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Christ as the Life and Person of the Church

During this week’s Sunday Fellowship, it was revealed that Christ Himself is the life and the Person of the Church. In Matthew 16:18 we see that God desires to bring forth the built up and completed church.  This church is the Body of Christ as we see in Ephesians 1:22-23:

“And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.”

The Creator of the universe is also the content of the universe. In particular, He is the content of His Body for His expression, through all the members being filled with His life.

The church as the Body of Christ has Christ as its life, and the church as the new man has Christ as its Person. This means that in order to be the new man, we the members of the new man have to learn to take the person of Christ as our person, and to become the same as He in thought, feeling, and intention. For this, Christ has to make His home in our heart. Ephesians 3:16-17 says,

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith…”

The same power that raised Christ from the dead in Ephesians 1:19-20 is now operating in us to break through all the barriers so that Christ can make His home in our heart. Such an operation will allow us “…to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ that [we] may be filled unto all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19). As we must allow the Lord to dwell in us and to dispense all the riches of God into us, we will be built up to be His Body, His church.

The way to receive this divine person and His rich dispensing are as simple as calling on His name and taking in His Word through reading and praying (Rom. 10:12; John 6:35). Praise the Lord that all we need to do is to enjoy Christ! May we continue to experience Christ as our life and our Person until He gains His expression through the church.

-JC