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The Church - The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

Introduction

Colossians 1:16 - 18 (NKJV)

16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

The Church

 

Character
Bible Verse
As the House of God: Where He dwells (Holiness) For My house shall be called a house of prayer
for all nations (Isaiah 56:7)
The Body of Christ: The Expression of Christ (Unity) Now you are the body of Christ (Corinthians 12:27)
The Bride of Christ: The object of Christ's Love (Heavenly) The bride, the Lambs wife (Rev 21:9)
The Candlestick: The true witness (The Light) Lamp stands…are the churches (Rev 1:20)

 

The Church: The Body of Christ

1 Corinthians. 12:12 - 12:15 (NKJV)

12For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14For in fact the body is not one member but many.

.. 18But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV)

26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (NKJV)

27Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

20For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

Family as the example

Ephesians 5:23 - 24 (NKJV)

23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Saviour of the body. 24Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

One Head

Colossians 1:18

18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.

Ephesians 1:22 - 1:23 (NIV)

22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 5:23 - 24 (NKJV)

23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Saviour of the body. 24Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

The Body

Rom. 12:4 - 5 (NKJV)

4For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:13 - 14 (NKJV)

13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14For in fact the body is not one member but many.

Objective

Morning and Evening (Spurgeon)

We have each of us peculiar gifts and special manifestations; but the one object God has in view is the perfecting of the whole body of Christ. We must, therefore, bring our spiritual possessions and lay them at the apostle’s feet, and make distribution unto all of what God has given to us.

Colossians 1:18

18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Leviticus 10:3 (NKJV)

3And Moses said to Aaron, 'This is what the LORD spoke, saying:
                  ‘By those who come near Me
                  I must be regarded as holy;
                  And before all the people
                  I must be glorified.’"….

Endnotes

I draw your attention to two books on the Church which are useful for the student of the Bible:

The Church. What is it? (WTP Wolston) <http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/wolston/>

Another Comforter (WTP Wolston) <http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/wolston/>

Both accessed 10 February 2008.

Both books were published by Bible Truth Publishers in the USA, but available from various Bible and tract depots in Australia.

David Simon (June 2007)
Notes\Church - The Body of Christ (notes)
See also: Church - The House of God (notes).doc