What Must One Understand In Order To Become A Child of God? (6) By Garland Robinson

One must understand the Lord adds the saved to his church. This point is made very clear in the Bible. When the gospel was preached for the first time on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two, we read: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”Those who repented and were baptized (verse 38) did not “join” the church, they were added to the church.

“And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women” (Acts 5:14). Who added them? Acts 2:47 tells us, “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”         Among denominational churches we find where people “join” a denomination or are “voted on” in order to become a member of a denomination. Such a practice is foreign to the scriptures. There were never any votes taken as to who could be a member of the church and who could not. That places the power of salvation in the hands of men instead of the hands of God. What if you desperately wanted to be saved but men did not vote you in? I want to be with God, not men. The Bible says the Lord does the adding, not men.         The “body” to which the saved are added by the Lord is his glorious church. The body and the church are one and the same (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23). It is a spiritual body/church. Our conversation (citizenship, commonwealth) is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Jesus told Pilate His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). The words kingdom, church and body all describe the same thing. They simply identify different aspects of the Lord’s spiritual body the church. It is to this body that the Lord adds those who are obedient to His Word.         Won’t you accept God’s Word and obey it today? You cannot save yourself following man’s ways. You cannot “join” a denomination and be saved. Salvation is found only in the Lord’s church for he will save it and no other. “…Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body (Ephesians 5:23). The Lord will add you to his saved body if you: Believe (John 8:24), repent (Luke 13:3), confess him (Matthew 10:32) and are baptized (Mark 16:16). This is the Lord’s way to be saved and added to his body!

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