Yesterday I heard a sermon in which it was pointed out two things –One — Jesus is The Truth, and two the Church is to spread The Truth to the world.
Immediately I thought of how the Church today portrays the truth surrounding these two truths, and how erroneous that concept has become in its portrayal.
Today we are taught that the truth entered the world 2000 years ago, and He the personification of God The Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Word) then established His Church to spread The Truth about Himself. These concepts are true, but misunderstood.
Why do I say that? If The Lord Jesus who came 2000 years ago is The Truth, did The Truth not exist before then? And if the Church is the instrument Jesus is using to spread Himself (The Truth) was truth not in existance Or being spread prior to His coming to earth 2000 years ago?
Acts 7:37,38, Here we read about the “church in the wilderness” in the Old Testament…”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. This is he, that was in the CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.”
Certainly the Truth existed before Jesus came to earth. He is the manifestation of the truth that already existed and who was already revealing Himself to mankind through His Church. To this already existing Church there were about 3,000 “added” on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:42). So did The Church and The Truth already exist before Jesus coming and the day of Pentecost? You be the judge, but remember the truth is not always taught in the pulpits across America and around this world.
Why do I say that it already existed before Pentecost? Israel herself was often throughout OT scripture referred to as the Ekklessia. The Hebrew Word was Qahal. After Jesus entered paradise on the day of His death it is said that captivity was led captivity captive when He ascended. Remember John the Baptist died knowing that Jesus was present on earth. Moses Himself had met with Jesus before His crucifixion. Where did he return after that meeting. The Messiah was present and ready to deliver them. The Ekklessia was relocated along with paradise following Jesus finished work on earth. On Pentecost 3000 were added to the church.
Paul states that as a result of our salvation as Gentiles that we now have become one new man with these saints of Old Testament Times (Ephesians chapters 2-4).
In fact, paradise which was in the belly of the earth before Jesus died, was taken with Him to the Father when He ascended. If we die in Christ before He returns, we go to be with Him and the saints in paradise where all saints now reside — one new man, one bride, one body, one church. And we are one Olive Tree.