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Bible Study Lesson 24

Identifying The True Religion Or The True Church
   A.   People's Concepts Of What The Church Is
   B.   The Name Of The True Church
   C.   The True Church Is Likened To A Human Body
   D.   It Is The True Church That Christ Will Save

   E.   The True Church Is The Result Of God's Calling
   F.   God's Calling Is Through A Messenger Of God
   G.   Beware Of The Preacher Who Is Not Of God
   H.   Identifying The True Messenger Of God




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 24F.   God's Calling Is Through A Messenger Of God


But any Church could claim that they are called by God.  

24F.1   How does God call people to Christ?   

The Bible answers in II Thessalonians 2:14, thus:

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Revised Standard)

God's call people by means of the preaching of the Gospel.  

24F.2   Who is the preacher used by God in calling people to Christ? 

In Romans 10:14-15, it is written:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!'' (NKJV)

God channels His call through the preaching of one who was sent by Him—a messenger of God, and not through any preacher who has a Bible in his hand.

24F.3  Why is God's call channeled exclusively through the preaching of the messengers of God? 

Because, it is only through the messengers of God that the "True Gospel of Christ" will be preached.

Why?  Are not all preachers who hold and use the Bible preaching the True Gospel of Christ?  In Galatians 1:6-8, this is written:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 
which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

No,  because, there are those who are preaching a different Gospel, even if they claim and show that they are using the Bible.  
Why has the True Gospel of Christ became a different Gospel?
Because, there are those who pervert the Gospel of Christ.
How wicked is it to pervert the True Gospel of Christ?

Apostle Paul said of those who pervert the gospel:   "Let him be accursed or condemned"!   They are headed for destruction  .

What misfortune await those who will unwittingly listen and believe a different gospel—the perverted gospel of Christ?

Jesus taught that "if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."  

 "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.''  (Matthew 15:14, NKJV)

As they—who pervert the gospel—are condemned to die the second death in the lake of fire, so is the listener and blind follower:  
Hence, instead of leading people to the true Church and to salvation,  such preachers would lead people to their destruction. 

24F.4   What was entrusted to the messengers of God, that made them capable of preaching the True Gospel of Christ?

In I Corinthians 2:7&10, this is written:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (NKJV) 

They speak the wisdom of God in mystery—the hidden wisdom of God—which was revealed to them through the the Spirit of God.


The True Church is the result of God's calling through the preaching of the True Gospel by a messenger of God.  Any Church, therefore, that arose from the preaching of one who is not a messenger of God, is definitely not the True Church for it is not called by God. 


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