Aug. 11, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 32     

Where is Salvation?

When our Lord came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he questioned his disciples as to what people were saying about his identity. Having received the answer, he then asked his disciples "who do you say that I am?" It was Peter who answered that he was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. After Jesus blessed Peter for making the statement about his Sonship to God, Jesus said, "upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
Among the things that stand out in this sentence are:

  • "I" tells us that Jesus was the builder of the church.
  • "Will build" indicates that the church was still in the future. This is about six months before Jesus died.
  • "My church" certainly identifies to whom the church belongs. Jesus paid the purchase price of his own blood for the church (Acts 20:28). He is its chief executive, its exalted ruler (Eph. 1:22,23).
  • The word "church", singular, tells us how many churches Jesus built.

As we move forward to the second chapter of Acts, it is the day of Pentecost. Jesus had been crucified about 53 days earlier. Peter and the other disciples stood up and preached to the people about the crucified Jesus. Peter said, "Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The people were cut to the heart with the message of Jesus and responded immediately: "Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them" (Acts 2:41). Then, the narrative concludes by saying "...And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47).

It is of great significance that here, for the first time in all the scriptures, it is said that people were ushered into the church. The reason is obvious; on that day, the first Pentecost following the resurrection, the church of our Lord came into existence.

This institution, the church, from this time forward was intended by our Lord to be the realm of those who are saved. The same conditions on which salvation is obtained are the same conditions by which one is added to the church (Acts 2:38-47). One does not obtain salvation without being added to the church. One is not added to the church without first being saved. In Col.1:13,14 Paul said, "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Paul clearly tells us in Eph.1:22-23 that the church is Christ's body, " the church, which is his body." Since forgiveness of sins is only in the body of Christ; and since the body of Christ is the church, it follows that forgiveness of sins is only in the church.

One might ask, "which church?" We might counter by asking "Which Lord should we acknowledge" To which Saviour shall we confess our allegiance?" If the answer to these questions is that there is but one Lord, and there is therefore no choice to be exercised, we answer that this is exactly so. The same passage of scripture which teaches us that there is but one Lord, teaches us clearly that there is one New Testament church. The passage is Eph. 4:4-6: "There is ONE BODY, and one spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

What is the "ONE BODY?" We learned in Eph. 1:22-23 that the church is the body of Christ. There is but one Lord and there is but one body. since the one body is the church, it follows that there is but one New Testament Church. It is just as reasonable to speak of the plurality of Jesus Christ as to speak of a multiplicity of churches . The church is the body of baptized believers over which Christ rules and reigns as head, who is attempting to live in obedience to his will.

The popular view that one "gets saved" and then joins the church of his choice is a concept that is neither taught or even hinted at in all of the scriptures.

V. Glenn McCoy

Baptism ...

Last Sunday morning Troy Wheeler was baptized into Christ. Be sure to remember him in your prayers as he begins his new life in Christ.

Muchas Gracias

We would like to thank Delbert & Frances for inviting all of us into their home last evening for their “Mexican Fiesta”. It was a lot of fun. With lots of good food and fellowship.


"You Just Can't Do That"
1 John 4:20-5:3
"Stepping Out On Faith"
Joshua 3:1-17


““We are the personification of the things we really believe in.”




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell

Amy Vowell

Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Viola Morinier
Denny Heimbuch
(Bill & Jeanne’s son-in-law)
Lindsay Paulson
(Kathy Spade's niece)



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Larry Jenson  


 Delbert Leavens  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Kerry Keathley



 Delbert Leavens



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach

Our Record - Last Week


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