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truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Eph. 4:15, 16. What the head is to the human body-the seat of intelligence and the center of control, all the members of the body moving at its dictation Christ is to his church. Christ is the center from which all the members of the body act and move in their several capacities in the spiritual work of God. One head supposes but one body; hence Christ is the head of only one body, the church. Since Christ is the head of but one body, and that one body is the body of Christ, all other bodies called churches do not hold Christ as the living head.

Not only do we see the organization of the church in the fact that it has a living head, but God sets in this body members to act and work, and their work is conducive to the edification of the body entire. “Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” It is God who sets the members in the body, and it is he who

assigns them their work and office, making "some apostles, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.'

Thus the church of God is presented under the figure of a body to show that it is perfectly organized in every particular, divinely so, and needs no tinkering of men, as it is perfect in itself. The fact is, sectarian institutions are to the body of Christ what wooden crutches would be to a sound man. Modern theology teaches us that these institutions are necessary to the organization and the perfect working of the church. If this is so, how is it that the church of God got along so well for centuries before sects arose? The fact is that the church of God in itself is a perfectly organized body; and, with all the inventions and ingenuity of men, they have never been able to improve upon that organization. Wooden crutches are no part of the human body. A man might argue that they are necessary for the speedy travel of man through the world, but such argument would not appear reasonable to an intelligent man with sound limbs and body. He would say, "The crutches retard my progress, hinder my work."

Just so with sectarian institutions; they retard and hinder the progress of the church of God. It is a sound body in itself; there is not a crippled limb or member in it. While for centuries men have been inventing human props and crutches, and compelling the church to limp along upon these, thank God, the time has come when the church of God is casting off all these inventions of men and again walking erect.


One of the figures under which the new-testament church is presented is that of a house. A house is a place of abode. Since, therefore, the church in this dispensation is the abode of God himself, it is his house. Under the oldtestament dispensation the Lord was pleased to dwell among his people. Therefore he instructed Moses to build him a house-pitch a tabernacle, which was to be sanctified with the blood of animals and with his glory. Into this tent or house the Lord moved and there he dwelt among his people. Later a temple was erected at Jerusalem by Solomon, and this more spacious structure became the house of God in that dispensation. This house, however, was but a type or shadow of a greater and more perfect tabernacle, which the Lord was to pitch, and not man. In the old-testament dispensation God dwelt in the midst of his people, but in this dispensation of holiness and purity he dwells in the hearts of his people. Accordingly, we read in 2 Cor. 6:16, “For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.'

The reason why God could not dwell in the hearts of men during the legal dispensation was that all men were under the dominion and power of sin. The blood of atonement offered in that age was not sufficient fully to eradicate sin from the hearts of the people; and as the place of God's dwelling must be holy, it was impossible for him to dwell in the human soul. Hence a house was built and sanctified, set apart for his indwelling, and thus he moved in and dwelt among his people. But now we have reached the dispensation of full salvation, the dispensation in which the hearts of men can be cleansed and purified from all sin. Yea, “the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin''; and “being made free from sin and become servants to God,” we become fit places for the Most High to inhabit. Therefore he says of his people, Ye are the temple (or house] of the living God. I will dwell in them.'

In Eph. 4:6 we further read, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” From this text it is made clear that God, the Father, dwells in his people in this dispensation. It is also true that Christ dwells in the hearts of his people. Accordingly, we read in Eph. 3:17, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith,” and in 2 Cor. 13:5, “Know ye not yourselves, how that Jesus Christ is in you except ye be reprobates?” The Holy Spirit also dwells in the hearts of the fully saved, “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world can not receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him. But ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Thus we see that the Holy Trinity-Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-dwells in the hearts of his people. So it is our privilege to “be filled with all the fulness of God” (Eph. 3:19).

From the above scriptures we draw the con

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