And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him (Jesus Christ) to be Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22,23
As we begin this segment on what the true body of Christ is and the model Jesus gave us, you will begin to see the deception in what we now call church! If you were to build a model of something you would want it to be an exact replica of whatever you were trying to build, right? Jesus came to leave us a model of His Ekklesia, His supernatural assembly of disciples, filled with His Spirit, His mission, His mandate and His vision to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
Forget for a moment what you see in the world that people call church and look at this divine design that the Lord Jesus left us because what the world calls church is a counterfeit erected by the devil himself. Remember that thing you were taught as a kid where with your hands you said, "This is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people?" Well that couldn't be farther from the truth, but in your mind this is what you think of when you hear the word, church, a religious house of worship to go to once a week to appease God for your sinful lifestyle and meet you spiritual obligation.
Within the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ do you see Jesus rent a building, fill it with chairs, put a sign in the yard and have church once a week, heaping condemnation on all those who didn't attend last week and begging for an offering? No! Jesus gathered twelve men to train as master builders sent to establish His assembly of believers that would cover the earth with His gospel, making disciples and healing all oppressed by the devil! Now, ask yourselves a question, does my church look like the Model, do they cast out demons, heal the sick and most importantly are you allowed to operate in your spiritual gifts in the assembly? If not, you need to ask God if you are where He intended you to be!
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:10,11
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin