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The Real Church of God

The Real Church of God

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Published by: Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano on Nov 02, 2007
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The Real Church of God
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
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HIS TIME, WE ARE GOING TOstudy the church that is beingmentioned in the Bible. We need tostudy this inasmuch as we are tryingto examine the different doctrines of the different religious organizationshere today.
 There was somebody who said that, thetrue church is not the congregation of the Apostles because the Apostles weredestroyed by satan and they were killed.Therefore, theirs was not the true church.He said that,
“the gates of hell shall not  prevail against it” (Mat. 16:18).
It meansthat the true church would not die. And for that reason, the members of that church would not experience death either. And they alleged that the Apostles died because their church was not the true church, theirs was thetrue church. We will consult the Bible to find out if the claim of many churches, thatthey are the true church, were true, or not. Let us find out also if there isany truth to their assertion that they are the only true church, and whosoever does not join their church will never be saved.It is but natural that people develop the feeling that their church is the truechurch, and that only they will be saved. And those who are outside theirchurch have no salvation. Actually, this is already an old claim by differentreligious organizations, and until now, this is still their claim.But let us find out from the Bible, which is the true church. As far as somepeople are concerned, theirs is the true church, while all the others areimpostors. That is why we better ask the Bible, which is the true church? What comprises it? Where is it? Is it in the Philippines? Did it originatehere? We will try to seek answers to these questions from the Bible. For usnot to be misled, let us start our discussion from the very beginning.First and foremost, let us find out, which is the very first church? Nothingcould be better than the original. Please, bear in mind; we are referring tothe first real church. The Bible speaks of “firsts,” or “originals”. Let us citean example.
 I Corinthians 15:45 
says--
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last  Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 
 The Bible said, the first man, Adam, became a living soul. The very first
 
The Real Church of God
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
man, the original, was Adam. Do not forget that nobody came ahead of  Adam. Although, nowadays, there are some who believe that there werealready a group of people who had come before Adam and they allegedthat they were even more intelligent than him. They were referring tothose who build the pyramids of Egypt. Apparently, they marveled at thegreat architectural design of the pyramids of Egypt. But if we are going to base our belief on the Bible, the very first man is Adam. And according toSt. Paul, who is an authority of the Bible, he said that nobody came aheadof Adam. The book of Genesis in chapter 3 verse 20 also speaks of another“original”.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was themother of all living.” 
 Very clearly, the reason why she was called Eve was because “she was themother of all living.” In other words, Eve is our original mother, while Adam is the original, or the first man. If, in matters like this, there are“originals”, when it comes to the church, there is also an original, or thefirst church. And this is what we are going to talk about. Now, let us begin.Let us consult the Bible and ask: what was the very first church? Let usread
 Hebrews 12:23--
 
“To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are writtenin heaven, and to the God the judge of all?” 
St. Paul said,
“To the general assembly and church of the firstborn.” 
.”Could there be another church that had come ahead of this? None, becausethis is the church of the firstborn! Firstborn means the very first; none hascome before a firstborn. In other words, the very first church in the Bible isthe church of the firstborn.Now, let us find out, to whom was the Bible ascribing the name “church of the firstborn”? Remember, we are not talking about the first church in thePhilippines! We are talking about the first church insofar as the biblicalaccount is concerned. And from the Bible, we have learned about thechurch of the firstborn. Now, let us read
 Exodus 4:22--
 “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thou saith the LORD, Israel is my son,even my firstborn.” Which was referred to as the firstborn? Israel is the very first nation thatserved God. It was the first nation on earth that was chosen by God.
 Deuteronomy 7:6-7 
says,
“For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you,nor choose you because you were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people.” 
 
The Real Church of God
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
God chose Israel, despite the fact that it was the smallest then. There werealready a number of nations on earth that time. Egypt was one of them.There were already the seven nations, which were a lot bigger than Israel. Yet, God chose Israel to serve Him. (Israel refers to the Jews). Let us read
 Deuteronomy 7:1--
 “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goestto possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, andthe Girgasthites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Parizzites,and the Hevites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightierthan thou.”There were seven nations greater in strength and in number than Israel.But it was Israel that was chosen by God to be His nation. The Bible said,
“The LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people, above all  people that are upon the face of the earth.” 
 Although there were greaterand mightier nations, God still chose Israel. In fact, the Bible even said,that they were the fairest of all people.That is why, if we are going to talk about service to God, Israel was thefirst. The Bible calls them as the Church of the Firstborn. And the Israelthat is being referred to here is the group of people that Moses led out of Egypt – the people who crossed the Red Sea, which was parted by Moses(Exodus 14). They were the people who witnessed the many miracles of God so that they would be freed from the hands of the Pharaoh. Those very people of God were the ones being called as the church of the firstborn. After freeing them from slavery, Moses brought them to the wilderness of Mount Sinai, where they stayed for a long time. God made a covenant withthem, thru Moses. That was the church of the firstborn, the church in the wilderness. What is our basis in saying that it was, indeed, Israel? In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 7 verse 38 it says--
“This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel whichspake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers who received thelively oracles to give unto us.” 
This is the Moses in the church in the wilderness. If you will trace the beginning, there was already a church even before Jesus Christ assumedthe image of a man. That was the church which was led by Moses, and this was called church of the firstborn or the church in the wilderness. This isthe reason why the ministers of other religious groups should be cautious.Imagine they are making their members believe that their church is theoriginal because it was the first. That is a big lie! The very first church isthe church of the firstborn, and that was Israel. The word “firstborn”means that none had come before it. None had come ahead of thefirstborn.

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