THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One gift of Christ's PRESENCE is His PRESENT of FAMILY.
The "body of Christ" on earth today is the church.
We are joined together under the "Head," Jesus, for purposes.
Those purposes include:
teaching individual Christians,
edifying (encouraging) the whole,
guarding from theological error,
and increasing the body by addition.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro,
and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted
by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working
in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the
edifying of itself in love.
Light from the WORD.
When we surrender to Christ, we are brought into His FAMILY;
The family of the church.
For we are all made to be "sons of God" (John 1:12)
We are "accepted in the Beloved." (Ephesians 1:6)
What a great gift - this FAMILY of God!
This is a wonderful blessing!
There are, in the church, those who will:
comfort, encourage, educate, strengthen us.
This is also a responsibility!
For we are expected to grow and do the same for others.
Do not be "children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive."
Instead, "speaking the truth in love, .. grow up into him in all
things, which is the head, even Christ."
If you have indeed joined Christ, then you should be a member of
And help make "increase of the body unto the edifying of
itself in love."