The Catholic Apostolic Church -- By: W. W. Andrews

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 023:89 (Jan 1866)
Article: The Catholic Apostolic Church
Author: W. W. Andrews


The Catholic Apostolic Church

Rev. W. W. Andrews

[This is the Fourteenth of the Series of Articles representing the peculiar views of different theological sects or schools.]

Every great movement of God in the church is known by its conformity to the principles laid down in the New Testament, and by its suitableness to meet the necessities of its own time. He will never depart from the fundamental laws of Christianity, and, holding’ the times and seasons in his own hand, he will do at each epoch its proper work.

The history and claims of the body of Christians known as the “Catholic Apostolic Church” will be best understood if we first briefly review the facts connected with the origin and progress of the Christian dispensation.

After the death and resurrection of our Lord and his ascension into heaven (acts by which humanity, assumed by the Son of God in his incarnation, was redeemed and glorified), he sent down the Holy Ghost to form his body, the church. He had gathered materials for this during his earthly ministry, but the living organism first came into existence on the day of Pentecost, through the descent of the Comforter. That which distinguishes the church from the faithful who lived before the incarnation is its oneness with Christ Jesus as raised from the dead and exalted into glory. This is a condition of spiritual dignity and blessing which was unattainable until manhood had first been glorified in the person of the Son of God.

The oneness of the church with Christ is such as no symbols or analogies can fully express; but the figure of the body, so often used by Paul, sets it forth more adequately than any other. The Head and the members

together form one divine organism, the Christ mystical of the old divines, so framed as to be God’s instrument for carrying forward his work of salvation in the earth. Jesus does from the heavens by his church, through the Holy Ghost, what he did personally when in mortal flesh. Then he was the Apostle (Heb. 3:1), the sent one of the Father, entrusted by him with authority to be the founder, legislator, and ruler of his. church; the Prophet (Luke 24:19), anointed with the Holy Ghost to reveal the mysteries of God; the Evangelist (Luke 4:18), sent to preach the gospel to the poor, and to unloose the bonds of the curse; and the Pastor (John 10:11), whose office it was tenderly to watch over and care for the little company that followed him.1

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