Let’s pretend that we are living in the first century in Jerusalem. We are watching the events of Acts 2 as they unfold. This chapter details for us the beginning of the church. This is the church or kingdom that was prophesied (Is. 2:1-4; Dan. 2:44; Joel 2:28; Mt. 3:1-2) It is the kingdom Christ promised to build (Mt. 16:16ff; Mk. 9:1). As Peter preached the first gospel sermon under the Christian Dispensation, those listening were “pricked in their hearts” by the preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They “said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38). Then verse 47 states, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Now, here is the question. “To which church did the Lord add the saved?” Was it to the Roman Catholic Church or maybe one of the major Protestant Denominations? Perhaps it was one of the hundreds of smaller groups that exist throughout America today. Please consider that the Lord could not have added souls to these bodies! None of these organizations existed in the first century! These organizations came into existence hundreds of years after the events of Acts 2! There was only one church then and only one church now (Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:4; there is one body and that body is the church).
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