By: Douglas M. Williams Sr
“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16).
Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18).
“…the church of God which He purchased with His own
blood” (Acts 20:28).
“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4). God “gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).
“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).
Often, as in the above verses, Christ’s spiritual body is referred to as “the church” because there were no denominational churches as we have in the world today. The church is also designated as the “house of God,” “bride of Christ,” “church of the firstborn’. These references do not refer to different churches, but to God’s one spiritual kingdom. Each of these Bible designations glorifies God and His Son Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament foretold that the church would be set up during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem. Acts chapter 2 shows these events taking place, and for the first time we read of the church being in existence on the earth as people were added to it by the Lord.
We never read in the Bible of anyone ever “joining” the church of Christ, but when people obeyed the gospel the Lord added them to His church.
As the Bible tells of these predictions that were made hundreds of years in advance, we read of them being “at hand” or soon to happen. At Mark 9:1, Jesus said he was speaking to some who would not die until the kingdom came with power. Jesus told the apostles to wait int he city of Jerusalem until they received “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Acts 1:8 tell they would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit came as recorded in Acts 2, so that is the time when God set up His church.