The Church 7

Eph 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

Ephesians 3:10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 3:21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Eph 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

When we think of the Church in light of the Trinity, we can easily see that those who are brought into unity with Christ are in some way the dwelling place of God. When the Church prays as it is supposed to pray, that is, for the name of God to be reverenced and glorified, this is something that the Church should do as it is seeking for God Himself. In this prayer the Church is the body of Christ seeking the Father and the glory of the Father, yet the glory of God shines forth in Christ and the body of Christ is the Church. Jesus prayed in John 17:1-3 for the Father to glorify the Son that the Son may glorify the Father, so the Church is to pray for the Father to fill the Church with Himself that His glory may shine through the Church. This is to say that the Church should seek the presence of God more and more that it would be filled with Christ and the Spirit of Christ that the glory of God would shine through the Church. The Church must not be thought of in terms of duties, it must be thought of in terms of the body of Christ seeking the glory of God.

There are all sorts of writings and teachings about what the Church is to do in terms of society and social justice, but the Church is defined by what it is and that is the body of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ came to glorify the Father and reveal the Father when on earth in bodily form, so now the body of Christ (the Church) is here to be the dwelling place of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit. When God glorifies the Church, that is, fills the Church with Himself and His glory, it is only then that the Church is an instrument through which the glory of God shines. The greatest duty of the Church is to seek God out of true love to fill the Church with His glory that He may be glorified. The Church is to long to be filled with His glory and it is to long to taste of His glory.

The Church must learn to be like the Savior in that it is to seek God for the sake of God. In a sense the Church is to be like the Savior who told His disciples that he who has seen Me has seen the Father. The church should have that same love and desire in all it does. It should want people who come to the meetings of the church and come into contact with the members of the body of Christ to behold the glory of Christ in order to behold the glory of God shining in Christ. This is what should determine what the church thinks of itself and what it does. When a church thinks of itself or defines itself in terms of works or in terms of focus and that main focus is other than the glory of God shining in it, that is a local church that is not seeking God.

The saints are to be equipped for service. What that seems to mean in the modern thinking is that the saints are to be equipped to go out into the world. However, the focus of equipping the saints is for the body of Christ to be built up. The Church is to love the body of Christ because what it does to the body of Christ because what is done to the body of Christ is done to Christ. What is not done to the body of Christ is not done to Christ. If we love Christ then we are to love the children of God. We love the children of God and their Father when we desire and seek to build them up in Christ and to be part of their getting stronger that they may not fall to the deceptions of the evil one. The main ministry of the Church is to be to the body of Christ. The stronger the body of Christ is the more the glory of God dwells there and the more He is glorified through the Church.

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