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Friends, it seems like it is timely for us to take a stroll down the Roman Road, at this particular time in the history of Believers:

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Although it seems like a "wordy" translation, I find that the flavor comes through very nicely with the Orthodox Jewish Brit Chadasha translation:

Romans 12:3 For I say to all who are among you through the chesed (unmerited favor, grace) given to me, that you should avoid a false sense of superiority in your thinking; rather exercise shlitah atzmi (self-control), thinking with seichel, as G-d has measured to each a measure of emunah.

It is with a heavy heart that I perceive that the Messianic Movement needs to be addressed on specific issues. There is no indecisiveness on my part in giving attention to these facts, due to the verity that I am also a part of this movement.

God has given us a very strong way of characterizing all undue self-elevation.

It would appear that there has been a fuzzy line drawn between the Believers and the Messianic Believers. Why, I do no know! To begin with, since Messiah has already come, everyone who has placed their emunah [faith] in the sacrificial blood atonement of Yeshua, would indeed qualify as a "Messianic Believer." Perhaps this is a simplistic view, but, nonetheless, it is true.

In our opening Scripture, Sha’ul [Paul] is very precisely saying that we are not to act proudly. Pride is a factor that God takes no pleasure in – it is a stench in His nostrils.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

As you can see, He has assured us that as we are swaddled in the fear of the LORD, we will hate pride. Pride is an offense to all tutoring we’ve been given in the Tanakh and the Brit Chadasha.

It has come to my attention, and has also been observed amongst many Messianic Believers, that there is a demeanor exuding from within the Messianics that seems to imply that if one is not a part of the Messianics, then they [the other Believers] have not quite achieved the depth of love and knowledge that the Messianic holds dear. Nonsense!! May it never be! This reeks of Gnosticism. The Gnostics were exclusively controlled by their knowledge, and very proud of their knowledgeable ways! We know that knowledge puffs one up!

God has addressed this problem with all clarity, when He said:

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. {ED. Emphasis added.}

Pride is a poison that will effectively work within the Body, unless it is purged by repentance; a turning around, and away from, this ungodly imbalance.

Does reading/writing/speaking Hebrew have anything to do with one’s salvation? Not one iota! Does studying the ways of the First Century Church have any impact upon one’s salvation? Absolutely not! Since when have we based salvation issues upon what language one is fluent in? Is our eternal destiny dependent upon our knowledge of Hebrew or Greek? Not in the least! The yoke of the Gospel is easy, and Yeshua’s burden is light.

Yes, I study the Hebrew and Greek languages. Yes, I study the history of the First Century Church, since all Believers were initially Jewish. This does not make me any better, nor higher, than any brother or sister in the Body of Yeshua. If that ever happens, may God erase all that I’ve learned, while studying from this perspective.

Being a Believer is not a scenario like a classroom setting where a peer classifies us according to our fluency in another language! It is truly necessary that we, the Body of Messiah, grasp the realization that no one is any better than the other is. If one has been gifted by God to teach, then it is a grace gift FROM God, nothing that they have achieved on their own, nor anything that they can take credit for. The "gift" will always draw one to the Master, not to the one who has been gifted.

John Gill has stated it succinctly in his Commentary, by saying:

" . . . . such ought to consider that what gifts, abilities, light, and knowledge they have, they have then, not of themselves, but from God; that they have not all faith, and all knowledge, or do not know the whole of the faith of the Gospel only a measure of it, which is dealt out, divided, and parted to every man, some having a greater degree of evangelical light than others; and that all have some, but none all."

Has the worldly heresy of "self-esteem" infiltrated the Church? Notice that in our opening Scripture, God grants all things to us in accordance to our measure of faith – not our measure of knowledge! And, it is by His chesed [mercy] that He has given us that self-same faith to even believe on Him.

In all of our getting wisdom, let us get understanding, lest we end up as fools:

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

We must clothe ourselves with the reverential fear of the Lord, lest the Ancient of days shall call, and we are so busily blowing our own horn that we do not hear the sound of the shofar. There is simply no room in the providence and power of God for His children to participate in a caste system. There is no partiality with God, and it should never be seen amongst His children either. For those who would aspire to a place of leadership, let me take this moment in time to admonish you with God’s word, which is specific to leadership:

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

There is no mystery in the Messianic structure, just some chaff that needs to be blown away by the mighty Ruach of God.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you. [Hebrew Names Version]

May God prosper His Word in each vessel who will receive it, and may He bring it into fruition in our life, with much expediency.

Humbly submitted for the edification of the Saints by Anna L. Schwery.
İYad b’Yad Ministries

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