The Bible often uses figurative language to describe who and what Christians are. In the case of the Body of Christ, it’s using the human body as an example of the relationship we have with each other, and Christ, as individual members of his body. The Bible tells us that:
- There is just one body and not different denominations (Eph. 4:4)
- Jesus is the head of that body (Col. 1:18)
- All Christians make up the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27)
- We are in subjection to the Head which is Christ (1 Cor. 12:12)
Just like the human body, the body of Christ has many parts, but the Bible emphasizes that it is still one body, “For as the body is one, and has many parts, and all the parts of the body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Cor. 12:12), and that we are members of that body. Our human body parts have a particular function. The feet can’t do what the eyes do, and vice versa. That is also true with Christ’s body of believers. The function of each member is what we are gifted with and how we are to help the rest of the Body of Christ grow and increase (Eph. 4:16).The Bible is also using the body analogy to inform us that, though we are many members with different functions, there is to be no division by denomination, nationality, or gender in that body. Galatians 3:28says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” That means we are unique in our function, and not by any human attribute we may have.
The Bible says that the people who compose the Body of Christ hold a unique position in all of history. The Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is the birth of the Christian Church. From that day until the Rapture of the Church described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is She administration of God’s Grace (Eph. 3:2). Both the dead and living members of the Body of Christ will be caught up (raptured) by Christ to be with him forever. All the dead Old Testament saints and non-believing people will be raised and judged at two different resurrections called the resurrections of the “Just” and the “Unjust” (Rev. 20:4-5).
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