The Jewish Roots of Christianity and One New Man: What Exactly Are They?
The Jewish Roots and the One New Man have become a movement of understanding and reclaiming the forgotten heritage of Christianity, and many Believers are experiencing a transformation in their faith through this revelation.
The Jewish Roots of Christianity is not so much about a new movement, as it is about remembering that the God we serve—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—is never changing. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The Lord doesn’t want you to carry a heavy burden and remain in a stagnant state of faith. He desires for you to grow, mature in your faith, and experience more of Him.
- “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…”—Hebrews 6:1
- “And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’”—Luke 17:5
- “…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”—1 Peter 2:2-3
Let’s begin by defining Jewish Roots and One New Man…
Jewish Roots— Jewish Roots are the foundation and heritage of a Believer’s faith. Without understanding the fundamental importance of the Jewish Roots to the Christian faith, Believers are separated from the blessings of their heritage.
There is false teaching in the world that says that the Church has replaced the role of Israel in God’s original plan. Through understanding the covenant relationship between God and man, the Holy Spirit reveals the Jewish source of the Christian faith.
The ancient Jewish roots of Christianity hold significant revelatory power. As we seek to understand them, they transform our faith and deepen our walk with the Lord.
When we understand the culture that the words of the Bible were spoken into, we have a better understanding of their application and the mind-set of the original audience.
One New Man— First introduced in Ephesians 2:15, the concept of the One New Man refers to both Jewish and Gentile Believers, reconciled together under God, through one Body.
The Holy Spirit revealed to Paul and the Apostles the idea of One New Man as an invitation for all Jews and Gentiles to worship, pray, eat, and serve together, tearing down the middle walls of separation.
Jesus taught and demonstrated the Kingdom of God as One New Man throughout the land of Israel. The same questions that the Ephesians asked are present today, and our mission at Curt Landry Ministries is to align with God’s plan and build a bridge of unity between Jews and Gentiles, worshiping God together as One New Man, honoring the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.
The message of The One New Man takes us deep into our Hebrew roots of Christianity, and provides us with a more clear understanding of the foundations of our faith, thus allowing us to know our God in a richer way.
The concept of One New Man is not new; it has been included in the Bible since it was first canonized. Only in recent years has it been highlighted, much like the “born-again” term was highlighted back in the late 1950s. Being born-again speaks of spiritual regeneration, as is found in both the Old and New Testaments.
God’s Words of Encouragement…
- “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”—Ephesians 2:14-16
- “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body… But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”—1 Corinthians 12:20, 24-27
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Q: What does it mean that, “The Jewish roots have been removed from the faith?”
A: In the fourth century, during the Councils of Elvira and Nicaea, church elders established many rules and regulations to separate the Church from the Jewish roots of her faith. Subsequently, many religious leaders tried to erase the memory of any connection between a Jewish Jesus and the faith of Christianity. These decisions were not God’s highest and best for either Israel or the Church—they simply resulted in separating the Church from the blessings of her heritage.
Q: What is the Council of Elvira?
A: The Council of Elvira— A council held during the early Church in AD 306 in Elvira in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica, now Granada in Southern Spain. This council began to separate the Christian faith from her Jewish roots, fueled by anti-Semitism.
The supposed intent of the council was to develop order in the Church. However, many Jewish traditions and observances were removed from practice, such as Christians receiving blessings from the Jews, or Jews blessing their lands. This removal directly contradicts scripture regarding the divine purpose of the Jewish people: “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:18).
Q: What is the Council of Nicea?
A: The Council of Nicea— A council held during the early Church in AD 325, in Nicea (now Iznik, Bursa province, Turkey). This council began to separate the Christian faith from her Jewish roots, fueled by anti-Semitism.
No Jewish council members were included, and the council was entirely made up of Christian bishops under the Roman Emperor Constantine I, who urged Believers to disassociate from anything Jewish. The result was the use of the Gregorian calendar for observing Yeshua’s resurrection, along with a prohibited observance of Passover with Jewish people, among other restrictions and decisions.
Q: What does One New Man mean to a Christian/Believer?
A: Because many Christians are unaware of their Jewish heritage, they are unable to fully claim the blessings of that inheritance. Your inheritance must be claimed to have full value in your life! Our experiences mold us, and our heritage shapes us. In the same way, Christianity was birthed out of the Jewish faith, and yet we have long since strayed from where we came.
This separation was never God’s desire for us, and we are empowered to be who we are called to be, with a greater understanding of our Father and ultimately of ourselves.
Q: Is the One New Man biblical?
A: Yes, the One New Man is biblical, as mentioned in Ephesians 2:15. Paul also discusses the concept in Romans 11. He described Gentile Believers being grafted in, as a wild olive tree amongst the natural branches of the true tree.
He goes on to describe the irrevocable promise God made with Israel and her reconciliation after the fullness of the Gentiles has come to pass. The Bible points to the importance of Jew and Gentile in God’s family and coming together as one.
Q: Do Gentile Believers have to follow Jewish customs and celebrate the feasts?
A: The Bible talks about mo’eds (appointed times), that God set for His people to remember Him and their release from slavery out of Egypt. While we have a choice in whether or not we celebrate the feasts, it is important to understand that growing in your faith is a natural result of understanding God’s sovereign character and the deeper meaning of the appointed times. As a Believer, you have an open invitation to the Lord’s supper, and He promises to bless you.
Q: I have more questions. Where do I go?
A: You can download our FREE One New Man guide that answers questions about the feasts, the Jewish calendar, and more.
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