These are people who are called by Christ to come to him and join ‘His Church’ as defined on this page. These persons, too, are called from amongst men of all sorts.
As Jesus says, many are called, but few are chosen. Disciples, therefore, are surely called, but not yet chosen. Recall Judas? He did betray Jesus: because he was not reborn of incorruptible seed: – Baptised. Only if disciples repent and baptise in Jesus’ name they will have been chosen, because of their faith. For then they accepted Christ, surrendered their lives to him, baptising into ‘His Church’, bearing their cross, following him. Now they walk in the 12 commandments for all their days. They are ‘Holiness in Jesus Christ’.
The book of acts describes in detail the Holy Church and the real, original way of Christ’s servants from the beginning. Disciples are not per definition ‘Christians’ but surely by definition ‘Believers’: for only those repented and baptised are ‘Christians’.
The following is an example of how even the first and original church was at risk to become crooked. On this occasion, however, one of the Apostles, through the spirit of Christ, saves the day. This corruption was not to be, for Christ saved his Church from it.
ACT 15: 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
ACT 15: 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
ACT 15: 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
ACT 15: 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe. ( ‘my mouth’ here sounds very funny as there are 12 apostles and a further 40 sent to preach the Gospel, and it is, no doubt, a mistranslation or misinterpretation)
ACT 15: 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
ACT 15: 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
ACT 15: 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
ACT 15: 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
ACT 15: 12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
So, we here were saved from what would have been a law of men:
to be circumcised! While baptism to incorruptible rebirth is the new circumcision. But, oh! who can save us from the so-called ‘Christian’ fable-makers of today? It is the written Gospel of Christ, which we all have access to, today! That is our saviour. The law of circumcision is not in the new testament – the Gospel, and so we would know it to be a ‘law of men’ as is the case with all the other false teachings of both Protestants and Catholics.
In Christianity, circumcision and making offers for sins have been replaced with repentance and baptism to the remission of sins. And where one could sin multiple times in Judaism and afterwards just make an offer, after baptism, one being reborn of incorruptible seed, one cannot sin again.
Paul to the Christians (Those Repented & Baptised):
PE1 2: 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
PE1 2: 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
HEB 7: 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
HEB 7: 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”.