Jesus promised to build His church in Matthew 16:18 and after Acts 2, the Lord’s body refers to the church He promised to build (Ephesians 1:22-23). How many churches (bodies) does Jesus have? Allow the Bible to answer the question, “Is one church as good as another?” by looking to just the times a number is given with the word ‘body’ following Acts 2.
Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
1 Corinthians 10:17 – For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 – For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
1 Corinthians 12:20 – But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
Ephesians 2:16 – And that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby, putting to death the enmity.
Ephesians 4:4 – There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.
Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
May we be about responding to the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and His plea for unity. His church was promised and that promise is fulfilled in Acts 2:47 with Jesus adding to the church daily those who are being saved. Are you in the one church that belongs to Jesus? The New Testament refers to this church as the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). He purchased her with His blood (Acts 20:28) – let’s love Him enough to obey His commands to be saved and to be added by Him to His one bride (Ephesians 5:23-25)!
– Adam Orr