But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 1 Corinthians 12:18
The Christian Church is the assembly of redeemed saints. That is stating it as basically as possible. And in what is probably the most fundamental teaching in the New Testament concerning Christ and His church, Paul relates the life and service of the Church to a unity which can only be wrought by the Holy Spirit. Paul specifically reminded the first century Corinthian believers that “for as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (12:12). Then he added, For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (12:13)
Now in our local church or assembly, we realize we are not an end in ourselves. If we are going to be what we ought to be in the local church, we must come to think of ourselves as a part of something much more expansive, something that encompasses our entire world. We need to see the Church, the Body of Christ, as a whole. There is an important sense here in which we discover that we “belong.” We belong to something that God has brought into being, something that is worthy and valuable, something that is going to last forever. You and I do not have to be ashamed for wanting to belong to the work that God is doing through His Church.A.W Tozer, Tragedy in the Church [Emphasis Mine]
1 Corinthians 12:12-13…
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
The faithful Body of Christ will not give up to the ways of the world or even to the more common ways of religion that are all about us. Faithful believers will not succumb to the temptation to judge themselves by what others are doing. Neither will they allow their assemblies to be judged, or their spiritual body life affected, by the attitudes of others. They will be happy and continue to rejoice in the fact that they have taken the New Testament standard as their standard. It is not sufficient for a local church simply to have the label of orthodoxy. All of us who love our Lord Jesus Christ face great changes in this period before His return. We must reexperience the kind of spiritual revival that will eventuate in new moral power, a new willingness to separate from the world, a new heart purity, a new bestowal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit of God.A.W Tozer, Tragedy in the Church [Emphasis Mine]
You and I do not have to be ashamed for wanting to belong
to the work that God is doing through His Church.
…and that’s a beautiful thing!