The Church 8

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.

The Church should never be identified or thought of as an institution of some sort without the clear recognition that it is first and foremost the body of Christ. The Church is not about a denomination and it is not about leaders with big names, but it must always be about the glory of God in Christ. The Church does not have a primary duty to evangelize and it does not have a primary duty for social justice. The primary duty of the Church is to love God in all that it does. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Every function of the Church (and church) is to be aimed at that goal and every function should and must be thought of only in terms of that goal. The Church can only be thought of in biblical terms as the body of Christ and that is what defines it and what should determine how it functions.

The Church has the purpose of manifesting the glory of God and making His wisdom known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. It is the glory of God that is to be the focus of the Church rather than money, buildings, and all of the worldly trappings that has been and is the focus of so many. It is to the glory of God that the Church must focus on that the saints would be equipped to the building up of the body of Christ. The Church, as the body of Christ, should and must focus on the Head of the body and know that it is to receive all from the Head and do all for the sake of the Head. The Church must be all about Christ and Christ is all about His Father.

For the local church that recognizes that it is the dwelling place of God and the body of Christ, it should realize that it is utterly helpless (inability) to glorify God other than being what it is called to be and it can only be that by grace alone. The strength and wisdom that the Church is to go by is that of Christ and the Spirit of Christ. It must come to realize that Sunday morning services are not enough and not even close to enough. The local church is to be a body and bodies operate the best when the pieces of the body are complete and hang together as they follow the Head. When a person lifts weights, that person will soon learn that it takes the whole body working together and each part doing what it should in union with the other parts that enables the person to lift more weight. So the local church can only function truly when it functions as the body of Christ and each part striving to be strengthened and to strengthen others which is for the sake of Christ and His glory.

The Church (and each local church) is to be subject to Christ. The leadership of the local church (pastor, elders, or whatever title) must be in subjection to Christ or they have lost all reality as to what they are about. When we think of the Gospel of John and how Christ was always doing what the Father told Him which was always seeking the glory of the Father, it should easily be seen what a local church does when it is in true subjection to Christ. The local church should be about what the Head of the church is all about. When the church is in true subjection to Christ and to Christ as the Head of the Church, then that local church will seek the glory of God through Christ. It can do no other because it is seeking what the Head of the church and the life of the church seeks. Away with all the personality issues and all the ridiculous arguments, the church is to be about Christ who is about the glory of His Father. Anything else is simply and plainly rebellion against King Jesus.

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