Anyone who approaches the Bible as an item of study comes bringing a specific world view with them. This world view then is the “lens” through which the Scriptures are interpreted.
For my world view, and the views presented on this site, I represent the following principles in evaluating the Bible:
- I prefer to use the name Y’shua for Jesus, and Messiah for Christ. Here’s why.
- The entire Bible (Genesis-Revelation) is a single homogeneous narrative written by Hebrew people, to Hebrew people. For it to have value to us, it must be understood from a Hebraic perspective. Here’s a brief video by Jeff Benner explaining why that’s important.
- God’s Torah (instruction) is eternal. Its specific application may differ in various covenant agreements, but God’s Torah has benefits for all believers of all ages. Here are some examples of why this is true.
- God reveals truth from the natural to the spiritual. While in the past Israel was a physical nation covenanted as God’s people, through the new covenant enacted by Messiah Y’shua he has created a new nation, a covenanted spiritual people of promise where there is no longer any Jew or Gentile distinction. This article expands on this concept.
- Y’shua was (and is) representative Israel, the first-born of God. Here’s why I believe this to be the case.
- The covenant God made with Israel through Moses in type was fulfilled in reality by Messiah Y’shua. Some examples of this are explored here.
- The prophesied new covenant of Jeremiah 31 was enacted by Messiah Y’shua prior to his crucifixion. This view is covered in an article here.
- The new covenant was promised only to the houses of Israel and Judah, not to the nations of the world. Messiah Y’shua was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, and his redemption was primarily for their sins committed under the first covenant. However, today, as it was then, anyone who believes that Y’shua is the Messiah of Israel, the Son of God (i.e., through faith alone), is qualified to become a participant in the kingdom of God through Israel’s representative, Y’shua. Through him, believers of all ages and nationalities may partake of the benefits (blessings) and responsibilities of the new covenant. This is the prophetic Zion, the New Jerusalem, the eternal kingdom of God.
- The kingdom of God was revealed as being established during the ministries of John the baptizer and of Y’shua, and is a dominion that will never end. Those who have believed and continue to place their trust in Y’shua represent the ongoing expansion of God’s covenant kingdom people from the natural to the spiritual throughout eternity.
- The “last days” spoken of throughout the writings of the apostles were the last days of national Israel and the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. Those last days took place in the forty years between the crucifixion and resurrection of Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. We are not currently living in any last days prophesied in the Bible.
As mentioned above, these principles in this world view are presented throughout the various teaching on this site. I welcome your comments and will do my best to respond to questions in a timely manner.