The True Church of Jesus Christ

In chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation, Jesus speaks openly to the two Churches of Jesus Christ in Asia that had remained faithful to the Gospel, which represented the True Church of Jesus Christ.

In contrast to this, Jesus mentioned a few good things the remaining five had done, but then went on to specifically criticize these churches about the things they hadn’t done.

This article looks specifically at what the True Church should function as, where each Christian is required to become an individual member within Christs spiritual body (of many members) on the Earth.

Removal of Churches

In the verse below, Christ provides a warning to the rebellious churches that unless they stop sinning entirely, He will remove their spiritual light from them and they will dwell in spiritual darkness:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Rev 2:5

In Rev 2:5, the Greek word kineo (GSN-2795) means to be removed

Removing a church because of its accommodating of sin among its people indicates judgment and destruction, as this is the penalty for sin (Rom 6:23; Rom 8:12-13).

The words of Christ in Rev 1:20 clearly state that every church representing the True Church of Jesus Christ is provided with an angel so as to project ‘spiritual light’ from that congregation into the surrounding community.  If such a church departs from the Bible and from Christ into ‘error’ by refusing to repent from their sinful ways, then Christ reserves the right to remove His angel (or candlestick) from that church, which then leaves that church in spiritual darkness. 

Results of dwelling in spiritual darkness

The term of being in “darkness” (John 3:19) is indicated by rejecting the “light” that comes from God. It does not mean being abandoned and left alone in the world. 

In the spiritual realm, every being or entity has an owner or a master.  If a church belongs to Christ then it MUST comply with Christ’s requirements by “walking in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7).  If any church congregation fails to honor those obligations, this indicates it has become fearful (2 Tim 1:7) through lack of faith (Rom 14:23) and the fear of man. Fear brings “a snare” to those hoping to serve Jesus Christ (Prov 29:25) and means those those who fear dwell in spiritual darkness. Such church congregations are therefore do NOT belong to the True Church of Jesus Christ.

If Christians overcome their fear of being criticized by others, they must then develop a genuine desire to serve Christ without fear (Col 3:24).

After overcoming fear, Christ then restores them to their former glory and will reinstate the angel over their church that provides the spiritual “light“.  That’s how this chapter reads to churches in need of repentance.

The requirement for Christians to produce “fruit unto God”

As stated in the ‘My Gospel’ page regarding individual Christians:

  • Christians must produce spiritual “profit” towards God throughout their new lifetime on earth while being a disciple of Jesus Christ (Matt 25:14-30; John 15:1-8).
  • Such “profit” can only be obtained by becoming a spiritual member of Christ’s body within the local church.   These ‘members’ are comprised of feet, hands, ears, eyes, nose and other internal organs termed “uncomely members” working together with the Lord as mentioned in verses 1 Cor 12: 23-24.
  • Individual Christians who associate with and actively participate in evangelistic activities using their ‘gifts’ are known as the True Church of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual ministries in the local churches

The scripture verses below illustrates what ministries Christians are to aim for in their spiritual life within their church congregation. The ‘works’ undertaken by the church collectively bring forth the required “fruit” (John 15:1-9). God inspects the “fruit” from time to time (John 15:1-2). For Christians to be termed a “good and faithful servant” at the Judgment (Matt 25:21, 23), God requires them to bring “much spiritual fruit” into His kingdom.

For as the body [of Christ within each congregation] is one [or in complete ‘unity’], and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. {13} For by one Spirit are we all baptized [through the Spirit Baptism – (Matt 3:11] into one body [or Christ’s spiritual body into each church congregation], whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

{14} For the body [of Christ in the church] IS NOT ONE MEMBER, BUT MANY. {15} If THE FOOT shall say, Because I am not THE HAND, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? {16} And if THE EAR shall say, Because I am NOT THE EYE, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? {17} If the whole body were an eye, where were THE HEARING? If the whole were hearing, where were THE SMELLING? {18} But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body [of Christ in the churches], as it hath pleased him.”

(1 Cor 12:12-18) 

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, THAT WE SHOULD BRING FORTH FRUIT UNTO GOD.”

(Rom 7:4)

Therefore, members of the True Church of Jesus Christ are expected by God and Jesus Christ to bring forth MUCH spiritual fruit into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Ministries that are required within the churches

The illustration below aims to identify the various ministries that should be readily apparent within each ‘born-again‘ church congregation.

Members of the Body of Christ

To illustrate how such ministries might operate, the following list could symbolize the following ministries:

    • EYE—a Prophetic ministry (Eph 4:11)
    • EAR—Wisdom (1 Cor 12:8)
    • NOSE— the discerning of Spirits (1 Cor 12:10)
    • MOUTH—Teaching ministry (Matt 28:20)
    • HAND—Gifts of Healing ministry (Mark 16:18)
    • FOOT—an Evangelistic ministry (Eph 6:15)
    • Other internal organ ministries such as a HEART, LUNGS, KIDNEY, LIVER, etc. could relate to ministries inside the church that complement the other ministries mentioned above.

Therefore, every True Church of Jesus Christ MUST have members within the congregation exercising their spiritual gifts within the ministries listed above.

Signs of a “lukewarm” church

Therefore, if these spiritual ministries no longer exist in today’s churches, it is doubtful that such churches are spiritually alive.

Any spirituallylukewarm” churches that “have need of nothing” could be viewed as Jesus viewed the Church at Laodicea:

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; {15} I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I WOULD THOU WERT COLD OR HOT [to know what you actually believed in]. {16} So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I WILL SPUE THEE OUT OF MY MOUTH. {17} Because thou sayest, I am RICH, and INCREASED WITH GOODS, and HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and [spiritually] miserable, and [spiritually] poor, and [spiritually] blind, and [spiritually] naked: {18} I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] GOLD tried in the fire, that thou mayest be [spiritually] RICH; and [clothed in] white raiment, that thou mayest be CLOTHED, and that the SHAME of thy nakedness do not appear; and ANOINT THINE EYES with eyesalve, that thou mayest SEE. {19} As many [of My children] as I love, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: be zealous therefore, and REPENT.”

(Rev 3:14-19) 

God the Father requires ‘Christians’ to perform ‘works’ that bring forth the necessary ‘fruit’ into God’s kingdom.  This statement is explained further in the post titled “Works of Faith“.

None of the above can be performed or produced unless the Christian has truly been “born-again” (John 3:3-8).  To read more about this “birth”, read the next article The New Birth in this series.

Conclusion

To achieve “Final Salvation”, the above article proves that all Christians are required to become spiritually mature and then spiritually joined together “in love” with brethren in their local churches so that collectively they can bring forth the spiritual fruit of lost souls in this world into Christ’s kingdom. Doing this proves that such a church is one of the True Churches of Jesus Christ.

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4 Replies to “The True Church of Jesus Christ”

  1. I find this teaching interesting and rooted in Bible, however, let me ask you brother how it be that apostle Paul taught that we are not all teachers, that the church is compose of many talents. Evangelization and teaching shall be done by those who have the spiritual gifts of teaching. Therefore, not all individual Christian are called to teach. Secondly, how do we know what gift we have received? And third, how do we know that we have interpreted the words of God correctly that we can assert with authority and dignity that is what it should be. The interpretations of the Bible has caused the growth of thousands different groups and cult worldwide.
    Thank you very
    much and may
    you
    have God’s
    answers.
    Florian Bohol

    1. Hello Florian – thank you so much for your comments.

      I will answer your questions below:

      Firstly:

      “…how it be that apostle Paul taught that we are not all teachers, that the church is compose of many talents.”

      Answer: “He [Jesus Christ] that descended [into Hell] is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph 4:10-12)

      Therefore, Jesus appoints the ministries in the church – especially that of “teachers“. It is the Holy Spirit who distributes the nine ‘Gifts of the Spirit” (1 Cor 12:8-10) that support the ministries of an EYE, and EAR, a NOSE, a HAND and a FOOT – as stated in 1 Cor 12:14-18.

      Therefore, the ‘Ministries” (such as teaching) are appointed by Christ.

      The Holy Spirit baptizes every Christian into the Body of Christ. If Christians are not associating with other Bible-believing Christians so as to form a spiritual body, this can’t happen.

      This “baptism” provides the Gifts of the Spirit necessary for each particular ministry to function, so that Christ can send His “body of members” out to defeat the Devil.

      The “talents” are what Christ gives each Christian in their ministry role. Christ requires them to at least double the talents He has given them. Ideally, He requires 10 times increase. To see this, read the Parable of the Talents in Matt 25:14-30.

      Next you said:

      “Secondly, how do we know what gift we have received?”

      If you have been baptized into the Body of Christ as stated above, you will know your ministry role and the Gifts of the Spirit that the Holy Spirit has given you that enables you to function in that role as God intended. Others will know your ministry and witness you demonstrating your gifts.

      Please remember that such “gifts” are NOT for adornment – meaning, to know that you have them but never use them. They are for use to perform “good works” that bring forth fruit into God’s kingdom that can ONLY be achieved using the gifts provided (John 15:1-8).

      Finally you said:

      “And third, how do we know that we have interpreted the words of God correctly that we can assert with authority and dignity that is what it should be.”

      Everything said and done by God’s people MUST be as if we were an “AMBASSADOR” here on the Earth representing both God the Father and Jesus Christ.

      Now then we are AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

      If you STUDY the Bible (2 Tim 2:15) and learn to listen to God the Father teach you the things He wants you to know as His child (John 6:45) you will then “…know that we have interpreted the words of God correctly that we can assert with authority and dignity that is what it should be.”

      I hope this answers your question, Florian.

      Blessings, Alan

  2. Is every Christian obliged to evangelize and to bring people to Christ? Is that the meaning of the parable of the talents?

    1. Blessings Srdjan,

      In your first question you ask, “Is every Christian obliged to evangelize and to bring people to Christ?”

      The answer to this is “Yes”. That is the prime role God has ordained for the church. If Christians in the churches fail to evangelize the unsaved into the churches, then Satan has overcome the church. That’s how I see this and I’m sure this is how God and Christ see this – because of this statement:

      “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)

      If Christians choose to NOT evangelize others to Christ (not the church’s beliefs or doctrines) then what good is the church to Christ or God? Christ answers this question by saying:

      “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:34-35)

      This means that if Christians (who are supposed to be the “Salt of the Earth” – (Matt 5:13) have lost their “saltiness” or flavor towards God, why should God honor His promises to them?

      In your next question you ask, “Is that the meaning of the parable of the talents?”

      The meaning of the Parable of the Talents describes how “profitable” each Christian has become to God as a “spiritual branch” grafted into Jesus the Vine. In this,

      • Christ is rooted into God’s kingdom
      • Christians are grafted into Christ the Vine
      • The Holy Spirit flows as ‘sap’ via Christ into each ‘branch’
      • Each ‘branch’ is expected to produce spiritual ‘fruit’ unto God
      • God the Father regularly inspects each ‘branch’ to see how productive it is
      • If it is productive’ he then prunes it back so that it will become MORE productive
      • If it fails to produce any of the required ‘fruit’, He eventually cuts it off
      • If a ‘branch’ has been removed from ‘Christ the Vine’, it cannot have Salvation.
      • Any former ‘branch’ becomes spiritually “withered” on the ground while waiting to be burned in the Lake of Fire throughout eternity.

      That is how the following passage of scripture reads, Srdjan.

      I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

      2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

      3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

      4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

      5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

      6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

      7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

      8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8)

      I suggest that you watch this YouTube video I made that gives a deeper insight into what Christians should be doing in their relationship towards God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LvYSlZZkTI

      Let me know how you go, Srdjan.

      Blessings,

      Alan

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