ONE NEW MAN
Ephesians 2:14-18 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to G-d in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
The “One New Man” (Ish Echad Chadash) actually begins in the Tanakh (the Old Testament). There were the Jewish people who loved Yahweh, the L-rd, and they walked in the laws and commandments which they received from the L-rd through Moises (Moses) on Mount Sinai. As Gentiles (nations), G-d fearers, came in to their midst, they too adopted the laws and commandments of Moses and they were accepted by the physical descendants of Abraham. He became a follower of the L-rd through faith and obedience in what G-d told him to do (read the account of Genesis 12). These Gentiles were keeping Shabbat, the feasts and the biblical dietary laws.
In the time of the early disciples of Yeshua (Jesus), there were Jewish people who came out of the synagogue, infused by the Holy Spirit, and began to follow Yeshua. There were also many Gentiles, G-d fearers, who also began to follow Yeshua as well. They began to live what we would call today a Jewish lifestyle. There was great unity between the Jews and Gentiles which brought the power in their midst. There were many miracles at the time of Yeshua and afterwards which were done by His disciples because of this unity. The blind could see, the deaf could hear and the lame could walk. The dead were raised. Why? This occurred because of the great power that exists with unity.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron running down on his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the L-rd commanded the blessing – life forevermore.”
This was the unity that brought the Holy Spirit (Ruach Kodesh) into the upper room. This was the unity that caused the power of Peter’s shadow to heal the sick. The force field of the shadow coming from Peter was the shadow of the Torah which was hidden in his heart. The early believers lived by the Torah. The New Covenant (New Testament) was not yet written. In fact, it was not canonized as scripture until after the Council of Nicea. At the Council of Nicea, the church began to walk away from its Jewish roots so the New Covenant has been translated with more of a Greco-Roman emphasis than a Jewish emphasis.
The early believers thrived with this unity and power. However, persecution also came into their midst. Most of the early Jewish apostles and disciples died the death of martyrs and the believers primarily Gentile after the loss of their early Jewish leaders wanted to have peace. They were persecuted by the Roman government and thrown to the lions in the coliseums of Rome. Therefore, they decided to have a peace treaty with Constantine, the emperor of Rome in 325 AD and changed their day of worship, the feasts, etc. in order not to appear Jewish any more. (Visit www.kad-esh.org for the actual reading of the Council of Nicea) This stopped the persecution but had a great price tag with it. The power, unity and glory that the early believers had was now gone. The book of Acts in its power has never been fully restored to the church. The L-rd in His mercy has continued to save people and allow healing to manifest occasionally but the living, thriving, powerful relationship that the early believers had with the L-rd was gone. The L-rd is seeking now to restore that power, glory and unity to the believers.