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Founded by Christ Part II

Updated on December 29, 2011

The one true church in scripture

We've seen Christ's clear intent to found a church, as depicted in the gospel of Matthew.

We've demonstrated Christ's premeditated intention to select a Representative - a Key Holder of said church.

That Key Holder, we've come to learn, was to be Simon the son of John, whose name became, Peter.

As a matter of fact, in Matthew 16:19, immediately after proclaiming Peter to be the rock upon which His church would be erected, Jesus declares to Peter: "I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven."

Yet, what is this kingdom, is Christ still speaking of the founding of His Church?

Yes he unquestionably is. For in 1 Peter 2:9 we find Peter himself exhorting the people of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, saying:

"But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood..."

Where else would one find a priesthood of any fashion but in a church.

This, in fact, serves as further evidence Christ intended to found a church, a royal priesthood. Moreover, the founding of a church was the reason for his coming. We know this to be true because in the gospel of Luke 4:43 we read:

"To the other towns also I must proclaim the kingdom of God, for this is why I have been sent."

The new testament is replete with like verses. Let's have a gander:

"Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying: 'The time is completed, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mk 1:14).

"From that time Jesus began to preach and to say: 'Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'" (Mt 4:17).

"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you." (Mt 12:28)

Luke 22:29 depicts Christ as passing on this kingdom to his Apostles when he stated:

"And I appoint to you a Kingdom even as My Father has appointed to Me."

Then, within the pages of the Acts of the Apostles, the church - the kingdom of God explodes as the church spreads from Jerusalem throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. We see the Apostles pass on the office held by Judas, the traitor, to Matthias.

We see Peter rise up as head and key bearer of the church performing many miracles and wonders. And attesting that he and the other apostles were commissioned by Christ to preach and testify (Acts 10:42).

We see Saul set afire by a vision of Christ, taking on the name, Paul, as his new set-mission of preaching the gospel of the man he once persecuted consumes him (Acts 9:4-5).

To Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians, to Syria and Cilicia the church spread further. All the while Christ, not the Apostles, building His Church through visions, dreams, and his angels. We see this in Acts 8:10-16, Acts 10:1-16, Acts 12:7-10, Acts 15:28, Acts 16:6-8, and other such similar verses.

From Corinth to Caeseria, from Galatia to Ephesus, to Rome the Church founded by Christ spread. Scripture itself attests to this undeniable fact. Yet, where is this church that we might worship within her walls?

That Church remains with us today. For Christ also declared to Peter, "The gates of hell shall not prevail against" His church (Mt 16:18). This Church, history emphatically tells us, is One, Holy, Apostolic, and, it is indisputably Catholic! And it is this point, which we will examine in our next installment.

God bless.

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