Originally Posted by Brother Les
'The Church', ie. The Assembly, The Body of God, The Faithful Rement, were always in exsitance in one form or fashion, from Abram to this present day. 'The Church' was not some 'creation' that 'happened' in the First Century, as 'a' 'Sect' only....and 'sect' is just short for 'Section' or part.....which is what 'a' 'Remnent' is.
Paul spoke of this in Romans 11 when speaking of the olive tree. It had been there all along. Abel was part of it, so were others, like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, the Apostles....This is the olive tree of faith through the Spirit of God. There were branches that had to be cut off, like Cain, Ishmael, Esau, Achen, Hophni, Phinehas, Absalom, Judas, and the religious Jews of the time of the Temple destruction.....When Jesus gave Himself, the bad branches became evident again, and another trimming took place. But after Pentecost, the Gentiles were welcomed into the grafting process. The tree has not changed. Now that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, anyone can belong and be grafted in to the tree through faith in Jesus. The tree never was Jewish. It's an Olive tree. Olive tree is synonimous with the Holy Spirit. The Jewish people just happened to have the majority of the branches from Moses to Jesus.
God Bless Don