the Feast of Pentecost
Really the Beginning of 'The Church'?
I just heard the commonly made
statement that the church of Jesus
Christ began on the day of Pentecost. As I heard that statement
it dawned on me that this is incorrect.
The Feast of Pentecost fifty days
after the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead was the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on
the disciples of Jesus who were praying in an upper room in the City of
Jerusalem. But did that coincide with the 'beginning of 'the
First of all, one must realize that
the term 'the church' is a
mis-translation of the Greek word 'Ekklesia', which means a
'Called-out group of people'.
May I suggest that the Ekklesia of
Jesus Christ began when He called
out His first disciples, Simon Peter and Andrew, early in his ministry,
and that He continued to 'build His Ekklesia' each time He called
someone to Himself and that person responded to Him in obedience to His
The significance of this proper
understanding of the term 'Ekklesia' is
profound, and currently lost due to the mistranslation of Ekklesia as
'the church' - which means 'a lordship' and comes from the Greek word
'Kuriakos', which is seldom used in the Bible. If the followers
of Jesus are only those who have obediently responded to His call out
of their former lives be to accompany Him wherever He wants to go
each day, then we can understand that those who have not received that
call from Jesus, or have not obediently responded to the call to a new
life with Jesus, are not part of 'the Ekklesia of God'.
Jesus told the messenger of the
ekklesia in Laodicea that he wanted him
to be hot or cold, but the fact that he was lukewarm and neither hot or
cold resulted in Jesus' promise to 'spew him out of His mouth'!
That does not sound appealing, whatever it means. And the fact
that believers in Jesus throughout the past two thousand years have
allowed anyone who joins 'the church' to think of themselves as
followers of Jesus regardless of their desire to obey and accompany Him
wherever He wants to take them has resulted in a multitude of
lukewarm people who think of themselves as followers of Jesus, and even
leaders of other 'Christians'.
So I ask you, dear reader, has Jesus
called you to accompany Him
wherever He wants to go and to do whatever He wants to do with you, or
are you still gone astray from God and His plan for your life to follow
your own way? I ask that because it is written:
we like sheep have
gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and Jehovah has
laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
It takes an affirmative turn
from our own way to become a
follower of Jesus. I know. I once was lost, but He found me
out wandering on my own, and when I bowed my knees in surrender to His
Lordship over my life and asked Him to come into my heart, everything
changed for the better!
Today can be your day of turning from
your own way to Jesus by
receiving Him as your Savior from sin and the Lord of Your life, and
the only One Who can take you to our Heavenly Father for complete
Behold, God has chosen a day for each
of us to be saved from our sinful
wandering away from Him, and today is the day of salvation. It is
never tomorrow, because no one is guaranteed to live to tomorrow!!