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The Church As The Body Of Christ

by Carel
(South Africa)

Thank you, Tiena, for your post: “Further Thoughts On WINDOWS”. It certainly emphasizes another profound aspect of “The Church As The Body Of Christ”!

I hope you don’t mind, for the sake of clarity, if I also quote your same scripture from the New Living Translation:

Ephesians 5:28-30:
“In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body”.

This text, of course, is part of Paul’s beautiful description of the ideal Spirit-guided relationship that should exist between husbands and wives.

Watchman Nee is correct in emphasizing, first of all, the unity of the church despite it consisting of diverse individuals, and the consequent union with Christ to collectively form His Body. Unity in diversity! Christ’s living body in this world!

This is emphasized by reading further:

Ephesians 5:31-32:

‘As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one”. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.’

Don’t you think that this also has a direct correlation with the “Wedding feast of the Lamb” that we read of in Revelations?

Revelations 19:7

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.”

Going back to my post on “Windows”, don’t you agree though that this aspect signifies the view from “outside” – seeing the church as a whole?

Isn’t the diversity of individuals and groups, on the other hand, illustrated by the view from “inside” looking outwards through our different windows?

Paul describes this diversity in his description of the church as “one body with many parts”:

1 Corinthians 12:12:

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”

This whole concept however is unfathomably profound! What more can we share?

Carel.

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