Advancing the knowledge of the Messiah Jesus
Good News for Israel is a 130-year-old ministry of dialog, proclamation, education, and reconciliation between the Jewish and Christian communities that takes a strong and active stand against anti-Semitism. From its headquarters in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Good News encourages all in the respect for and acceptance of the Jewish people as God's chosen people among the nations.
Jesus and Torah
The Big Question: "Did Jesus do away with the Torah upon the Cross?" Christians constantly are confused about who Jesus is, and what the Torah is, and how do these two relate? Again, if you think of the Bible as two stories, "Old and New" it will confuse you, because you will think one has passed away, while the other is brand new. You have to remember the Bible is a story of redemption, and that redemption was the restoration of the human race. God chose a semitic people group to execute His plan, and as a result, He blessed that people group with Himself. That meant He blessed them with His presence, His protection, His provision, and His instruction, commonly called the law. It was through this people group that His ultimate plan of salvation would come. So when John 1:1 tells us that the Word become flesh, what did it mean? It meant that all of who God was in His instruction, all of who He was in character, all of who He is as God, became like you and me in the flesh. So when Jesus went to the cross, He went there as the whole of God, not a part of Him. So yes Torah hung on the cross as God in Jesus, so as a result Torah was finalized in Jesus or fulfilled in Him, not replaced. Today, when we are in Jesus or Jesus is in us, we have the totality of God, His instruction is fulfilled and lived out in Christ. Some Christians who think they have to keep Torah and believe in Christ are mistaken, and misguided. It's not Christ, plus Torah, it's Christ, period, and Torah is in Him fulfilled. Keith Johnson talks about this in today's clip.
GNFI will be host a Hebraic Root Conference October 13-15, 2011 in Bloomington MN and you can find out more at gnfi.org
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