For through him (Jesus Christ) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by] the Spirit.
Where is God’s home?
Since HE is omnipresent, which means everywhere at the same time, we may not emphasize at times that includes within you and me – the Church. For Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individual members of it.” In other places we are told:
- Through the Holy Spirit, we are baptized into the Church. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- Everyone who has the Holy Spirit living within them, belongs to Christ. (Romans 8:9-11)
- You are God’s temple. (I Corinthians 3:17)
- The Church’s mission is to recruit and train others in Christ’s teachings. (Mathew 28:19-20)
- Jesus Christ is the head of HIS Church. (Colossians 1:18)
- The Church is the “Body of Christ” – Jesus Christ’s hands and feet on earth today. (Ephesians 1:22)
The Biblical Church is not an institution, a denomination, nor a faith community. The Church consists of people allowing the Holy Spirit to live and work and lead through their heart, mind, and soul. And where the Holy Spirit is, so is Father God and Jesus Christ – the Triune God.
Yes, people attend a faith community which may consist of Believers full of God’s Spirit and also those who are seeking God. And yes, there are faith communities where God’s Spirit is dormant while people go about doing their business as they desire acting for God yet without following the lead of Jesus Christ. And yes, there are faith communities small in number but leverage their hands and feet to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit doing God’s work and reflecting HIS glory throughout their community. And everything in between.
We are all a work under God’s construction. Yesterday, I didn’t know God. Today, I know him a tiny more than yesterday. Tomorrow, hopefully we will grow and discover more about HIM. It is the same for all of us individually and collectively.
Some faith organizations are more vibrant than others. Some faith organizations are dead in Spirit and full of themselves. And many faith organizations are in between. But God’s universal Church, consisting of those with the Spirit fully living within their being, are actively reflecting the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. They gladly seek to be led by the Holy Spirit in service to God and mankind.
You shall know them by their fruit. (Matthew 7:20; Luke 8:14)
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