Foundations of our faith
Foundations of our faith
Foundations of our faith is the groundwork/the basis or the foundation where upon we have to build, it is laid upon the bedrock. Paul said that he laid the foundation and that we must be careful how we build, because our building work will be put to the test.
In a building, the foundation is the groundwork or the layout of the building plan, without a foundation the builders have no plan to follow as they lay the bricks. A simple metaphor, but if we want to build to the glory of our King, we must ensure that we build on the foundation that He presented to us, otherwise our building works will be like straw that will burn to the ground when tested by fire.
The Apostles directed the first believers in Yeshua to” continued faithfully in the teaching of the emissaries, in fellowship, in breaking bread and in the prayers.” (Acts 2:42 CJB)
1. Teaching (instruction) of the emissaries.
“The teaching of the twelve apostles to the nations” also called the Dictache (from dictate – instructions), is the letter referred to in Acts 15:13-21. The apostles where commissioned by Yeshua, to make disciples and teach them to obey His every command, and thus start the new testament “church”. They wrote this letter as a guide to the new believers in Yeshua the Messiah.
The authenticity of the teaching of the twelve, is clear to us as it is consistent with the teaching of our Lord, Yeshua within the Gospels. Based upon the findings of most scholars the teaching of the twelve is an early 1st century document, which is consistent with the belief that it is the letter referred to in Acts 15. The Bible refer only to a few sentences concerning the letter, in the same way the Bible and specifically the book of Jude refers to the book of Enoch, although it is not in the Bible.
The teaching of the twelve was a plumb line and is still valid today as a plumb line, especially in these days, for as the Lord said that in the last days as stated in 1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit- hayamim (last days) some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (CJB).
The teaching of the twelve was and is intended to be used in conjunction to the Word of Elohim as plumb line to safeguard us against deception, as is written in Acts 15:21 For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat. “. (CJB)
Today, a lot of emphasis is given to being within a fellowship, on the basis of the Word in Hebrew 10:25 saying that we should not neglect the meeting together. I would like us to consider the same chapter but from verse 17. Hebrews 10:17-25 he then adds, “‘And their sins and their wickednesses
I will remember no more.'” Now where there is forgiveness for these, an offering for sins is no longer needed. So, brothers, we have confidence to use the way into the Holiest Place opened by the blood of Yeshua. He inaugurated it for us as a new and living way through the parokhet (the veil), by means of his flesh. We also have a great cohen (Priest) over God’s household. Therefore, let us approach the Holiest Place with a sincere heart, in the full assurance that comes from trusting- with our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us continue holding fast to the hope we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us keep paying attention to one another, in order to spur each other on to love and good deeds, not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other. (CJB)
Based on the mentioned, the emphasis is not on the meeting with one another, it is to meet with Elohim in the Holiest place, through the new living way in Yeshua the Messiah. And added to the mentioned is that we should not neglect the meeting within the congregation so that we can continue to encourage each other. Once again the meeting together is not the basis of encouragement, rather the meeting with the Father and His Son is the basis of encouragement. The disciples whom Yeshua loved said it accordingly in 1 John 1:1-3 We have heard him, we have seen him with our eyes, we have contemplated him, we have touched him with our hands! The life appeared, and we have seen it. We are testifying to it and announcing it to you- eternal life! He was with the Father, and he appeared to us. What we have seen and heard, we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah.
John said what they have seen and heard they proclaim to us so that we too may have fellowship with them, explaining that there fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua. The encouragement, and the purpose of encouragement is to promote fellowship with the Father and His Son, Yeshua. The meeting within the congregation is not the goal, it is only a means to the goal, a place where we can encourage one another to meet with the Father and His Son Yeshua through the new living way.
Fellowship with the Father and His Son Yeshua, is to meditate on the Word of Elohim, guided by the Holy Spirit in order to know the perfect will of Elohim. So that we as instruments in His hand can proclaim the will of God on earth, so that His will may be established on earth as it is in heaven. A privilege that Elohim granted us through the new covenant validated by the Blood of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. In Jeremiah 31:33-34 the Lord explained His idea of the new covenant. ”For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI:”I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more. In the same way the disciple John explained it in 1 John 2:27 As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you. On the contrary, as his Messianic anointing continues to teach you about all things, and is true, not a counterfeit, so, just as he taught you, remain united with him. (CJB)
Although there is now clarity on who wrote the book of Hebrew, there is a move that indicated Paul as the writer of the book of Hebrews. The mentioned is based upon his final greeting in Hebrews 13:23-24. Now if so, Paul made mentioned in the book of Galatians 1:1 From:Sha’ul, an emissary- I received my commission not from human beings or through human mediation but through Yeshua the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead- also from all the brothers with me. And also as stated in Galatians 2:6-9 Paul acknowledge that what he received He received from Elohim. “God does not judge by outward appearances- these leaders added nothing to me. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the Good News for the Uncircumcised, just as Kefa had been for the Circumcised; since the One working in Kefa to make him an emissary to the Circumcised had worked in me to make me an emissary to the Gentiles. So, having perceived what grace had been given to me, Ya’akov, Kefa and Yochanan, the acknowledged pillars of the community, extended to me and Bar- Nabba the right hand of fellowship; so that we might go to the Gentiles, and they to the Circumcised.” Again it is clear that the fellowship is with the Father and His Son Yeshua, and that the fellowship between brothers is to acknowledge what we received from our fellowship with the Father and His Son, as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 11:23 For what I received from the Lord is just what I passed on to you- that the Lord Yeshua, on the night he was betrayed, took bread;
The fellowship with one another is to confirm what we received or to test what we received in our fellowship with the Lord so that we can proclaim His will on earth as instruments of pray.
3. Breaking of Bread.
In considering the breaking of bread, there seemed to be the idea that the disciples share their meals. I would like you to consider that it was not about sharing their meals, as it was part of the way they lived.
But rather it was sharing in the one thing that bound them together.
The covenant seder that Yeshua initiated as a reminder before Elohim that we have entered into the new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb of God. This is the one thing that we share with one another that in faith in Yeshua we have become a covenant people before Elohim. A people that live by this new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb, a people redeemed and reconciled to the Father as children and as spiritual Jews.
It is in sharing in this seder, that the words of Paul in Galatians 3:26-29 receive its full meaning. For in union with the Messiah, you are all children of God through this trusting faithfulness; because as many of you as were immersed into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah, in whom there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one. Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise.
The breaking of bread, is done every time they came together, as a reminder for us that before Elohim that we are one in Messiah, that we no longer live, but that Messiah live within us and that we no longer live according to the flesh but according to the covenant that Yeshua fulfilled and validated by His own Blood.
It reminds us that the reason for coming together is not about us but about what Yeshua did for us, it is not about the pastor leading the congregation, it is not about the worship it is all about what Yeshua did for us. As Paul asked, did Apollos die for you, it is to acknowledge that if it was not for the new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb (Yeshua), there was no need for meeting together. It is to remind us, that we need to be faithful to the covenant we received, a gift we receive in faith.
Every meeting should start and be concluded in prayer. As we need the presence of the Lord and His guidance in all that we do, and then to thank the Lord for His presence acknowledging Him in all things.
Prayer of thanksgiving must be part of our lives and each individual must adhere to the Lord’s commands concerning prayer, praying for the sick, for the leaders of the country, for our enemies and those that persecute us.
The teaching of the twelve require that we should pray the Lord’s prayer 3 times a day. A practice that we would like to encourage among all believers.
Then there is the prayer of faith, where we proclaim the will of the Lord, as we put our trust in the Lord Yeshua to do what only He can do, to bring glory to the Father.
In fact, whatever you ask for in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.