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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The New Testament Church
Is Divine In Name

By Louis Rushmore

The church of the New Testament is known by several biblical names. These names are divine in origin and glorify God or Jesus Christ. Once the biblical names for the Lordís church are learned, one can easily see the difference between churches or religions with man-made names and these divine names for the church.

Each of the divine names for the Lordís church describes the nature of the church or its relationship to God or Jesus Christ. Man-made religious names describe churches or religions which men have established. Man-made names for churches is one of many important differences between churches of HUMAN origin and the church of the Bible.

Jesus promised to build ONE TRUE CHURCH when he said, "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). The descriptive names applied to his one church include: "church of God" (1 Corinthians 1:2), "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16), "body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12), "the house of God which is the church of the living God" (1 Timothy 3:15), "the temple of God" (1 Corinthians 3:16) and "the kingdom of his dear son" (Colossians 1:13). Wearing a divine name is an identifying mark of the one true church of the Bible. Due to confusion resulting from the existence of man-made churches (denominations), and from a desire to exalt Christ who is head of the church, most congregations of the Lordís church today wear the biblical name church of Christ (Romans 16:16).

There are other essential divine characteristics of the church of the Bible in addition to a divine name (such as divine worship, doctrine, redemption, and church government). It is certain that any religious group that lacks a divine name (or any other divine characteristic) is not identical to the church Jesus promised to build. With Jesus, the churches of Christ invite you to further study about the one true church of the Bible.

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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