“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. “(Ephesians 1:22,23)
For the most part, whenever someone makes a reference to the church, they are inevitably thinking about a building or a denominational religion. As such, the congregants–those who gather together on a regular basis–become the focus of much religious teaching. We missed the entire point–of the church–when we think of it in this manner.
God, when He raised Christ from the dead and set Him at His right hand in heavenly places, put all things (everything–religion and unbelief) under his feet and made Him to be the head over all things to the church (body of believers) and we who are part of the body are filled with Him and everything He is.
That’s a mouthful. If the fullness of Him (everything He is–primarily–love) fills all (of us) in all (situations), then we who believe (no matter under what banner or denomination) are The Real Church!
Forget about the denominations who are not filled with love because many teach “their superiority” over another denomination which becomes religious dogma. If there is no love abounding from the leadership, and no one encouraging love of all–it is a religious dogma that has no value or worth in heaven. With that said, here’s something to chew on a few days or months–however long it takes for one to swallow (the bitter truth)–that none of our religious posturing matters to God.
If there is no love–Catholicism is wrong, Protestantism is wrong, all the denominations that espouse religious teachings that negate the importance of all believers and loving one another are “wrong.”
The Real Church–the body of believers over which Christ is the head–is all who know how to love, unconditionally–and teach the truth of God’s Word, encouraging others to love and live according to God’s Word, not their opinions or religious dogma.
How does one know the difference? Religious dogma’s goal is to control–everyone and what they do. Religious dogma focuses on the importance of the organization instead of the importance of relationship with Jesus Christ. Religious dogmas hold people in high esteem more than Jesus. Religious dogma refuses to admit there is no one group of believers who is greater than the other.
Relationship with Christ and other believers is important in this journey called life. Relationship is far more important than religious dogma that limits–what one can do with the knowledge of Christ and in how to treat fellow human beings. Those in true relationship with Christ and the Father, allowing Holy Spirit to guide in all things are the “real church” and it is a church without walls or boundaries–abounding in love, overflowing, in constant communication with God on behalf of all people, loving all.
Lord Jesus, help us to get to the place where we understand that we who believe are the real church when we know how to love and are in relationship with You instead of being in religions that do not know You or teach Who You are–Love.