Which church is the one true church?

People mistakenly think that there is an earthly organization that is the one true church as if a collection of people, church structures, and "human authority" designates that it is the "one true church" on earth.  But, this is a wrong assumtion. The true church is not an earthly organization.  It is not a series of buildings and ceremonies rooted in ancient tradition.  Instead, the church is the body of true believers. The true church consists of those who are regenerate; that is, it consists of those who are "the called", the true Christians.

"The called", or the true Christians are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and show by their fruits or words and actions that they are in Christ, doing His works:

  • Rom. 1:6, "among whom you also are the called (klaytos) of Jesus Christ."
  • 1 Cor. 1:24, "but to those who are the called (klaytos), both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
  • Jude 1, "Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called (klaytos), beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ."
  • Rev. 17:14, "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called (klaytos) and chosen (eklektos) and faithful."

The greek word "klaytos" means "call, invited, divinely selected and appointed."1  The Greek word of "church" is ekklesia and is formed from a compound of the word "ek" (out of) and "kaleo" (call).  Therefore, the church is the "called out ones."  "Eklektos" in Rev. 17:14 above means simply means "chosen" and comes from the verb "eklegomai" which means to choose, to choose out. Therefore, the church, the ekkesia, is the "called out ones."

Okay, but you might respond by saying you can't look into the hearts of people and know who is and is not truly saved.  That is true.  But, can we look at earthly "churches" and see if it they are biblical or not? The answer is simple once we understand what makes someone a Christian or not. Lets let the Bible tell us who the triumphant SAINTS are: 

 Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." and in Rev. 19:10 "...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." 

  1. John 4:23
    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

  2. John 4:24
    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (Thy LAW is truth. Psalm 119:142)
  3. Who is the Spirit of Prophecy?

    In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 the Bible says the Holy Spirit is the source of spiritual gifts. One of those gifts is the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 12:10). Therefore, the phrase "Spirit of Prophecy" would seem to apply to the One who gives the gifts--the Holy Spirit--and not to the human recipient of the gift. 2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 

    The Spirit of God is called by many names in the Bible:

    • Spirit of Wisdom - Isa. 11:2 (Jesus is the Wisdom of God)
    • Spirit of Understanding - Isa. 11:2
    • Spirit of Counsel - Isa. 11:2
    • Spirit of Power - Isa. 11:2
    • Spirit of Knowledge - Isa. 11:2
    • Spirit of the Fear of the Lord - Isa. 11:2
    • Spirit of Judgment - Isa. 28:6
    • Spirit of the Lord - Micah 2:7
    • Spirit of Grace - Zech. 12:10
    • Spirit of Supplications - Zech. 12:10
    • Spirit of God - Matt. 3:16
    • Spirit of Your Father - Matt. 10:20
    • Spirit of Truth - John 14:17
    • Spirit of Jesus - Acts 16:7
    • Spirit of Holiness - Rom. 1:4
    • Spirit of Life - Rom. 8:2
    • Spirit of Christ - Rom. 8:9
    • Spirit of Adoption - Rom. 8:15
    • Spirit of the Living God - 2 Cor. 3:3
    • Spirit of His Son - Gal. 4:6
    • Spirit of Promise - Eph. 1:13
    • Spirit of Wisdom - Eph. 1:17
    • Spirit of Revelation - Eph. 1:17
    • Spirit of Jesus Christ - Phil. 1:19
    • Spirit of Power - 2 Tim. 1:7
    • Spirit of Love - 2 Tim. 1:7
    • Spirit of Grace - Heb. 10:29
    • Spirit of Glory - 1 Pet. 4:14
    • Spirit of Prophecy - Rev. 19:10

    A pattern can be seen here. The Bible uses "Spirit of ..." to describe the attributes of God and His Spirit. Thus, the "Spirit of Prophecy" refers to the Spirit of God. 

    2 Peter 1:21 "
    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is God's Spirit. God is a Spirit! Jesus was made in the likeness or image of His Father. You might say Jesus is the spitting image of His Father, in nature and looks. He could be a twin they look so much alike, only God the Father is, of course, older than His Son Jesus. The MIND of GOD & His SON will be given to you if you but ask God in the name of His Son for it. Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
  4. God's TRUTH, is revealed in His TEN COMMANDMENTS. Psalm 119:160 "All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal."