Saturday, July 10, 2021

Kurosaki: churches vs. Body of Christ

Saturday, July 10, 2021
    And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
    —Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV)
    It is obvious that no human means exists for distinguishing clearly between believers and unbelievers in borderline cases. The methods of distinction upon which the churches and the Christian groups are based can only result—as experience continually proves—in including some who do not really know Christ and excluding some who have His life. In this sense, the existing churches cannot be considered to be the same as the Ekklesia, or true Body of Christ. Serious confusion has resulted when churches have assumed attitudes or prerogatives proper only to the Body. We must always clearly distinguish between the churches of men and the Ekklesia of Christ—the Body in which He lives.
    ... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 8 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 1:22-23; Matt. 7:15-16; Col. 1:24; 1 Tim. 3:14-15; Jude 1:8-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Jesus is Lord.
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