The True Church
Edited from an article by
Seeley D. Kinne.
There is a God-made Ecclesia with its true head, Jesus Christ
who sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High. He has
established within His Church a God-ordained order and said
concerning this: "I will build My Church" Matt 16:18.
This heavenly Church is not an organization that comes forth
by the effort of man; it is a supernatural organism. It is
the Body of Christ, a Body knit together in the Spirit. It
is pervaded by the power of Christ through the indwelling
Holy Spirit. He brings the things of Christ and imparts them
to His people.
As in a human body, the intelligent man who dwells therein,
pervades, moves, and controls that body; so Jesus Christ,
by the Holy Spirit, dwells in the members of His Body, directing
and uniting them into one compact body, the Body of Christ.
It is so-called because the members are united by an invisible
spiritual dynamic which makes them one heart, one soul, and
one mind. This Church is called the Body of Christ. "And
hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the
head over all things to the Church, which is His Body, the
fullness of Him that filleth all in all ... for we are members
of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones" Eph 1:22-23;
The Church, the Body of Christ, is also called by several
other names. It is God's building; for it is His design. He
builds it for a habitation. It is the Household of God, His
great family. It is the Temple of God, since within it is
conducted divine worship, and here are the various vessels
of His service, symbolized by the appurtenances of the ancient
Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church, is a miraculous
being. He is both Deity and human. The supernatural and the
miraculous were continually appearing in His ministry. He
routed demons, confounded the wise, subdued nature into obedience
to His command, healed the sick and afflicted, and spake s
never man spake. His days were Heaven upon earth. See Luke
1:35; Matthew1:18, 21-23).
Christ is Himself the builder of His Church. No man-built
Church is acceptable to God. Jesus said "I will build
My Church." "God hath set the members everyone in
the Body, as it hath pleased Him." "Whose names
are written in Heaven." Such texts clearly teach that
no effort of man can put members into the Body of Christ,
nor bring forth the true Church. See Matt 16:18; I Cor12:18;
Christ is the Head of the true Church, and since He is miraculous
and supernatural, the Church which is His body must be supernatural
and miraculous in formation, nature, and growth. The early
Church was the most extraordinary institution ever seen on
earth. It was endowed with a series of the most wonderful
and unusual powers, gifts, and abilities; enabling it to accomplish
a great revolution wherever its Apostles and Ministers operated.
It was, in a powerful manner, the reproduction of the ministry
of Christ within the various ministers. It was Christ working
in and by them. "And gave Him to be the Head over all
the Church which is His Body, the fullness of Him that filleth
all in all" Eph 1:22b-23.
Membership in the true Ecclesia must, therefore, be so by
a supernatural act of God. No act of man by water, vote, resolution,
or any means whatever, can put one into this Church, or remove
one from it; else it is not built by Christ, but by man. "For
by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we
be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have
been all made to drink into one Spirit ... But now hath God
set the members every one of them in the Body, as it hath
pleased Him" I Cor 12:13, 18.
The Body of Christ is of Divine construction. Its members
being many are set in their places and sustained there by
the power of God, through the motions of the Holy Spirit,
who fashions them into one Body. The Church is a Temple of
God. Here is conducted services of praise, worship, prayer,
and communion. Here is manifest the glory of God, and the
cloud of Divine presence.
God's Church is His divine workshop. Within is carried on
His various works. Here, is His Divine oracle: The Word, the
spirit of revelation, and the washing of water by the Word.
Here are the works of recreating, refining, purifying, purging,
polishing, perfecting, transfiguring, and all His varied workings
by bestowing gifts and graces; so making ready for the station
and company to which each belongs in the heavenly world.
A marvelous workshop, equipped with the finest tools and
machinery: prophecy, wisdom, revelation, knowledge, and every
necessary device for preparing those who are going on to full
maturity. Alas! For the great loss to the people of God; that
for so much of the time of this age, this Divine workshop
has not been in proper shape to accomplish God's work.
But now it must be set into divine order, that those who
are to be used in the purpose of God will be fully prepared.
You who would be overcomers, present yourselves for preparation.