Have you ever really thought about what “The Body of Believers” really means? Does it mean all the people who attend church throughout the world? Is it all people who believe in Christ? Does it have the same meaning as the Body of Christ or the Bride of Christ? The bible teaches us that the church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head. What does this all mean?
In Romans 16:5, Paul refers to the church as those who meet in their house. The church (or the body of believers) are the people in Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-14), not the building. It’s not a place we attend. The body of Christ is all who have heard the Word, believed in Him, accepted salvation, and then were sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then equips us and works in us.
We are the Body of Believers if:
- We are joined in Christ through salvation (Ephesians 4:15-16). He gives us eternal life, never to persish. No one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29)
- We receive the gift of Christ’s righteousness (Romans 5:17)
- We follow Christ as the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23)
- We are the physical representation of Christ in this world.
- We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9)
- We possess a diversity of gifts suited to a particular function. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them, gifts of; a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and still another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:4-31).
- We share a common bond with all Christians no matter their race, background or ministry ( 1 Corinthians 12:25)
- We share Christ inheritance; We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
As a believer in Christ, I can personally say that my life changed the day I asked Him into my life. I now have a personal relationship with Him. He is no longer just a subject someone talks about or someone I heard about while going to church, I now have Him in my heart, I feel His presence and I am thrilled to see another person’s salvation. Our role as The Body of Believers is to worship God, nurture and edify and reach out to a suffering world with the message of salvation. We are to have compassion and mercy as Christ would.