Living as His Body
September 5, 2011 by revbruce
4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
– Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)
The believers are the collective and universal body of Christ. Each believer serves as part of the body. We, as believers in Christ, make up the body of Christ. We are one body, gathered together in His name in one faith.
Paul wrote that “there is one body… just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” The collective body of believers have a common goal, that one glorious hope for the future. In seeking that common goal, believers come together on common ground. The prime example of this is not the believers having all things in common. The prime example of this is the gathering of believers in Antioch.
19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
– Acts 11:19-21 (NKJV)
The body of Christ lives together based on:
Common Belief: The confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Anointed One
Common Bond: The connection between each believers is the one Spirit that indwells each believer and inhabits each local body of believers gathered together in His name
We are to live as His body, the church open and operating in His name and by His Spirit.
Live as His body.