What we believe
The overall view
God in His great mercy created the universes. His interaction with us is found in the Bible. According to the Scriptures, He made man to know Him and enjoy Him forever. When humankind fell in the Garden of Eden we began to experiment with methods of return, trying to discover the way back to God. Religions were established and philosophies thought through and all the while God’s gentle voice was calling to people.
In the time before Abraham who was the first Jew, little is described of the interaction between God and man in the record of Scripture. Beginning in Genesis chapter 12, God spoke to and through Jewish people so that the world could understand who He was.
God gave His final words to mankind in Yeshua, that is Jesus the Messiah, nearly 2000 years ago. He was and is God’s eternal expression of His great love for all people.
Our situation is this: we are sinful from our youth, we fall short of God’s righteous standards. He is holy and pure and we are far from that. No matter how we attempt to make ourselves look good, in front of others or even to ourselves, we fall short. God alone is holy.
But we are not totally without hope.
The Messiah Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Israel. He lived about 30 years then died on a Roman cross and was buried. His death accomplished what nothing else could do in Biblical and human history–the redemption of all people. He rose from the dead 3 days later and ascended back to the Father in heaven. The way back to God has been established through a living relationship with Yeshua. Anyone who comes to believe in Him enters not only into an awareness of God, but also a vibrant communication with Him.
Some say Isaiah 53 is about Israel. Some say it’s about Jesus. What do you say?
(Check this PDF edition: Isaiah 53)
Official Jews for Jesus Statement of Faith:
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life.
We recognize the value of traditional Jewish literature, but only where it is supported by or conformable to the Word of God. We regard it as in no way binding upon life or faith.
We believe in one sovereign God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, unbounded in power and measureless in love; that God is the source of all creation and that through the immediate exercise of His power all things came into being.
We believe that God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the world and given His Son for its redemption.
We believe that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with God the Father; that He took on Himself the nature of man through the virgin birth so that He possesses both divine and human natures.
We believe in His sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law; in His atoning death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, high-priestly intercession and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; that He was active in the creation of all things and continues to be so in providence; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and that He regenerates, sanctifies, baptizes, indwells, seals, illumines, guides and bestows His gifts upon all believers.
We believe that God created man in His image; that because of the disobedience of our first parents at the Garden of Eden they lost their innocence and both they and their descendants, separated from God, suffer physical and spiritual death and that all human beings, with the exception of Jesus the Messiah, are sinners by nature and practice.
We believe that Jesus the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that all who believe in Him are justified, not by any works of righteousness they have done, but by His perfect righteousness and atoning blood and that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.
We believe that Israel exists as a covenant people through whom God continues to accomplish His purposes and that the Church is an elect people in accordance with the New Covenant, comprising both Jews and Gentiles who acknowledge Jesus as Messiah and Redeemer.
We believe that Jesus the Messiah will return personally in order to consummate the prophesied purposes concerning His kingdom.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.