Hebrew Christian Confession 1913

Our Hebrew Christian Confession

or The Foundations of our Holy Faith- Pastor Joseph Immanuel Landsman, 1913

(Ikrey Emunoseynu Hakedoyshe)

By Pastor Joseph Immanuel Landsman, 1913
Adaptation from Maimonides (Rambam) “Thirteen Principles or Articles of Faith”.

1. I believe with a perfect faith* in Jehovah, the Eternal God of Israel, the God of love and salvation, the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. He is the One God and Father. Of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things, and He is over all and with all and in all. His is the Glory forever. Amen

2. I believe with a perfect faith that God – Blessed be His name! – is Spirit, and that the true worshippers must worship their Father in heaven in spirit and in truth, for with such worshippers the Father is well pleased.

3. I believe with a perfect faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, the only begotten and well-beloved of His Father in heaven, whom God raised up to be the Redeemer of Israel, according to the promise which He made to our fathers by the mouth of His holy prophets – Who for us men and our salvation descended from heaven and became man.

He was conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, of the seed of David, and was anointed of God with the Holy Ghost and with power. He was in all points tempted as we are, but without sin. He glorified His Father in heaven, and made known His Name and His holy will to the children of men. He walked about the earth doing good to the children of Israel.
He bore the reproach of sinners, and was afflicted and humbled Himself unto death; yea, the death of the cross – the Righteous One for the wicked.

He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

Wherefore also God hath highly exalted Him, and raised Him up again from the dead on the third day after His death and burial. He showed Himself openly to His disciples after His resurrection, and ascended into heaven, where He now sitteth at the right hand of God; but thence He shall come again a second time in glory to set up His kingdom, restore all things, and to judge the quick and the dead.

He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.

4. I believe with a perfect faith that Jesus Christ our Lord is the image of the invisible God, the effulgence of His glory, the very image of His being, and the pre-existing cause of all things. He is the power of God and the wisdom of God. In Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He that seeth Him seeth the Father in heaven. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one cometh unto the Father but by Him.

5. I believe with a perfect faith that for us first God did raise up Jesus Christ, and sent Him to bless and to save His people from all their sins; and although our fathers rebelled and sinned against Him, God did not cast off His people, but exalted Jesus to be a Prince and Saviour to give repentance unto Israel and the forgiveness of sins–even to as many as believe on the Name of Jesus Christ with a true and perfect heart.

6. I believe with a perfect faith that by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God our fathers rebelled against the Messiah Jesus the King of Israel and His glory, that through their fall salvation may come to the Gentiles, that they might be brought near to God and to His salvation in the Messiah. But when the fullness of the Gentiles shall be gathered into His kingdom then all of Israel shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, and the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of God, and Jehovah shall be King over all the earth.

7. I believe with a perfect faith that the Messiah through His cross, when He offered Himself as a propitiation for the sins of the whole world, abolished the law of commandments and ordinances, which was the source of enmity between Jews and Gentiles, and broke down the middle wall of partition that He might create in Himself of the two One new man, reconciling both unto God, and creating peace between them. And now there is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither bond nor free; there is neither male nor female, but all are one in Christ Jesus.

8. I believe with a perfect faith that the Messiah is the end of the law unto righteousness to all them that believe on Him, and that it is by faith in Him apart from the works of the law that men are justified before God; for by the works of the law no flesh can either be justified or perfected.

9. I believe with a perfect faith that in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation, and faith which worketh by love; for love out of a pure heart is the end of the whole law and its true fulfillment, and whoever is in Christ is a new creation, created unto good works.

10. I believe with a perfect faith in the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Comforter, Who dwelleth for ever with them that believe, to sanctify them and to lead them into all truth.

11. I believe with a perfect faith that God, Who spake unto our fathers through the prophets, hath in the last days spoken unto us by His Son Jesus the Messiah, and that both alike are the words of the living God.

12. I believe with a perfect faith that the Holy Scriptures which we now possess were written by the Holy Spirit, and are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith in the Messiah Jesus, and to lead us in the ways of righteousness so that we may be perfect and completely furnished unto all good works.

13. I believe with a perfect faith in one holy Catholic Church, consisting of the whole congregation of the saints, and built on the foundation of the Apostles and the Prophets, Jesus the Messiah Himself being the chief Corner-stone. I believe in one baptism; in the forgiveness of sins; in the resurrection of the dead, and in the life everlasting. Amen.

Footnotes:
1a. * Pastor Landsman retained the idiom in the Hebrew formula used by Rambam in the “Thirteen Articles” of the Jewish Creed. What is meant is “I believe firmly,” or “With all my heart.”
1b. 1 John 5:7-15; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Gen1:1; Psa. 33:6; 1 Cor. 8: 6; Eph. 4:6; Rom. 11:36; Mark 12:28-34; John 17:23.
2. John 4:21-24; Rom. 12:1; Heb. 12:15; James 12:27.
3. Matt. 15:13-17, 3:17, 17:5; Luke 2, Rom. 22; John 3:13; Phil. 2:5-2; Matt. 1:1, 18-23; Rom. 1:3, 4; Matt. 3:13-17; Acts 10:38; Heb. 1:13, 14, 2:17,18, 12:2, 3; 1 Peter 3:18; Isa. 53; Matt. 20:28, 26:26, 27; Acts 2:22-36, 3:12-26, 4:8-12, 5:30, 31; Rom. 8:34; Acts 19-11; 2 Tim. 4:1; Luke 1:33, 34.
4. Matt. 11:26-30; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 1:1-4; 1 Cor. 1:23, 24; Col. 22:3, 9; John 14:1-4.
5. Acts 3:25, 26, 13:26, Verse 31, 3:19, 20.
6. Acts 2:23, 3:17, 18, 7:51, 52; Rom. 11:11-32; Isa. 11:1-10.
7. Eph. 2:14-22; Gal. 3:26-29; Col. 3:10, 11.
8. Rom. 10: 4, 3:21-30, 4:5; Gal. 2:15-17, 3:10, 11; Heb. 7:18, 19.
9. Gal. 5:5, 6:15; 1 Tim. 1:5; Rom. 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:17’ Eph. 2:10.
10. John 14:16, 17, 26, 16:7-14.
11. Heb. 1:1; 2 Peter 1:21; John 6:63, 68, 7:16-18, 12:44-50.
12. 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4: 12-13.
13. Eph. 2:19-22; Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:10; Phil. 1:1; Eph. 4:5; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:7, 8; Col. 1:14; 1 John 1:8, 9; 1 Cor.1:14; 1 John 1:8, 9; 1 Cor. 15.; John 5:24-29, 6:32-55.

In 1916, Joseph Landsman, a Polish-born Talmud scholar who emigrated to England, stresses the importance of Jewish Christians helping other Jews to become Christians: “Jewish believers ought to be one with the Gentile believers. But we have still another duty to perform, and that is to … be better able to remove the stumbling block from before our own nation…. Has God opened our eyes and brought us out of bondage into liberty, out of darkness into His marvelous light, in order that we should leave our nation in its spiritual darkness, without knowledge of Messiah? … If we do not care, who should?”