What is the definition of Church?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I have been doing a study on the book of Colossians and found it very interesting how the church is defined in scripture, compared to how we define it. Please take a moment to read through these scriptures prayerfully and ponder your part of the body of Christ. Are you walking in holiness and reverent submission to God in your everyday life? Are you willing to lay down your life and comfort for your fellow believers within the body of Christ? Are you truly reflecting to the world around you what the body of Christ ought to look like?
Remember as you ponder these questions and read through these passages, that Christ who is the head of the body, loves you and wants to bring you into a place where you are walking in a close relationship with Him. I ask you today, to consider what your life looks like and where your priorities lay, are they focused on God and his will for your life? or are you running after your own pleasures and desires? God is coming back for a bride that is ready for him, who has seperated herself from the contaminents of this world and is walking in reverent submission and obedience to him. Where do you stand?
18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of£ your evil behavior.
22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—
26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Definition of the Church
- Jesus is the head of the body, which he has named the church.
- Jesus reconciled us to himself by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
- As a body, we were once alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior
- I am presented Holy in his sight, without blemish and free from all accusation if believers continue in the faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.
- The gospel is being proclaimed to every creature under heaven.
- God uses his faithful servants to bring the gospel of hope and the mystery of Christ to the people.
- The mystery that was hidden, but now disclosed – which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- We as the body are to proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
- The Holy Spirit is the one that enables and labors within us so powerfully.
22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26to make her holy, cleansing£ her by the washing with water through the word,
27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—
30for we are members of his body.
31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”£
32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
What the church looks like according to Ephesians
- Christ is the head over everything for the church
- The church is the body of believers
- He fills the church with the fullness of him in every way.
- Christ is the savior of the church.
- The church is to submit to Christ
- Christ loves the church and gave himself up for her
- Making her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word
- So that he could present her to himself as a radiant church
- Without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish,
- Holy and blameless
- Christ, feeds and cares for the church
- We are members of the body of Christ
- We have become one flesh with Christ
- We are to love and respect Christ, just like a married couple.
I pray that as you read through these verses that you will come to realise that Jesus Christ our Saviour loves you, and that his work on the cross was a completed work, meaning that all of these things in these verses are a reality, completed. You and I are completed in him, Holy and Blameless, set apart to do his good and perfect will.
I pray that as the early christians embraced this message and eagerly shared it with all of the known world around them, that you will to.