THE BODY OF CHRIST
This is the Biblical term for the "unique organism" that exists on earth. It was started by the Holy Spirit when He came to earth to replace Jesus when He ascended to heaven to be at the Father's side. (Ps 110:1). This was after He had completed the work the Father had sent Him to earth to accomplish. This "Body of Christ" is a many membered body that Paul compares to our human bodies in (1 Cor 12:12-21). And we know from (Ps 139:14) that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" consisting of many parts. So we know this Body of Christ consists of many people chosen from every nation or "people group" on planet Earth. Since Jesus is definitely the "Head" of this body, and He is presently in heaven, so when we are "born again" by the Holy Spirit and "adopted" by Father into His Forever Family Paul tells us in (Eph 2:6) that we are "raised up together, and made us to sit together in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus". Spiritually speaking that is where we are at the present time because we are "in Christ". (2 Cor 5:17). This is a fact that people who still have a "natural mind" cannot understand. So we have to be careful to be led by the Holy Spirit when we try to explain this to them.
This Body of Christ is the True Church that Jesus said He would build as recorded in (Matt 16:18), and has been in the process of doing in the last 2000 years with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is what I often refer to as the "Biblical Church" as compared to the organizations we see today that we call churches, which are really "non biblical" imitations of the real thing. That is the only way I can see our present situation in this 21st century, and it grieves me to think that I have been part of these structures for nearly 50 years here in Saint John NB. But since I started a few years ago to ask the Holy Spirit to show me when I read scripture exactly what He had in mind when He inspired the authors of all 66 books of our Bible to write, it has been awesome what He showed me. I started to see that much of what I had been taught as being true, and in turn passed on to others, was not entirely based on scripture. It was a mixture of the Word of God and some theory of a man that had been accepted as truth and passed on as a church doctrine. Without the discernment of the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can easily be deceived by the enemy, and my life is proof of that. And I see many followers of Jesus today being deceived as I was, but don't know what to do about it. Can anybody out there help me to warn them of the danger of "false" teaching that is going forth in the Body of Christ?
Dave Jamer 23/06/12