THE LOCAL CHURCH - HIS BODY MANIFEST [1.]
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27
........ until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
.........to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on, and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/ FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
In any place where the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been told, and people have believed on the Lord, they then become the `ecclesia' - `the called out ones. How do they know who they are?
`You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.'
`Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all in all.'
We must realize that God has incorporated all His children into one Body. He recognizes no division of His people in various "churches" and missions. He has designed that all who are His shall live a corporate life, the life of a body amongst whose many members