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Tuesday’s Prayers for One New Man (5/24/2016)

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Do you need miracles in your life…and actually don’t we all need them? Maybe with health issues or relationships or finances or ministry or whatever.

Here’s something I’ve learned over the last 31 years:

  1. Walk in the seasons of God, which means we need to know what season we’re currently in,
  2. and care about the things God cares about and then His ears will be more open to our needs and wants.

I believe with all my heart that we are in the season when one of the highest priorities on God’s heart is that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the Jew and Gentile, so making peace.

My prayer today:

Lord, help us to pursue peace with everyone,  but especially between the Jew and Gentile, and help us pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Based on Hebrews 12:14)

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

…that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

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Tuesday’s Prayers for One New Man (5/17/2007)

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As I wrote in my conclusion of The Search For One New Man series last Wednesday, I feel the Lord has called me to pray and fast for the one new man — “…that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two…(Ephesians 2:15)” — to come into being here in America.

I believe that most of the unity, most of the power, most of the manifold wisdom of God, and most of the Church’s growth has been stymied because the Jews and Gentiles have not been properly joined together as the one new man.

My prayers today:

Lord, I pray that Jews and Gentiles walk together in a manner worthy of their calling as the one new man, with all humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Based on Ephesians 4:1-3)

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

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The Search for One New Man (Conclusion)

During the reign of King Jehoiakim, and over fifteen years before Nebuchadnezzar carried off most of Judah to Babylon, Jeremiah had prophesied that Judah would be held in captivity for seventy years.

All of the scribes and priests had access to the prophecies of Jeremiah, but the Bible only states that the old prophet, Daniel, understood it was time for the captivity of Judah to be finished in Babylon. So, Daniel humbled himself with fasting, supplications, and prayers, interceding for the Lord to act upon Jeremiah’s prophecy.

While Daniel was still speaking, praying, and confessing his sin and the sin of Israel, the angel Gabriel showed up and said:

“O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you… (Daniel 9:22-23)

In the above example, we read how the Holy Spirit enlightened Daniel to pray Jeremiah’s prophecy into being. Then, while Daniel is still praying, Gabriel arrives to give the old prophet even more understanding.

Okay, this is the exact same place I believe we stand right now with:

...that he might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

There is no use attempting to bring unity to the Body of Christ if the Jewish believers and the Gentile believers are not brought into the one new man relationship. We Gentiles need the Jewish believers and the Jewish believers need us.

Without the one new man coming into being, we will not attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the fullness of Christ. We instead will continue to be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

If the Jews and Gentiles in the whole Body are not rightly joined and held together, each part will not work properly and the Body will not grow and be built up in love.

Eventually, the one new man has to arrive at this level of power, love, and revelation:

so that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:10)

Because I feel this is so important right now, I’m changing my Tuesday regimen of praying and fasting for the prisoners of Asia, which has been my practice for more than four years. But instead, I will be fasting and praying for the one new man to come forth in the Body of Christ.

Who knows? Maybe Gabriel will show up and give us understanding.

If you agree and feel the Holy Spirit is leading you to do so, join me on Tuesdays in fasting and praying for the one new man.

(Conclusion for now……if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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The Search for One New Man (Part 5)

 

In Ephesians 2:19, Paul continues speaking to the Gentile believers:

 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” 

The word fellow citizen means to be in union with or together with by resemblance, companionship, or association. When someone becomes a citizen of a nation, they are required to learn the laws, customs, history, and language of that nation. A person becoming a citizen must also pledge loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment to that nation.

We need to remember that it says in Romans 11:17, that the Gentiles were grafted in among the nation of Israel, and the Jewish people. When you graft something, you join or fasten it in such a way as to bring about a close union.

This is what Ruth did as she attached herself to Naomi, a type and shadow of the Gentile becoming a fellow citizen with Israel and the Jewish people. The Gentile believers (Christians) should be involved with the Jewish people, both Messianic and non-Messianic; thereby fulfilling scripture.

Unfortunately, this union that Paul spoke about never really developed into the one new man relationship. In Ephesians 2:20, Paul states that these Gentile believers are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus The Messiah being the chief cornerstone.

It is okay to apply this verse for today, that apostles and prophets are the backbone of the Church, but we also must remember that when Paul was writing, the apostles and prophets he was referring to were all Jewish.

The rich biblical inheritance that believers in Messiah have worldwide has been passed down to them by Jewish spiritual parents. In verse 21 it states:

in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

So, the question is – what does this one new man church look like? We have no blueprint, but we have the Holy Spirit, and he can help us to develop it. Since the joining of one new man consists of Jew and Gentile in Messiah, then we must not be afraid to incorporate both, and bring them together to complete the plan of God. Only when we accept this joining will we fulfill God’s purpose.

As Paul states in Eph.1:10:

“as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

(The above is an excerpt from Nikirk Ministries and the full article can be seen here.

 

(Continued in Part 5……if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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The Search for One New Man (Part 4)

Sid Roth was raised in a traditional Jewish home. Today he has found his Messiah. He has devoted much of his life to answering the question, “Why have Jews and Gentiles grown apart?” Sid firmly believes that God never intended to start a new religion. It’s not Judaism and Christianity, two streams of God, but the convergence of Jew and Gentile into one stream called the “One New Man.”

In the following interview, Sid studies Scripture and shares his personal view on what he believes is the next move of God that will impact Jew and Gentile alike.

Q: Sid, will you explain the significance of the “One New Man” in Scripture?
A: God wants to “gather together in one all things in [Messiah]” (Ephesians 1:10b). He tells us how He will do this:

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both [Jew and Gentile] one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation … to create in Himself one new man … in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:14-15,22).

Q: What will happen when the wall between Jew and
Gentile is removed?
A: When the wall between Jew and Gentile is removed, the spiritual temple, God’s dwelling place, will be restored and this One New Man will release resurrection power to the church that Paul calls “life from the dead” (Romans 11:15). I believe this will include creative miracles and physical resurrections.

Q: This doesn’t make the enemy very happy!
A: The devil is trying to stop the explosion of God’s power by stopping the building of God’s dwelling place. If the foundation is destroyed, the temple can’t be built. So, the enemy’s strategy is to stop Jews from becoming “one” with Gentiles.

Q: Are there any other proofs in Scripture of Jews and Gentiles coming together as One New Man?
A: The “tabernacle” prophesied by Amos is a type of the One New Man Glorious Congregation:

“ ‘On that day I will raise up the tabernacle [literally, ‘dynasty,’ or ‘family’] of David [the Jewish people], which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom [Septuagint reads ‘mankind’], and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,’ says the LORD who does this thing” (Amos 9:11-12). 

Q: What made the tabernacle of David so significant?
A: The tabernacle of David was a unique temple. There was no separation between the people and God. There was no “Holy of Holies.” All experienced God’s presence. Daily praise was instituted by David before the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:37). The Levites worshipped God with the songs of David.

Q: Exactly what will happen when the tabernacle of David is restored?
A: God promised that once this tabernacle (family) of David, or the Jewish people, was restored, it would cause a revival among the Gentiles (Amos 9:12). In fact, this was the proof text to convince the Apostles at the Jerusalem Council meeting to evangelize the Gentiles (Acts 15:16-17).

Q: If Gentiles were the missing part of the church at the time of the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, who is missing now?
A: After Yeshua died, the veil of the temple was torn in two (Matthew 27:51). Now nothing should separate us from intimacy with God. Yet, the middle wall of separation (veil) between Jews and Gentiles hinders the church from achieving its full destiny in God because the majority of Jewish people are excluded (Ephesians 2:14).

The full interview with Sid Roth can be seen here.

(Continued in Part 5……if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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The Search for One New Man (Part 2)

As a Gentile, my eyes have been opened over the last six months by Hebraic Roots teachings. For instance:

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?” (John 3:1-10)

If you’re a Gentile like me who has been around Evangelicals for a while – in my case thirty years – then you probably skimmed over the above verses without really paying much attention to the words. After all, you already know the punch line: “You must be born again.” Right?

This is one level of understanding scripture, which is from our Gentile or Greek mindset.

Now, the Hebrew mindset looks at Nicodemus and realizes that he is a ruler of the Jews, which means he was a big-time rabbi, Torah teacher, and a member of the Sanhedrin. Nicodemus would have memorized all of Leviticus, much of the Torah (first five books of Old Testament), and understood most of the oral traditions (Talmud) given by the top rabbis for the Old Testament (Tanakh).

But even though we Christians have only understood the expression “born-again Christians” since the 1970’s, Jesus expected Nicodemus to understand the expression two thousand years ago. How was that possible?

The term “born-again” was not first coined by Jesus in His nighttime meeting with Nicodemus. It was already in use and referred to a Gentile’s conversion to Judaism. The Gentile man would have been circumcised and then immersed in a mikvah or water bath. The mikvah was regarded as both a grave and a womb, from which the Gentile was reborn or born again.

So in light of this revelation, we can better understand the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. The Torah teacher was not baffled by the term “born-again,” but instead was really saying, “Hey, Jesus, I’m already a Jew. How can I convert again to Judaism?”

Jesus answered Nicodemus by saying in so many words, “Nicodemus, being Jewish is not enough. You can’t rely on your ethnicity. You must have a change of heart and believe in Me as the Messiah.”

This is a second level of understanding scripture, which is from a Hebrew mindset.

Yet, the one new man that I’m searching for takes the place of both mindsets.

(Continued in Part 3……if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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