Christ On Earth?
“But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.” Acts: 8: 3
Jesus said…”Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” Acts 9: 4
“………and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3: 9-12
Let me just say this boldly and right out front…. The true Church as a community is Christ on earth! We do more than just represent Him. Jesus verified this fact when He asked Saul, “why do you persecute ME?”, after Paul began destroying the church. The Church is Christ by Jesus’s own admission. The true Church is ONE with Christ. Of course Jesus is The Head and sole Source of the Church and Christ cannot be divided. That simply means that all so called “churches” that promote division, are not really Church at all. This rules out all denominations and every “church” that has a Clergy/Laity divide. Sure there are some followers of Jesus there, but the purpose behind their gathering is far less than Christ’s best for all involved.
In many so called “churches” after the second century Christ was turned into a mere sacrament, to be found and experienced only through the rigid ritual of communion. This denies the Holy Truth that Christ in fact is a living and fully functioning Body of believers. The true Church or Ekklesia are followers of Jesus Christ called out of the world and/or religious system to assemble in His name only. Ekklesia is a dynamic, close knit, family of believers and NOT a building or institution.
The Church, Christ’s Body is God’s chosen vehicle to make known the “manifold wisdom of God”. That means we get to practically apply God’s complete revelation of Truth in Love to the world and those around us. We get to BE the Church in such a way that it positively affects everyone we encounter in life. Finally we get to share God’s eternal purpose of bringing redemption and reconciliation to all.
Kirk Out !
P.s. Please notice that Paul had to go house to house to find followers of Jesus and not church building to church building or temple to temple.