The Brotherhood – The Body of Christ

Written by: Trond Eivind Johnsen, Mark Cheetham | Published: Friday, November 25, 2011

There are many thoughts and opinions about how a church should be organized, but in the Bible we learn about the relationship between Jesus and his brothers. This brotherhood is also described as the Body of Christ. How does this work? 

“When you think about a natural body, for example the hand. The hand does not do what the arm tells it to do. The hand does what the head tells it to do, but you take the arm away, and the hand is useless,” explains Sam Petkau in a way that is easy to understand. 

Jesus’ disciples are members of the Body of Christ, so they need each other to be able to do what the Head asks them to do. The Head of Christ’s Body is Jesus Christ, and it is His thoughts that go out to the different members. 

How does a person become a member of the Body of Christ? 

It is not by subscribing to any particular list or by being registered as a member of the correct organization that you become a member of this body. Jesus explained why, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23). “This is to give up our will, just the same what He did as a man.” He said ‘not my will, but Thine be done,’ he prayed to God. And then we have it the same way. And in that giving up of our will in order to do God's will, we come in contact with Jesus who builds us up in one body to do His will,” explains Sam Petkau. 

In Ephesians 4:11-12 it is written, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” Paul describes here how the church should function. Jesus gave His disciples different gifts that they can use to edify the Body of Christ. 

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