After the "end" of old covenant Israel, Jesus "prophesied" that he would  "build" his new covenant "church" through the  work of the apostles (Matt. 16:18-20). When Jesus died on the cross, he "purchased" the new covenant  "church" with his blood.  "...the church of God which he purchased with his own blood" (Acts 20:28; see also Eph. 5:25; 1 Peter 1:18-20).  The history of the "plan and purpose" of the New Testament "church" goes back into eternity.  No modern denomination established on human creeds and traditions can make that claim.


The New Testament "Church" In Old Testament "Promise"


        God envisioned the importance of the human "soul" before he created man (Gen. 1:27; 2:18-25), and because he also understood the power of Satan, he knew that man would sin (Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-24) and need to be saved from his transgressions.  From "before the beginning  of the world, God "planned" both the Saviour Jesus Christ and the "saved" - the New Testament "church" of Jesus Christ  (Col. 1:12-20).


         In the Old Testament "age," when there was no new covenant "church" on earth, no new testament "kingdom of heaven" among men, God made the following "promise" to establish his future plans through Abraham.  "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing...and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1-3).

       

After Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, when the New Testament age "began" in Acts 2, the new covenant "church" was built and the  "kingdom of heaven" was established on earth.  The apostle Paul declared that the promise of God to Abraham had been "fulfilled" in Christ and through the new covenant  "church. "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:27).

 

The Old Testament "promise" of God to bless "all nations" through Christ and the New Testament "church" goes all of the way back to the ancient days of Abraham in the book of Genesis.   No   modern  denomination  established  on human  creeds  and  traditions   can   make that claim or trace their history back to God's "promise" to Abraham.


        The New Testament "Church" In Old Testament "Prophecy"


Throughout the 2,000 years between Abraham and Christ, the Old Testament Mosaical "prophets" continually spoke of the coming of the Savior and his New Testament "church-kingdom."  Through their "prophecies" and all their "fulfillment" through  Christ, (Lk. 24:44-45), it is clear that whatever Christ meant for the "salvation" of man, it is also clear from the Scriptures that God attached the same importance to the New Testament "church" and  "plan of salvation."


Isaiah prophesied, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it (Isa. 2:2).  The "mountain" into which all nations would flow was the New Testament "church" (Matt. 28:19-20).  

 



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