The Real Church and The True Church
How the Bible defines Church and how the Church responds to that definition can often be two different things. It is clear through the scriptures that there has always been a problem with how the Church responds to how it is defined.
Scripture tells us that the Church is a group of called out people, baptised into Christ. These are the ecclesia.
Ephesians 1: 22 -2:10 ….’And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Galatians 3: 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.
The commission of Christ to His body, is to go out, preach the gospel, make disciples, tend to those who are in need and look after the widow and the orphan.
That’s the work we all must occupy ourselves with. These things bring rich rewards. However, there is a caveat. Believers must remain in Christ and He in them. This tells us that despite our knowledge of God, we can also be in a place where we do not know Him at all. His Spirit must reside and work in us. If this is happening then we will produce the good fruit.
However, are you aware that the world also has its own gospel and its own saviour too? So what makes a Christian different?
It is that the believer in Christ has died and seeks to honour the commands of his Master. His reward is pleasing Him and bringing glory to God.