See How Christ Builds His own Church.
26.that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27.that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
29.For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church (Eph5:26-27,29)
Christ sanctifies His own Church with the word of God! Jesus said, ” You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (Jn15:3). Christ speaks to His church (Rhema) through the written word (logos) by the Holy Spirit using His servants, and it’s this Rhema spoken word that is spirit that cleanses His Church (2cor3:5-6).
It’s the word of God that makes the church glorious! The greatest ministry in the church is the ministry of the word (Act6:2,4,7)! The ministry of the word means Teaching and Preaching the word of life under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Luk4:18-19). The Apostles of Christ devoted themselves to the ministry of the word, and the word increased and disciples multiplied!
Another thing, Christ nourishes His church vs29! To nourish is to feed. Jesus asked Peter to feed His sheep! Feeding causes growth and development which leads to maturity and fruitfulness! Christ’s goal is to build a Christ like church (Eph4:12-13, (Rom8:29-30), and fruitful church (Jn15:16). Preaching and teaching the word of life to the church by the ministers of Christ is what feeding the sheep is all about, and this is what develops baby Christ believers into christlike victorious! God’s word is the bread of life.
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