Common English Bible (CEB)
"13 But now, thanks to Messiah Yeshua, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.
14 Messiah is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us.
15 He canceled the detailed rules of the Law so that he could create one new person out of the two groups, making peace."
At Beit Mashiach, we are a Messianic congregation of Jews and Gentiles. We strive hard to bring the good news of Israel's Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach to everyone. It is our calling to reach out to the Jew first, and also the Gentile, just like the Apostle Paul did. We want to reach Jewish people in a context they can understand and also the Gentile who desires to know the Hebrew roots of his, or her, faith. Many believers feel such a strong linkage to Torah and the Hebrew culture that they feel they may have Jewish ancestry and they desire to further explore this amazing and beautiful culture. We don't deny people this. We embrace it. The Holy Spirit's pull on our hearts toward His Son leads many of us right into how He lived, grew up and faced life. All of us, Jew and Gentile, love Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In knowing Israel's history, we look forward to her future.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about there being peace between the two peoples, Jew and Gentile, he was writing about an act of God that was meant to destroy the division that had existed between them. It seems that our Lord was not pleased with this division of peoples who both claimed to serve Him. The death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah on the cross was not an abolishment of the law but a fulfillment of it. His Torah, His instructions were now living in our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit and His people were, and are, supposed to be one. Living in Him, we have His desires, His Law, written in our hearts. His love is supposed to reign and rule in us. His loving Spirit seeks to unite His children, not divide them.
The Apostle Paul, a former Pharisee, discusses this wall that God broke down that divided Jews and Gentiles. He tells us that it was Messiah Himself who made all peoples one entity in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yeshua, the Son of God is the fulfillment of Torah. In fact, He is the Torah: The Living Torah. He is Israel's awaited Messiah and there will be no one else. He is the promised seed of Abraham and the hope of all mankind.
Now, the result of His presence and desire was to create one new entity coming out of 2 different backgrounds: The Jew (His Chosen) and the Gentiles (those among the nations who would be grafted into His Kingdom). He sees His people as One. Beware of those who see us as two or more.
At Beit Mashiach we like to call ourselves a, "Tri-Lingual" congregation. We expressly try and honor all the Word of God as Torah. We are hungry to learn Hebrew, understand Hebrew, live according to the dictates of the living Torah, Yeshua the Messiah and bring the Kingdom of our God to the World as directed. We are tri-lingual because in addition to our Hebraic roots, we have among us believers who speak either English or Spanish as their first language. With the diversity in languages, and culture among us, many visitors to Beit Mashiach are amazed at the spirit of love and togetherness they experience when they visit for the first time. This is easy to explain. The walls of separation are broken down and we fully intend, with the Lord's direction and help, to keep them down, way way way down. We are not perfect, but everyone is welcome equally in our congregation. The gound is equal at the foot of Messiah's cross. Truly, in the Ruach HaKodesh there is no division we are supposed to make: 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, "For by one Spirit are we all immersed(baptized) into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."
Unfortunately, in many Messianic circles this is not the norm. Neo-Pharisees, Neo-Saducees and other spiritually weak politicians have sought to divide their flocks because of the families they grew up in. Ignoring the clear intention of Yeshua in His Word they have built walls of division that are thwarting the growth of God's Kingdom and causing the Messianic movement to diminish dramatically. If the Lord Himself desires for the walls of partition between His people to be put down, then why are so many followers of Yeshua working so hard to put them back up? Amazing at it may sound, I know of congregations in Messianic Judaism who do not want Gentiles in there midst. They will make it very clear that if you are not Jewish that you should go find your 'church'. What if God called that goy to be in your congregation? I even know of some who have made anyone not Jewish to take off their yamulkes' and tallits. How silly. How destructive. What if the Lord called those people to that congregation and now you have turned them into second class citizens. Do you think the Lord will bring quality leaders to something so small minded? I actually wonder whose side these people are on anyway. Only a wolf in sheeps clothing would act like this in order to scatter the flock. Satan knows a house divided among itself cannot stand. There is nothing in the Brit Chadashah that comes close to warranting this kind of discrimination. How can any fair minded person not count behavior like this as bigotry? The Lord wants the walls down and we need to work hard to keep the walls down. Putting up walls of division works against the building of God's Kingdom.