Why I Am a Member...

If you are a member of the church of Christ, can you tell me why you are? How did you become a member of the church of Jesus Christ? Would you like to know why I am a part of the church of Christ? Let me explain...

First, let us look at some definitions... What do I mean by "the church of Christ"? I use the term "church" to refer to the an assembly or group of people (see Acts 19:32). When I say, "Christ", I am referring to the Messiah, to one known as Jesus of Nazareth. As Peter replied to Jesus, "You are the Christ (the Messiah), the Son of the living God" (see John 20:30-31; Mark 1:1; and others). Therefore, I am talking about a group of people that belong to Jesus, that belong to the coming One. The church is the body of Jesus, a body of people who are "in Him" (Ephesians 1:3-14). As the apostle Paul says, "And He (the Father) put all things under His (Jesus) feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Ephesians 1:22-23; cf. Ephesians 5:22-24; and others).

By the way, there is only one body of people that belong to the Messiah (Ephesians 4:4). The one true church of Jesus is to be submissive to Him in all things (Ephesians 5:23-24). As His people, we must follow His will for us in every part of our lives. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything by the authority (in the name) of the Master Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17). Does it not make sense that the body is to lovingly and humbly obey the Head in every way?

But back to our original question...why am I a member of the church that belongs to the Messiah? I am a member of the Lord's body because someone added me to His body. In fact, it was not just someone, but it was actually Deity.

Peter told the inquiring Jews on Pentecost that they needed to be repent, and then be immersed by the authority of Jesus, the Messiah for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:36-38). Luke then notes that, "those who received his word were immersed, and there were added that day about three thousand people" (Acts 2:41). To what were these immersed individuals added? They were added to the number of Christians, disciples, or to the number in the church/in Christ (compare Acts 4:4; 6:7). Their sins were forgiven and they were added to the church when they repented and were immersed by His authority. But who added them to Jesus' church or body?

Were they added by the vote of men, or by some decision of a man? For the specific answer to this question, we need to look at what Luke states at the end of the chapter:

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Master added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47).

The Holy Spirit (through Luke) informs us that they were added to the church by God whenever they were saved/received the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, I am a member of the Master's church because I have obeyed from the heart the standard of teaching found within the pages of the New Covenant writings (see Romans 6:17-18). My Master added me to His church when I submitted to His will by being immersed into His death (see Romans 6:1-6). Are you in His body? If you are a member of the church of Christ, why are you?    

For His infinite worth,

Gantt