Our key Bible passage today is Romans 12:5: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
Our lesson today is titled “The Body of Believers, Part 2”
In our last lesson, we learned that the body of Christ is made up of the people who have been saved by placing their faith and trust in Him. This body is known as the “church.” The church was officially inaugurated on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit united the 120 disciples into one spiritual body. Through the Holy Spirit, the disciples were united to each other and to the glorified Lord Jesus as their Head. They had been believers before this time, but now they were the Church—the Body of Christ. The Bible says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body…”
On that same day, the gospel was preached to a great multitude and 3,000 people were saved. The Holy Spirit placed these new believers in the Body of Christ. After this, others were saved daily and added to the Body of Christ as well. Acts 5:14 says, “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.”
At first, the Church was composed entirely of Jewish believers. Later on, the gospel was preached to the Gentiles (those who were not of the Jewish race). Many of them believed and were added to the Body of Christ as well. In the Church, Jews and Gentiles were made one.
This was a marvellous thing because of the hatred and prejudice that existed between Jews and Gentiles. The Jews considered the Gentiles to be unclean and would not even eat with them. The Gentiles likewise despised the Jews. Each considered themselves better than the other.
This hatred and prejudice between the Jews and the Gentiles was a manifestation of “the flesh”—that sinful nature which everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, received from Adam.
How did God deal with this prejudice between Jews and Gentiles? He dealt with it through the cross! All believers—both Jews and Gentiles—were crucified with Christ. Of the Jewish and Gentile believers, God made “one new man” with Jesus Christ as the Head and all believers forming His spiritual Body.
Ephesians 2:14-16 says, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity… for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”
Colossians 3:11 says the church is the place “where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”
People of many countries, races, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and educational backgrounds come together as one in the body of Christ. Through the cross, Jesus not only restored man’s unity with God, but He restored man’s unity with his fellow man. Despite the many divisions in the world, we are made one in Christ in the church.
As the Bible says in First John: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?… We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.