Validating identity forever

Recall that Christ prayed, “Sanctify them through Your In addition to carrying the name “Church of God,” we have seen that the true Church has come out of the world, is small and persecuted, even to the point of being hated by it.This Church is then also set apart by its An important point, demonstrating the unity of the true Church, emerges from Christ’s same prayer in John 17, on the night of His betrayal.

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He prayed, “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be First, notice this early picture of God’s Church.

On the day of Pentecost, gathered in “one accord” (Acts 2:1), when the New Testament Church came into existence, 3,000 converts were baptized.

I learned that this Church could be carefully traced through almost 2,000 years of New Testament history. I could not believe the Bible was so clear on a subject that confuses so many. I was amazed—actually stunned—at how easy it was to find direct, clear, undeniable proof that even the most popular traditions of the big denominations were not based on the Bible—Each time I studied a Bible doctrine—salvation, baptism, who and what God is, the gospel, death and hell, law and sin, grace, being born again, the Christian Sabbath, the true origin of supposed “Christian” holidays, where the modern-day tribes of ancient Israel are found today, the sequence of prophetic events preceding Christ’s Return and so much more—I gained persecuted, to the point of horrible crucifixion after a night of brutal torture. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Therefore, the true Church could also expect to be persecuted—and hated! I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil.

Even though the Roman church taught doctrines that were almost entirely the tradition of men, their understanding that Christ led one undivided, organized spiritual Body, identified in a single church, was largely correct.

Their error was connecting this key doctrine to themselves instead of to the true Church of God, led by the Let’s understand this by tying together several critical elements that clarify the thinking of the Protestant Reformers.

They formed the very beginning of Christ’s building of His Church.

The initial description given was “…and they In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul recorded that the Church had many separate members (brethren), yet was like various parts of the human body, in that these members were connected. Verses 12 to 14 state, “For as the Let’s understand what this means.

The “Christian” world teaches that the Body of Christ—Jesus’ Church—consists of many denominations, fellowships or “communities of believers,” said to all be connected by the “Holy Spirit” working in believers wherever they are affiliated.

(Many, many sources attest to this thinking.) But this is totally contrary to what the Bible teaches about the Body of Christ. —idea asserts, in effect, that Christ and His Body are divided among many groups or organizations. I Corinthians 12 cannot be “spiritualized away” by human reasoning.

We have chosen the name churches may even have a significant amount of truth, but choose to accept a variety of false doctrines.

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