Christ did not found a Book.
He founded a Teaching Church.


Nowhere in Scripture does it say that Jesus Christ wrote a book or commanded anyone else to write a Gospel. In fact the only place where it is recorded that He wrote anything at all, is in John 8:6-8. He wrote on the ground with His finger, and to this day, we do not even know what He wrote.

However, He did found a beautiful Church. He made her His Bride, and He made her a teaching Church.
His teaching Church had been in existence for over a decade before the first book of the New Testament was even written.
By the time Revelation, the last book of the Bible was written about 100 A.D., the Church was already on its fifth Pope.

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world." Matt 28:19-20


"And He said to them, "Go into the whole world and
preach the Gospel to every creature.""
Mark 16:15


"Then He opened their minds that they might understand the Scriptures. And He said to them, "Thus it is written; and thus the Christ should suffer, and should rise again from the dead on the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem."" Luke 24:45-46


"And GOD indeed has placed some in the Church, first Apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly
teachers..." 1Cor 12:28


"How then are they to call upon Him in whom they have not believed? But how are they to believe Him whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear, if no one
preaches? And how are men to preach unless they be sent?" Rom 10:14-15


"Faith then depends on
hearing, and hearing on the Word of Christ. But I say: have they not heard? Yes, indeed, Their voice has gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world." Rom 10:17-18


"He who
hears you, hears Me..." Luke 10:16


"Yes, to me, the very least of all saints, there was given this grace, to
announce among the Gentiles the good tidings of the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to enlighten all men as to what is the dispensation of the mystery which has been hidden from eternity in GOD, who created all things; in order that through the Church there be made known to the Principalities and the Powers in the Heavens the manifold wisdom of GOD..." Eph 3:8-10


"And He marvelled because of their unbelief. And He made a circuit of the villages,
teaching."
Mark 6:6


"For the Holy Spirit will
teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." Luke 12:12


"Command and
teach these things." 1Tim 4:11


"Him we preach, admonishing every man and
teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus." Col 1:28


"So then, brethren, stand firm, and
hold the traditions that you have learned, whether by word or by letter of ours." 2Thess 2:15


"Take heed to thyself and to thy
teaching, be earnest in them. For in doing so thou wilt save both thyself and those who hear thee." 1Tim 4:16


"Let the presbyters who rule well be held worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and in
teaching." 1Tim 5:17


"And the things that thou hast heard from me through many witnesses, commend to trustworthy men who shall be competent in turn to
teach others." 2Tim 2:2


"But the servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, ready to
teach, patient, gently admonishing those who resist, in case GOD should give them repentance to know the truth..." 2Tim 2:24-25


"For whereas by this time you ought to be masters, you need to be
taught again the rudiments of the Word of GOD." Heb 5:12


"And they continued steadfastly in the
teaching of the Apostles and in the communion of the breaking of the bread and in the prayers." Acts 2:42


"And they did not for a single day cease
teaching and preaching in the temple and from house to house the good news of Jesus as the Christ." Acts 5:42


"But Paul and Barnabas stayed on in Antioch,
teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord, with many others." Acts 15:35


"And he would
preach in the synagogue every Sabbath and try to convince Jews and Greeks."
Acts 18:4


"So he settled there a year and six months,
teaching the Word of GOD among them." Acts 18:11


"And for two full years he remained in his own hired lodging; and he welcomed all who came to him,
preaching the Kingdom of GOD and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and unhindered. Amen." Acts 28:30-31


"But we have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us, such as prophecy to be used according to the proportion of faith; or ministry in ministering; or he who
teaches in teaching." Rom 12:6-7


"For this very reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my dearest son and faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways, which are in Christ Jesus, even as
I teach everywhere in every Church." 1Cor 4:17


"...yet
in the Church, I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may also instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue." 1Cor 14:19


"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you abundantly; in all wisdom
teach and admonish one another..." Col 3:16


"Hold to the form of
sound teaching which thou hast heard from me..." 2Tim 1:13


"A Bishop then, must be blameless, married but once, reserved, prudent, of good conduct, hospitable,
a teacher..." 1Tim 3:2


"
Teach and exhort these things." 1Tim 6:2


There you have it. Jesus Christ did not command anyone to write a Gospel, but verses abound to go out and
teach.




Written by Bob Stanley, July 3, 1999
Updated March 11, 2004


 
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