The Church 10

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;

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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 language of the day about “Church” or ‘church” is that of the externals and of churches being based on business models. Some church growth gurus even talk about how they learned their church growth methods from business models. This is sure evidence that men have no idea of what the true Church is and that they have no concept of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ cannot be brought about by the wisdom of the flesh and of the wisdom of men, but instead it is about the power of God. It does not matter how many people the wisdom of men can get into the door and can get to join the group and become more moral, what matters is the living God regenerating souls and dwelling in them.

How is the body of Christ built up? The Lord gave the churches leaders to teach them. The churches are built up when the know Christ, are built up in doctrine, and the members of the body love God and each other. The churches are not built up by greater numbers in and of themselves, but by those in the church becoming stronger in the faith and by Christ living in the soul. The churches are actually weaker when people give themselves to watered-down forms of evangelism as this brings in false converts and this is like bringing the things of the devil in to the churches. Evangelism must be God-centered first and foremost and as such it will be the true Gospel given out from the pulpits and the Bible studies of true churches.

Mat 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Here we see the Great Command or the Great Commission given to the Church. Where is the command to go out and water down a little message with a few points in it and ask people to pray a prayer? Where is the command for the Church to be devoted to evangelism (so-called) and virtually nothing else? The command is to make disciples of the nations. Yes, it is to make disciples, baptizing them, and then teaching them. However, disciples are baptized and disciples are to be taught. But notice that these people are to be disciples of Christ. They are not to be taught with little programs here and there, they are to be taught all that Christ commanded them.

Without going into John 17 where Jesus set out some wonderful teachings about unity and the oneness of His disciples and those who would come after Him with Him, we should not water down the Great Commission either. It would appear that it is necessary for the people to know the truth about the Trinity (though not in great detail, necessarily) before they are baptized. After all, they are to be baptized in the NAME of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The name of God is really all that God is. When we are talking about being baptized into the name of another, one should know something of God (perhaps a lot) before s/he is baptized. Surely we are to know the One we are being baptized in the name of. The teaching ministry of each church should be focused on the nature of God and what Christ taught. It is true that the teaching ministry of Christ was carried on by His apostles, so His teachings are in the epistles as well. What does Paul teach us about the Church? The Church is the body of Christ. This is so fundamental and so basic and yet the churches are thought to be nothing but tax exempt organizations now. Christ is all and in all His people!

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