Friday, September 7, 2012


In the real Lord's Prayer (Jn. 17), Jesus mentioned His desire for the Church, His body, to be united four times (v. 11, 21-23).  But as we study Church History, we soon see how we have come to be so divided.  In A.D. 1054, the Church officially split in two parts:  The Eastern Church of Constantinople, and Western Church of Rome.  Almost five hundred years later, a period of known as the Dark Ages, the Protestant Reformation had its beginnings in 1517.  It did not take long before denominations began forming within the Protestant Church.  Today, there are literally thousands of "branches" of Christianity.

Although it was the Lord's will that there be a united Church, He knew that it would not happen.  In Matthew Thirteen, the Parables of Jesus clearly reveal that the Church would be as we see it today.  In verse 24-30, Jesus describes the Church as being infiltrated by "agents of Satan" or "tares."  Since the modus oporandi of Satan is to steal, kill, and destroy (Jn. 10:10), it is not surprising that there would be much discord among the brethren (Prov. 6:12-19).

In verses 31-32, Jesus speaks of the Church being like a tiny seed, and growing into such a large tree that "the birds of the air" make their nests in it.  "Birds" in the parables of the Lord also represent the "agents of Satan" (compare 3:4 w/ 3:19).  When we think of a tree, we usually think of a single trunk rising from the ground, the top of which has many branches.  So it is with the Church. 

Again, in the Parable of the Leaven, the true bread is corrupted by leaven (yeast).  Leaven gives the bread the appearance of containing a large amount of substance, but within lie thousands of pockets of "air."  Leaven always represents evil in the Scriptures (Mt. 16:5-12; 1 Cor. 5:8).  The Feast of Pentecost (Wave Loaves - Lev. 23:15-20) represents the Church Age, with the Church being made up of both Jews and Gentiles (Greeks), neither being sinless (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11; 1 Jn. 1:8-10).

The Church cannot be perfect; it is made up of imperfect people?

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