The New Testament "Church Of Christ"
The "Oldest" Religion And Church In The World
By Dan Billingsly
Which is the "oldest" religion and church in the world? Is it the Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox church? Is it one of the more than 1000 different kinds of Protestant denominational churches? Is it one of the ancient pagan religions? In truth, none of these can compare with the biblical plan, purpose, prophecy or real age of the true New Testament "church of Christ."
The New Testament Church "Before" Creation Of The World
The New Testament "church" is the oldest religious institution known to man. Its roots go back to "before" the creation of the universe. In plan and purpose it dates back into eternity -
The Scriptures teach that God planned the New Testament church "before" the foundation of the world.
"...he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world...Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ" (Eph. 1:4-
The Old Testament "mystery" of Ephesians 3 refers to the new covenant "gospel" plan of salvation for Christ's New Testament "church" that God revealed in the Old Testament through "promise" and "prophecy." The details of the "mystery" for the New Testament "plan of salvation" and "age," according to God's eternal plan, were kept "secret" or as a "mystery" by God until the New Testament "age" began in Acts 2.
"Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:" (Rom. 16:25-
From the "beginning" of the New Testament "age" in Acts 2, the new covenant "gospel" of has been preached and made known in the world through the preaching and work of the apostles in the book of Acts (Matt. 28:19-