Rightly dividing the Word of truth.
This is part 38 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
Part 38 continues
with the true church, where is it, what is it?
I Timothy 1:1,11-16: 1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 11According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Another warning to all readers: It should be very plain from verses 15-16 above, that anyone who wants eternal, or everlasting life today, will only receive it by following the pattern set down by the apostle Paul, our apostle for our present time. If you have been following these articles, you should realize that God, through Paul, has started a new heaven program, which supersedes the earthly program which was for the Jewish nation of Israel. All of Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon, are for our doctrine and our obedience, the rest of the scriptures in the bible are true and accurate, but are for the nation of Israel, and we can learn from them, but nothing in them is for OUR doctrine, or OUR obedience.
All of this is very important, because God through Paul started the church for our time today, called the BODY OF CHRIST, which is a spiritual heavenly organism, not any physical organization or physical church on this earth.
Today, God is not interested in any physical church that you are a member of, but are you a true Christian believer, or one who has put their 100% faith, trust, and belief in Christ and what He has accomplished on your behalf at Calvary. If you are putting any faith, trust, or belief in anything else, like the church you belong to, water baptism, good works which you have done, keeping the commandments, helping the poor, or anything else you put your belief in, you void the sacrifice of Christ, and if you die believing you had to do your part for salvation, you will go straight to the place God calls hell. Make no mistake about it; Paul’s gospel, given to him by God, so he could give it to us, is the only saving message for anyone living today. Paul.
Christ is the true church and its head: Ephesians 1:22-23: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Colossians 1:18,24: 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 24Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church. —————— To be continued