Listen to God\’s Voice

Words of wisdom for today

The Church Age and the Universal or Catholic church

“(Heb 12:23)  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

James, I Peter, II Peter, James, I John and Jude

What do these books have in common? These are titled general epistles, not because they are written to all people, but because they are written to all believers in Christ. James was written to all believers in Christ that were a part of the diaspora, that is Jews who were not living in the holy land. I Peter and II Peter were written specifically to all “strangers” who were believers living in Asia minor, present day Turkey, Greece and where ever believers were found. James again was written to Jewish believers living anywhere including those living in Israel and outside of Israel. I John was addressed to all believers. Finally Jude was written to all saints (those sanctified by the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.)

The word that would be translated to the word “catholic” is only used once in the text of scripture in Hebrews 12:23. The word general or catholic is also used in the titles of the above mentioned books. The point here is that believers are collectively called catholic only in the sense of their universal belief in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for our sins. The truth is that all those who name the name of Christ are truly a part of the church of the firstborn. It is possible to be a part of an earthly church, but when all is said and done not be a part of the true and invisible church of God. The true catholic church is invisible and is composed of all believers everywhere and from all of the church age.

Written by tfheringer

December 19, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

%d bloggers like this: