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Many Questions

Church RuinThere are probably have many questions concerning the Christ's Church Body. What is it (better the feminine "she") and what does she do? Is "the Body" the same as the congregation we attend on Sunday, or is there something more? What does Christ's Church Body have to do with the man named Jesus who lived in 30 AD? What does Christ's Church Body have to do with the Christian today? What is Christ's Church Body anyway?

Real Church

armOur mistake today is to imagine that our church is the same as the New Testament Church. Saint Paul explains how the Early Church worked as a body in 1 Corinthians 12.12-14, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." The phrase "we were all baptized by one Spirit" may also be translated as "we were all baptized with or in one Spirit."

Early Christian

The Body of Christ meant church to the early Christian community. The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 1.24-27, "for the sake of his (Christ's) body, which is the church." For the first three centuries after Christ, there were very few church buildings as we would know them and most of these have been lost today. In most instances, intimate family groups nourished faith in the sanctity of their own homes. Church, as we now describe it, is several times removed from the original Early Church model of Christ's Body. "Can you describe Christ's Church Body in your own words."

"Christ's Church Body"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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