Wednesday’s Word

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3).

Isaiah foretold of the coming of the Kingdom of God, the church. He described the Kingdom of God as those who were taught by God and who followed the teachings of God.

The question is often asked: Why are there so many churches? The answer is: because most are not taught by God and therefore, do not follow the teachings of God. This fact leads to several other questions. Does the church, established by Christ, exist today? Is it possible to be a member of the church established by Jesus? Is it possible to know that one is a member of the church established by our Lord?

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God and the church are one and the same (Matthew 16:18-19). He also said that the church would be established during the lives of those to whom He was speaking and that it would be established with power (Mark 9:1).

Isaiah said that the Lord’s house (church) would be established in the “last days” (Isaiah 2:2); the prophets Joel and Micah made similar prophecies. In Acts 2, Peter said that the establishment of the church, on that day of Pentecost was in fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. One of the indicators of a church being the church established by Jesus is if it were established on Pentecost in AD33.

Isaiah also said that the church would be established in Jerusalem. Acts 2 teaches that the apostles were in Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon them and the church was established. Another indicator of the true church is if it was established in Jerusalem.

Isaiah wrote that the one true church was: established in Jerusalem, in the last days and would follow the word of God. Another indicator of the church established by Jesus, is the fact if it follows the teachings of Jesus. In Acts 2, Peter said that Jesus was made both Lord and Christ by the Father. The church of Jesus Christ obeys the teachings of Jesus because He is supreme in authority and there is no other.

Let us make sure the church of which we are members, meet the criterion set by God.