x370......What makes up the body of Christ?
3 Times in the bible the body of Christ is described in a similar way. The Bible clearly states that the body of Christ is to be made up of ministers. It is clearly described as being made up of "...some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" The word "some" is actually the word "amen" --yet I believe that the translators used the word "some" simply because it fits in with the concept that has been taught up to this point.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (ephesians 4: 4-12)
Relate the body of Christ to your physical body. The Bible relates the church to being a body. Consider your own physical body. God has given every one of us different parts to our body---that is to say, you have some feet, and some hands, and some teeth, and some toes---you have some of each part --and they are all necessary to make up the whole. This is the description of what a church--a body of believers ought to be like.
In the entire new testament, the church--the body of Christ--is never, ever described as having "some" people who are leaders, who do all or most of the ministry, and a larger group of people who do no ministry. There is absolutely no description of a church that consists of a few leaders, and a large number of followers who support the ministry of a few people. Only in the old testament do we see this idea--In Israel, God chose only the Levites to be priests--they were the only ones who were anointed to do ministry. Not so in the new covenant--we are all "...made (us) kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Re 1:6)
The description of the new covenant church is as a body, made up of varying parts, each of which has a function, which falls under the categories described--"some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"