Monday, May 19, 2014

Followers of "the" Way vs. Followers of "2" Ways: Discussion Question Regarding 1 Cor. 7:17



The Apostolic Writings describe the Jewish and Gentile Messiah-Followers as adherents of "the Way" (see Acts 19 where even Gentile members seem to be included in "the Way").  The "way" terminology can only be understood by examining the Judaic context.  In context, the idea of a Messianic "Way" refers to the fact that (A) Messianic Judaism observed Jewish Law (see Acts 21:21 "walk after the customs" ) but that, at the same time, (B) the Messianic community had halacha that was, at least partially, of its own making (enough so that it was considered a distinct "Way").


DISCUSSION QUESTION:

1 Corinthians 7:17 says "as the Lord has assigned to each...so let him walk".  Does this mean that there are actually 2 ways within Messianic Judaism?


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