What did Jesus found his church on?

Answering dribbles of doubts with the Word of God….

Christianity was not created for many years (centuries perhaps) until after Jesus died.

You might say that the Roman Catholic Church was “not created” as such “for many years”. But “Christianity” as in followers of Christ, that’s been from since Jesus and his disciples walked in the flesh, as you can see from the definitions below.

Jesus Himself did not declare that He was a non-Jew. Notably, He celebrated Passover. He was described by John the Baptist as the Jewish Messiah. So the evidence that He retained his Jewishness until His ascension is plentiful enough, and a very convincing argument can be made along those lines.

Ha. More than that, he was the Son of David, and through Abraham’s seed all the world is blessed. And not only Jesus is Jewish, let’s see who is a Jew?

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

And a common misconception:

And yet the Holy Roman Catholic Church traces its founding to Peter. Peter, whom Jesus specifically spoke of as the one He would build His church on.

The word “church” comes from ekklesia — “the called-out ones”, the body of Jesus Christ. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Which church is founded upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God Incarnate, who was crucified as an expiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world, arose from the dead to prove victory over death, sin and incidentally Satan, and ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the throne of God, and is coming back soon.

Elsewhere, like Luke 4, the word used is ho synagogue – this synagogue. It is not a translation artefact; why would Jesus Himself not say ‘synagogue’ unless He were contemplating something new, something not-Jewish?

In Luke 4 he was in an actual synagogue, it was not “church”, like he was describing in Matthew 16, which was when the disciples were called from among the world to be separate. “Be ye separate” like it says in Revelation.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

That is what a “church” is. Not those grotesque million-dollar palaces they call “churches”:

Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

Of course we can never know…

We CAN know what we are told in the Bible, and it is plenty enough unless you do not receive a love for the truth.

But obviously there are many millions who subscribe to the notion that Jesus was in fact founding a new church, a new religion, a new faith – one that required Jews to be converted. Saint Paul certainly thought so, and he was only barely after Christ, time-wise.

Sorry but Paul didn’t think so. There were a lot of new things to accept — Christ was a “stumblingblock” to the Jews of the day for sure– but Christ was the continuation of the same thing God was doing from Adam on. This is what Paul was explaining in major parts of all his various epistles, especially the book of Hebrews, that it salvation was ALWAYS by grace from the beginning, and Jesus himself said he came as fulfillment of the law and the prophets:

Matthew 5:17 ¶Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 5:17 ¶Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

So Jesus was the Messiah, and the Jews that “await the Messiah” today are testimony to the fact that Jesus and the apostles were the true Bible-observant and Bible-believing Jews of his day, and the ones that rejected Christ were just more of the same tradition of a rebellious and stiff-necked people. It was Jesus with his disciples who continued the work of the grace of God among the Jews, and then the Gentiles who believed by faith were “grafted” to the “natural” branch, which was by faith anyway.

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
51 ¶Ye stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

So the true church of Jesus Christ is the body of believers, and it is built on the foundation stone, the rock Christ Jesus.


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