Why 2COR5:20 ???
Ambassadors for Messiah
We (as a ministry & personally) are at a turning point! In recent years we’ve noticed entire Christian denominations rejecting G_d’s call to share the Gospel with Jewish people. Unfortunately, Gentiles think it’s the right thing to do. But what if I told you that NOT sharing Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) with G_d’s own people is not His will? It is nothing short of withholding the message of eternal life to the chosen people!
This ministry “2COR5:20” is to encourage, teach and instruct church leadership and the Body of Messiah on the purpose of sharing the Gospel to the Jewish people and how to implement that within their own life and congregation. Why it is important, how it will impact their life and the life of others, and what a joy it will be to come under the covering of G_d for helping His chosen people.
Our calling is to ignite a fire in the Gentile church, so there is a great awakening regarding this act of love which has seemingly left the church as it relates to the Jewish people. You may ask ‘Why?’ Let’s turn to the Scriptures for its intent. The Gospel of Messiah is meant for all people, but the Jewish people first: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of G_d to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek (Gentiles)” Romans 1:16. It seems to be clear, doesn’t it? Here the Gospel is not only to the Jew but to the Jew first. Paul who claims to be single-focused on the Greek (Gentile) cries out (Romans 9:1-4) that he would give up his own salvation for the sake of his brethren, the Jews to come to Messiah Yeshua.
Let’s continue with Yeshua (Jesus). He sent out these twelve and ordered them, “Do not go to the Gentiles, and do not enter into any Samaritan town. But go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near!’ Matthew 10:5-7
What’s the importance, you might ask? How about G_d’s order and not man’s? The Great Commission was given (Matthew 28:16-20), and in most churches today there still isn’t outreach to the Jewish people. Paul warns us of the dangers of this type of arrogance/selfishness. In Romans 11:17-20 he explains that Gentiles were grafted in because the Jewish people stumbled in their acceptance of Messiah Yeshua. This opened the door for Gentiles who are saved by (faith) becoming (grafted/adopted in), as it were, spiritual Jews (Romans 2:28–29) and not to become “arrogant, but fear”. Perhaps a profound question follows … Romans 11:12 – Now if their transgression leads to riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, then how much more their fullness!
But what does the term spiritual Jews mean? Are they family? YES!!! Try looking at it in this fashion, I was adopted at birth by my mother and father (Gil & Eleanor Brust), I took on their name “Brust”. I was adopted/ grafted into their family, with all the rights and privileges that come with birth. I am a child of theirs, why would I ever turn my back on them? Just the same, Gentiles have been adopted/grafted into the family of G_d by faith in Yeshua, why would they push away or turn their back on the part of the family that salvation came through? John 4:22 tells us that salvation comes through the Jews (You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. John4:22). This should humble Gentiles and fill them with zeal for evangelism to Jews out of gratitude. There is a disconnect though and that is missed.
Like we said the scriptures are clear and instruct us all that all Gentiles are grafted/adopted and to reach back and help our lost family to receive salvation through Messiah Yeshua.
We journey to call on the body to fulfill Ephesians 2:14-16 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh, He made powerless the hostility— the law code of mitzvot contained in regulations. He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom, and to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross—by which He put the hostility to death.