Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Matthew 16 records the great confession of Peter that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. We recall that "son of God" was a title for Israel (see Hos. 11:1), Israel's king representative, and hence especially of the Messiah. At this point, Yeshua makes His great statement concerning a new worldwide movement of faith, although its extent outside of Israel may not at that time have been clear to the disciples ...
This new movement of God worldwide must have a covenantal basis. That covenant is the New Covenant; entrance into it is through the confession of the Messiahship (Lordship) of Yeshua through immersion in water. Its foundation is the death and resurrection of Yeshua. As seen from the rest of Matthew 16, His Messiahship entails not only the kingly crown, but His suffering death as a prelude to the reign of resurrection power ...
John 17 makes it clear that Yeshua seeks the salvation of the world. He prays for His disciples to love one another - to be one as He and the Father are one - and that those who believe in His name through their witness might be one in love in the same way. Then shall the world know that He was in the Father and the Father in Him.
Jewish Roots, Chapter Two: Israel's Call and the New Testament