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April 22

22 APR – What Is the Church?

God’s thought is not Christianity; it is not churches as organized centers of Christianity; it is not the propagation of Christian teaching and enterprise. God’s thought is to have a people in the earth in whom, and in the midst of whom, Christ is all, and in all. That is the Church. We have got to revise our ideas. In the thought of God the Church begins and ends with this: the absolute supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ; and what God is always after is to get together those of His people who will most fully realize that thought of His, and be unto Him the satisfaction of His own eternal desire, the Lord Jesus in all things having the pre-eminence, and being all, and in all. He passes by the great institution, the so-called ‘Church’ and He is with those who in themselves are of a humble and contrite spirit and who tremble at His word, and with whom the Lord Jesus is the one and only object of worship and adoration. Such satisfy the heart of God. Such, for Him, are the answer to His eternal quest.

You notice the word of God says that. Look at it again in Colossians 3:11: “Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond-man, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.” There they have “put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of Him that created Him.” Look closely into that and you will find this is the corporate man, the Church, the Body of Christ, “the fulness of Him that filleth all in all” (Eph. 1:23), and there, in that corporate man, there cannot be Greek and Jew. Note the words. It does not say where Greek and Jew come together in blessed fellowship. No, you have not got nationalities in the Church; you have got rid of all nationalities, and you have now one spiritual new man, a new creation, where there cannot be Greek, Jew, bondman, freeman.

In that Church there is one new man, not a combination where Anglicans, Wesleyans, Baptists, Congregationalists and all the rest come together and sink their differences for the time being; that is not the Church. In the Church these differences are not merely covered up for the time being; they do not exist. There is one Body, one Spirit. The Church is this, “Christ is all, and in all”.

What is The Church? (Video Bible Study – Session 1 of 7) by Pastor Doug Riggs

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