by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).
“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4).
“For as we have many members in one body…so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
These verses tell us that the church is the body of Christ and that there is one body. So the Bible tells us there is one church.
A logical question should be which church is the Bible speaking of since there are many different churches in the world today. These churches are different because of the different people who started them at different times and places; they wear different names; worship in different ways; teach different doctrines; teach different ways to be saved. We must go to the Bible to learn of the one church which is the body of Christ.
Jesus promised to build one church (Matthew 16:18). He died for His church and purchased it with His own blood (Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28). The church belongs to Christ; He is the foundation of the church (1 Corinthians 3:11); “Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). To be saved we must be a member of His body because salvation is not in the many denominational churches in our world today.
With these thoughts in mind we should have a greater appreciation for what the Bible says:
“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16), and “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Jesus prayed for unity “that all may be one” (John 17:21), and the Scripture teaches us how to be united.