The New Testament Church
By Louis Rushmore
Is Divine In Origin
The divine origin of the New Testament church is evident since: (1) its conception was first in the mind of
God, and (2) the church was established by the power and authority of God. After the careful Bible student
learns these truths, he will have no difficulty identifying the church of the Bible, despite much denominational
While explaining Godís plan of salvation to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul wrote that God always
planned to save mankind through the church. Therefore, according to Acts 2:47, the Lord adds the saved to the
church. The church was Godís idea, not manís idea.
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the
world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the
principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:9-11)
The establishment of the church or kingdom in complete fulfillment of numerous Old Testament prophecies
is remarkable testimony of the establishment of the church by God. The apostles made no distinction between
the church and the kingdom; Paul addressed the "church" at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2) and used the
word "kingdom" referring to the church in Colosse (Colossians 1:13); John also referred to the church
as the kingdom (Revelation 1:9). Jesus, too, used the words church and kingdom interchangeably
Isaiah 2:1-5; Joel 2:28-3:2; and Micah 4:1-3 identify the city of Jerusalem as the beginning place of the
kingdom or church -- which it was. Daniel 2:31-45 teaches the Lordís kingdom would be established during the
time of the Roman Empire -- which it was. Mark 9:1 states the kingdom was to come with power during the
lifetime of those to whom Jesus spoke on that occasion -- which it did.
Churches of human origin were begun without the power of the Holy Spirit and later than the generation to
whom Jesus spoke. Neither were denominational churches begun during the reign of the Roman Empire. And,
man-made churches were begun in other cities than Jerusalem. Human churches do not fulfill kingdom or
church prophecies and are unacceptable to God. ". . . Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not
planted, shall be rooted up" (Matthew 15:13).
According to Luke 8:11, the Word of God is the "seed" of the kingdom. Therefore, when the
Word of God is planted in honest hearts it produces Christians -- which comprise the New Testament church. In
this way souls today can become members of the one church which is divine in origin. Friend, is the religion of
which you are a member divine in origin? Or, will your religion "be rooted up" by God someday?