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It is the “new spiritual Israel” or “people of God.”


John 11:51-52, “Caiphas prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.”


It is those who submit to God’s rule in their lives. 


John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”


It is those who follow the Great Shepherd. 


John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep”


It is the people who are “called out” and “set apart” for God. 


I Peter 2:9, “You are a chosen people a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”


It is the body of believers of which Jesus is the head. 


Ephesians 1:22-23, “God placed all things under his Jesus’ feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”


It is the gathering of Christians into the family of God. 

Ephesians 3:6, “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ Jesus.”




It satisfies the plan of God. 


Acts 2:25-26, “You are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers.  He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.  When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from his wicked ways”


It produces unity of the believers. 


Ephesians 4:4-5, “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”


It brings together all kinds of believers. 


Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


It displays allegiance to Jesus Christ. 


I Corinthians 1:30, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore as it is written:  ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”


It allows the work of the Spirit to be magnified. 


Ephesians 2:21-22, “In Jesus the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”


It fulfills Jesus’ mission on the earth. 

John 10:16, “I have other sheep that are not of this flock.  I must bring them also.  They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”




During his earthly ministry, Jesus gave himself to the task of creating a new people of God.  That could only be accomplished by his death.  As the Servant-Messiah, the Son of Man who came to redeem the lost and to give his life as a ransom for many, he had to die.


Jesus looked forward to a time beyond his death when there would be a new community of people coming together to worship God.  These Christians would continue to grow and develop into God’s people.  It would not be a place, but a community of people held together by a covenant, coming together in submission to God’s rule in their life.


This is the beginning of the kingdom of God on earth, and it sets the wheels in motion to fulfill the prophecies of Scripture.  It is further developed and fulfilled in the church which the apostles built up after Jesus established it and then returned to God’s right hand.


Simply stated, the church consists of the people of God brought together through Jesus Christ.  The people of God have a heritage that goes back to the history of Israel.  But it is not the physical Israel, rather the spiritual Israel.  The New Testament never mentions unattached Christians who live solitary lives.  They are a member of the Lord’s one body through their salvation in Jesus.

According to the New Testament, to be a Christian means to be a member of the New People of God created and maintained by God’s saving act in His Son Jesus Christ.  The church was one group of people from the beginning and can never be anything else.  It can never be divided as that is contrary to God’s will


Questions for consideration:


What are some of the blessings that come with being in the body of believers?


How can being a part of Jesus’ church bless me?  How can I bless others through the church?


Does the church I attend honor and worship God and His son Jesus Christ?


How can I be a more active part of my church?


Am I part of God’s family?  If not, then why not?


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