Christ's Church Two Thousand Years Ago

J. D. Conley
September 8, 2013

Two thousand years ago the church of Christ was established. This was the original church. It was not: "Your church," "My church," "your denomination," "my denomination," "a denomination." It was the church that belonged to Christ before human changes marred its beauty.

The church belongs to Christ because:

  1. He is the builder of it, (Mt. 16:18).
  2. He is the purchaser of it, (Acts 20:28).
  3. He is the head of it, (Eph. 1:22-23).
  4. He is the chief cornerstone in it, (Eph. 1:19-20).
  5. He is the Savior of it, (Eph.5:23).

The church was established on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ nearly 2000 years ago. It was the third hour of the day when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the waiting apostles, (Acts 2:14ff). That was the beginning of the church. Peter spoke of this occasion later in (Acts 11:15) and called it the "beginning." On that day the gospel was preached in the name of the risen Christ for the first time. On that day for the first time in the history of the world people were commanded to be baptized for the remission of sins. On that day for the first time the Lord added the saved to His church.

The Lord crowned His church with victories. For a beginning He gave her 3000 members. Later 5000 became obedient to the faith. So great were the victories Christ gave His church that men became jealous of her. They persecuted her members unto death. They were scattered abroad, but they "went everywhere preaching the word." She was flush with victories that shook the world. She had: One God for her Father. One Son for her Savior. One Spirit for her Teacher. One Book for her Guide. The church has survived since its establishment 2000 years ago and has crossed the continents to be the same church today that it was in the beginning. The word of God is the seed of the kingdom and when that word is faithfully preached it makes Christians today as it made Christians in the beginning. Let us go back through the intervening ages to the days of the apostles and restore the church as it existed in the days of its pristine purity.