You Can’t Join The Church!

There are organizations called churches. You can join these. In some cases the requirements are minimal. You can join some local churches that preach the Gospel. These usually require profession of faith and certain other commitments. However, when it comes to what the New Testament reveals about the Church, nobody joins. It has people in it, but they didn’t join! If they didn’t join, how can they be in it? I Corinthians 12:13 gives us the answer to that question: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” People are immersed or enveloped in the Church. This has to be done for them; they can’t put themselves into this Church. Well, Who can do this for them? The Holy Spirit! What would cause Him to do this? First, He has to restore them to Spiritual life; they must be born again (John 3:3), Spiritually. When people receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit regenerates them. When He performs the miracle of Spiritual rebirth, He places, baptizes, immerses, envelops them into/within the Spiritual body of Christ, the Church. Once this miracle takes place, we are to join a local Bible believing church. Bonding with other born again members (there are usually some in the local church who have not been born again), we labor together in the Lord to evangelize and edify. In other words, those who have been immersed in the true church function in a local Bible Church. Samuel J. Stone furnishes more insight in the second verse of “The Church’s One Foundation.” Describing the Church, he wrote: “Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth, her charter of salvation One Lord, one faith, one birth; one Holy Name she blesses, partakes one Holy food, and to one hope she presses with ev’ry grace endued.” Selah! The true Church expresses herself through local churches that believe the Bible!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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