The Church of Christ Jesus
The last composition* explained the difference between the apostate church
and the Church of Christ Jesus, not so.
If you, reborn Christian, had a dispute with a church-goer on the issue,
would you be able to present the evidence of what a Christian is?
Or, many unbelievers bring up the evolution theory etc., but their favourite
seems to be "If God were so righteous, why would He allow so many billions
of people to die in ignorance of Him and end up in hell."
Would you be able to answer them?
Paul had the same problems, but even more so, because his enquirers had
no Scriptures to help them with. We are so privileged in this respect and
so are the church-goers.
Not all of us have been given a teaching gift and anyway even though we
have the Holy Spirit to guide us, we might be under the influence of worldly
things to such an extent that we have quenched most of the evidence of
His presence in our lives.
It is doubtful if anyone has ever won an argument where the two parties
heatedly disagree with each other; but it may be that the Lord places someone
in your way that needs conviction and in that context the following Scriptures
shall be of use to you.
Firstly we must remember that the Holy Spirit is there to help us, if we
only allow Him to:
And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and
unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing
ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you
in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any
thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
(1 John 2:20)
Secondly, there must be no disagreement about who God is. The Creator.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and
I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is
not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth
mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose
have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my
name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy
on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou
wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted
his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall
the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me
thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make
one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God,
willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured
with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And
that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy,
which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not
of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Also it must be affirmed that this is done in the name of Him through whom
we come to the throne of grace - the Lord Jesus Christ. We must therefore
accept the following Scriptures as a basis for the discussion:
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter
And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and
the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein
are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be
time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when
he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath
declared to his servants the prophets.
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The epistle to the Ephesians is a passage of Scripture (holy writing) addressed
to true believers, the Church of Christ Jesus, so amongst its pages we
shall find the answer for those disputing with you and who might be searching
for an answer in their hearts to the most important question of all time.
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If
ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me
to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery;
(as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand
my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made
known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles
and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and
of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God
given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less
than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men
see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the
eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we
have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore
I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant
you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by
faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend
with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and
height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye
might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able
to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to
the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by
Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in
time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that
which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without
God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
If after this, the person with whom you are having a discussion professes
an interest in his/her future, read the whole of Ephesians together carefully,
taking a verse or two at a time and mulling over the meaning. If enthusiasm
develops, purchase an inexpensive King James Bible for that person and
make a point of studying it together on a regular basis. Start with the
gospel of John and then the rest of the New Testament. It will amaze you
how much the Holy Spirit shall teach you as well.
For example, let's look at the following passage:
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth
it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his
flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and
mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Think about this.
Do we each feel that we are members of a family?
Forgetting about the other family members (Christians) for a moment, how
real is the family head and how intimate are we with Him?
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy
father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That
it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let
no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this
world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in
their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise,
that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are
yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death,
or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's;
and Christ is God's.
(1 Corinthians 3:16-23)
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted
of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore
the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto
God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend
not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf,
that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance,
and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God:
or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ
constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then
were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them,
and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea,
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we
him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself
by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(2 Corinthians 5:9-18)
Concerning the family, how do we each apply our Christian lives to the
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to
the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto
Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ,
doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as
to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man
doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond
or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening:
knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of
persons with him.
May God, who is love, bless and keep you and those with whom you
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us
an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him
that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God,
and eternal life.
(1 John 5:20)
*From Faith to Faith.