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Messiah: The Way to Righteousness

Kenneth J. Morgan

Suppose through a study of the Tanakh that you are inclined to believe Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazereth was and is the Messiah of Israel. What does that mean you should do now? Before answering this question, let's ask another one.

How does one become righteous before God? These two questions are inherently related: belief in Yeshua as Messiah brings you to a righteous standing before God. But how could that possibly be?

How Does One Become Righteous Before God?

Is it by prayers and good works? No, it is by faith. The Torah explicitly states that God counted Abraham's faith as righteousness:

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,

"Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great."

Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir." Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir." And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6)

Abraham's faith--he believed in Ha Shem--was reckoned to him as righteousness.

Abraham's belief in Ha Shem followed the revelation and promise just given to him by God. He believed God, and God counted that faith as righteousness. Two millenia later, God gave Israel a new revelation, Yeshua, the Messiah, whom he had sent to his people Israel. To believe in God today is to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah. If you believe this, then like Abraham, your faith will be reckoned as righteous: you will be righteous before God.

But is this belief merely mental assent to a religious proposition? Indeed, no. Much more is involed. But what? If you now believe Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel, what does it mean you should do? First, let me tell you what it does not mean.

Belief in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel: What It Does Not Mean

You may have come to see that the prophets point to Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah, but as a Jew, the stakes are high for you. There are many troubling questions. Perhaps what follows will answer some of them.

Belief in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel: What It Does Mean

If you believe in Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah, here is what it means for you: righteousness before God. Why? Because God reckons your faith, like Abraham's faith, as righteousness--if it is genuine. Of what, then, does genuine faith in God's Messiah consist?


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