Series: Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ

Read this article in PDF format The apostle Paul wrote three books of the New Testament which were entirely focused upon the practice of the church life: First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus. In these three epistles we can see how the church should operate, how the church should bear the testimony, the relationship between the church and the workers, and how to handle the situation when the church becomes degraded.

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Article One
Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ (1)


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The church is an organic Body. As an organic Body, first it must have a physical appearance. If a body lacks a physical appearance, it is but a ghost. A body provides an existence in the physical realm, something by which the host can participate in the sphere of earthly existence. Therefore whenever we talk about the Body of Christ, we cannot bypass the local churches, which give the Body its physical expression.

Article Two
Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ (2)

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When we consider the church there are three elements that are crucial. Firstly, the local churches are for the physical existence and manifestation of the Body of Christ. The Body also has a specific content for its growth and function: the divine life. Also for the church to be healthy there must be a third element, the Person of Christ. Therefore each member of the Body must be directly related to Christ.

Article Three
Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ (3)

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The church must express Christ as its person. Christ’s personality must characterize the church and become the content of the church, and Christ’s person must lead the church. If we lack Christ’s person and personality we are just an institution taking part in a movement.

Article Four
Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ (4)

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In Spirit there is such a life giving Person to be the reality of the Body. Once we touch this Person, we touch His divinity, which means we touch His divine attributes, such as love, light, holiness and righteousness, and many other things, even including eternity. This living Person is the reality of the church life.

Article Five
Serving the Church of the Living God as the Organic Body of Christ (5)

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Once a local church comes into existence as the physical expression of the organic Body of Christ, there must be the Spirit as the organic life to be the substance of the church life, and there must also be the person, the personality of Jesus Christ, experienced by all His members. You and I, day by day, must live in and enjoy the Lord’s presence, eventually enjoying the Lord’s person, living as Christ, and having Christ live out through us.

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