The Church of Christ is rooted in the true vine of Christ; this is the true Church as defined by God. If we speak about the true Church of Christ, then that by default should also imply that there are false churches. The question then begs, how does one identify the true Church of Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ as the true vine
3 Baruch 4:6 -8
“6 And I Baruch said to the angel, Show me the tree which deceived Adam.
7 And the angel said to me, When God made the gardens and commanded Michael to gather two hundred thousand and three angels so that they could plant the garden, Michael planted the olive and Gabriel, the apple; Urial, the nut; Raphael, the melon; and Satanael, the vine. For at first his name in former times was Satanael, and similarly all the angels planted various trees.
8 And again I Baruch said to the angel, Lord show me the tree through which the serpent deceived Adam and Eve. And the angel said to me, Listen Baruch. In the first place, the tree was the vine, but secondly the tree (is) sinful desire which Satanael spread over Eve and Adam, and because of this God has cursed the vine because Satanael had planted it, and by that he deceived the protoplast Adam and Eve.”
In speaking of Himself as the true vine Jesus Christ was identifying Himself as the true vine of life; the true knowledge by which we are redeemed. It is by Him (Christ) that the false vine (Satan) will be eradicated. It is by the true knowledge of Jesus Christ that the Church of Christ is brought into oneness because God sees within the true church an image of Himself (Eph 4:4-5, KJV). There is only one true vine and Jesus identified Himself as that and therefore, it is only by being joined to the true vine that we are able to bear fruit and be identified as His.
The Church of Christ carries His substance
In answering the question ‘how does one identify the true Church of Jesus Christ’ we can now start to see part of that answer take form: by being joined to the true vine, Jesus Christ. The fruits of the Spirit that are born of the joining to the true vine carry the substance of Christ, meaning that it lacks nothing, carrying in it the fullness of our Lord. Just as an apple carries the design of the tree by which it was nurtured, so too do the fruits of the Spirit carry the image and design of Jesus Christ, perpetually joining us to God.
The content of this website from the Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week is here to instruct you in the ways of the Lord, to help you experience the tangibility of His presence by assisting you in your walk of faith. It is once you have the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that God begins the work of redemption upon the soul by uprooting the false vine at its very core.
John 15:5 (KJV): “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
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Deidre Linden is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. She is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Deidre is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.