Since Paul was Christ’s agent, what he wrote is God’s word (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 14:37-38; Galatians 1:11-12; Ephesians 3:1-9; 2 Peter 3:15-16). That being true, let’s consider the following statement by Paul: “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
What is this one body?
Three times in other passages Paul explains that this body is the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18, 24). It is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18). He is its head; the body is subject to Him (Ephesians 5:23-24). He is the founder; it is His church (Matthew 16:18).
How many bodies does Christ have?
Ten times Paul says there is one body (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 12:12-13, 20; Ephesians 2:16; 4:4; Colossians 3:15). Since Christ has one body, and the body is His church, how many churches does Christ have?
Do all who claim to belong to Christ belong to this one body?
He will recognize and accept only those who do His Father’s will (Matthew 7:21-23). He acknowledges as His own those who hear His voice and follow Him; it is these He will save (John 10:2, 3, 14, 27, 28; Hebrews 5:8-9).
Is religious division acceptable to Christ?
The night before He died He prayed that those who would believe in Him would be one (John 17:20-23). Why would He want it any other way? Division is contrary to God’s will (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
Is it possible to be a member of Christ’s one body today?
In the New Testament all Christians were members of this one church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38, 41-42, 47). If we believe what they believed and do what they did, we will be what they were—Christians only, members of Christ’s one church, nothing more, nothing less.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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