Subscribe via RSS Feed

Messianic Foundations

Knowing how it all started, in this case, knowing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, we can learn valuable lessons about our inheritance; teachings and blessings that help us interpret Scripture and determine God’s attitude on any given subject. There is a progressive continuity in the Bible, placed there for our benefit. Knowing and understanding what came first, and the steps in between, the spiritual illustrations serve to help us understand what came latter; not in a superfluous way, but with foundations steeped in antiquity.

In the broadest sense, God’s plan has always been about two kingdoms; one of life and light, the other about death and darkness. This is established “In the beginning.” What was the first miracle? “Let there be light!”

From the very beginning, exemplified in the first act of creation, light and darkness were separated, the two kingdoms were divided and the spiritual foundations were laid. Remarkable isn’t it? From the first moment of time, the biblical saga has been about two kingdoms!

Knowing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, we can learn valuable lessons about our inheritance.

Every revelation of God from that time forth has been about the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness, whether discussing Noah and the flood; Lot in the city of Sodom; the Torah revelation at Mount Sinai; or the birth of the Messiah. Why? The Bible tells us, “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (2 Peter 2:9).

According to the Scriptures, the good news of Jesus was brought to the Gentile pagans for this specific reason, “… I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God” (Acts 26:17, 18 ).

Part of the richness that is imbedded in the Word is His revelation of these two kingdoms, and our relationship to a life of sanctification in the light, or our tumble into the temptations of flesh and darkness. Even the Torah—what is commonly referred to as the “Law”—is about light and darkness. In the Hebrew, torah is much more appropriately translated as instruction, or teaching. Through it, we learn what is of light and what is not. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life …” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

As stated earlier, hindsight is 20/20 only if you are willing to stop and examine with Spiritual eyes the rich history left to us. This series on Messianic Foundations, I pray, will be that stop, that respite in the Word which will open up new Spiritual vistas. Through the ensuing months, and should the Lord tarry, years, we will pursue the legacy that is ours to take hold of. Truly the prophet spoke, “In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).




In the Next Issue:

                Messianic Pictures in the Temple Sacrificial System


Pin It
Page 2 of 212

Tags: ,

Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 1999

About the Author: Kevin M. Williams, Litt.D., H.L.D. has served in Messianic ministries since 1987 and has written numerous articles and been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on Messianic Judaism.

  • Connect with

    Subscribe via Twitter Followers   Subscribe via Facebook Fans
  • Recent Comments

  • Featured Authors

    Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. His graduate education includes degree...

    Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

    Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), is the president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and associate pasto...

    Invitation: Stories about transformation

    Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books<...

    Studies in Acts

    Daniel A. Brown, PhD, planted The Coastlands, a church near Santa Cruz, California, serving as Senior Pastor for 22 years. Daniel has authored four books and numerous articles, but h...

    Will I Still Be Me After Death?