Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Likewise, we are many people, living as one family. This is one of many purposes of Christianity.
The church is a family, and because we are a family, we are one, just as God, though He is three, is one. Community makes us whole. It turns us into a body under the headship of Christ. And as Christ is the head and the fellowship of believers is the body, that makes us one with God as well. Though still unequal as He is the head and we are the body- the body receives its message from the head and acts accordingly. (1 Cor.17-20)
Paul understood this idea completely. He shows our wholeness by community in another spectacular way: The Bride and Groom analogy, as found in Eph. 5:25-27 and 2 Cor. 11:2.
And God shows this by direct Revelation to John. The body of Christ (the ekklesia or church) is His bride and He is the groom. And just as scripture says, "For this reason, a man must leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh." So just as a bride and groom are one, we become one, but not equal, with God as the husband leads his wife. Through this, we become complete.
This is why the church must be a tight, loving community... being complete with God, through God, and by God. It is only through this that we can bring heaven to earth. And in order for us to be complete by God, we need to be pure.
Purity comes through the blood of Christ. The Holy Spirit, then, dwells within us, connecting us to the Father. When we are connected with the Father, we are made complete. We are whole.