Session 1 – Discovering Common Ground – Keith JohnsonFull PresentationSeptember 22nd, 2017 Join us on the Open Door Series Virtual Tour and decide for yourself if this radical Methodist preacher and renegade Jewish scholar can teach you anything from the word of God. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 5 Comments Donna Queiros December 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm / Log in to Reply My belief is Yeshua is Yahweh so if they, the Jews, don’t believe in Him than they are in for a surprise when Yeshua comes back as the embodiment of YHWH. The Lion of Judah. The scripture plainly says, I and my Father are one. You will have to accept Yeshua. elena mauro October 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm / Log in to Reply Comments and criticisms on the first session.The New Covenant (represented by Keith, who has this wonderful dream about the Torah scroll) Romans 10: 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”… 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” … 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”The Covenant (represented by Nehemia, who looks down on Keith on day 1, then softens) Deuteronomy 30 11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven …13 Neither is it beyond the sea… 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.Compare the last 2 verses of the old and new testament passages.*CRITICISM* THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: the Word in my heart, which Word is it?For Keith: the Word is Jesus, i.e. the embodiment of all YHWH’s spoken Word (including Torah) in human flesh. If that Word is in my heart and in my mouth I am righteous.For Nehemia: the Word is Torah, i.e. the Words that YHWH spoke to Moses on Sinai. If that Word is in my heart and in my mouth I am righteous.THE CRITICS are all based on this difference, that can also be found in the passage of righteousness by faith in Romans 10. Romans 10: But the righteousness based on faith says “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Verse 9, for a Jew born of Jews and raised a Jew, is foreign.I am a gentile, I was not born in a Jewish family and I was not raised Jewish. For me, Jesus (Yeshua) has been the door to the God of Israel. For me truly Jesus has been/is my shepherd and my salvation. Since I have found Jesus I have found YHWH, Truth, salvation, redemption. For e it is easy to confess Jesus. I am not lying when I do it.For a Jew, Sinai has been the door to the God of Israel. After they saw the Red Sea split open and the fire on mount Sinai, the Words spoken to them became for them the handbook to life.It is understandable that Jews who learn the Sh’ma before they can even speak deem the deity of Jesus blasphemy. For a gentile who knew the God of Abraham through Yeshua, it is blasphemy to claim righteousness independently on the work of Yeshua on behalf of mankind. God saves, not man!The two positions seem irreconcilable.These are the reasons the “religious police” attack Nehemia and Keith. The criticism is understandable at surface value: will the audience not be confused and misled hearing preaching from people who speak from two irreconcilable theological stands?MY OPINION ON WHICH YOU CAN ELABORATE: righteousness of faith is the answer. I read Romans 10.5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. [Elena: This is the level of the Israelites who took the first covenant literally: you (strive to) do the 613 commandments and you are righteous]6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) [Elena: (that is, Jesus, the Word, had to come down from heaven in order for mankind to be able to go to heaven, be saved)]7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). [Elena: (that is, Jesus had to resurrect in order to overcome the power of death that destroys mankind)]8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); [Elena: the righteousness of faith does not ask: who is saved, who is not saved, what do I have to do or not do to go to heaven. The righteousness of faith simply says: the Word is near you, in your heart and in your mouth. The righteousness of faith says: the Word is the way, the truth and life. The Word is near, let me take hold of it.A group of Israelites at mount Sinai took the Word in this way (_believed_ the Word) and entered into this special covenant. David too and later other Jews were under this covenant of faith, and this distinguished them form the other people who, by in fact not believing, followed foreign gods, committed abominations, persecuted and stoned the prophets and at the end caused the captivity and diaspora.But also non-Jews were under this covenant of faith, all those who simply believed the Word of YHWH, spoken by God or by a prophet. Think of Abraham, Noah, Ruth, the widow of Zareptah, Nebukadnetzar, Balaam ( a sorcerer!), Rahab (the prostitute of Jericho), Naaman (the Syrian), the Ninivetes,Continuing reading Romans 10]9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [Elena: this is reasonable for a gentile but I understand it is difficult for a Jew raised and taught by those who experienced Sinai]10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. [The righteousness of faith explained. The Word is in your heart when you have _believed_ it, and it is in your mouth for a confession that saves you, that redeems you from a wicked generation. Compare with Isaiah: this people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me. Saying only (confession of faith) is not enough. The Word must be in your heart in order for you to be truly saved, or righteous]11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”And these last verses contain the conclusion of all: Jew or gentile, whoever _believes_ the Word, accepting it in their heart, knowing that the Word is not beyond the sea or in heaven, too difficult to do, but that the Word of the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob is near me (Jew or gentile) so that I can do it, and confess this, that person is righteous, like Abraham, the father of faith (the man who was declared righteous before circumcision). That person, Jew or gentile, is under the covenant with the one and only God who saves and does not lie, same Lord of all.In this covenant of faith we are 1.We do not need to condemn each other to hell of heaven (which is not the point in the first place for those who live by faith, as we read in Romans 10). Those who live by faith only look at the Word, which is the way we can personally get to know -and love- YHWH.Righteousness by faith is more an attitude of the heart than a theological formulation. It represents the attitude of (being willing to) listening to YHWH’s Word, considering it something that is close to me, that I may understand and follow. All people with this attitude focus more on understanding as much as possible and grasping that very Word that is given for my life, than on judging other people and condemning them to hell or heaven.What does the Word truly say? Does it say what we have been taught to believe? Teach me brother, I listen Mark Lay October 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm / Log in to Reply I want to thank you for the opportunity to chime in. I am in awe of the magnitude of what Yehovah has done through you, Keith, Nehemiah, and Michael. If ever there was a ministry that will open the eyes, hearts and minds of the children of the Almighty, it is the culmination of you men of God. In response to your question, as well as in response to a comment made: scripture makes it very clear that making the decision to follow the only true Elohim, Yehovah, is open to any and all that choose to follow His ways of righteousness. It is proven in Exodus, Isiah, Joel, and Acts, just to name a few. However there is a scripture in the New Testament that is echoed from the Old Testament that I believe is misrepresented throughout mainstream Christianity, not to be Christian bashing at all. Acts 2:21 says: ‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Now understanding that this is a direct quote from the book of Joel 2:32: “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered,” we can only barely begin to understand that the Old Testament is a foreshadowing of the New Testament, and the New Testament is just exactly that, a testament to the Everlasting, Old Testament. When Yeshua entered Jerusalem and the crowds shouted: “HOSANNA, HOSANNA, BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” they were saying “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF YEHOVAH,” just the same as in Acts “Everyone” (not just some) who calls on the name of (who?) Yehovah shall be saved. Throughout the scripture, over and over, it is repeated that there is one God, including straight out of the mouth of Yeshua in John 17:2-4: 2 “as You (Yehovah) have given Him (Yeshua) authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You (Yehovah) have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You (Yehovah), “the only true God,” and Yeshua HaMashiach, whom You have sent.” Yehovah is whom all praise, glory, and honor is due. Yeshua provided a way for us to be grafted into The Creator’s plan for His created, however there are those who are already following the ways of righteousness and ARE the part we are being grafted into, which is spoken of extensively in Romans 11. If we, the gentiles, are being adopted into someones family, we then take on the structure that has already been established by that family, if we choose to believe in faith and wholeheartedly that we have been adopted, otherwise we continue to try and hang on to the traditions (lies) that we have inherited from our earthly fathers and shun the ways of our Heavenly Father. It truly is a paradigm. Margie Fizer October 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm / Log in to Reply First I want to say I always like to see your excitement and love for Yehovah! Praise be his glorious name! This was a very interesting direction that you’re taking. I am a Hebrew Roots/Messianic believer. I have seen what you talked about going on with the Messianic community but I have also seen a people who desire to return to Torah, that understand that Yehovah’s way is truth, that believe there is great blessing in His instructions. As a group our congregation is trying to start learning some Hebrew to read the Torah as was intended. I guess I just wanted you to know this because we are not all that way. I would like to be able to (like I have already) share your video’s with my Christian family and friends but I don’t want them to have more ammunition against me. I guess what I’m saying is please go easy on us as we are just trying to grow closer to Him. I love you guys and your teachings! mary james October 17, 2013 at 11:57 am / Log in to Reply First off thank you for making this video series available for free. It has been my understanding that “Two House” Messianic s believe that for Ezekiel 37’s two sticks to come together, the restoration of both Jew and gentile into belief in the one true God of Israel that Jews must first not only accept Yeshua as God, but believe the entire new testament. What you seem to be saying and correct me if i am wrong but you say that we can walk together and worship Yehovah without converting Jewish believers. Or to rephrase it a Jewish person can be saved by belief in God alone, without accepting Yeshua as God, or even just as the Messiah. Is this what you are saying? Do Christians need to accept that Jews can be saved apart from belief in Yeshua? Is the regathering of Israel not when the Jews are converted but when we learn to walk together in simply a belief in Yehovah? BTW think it is funny that the spell check on your comments bar keeps trying to tell me Yehovah is spelled wrong and their suggestion is Jehovah, 🙂Connect With UsFLG Thank you Your feedback has been received.