As is evident, the perspective of the first Messianic Jews was that this purpose had found its ultimate fullness in and through the Mashiach. In fact, in as much the patriarch himself had not been born Jewish the paradigm of Jewish identity to which gentiles are called by G-d is wonderfully revealed in him. Avram was born as a gentile in Ur, a hotbed of idolatry and domain of the despot Nimrod. But G-d revealed Himself to Avram, called Him out from there to Eretz Yisrael and credited his faith in Him as the One True G-d as righteousness. It was on this basis of faith first that G-d established His covenant with Avram, changed his name to ‘Avraham’ and commanded both him and his descendants to be circumcised as an outward sign of his inward faith condition. It was because of this that Avraham was called a ‘Hebrew,’ since he had not only ‘crossed over’ physically from Ur to Eretz Yisrael, but spiritually too, leaving behind the paganism of his parents and embracing instead faith in G-d as אחד Echad. It was this journey to faith in G-d that brought him to Jewish identity and entitled him to b’rit milah, not the other way around. Salvation indeed comes by faith alone, but as in Avraham, the mixed multitude, Rut and countless millions other such converts, such faith necessarily changes people and opens the door to a new identity as a Jew. “He is a new creation – the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
At Teshuvah Messianic Synagogue we give room for those born gentile to take this awesome next step forward in their spiritual journey and become Jews-by-choice. For those who wish to make such a transition we offer a comprehensive course of study, taught over a period of a year and a half which examines key aspects of Jewish theology, history, identity, life cycle, lifestyle and much more. Students are mentored throughout the period of the course and are thus guided through what can be a challenging process of transition to Jewish identity. Those wishing to proceed after this are required to present themselves for interview, are immersed in the mikveh and, in the case of male candidates for conversion, undergo b’rit milah.
If you would like to know more about all this please do contact us.