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The Body of Christ... The Church of Christ

by Richard F. Nichols

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The Christian Informer
March, 2004

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JESUS SAID, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13).

A person must choose between two leaders either God, and serve Him, or Satan, and serve him. Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters...." (Matthew 6:24). You must choose either to be right or wrong, good or bad, saint or sinner, saved or lost. God's way leads to eternal life, the other way leads to eternal death.

In the "broad way" many claims are made, but only God's way is right. In the "broad way" you'll hear that man is saved by "faith only." God's way says man is saved by faith (John 8:24), but "not by faith only" (James 2.24) God's way commands all men to repent (Acts 17:30), but in the "broad way" you hear that a man is saved at the point of faith. In the "broad way" various confessions are made, but in God's way the confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is taught (Matthew 10:32; Acts 8:37). In the "broad way" it is claimed that baptism is non- essential. God's way says, "even baptism doth also now save us"(1 Pet. 3:2).

The "broad way" is easy. To go that way, you only have to follow the crowd. In God's way you must be clean and holy (Isaiah 35:8), by obeying the truth (1 Peter 1:22), but those who "obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ shall be punished with everlasting destruction ..." (2 Thess. 1:8,9).

Taking the Word of God only will lead you into the "narrow way" that leads to life, but the "broad way" will lead you to accept all kinds of things that are not in God's word. On your own you can't figure out anything that will make God happy. His word furnishes "every good work" (2 Tim. 3:17-18). If it's not in His word, no matter how good it seems, to God it's not a good work.

Jesus says, "No man cometh to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Only through Christ we reach the Father. All who will enjoy the blessings of Heaven some day must get into Christ. To be in Christ is to be in His body (Ephesians 2:16). In His body you are reconciled to God and saved from sin. How do you get into His body? You are baptized into Christ (Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 12:13), and you are then subject to Christ who is "the head of the body, the church" (Colossians 1:18). The church of Christ is the body of Christ.

Ask others if it is too narrow to call the body of Christ, the church of Christ. If they are too broad-minded for the teaching of the "narrow way," show them what God's word teaches.