The Congregation Of Yahweh 


 
   

      What is the Assembly of Yahweh? Who composes the congregation? Is it a sect? A denomination? A religious organization? These questions we wish to answer from the Scriptures for the blessing of each of our truth seeking readers.

The Greek and Hebrew words both have the meaning of a called out class, a company of separated ones. The true meaning of the word is not "church" but assembly, or congregation. We have this word one hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. We have the congregation of the Laodiceans, Thessalonians, Galatians, Gentiles, etc. These are local assemblies of believers in various cities or localities. Colossians 4:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 16:1, Romans 16:4.

We wish to refer, however, not to a local assembly of believers, but to the one general congregation of Yahweh's people - The Assembly of Yahweh. In 1 Cor. 14:33, this general assembly is called the "churches (assemblies) of the saints." In Romans 16:16, it is called "the churches (assemblies) of the Messiah." It is made up of the various assemblies over the world which were purchased with the blood of Yahshua, the Messiah, and the people who make up this select company are holy people, that is, "saints". This thought is clarified in the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 12:23. The text says, "But ye are come ... to the general assembly and congregation of the first born, which are written in heaven."...

This can refer to no denomination, regardless of the sect, or the purity of its doctrine. Neither can it refer to any man-made organization, but to the assembly of saints of all ages, which compose the great body known as the "Congregation of Yahweh."

The Assembly of Yahweh is not a religious organization, but a company of people, men and women. This is made clear in the record of Acts 14:27, where the church (assembly) is spoken of as the people of Yahweh. "When they (Paul and Barnabas) were come, and had gathered the congregation together, they rehearsed all that Yahweh had done with them." These saints often in those days met in the homes of the people, and not in houses of worship, such as we have today; and as the temple was then, and these saints, who assembled from time to time were a "congregation". "Greet the church (congregation that is in their (Priscilla's and Aquila's) house." Romans 16:5, Colossians 4:15.

Yahweh's Congregation is not a sect. It is not a follower of Wesley, Luther, Campbell, Russell, Eddy, White, or any other mortal person, but of the immortal Yahshua, who purchased them for His very own. If all denominations make up the true congregation of the Most High, then Paul's statement would not be true. "I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Master, Yahshua the Messiah, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you (such as we now see in Christendom), but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind in the same judgment. For it has been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of the Messiah. Is the Messiah divided? Was Paul crucified [offered] for you? Or, were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.

We know that the Anointed One, or the Anointed Class, is not divided. Neither were we saved by Wesley, Luther, Knox, Paul or Cephas. We are property of the Messiah,



who purchased us by His own life paid out on Calvary. So why call ourselves the congregation of some man, or the follower of some person? Paul says clearly, "Let no man glory in men (or a woman). For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are the Messiah's and the Messiah is Yahweh's." I Corinthians 3:21-23.

Today we hear much of the Lutheran Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, etc., but few assemblies desire to have themselves called by the Scriptural name, by which the saints of the early centuries designated their little congregations.

It is true that various holiness bodies have sprung up, and seeking to get closer to the Scriptures, have designated their religious denominations as The Church of God, The Churches of God, and The Churches of Christ. These names, however, were never known to the early followers of the blessed Savior, but came into existence centuries after they passed from the picture, and are substitutes, and not translations of the original terms.

Take, for instance, the word Church, a sacred word to religious people of our day. Whence did the word originate? Was its origin holy [kodesh], should we continue to use it, just because it is commonly used? This word Church comes from the Latin, which in turn, comes from the Greek word Kuriake. This word Kuriake means, literally, "belonging to Kurios." And who was Kurios? He was the Sun deity in the Sanscrit language, and was adopted into the Greek. The early saints never used this term. They did not belong to Kurios, but to Yahweh. Their term used for the body of believers was the same as our assembly, or congregation with a sense of being separated from the world.

And what about the word “God”? Those who have studied this issue know from whence this word came. It was not known to the prophets, except in an evil sense, as a name of a pagan deity, who was worshipped in opposition to Yahweh. See Isaiah 65:11, margin, and Hebrew text. This same deityname came down through the apostate Israelites until it became a fixed term for any deity by the pagan Teutonic tribes. Webster's Unabridged Twentieth Century Dictionary says of this word God: "The word is common to Teutonic tongues, but was not identified outside of them ... It was applied to heathen deities and later, when the Teutonic people were converted to Christianity, and the word was elevated to the Christian sense."

In other words, the heathen deities the barbaric Teutons worshipped were known to them as "god". Later they learned of the true Creator of heaven and earth, and so they were taught that He was another of their deities and so they called Him God also. Later the false deities were forgotten to an extent, and no longer worshipped. They sought to worship the true Creator, but instead of using His divine name, by which He always refers to Himself, they continued to call Him God.

Today we have Churches of God and The Church of God, whose original meaning is, belonging to the (Sun-deity) Kurios God. Call these Scriptural terms if you wish, but to me they are rank substitutions for the inspired terms, properly translated as Congregation of Yahweh or Assembly of Yahweh. Let's get back to the original meaning, if we wish to be Scriptural.


In the New Testament the word Kurios is used when the Savior is meant. Often there is no way to tell the original meaning, except by the context. However, one may readily see, by comparison of the New Testament and the Hebrew Old Testament texts, that not only is Kurios used when the Hebrew Scriptures say "Yahweh," but, also we find that the Greek Theos is used in the New Testament, when substituted for the Hebrew sacred [set apart] Name of Yahweh. For instance, compare Matthew 4:5 with the original in Deuteronomy 8:3, and thereby learn that Yahweh has been changed into Theos or God. Hence, the Churches of God and the Church of God of the New Testament are really The Congregation of Yahweh or the Assembly of Yahweh. The words congregation and assembly are synonymous, and may be used interchangeably, and they really convey the meaning of the New Testament scribes, but they are not tainted with sun-god worship, as is the word Church.

The husband and wife union pictures the true Assembly of Yahweh and her head, even Yahshua the Messiah. "The husband is the head of the wife, even as the Messiah is the head of the Assembly" (Ephesians 5:23-24). A human body complete with the head, the seat of intellect, driving force, as well as the senses, is another picture of the Assembly of Yahweh with its head Yahshua the Messiah. "He (Yahshua) is the head of the body, the Assembly." Colossians 1: 18.

As long as we look to another head, be that woman or man, ever so pious, we cannot be of that body whose head is Yahshua. Let's look at these things candidly, even though they do hurt us. The truth will set us free, if we allow it free course in our lives.

All saints, all the holy men and women, all the called out people from the world, are the True Congregation of Yahweh. "These things I write unto thee ... that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of Yahweh, which is the Assembly of the living Elohim, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:14-15). All saints, everywhere in all ages, regardless of all denominational fences or sectarian ties, if they be saints, make up the general company known as the Assembly of Yahweh, which alone is the foundation and support of all truth. There is but one true Assembly, not several, nor is it divided. "There is one congregation [body], and one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4).

Eight times in the New Testament the heavenly Father's earthly assemblies of worshippers are designated as The Congregation of Yahweh. Acts 20:8; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 10:32, 11:22, 15:9; 2 Corinthians 1: 1: Galatians 1: 13; 1 Timothy 3:5. Three times Yahweh's children are designated as Congregations of Yahweh. I Corinthians 11:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:14, 2 Thessalonians 1:4. The term Assembly of the living Yahweh is used once. I Timothy 3:15.

From these texts one may readily learn that the accepted name for the children of the Heavenly Father was The Congregation of Yahweh, not the Church of Luther, or the Church of Wesley, nor the Church of the Baptist.

Once in Romans 16:16, the assemblies are designated as The Congregations of the Messiah. Some think this is a sectarian name, and so we have Churches of Christ, but the context proves that the term is used in referring to the Congregations of Yahweh. Paul says, "Ye are (property of) the Messiah, and the Messiah is of Yahweh" 1 Corinthians 3:23.

Though there be multitudes (saints of all ages) in the Assembly of Yahweh yet it is the same Congregation. "We being many are one body (assembly) in the Messiah and every one members of one another" Romans 12:5. "Now ye are the body of the Messiah, and members in particular" I Corinthians 12:27. ...



We do not join this company by a hand shake, a card, or otherwise, but we are drawn into it by the Spirit of Yahweh Himself. ... "Yahweh added (and still adds) to the Assembly daily such as should be saved" Acts 2:47.

In sects, church rolls are of great importance, and the longer the roll the more successful the church is supposed to be; but Yahweh's Congregation also has a roll book, and that book is not touched by human hands, but the names of the members are added and removed from that precious document by angelic hands. This General Assembly and Congregation of the first born (are the ones) which were written (margin: enrolled) in heaven. Hebrews 12:23.

Bless Yahweh, there is no preacher who can remove my name from the Lamb's Book of Life, only I, by my deeds, can cause that name to be erased. Halleluyah!

How do we become members of this Assembly of Yahweh, you may ask? There is a path clearly marked in the Scriptures, which one follows until he is added unto Yahweh's Congregation.

1 .    We must realize our lost condition, our unrighteousness, our inability to do anything about it of our own selves. "There is none righteous (of himself), no, not one" Romans 3:10, 5:12.

2.    We must have faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please Yahweh; for he that cometh to Yahweh must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" Hebrews 11: 6.

3.    We must regard Yahweh as the essence, and source, of all holiness [kodeshness], and all goodness. "The reverence of Yahweh is the beginning of Wisdom. No man can come to me (said the Savior), except the Father which hath sent me draw him" John 6:44.

4.    We must repent of all sin. Not only does the Scripture teach that we must be sorry for our sins, but we must be sorry enough that we will seek Yahweh's forgiving grace, through His blessed Son - the only remedy for sin. Acts 3:19.

5.    We must accept Yahshua the Messiah as our personal Savior, as the remedy for all sins, the cleansing agent for all uncleanness, the power of a righteous life. His promise is, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" John 14:6.

6.    Our sorrow and repentance must lead us to a new life, one free from sin. We must change our ways. We must be converted. "If ye will be my disciple (says the Master), you must deny yourself, then take up your cross [stake] and follow me" Matthew 16:24.

7.    Having taken the steps outlined in the Scriptures, and daily walking in the light of Yahweh's Word, we are then considered right by the Most High. No man has the authority to say we are right. "It is Yahweh that justifieth" Romans 8:33.

8.    We are then, after being accepted by Yahweh, new creatures - really new beings, men and women who have passed from sin to holiness [kodeshness], from death to life. "If any man be in the Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17.

9.    New creatures are then anointed for service. In the temple, in type, the priest poured the anointing oil on the head of the consecrated person, and the oil ran down from the hair of the head over the shoulders, even to the feet (Psalm 133:2). "He (Moses) poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him to sanctify him" (set him aside for sacred service, Leviticus 8:12). The Messiah, our example, was anointed of the Holy Spirit at His baptism at the river Jordan, for service. The apostles were anointed for service, at Jerusalem on Pentecost day. The Gentile believers were anointed, for service, at the home of Cornelius. All were anointed even as was Aaron - as a sanctifying act - sealing them for service.*

10.    Having been forgiven of our sins, cleansed of our filthiness, made new creatures in Yahshua, we are then sanctified - by accepting, living, and teaching His Word. Only the Scriptures are instruments of Yahweh's sanctifying act. "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" John 17:17.

In the Assembly are various servants of the Master, used in different capacities, as He wills. Bishops, elders, deacons, pastors, teachers, helpers are listed as servant classes in the Assembly of Yahweh; but such in no way excuses the rest of the members from doing the very best in a sanctified service for His Name's Sake. Yahshua is the true Head, the only Leader and in Him rests supreme authority in the Assembly. Yahweh "hath put all things under His (Yahshua's) feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Congregation, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all" Ephesians 1:22-23.

The Assembly of Yahweh needs feeding today, just as in all ages. The servants entrusted with the feeding of the sheep of the True Flock are admonished to feed them well. "Take heed therefore unto yourselves (you teachers), and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the Congregation of Yahweh, which He hath purchased with the blood of His own" Acts 20:28.

The food for the sheep is found in the Scriptures and emphasized by the decrees of the holy [set apart] men at Jerusalem, which are recorded in the New Testament. "They delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the Congregations established in the faith, and increased in numbers daily" Acts 16:4-5. In so far as we cling to the Scriptures, so much as we are strengthened with power from above, and by our lives impel others to be drawn by the Father into the same general Assembly.

Being members of the Assembly of Yahweh, we are thus a real priesthood, even as Peter explains saying, "Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer up sacrifices acceptable to Yahweh by Yahshua the Messiah" 1 Peter 2:5. These sacrifices acceptable to Yahweh are not the life and blood, and bodies of bulls, goats, lambs, and doves; but they are the living bodies of the members of the Assembly of Yahweh. Each member as a priest, offers up his own body, by Yahshua the Messiah, just as literally as the Aaronic priest offered up the animal up the altar. Paul says, "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service" Romans 12: 1.

You ask, Shall my sacrifice [offering] be literal? Our answer is, Yes! Just as literal as was that of our Savior, who offered himself a sacrifice for others. His submission unto His Father's will, which led eventually unto death, is an example of the type of sacrifice that we are called upon to offer unto our Maker. Peter states the thought in these words, "For hereunto were ye called; because the Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow in His footsteps" 1 Peter 2:21.



*Editor's Note: As Yahshua our Chief Shepherd was baptized (immersed) setting a pattern for us to follow so must we be baptized as Yahshua commanded. (John 3:5, Acts 2:38)

The true Congregations of Yahweh are made up of saints, real flesh and blood men and women, but holy [set apart]. Some churches do not have any living saints, but wait until some die and then make saints of them. But in the Congregation of Yahweh the members are saints. If they are not saints, then they are not members of that saintly Assembly. Paul says, "Yahweh is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all assemblies of the saints" I Corinthians 14:33.

Yes, the Assembly of Yahweh is made up of holy [set apart] people. Paul greeted them as sanctified ones. I believe there are such saints living today. Am I one? Are you one? I still believe there are saints today and such make up the body of believers which Yahweh has chosen to call the Assembly of Yahweh.

Paul greeted the Corinthian Congregation as sanctified people saying, "Greetings unto the Congregation of Yahweh which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in the Messiah Yahshua, called to be saints" I Corinthians 1:2. This type of greeting is applicable to each true Assembly of Yahweh; and each Congregation claiming to be Yahweh's should be composed of such believers that they could truly be called sanctified saints. To be less is to deceive our own selves, and lose eternal life. We cannot afford to be less than the best. The promise is, "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" Revelation 2: 10.

As these lines fall under the eyes of the readers, may Yahweh, the Eternal Father, by His goodness, His mercy, His wisdom, His power, His love, draw us into the one body, The Congregation of Yahweh, the pillar and ground of the truth, of which Yahshua our Savior is the head, our all in all.
   
Yahweh bless you in Yahshua.