You Won’t Recognize a Thing
Shortly after World War II, a vice-president of General Motors made a business trip to England. Vauxhall, a subsidiary of General Motors, offered him a car and driver.
“Where do you want to go, governor,” the driver asked. “I’d very much like to see the parish at Standerstead in the city of Croydon where my folks came from,” came the answer. Thinking the man meant his parents, the driver asked, “When did your folks leave England?” The answer came back, “In 1635.” The driver thought for a minute and then replied, “You won’t recognize a thing.”
If you read the biblical account of the only church mentioned in the New Testament and view the religious spectacle today, that is a very appropriate statement—”You won’t recognize a thing” as you see the different forms and faces of religion. You might even wonder how could Bible readers ever develop the churches of today? There is not a slight resemblance to the New Testament church.
Would Jesus Himself recognize His church today? He promised to return to receive His bride forever. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2).
There can be but one church that has remained in virgin purity—the church that bears His name and follows faithful the pattern laid out in the New Testament by inspiration.
Since Jesus is coming for but one bride, would it not behoove an honest and sincere person to be sure to be in it? How to be in it? Simply read the directions given in the New Testament and when you obey Christ, He will add you to it. (Acts 2:28-47).—drs
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