We are looking at the Church that Jesus is building and what the New Testament has to say about the Church. We have seen that it is called “A New Race” of people. Second that we are called “A Family.”
3> A Body
See Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12
We are members of the Body of Christ and members one of another. Jesus Christ is the Head as well as the very life of the Body. The Church is inseparable from Christ. Just as one’s physical body is inseparable from one’s head.
And, nature teaches us that the members of the Body of Christ are subject to the head just as is true of your physical body. And, in the same way, just as each part of the physical body is dependent upon all the other parts for health and wholeness; the same is true for the Body of Christ – we are dependent upon one another for health and wholeness.
For example, the disease of Multiple Sclerosis appears when the physical members of a physical body act independent of the body’s head. The disease of cancer appears when a human cell acts independent from the other cells.
1 Corinthians 12:12-18 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”
So, as you look at your local church … Do the members of your church see themselves as part of the same organism? Does the church submit to the headship of Christ in its meetings? Do the members of the body function when the church gathers together? Do the members depend on one another, or do they live independently and individualistically?
4> A Bride
See 2 Corinthians 11; Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 21
We are part of the most beautiful woman in the world. Jesus Christ is our bridegroom. There is an unending romance going on between Christ and His Church. She was made first and foremost to be the recipient of Christ’s torrential love and unbridled passion. In turn, she loves Him and expresses His beauty in the earth.
Revelation 21:9b “The angel came to me and said, “Come on! I will show you the one who will be the bride and wife of the Lamb.”
Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!” If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!”
So, as you look at the local church …Do the members of your local church see themselves as part of the fiancé of Jesus Christ? Are they actively engaged in being loved by Christ and loving Him in return?