God's Purpose Revealed: Reconciliation & Unity in the Body of Christ

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GOD’S PURPOSE REVEALED: RECONCILIATION & UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION 1
THE SUPREMACY OF THE HEAD:JESUS CHRIST 1
CHRIST IN HIS PEOPLE:THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 2
THE EKKLĒSÍA:THE BODY OF CHRIST 3
THE PURPOSE OF THE EKKLĒSÍA:UNITY & RECONCILIATION 4
CONCLUSION 8
BIBLIOGRAPHY 10
INTRODUCTION

We begin with the fact that God: . . .[R]aised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come, and God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the
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All that Christ Jesus is now resides in His ekklēsía. “For in Christ all the Deity lives in bodily form and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. The “fullness” (plērōma) of God dwelling within his ekklēsía is the methodology which God purposed to use in his ultimate plan of reconciliation. Jesus Christ “serves as the forerunner who establishes the pattern that those who are ‘in him’ will follow. Christ leads the way, setting the terms of new life for those who continue to live ‘in him’”
Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection wrought so much more than salvation for redeemed humanity. Paul calls the ultimate plan of God a mystery (mystḗrion). This mystery was not revealed to previous ages but is now made known. This mystery is Christ in His people, “. . . Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
CHRIST IN HIS PEOPLE: THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus promised his disciples that He would send them an advocate, a helper, to be with them forever. He called this advocate the “Spirit of truth”. He further said, in reference to the Spirit of truth, that on the day when the advocate comes, the disciples would realize that “. . . I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
That day came about on the day of Pentecost as recorded in the New Testament book of Acts.

Here we see the

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