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True Shalom

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We stand on the shoulders of giants and we must thank the Gentile Church of the remnant that has brought the Gospel to the current day, often surviving on the fringes and often at odds with the established Church on matters of doctrinal purity, trustworthiness of the Bible and the unchanging character of God.

This is what the Gentiles have given us.

Any reading of “religious” history would marvel not just at the survival of the Jewish people against all odds, but also of the remnant Church. Yet both have survived, intact … but still apart.

Gentiles have been grafted into the Olive tree of Romans 11, unnatural branches alongside the natural branches of the Jews and both nourished from the Hebraic roots. The tree has survived to modern times, battered and with predominantly unnatural Gentile branches.

Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25)

Is it a huge jump to believe that we may now have reached this point and God wants to restore this tree according to original intentions? If this is true, we should be seeing more and more Jews being welcomed into the Kingdom. If so, how will they be received by the Church? The track record is not a good one. Could One New Man be the solution, a safe, welcoming place where Jews and Gentiles can share a common destiny, but through celebrating their uniqueness?

Doesn’t it also say:

For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15)

Could life from the dead refer to bringing back chaim into the Church, as well as simcha, kadosh, chesed, mishpocha, limmud and berachot? How wonderful would that be?

And this is why One New Man must be initiated as an initiative of the Gentile Church. To repeat what I said in an earlier article, if you re-read Ephesians 2 you realise that Paul places the initiative at the feet of the Gentiles.

So, on the one hand we have the Gentile remnant Church, comprising of Bible believers who believe in the full counsel of God in every way, including a desire to see the fruition of Ephesians 2. And, on the other hand, we have Messianic believers in Jesus, both Jew and Gentile, who are eager for the Church to rediscover the true roots of the faith.

Could a merger be in the offing, even on a small scale?

How this is to happen is primarily down to the Will and timing of Almighty God. Are we willing to be agents of reconciliation and unity? Could One New Man become a reality? A true shalom of oneness?

This is an extract from the book, Shalom, available for £10 at

Are we willing to be agents of reconciliation and unity?

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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