Posted by: SandreS | November 5, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 3

The Church, Which Is His Body

O send out Your light and Your truth: let them lead me … (Psalms 43:3).

Now let’s look at some Scripture definitions of “the church.”

When writing to the Ephesians, Paul tells us precisely what ecclesia is:

… the church [ecclesia], which is His body … (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Isn’t that clear? The church, “which is …” – and here comes the divine definition – “His Body.”

We can now say, with all authority and confidence, just what the ecclesia is! It is the Body of Christ!

Isn’t that so very simple? Just taking God’s definition; taking God at His Word!

Now, Paul shows us that the reverse of this is also true:

And He is the Head of the Body, the church [ecclesia] (Colossians 1:18).

… for His Body’s sake, which is the church [ecclesia] (Colossians 1:24).

There is that “which is” again! We have here the Body of Christ defined. The Body, “which is …” and here comes the definition: “the church.” The ecclesia is the Body, and the Body is the ecclesia. That locks things up with clarity, doesn’t it? God has provided a clear definition and then back-defined it, to make it an iron-clad truth.

This double-ended definition will lead us to even more truth concerning the ecclesia.

For instance, how many “Bodies” does God have in this dispensation? Paul clearly reveals that,

There is one body … (Ephesians 4:4).

“One” means “one.” God has one single Body in the dispensation of grace. This Body is “the church [ecclesia], which is His Body. Since God has clearly taught us that the Body is the definition of His ecclesia, and the ecclesia is the definition of the Body, then we can say with all divine confidence,

God has but one church in this dispensation – only one – and His church is the Body of Christ!

The church is the one body of Christ. God has no other church or Body today!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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