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10. When was the Christian "Church" started?

     The English word "church" is transliterated from two Greek words: "Kristos" (Christ) + "Oikos" (house), or "House of Christ."  Therefore—contrary to usage in the phone book’s Yellow Pages—the word “Church” can only mean Christian Church.

     Christ Himself is the founder of the church (Matt. 16:18).  But the church did not start until the Day of Pentecost.

     Here are the reasons:

     (1) It was still future in Matthew 16:18 ("I will build my church");
     (2) Its first members were those "baptized by the Holy Spirit"
          (I Cor. 12:13), and that event was still future in Acts 1:5.
     (3) By Acts 11, that event was described as already occurred
          (vs. 15-16).
     (4) It had occurred on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.

     Use the following Logical Deduction—

          · Since Spirit-Baptist = Into Body of Christ
          · And Spirit-Baptism = At Pentecost
          · So body of Christ = At Pentecost

--P.L. Tan (00-01-10)

 

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