Posted by: SandreS | November 8, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 6

God’s Church

As we study through Paul’s epistles, we are able to glean even further fullness of the definition of the church.

Paul identifies the church, as God’s church:

    … the church of God … (I Corinthians 1:2)
    … the church of God (I Corinthians 10:32)
    … the church of God … (I Corinthians 11:22)
    … the church of God … (II Corinthians 1:1)
    … the church of God (I Timothy 3:5)
    … the church of the living God … (I Timothy 3:15)

We now see Who the church belongs to: the one true church of this dispensation is the sole possession of God Himself. It became His possession through legitimate means – He purchased it!

… the church of God, which He has purchased through His Own blood (Acts 20:28).

Who purchased “your church?” If it wasn’t God, then it’s not God’s church!

Over and over in the verses above, the one true church is clearly identified as “the church of God.” Believers commonly join the world in using such phrases as:

“my church”
“our church”
“his church”
“her church”
“their church”
“Jim’s church”
“Mary’s church”
“Brother White’s church”
“Reverend Smith’s church”

Whose churches are these? They obviously are not God’s. If they are not God’s, then they must be in competition and contradiction with God’s one true ecclesia. Does this not bother you? How long will we pursue such an obstinate course?

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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