Why is our church named “True Jesus Church?”
A name reflects the nature and its significance. The name “True Jesus Church” may seem unconvincing and cause misunderstanding. Despite appearing being prejudiced, further explanation will show that this name is indeed biblical.
The following is an explanation:
1. “True” refers to God, for God is the truth. “The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.” (Jn 3:33) Jesus came into the world to testify that God is truthful. He said, “I did not come on my own. He who sent me is true. You do not know Him. But I know Him, because He sent me.” Jesus referred to God as “true,” meaning that God is not without His being. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Rom 11:36). Moreover, the fact that He came in flesh further testifies that He is true. “We may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true.” (1 Jn 5:20) Revelation 3:14 says, “…the amen, the faithful and true witness.” In Revelation 3:7 it is said, “…holy and true.” Romans 3:4 says, “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” Isaiah 16:16 says, “Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth.” John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” All the above references indicate that God is true as diametrically opposed to falsehood which is from Satan. The word “true” refers to God. The most concrete manifestation of His truthfulness is in Jesus.
2. The word “true” is above the word “Jesus.” Jesus said, “The one who sent me is true.” This exemplifies relationship of Christ with God. Jesus, being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Phil 2:6-8) “The head of Christ is God.” (1 Cor 11:3) “And Christ is of God” (1 Cor 3:23) Christ came to do God’s will (Heb 10:7). The word true implies that God is above and greater than all things (Jn 10:29; 1 Cor 15:28), who is over all (Eph 4:6). Why do we use the word true without adding to it “God?” “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” (Col 2:9) Only through His only son, is the trueness of God shown physically (Jn 1:18). Man was created by God, not as a result of evolution. God made man in His image (Gen 1:26). Man was blessed by God and had the wisdom to tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea (Jas 3:7). Therefore man calls himself “the spirit of all creatures.”
3. Christ is the mediator between God and the church (1 Tim 2:5; 1 Jn 2:1). Through Him the church is reconciled to God (Rom 5:11). God reconciles us through Him (Col 1:22). Jesus’ position as the mediator is particularly important. Through Him, God’s trueness is witnessed (Jn 3:33), for on Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval (Jn 6:27). The church was called by God in Jesus (Rom 8:29), through whom the church receives God’s abundance.
4. Since God is true, Jesus, whom He sent, must also be true. So Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” (Jn 15:1) Jesus is the true light, truth (Jn 14:16; 18:37), true food (Jn 6:32), true witness (Jn 8:14), and true life (1 Tim 6:19; Col 3:14). These are blessings that He has brought to the world from His true Father. Jesus has triumphed over the false world by God’s trueness, with which He has filled our empty hearts, so that we may lie in the one who is true, i.e. in His Son Jesus Christ. In other words, living in Jesus means remaining in the truth – the way to eternal life. John 3:15 says, “…that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” Knowing the truth and returning to the truth is the way to eternal life.
5. Jesus calls Himself the true vine, making a distinction between Him and the untrue. Since falsehood exists in the world, it is necessary to distinguish between the true and the false. Asserting oneself as being true has important implications. In the Old Testament, when false gods were prevalent, God revealed Himself as the true God (Jer 10:10; Isa 65:16). During the fraudulent era of the Jewish religion, Jesus revealed Himself as the truth. In today’s world falsehood is prevalent with many false christs and many preaching “another Jesus.” It is more necessary than ever before to uphold the truth of God.
6. “Church” originally meant, “a gathering called out of the world,” which includes all the believers Jesus has chosen out of the world (Jn 15:19). With His blood, He purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation (Rev 5:9). With such an intimate relationship with Jesus, the church should uphold His name. The name of the church – the bride of the Lamb – should be inseparable from the name of Jesus. For there is no other name given under heaven by which men can be saved. Christ is not a name – it means the anointed king. The name Jesus was given by God (Mt 1:21; Jn 17:11-12). God took from the Gentiles a people for Himself (Acts 15:14), who bore His name (Jer 14:9). The church is where God’s name is honoured (Ex 20:24), the place where God chooses as a dwelling for His name (Deut 12:5, 11) God receives glory in His church (Eph 3:21) – in Jesus Christ. The Lord said, “My church…,” which indicates that the church belongs to Him. 1 Corinthians 1:2 says “the church of God.” Who is God? It is the one who is true. What is the name of God? Jesus. Therefore, “True Jesus Church” is equivalent to “the church of God.” This name makes clear the trueness of God and Jesus, as well as the relationship between the church and God.
7. Some people maintain that Jesus is undoubtedly true and that it is improper for the church to be called “true.” The truth is the church originated from God and Jesus, fills the church (Eph 1:23; 3:19). Christ is the head of the church, and God is the head of Christ (1 Cor 11:3). If the head is true, how can the church be untrue? Since Jesus is the true vine, all the believers who belong to Him are true branches. Those who are untrue will be cut off by God and thrown away, or left to wither. This does not have an impact on the trueness of the vine.
8. The above explanation reveals the correctness and importance of the name “True Jesus Church.” Some may dislike the name because of the word “true”. Yet, this word, should be pursued by everyone who seeks salvation from the Lord.
l. Origin of the Church – Jn 3:35; 7:28; Rom 3:4; 1 Jn 5:20 1 Cor 3:33, 1 Cor 11:3
ll. Relationship between the church and the name of Jesus – Isa 65:16; Zech 14:9; Acts 4:12; Acts 15:14; Jer 14:9
lll. Jesus’ position between God and men – 1 Tim 2:5
lV. The church and the true promise – Jn 8:31
When was True Jesus Church founded?
Although it was not mentioned in the Bible, the apostolic church was true Jesus’ church – the “church of God”. Jesus promised, “And you will truly be my disciples.” From the apostolic times to the second coming of Christ, there is only one bride of the Lamb – the church (Rev 21:2).
This virgin was promised to Christ in the apostolic times (2 Cor 11:2). All believers of all nationalities, past and present, who are called the Lord’s disciples, are of this bride.
The saints who have fallen asleep in Christ are still part of this true church (1 Cor 15:18). Although they no longer live in physical bodies, their souls are still alive. So the ancient saints are still living (Heb 12:23); the soul of those beheaded for the word of God (Mt 10:28; Rev 20:4) call out in a loud voice to the Lord to avenge their blood (Rev 6:9-10; 16:7).
They have not yet received what has been promised, for God has planned, that together with us would they be made perfect (Heb 11:39-40).
They will be caught up together with us (1 Thess 4:17). True Jesus Church is the extension of the union of the Lord’s disciples.
There is only one true church of God (Song 6:9), initiated at the early rain of the Spirit on Pentecost and accomplished during the present latter rain of the Holy Spirit.
The rain revives the apostolic church. Prophet Hosea said, “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.
As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hos 6:3)
The sun rises in the east. “The glory of God comes from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory …The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east.’ (Ezek 43:2,4) This was prophecy that the true church would appear in the east, like lightning that comes from the east, which is visible even in the west (Mt 24:27).
The apostolic church was established in the East, and so was the True Jesus Church.
The name True Jesus Church has a great significance to us. We welcome you to find out more about us and our experiences with the True God.
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