Jesus personally founded one Church , which is his one Body (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12). He directed his Church to “[g]o and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that [he] commanded.” Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus built his Church on the rock of Simon Peter (Matthew 16:18) and on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). Jesus promised that he would be with his Church until the end of time (Matthew 28:20) and that the gates of hell would never prevail against his Church (Matthew 16:18).
If Jesus was telling the truth, his Church cannot ever fail (because that would imply his absence) or be extinguished (because that would imply that hell had prevailed). Jesus cannot lie, because he is God (cf. Titus 1:2). Consequently, the one Church that Jesus personally founded must be in continuous, visible operation, in direct, unbroken succession from the original apostles, with the seat of Peter being primary.
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