Church as Bible’s Body

Words are the expression of who you are. The Bible expresses who God is. As we now understand the Godhead to be a trinity of Persons, so too can we now see the Bible as a trinity of expressions. We have seen:

The body of the Bible is the Church.

Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1). He is the physical manifestation of God why called “Son” of God (1 John 5:7 c/f 1 John 1:1-3; John 1:1-5, 14). He is the Creator (Colossians 1:16). He is God in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 1:23-25).

The Bible is a book of God’s inspired, preserved words. Jesus Christ is the obvious reason a New Testament exists. He fulfilled the Law for the Jews (Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:1, 11). Jesus Christ also is the Saviour of the Gentiles (Galatians 3:10-14).

The Law is no longer is in effect, however, its precepts are still in effect.

A precept is a command respecting moral conduct. God’s requirements for moral conduct have not changed.

Even though the precepts of Scripture are still in effect, the Old Testament requirements for salvation are not (such as shedding blood of animals to cover sins). All who put their faith in the work of Jesus Christ (and the work of the Law) are called the Church (Colossians 1:14-18).

The Church is called the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; 10:16; Ephesians 4:12). The individual members form the Body collectively (Romans 6:1-4 c/f 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). Jesus Christ is said to be the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18).

The Church is as dominant in the last twenty-three books of the Bibles (Acts – Revelation) as the Law is in the center of the Bible’s sixty-six books.

Jesus Christ instructed that the Scriptures (referring to the Old Testament) speak of Him (Luke 24:44; John 5:39). Combining this fact with the unified relationship He has with the Church; the subject of the Church becomes the Body of Scripture.

When you study Old Testament Law, you are in fact studying about Jesus Christ and the Church!

The best illustration is the sacrificial lamb of the Passover (Exodus 12). It symbolized the blood of Jesus Christ which purchased the Church. The blood of the lamb was put on the side posts of the door as well as the post above it, symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ between two others.

The story of Israel in Egypt becomes an ensample of the Church in the world (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Both testaments of the Bible collectively form one Book with relevance in our lives today. We serve the same God as Noah and Abraham served before the Law. He is the same Lord to us as He was to Moses and David under the Law. God is still the Creator and we need to serve Him as Paul did after the Law.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16

There are precepts universal in time that are transparent through a three-fold division of Scripture.

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