“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).
Christ installed the ‘bride church’ with His blood and the church where we worship today came into existence after the cross. Christ washes people with His blood, assembles the saved ones, unite them with spirit and makes them a congregation. The believers will not be benefited if not united. They will be disintegrated.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel who came out of Egypt were called the church but in the New Testament, those who were washed with the blood of Jesus became the spiritual Israelites and became a church. They are being called as general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven. (Hebrews 12:23). “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts2:47).
Apostle Paul speaks to the believers redeemed by the blood as follows: “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:20). Yes, dear children of God, Christ has given His own blood as an object of Redemption and also as price for you. Wherever we might have born and wherever we might have been brought up, we feel like one family when we stand near the cross. One and the only blood has cleansed us and embraced us. We have one Holy Spirit. One Holy Spirit has cleared our thirst. So, we belong to God’s Home, we are the palace of God, we are the sheep and He is our shepherd.
Psalm 133:1 says “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). Yes, Jesus Christ is our elder brother. All those who Abide by God’s will are our sisters and brothers. Eternal life is the greatest of the blessings we get through the fellowship of the church. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalms 23:6)
One stick could be broken easily but when four sticks are tied together breaking them becomes impossible. When a bull is alone, a lion can easily win over it but when four bulls are together the lion could not do any harm. The brotherly fellowship of the church is highly essential to pray for each other and for one to bear other’s burden.
To meditate: “….. Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (I John 1:3).