“God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”
The Church of Christ is full. This church is not a building, an edifice crying out for an active congregation, a designated historical site that has seen better days, or a diminished group of people struggling to keep their organization together.
The Church of Christ is the power and presence of God active everywhere.
This church is filled with the perfect man of God’s creating.
It is the edifice of Spirit that majestically proclaims, “God is absolute.”
It is the light of Truth that illuminates spiritual reality.
It is the might of Mind maintaining health, order and harmony throughout God’s creation.
It is the Life of God giving all creatures strength, being and existence.
Church is not an empty void to be filled, but a spiritual idea to be expressed.
It is not a material building needing endless physical care, but a spiritual expression of Love bringing God’s care to all mankind.
Church is never sick or weak for it reflects the infallible health of God.
Church never lacks, for it reflects the teeming abundance of God’s wisdom and understanding.
There is no sin, disease or death in church. It is Christ’s presence that knows no suffering, pain or sorrow.
Everyone who attends Christ’s church feels the comfort of divine Love, finds health in the truth of being and witnesses the smile of heaven.
There is no anger, resentment, barbed criticism, harsh judgment, prejudice, discrimination or angling for power in the Church of Christ. It is a place of mutual support, brotherly love, comforting embrace and praise.
Thought is not focused inward in this church, but outward, to God, to spiritual reality, to living and demonstrating Love without walls.
True church is the most desirable place to be on Sunday, and Friday, and Tuesday, and every other day of the week.
Church is not a physical address, but a state of Mind. It is not a place to go among many other options to be. It is the only place to be. It is God’s presence. It is God’s body, the All-in-all, the sum totality of existence and being.
God’s church is full, all the time, and in every way. And anyone who attends it, sees this fullness all around and rejoices in its blessings.
The Message translates the Bible verse I quoted above as, “The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence” (Ephesians 1:23).