29 January 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
This is part two of a five part series about the term “denomination”. The next few passages are much shorter, except for the first one, you can easily see how denominations first existed in the early Church.
Romans chapter one verses one through seven (1:1-7): Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, *(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) *Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; *And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: *By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: *Among whom ye are also the called of Jesus Christ: *To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just in these first two passages we can see three different denominations, as based on Webster’s dictionary, one in Jerusalem, one in Antioch, and one in Rome. In the upcoming passages we will be seeing cities mentioned as well as one group that meets in a specific location.
Our next town to visit is Corinth. In First Corinthians we find the reference to the church at Corinth in verses one through three (v. 1-3): Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, *Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: *Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
And in second Corinthians we see the reference to not only the denomination of Corinth but all of Asia. Here take a look in verses one and two. (v.1-2): Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: *Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Right in that short passage it not only addresses the local Church body which meet in Corinth but all of the corporate Church of Asia. That is amazing.
In Galatians the term church is made plural into churches of Galatia. Let us take a look at verses one through five. (v.1-5): Paul an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) *And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: *Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, *Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This concludes part two, on 5 February 2019, we will pick up with part three.
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