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Jesus Christ commissioned the apostles: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved . . .” (Mark 16:15, 16). Christ made it clear that everyone must believe the gospel preached by the apostles in order to be saved.

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By Eddie Jones 

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Fundamental Doctrine of the Original New Testament Church

 

The original church was built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone (Eph. 2:20). The prophecy of the Old Testament prophets and the teachings of Christ were fulfilled in the Apostles’ Doctrine which became the doctrine of the original New Testament Church. Compare the following:

 

PROPHETS’ PROPHECY

  1. Faith in God and His Word: 2 Chr. 20:20; Isa. 43:10; Hab. 2:4.
  2. Repentance to God with Divine Forgiveness: Pro. 28:13; Eze. 14:6; Hos. 14:2; Mat. 3:2.
  3. Water Baptism by Immersion in the Name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sins: Gen. 17:10-14; Exod. 30:18-20; Mat. 3:11; 1 Cor. 10:2; 1 Pet. 3:20. (These scriptures refer to Old Testament types of water baptism, which are now fulfilled in the apostles’ doctrine.)
  4. Holy Spirit Baptism Evidenced by Speaking in Tongues: Heb. 9:3,8 (This scripture refers to an Old Testament type of the Holy Spirit Baptism.); Isa. 28:11,12; Eze. 36:26; Joel 2:28.
  5. One God Manifested in Christ: Deut. 6:4; 32:39; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; 43:10,11; 44:8,24; 45:18,22; Mal. 2:10.
  6. Standards of Holiness: Lev. 19:2; Deut. 22:5; Psa. 29:2; Isa. 35:4-8; 59:19; Jer. 23:6; 50:2; Luke 1:74,75.
  7. Divine Healing: Exod. 15:26; Psa. 34:19; 103:2, 3; Isa. 53:5; Mal. 4:2.

 

CHRIST’S TEACHINGS

  1. Faith in God and His Word: Mark 1:15; 16:16, 17; John 3:16; 7:38, 39.
  2. Repentance to God with Divine Forgiveness: Mark 1:15; 2:17; Luke 13:3, 5; Rev. 3:19.
  3. Water Baptism by Immersion in the Name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sins: Mat. 3:13-16 (This scripture refers to Christ’s baptism by John, to fulfill all righteous­ness, which was an Old Testament type now fulfilled in the apostles’ doctrine.); Mat. 28:19, 20 (This scripture is fulfilled in Acts 2:3\8.); Mark 16:16; Luke 24:47; John 3:5.
  4. Holy Spirit Baptism Evidenced by Speaking in Tongues: Mark 16:17; Luke 24:49; John 3:5; 7:37-39; 14:26; 16:7; Acts 1:4-8.
  5. One God Manifested in Christ: Mark 12:29; John 8:24-27; 10:30; 14:9-11.
  6. Standards of Holiness: Mat. 5:8, 16, 20; 7:14; 23:26; John 16:8.
  7. Divine Healing: Mark 9:23; 11:24; 16:17, 18; John 14:12-14.

 

APOSTLES’ DOCTRINE

  1. Faith in God and His Word: Acts 8:12; 15:7; 16:31; Rom. 1:16, 17; 10:14-17; 1 Cor. 1:21; Heb. 11:6; James 2:17, 20.
  2. Repentance to God with Divine Forgiveness: Acts 3:19; 17:30; 26:20; 2 Car. 7:9, 10; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 1:9.

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