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
“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
“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.
“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.”