Romans 12:5: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
Even before God created the first man, Adam, He knew that men would rebel against Him. But God had a great plan. God planned to call out people from Adam’s sinful race and to unite them into one spiritual body called “the Church.” In this lesson we are going to learn some great truths concerning the Church.
When you hear the word “church” you probably think of the building in which you worship God. You think of its steeple, its pulpit, its pews, and its choir loft. But this is only a building; it is not “the church” that God speaks of in His Word.
The word “church” as it is used in the New Testament means “an assembly of called-out ones.” It refers to PEOPLE, not a building. It is speaking of believers—those whom God has redeemed.
But the Church is more than just a vast number of redeemed people. The Bible says that the Church is “the Body of Christ.” God has not only called out from Adam’s sinful race a people for His name, but He has united them into one spiritual body—the Body of Christ. Speaking of believers, the Bible says, “…we being many, are one body in Christ.”
Ephesians 5:30 & 32 says, “For we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones… This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.”
A body must have a head, and Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His Body. Speaking of Christ, the Bible says in Ephesians 1:22-23, “[God] hath put all things under his [Jesus’] feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body…”
God’s purpose to call a people out of Adam’s sinful race and to unite them into one spiritual body was not revealed to the Old Testament prophets. But, in the Gospels, we find that the Lord Jesus prayed for His Church before it came into being.
In His prayer recorded in John 17, the Lord Jesus prayed not only for the disciples who were with Him at that time but also for all who would believe on Him in the future. He said, ” Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us…”
God’s answer to Jesus’ prayer is “the Church.” Why? Because all believers are made one in the Church, the Body of Christ.
When did the Church come into being? The Church came into being on the day of Pentecost. The Church had been in the mind of God from eternity, but it was formed on the day of Pentecost. The word “pente” means “fifty,” and the day of Pentecost came exactly 50 days after the resurrection of the Jesus Christ.
Before He ascended back into Heaven, the Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to go into all the world and to preach the gospel to every creature. But He also told them to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, 120 disciples were assembled in an upper room in Jerusalem waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, there was a sound from Heaven like a mighty rushing wind. It filled the house where they were sitting. Tongues of fire sat on each of the disciples. They were filled with the Holy Spirit.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit united the 120 disciples into one spiritual body—the Body of Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, the disciples were united to each other and to the glorified Lord Jesus as their Head.
They had been believers before this time, but now they were the Church—the Body of Christ.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!