The Church That Jesus Built?
By: Gary Colley
All should be searching intently today for the New Testament church, promised by Jesus Christ and built on Pentecost (Matthew 16:18-19). Every saved person was and is added to this church
(Acts 2:47). Though there were already religions in the world when Christ came, He came to make the world religiously right (John 10:10). Christ's church came into existence before either the Catholic or Protestant denominations (Acts 2). He does not approve religious division
(John 17:20-21, I Corinthians 1:10-13). We should be satisfied to be members of none other except His (Acts 4:12).
Christ's kingdom is not a physically warring sect. But we are to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3, I Timothy 6:12)." There are no earthly headquarters for the church that Jesus built and founded, because Christ is the only head
". . NOT OF THIS WORLD"
(John 18:36, Acts 2:25, Acts 2:33). To be sure, the Lord knows His church from all others, and that His church acts in complete harmony with His revealed Word in worship and work
(John 8:31-32, John 10:1-10). Each congregation now, as then, must be independent, and is responsible for taking the New Testament as its sole and only authority in religion
(I Corinthians 1:10).
Though 2,000 years have passed since its beginning, we still have the same Truth, the same church, because of the same planted "seed" of Truth in the hearts of men. This brings forth Christians like those in the First Century (Luke 8:11-15). "SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND (Matthew 7:7)."