Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What is the Church?

The Church consists of those of every race, every land and every age who have been chosen by God the Father, purchased by Christ's blood and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

The descriptions the Bible gives of the Church.

God's very own people (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 2:19; 4:12; Revelation 21:2, 3).

The new and true Israel, established in Christ (Galations 3:29; 6:16; 1 Peter 2: 9, 10).

The company of those whom the Lord has called to Himself (Acts 2:39).

Those who are 'in Christ' (Romans 8:1; 16:7; Philippians 1:1).

The company of those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2).

The company of those who believe (Acts 4:32).

God's household, and the family of believers (Galations 6:10; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:21).

God's building (1 Corinthians 3:10).

God's temple (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17), the dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).

Christ's flock (John 10:11, 16; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20).

The body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:14-27; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:29, 30; Colossians 1:24).

The bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17).

The Church belongs to God - it is His household

The members of the Church are chosen by God the Father.

They were chosen in Christ before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

In love God predestined them to be adopted into His own family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5).

As God's elect, they become members of that people for whom the Lord Jesus gave Himself that they might be His very own (Titus 1:1; 2:13,14).

The Church is made up of those who have been called by God out of darkness into His marvellous light (Romans 1:5, 6; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 2:9, 10).

The members of the Church are cleansed from sin through Christ's blood.

The Church was bought by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28; Ephesians5:25; Hebrews 9:12).

Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, that she might be cleansed and sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:25-27).

Christ gave Himself to redeem her members from all wickedness (Titus 2:14).

Thus the Church is made up of those who were once alienated from God by sin but have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:11-13).

They are members of the Church through the blood of the new and eternal covenant (Hebrews 13:20).

The members of the Church are sanctified by the Holy Spirit who lives within them to this end.

Members of Christ's Church were chosen that they should be holy and blameless in God's sight (Ephesians 1:4), conformed to the likeness of God's Son (Romans 8:29), and purified (Titus 2:14).

This work of sanctification is the Holy Spirit's, that He unceasingly performs throughout the Christian's life (Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 8; 1 Peter 1:2).

Thus the Church is the company of those who have received the Holy Spirit through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 11:17; Romans 8:9), and have been born again of God's Spirit (John 3:5-8).

Some of the conclusions the Bible draws for us.

The Church belongs to God - it is His household (Galations 1:13; 1 Timothy 3:15).

God alone knows exactly who are the true members of the Church (2 Timothy 2:19).

The sole right of adding new members to the Church is the Lord's (Acts 2:47).

The Church is made up of those of every race who have been brought together in Christ, to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit (Ephesians 2:11-22; Revelation 5:9, 10).

Thus the Church of Christ ignores all divisions of race or social distinctions, making all its members one (1 Corinthians 12:13).