And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:19-23)
If There Is One Jesus There Is One Church
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. There is one God and He is the only Father. From the beginning of time the Lord God Almighty has required of man to believe in one God rejecting the gods of man. It was inscribed upon the Law of Moses there was only one God and worship to the one God was required. Jesus came to earth proclaiming worship to His Father was in spirit and truth and there could be no other worship. As Jesus revealed Himself He declared His Sonship with the Father as paramount to salvation. There is only one way to the Father and Jesus said He was the only way, the only truth and the only life. Jesus was the Son of God and there is only One Son. One Father and one Son.
The Bible is the only revelation of God to man. There is only one book that tells men what they must do to be saved. This precludes any other book as inspired – period. From the pages of Genesis to the Revelation the mind of one God unveils the sacrifice of one Son to mankind. Redemption is found in the one message of hope from the one Father who gave all men the one Son who prepared the one way of salvation. One God, one Son and one Book. So why are there so many churches? For the last five hundred years churches of every type and kind have begun in the name of Jesus all proclaiming to be the way of salvation. The Protestant movement was in response to the apostasy of the early church that created the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. Beginning with Martin Luther men have created churches that look like men instead of Jesus Christ. They wear names that are not found in the Bible practicing creeds that teach doctrines not found in the Bible. The message of salvation depends on which church is teaching the way of a truth mingled with the philosophies of human wisdom. There is one God, one Son and a thousand different churches. Can this be right?
The Bible teaches there is only one church. This does not suggest that “one church” means all the churches of the world are one umbrella of religion. There is no umbrella in the plan of God. There is one church because there is one God and one Son. The church of the Bible is very distinct in its name, its design, its teaching and its purpose. A simple examination of what the Bible teaches about the church and the churches of today will see a great disparity. It matters not what the sign says but it does matter what the Bible says. Jesus died for one church. He did not die for all the churches men have built today. The church is the body and there is only one body – period.
Believing that you can attend the church of your choice is like saying you can believe in the Savior of your choice. How can we find the one true church Jesus died for? Read the Bible and compare what the Bible (alone) says with what the church you are a part of teaches. If the church you belong has a name, organization, teaching and doctrine that CANNOT be found in scripture then it is not the Biblical one body of the one Father who sent His only Son to build one church. One Jesus means one church. You have one choice.
All teaching and all truth and all doctrine must be tested in the light of the Scriptures. (D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Authority, 1958)