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The one Church.


Dear Sir--I noted in file "Peoples Column" of the Bristol (Va.) Herald that a lady said if anyone wished to know of the "One Church," to write you for the information. I am a member of the Church of Christ. I would appreciate any information you could give me concerning the true church.

Yours sincerely.



Taking it for granted that the lady whose name is signed to the above request is sincere and really wants information concerning the "One Church," I wish to say that I have an absolutely correct history of the "One Church," from which I wish to make a few quotations concerning this "One Church:"

"My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother (covenant of grace ), she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her."--Song of Solomon vi. 9.

Jesus the Son of God claimed this one dove, one church, as "my undefiled." He said: "She is the only one of her mother." as well as the "choice oho of her that bare her." This one church that Jesus built is the only church that has Jesus as her husband. He made this church, and she is the only one He made, or ever will make. It is said of this one church. "For thy Maker is thine husband."---Isaiah liv. 5.

John said. "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold. and one shepherd."--John x. 16. There was just one shepherd, and this one shepherd has only one wife. one church, one body, one family, and He is absolutely the Head, the Foundation, Maker and Builder of this "One Church."

This one church has many members in it, all alike in Christ. All have the same kind of heart, the same hope, the same heavenly Father, the same Elder Brother and the same Holy Spirit to comfort, guide and lead them. Paul said, "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many. are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."--Rom. xii. 4, 5. Paul taught the Ephesian brethren--that "There is one body, and one spirit."---Eph, iv. 4. This one church, one body, one kingdom, was set up by God Himself. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."--Dan ii. 44.

Any church that can be traced back to some man as its originator is not the "one church" of the, New Testament. It is said by a man inspired that the church was set up by the God of heaven and that it "shall never be destroyed," and it "shall stand forever." This being absolutely true, it is also absolutely true that any so-called church that has originated this side of the days of these kings cannot be the church that God set up in the days of these kings. Jesus said, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter. and upon this rock I will build my church; and the: gates of hell shall not prevail against it."--Matt, xvi. 18. This is the church that the God of heaven established in the top of the mountains (Isa. ii. 2) and is being built and will continue to be built upon this Rock, which is Christ. until the end comes. The church was not built on revelation made to Peter, but upon Jesus Christ, who was talking directly to Peter. Revelation is one thing and Jesus Christ the Anointed of God is something else. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid. which is Jesus Christ."--1 Cor. iii. 11. In Hebrews xii. 28 we have this positive statement: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby ye may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." As the church was established upon Jesus as its foundation, and as it cannot be moved, destroyed, prevailed against, and must stand forever, we have positive proof that the one church has been in existence ever since the days of these kings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 September 2006 )
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