One Church One Body means there’s only one church and only one body which will be explained further as we get down into the article.
The New Testament church had it beginning in AD 32 Acts 2:38, that’s when the doors of the church was first penned and in Acts 2:41 “and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” The church grew daily and spread to other towns and cities in those early days.
Since the New Testament hadn’t been written yet special gifts were given to certain men by God: prophecies, tongues and knowledge.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)
- 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
- 13 Till we all 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 stature of the fullness of Christ:
But these were to be temporary because the New Testament hadn’t been written yet. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (KJV)
- 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
- 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
- 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. That which is perfect would be the New Testament when it became available.
These temporary gifts were meant and designed to promote the development and growth of the early church. Then as the New Testament became available in it contained the make up of a scriptural church.
A temporary departure from this article is to check out this website. It will enlighten you on the chaos and confusion of the staggering amount of so called Christians oriented churches hiding the true church. With that in mind this website displays the staggering amount of different unscriptural church names.
In this present time we now have many different New Testament translations. my site here uses the King James Authorized version and some times the New American Standard Bible to explain a King James verse better. I mention this so if you wish to follow in your bible with the verses mentioned you can.
The one church and one body mean the same thing, they’re interchangeable. Lets explore some verses to clarify this.
In 1 Corinthians 12:20 (KJV), we see there’s one body.
- 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
In Ephesians 1:22-23 (KJV), Note: the church, Which is his body,
- 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
- 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
The body being a metaphor of the church are used back and forth representing the same thing. The church as described world wide represents the body as a whole and the makeup of the church are Christians which have been baptized into the church the (body).
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (KJV) there’s one body, but many members
- 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
- 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
- 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
In locals churches Christians come together on the first day of the week to worship, partake of the Lords Supper, to sing spiritual songs, pray, to be edified by a sermon preached on a particular subject.
Then works of the church is to spread the gospel, by means of inviting people to a church service, a bible study, members personally teaching at someone’s house or other locations, TV programs flyers, and now with the amazing internet on the various web sites promoting the gospel on the internet.
The goal of the church comprised of its members is to save as many souls as possible.
Become a Member of the New testament Church. Follow the teachings of the New Testament for salvation. Start on this web site by reading the Introduction, then Salvation under the Category Church of Christ Doctrine. Grow in knowledge by reading the other articles in that category. All articles on this site are instructional.