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We are Netzarim Yehudim Chavurah (House of Unity)

Please refer to this article also which explains why we do not call ourselves “Christian.”

Shalom visitor, we are servants of Yeshua HaMashiach reclaiming and pursuing the original faith or faith once delivered to the saints. In this article I will explain why we do not call ourselves Christian but rather Netzarim. The early Ekklesia (Hebrew for sold out ones) did not call themselves Christians. They were Netzarim.

The history of the Netzarim (Nazarenes) dates back to the days of Yeshua HaMashiach’s (who Christians refer to as Jesus) ministry on earth. Yeshua himself was called a Netzarim. Yochanan (John) 18:5 TS2009, “They answered Him, “יהושע of Natsareth.” יהושע said to them, “I am.” And Yehuḏah, who delivered Him up, was also standing with them. Netzarim Messianic Judaism is a monotheistic religion (based on the believed of the existence of only one Elohim (God). It is centered in the life and teachings of Yeshua HaMashiach. His disciples as they are known believe Yeshua (Jesus) to be the Messiah prophesied in the Torah as the savior and redeemer.

The term netzer (sprout or branch) is also the root word for the city of the Branch, Netzeret (Nazareth)… The designation of ‘Nasraya’ serves as a reminder for all his followers, not that he dwelled in Netzeret but that his ‘dwelling’ (the Spirit of HaMashiach) is within his people.”

Yeshua (Jesus) said that he did not come to abolish the Torah or Nevi’im (Matthew 5.18), and that both would endure as long as the Heaven and Earth are here (Matthew 5.18); Revelation 1.1; 21.8 says that those who violate the Torah are punished by suffering in the hereafter. The Gospel accounts report that this was not just lip-service, as Yeshua (Jesus) kept Shabbat (Luke 4.16) and the Mo’edim (Appointed Times or Holy Days) such as Sukkot. The most well-known Jewish festival he kept was Pesach. We read proofs of this in his instructions to “keep the Passover” (Matthew 26.18), which is the equivalent of “eat the Passover” (Mark 14.14), which we are told he did.

Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens. Matthew 5:17-20 TS2009

and came and dwelt in a city called Natsareth – thus to fill what was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Natsarene.” Matthew 2:23 TS2009

For having found this man (Paul) a plague, who stirs up dissension among all the Yehuḏim throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Natsarenes, Acts 24:5 TS2009

These sectarians… did not call themselves Christians–but “Nazarenes”

They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law–circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest– they are not in accord with Christians…. they are nothing but Jews…. They have the Goodnews according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew.

But a Yehuḏi (Hebrew: Jew. Yehudim, plural = Jews) is he who is so inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in Spirit, not literally, whose praise is not from men but from Elohim. Romans 2:29

We are grafted into the vine and we become Netzarim by this adoption of Elohim.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our that we are children of Elohim, and if children, also heirs – truly heirs of Elohim, and co-heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him, in order that we also be exalted together. Romans 8:14-17

2 thoughts on “We Are Netzarim

  1. Larry Pratt says:

    Yes, the first believers were called Netzarim. I agree with you. I call myself a Netzarim or follower of “the way” or Christ. I do not follow a Torah disobedient Christ. The first early believers were Jewish like Peter, John, etc, but later many came to the knowledge of Christ from the other 11 tribes. They were Ephramites, Danites, etc. etc. Today I think the word “Jew” is applied to anyone who practices Judaism. Yeshua did not practice Judaism with all the added man-made laws. Shalom.

    1. Many don’t realize that originally, “Jews” were from the tribe of Judah. I have seen words and terms over time that have been misappropriately applied. These things can and do cause confusion in many minds. One of the things I attempt to do is clear up that confusion. Although I don’t pick on people who have been mislead in these things, I do try and educate people in hopes that those I reach come to understand things better. I myself try and understand the Father’s will rather than my own. Firstly based on love of course as you already know we should. Because writings translated from Greek dilute the original meaning in comparison to understanding them in Hebrew, I try to learn more Hebrew to gain better insight into the “sod” of the word. Trying to understand the intention of the original authors in Hebrew can help us a lot as we rightly divide the word of Elohim. Also, understanding that scripture interprets scripture adds much light as well. Shalom.

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