Bible Q & A
You have stated: ‘The true church is [today] small, and its people are
scattered.’ But remember, no organization is the body of
Christ. Rather, the church is an organism often composed of
scattered individuals (see I Cor. 12).’ The Bible completely
disagrees with you! The Church of God is most definitely the body of Christ!
We must not confuse the Church of God, the body of Christ, with the
configuration into which members of that body
organize in order to achieve the goal of preaching
the gospel in an orderly fashion. It is quite
correct to say that the Church is the body of Christ.
This body is a spiritual organism composed of those
individuals who have been given the Holy Spirit by
and from God. But these individuals may at
different times in history organize into groups of
people (the Greek word ekklesia,
translated “church” in the New Testament means “a
group of people”) dedicated to a common set of
purposes. Organization, in this sense,
is what the church has, not what it is.
The Church of God today has an organized ministry,
deacons, deaconesses and various other leaders or
“governments” (see I Cor. 12:28).
In I Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul likens the Church
to a human body which has many members or parts.
But this is only an analogy. The structure of the
Church in the physical sense is merely a tool for
doing a job. God has used various structures in
different ages. Today the Church may have a
corporate structure for the purpose of dealing with
the world on its own business terms. But that
corporation is not Christ’s body – it is something
that the body of believers uses to get the job done.