God revealed Himself in Jesus 2,000 years ago, but is there a way in which the invisible God makes Himself visible today?
Jesus was the physical representation of God. He was the fullness of God in the body of man (God with skin on). But also in the New Testament the apostle Paul tells us that “we,” the Church are the Body of Christ. How can this be?
The Church is Christ’s Body on earth. “It’s where and how in our world God lives, breathes, moves, and acts. It is how he nurtures His believers, how he reaches out to and provides for those who don’t know Him yet” (Arterburn and Shore). Everything Jesus did on earth in His earthly ministry is done NOW through US – His “Body” the Church.
So, the answer to the question, “How does God make Himself visible today?” He does it through us! You and I, the Church, are the hands and feet of Christ. In practical terms, this means that we carry out Christ’s mission here on earth. What He started here in His physical body, He is completing through us in His “spiritual” Body, His Church.
Think about what Paul writes in Romans 12:5
“so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
What colossal truths can you dig out of this simple verse?
Read Ephesians 2:19–22
Paul was notorious for mixing metaphors (keeps the brain sharp!). Paul also compares the “Body” of Christ to a Building / Temple.
What implications does the concept of “us/believers” being the “Body” of Christ mean?
This passage describes the Church of Christ as a building of many stones. How does that analogy work well in describing the Church today?
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.