yeshua's return. Spiritual warfare is a real issue and every believer should become adept at using the full armour of God.
16. True saving faith (faithfulness) will be evidenced by the fruit of the Ruach Ha Kodesh and works of covenant love, justice and mercy
17. Elohim has a continuing commitment (covenant) with the Jewish people, the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who are called Israel.
18. Biblical faith prioritizes the family as the primary institution for spiritual nurture and development in holy living that is pleasing to Elohim
19. The physical return of Messiah Yeshua in power and glory to reign and rule on the earth will take place. Yeshua will judge the living and the dead, resurrect the saved and lost, one to everlasting life and the other to eternal separation from Elohim.
20. Yeshua Ha Mashiach appointed two ordinances; Baptism (Mikvah) in water and Communion (Breaking of Bread), to be observed as acts of obedience and as a perpetual witness to His Lordship. The Baptism of a believer in water, in the name of Yeshua is a confession of the believer’s identification with Yeshua’s burial and resurrection. Also, the Communion in which the bread and wine are given and received, is a remembrance of Yeshua Ha Mashiach’s death, resurrection which inaugurates of the New Covenant .
21. A believer in Yeshua should follow Elohim’s Commandments to keep the Sabbath day holy and observe the appointed times (festivals and feasts) of the Lord. These are rehearsals and prophetic proclamations of Elohim’s eternal covenant and reveal Yeshua.
22 The middle wall of partition which in times past separated Jews and Gentiles has been broken down and eradicated by Yeshua. The New Covenant body of Yeshua is composed of both Jews (Yehudim) and Gentiles (Goyim) who have accepted Yeshua Ha Mashiach as the Promised Messiah/Redeemer and worship together in the house of Elohim.
23. The promises given to Abraham now apply to those who have come to faith in Yeshua Messiah. Consequently, it is evident that that the covenant still operates today and forevermore.
24. The New Covenant provides for “all nations” to be blessed through the seed of Abraham, and that the Torah (law of Elohim) would be written on our hearts. The Torah has not changed, but by being written on our hearts, the accessibility and effect is immediate [Jer 31:31-33]
That the Church operating as the Body of Yeshua is a community where the wounded are healed, there is hope for the oppressed and the captives are released. The new covenant body of the Lord is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Yeshua Ha Mashiach as the promised redeemer and worship together in the House of God [1 Cor 12:13, Heb 10:25, Eph 3:6, 10-12]
25. That Biblical ordinances to be observed today are:
Believer's Baptism (immersion in water)
Instituted by Yeshua: Matthew 28:19-20.
Taught by the apostles: Romans 6:3-4; Acts 19:1-5.
Practiced by the early church: Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-40.
The Lord's Supper (Communion, The Lord's Table, Breaking of bread)
Instituted by Yeshua: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14: 22-25; Luke 22:17-20.
Taught by the apostles: 1 Corinthians 11:23-24.
Practiced by the early church: Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:17- 33
26. A tangible way to show love for God is to love your neighbor
Matt 22:37-40, Lev 19:18
27. In the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
28. In Tithing: Read Pink's Bible Study
I am not a Bible scholar so I am very thankful for those who labour in the Scriptures so that we can all understand the Word of God more correctly. The statements below have been compiled from various public sources and modified somewhat to reflect my beliefs. My own notes from Bible study may appear below in the right hand column along with writings by many respected Bible scholars.
1 Cor 15:22, Rom 5:12, 18
Acts 4:12, Tit 3:5, Gal 2:15-16, Rom 5:21, 1Tim 2:5, Ps 32: 1-2 (sin, transgression & iniquity)
Ez 36:26-27; Jn 14:26; Acts 4:1-8; Joel 2:27-29; Is 28:11-12; 1Cor 12:4-10; Lu 12:12, Eph 2:8-9
Rom 2:28-29; Rom 11;11-36; Eph 2:12; Heb 10:25; 1 Cor 12:12; Rev 5:5; Rev 22:16
1Cor 7:19; Rev 14:12; Ex 31:18, Ex 32:16, Ex 20:1-end, Matt 7:12, Matt 22:40, Luke 10:26
Rom 10:4, Gal 5:16, Gal 6:15-16, Rom 7:4-6, Ron 8:4
See "Perpetuity of the Law of God" by Charles Spurgeon
Heb 12;14; 1Thes 5;23; 2Pet 3:8; Phil 3:12-14; 1Cor 1:30; Rev 14:12; Rom 5:10-11
Feasts of the Lord - Passover to Pentecost - Mark Biltz
Ex 34:5-7; Deut 7:9; Dan 9:18; Ps 51:1-2; Hab 2:4; Mic 6:8; Is:53; Rom 1:16-17, 3:21-26; Eph 2:8-9; James 2:14-17; Gal 5:22-25
Dan 12:2, Matt 25:46, Ps 69:28, Rev 20:12-15
Dan 7: 9-14; Matt 26:57-64; Rev 1: 1-18
Matt 3:16; 28:18-20; Col 12:11-13
Eph2:12-14; 1 Cor 12:2; Heb 10:25