How Many?

QUESTION: “Does God have one church or many?”
ANSWER: We must go to the Scriptures in order to address your question. Please read the following passages carefully and then answer the questions which follow:
1. “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22,23).
. God made Christ the head of many churches.
. God made Christ the head of one church.
Is it natural for one head to have many bodies?”
2. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
. The apostle Paul told husbands to love their wives as Christ also loved the churches and gave Himself for THEM.
. The apostle Paul told husbands to love their wives as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for IT.
How could Christ teach monogamy (Matthew 19:6; Romans 7:2,3) and then be guilty of polygamy? Can Christ (the husband) have 1) one bride/church, or 2) many brides/churches (Ephesians 5:23)?
3. “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made know by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purposes which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10,11).
. Many churches (plural) were in the eternal purpose of God.
. The church (singular) was in the eternal purpose of God.

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