New Testament "Salvation" Is Only "In" Christ And His New Testament Church


To be a New Testament "Christian" is to be  in the "church,"  "in Christ"  and "in the new covenant." It is to possess and hold  "all spiritual blessings" (Eph. 1:3).  As one comes "into Christ" through "obedience" to his command to "believe," "repent" and be  "baptized," he comes into Christ's "one body" -- the New Testament "church."  Paul teaches, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized unto this death" (Rom. 6:3).  Of course, it was in his death he shed his blood for the "remission of sin" (Matt. 26:28), and for this reason we are "baptized" for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38).  This is the what Paul meant when he wrote to the "church of Christ" in Galatia, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Gal. 3:26-27).


The New Testament "church" was blood-bought, "...the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood" (Acts 20:28).  And all should know, according to the emphasis in the New Testament concerning the "blood of Christ," how essential and  important it is to be blood-bought.  Peter states that the new covenant "church" was "...not redeemed with corruptible things as  silver  and gold...but with   the precious blood of Christ..." (I Pet. 18-19).  The "blood of Christ" was shed for the sins of the world, and when one is baptized for the remission of his sins he is  saved and "added" to the "blood-bought church."  The church is "washed," "sanctified," and "justified" in the "blood of Christ" (I Cor. 6:9-11).


To the new covenant "church" in Ephesus,  Paul wrote, "...Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he may sanctify it and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:26-27).


God "reconciles" alien sinners unto himself only in the church, "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ...that he might reconcile both (Jew and Gentile) unto God in one body by the cross..." (Eph. 2:13-16).   Again: "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation..." (II Cor. 5:18-20).  It is simply not true, as denominations claim, that God reconciles men unto himself in human religious institutions that are outside the teaching of the New Testament and "church of our Lord Jesus Christ."


       The new covenant "church of Christ" is "one body" united in the "one faith" of the new covenant "gospel" of Jesus Christ (Jude 3). Paul says, "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calllng: one Lord, one faith, one baptism..." (Eph. 4:4-5).  There are many branches of denominationalism with many different "false gospels," but there is only "one Lord, one faith, one gospel of salvation, and one church" revealed in the New Testament.

        

Without question, the New Testament "church of Christ" in plan, purpose and reality, is the "oldest" religion and "church" in the world It is the "only church" established by Christ and governed by the teaching of his new covenant  No modern denomination established on human creeds and traditions can make that claim.    Send all comments and questions to danbillingsly@att.net -  mastersw94@yahoo.com - visit www.mmljbc.com


 

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