I. Vocabulary.
II. The nature of the church from the seven vocabulary.
III.  Conclusion.

I. Vocabulary:

I)  Ekklesia (ek  = out of  klesia = to call = “the assembly of those called”).
2) Body.  3) Bride.  4) Building.  5) Branches. 6) Flock.  7) Priesthood.

II. The nature of the church from the seven vocabulary.

1) Ekklesia:



Conclusions: The ekklesia emphasizes the origination of the assembly and its spiritual purposes.

2) The body.



Conclusions:  The body is Christ's living representative on earth.  He leads the body as head.  A oneness, an inter-relationship of believers is

3) The Bride.


Conclusions: The bride figure portrays Christ's love for the assembly, the submission of the assembly, His standards and provisions for her.

4) The Building.



Conclusions:  There is only one building / assembly because of the Chief Cornerstone.  The building is being built according to God's great
standards.  The building supports God’s purpose--the truth.

5) The Branches.



Conclusions: The assembly is an organic union with the vine Jesus.  It can do nothing apart from the vine (Jn. 15:5).  It can bear much fruit in Him (Jn. 15:5).

6) The Flock.



Conclusions: Like some of the other figures for the Christian assembly, the flock presents the singular uniqueness of the assembly and its
Shepherd-God.  The flock figure also demonstrates the subjection of the assembly to God.  Flocks follow the Shepherd (Jn. 10:5).  Cf.  Heb. 13:17 and 1 Thes. 5:12-13.  Compared to God we are sheep in need of a shepherd and guardian of our souls.

7) The Priesthood.



Conclusions: The figure of the Priesthood describes the high calling of the assembly and the privilege.  High, even holy standards are part of the figure.  To please and proclaim God requires high holy standards.

III. Conclusions: