One and But One Part 18

This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Church of Christ: One and But One

     A clear and unequivocal description of the oneness on the Church and Christ is given in Ephesians 5:21-23.  Here, there many things written that the multiplicity of churches would demand the destruction of the integrity of God!!

     “For the husband (singular) is the head of the wife (singular) as Christ (there is only ONE Christ) is the head of the church (singular); and He is the savior (singular) of the body (singular). Ephesians 5:23    There are many things irrefutable taught her that cannot and will not fit denominationalism.  As we have looked back to Eden for instruction, we need to remember it set for us a physical pattern that will teach us these spiritual truths.  As Adam had only ONE wife in the Garden of Eden so Christ is pictured as having only ONE wife in this world.  No one refutes the ONE wife in the Garden while ALL denominational churches refute the ONE bride of Christ in this world, today!!  Many questions unanswerable come to mind.  IF Eve came from Adam, and only Eve, what is the pattern of Christ and the Church?  Eve came from Adam’s side—no one refutes this truth.  The ONLY church that came from the crucifixion was the Church of Christ for some of the following reasons.  One, she is the only one mentioned in the Bible after Jesus was crucified.  Two, she is the only church that allows Him to govern her in every capacity of faith and practice.  She has no manuals, creed books, or disciplines; no catechisms, prayer books nor church covenants.  Three, she is the only church that exist today that existed during the reign of the Roman Caesars. (No, the Roman Catholic Church never existed during the reign of the Caesars; they began after the decline of the Roman world).  Four, it is only natural that one head is attached to ONE body.  The Holy Spirit calls the church the BODY of Christ—Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 30; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 20; Colossians 3:15; Ephesians 2:16; Ephesians 4:4 just to name some.  You cannot have one head and multiple bodies!!  Fifth, the entity called His body, came from HIS BODY.  Denominations came from wars, movements, political upheavals—but NONE of them came from Christ body.  Sixth, no other woman has produced children to Christ as no other woman produced children to Adam but Eve!!  Eighth, the Church of Christ is the ONLY church that preaches the plan of salvation taught by Christ!!  Christ told His disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believes and is baptized will be saved.”  On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached the same plan of salvation-read Acts 2:38; Paul preached the same plan of salvation “every where in every church” 1 Corinthians 15:1-3.  NO denomination teaches this plan of salvation—some have it written in their documents but NONE teach it to sinners!!

     Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field…but for Adam there was not found a help meet.” Genesis 2:19-20   Jesus, like Adam, came to this world seeking a wife, a help mate.  Adam went among the animals of God’s creation and looked for a mate and could not find one.  God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.”  As Adam, Jesus could not find anyone like Himself—“He came unto His own, but His own received Him not,” so God “caused” death to come to Christ and in the act of dieing, from His wounded side came out the part of Christ by which Christ would create a “new creation” that would be like Himself, “without spot or wrinkle of any such thing,” the Church of Christ!!  Adam then said; “she is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”  Christ blood was shed, Christ took His blood and washed the repentant, and they became “bone of His bone.”

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