"The Mystery of Israel and the eternal purpose of the Commonwealth"
Any congregation that does not have the eternal purpose of God as its foundation is not fulfilling her destiny.
The Re-Newed Coveant has a two- fold purpose. First, that Jew and Gentile are "one in Him" Secondly, to proclaim to all powers that be, the L-rdship of Yeshua the Messiah. The plan of redemption centers around the Jewish peoples repentance and is foundational to all truth. Without this basic teaching and understanding, serious doctrinal error can be taught. Although the Body of Messiah is predominantly Gentile, it cannot be a functioning healthy body biblically speaking, without both witnesses attesting to Messiahs Lordship.
In Messiahs high priestly prayer, His desire is that they also" may be ONE as we are one" that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.(John 17:20) Although Messiah was specifically speaking to his disciples, He saw the future of the Commonwealth in its entirety, with Jew and Gentile as ONE in Him. Unfortunately, the Gentile Commonwealth has forgotten that he was speaking to both equally. Ultimately, He would be referring to the future remnant that would believe on His Name also. "The remnant of Israel are always referred to as those who descended from Abrahams seed who would embrace the continual progressive revelation of scripture. (Heb 1:1,2) This is the portion of those who would believe on His Name, and the record that God would give of His Son, the Messiah. (Isaiah 53:1, I John 5:11).
Therefore "Oneness" is found in the two peoples of God who proclaim to the nations, the G-d of Israel is the true and everlasting King, "The lamb who takes away the sins of the world" (Jeremiah 10:10, (John 1:29)
Much of the Gentile Commonwealth has boasted against her Jewish root, resulting in a leakage of spiritual power. "otherwise thou also shalt be cut off" "For if God spared not the natural branches take heed lest he also spare not thee". (Romans 11:21,22) "Boast not against the branches, for if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee" (Romans 11:18) This boasting and being cut of is not a permanent severing or loss of salvation, but gross error theologically speaking, which has been taught throughout Christianity since the formation of the Commonwealth. Some of the early Commonwealth fathers are responsible for this error in their writings as thy did not systematically rightly divide the Word of Truth.
As the Commonwealth embraces her Jewish heritage and provokes the Jewish people to jealousy, she will line up with God's eternal purpose in the Ages making a statement to all peoples,..." to the Glory of God the Father" (Phil 2:11, (Isia 45:23, (Eph 3:9-11)
The analogy Paul gives in his discourse to the Ephesians of Messiahs oneness with his betrothed Bride is mentioned as a great mystery. There are 22,mysteries in the scriptures. But this is a great mystery. " I speak concerning Messiah and the Commonwealth. (Eph. 5:22) "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones" (Eph 5:30,31)
In the ancient wedding system when the Father tells the son to go and get his bride, it is after certain things are accomplished (John 14:1) Can you imagine God presenting His Son without half of his rightful inheritance? This inheritance includes the Jewish remnant, in whom pertains, "the adoption, and the glory. and the covenants, and the giving of the law and the service of God and the promises whose are the fathers and of whom as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever, Amen. (Romans 9:4-5)
He was also promised "a seed shall serve him" (Isa 53:10, Psalm 22:30, 102:38) and another fold, mainly all the Gentiles that would believe.. "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd". (John 10:16) He came not. but to the house of Israel (Matt. 10:6) Nonetheless, provision was made in Gods foreknowledge from eternity past for all Gentiles who would believe on His Name. This mystery also includes His foreknowledge that the plan that He set up would be a stumbling block to His People who would try to. establish their own righteousness, not submitting themselves to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3, 11:32-36). Ephesians also says this mystery" has been hid in God who created all things by Messiah" (Eph. 3:9). This secret plan consisting of two peoples, Jew and Gentile, declaring the manifold wisdom of God, is to be expressed to all men, but also another entity in and of itself." And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God who created all things by Messiah" To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Commonwealth the manifold wisdom of God according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Messiah our Lord" (Eph 3:9-11)
Paul reveals the mystery for which reason all things were created/ This mystery has nothing to do with anything that is recognizable or relevant to the Commonwealth. It has nothing to do with what men can receive or benefit from the world itself. It is one thing a calculated demonstration to an invisible order of angelic beings called the principalities and powers, and it must be made throughout the Commonwealth alone. It is a manifestation of the wisdom of God It must be made exclusively through the Commonwealth. It is totally other than anything we have taken to ourselves as the reason for the Commonwealths existence
There was a primeval struggle between light and dark before the world was created . In Genesis there is a gap between Creation and the replenishing of the earth. The world was created that it m might support an entity called the Commonwealth that would bring this conflict to its final conclusion The Commonwealth has languished for millennia without an understanding of this and been the victim of these powers of the air instead of the answer. The wisdom of the world centers itself around self preservation One system is based on force, intimidation and violence with its own advantages. But the ability to lay down ones life is selfless and is the wisdom of the Son of God who never initiated anything for himself but lived entirely for the glorification of His Father. This is completely contrary to how we think we should live. Gods wisdom gives up, relinquishes and yields to something greater than death and by that ,not to fear death.
The magnitude of this eternal purpose and this demonstration is of such a kind they it cannot be made be mere individuals alone. It has to be made by the entire Commonwealth or not at all. It will be comprised of an entire people freed from the influence of the principalities and the powers of the air, a people who are not insecure, fearful, living for themselves and who are gloriously freed from mammon, indifferent to disasters and afflictions, knowing they possess in heaven a enduring home. These are the strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Their security lies in the Lords unique resources and His provision is full no matter what it looks like to the worlds eye.
So exactly how does the Commonwealth manifest the Lordship of Messiah to the principalities and powers of the air? Through our praise and worship. The Old Testament and Prophets knew the biblical precedent that was set. This would be the realm where victory would lie. Jehosephats victory was predicated on this promise, "O give thanks to the L-rd for he is good, His mercy endures forever" (I Chron 20:21) (Psalm 136) The singers out into battle and the instrumentalists followed .G-d sent ambushments to defeat the foe. Is it any different today? Not at all. The wisdom of this world is foolishness, for G-d uses the abase things to confound the wise (I Cor 1:27)"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent" ( I Cor 1:17)
Gods ways will never be mans ways. In every particular and break down, God will make sure to it. His manifold wisdom is based upon His choice. His selection of individuals are usually not noble and despised of the world, so that"no flesh should glory in his presence: (I Cor 1:26-31)
The King has wrought something so glorious in His bride whom he is about to gather unto Himself. May we lavish upon our soon coming bridegroom King, the rightful praise and obedience so rightfully His in our lives. This then is the twofold purpose of His body, to make all men see, the oneness of his Body, and to ALL powers that is, or has ever been, the abandonment of the Commonwealth to Her Lord, that He purposed in his Son.