THE SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OF THE ANTIOCH CHURCH FOR THE CHURCH AGE TODAY
Know and understand that the New Testament church is a Gentile entity patterned after the Antioch church. The church age is the dispensation of grace with the Holy Spirit.
The church in Antioch never used Oliver oil as anointing oil in the New Testament – no anointing oil is used in Antioch church. It is from the Antioch church that the true gospel of the practice of true Christianity spread to other churches in the New Testament. For instance, all the epistles of the Apostle Paul to the Churches (Romans, First Corinthians, Second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, First Thessalonians, and Second Thessalonians) never mentioned the use of the Oliver oil as anointing oil. All these churches never used anointing oil in the church, in any of their spiritual activities because they have the understanding of the Holy Spirit with the dispensation of grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many pastors confused the book of James where oil is mentioned and used in prayers – and this had brought doubt to the church, the body of Christ. They failed to understand that James was writing to Jewish Christians who were abroad in foreign lands (outside Israel). Even, James himself never left Jerusalem church in Jerusalem (the church headquarters as at that time). James was a Jew and was ministering to the Jewish Christians in foreign lands by writing to them in the book of James. James knew and understood that Jews always asked for signs for them to believe (the reason for mixing Judaism with Christianity for the Jews) – 1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.” The use of oil (not anointing oil) is purely as a sign to help the Jews to believe and have faith – James 5:14 KJV “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
You can never find the words “anointing oil” but only the word “oil” in the New Testament (King James Version Bible – KJV). This is the reason why the Antioch church never used anointing oil in all their church spiritual activities. The use of anointing oil is of religious activity (never spiritual activity).
Another reason why the Antioch church never used anointing oil is because anointing oil never forms Godly character (God’s nature) in any genuine Christian believers; it is only the Holy Spirit that forms the character or nature of God in a true Christian believer. And this is the reason why, the word of God mentioned the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” It is the fruit of the Spirit that will take us to Heaven – it is not the anointing oil.
Another reason why the Antioch church never used anointing oil in ordination is because anointing oil never gives any Christian believers the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit Himself in the New Testament – 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-11 KJV “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal…..For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
Satan has succeeded in using anointing oil to create doubt in the lives of some Christian believers! And also this oil is used in some churches for means of money-making (for business to make money in the church). Closely look at and examine the lives of all the Christians who are addicted to the use of anointing oil, you will never see the true character or nature of God in their Christian life – they are not sound Christian believers to manifest the dictates, teachings, and life of Jesus Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
The Antioch church never mentioned, preached, taught anything about tithing – never collected any tithe because it is Old Testament practice under the Law of Moses. When the Lord Jesus Christ talked about “tithe” in the books of Matthew and Luke, then the Law of Moses was still in operation, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ was ministering under the Old Testament because He had not gone to the Cross to die, bury and resurrect – the church had not started then – the church of Christian believers started after the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even during His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples (apostles) never collected tithe!
Although I am not against the payment of tithe as long as it is being properly used for the poor and the needy in the church to the level that is no one is lacking in the church – Acts 2:44-45 KJV ” and Acts 4:32, 34-35 KJV “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need…. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common…Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”
The church that is patterned after the Antioch church-based foundation practices a true Christianity that is of pure religion described in James 1:27 KJV “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
The church that is patterned after the Antioch church-based foundation practices the true Christianity of three WEIGHTIER MATTERS of the law – Matthew 23:23 KJV “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
The church that has the Antioch church-based foundation in the practice of true Christianity focuses on the whole summary of Christianity which is six key areas in the life of every Christian after having a better understanding of a personal walk and intimate relationship with God as follows:
(1) You feed those who are hungry
(2) You give drink to those who are thirsty
(3) You cloth the shame of those who are naked
(4) You provide accommodation for those are homeless and destitute
(5) You visit the sick and take care of their sickness
(6) You visit those who are in the prison and care for them.
All these are found in Matthew 25:31-40 KJV “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” The phrase “the least of these my brethren” by the Lord Jesus Christ refers to the least Christian or poor Christian in the church in the Kingdom of God.
The church that has the Antioch church-based foundation in the practice of true Christianity teaches every Christian that whatever you have does not belong to you – your talent and gift/gifting, your skill, your money, your riches and wealth, your children, your handsomeness, your beauty, your health, etc, in fact, whatever God gives you is not yours, even your very life, everything you have is giving to you for the profit of others (for the body of Christ, the church) – 1 Corinthians 4:7 KJV, James 1:17 KJV, John 3:27 KJV and 1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?….John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven….Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning…..But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” The New Living Translation (NLT) put 1 Corinthians 12:7 like this: “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
It is the Antioch church that has the true pattern of what is called church. The Antioch church is the first church that laid the foundation of true pattern of the practice of true Christianity according to the dictates, teachings and life of Jesus Christ our Lord. Jerusalem church never came to the pattern of what is really called the Christian Church. Antioch Church came to the standard of what the Lord Jesus Christ called church – Matthew 16:18 KJV “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Everything about Jesus Christ physically is Jewish but not spiritually. During His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew in the physical realm but not a Jew in the spirit realm. During His earthly ministry, He was only for the Jews – and never for the Gentiles (the non-Jews) because New Testament had NOT started then – Matthew 10:5 KJV “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:”
There was no church in the Old Testament. The word “church” first appeared in the New Testament by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18 KJV “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The kind or pattern of the standard of the church the Lord Jesus Christ is talking about here is the church patterned after the Antioch church.
Is your church patterned after Jerusalem church or Antioch church? Or mixed? Is your church a religious church mixed the practice of the Old Testament under the Law of Moses or spiritual church by the Holy Spirit with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?
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