Books & Studies

Ephesians for the Practical Messianic

26 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Epistle of Ephesians is a letter that contains a very important message for the people of God, who are to be encouraged in accomplishing His mission for the world. Yeshua the Messiah is portrayed as exalted above the cosmos, with His resurrection power being accessible to all Believers. God’s people have been selected by Him to be holy, corporately composing a Temple in which His presence can dwell. By the sacrificial work of the cross, Jewish and non-Jewish followers of the Messiah are to be united together as a “one new humanity”—the mystery of the gospel! All are to […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:14-15

26 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:14-15: The Law was abolished in the flesh of Christ. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15 are challenging verses for many within the Messianic movement, with few being able to even respond to the pastor’s remark “The Law […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:8-9

26 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:8-9: We are saved by grace, not as a result of works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating, “We are saved by grace, not as a result of works.” No one should ever question the profound truth of the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:8-9: “You have been saved by grace through faith. This […]

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Epistle of Paul Called “Ephesians”

26 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 60-62 C.E. Time period: season of great expansion of the gospel among those needing encouragement Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Rome Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Asia Minor, and eventually Ephesus Theological Summary: The letter that has come to be known as “Ephesians” has been traditionally classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). The Epistle of Ephesians has a significant amount of controversy associated with it, as there are issues surrounding […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

29 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 JUNE, 2011 In examining some Messianic Jewish teaching materials, they explained to me that the Commonwealth of Israel is made up of both the Jewish people and the Church, sort of like the British Commonwealth. They have actually said that as a non-Jewish Believer, I am really not a part of Israel, only the Commonwealth. Does this viewpoint have any legitimacy? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. “[R]emember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Ephesians

19 February, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Ephesians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Epistle of Ephesians is often one of the most appreciated letters of the Apostolic Scriptures for today’s Messianic community, even though there are probably various themes and issues seen within Ephesians which have not been explored thoroughly enough.[1] Whether one is a part of a Messianic Jewish or some kind of independent Messianic congregation, you have heard references to the Commonwealth of Israel (2:11-12) and Jewish and non-Jewish Believers being fellow heirs and citizens with one another (3:6). You have heard about some kind of […]

Bible Study

Ephesians

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Epistle of Ephesians is a letter that contains a very important message for the people of God, who are to be encouraged in accomplishing His mission for the world. Yeshua the Messiah is portrayed as exalted above the cosmos, with His resurrection power being accessible to all Believers. God’s people have been selected by Him to be holy, corporately composing a Temple in which His presence can dwell. By the sacrificial work of the cross, Jewish and non-Jewish followers of the Messiah are to be united together as a “one new humanity”—the mystery of the gospel! All are to […]

Egalitarianism

Male Headship

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 JUNE, 2011 How can your ministry be egalitarian, meaning that both men and women share leadership roles equally, when Scripture says that the man is to be the head of the woman (Ephesians 5:23)? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. Being filled with God’s Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) will result in a manner of life for Paul’s audience different from their previous pagan experience. Many are agreed that the instructions which complete Ephesians ch. 5, vs. 21-33, are an expansion upon a prior message given in Colossians chs. 3 & 4. Other […]

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Ephesians 4:29: How Are Messianics to Properly Communicate?

7 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 02 December, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues EPHESIANS 4:29 – MULTIPLE VERSIONS Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (KJV). Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear (NASU). Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according […]

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Ephesians 6:11-17

1 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 30 MAY, 2011 I heard a Messianic teacher say that the armor of God is not the armor of a Roman soldier, but really the garments of a Levitical priest serving in the Temple. Do you have an opinion about this? Is this a valid understanding? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. As significant as the armor of God is for us being effective in our service to Him, a few teachers out in the Messianic community today have doubted that the armor represented by Paul in Ephesians is that of a […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:14-15

1 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 20 FEBRUARY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that the Law of commandments has been abolished? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:14-15: The Law was abolished in the flesh of Christ. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that […]