The Origin of the Christian Church

The Christian church began its existence with a book of Sacred Scriptures (known today as the Old Testament), but owes its existence to the Christ crucified, dead, and buried, the Christ who rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven; the Christ who sent the Holy Spirit, the comforter, to guide His church into all truth. The Christian church interprets the Old Testament Scriptures through reading Christ back into the Old Testament, in a manner which reveals Christ in His fullness. The Christian church began its normative functioning with the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; thus the Christian church, in its normative sense, owes its existence to the descent of the Spirit of truth on Pentecost, the Comforter who guides us into all truth.