Posted by: SandreS | November 7, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 5

The One Church and Its One Head

We have seen that membership in God’s one true church for today is: one Spirit, by one baptism, placing us into the one Body – and, that one Body has a name.

“For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body …” (I Corinthians 12:12-13).

Look at that little phrase in verse 12:

“… so also is Christ …”

Any body is identified with its head. My physical body is “me” – identified by others with and by my “head.” God’s ecclesia is identified by our Head as well. The one Body is called Christ. He is the Head and we are His members. Thus, we are in living union with the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ. We are the many-membered Christ.

“… the church, which is His Body …” (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Why is the ecclesia called “His Body?” Because the Lord Jesus Christ is our living Head!

“… Christ is the Head of the church: and He is the Savior of the Body” (Ephesians 5:23).

“And He is the Head of the Body, the church …” (Colossians 1:18).

This then, brings us to another aspect of the definition of the church. The one true church has but one Head, and that is Christ. There is no other Head of God’s church. This is how we can identify the true church – by its Headship.

Now the question is, who is the head of “your church?” Are you satisfied with the Headship of Christ over His church? Or, do you desire to belong to another “church” – different from His – that has another head?

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

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