Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Php 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
When was this “once for all time” faith delivered? At the time of Adam? Abraham? Moses? Jesus? The Apostles?
The faith delivered to Abraham & Moses was temporary and incomplete (1 Peter 1:10-12; John 3:34; Hebrews 9:10; Romans 16:25-26; Galatians 3:19). The faith once delivered to the saints was brought forth by Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10; 2:20; Hebrews 1:1-4; 3:2-6; 12:2). This faith was handed down to the Apostles (Ephesians 2:20; John 16:12-15; 17:20; Acts 2:42; 13:12; Matthew 28:19-20) and then the early church (1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 16:18-19; 18:18; 21:43; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6; 2 Peter 1:1).
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
I know of many believers who are seeking to return to the faith once delivered to the saints and are seeking to understand their Hebraic roots. This is an honorable endeavor as our Heavenly Father seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit & Truth (John 4:23). However, there is much confusion and deception in the Hebraic roots movement. The true Hebrew root, the Olive tree of Israel, is Christ. The Word made flesh. If one wants to know their roots, one need only turn to the Bible.
Through the Hebrew roots movement and its various interpretations, many are turning to Judaism as this religion is portrayed as the religion of the Bible, but is this true? A look at the writings of Judaism will make it clear that this is not the faith once delivered to the saints. As one studies the early church and the writings of the early Church Fathers, one will see this faith aligns with the writings of the New Testament and sets forth the faith once delivered to the saints.
This page will be dedicated to the teachings of the early church and their interpretations of the Word of God which they profess were handed down to them through the teachings of the Apostles. I also hope to share the differences between what is taught in the Hebrew roots movement (claiming to be the ‘faith once delivered) and what was taught by these early Christians.
Christ did not come to make mankind into 1st century Jews. He came to redeem mankind (2 Corinthians 5:19) and remake them into His image (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:1-3). Jesus is THE image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:15-16) who is love (1 John 4:8).
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We are not to look to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, we are not to look to Moses, David, or Elijah, we are not to look to first century Judaism to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3)…we are to look to Messiah Jesus, the Word of God made flesh. The root of which we are to seek is not Hebrew, it is Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, the manifestation of God’s love.
Col 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,
Col 2:7 being rooted and being built up in Him, and being confirmed in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Knowledge of the way in which believers worshiped in the 1st century is not as important as knowledge God (2 Peter 1:2), and the love of Messiah (Ephesians 3:19; 2 Peter 3:18) by His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6; Romans 5:5; 8:2-4). Messiah did not come to make mankind into 1st century Jews. He came to redeem mankind (2 Corinthians 5:19) and remake them into His image (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:1-3). Jesus is THE image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:15-16) who is love (1 John 4:8).
Much edification can be gained by studying believers of the 1st century (Job 8:8; 12:12; Deuteronomy 32:7; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11), but one cannot come to the fullness of God’s will (Ephesians 3:19; 4:13; Colossians 2:9-10) by following man’s understanding of His will at that time. Paul, who had great understanding of religion during the 1st century, did not even claim to have attained the full knowledge of Messiah/the Word (Philippians 3:8-14). Peter admonishes us to continue to grow in His grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). Scripture declares that God has given various gifts and services to the body of Messiah that we might grow unto perfection (Ephesians 4:11-13). If 1st century believers had attained unto God’s perfect will, there would be no need to grow. James also said that we all stumble in many things (James 3:2). This is not the language of one who believes that perfection had been attained.
It is not walking as 1st century Jews which is God’s will for us. It is walking in His love by His Spirit (1 John 4:12-17) as it is done in heaven (Matthew 6:10). It is God working in us, through His Son (Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21). This cannot be done by submission unto man, this can only be done through submitting unto Him (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14). This cannot be done by conforming oneself to man’s understanding (Romans 12:2), this can only be done by being conformed/transformed into the image of Messiah (Romans 8:29) through the work of God’s Spirit (Philippians 3:21).
1Jn 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
1Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.