For the body is not one member, but many…. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:14, 27
Stating it in the most simple terms, the Christian Church, called to be the Body of Christ on earth, is the assembly of redeemed saints.
We meet in local congregations and assemblies, yet we know that we are not an end in ourselves. If we are going to be what we ought to be in the local church, we must come to think of ourselves as a part of something more expansive, something larger that God is doing throughout the world.
There is an important sense here in which we find that we “belong”—belonging to something that is worthy and valuable, and something that is going to last forever!
These are considerations concerning the whole Church, the Body of Christ, and the fact that in our local congregation we have the joyful sense of belonging to an amazing fellowship throughout the world. Every believing church has a part with us and we a part with them.
Brethren, the Church must have the enabling and the power of the Holy Spirit and the glow of the Shekinah glory—God within us. For then, even lacking everything else, you still have a true church!
Lord, this morning I pray for my sisters and brothers in Christ around the world. Encourage them and empower them to do good works in Your name today.