Our life in Christ
The church is a marvelous and Divine organism by virtue of her Divine origin (Matt. 16:18). According to Eph. 2:1-5, she’s made up of all those who are alive in Christ and is thus a living organism. As such she has the capability to grow and to be renewed. God has equipped this living organism with all the capability to be renewed in Spirit and to be refreshed with the Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27), and with the “one hope of your calling” (Eph. 4:4).
This church is called His body in Eph. 1:22,23, and as such it bears similar capabilities to our physical bodies in that we can grow and be renewed through compliance with His laws and His blessing.
Not only has God provided a strong skeleton to support that body (Acts 2:42– the teachings or doctrines that frame our fellowship) but he has also equipped it with spiritual relationships and spiritual exercises that boost and build up the whole body in compliance with “the Law of the Spirit of Life In Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:2). This spiritual life of the church is epitomized in the First Century church in the words of Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had all things common.” Thus, they grew and were strengthened.
We must not lose sight of this fact: The body only thrives when its members thrive, thus the Body of Christ, the Church, is illustrated in Eph. 4:11-16 as a body of members that are fitly joined together with each one supplying his part to the building up of the whole body. Personal growth of individual Christians supports the growth of this spiritual body. As individual Christians add the attributes, we fondly call the Christian graces of 2 Pet. 1:5-7 and the fruits of the spirit of Gal. 5:22-24, the whole body is increased (Eph. 4:16).
Churches must spend time evaluating the many ingredients that contribute to the building up of a strong body of believers in a local congregation. Some of the many facets of that development are worship (both public and private), education, evangelism, benevolence, sharing and caring, one another involvements, and many other forms of fellowship. All of these contribute directly to the building up of the body of Christ. The church is a fellowship of believers united in Christ Jesus. According to 1 Cor 3:9, we are laborers together with God: “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” As such, we are to supply our part to the edification of the whole body.
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