Rightly dividing the Word of truth.
This is part 37 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 37, we’re going to take a look at something that may be offensive to some readers. My intention is not to offend anyone, but to teach the true word of God. You see, I realize God’s truth, His Word, the Bible, does not always agree with what men say about an issue. So, the question I have now is; where is the one true church. This is very important, because I realize many people are putting their trust in the church they belong to for their salvation. Folks, if you are looking for the truth about the true church, then I can help you, because the Bible tells us where the true church is, and it does not agree with the message men have taught on this subject for the last two thousand years.
The true church, where is it, what is it?
Ephesians 5:32: (Paul speaking) 32 “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
The origin of the church’s ministry cannot be found in the wilderness with Moses, in Israel with the Messiah, or in Jerusalem at Pentecost.
When God revealed the knowledge of the mystery concerning Christ and His church to Paul, the ministry of the church began, and with it the pattern and origin of the church of today.
Colossians 1:25-26 25“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
Before Paul the mystery operation of the church was kept secret. It was not possible anyone could minister according to it.
The confusion over when the church began can be attributed to the general ignorance of the mystery of Christ and His church revealed to the apostle Paul.
The church for our present time today, which is called the BODY OF CHRIST, began when Christ chose Saul, (who later became Paul), to be a chosen vessel of His, to bear His name before the Gentiles, Acts 9:15-16: 15But the Lord said unto him (Ananias,) Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. You can read the whole account of Saul’s (or Paul’s) conversion on the road to Damascus in Acts chapter 9.
Paul was chosen to be the apostle of the Gentiles, Romans11:13: For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: Galatians 1:11-12: 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. ———— To be continued