Ephesians 1:22-23: “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
We see in verse 22 that Jesus has everything under His feet. Everything, principality, power, might, United States, Russia, Muhammed, everyone.
Isaiah 66:1: “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”
In verse 22, we read, “and gave him to be the head over all things.” Jesus is head over everything – resurrection power, traveling to outer space, everything you can think of in this world and in the next.
“Head over all things to the church” – A Christian gains that power. Jesus Christ is head over all things but gives that to the church. Look at verse 19. God wants us to know the exceeding greatness of His power, and He gives it to the Christians.
In verse 23, we read “Which is His body”- The church is not just a building. The church is the body of Christ. When the government shuts down churches, they are not shutting down the churches but the buildings where we meet. When Pastor says “behave properly in church,” he means behave properly even in your private lives, because the church is not confined to the building.
Watch out for hyper-dispensationalists. They will over-divide the word of truth and claim there are two bodies of Christ. They believe that one is the “Pauline revelation,” where he reveals the body of Christ. Some will say the other body of Christ is where it mentions Jews. This is heresy. They will claim that the church started in the middle of the book of Acts, and therefore they are called “mid-acts.”
The truth is that the church started in Acts chapter 2. The reason they say the church started in mid-acts is because of Paul. The revelation Paul gives is church age doctrine. If it was not for Paul, we would be living on Jewish doctrines. This is where they get it wrong. They say because Paul revealed church age doctrine. Hence the church must start with Paul. But that is not true because the Bible says Acts 2 is where the church started.
Acts 2:47: “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
The church started long before Paul, but Paul was responsible for giving the correct church age doctrine. The church started primarily with Jews but transitioned to gentiles. For this reason, there was a mingling of Jewish and gentile doctrines when it involves the church. For example, in Revelations 2 and 3 concerning the 7 churches, it has a mingling of Jewish doctrine and church doctrine. Hyper dispensationalists do not give room for a transition and overly divide it.
What’s funny about the mid-acts movement, is that they are also debating among themselves when the church started, whether it’s Acts 10, Acts 28, or Ephesians! If we look at basic dispensationalism, God switches to a different program (e.g. Jews do not listen to Jesus Christ and God switches to gentiles). However, God does not do that abruptly, He gradually switches His focus.
The actual starting point of the church is the cross. The church was in fuller function at Acts 2 because that is where the Holy Spirit came.
Ephesians 2:16: “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:”
Some hyper-dispensationalists will divide the body into two, one in Ephesians 2:16 and another in Ephesians 1:22-23. However, this body is the same one. It was under one same author, Paul!