The Word Church. How Did It Get Into Our Bibles?

Well Isn’t that a odd question? Well some would say it came when Jesus died, and rose again and upon Peter He would build is Church. That is partly correct, the first place we find the word Church used is in Matthew 16:18-
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
So here we are going to take a look at this word, and it’s meaning. It’s really the second part of the title to this blog, but now we need to take a look at this first. When we look at the word church in the Strong’s Concordance this is what we find. Strong’s: Transliterated Word -ekklesia, Strong’s Definition- a calling out that is (concretely) a popular meeting especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly church. So in this definition we can immediately just drop at the end the word church, because Strong’s added that because of the New English translation that is known by people today. Let’s look at what we see in the above definition. We find a calling out, congregation , synagogue , assembly, and meeting. We also find that this applies to a Jewish synagogue, or a Christian community of members, so it just isn’t for what people think today as the Gentile Church, of the western world. This is very important to retain. The New Oxford American Dictionary definition: a building used for public worship. The New Oxford also lists three key ways this word is used as a noun, they are

1. (church) a particular Christian organization, typically one with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines: The Church of England.

2. (the Church) the hierarchy of clergy of a Christian organization, especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England.

3. Institutionalized religion as a political or social force: the separation of church and state. This is how the western world today views the church, but is this what the writers of the New Testament intended? Is this what Jesus intended when He told Peter that upon this rock I will build My Church? Or did our Lord really mean His ekklesia? His “congregation”.

So now we are going to move through the scriptures and see if we can find elsewhere the word ekklesia and see how it was used. Let’s start with the oldest text, the Old Testament. When you search in the Old Testament, the word congregation, you will find verse after verse the usage of this word, but I’m just going to for now use a couple of verses for the sake of this study. For the sake of your own research however, feel free to look at all the different verses the word congregation is used in the OT and how it was used. Let’s look at Psalms 22:22

Psalms 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Let’s now look at the word congregation in the Strong’s. Transliterated Word qahal. Strong’s Definition: assemblage (usually concretely): – {assembly} {company} {congregation} multitude. So we see where the definition fits or matches the the definition for ekklesia, but what word was used by the translators of the Septuagint, when they translated this from Hebrew to Greek? I have a copy of the Septuagint, and you can get one to for free in your App Store for your phone, to see for yourself. To be continued.

Author: Troy Payne

Founder of the website The Chosen Remnant of Jesus and the Truth About the Church, where we discuss the truth of Jesus’s true congregation of believers, and the deception in the Modern Churches, that are leading millions away from Christ, and possibly marching them towards an anti-christ system without them even knowing it.