Hope this is the right forum. Is Messianic Judaism what reflects faith in the Hebrew Messiah?

tinyprayers

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I wonder about this. When Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew scriptures would then Judaism with Messiah included now be the faith rightly practiced so as to follow Christ?
 

mattfivefour

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No. The Holy Spirit spoke clearly through Paul that faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross is ALL that is necessary to plead God. The practice of Judaism and all of its ordinances and rituals was nailed to the Cross on Calvary (Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:20). As God inspired Paul to record what he said to Peter when Peter decided to try to return to a Jewish way of life: "
“If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” (Galatians 2:14-21).

Paul, still teaching by divine anointing, went on to address the Galatians directly: "You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

"Even so Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.' So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not live by all things written in the Book of the Law, to perform them.' Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, 'The just shall live by faith.' However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, 'He who practices them shall live by them.' Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree'— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Galatians 3:1-14)

Therefore, attempting to live a Jewish lifestyle—which by its very nature is one of obeying the mitzvahs of the Torah in every aspect of your daily life—is denying the all-sufficiency of the sacrifice of Jesus. I understand that well-meaning Christians figure that if they could live the lifestyle into which Jesus entered then they would be drawing closer to him; but Scripture says they are wrong. In fact they are denying Him.

Does this help at all?
 
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