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05/10/2017

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Just One Body


"Is Christ Divided?" (I Cor.1:13). "And in this one body to reconcile both of them to God by the cross...." (Eph.1:16).

As we continue to answer the question posed in today's 1st verse, we saw last time that there was to be one church. The Bible uses different words when referring to the church, and one of them is the body... In today's 2nd verse, the term one body is referencing the church. Lest we think that this is just an isolated scripture, we can look at the following scriptures that say the same thing.... Eph.4:4, I Cor.12:20, Rom.12:4-5. These verses along with Col.1:18 and Eph.1:22-23 teach that the body is the church.... "And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him, who fills everything in every way" (Eph.1:22-23). Jesus really meant it when he said upon this rock I will build my church. The church, or the body of Christ was and is not to be divided. The Bible teaches oneness and unity in several figures of speech. The gospel writer John uses Jesus' words in the 15th chapter in speaking of the one vineyard. (Jn.15:1) There is one vine and its branches rather than many vines and their branches... If those branches (us) don't abide in the vine, we see what happens to them in Vs. 6. Other figures of speech are the household or family of God in I Tim.3:15, and the one fold and one shepherd in Jn.10:16. Lastly, Paul presents the church to us in a special way in I Cor.12:12-27. Here it is likened to the human body. We see the figure of the human body with Christ as the head and all of the redeemed as the members of the body. One head and one body, rather than a monstrosity with one head and many bodies! Why are all these examples leading us to the same logical conclusion? You guessed it... Christ is not divided....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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