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120 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
outgoing concern and love) one for another" (verses 12-13, 25).
Continuing: "And God hath set sorne in the church, first
apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that mira–
eles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of
tongues."
Now back to Ephesians. What about the member who GOES
OUT OF THE CHURCH, to have his
own
relationship with Christ - to
GET
his own salvation? He is OUTSIDE the body of Christ!
Notice, again, the "household of God"- the CHURCH- is
built upon a FOUNDATION. Would one build a BUILDING
00
a
foundation of shifting sand? God's Church is built upon "the
FOUNDATION of the apostles [the New Testament), and prophets
[Old Testament, whose prophecies are for us TODAY (1 Cor.
10: 11)], Jesus Christ himself being the chief comer stone" (Eph.
2: 19-20).
HOW WELL ORGANIZED?
"In whom all the building [the Church] fitly framed together,
groweth into an holy TEMPLE in the Lord." (verse 21.)
Further: "From the whole body
jitly joined together
and com–
pacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effec–
tual working in the measure of
every part,
maketh increase of the
body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Eph. 4: 16).
Y
es, Christ ORGANIZED His Church.
"And his gifts were, that sorne should be apostles, sorne
prophets, sorne evangelists, sorne pastors and teachers," (Eph.
4:11, RSV), continuing in KJV: "For the perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
till
we a/1 come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stat–
ure of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4: 12-13).
What about a single member, "a joint, or part," going off by
itself- or following a MAN instead of the CHURCH OF Goo that is
in direct continuous succession from the apostolic Church
founded by Christ, in A.D. 31? He is like a joint or a piece of
wood or stone, entirely outside of, and therefore NO PART OF the
BODY OF CHRIST that shall MARRY Christ!
We have seen that Christ gave the lay body of the Church the
SPECIAL MISSION to
back up
His apostles in their GOING FORTH with