WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?
by Garland M. Robinson
The church of Christ is not a man-made denomination as are the
scores of "churches" listed in the telephone book. It is
undenominational. Unlike denominations of men, the church of
Christ (the Lord's church) dates back to Pentecost 33 A.D. when
Peter and the other apostles preached the first gospel sermon.
About 3,000 repented and were baptized that day "for remission
of sins" and were added by the Lord to his body the church
(Acts 2:38,41,47). Men and women have become members of the church
the same way since the first century.
The church of Christ is the CALLED OUT. Its members have
been delivered from the power of darkness (the sin and lust of the
world), and translated into the kingdom (church) of God's dear Son
(Colossians 1:13). It is a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9). We,
therefore, are to walk worthy of it (Ephesians 4:1) so that we
might stand approved of God (2 Peter 1:10). The calling is not as
denominations teach, a miraculous, spiritual calling or urging.
God calls all men through the preaching of the gospel (2 Thess.
2:14). When men hear, believe, repent, confess Christ, and
are baptized, they become members of God's eternal kingdom,
The church of Christ is the BODY OF CHRIST. God
"...hath put all things under his (Jesus) feet, and
gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his
body..." (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). The Lord only
has "one body" (Ephesians 4:4) and it is not made up of all the
denominations. There are many members "yet but one body"
(1 Corinthians 12:20). The many members are individual people, not
denominations. Only those in the one body will be saved for Jesus
is "the saviour of the body" (Eph. 5:23). It is by water
baptism that one enters the body. "For by one Spirit are we
all baptized into one body" (1 Cor. 12:13).
The church of Christ is the "HOUSE OF GOD, which is
the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the
truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). "Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and
of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19). We are
"sons of God" (Phil. 2:15).
Are you in the body of Christ, the house of God?
Have you been called out of the world to live a new life in Christ?
Obey the Gospel that you may be God's own possession (1 Peter 2:9).