Even as in the days of Paul, so it is in our time. This applies fully to those Jews who are at the forefront of the ‘Hebrew Roots Movement’.

‘ . . . they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.’ (Romans 10:2-4)

For those Jews who have been brought up in The Law, it seems to be very hard to grasp the righteousness of God being by faith. Many, even after having heard the gospel of Christ, continue to misunderstand it. They may make mental assent to the gospel, or even ‘accept Christ as their Savior’–but for a Jew to have TRULY accepted Christ means that they will no longer be seeking to be JUSTIFIED by keeping The Law, nor will they be intent on teaching others to walk in that way. In Paul’s time, many stumbled over this . . . and they continue to, to this day.

We, who are not of Jewish descent, when we ‘walk in the flesh’ tend to the excesses of sensuality and pagan pleasures. But for the Jew, ‘walking in the flesh’ is an altogether different thing. His ‘walk in the flesh’ is a seemingly upright, and very pious life, lived according to The Law. Most would not discern his life as being a ‘walk in the flesh’. Yet indeed it is.

The fleshly walk of many ‘Messianic Jews’ is merely a FORM of godliness. It is not TRUE godliness. It is not ‘walking in the Spirit’, because putting one’s faith in the Law for JUSTIFICATION is a WORK OF THE FLESH.

Those who are looking to Messianic Jews and ‘Hebrew Roots’ leaders would do well to understand this distinction. The way a Jew ‘walks in the flesh’ is not what most Gentiles would consider ‘walking in the flesh’, and so they do not discern what is right before their eyes.