What We Believe
We believe Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel and the Nations (Isa 49:6). He came to this earth 2,000 years ago to offer his perfect life as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Matt 20:28). This was to fulfill the Scriptures regarding the Messiah’s role as a Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53). After his death Jesus was raised from the dead (1 Cor 15:3-4). Forty days later Jesus ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of God the Father (Eph 2:6). We believe Jesus will soon return to this earth at a time appointed by God the Father (Matt 24:36). At this time he will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and reign as King over all the earth (Acts 1:7).
Furthermore, although the idea of God taking on flesh is a great mystery, Voice of Messiah affirms both the full divinity and full humanity of Jesus. Jesus clearly referred to himself as a man, albeit one who is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father (Jn 8:58).
About the One-ness of God
We believe that the fundamental nature of the One God is that He has eternally existed, exists now, and will always exist as a relationship of distinct and equal persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19). In no way do we understand that this understanding of God contradicts the traditional view of God’s One-ness found in the Shema (Deut 6:4). The Hebrew Bible consistently presents the One God as nevertheless characterized by a certain plurality in His essential nature (Dan 7; Gen 32:22-32). This truth was widely accepted by many Jewish people living in the first-century, and was eventually expounded upon by the Jewish Apostles who wrote the New Testament (Heb 1:3).
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is a uniquely inspired document, inerrant and infallible in its original autographs (2 Tim 3:16-17). Although written by human authors, we believe that God so intervened in the process of creating the original manuscripts of the 66 books of the Bible, that they can be said to be the very words of God Himself, and are therefore fully sufficient for deciding all matters of faith and practice (2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe Adam and Eve were created in the image of God and fell into sin through willful disobedience (Gen 1-3). As a result, all people are born into a state of spiritual death and animosity towards God (Ps 51:5). Although human depravity does not imply that every person is as bad as they could possibly be, it does mean that no part of our thoughts, actions, motives, intentions etc., are free from the corrupting influences of sin (Isa 64:6). Because of sin, all people stand guilty before God and can only be redeemed through repentance and faith in the work of Jesus, our Second Adam, who came to re-create a people in God’s perfect image (Rom 5).
About the Afterlife
We believe that the only path to eternal life is to repent and believe in the Gospel (Heb 6:1). For those who do, the reward will be eternal bliss in a “new heavens and new earth” (Rev 21). Those who reject the Gospel will spend eternity in conscious torment and suffering away from the presence of God (Isa 66:24).
Additionally, Voice of Messiah does not endorse any doctrine such as “Dual Covenant Theology” or “Wider Hope,” both of which hold that there is a way for Jewish people to be saved apart from conscious faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The path to salvation is the same for Jews and Gentiles, and depends on conscious, intelligent faith in the Gospel (Acts 15:11). One must be born again through faith and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3).
About the Holy Spirit
We believe in the full divinity of the Holy Spirit, whose work is to bear witness to the Gospel, convict the world of sin and judgment, regenerate our hearts through faith, and glorify Jesus and his ministry (Jn 3:5; 16:8). We believe that at the moment of regeneration the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the spirit of the believer, continuing to sanctify, lead, guide, fill, gift, and illuminate the believer for the duration of his/her life (Eph 1:14; Acts 4:8; 16:6). In addition, we do not affirm the doctrine of cessationism, or the idea that certain gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased to exist after the deaths of the Apostles. We understand that all gifts of the Holy Spirit that were present in the first century, and during the lives of the Apostles, are still available and necessary today, including gifts of healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues, deliverance from demons, discernment of spirits, words of knowledge, the working of signs and wonders, the receiving of dreams and visions etc. (1 Cor 12-13; Joel 2:28).
We believe that the Jewish people remain God’s chosen people on the basis of His unconditional covenants with the Jewish patriarchs (Rom 9-11). In addition to promising that the Messiah would come through the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah (Gen 49:10), these covenants also ensured that the Jewish people would perpetually maintain their gift of the Promised Land (Gen 15), that they would be uniquely blessed and preserved as a people for all time (Jer 31:35-37), and that the Messiah would administer his kingdom from the throne of David in Jerusalem for all eternity (2 Sam 7; Ps 2). Furthermore, we believe that “replacement theology’ and/or “supersessionsim” has historically represented, and still represents today, one of the single greatest hindrances to the Body of Messiah fulfilling God’s redemptive purposes for the world.