9th June 2011

Do We Belong?

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Romans 8:9-11 (ESV)

So we can be raised from the dead and given eternal life in God’s coming kingdom because we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us. When we are saved we belong to Jesus Christ and the church He is building. Where is this church, and what is it?

This church started on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to dwell in the disciples as described in Acts 2. Peter who stood up and told all those who listened that through repentance, belief in Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit we become part of this church. He said nothing about joining a physical church and that is because the real church that Jesus is building is a spiritual church, which is composed of all those human beings who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.

The many physical Christian churches have a role to play in taking the message about Jesus to the world, and in helping the members to grow spiritually, but just joining a physical church and calling oneself a Christian will save no one . Salvation is only possible if we belong to Jesus and the spiritual church, and on God’s terms, not ours.

Romans 12:1 (NLT) says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable.” So are we real Christians who belong to Jesus and the spiritual church, or are we Christians in name only?

Thank you, Father, for calling us out of this world and making our salvation possible through Jesus Christ.

Study by Arthur Allden

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