A. This shows a unique relation between Christ and Christians.B. The church is Christ's body (Eph. 1:22,23). The body is his church (Col. 1:18,24)
A. Though there are many members, yet there is one body. (Rom. 12:4,5; I Cor. 12:20)B. Jews and Gentile were brought together in one body. (Eph. 2:16)C. The "body" is a part of the oneness mentioned by Paul. (Eph. 4:1-5)D. If the church is the body and is there is only one body, the conclusion is obvious.
A. His dominion over the church is absolute. He is over "all things." (Eph. 1:22)B. Just as members of one's physical body must be in subjection to the mind - so Christians must be subject to Christ, the head, in everything. (Eph. 5:24)C. What the head commands we must do, what the head does not authorize we must not do. (II Jn.9)D. From the head comes the incentive that moves the members of the body to perform their responsibilities. (Eph. 4:15,16)
A. The body is made up of the saved. (Eph. 5:23)B. Christians are called to peace in the one body. (Col. 3:15)C. Christians are reconciled to God in the one body. (Eph. 2:16)D. The fullness of Christ is in his body. (Eph. 1:23)
A. Every joint supplying his part makes the body strong. (Eph. 4:16)B. Members are to be united. (Rom.12:4,5; I Cor. 12:12,13)C. Each member has a work to perform. (I Cor. 12:14-19)D. Each member is equally important. (I Cor. 12:20-24)E. There is to be no division in the body - rather, a mutual care. (I Cor. 12:25-27) (cf. I Cor. 1:10; Rom. 15:5; II Cor. 13:11; Phil. 2:2)
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