*Pastor’s Note: What I am about to give you is Scripture “heavy” but you will see why as you get into it.
Every so often I feel strongly led to remind God’s saints that no matter the titles, no matter the denominations, no matter the ethnicity or even gender, we, who have accepted and surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and Redeemer are one Body under Christ Jesus as the Head of that Body.
Some of our doctrinal points might differ, some things that have no bearing on our salvation might differ, but as long as we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead to live and advocate for each of us forever more, than we are truly Brothers and Sisters in Christ. (Romans 10:9).
If the CHURCH, (and we ARE the Church), the Body of Christ is to be strong in these times we are living, we have to put aside some of our petty differences. As long as we follow the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into ALL truth, we shall prevail. How easily we tend to forget that we are commanded to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and we are to do that how? By bearing with one another in love, patience and gentleness! (Ephesians 4:2-3).
With that all said, I want to “nudge” your remembrance with some Scripture and some titles that identify the TRUE children, the sons and daughters of God Almighty, in and through Jesus Christ.
BODY OF CHRIST:
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27.
“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:22-23.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” – Ephesians 4:11-16.
“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.” – Colossians 1:24-26.
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.” – 1 Corinthians 12:13-14.
BRIDE OF CHRIST:
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” – Revelation 21:9.
CHURCH OF GOD – CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD:
“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” – Acts 20:28.
“These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 3:14-15.
FLOCK OF GOD:
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; . . .” – 1 Peter 5:2-3.
FOLD OF CHRIST:
“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” – John 10:16.
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN:
“To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” – Hebrews 12:23-24.
“The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.” – Revelation 1:20.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:9.
HABITATION OF GOD:
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” – Revelation 21:2-3.
HOUSE OF CHRIST:
“But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” – Hebrews 3:6.
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:4-5.
TEMPLE OF GOD:
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27.
Now understand something if you’ve taken the time to remind yourself in the Word of God; there is no mention or even assumption that this is just one individual but rather a/the collection of the godly in Christ Jesus! That old adage that “No man/one is an island to themselves” is certainly true and relevant when it comes to being a part of the Body of Christ.
Another point as well, this is certainly not an exhaustive listing of who we are in Christ, nor are the Scriptures exhaustive for each title. Maybe this can get you started into looking into who we are in Christ a little more deeply.
One final point; in anything we must take into consideration the WHOLE counsel of God’s Word:
DIVISIONS IN THE BODY TO BE AVOIDED:
“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” – Romans 16:17-18.
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” – 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?” – 1 Corinthians 3:1-4.
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:5-9.
We may attend different church buildings on Sundays. We may believe strongly in this one denominational point or another, but when we do join our Heavenly Father in His glorious Kingdom there will be no labels or denominational lines to enter through. We will either be named in the Lamb’s Book of Life, or we will not.
If the internet has been able to accomplish one thing, it has truly given a lot of Brothers and Sisters the ability to look beyond the titles and labels and to recognize one another as the Spirit bears witness.
God Bless all as you walk in the leading of the Holy Spirit and in the presence of Christ Jesus our Lord!