It is so encouraging to read the first few verses in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 – right at the beginning of his epistle, Paul paints a wonderful picture of a genuine church in the focus of God’s economy, in the focus of the Lord’s recovery. The church is composed of the called saints (1 Cor. 1:2) – there is no other name or denomination, but the ones called out of the satanic world, the ones who are being continually sanctified! Hallelujah, we are the saints – we do not belong to the world but to the church, and we are being sanctified in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!
five qualifications of a genuine church
In 1 Cor. 1:2 we see five qualifications of a genuine church. First of all, a genuine church is the church of God – it doesn’t belong to anyone else. Secondly, a genuine church is the church in a certain locality – no other name, no other title, just “the church which is in Corinth”. Thirdly, a genuine church is sanctified in Christ – the church comes from Christ and is in Christ who sanctifies it. Fourthly, a genuine church is composed of the called saints – the church is composed of the believers who are called out… Read more via,