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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