In Jesus Christ, we have the fullness of the Godhead summed up. Jesus is able to supply every spiritual need of man. The church is the fullness of Christ and is made up of those who have been “called out” of the world by the gospel of Christ (Ephesians 1:15-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). The citizens of the kingdom of Christ have assembled themselves under His authority to do His will.
The church is the most wonderful organization on the face of the earth. Because of the preciousness of the church, we need to have a full knowledge of the church. Most religious groups today treat the church in a secular, ungodly way. This series of articles will emphasize the church as a divine arrangement with a divine purpose. This fact should dispel from every mind the common concept that the church was planned by human wisdom, brought into existence by human will or ruled by human authority.
The manifestation of God’s wisdom which had remained a mystery from eternity is now made known in the preaching of the gospel of Christ and in the very existence of the church as a part of God’s plan (Ephesians 3:8-10). Such was the purpose and plan of God from eternity (Ephesians 3:11). The church was God’s plan from before the foundation of the world. The church was built by Christ in harmony with God’s purpose and pattern (Hebrews 8:1-5; Matthew 16:18). The church is ruled by divine will and authority (Matthew 28:18-20). Christ is the head over “all things to the church.” There is no other authority in the church but His (Ephesians 1:18-23).