5 February 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
This is part three of a five part series about the term “denomination”.
In Ephesus we see in the first and second verses (v.1 & 2) of the first chapter of Ephesians we see Paul’s next statement, yet again there is no mention of how we currently define denomination, but how the definition defines the word: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: *Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
And again in Philippians verses one and two of chapter one we see that Paul was addressing people of a town: Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
And yet again in Colossians Paul does it again. He has changed a little bit of each address calling the members of the Faith; brethren, saints, the sanctified, and the church. Let us look at chapter one verses one and two (1:1 & 2): Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, *To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
For those that Paul was writing to in Thessalonica he kept it short in first Thessalonians right down to one verse and in second Thessalonians it is in two verses. Let us look at them together; 1 Thessalonians 1:1 is: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. And in 2 Thessalonians 1:1 & 2: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: *Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And finally in Philemon we see one of the few mentions in Scripture of a specific building where a denomination meets. Let us look at verses one through three. (v. 1-3): Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer. *And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: *Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
In James we see he is addressing the twelve tribes scattered abroad, Peter rights to the strangers (the brethren) throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Jude addresses them that are sanctified by God. Not a single mention of the way we have come to define whether we are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Unitarian, or Non-Denom.
The interesting thing about all of the above passages we see only one denominational name given and of course that is Christian. I know I could have just given the specific verse. I much rather see the entire sentence as it fills in the gaps of the required information. When we study Scripture to get an understanding of what the verse means we are reminded to look at the verse before and after. We are or rather were called Christians in Jerusalem.
This concludes part three, on 19 February 2019, we will pick up with part four.
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