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Twelve Points of the One True Faith (Eph. 4:3-6)

Does Yours Pass the Test?

"by their fruits you shall know them" (Mt. 7:20)

COMMENT: This is not intended as an exhaustive list of points of
the one true faith but as a list of twelve key points.

1. Is the ONLY true faith.
(Eph. 4:3-6)
COMMENTS: There are not multiple true faiths. Christianity and Judaism are not both true saving faiths, only one of them is a true faith. The other is a false religion.

2. Was once and for all time delivered to the set-apart ones. (Jude 1:3)
COMMENTS: The one true faith is not a "new replacement" faith which
replaces an older obsolete faith. (As Christians believe that "Christianity" has
replaced "Judaism" as the true saving faith).

3. Is Jewish.
(Jn. 4:22; Zech. 8:23; Acts 23:6; Acts 25:8; Rom. 3:1-2)
COMMENTS: The one true faith is a form of Judaism.

4. Is the sect of the Nazarenes.
(Acts 24:5, 14)
COMMENTS: The one true faith is the Nazarene Sect of Judaism.

5. Is a Tanak based faith.
(Acts 17:11; 2Tim. 3:16)
COMMENTS: The "Scriptures" refered to in the NT can only be the
Tanak (since the NT was still being written and did not exist yet). The true faith does not
contradict the Tanak and can be verified by the Tanak.

6. Is a Torah observant faith.
(Deut. 31:12; Mt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:31; Rev. 12:17)

7. Proclaims Yeshua as the Messiah.
(Dt. 18:15-19; Mt. 16:15-17; Rev. 12:17)

8. Proclaims the deity of Messiah.
(Rom. 10:9, 13 = Joel 2:32; Jn. 19:37 = Zech. 12:10; Phil. 2:10-11 =
Is. 45:23)

9. Abstains from Babylonian customs and practices.
(Is. 48:20; 52:11; Jer. 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zech. 2:6-7; 2Cor. 6:14-18;
Rev. 18:4)
COMMENTS: "Christmas, Easter, etc.

10. Knows and proclaims the Name of YHWH.
(Ex. 9:16; Is. 52:6; Ps. 9:10; 91:14; 99:3; 145:21; 148:13; Mal.

11. Proclaims the eventual reunion of the two Houses of Israel.
(Jer. 3:18; Hosea 1-3; Ezek. 37:15-22)

12. Proclaims the Seventh day Sabbath.
(Ex. 20:8-11)

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Comment by Abigail on October 12, 2008 at 1:11am
Yes I agree with all 12! No 12 needs to have Leviticus 23 added as the 7th day Sabbath
is included with the Feasts of YHWH & all 52 weekly Sabbaths + 7 High Sabbaths are
to be kept by Isra'el.
Comment by Abigail on October 12, 2008 at 1:22am
See also Ex34 as it appears to me that the 7th day Sabbath & the Feasts with High
Sabbaths are intertwined. All need to be done not just one set.
Comment by Barzillai dov Ganya on October 12, 2008 at 6:15am
How about the 13 articles of the Faith?
Comment by Christopher on October 12, 2008 at 8:49am
Curious about no. 4; Zealous about no.5, and twelve, although not a prime number, is a Divine number.
Comment by Jerry on October 12, 2008 at 10:13pm
For the most part, I would agree with your 12 points, with the exceptions of 3, 4 & 5 . . .
# 3 - According the Scripture, this 'faith once delivered' and it's halacha was given to Israel and not just to the Jewish people. And according to the Scripture, Israel is to be made up of not only physical descendants of Jacob that would walk in obedience, but also to those of the nations ( Isa. 49, Isa. 56, Eph. 2 and Rom. 11 )

#4 - . . .the sect of the Nazarenes . . . That statement disenfranchises those that 'believed' with the faith of Abraham before the advent of Messiah as recorded in the Apostolic Writings ( NT ) . This sect that you reference was time-period sensitive to the NT period. The writer of Hebrews speaks of that faith was delivered to us was the one also delivered to the assembly ( church, congregation, etc ) in the wilderness. And there can be ONLY ONE FAITH . . .

# 5 - . . . tanak based . . .Scripture tells us that Messiah IS the Spirit of Prophecy. For Yeshua to speak of 'Scripture . . . knowing what had been written and what was YET to be written . . .and for HIM to say that not one jot or tittle would pass from the law. And what is the 'law' ? Is it not the teachings and instructions from GOD for HIS people ? And if so, does that not include the Apostolic Writings ( NT ) as well ?

When the Apostle Paul states that all Scripture is profitable . . . I understand that the only Scripture that was available at the time was the Tanak. But if Paul ( and the other writers of the NT ) were men inspired of the Holy Spirit of God and moved to write . . . then when we say that our faith is 'Tanak based' ( I agree wholeheartedly that our faith is Torah-based ) are we not minimizing and lessening the inspiration, annointing, importance and necessity of these later writings. thanks - Jerry Prodigal Ministries danville, KY
Comment by James Trimm on October 12, 2008 at 10:43pm
Now one might ask why we call this Torah-Faith “Judaism”? The earliest known usage of the term “Judaism” is in 2Maccabees 2:21 in which the Maccabees are called “those who strove zealously on behalf of ‘Judaism’” (around 180 BCE). First century writers such as Philo and Josephus used the term “Judaism” to refer to this faith.

Most importantly Paul calls his own faith “Judaism” in Gal. 1:13-14:

For you have heard of my way of life that was from before,
which was in Judaism that I especially persecuted the assembly
of Eloah and was destroying it. And I excelled in Judaism more
than many of my peers who were my countrymen and I was
especially zealous in the teaching of my fathers.

(Some translations have “religion of the Jews” here but both the Aramaic and Greek clearly have “Judaism”)

Now the question must be asked, is Paul comparing his past life in Judaism to his current life in some new religion, or is he comparing his past life in Judaism to his current life in Judaism? Let us turn to other things Paul said to find out:

Neither against the Jewish Torah, nor against the Temple…
have I offended in anything at all.
(Acts 25:8)

…I have done nothing against the people or the customs
of our fathers…
(Acts 28:17)

…Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees…
(Acts 23:6)

Clearly Paul called his own religion “Judaism”.

Finally it is very important that Yeshua is never recorded to have objected to the fact that his own faith, was in his own time, commonly called “Judaism”. Never is he recorded as having said “Ow yea… and would you please stop calling this ‘Judaism’”.

Romans 9:1-23 discusses Israel as YHWH's chosen people. Then in
9:24-29 Paul quotes passages regarding each of the two houses of
Israel. In Romans 9:25-26 Paul quotes Hosea 2:23 & Hosea 1:10 about a
group who were

Romans 9:30-31

Lets look at this whole section of Romans 9 in context from the

24. Which we are, the called, not only from the Jews but also from the
25. Thus also he said in Hoshea, I will call those who were not my people,
my people, and to whom I have not shown mercy, I will show mercy.
26. For it will be [that] in the place where they were called No my
people, there they will be called sons of the living Eloah.
27. And Yesha'yahu proclaimed concerning the B'nai Yisra'el,
that even though the number of the B'nai Yisra'el should be like the
sand that
is in the sea, a remnant of them will be saved.
28. He has decided and determined the matter and YHWH will
accomplish it upon the earth.
29. And according to that which Yesha'yahu previously said, If
YHWH Tzva'ot had not left us a remnant, we would have been as S'dom and
would have resembled 'Amora.

Ok now lets get some important facts from the text:

Who are the "Jews" and "Gentiles" of verse 24?

Rom. 9 begins the contrast of the "Jews" and "Gentiles" by quoting
Hosea 2:25(23); 2:1 (1:10) in Rom. 9:25-26. But if we look up the
context of the people "which were not my people" which he calls "my
people" in Hosea we find that they are the "children of Israel" (Hosea
2:1 ( 1:10)) as opposed to "the children of Judah" (Hosea 2:2 (1:11))
So if Paul is quoting Hosea in context and contrasting Jews and
Gentiles (Rom. 9:24) using Hosea 2:1-2 (1:10-11) then the "Jews" of
Rom. 9:24 are the "Childern of Judah" of Hosea 2:2 (1:11) and the
"Gentiles" of Rom. 9:24 are the "children of Israel" of Hosea 2:1
(1:10). If this is true then as this contrasting pair advances into
Rom. Chapter 11 the two trees are the two Houses.

(This reasoning carries on through Romans 11 M'LOA HAGOYIM = "a
multitude of nations"/"fullness of the Gentiles" (Gen. 48:19 = Rom.
11:25). The word "etz" in Hebrew which is the word for "stick" in the
two sticks prophecy of Ezek. 37 also means "tree" tieing in with two
trees in Rom. 11. In Ezek. 37 the two sticks are the two Houses of

(The term GOYIM ("gentiles" or "nations") is occasionally used in the
Tanak to describe the House of Israel as opposed to the House of Judah
(see Gen. 48:19 & Is. 9:1 for example).

So the "Jews and Gentiles" of Rom. 9 are not Jews and non-Hebrews but
Jews and Ephraimites.

Now if we understand the olive tree parable of Romans 11 in light of
this information, then the "wild olive tree" (Rom. 11:17) represents
the House of Israel (Ephraim) and the "[cultivated] olive tree" (Rom.
11:17) represents the House of Judah. The "wild branches" are
Ephraimites; the original natural branches that they were were
"grafted in among" are the "remnant" (Rom. 9:29; 11:17) and the "some
of the branches" which were broken off, but later grafted back in when
they are no longer in unbelief (11:17, 23) are Rabbinic Jews. The
"wild branches" (Ephraimites) are not to boast against the natural
branches (the remnant/Nazarene Jews and Rabbinic Jews; 11:18) and are
to be fed by the root of the cultivated Olive Tree (11:17) (that is
the House of Judah). These Ephraimites join the "remnant" (Nazarene

So the NETZERIM ("branches") are grafted into the House of Judah.
This seems to be what is referred to in Ester 8:17 which speaks of
persons who "became Jews".
Comment by James Trimm on October 12, 2008 at 10:55pm
when Paul spoke to the Bereans in Acts 17:11 we are told of them:

These were more noble than those at Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness of mind,
and searched the Scriptures daily,
whether those things were so.

Paul was saying that the Bereans were noble because they did not believe
what Paul said simply on the authority of Paul. They were looking to see
if what Paul was teaching could be found in the Scriptures. Remeber, they
were looking in the Tanak, the only Scriptures they had at the time. Paul
said that it was noble of them to only accept his teaching if it lined up
with the Tanak. That means that whenever we study the New Testament we
should ask ourselves this question: "Can you get here from there?" (There
being the Tanak). If you think you understand something in the New
Testament in such a way that it contradicts the Tanak, then you need to
realize that you are misunderstanding it.
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on October 14, 2008 at 8:42am
would make an excellent tract.
Comment by Daniel Klutstein on October 14, 2008 at 3:47pm
Good summary of the faith


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