The first church was simply, the Christian church. However, most Christians really don't understand its beginning. Looking back the church is primarily of Christ's total self giving for our salvation and it was fulfilled on the cross. The origin and growth of the church are symbolized by the blood, water, and body fluids which flowed from the open side of Christ when pierced by a roman spear and poured down to the earth (ground). Spiritually, the work was finished. Earthly organization began on the day of pentecost through the Holy Spirit which was sent by Jesus the Christ. As Eve was formed from the side of Adam, so was the church born from Christ side hanging on the cross. Christ is called the second Adam. Therefore, we have a merging of natural and spiritual DNA. The first Adam being made from the ground: The second Adam (Jesus) with the Heavenly Father's spiritual DNA from the spirit. Claims were made by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and some protestants that they were the first christian church. Not true, they are all beating a dead horse. It just doesn't matter because it was established on the day of crucifixion. God said he doesn't dwell in mortar and brick but in the hearts and lives of the true believers, that are born of his spirit. See: John 10:35, Isaiah 8:20, Isaiah 40:8, II Timothy 3:15-17, Mathew 5:18, John 10:35, I Peter 2:25, Galatians1:6-9. Let it be understood that centuries later 315 A.D. the Roman emperor Constantine after a vision converted to christianity and he mandated that christianity become the religion of the Roman empire. So here now we have the visible christian church being joined with the powers of the Roman government. In 325 A.D. Constantine and his son both now christians called a meeting of all christian leaders at the City of Nicea. There, they came together to establish what would be canalized from the scriptures of the septuagint (old testament) and of scrolls and writings of disciples of Jesus Christ. Not all writings were included but we believe that even in the midst of folly God was very much involved so what went forth was His will.
Speaking of the modern day church which there are many man made denominations because they haven't quite been able to agree upon many aspects of the bible. This is not new because in the very beginning Apostle Paul was dealing wiht the same elements that we are. One example we will find in the book of Hebrews 6:1-3, Paul said "therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go unto perfection not laying again the foundation of repentence and dead works and of faith toward God. Of the doctrine of Baptism, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of the eternal judgement. How was the church made complete and perfected in Paul's day? That was the beginning and why there was a five fold ministry as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-12 "and He gave some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors, some Teachers for the work of the ministy and edifying the body of Christ. The Church is still being perfected therefore, these offices are still in effect for the purpose that Jesus intended. And this will we do, if God permit." What Paul is saying is that these things are true so why keep laying the basic foundations of these teachings except the basic foundations which are true and lets move on. This is not meat, this is milk and the basic principles of a supernatural God doing spiritual works. Furthermore, let us go to Galatians 3:1, Paul said "Oh foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth. Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently sent forth crucified among you that you receive the spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith. Are you so foolish having begun in the spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh."
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