The Birth of the Church

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

A question I am often asked is—when did the church begin? What was the first day that the church existed? While this question may seem simplistic, it is a foundational truth that must be understood in order to understand the dimensional transfer from the law to grace. There is a marker in the timeline of man that points to a day that is the most important day in humanity. There is a day where an event took place that changed the course of history and the destiny of man. That day was the day Jesus placed His blood on the altar in heaven and completed the work of the New Covenant.

On the day of His resurrection, the stone was rolled away so that Jesus could exit the tomb. He was in His resurrected earthly physical body; however, He had not yet been glorified. When Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9) saw Jesus after His resurrection, she was instructed not to touch Him and He explained why. “‘Don’t touch me,’ he cautioned, ‘for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father’” (John 20:17 TLB).

But later that day when He appeared to some of the disciples, He told them to handle Him and see that He was flesh and bone (Luke 24:39). Obviously, He had ascended into heaven, placed His blood on the altar, and returned with His glorified body that could appear at the speed of thought and move without regard to earthly physics (Hebrews 9:12).

At the very moment He placed His blood on the altar in heaven, the New Covenant began, the church existed, and Jesus took His place as the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Having deposited His perfect blood on the altar, He returned to earth and from that point on, everyone who believed in their heart that He was the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, and who openly confessed this truth, was saved (Romans 10:9). They became a part of this new entity called the church. They were no longer a Jew or a Gentile, but one in Christ (Galatians 3:28).

When these new believers believed in their heart and made the confession of faith that saved them, the Holy Spirit moved inside of their spirit and they were sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

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