Bullinger says the body of Christ started at Acts 28; O'Hair says Acts 18 and Stam says Acts 9 and I say it started at the cross which incorporates the resurrection and below are the reasons. My comments are in […..]
Rom 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, ***my kinsmen, *** [Jews] and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. [these people were in Christ before Acts 9. the phrase “in Christ” is referring to being in the body of Christ:] Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Also Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: [The body was present before Paul was saved. Paul persecuted the "church of God" before he was saved and in 1 Cor 10:32, it says, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to *** the church of God”*** and the "church of God" is the body of Christ, 1 Cor 12:13 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. NOTE: Paul wasn't baptized into the Corinthian church, he was already baptized by Ananias in Acts 9:18]
Alright now we’ll go verse by verse in Eph. 2:12-3:11
Eph 2:12-22 That at that time ***ye
*** [Gentiles] were without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 3:1-11 For ***this
cause*** [what cause? Eph 2:12-22] I Paul,
the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
1. How does a person get into the body of Christ?
[We're baptized into the body by the Holy Spirit,] 1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are ***we*** [Paul wasn't baptisted in the local church at Corinth] all baptized into ***one body,*** whether we be Jews or Gentiles, [… then the Holy Spirit is the one that puts us in Christ.] Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [According to the above verses, there is one body and the way to get in that body is to be baptized by the Holy Spirit, so no one is in the body of Christ unless the Holy Spirit is inside his body.]
2. How many bodies are they?
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God into ***one body*** by the cross, [Eph. 4:4 says there is ONE BODY and the cross is the beginning of body of Christ, however no one was in the body but the the Apostles in Jn 20:22 and the rest that were in the room, Lk 24:33, until Pentecost] having slain the enmity thereby: [ Definition - enmity = “Deep-seated, often mutual hatred between the Jews and Gentiles”; but they were put together in one body by the cross Eph 2:12 and 3:6]
In John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: [At this time they received the Holy Ghost, Rom. 8:9 for salvation and SERVICE;] Jn 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.. [That “SERVICE” was applied at Pentecost and 3000 were saved.]
[Let’s compare Acts 11:16 with 1
Cor 12:13. Acts 11:16] Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of
the Lord, how that ***he***
[Jesus] said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost.
This had to be at Pentecost, because that is when Peter and the rest of the disciples spoke in tongues when the Holy Spirit came fulfilling the promise in Luke 24:46-49 and Acts 1:4.
So in view of the above, I believe the
“Body of Christ” started at the Cross, which included the burial and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Christ hadn’t risen from the dead, there
wouldn’t have been a body.
The body of Christ was there in John 20:22, but it wasn’t REVEALED until the Apostle Paul’s writings.
If you are
not 100% sure that you are going to Heaven when you die, enter in at the
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.