FREE booklet: The Church Jesus Built
The Church Jesus Built
¬ Introduction
¬ A People Special to God
¬ The Historical Background of the Term Church
¬ How the Word Church is Used in Greek and English
¬ 'Church' and 'Congregation' in the Scriptures
¬ Biblical Phrases and Terms for God's Special People
¬ A Spiritually Transformed People
¬ The Apostles: A Case Study in Conversion
¬ The Mission and Responsibility of the Church
¬ What is the True Gospel?
¬ Is Today the Only Day of Salvation?
¬ The Rise of a Counterfeit Christianity
¬ Changes in Christian Scholars' Perspective on God's Law
¬ Early Trends That Affected the Future of the Church
¬ The Church of God Today
¬ What Did the Early Church Believe and Practice?
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The Church Jesus Built
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Biblical Phrases and Terms for God's Special People

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia summarizes the other descriptions of the people of God in the New Testament:

"This Church is not a human organization; it is God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10) . . . It may thus be described in several pregnant phrases, of which the following are to be noted.

"The Church is the people or Israel of God (Eph. 2:12; cf. 1 Peter 2:1), in whom there is fulfillment of the ancient covenant promise: 'I will be your God, and you shall be my people.'

"It is the household or family of God (Eph. 2:19; 3:15; 4:6), consisting of those who are adopted by God as sons and heirs in Christ.

"It is the planting of God to bring forth fruit to His glory (1 Cor. 3:10: cf. Jn. 15:1f.).

"It is the temple of God, built by God Himself in Christ to be His dwelling and therefore to be the center of true holiness and worship (Eph. 2:21f.: cf. Jn. 2:19f.: 1 Cor. 3:9; 1 Pet. 2:4f.).

"It is the bride of Christ for which the Bridegroom gave Himself that it might be presented, cleansed, sanctified, and pure at the eternal marriage feast (Eph. 5:25).

"It is the body of Christ, the fullness of Him that fills all in all, Christ Himself being the head (Eph. 4:15f.) and yet also in a true sense the totality (1 Cor. 12:12), with each Christian being a member in particular (1 Cor. 12:27)."

These references tell us much about the biblical definition of the Church. Rather than a building, the Church is a called-out assembly—the group of believers invited to come out of the world for God's special purpose.

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