MBS097 The Universal Church

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MBS097 THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

This Messianic Bible Study will be divided into eight divisions: the introduction, the definition, the beginning, the composition, the foundation, the purposes, the symbolic illustrations, and the future destiny of the universal church.

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MBS097 THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

A. The Word Ekklesia

B. The Frequency of Usage

C. The Categories of Usage

I. THE DEFINITION OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. The Ramifications

B. Conceived in the Mind of God

C. The Use of the Singular Noun

D. The Church is Not Israel

II. THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. The Timing

B. The Biblical Evidence

III. THE COMPOSITION OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. Ephesians 2:11–16

B. Colossians 1:24–27

IV. THE FOUNDATION OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. The Rock—Matthew 16:1–8

B. The Two Types of Foundations—Matthew 7:24–27

C. The Chief Corner Stone—Ephesians 2:20–22

V. THE PURPOSES OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. A People for His Name—Acts 15:13–18

B. To Provoke the Jews to Jealousy—Romans 11:11–14

C. To Make Known the Manifold Wisdom of God—Ephesians 3:10

D. To Constitute a Dwelling-Place for God—Ephesians 2:20–22

E. To Bring Eternal Glory to God—Ephesians 3:20–21

VI. THE SYMBOLIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. The Shepherd and the Sheep

1. Ten Specific Points

2. Five Specific Applications

B. The Vine and the Branches

1. Seven Specific Points

2. Four Specific Applications

C. The Cornerstone and the Stones of the Building

1. Four Specific Points

2. Four Specific Applications

D. The High Priest and the Kingdom of Priests

1. Two Specific Points

2. Two Specific Applications

E. The Head and the Body

1. Seven Specific Points

2. Five Specific Applications

F. The Last Adam and the New Creation

1. Three Specific Points

2. One Specific Application

G. The Bridegroom and the Bride

1. Two Specific Points

2. Three Specific Applications

H. The Heir and the Joint-Heirs

1. Two Specific Points

2. Three Specific Applications

I. The First Fruits and the Harvest

1. Two Specific Points

2. One Specific Application

J. The Masters and the Servants

1. Three Specific Points

2. Two Specific Applications

VII. THE FUTURE DESTINY OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

A. Raptured

B. Rewarded

C. Married

D. Coreigning with the Messiah

E. Abiding in the New Jerusalem

And it came to pass that the leper died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s busom

Luke 16:22