Elder Oscar B. Mink
Grace Baptist Pastor
One : Purchased With The Blood Of God
Two : The Inception Of The Church
Three : The Substructure Of The Church - Part 1
Three : The Substructure Of The Church - Part 2
Three : The Substructure Of The Church - Part 3
Three : The Substructure Of The Church - Part 4
One - Purchased With The Blood Of God
heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which. He
hath purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20:28)
Questions and opinions as to what a New Testament church is, and where
it or one may be found are unlimited, and in the main, unanswered. It is
my sincere desire, hope, and prayer to God, that I may be enabled by the
Holy Spirit through the medium of this book to Biblically answer some of
these questions and allay some erroneous opinions which now pervade the
far greater part of the ecclesiastical landscape.
Two of the glorious truths clearly, forcibly, and insuperably stated in
the above text (Acts 20:28), are:
1. Whatever a New Testament church may be, it is bought with a price.
2. And that price is the blood of God. "The blood of God" is an unmitigable
reference to the blood of Christ, Who, though born of a woman, was the
world's only Divine man. "... God was manifest in the flesh ..."
(I Timothy 3:16), and in His flesh He purchased the church with
His own blood. Every effort to devalue the price of the church, is an insidious
attempt to diminish Christ's absolute and indivisible Headship over His
church, and it is at the same time a satanic effort to lessen the sinfulness
of sin, and to leave man in his inextricable state of condemnation.
All for whom the blood of Christ was vicariously shed, will be in the kingdom
of God. The Kingdom of God will be fully and forever manifested at the
second coming of Christ (Matthew 25:34), but until that time the
number of persons and their positions in the kingdom will remain a mystery
20:20-23). All regenerate persons are "the children of the kingdom"
13:38), but all the regenerate are not in the church, nor shall they
ever be. The kingdom which is a mystery, and the church which is not a
mystery are now contemporary. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles lifted
the cloud of mystery with which the New Testament church in its infancy
was shrouded, and revealed that the church would primarily consist of Gentile
believers. And, that the Gentiles would be fellow members, and fellow participants
with the Jews, in the blessings and responsibility of the church (Ephesians
The church is a part of the kingdom of God, even as Washington, D.C. is
a part of the United States. The church is within the kingdom of God, and
is a part of the kingdom, but the kingdom is not de facto a part of the
church, even though representatively in the church. The church is the Lord's
governmental arm or executive body within His kingdom, and while as yet
on earth, He said unto His church: "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"
(Matthew 18:18). So
it is, when Paul says; the church is purchased with the blood of God (Acts
20:28), he does not equate the church with the kingdom of God, but
highlights the distinctive function of the church within the kingdom.
Church Bought By Flesh and Blood Deity
From the first verse of the Bible to the very last verse, divinity is ostensibly
ascribed to the Man, Christ Jesus. It is unequivocally declared in the
gospel of John 1:1-5 that Jesus is the living Word, and the Creator
referred to in Genesis 1:1. This same gospel in the same chapter
says the Word which was God, "Was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth"
(Vss 1 & 14). The obdurate
Jews, who gloried in their illustrious ancestry, in an effort to entrap
Jesus; asked Him: "Art thou greater than our father Abraham ...
makest thou thyself? ... Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I
say unto you, before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:53, 58). The
Scriptures eminently set forth the truth that Jesus of Nazareth is both
the Son of God, and God the Son. The deity and humanity of Jesus is explicitly
taught in the Bible, and is readily attested to by all who are taught of
God (Matthew 16,17; John 6:45). "And we know that the Son of
God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that
is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal life" (I John 5:20). "But
unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre
of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom"
Paul, in anticipation of Christ's return from heaven, and with overwhelming
emotion said that he was "looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus
The doctrine of the deity of Christ is of such paramount importance, that
it is absolutely essential to all true faith, and where ascription to this
cardinal truth is absent there is NO ground for fellowship. The apostle
John, by inspiration of the Spirit speaks on this matter in a most direct
way; saying: "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine
of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he
hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring
not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God
speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is a partaker of his evil deeds"
John 9-11). This great truth is basic to all correct theology, and
the "Man Christ Jesus" by way of compendium, said: "I and My Father
are one" (John 10:30).
Scriptures could be multiplied indefinitely which attest to the deity of
Jesus of Nazareth, and the redeemed of the Lord know that all "The words
of the Lord are pure words" (Psalms 12:6). However, they also
painfully know, to the inexorable mind of the natural man, all Scripture
is utter foolishness (I Corinthians 2:14). But this spiritually
blinded state of unregenerate mankind does not discourage the Lord's blood
bought churches, for they know beyond an infinitesimal doubt that all the
counsel of the Lord shall stand (Isaiah 46:10), and that it is their
heavenly mandated duty to declare all the counsel of God (Matthew 28:20;
So it is, the Lord's virgin churches have for the last
two thousand years gone forth with "The sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God," and their preaching of His word has not returned
unto Him void, but has been gloriously used of the Lord in delivering multitudes
from the power of darkness and translating them into the kingdom of His
dear Son (Isaiah 55:11; Ephesians 6:17; Colossians 1:13).
Jesus, the Son of man, is eternally and absolutely perfect. Invariably
and always doing the things which please the Father, knowing that it was
His Father's pleasure to bruise Him (Isaiah 53:10), He prayed, saying:
"Nevertheless not My will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42).
was with the bruising of the Son by the Father on the accursed tree that
the covenant of blood redemption was ratified in heaven (Hebrews 9:12).
the eternal mind, Jesus, the virgin born Son of Mary, was "the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8), but
it was in this world He would be "Made of a woman," and become "A
little lower than the angels for the suffering of death" (Galatians
4:4; Hebrews 2:9). It was in this evil world He would become the personified
and humble Lamb of God, and it was in this world, He would bare the sins
of His people in His own body on the tree (I Peter 1:19; 2:24).
The sacrificial blood of Christ has been shed, the ransom price has been
paid, the just penalty of His people has been suffered, Divine justice
has been satisfied, and the people of the everlasting covenant have been
redeemed and reconciled to God (Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 13:20;
Romans 5:19). Notwithstanding, all for whom Jesus died, have not as
yet experienced the glorious and irrevocable salvation He has purchased
for them, but in due time, every one of them will without a solitary exception
be drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit empowered gospel (John 6:37; I
The sacrificial system which had its origin in the garden of Eden (Genesis
3:21), and was practiced by the people of God throughout the four thousand
year history of the Old Testament, was abruptly and everlastingly terminated
with the sacrifice of the all sufficient Lamb of God. "And their sins
and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is,
there is no more offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:17, 18). The
temple services with there many types of Christ are no longer sacred, for
the type met the Anti type at Calvary, and it was then and there the type
was fulfilled and the ceremonial system of Israel, nullified, by the Anti
type which came down from heaven (John 6:38).
Jesus said from the cross: "Father into Thy hands I commend My spirit"
(Luke 23:46), and at the time He spoke these words, the veil of
the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom (Matthew 27:50,
51). The renting of the veil in the midst was a positive declaration
that the most holy place and the presence of God was accessible by faith
in the person of God's Lamb, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1,2). It was
never the design of God to take away sin by the blood of bulls and goats
(Hebrews 10:4), and when the ceremonial law had run its course,
and fulfilled God's purpose for it, He by the inspired pen of the apostle
Paul, pronounced a double anathema upon all who would try and perpetuate
it in any of its ramifications (Galatians 1:8,9).
In a brief three score and ten years the prophecy of Jesus concerning the
temple itself came to pass. Jesus said, not one stone of the innumerable
stones in the temple would be left one stone upon another (Matthew 24:1,2
paraphrased). In the year 70 AD the temple was razed by Rome's mighty conqueror,
General Titus, and his great army.
The good news is, the abolition of the ceremonial law did not leave the
people of God without an overarching ministry. On the contrary, the old
and dead way had already been supplanted by the "new and living way"
10:20). The shadow had given way to the substance, and the Lord gave
His people a new institution with a well defined message, mission, and
a hell defying authority (Matthew 16:18, 28:19,20; Acts 1:8). The
kingdom of God is given a new establishment, a new organization with new
ordinances, and a new status. Christ is the Sovereign Ruler in His Father's
kingdom, but He has now purchased the church with His own blood, and has
become its loving Head and Bridegroom (John 3:29; Ephesians 1:22).
To emphasize the fact, importance, and prominence of the Lord's new assembly,
the Holy Spirit by the medium of inspired human autographs refers to it
over one hundred times in the Greek New Testament with the term "ekklesia".
God willing, more will be said later concerning this term, but for now
it needs to be said: the term "ekklesia" by Greek definition means a "called
out assembly," and is never used by the New Testament writers in any sense
which precludes the concrete sense of the term, which sense demands a local
visible assembly. For affirmation of the above statement, see any work
of reputable Greek etymologists or authorities.
The blood of God coursing the veins of Jesus Christ was emptied out on
the cross, and the blessings procured for His people by His sin atoning
blood are so numerous that eternity will never reveal the sum, nor can
the felicity which these blessings bring to the redeemed heart ever be
fully expressed. Nevertheless, it is oft that the saint grows weary in
his struggle with the powers of darkness, and to counteract this duty neglecting
state, the saint must go to the sacred Volume and refresh his spirit by
feasting his eyes and heart upon the blessings merited by the shed blood
of Christ and put to his account. These blessings serve as impenetrable
ramparts, hurling back the most vicious attacks of the adversary. The devil
hates the word of God with an insatiable passion, for he knows it is through
and by the scriptures the saint draws nigh to God, and is thereby enabled
to resist his most malicious attacks (James
The blessings of God are incomprehensibly great, and cannot be articulated,
but it is appropriate at anytime and in every situation to speak of them,
and so it is I mention a few of the ill merited and super abounding blessings
of God which He has purchased by His own blood and freely bestowed upon
His own people:
1. Redeemed by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19;
2. Justified by His blood (Romans 5:9).
3. Believers are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
4. It is by the blood of Christ that believers have access to God (Hebrews
5. It is through the blood of His cross, believers have peace with God
6. It is through the blood of Christ that the people of God are sanctified
and set apart from the world (Hebrews 13:12).
7. It is by the blood of Christ the believer has cleansing from sin, and
fellowship with one another (I John 1:7).
8. It was by the blood of God, embodied in His son, and shed upon the cross
that the New Testament church was purchased, and sent forth to proclaim
the good news which the above mentioned blessings constitute (Mark 16:15;
Acts 1:8, 20:28).
His church in the first fifteen centuries of its history suffered atrocities
so calamitous that its enemies thought they had succeeded in bringing it
to extinction, but there was a faithful remnant which God preserved, and
whose ecclesiastical offspring are in this present evil world. Over the
centuries these churches have been called by many names, and by Divine
providence the contemporary New Testament churches are called "Baptists".
The name "Baptist" may yet be stigmatic to many credulous and religious
people, but it is by the people called Baptists the Lord is realizing His
ecclesiastical designs in this perilous and end age time.
In the Book of Acts, the first history book of the Lord's churches,
they were withstood by what seemed to be indomitable forces. Judaism, Paganism,
and the learned men of the time vehemently opposed the infant churches.
However, the Lord foreseeing this satanic onslaught against His churches,
prepared them for it by giving them a special ministration of the Holy
Spirit (Acts 1:8). The Lord institutionally immersed the church
in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:2), and thereby empowered
them to stand against their enemies. Their preaching of the gospel of Christ
laid bare the hardness and darkness of men's' hearts, and multiplied thousands
were converted from Jewish ceremonialism, and from pagan idolatry. Martyrdom
came early to the New Testament churches (Acts 7:59,60, 12:2), but
even this great price did not deter the churches, and the Lord's blessing
upon them was so great that the whole Roman empire was evangelized in less
than thirty years.
It may appear to Romanism and Protestantism that Baptist churches are tenuous,
but appearances are not always what they seem to be, and could never be
further from the truth of any matter than this misapprehension of Baptist
churches. The Lord has never been at a loss in advancing the work of His
churches, and where defeat seems to abound, their God given strength does
much more abound. Baptist churches are the New Testament harbingers of
the gospel, and be they few or many, they are sufficient for the purpose
to which they have been omnisciently called.
Baptist churches are bought by the blood of God, and are built upon a person,
the world's one and only Divine Person, Jesus Christ the Son of God and
Jesus Christ the Son of Man.
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