The church of God, is a body of men and women, each one whom is weak, fallible, and liable to fall from the truth, even to apostasy, must, by the nature of things, be of itself and in itself defectible “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” (Gal.1:6.7).
Does the Spirit of God remain in our body even if we fall short? then also does his Word, does the Word remain? Then preachers also remain, do preachers remain? then also hearers do, do hearers remain ? then all so remain believes, and therefore the Christian church remains also “Though we believe not, yet he abideth faithful” (II.Tim.2:13) “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth,” (v.21).
Because of Christ, God will give and continue his Word and his Spirit in his Church and people throughout all generation “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (I.Pt.1:25).
God declared by the Psaimlmists and the Prophets that he would set upon earth a imperishable kingdom, city, or community of people.
A promise to this effect was first given to David. God said to him, by the mouth of Nathan ” I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever?” (II Sam. 7:12,3).
David himself spake of “the city of the Lord of hosts, which God would be establish forever “My covenant will I not break…I will not lie unto David…His seed shall endure for ever…It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.” (Psa. 89:34,37).
Isaiah’s declaration as to his coming kingdom are the same effect “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isa, 9:6).
God attached these promises, through the declaration of his Son, To the particular community which he called his church. “Thou art Peter, said our blessed Lord, ” and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt.16:18) Note (v.20) also “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt.28:20).
The apostles are confident, therefore, that the church will always continue. Paul in his directions concerning the Lord’s supper declares that, through their partaking of it. shows his return for his church “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” (I. Cor.11:26).
Paul speaks of the members of the church who are living at the last days as expect his coming ” Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I.Thes.4:17).
John traces the Destiny of the Church to meet his own time to the consummation of all things, and finds a remnant of faithful ones upon the earth to the last, who give testimony for Jesus “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”(Rev.7:13,14).
Christian are therefore justifies in believing that the church of Christ is practically, if ideally, indefectible, that in point of fact, it will never fail, but will continue to the end of the world as Christ great witness upon earth, testifying to the Godhead “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Col.2: 9,10), testifying to his redeeming love “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Eph.5:2), and to the sufficiency of his one sacrifice “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;” (Heb.10:12).