What church am I talking about? If your answer is the New Testament Church, your only partially correct.
Remember that the New Testament saints, when it comes to people of God is part of the Old Testament saints, we took our root in the old, or grafted in you might say. The Old foreshadows the New.
All nationalities that came to the kingdom of God through the New Covenant that Jesus presented were grafted into the Nationalities of the Old Covenant by means of the new covenant, by grafting them into the original House of God. This includes firstly the Lost Sheep of Israel, that is the scattered 10 tribes of the Northern Nation, then all other nationalities who would come to His Name by listening to the Gospel message. Whosoever the Father brings to Him, will by no means be turned away.
Are we not talking about two covenants that were made to a people, one through Jacob(Israel) the grafted son, then the other through Jesus the only begotten Son of God? Notice that both are referred to as princes in the House of God. Yes folks, Jacob was considered a son of God. Hence a son was prince in the House of the Father. We have two of them.
What about Jesus’s kingship? In my personal view, the very man that Jacob wrestled with and won was the pre-incarnate Son of God, He grafted Jacob into His household as a Prince. Jesus is the embodiment of both the House of Israel and Judah as the House of David. However we may look at it, Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus never called himself King that was ever recorded, however we called Him King.
Remember: Jacob was grafted into the House of God as a Son and prince, Jesus is the Only Begotten Son Of God.
Note that Jesus said at hand and not in hand, in other words, at that moment, not in full possession as of yet. But its coming. Jesus had to finish up first. To Get things ready.
Jesus commanded his disciples to only go out to those who were the Lost sheep of the House Israel or the Lost 10 tribes of the northern nation, however, there were other nationalities, including Judah, that came to Him, He met them halfway, per se, by no means did he ever turned away the other nationalities, the Jews or Judah was already a part of the original stalk, no grafting was necessary. The wild olive tree branches were grafted into the old kept stalk of the House of Jacob.
Jesus himself did eventually go into these other nations following this initial out reach of His Disciples.
Now folks, where do we as other nations come in, when it comes to the lost sheep of Israel?
There are a few beautiful passages that reflects who we are as other nations or nationalities that came to him and he met half way.
Take for example of the parable of the Good Samaritan who went the extra mile.
The Samaritan woman at the well that Jesus asked for a cup of water and he had had her personal phone number, you might say. Knew her adulterous life story. Her response was to go out and proclaim his message you might also say. This is where he said that there will be a day that we will not have to worship in Jerusalem at Mount Zion or Mount Gerazim in the north.
The 10 lepers that came to Jesus and were healed. Nine were Jews the other one was a Canaanite, Jesus had them go and give an offering to the priests as was customary, only one came and worshiped at his feet, the Canaanite.
The Canaanite woman with a demon-possessed daughter, recognized Jesus as the son of David, She asked Jesus to come to her daughter’s defense, Jesus was playing hard to get and said that He was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel, the woman was persistent and wise and worshiped him, Jesus was amazed at her faith and fulfilled her petition in defense of her daughter.
The uninvited adulterous woman who worshiped at Jesus’s feet during a private dinner party held in his honor, worshiped him by washing his feet with her hair moisten with her tears.
What a picture to paint of people who were treated as infidels, are portrayed as being true worshipers of the Son of God.
He didn’t go to them specifically, they heard and came to Him.
Have we, as worshipers, gone the extra mile? By becoming true worshipers.
God’s presence followed the people of Israel through the wilderness, likewise, the place of God’s presence follows us where ever we go.
So, in answering the previous question, where did the church first start, we have to take a trip to Mount Sinai all the way to Mount Moriah in Jerusalem then to the place of God’s presence in the hearts of His people
Now that we as the wild olive branches are grafted into the Old stalk, does it mean that we need to live or abide by the old covenant statues and laws? Yes, however, we as a part of the new covenant has abided by the ordinances through our faith in Jesus as the Christ and all that He has set himself up for us as the only begotten Son of God, remember that Jesus walked and talked the Laws of God and their application. Does it mean that the original stalk and branches have to live by the New? Absolutely, they are the original, however the Original natural branches is by default covered by the New, so the Old is covered by the New by our faith in Jesus. Two covenants have become a part the same stalk of the promises of God. We ratified our end of both covenants through Jesus Christ.
Folks, when I started this Covid sabbatical, I started with prayer. I then sought the Lord, where we are today in His grand scheme of things? Which also lead me to who is his Church. She’s much more than just a bride, to get woke and dressed with enough oil to get us through the dark of night.
The Lord changed how I looked at the traditional narratives of eschatology and the traditional narratives of who I was taught the church is and her place in the Kingdom of God.
I’m have been trying to build a study series explaining my findings with scripture references to show the pattern. I will be posting them on one of my blogs as I complete them.