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The Church as the Body of Christ by the way of the service of the Ministers, in but not of the World, and the Charity of the people through Freewill offerings provided a Daily ministration of love. Pure Religion is where the entire social Welfare of the Christian society is made manifest through the Perfect law of liberty. Christians would not have you pray to the Fathers of the earth nor eat of the Altars of their Temples. See Chapter 15. of the book The Covenants of the gods Body of Christ vs the Body of the State.

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The Body of Christ

There are a great deal of doctrines created by men based on little more than a few places that we see the phrase "body of Christ"[1] in the Bible:

We need to understand the phrase "body of Christ" and why it would not be a part of the body of the State.

What makes a body a body?

The Greek term used to produce the word we see as body in the translation is 4983 σῶμα soma from the Greek verb σώζω~ sozo meaning "to save, keep safe and sound", and which is from the contraction for the obsolete saos, "safe"

It is consistently translated body 144 times, but appears as slaves in Revelation 18:13 "And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves<σῶμα soma>, and souls of men."

The book is listing off items owned by the merchants of the earth[2]

While the Greek term soma σῶμα is defined as "the body both of men or animals" or even "the bodies of planets and of stars (heavenly bodies)" as a collective of independent bodies united in some invisible binding power or union such as gravity.

It is also used as a general term for a "number of men closely united into one society, or family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body". It may be large or small, corporate or incorporate and evidently may even be mystical.

The term mystical can be defined as concerned with the soul or the spirit, rather than with material things.

When Paul loosely uses the term "body of Christ" is he talking about a specific "Body" with a legal nature or a general body of Christians with a mystical nature.

Is he talking about something with a corporate or spiritual body?


Corpus of God

When we talk about something like the "church" are we talking about a corporate body in the specific sense or in its most general sense?

The word “Corporation (Latin corpus, a body)" is defined as, "An artificial being created by law and composed of individuals who subsist as a body politic under a special denomination,” [3]

In the case of the Church as the corpus of Christ the state was the King of the citizens of Judea, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Highest son of David.

He alone established the Church.

Is the Church already created by Jesus Christ, according to the legal definition of a church?

If to “Incorporate" is "To create a corporation; to confer a corporate franchise upon determinate persons.” Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 946.

And

If Jesus was King then He established His Church under that one form of government preached by Him and John and the apostles according to His doctrines and ordinances.

The question is where is His Church which is already incorporated as His corporate franchise upon the earth?


The Church established by Christ and appointed by Him to His little flock,[4] was an actual corporate body, much like the Levites before them appointed by Moses.

They served the tents of the congregations of the people as a government that did not exercise authority one over the other but by Freewill offerings.

What was given to the Levites by the people, like the offerings of the people to the ministers of Christ, was both freely given and completely given.

The body of ministers amongst the Levites and the body of ministers amongst the early Church, both of whom became the Benefactors who did not exercise authority but rightly divided the bread of those Freewill offerings from house to house.[5]


The body of the Family

A corporation can be defined as two or more people gathered together under a preexisting authority for a particular purpose as if they were one person.

By that definition a family is a corporation. But we do not generally use that term to describe a family, not because a "Corporation" is also defined as, "An artificial being created by law and composed of individuals who subsist as a body politic under a special denomination,” but because a “Corporation" is also defined as "An artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state. An association of persons created by statute as a legal entity.”[6]


The family united under God is a corporation of God.

A family united under Holy Matrimony is united under God while a family united under the state may have a much different status. Under Holy Matrimony and the Canon of the Church the minister is not a party to the union, only the couple and God are parties to the union. In a marriage under the State, the State is clearly a party to the union. Rights under the natural union of Husband and Wife are merged with the power of the State.

The family created by the bonds of that union would be subject to the authority of the State. Since the Church under Christ and by the authority of Christ is not a party to the union in Holy Matrimony the family remains free under God. To maintain that liberty the congregants of the Church and the Ministers must seek to guard the rights and autonomy of every family as much as their own.

“Incorporate. To create a corporation; to confer a corporate franchise upon determinate persons.” [7]

Isn’t the Church already created by Jesus Christ, according to the legal definition of a church?

“And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me;” Luke 22:29

Is God not the sovereign power of His Church?

“Establish …To found, to create, to regulate.”[8]

If Jesus was a king and He established His Church under that one form of government with His doctrines and ordinances, then His Church is incorporated as His corporate franchise upon the earth.


But what of the congregation?

If the kingdom was appointed to His "little flock" as His corporate franchise and that little flock was His ministers then what is the whole flock of the people?

And would they be under the authority of the Church ministers?

God forbid![9]

If the ministers of the Church specific was not to exercise authority as Christ said then what is the relationship of the ministers to the congregation of the people and vice versa?

“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Ro 12:4, 5)

The kingdom of God and the Church are not a democracy where fifty one percent of the people can rule over the rest.

The Kingdom of God like the Church in general is a community bound by a communion of love rather than a social contract between each other where one has authority over the other.

That is not to say that they are not bound under legal restraints but those legal restraints are imposed by the one who established the Church.

“Legal… Created by law.”[10]

The Church specific as appointed by Christ who was the highest Son of David and another King[11] is legally separate from the State and the congregation like the Levites were separate from the people of Israel and other nations.[12]

The ministers of the Church belong to God through Christ[13] and cannot belong to another master.[14] If they did then the second master would have authority over the Church.[15]

The congregation remains free to choose. Some may have bound themselves to the world boy covenants and contracts or constitutions. The ministers of the Church acting as His Church are under a legal infirmity[16] because they have no inheritance in the land, no personal estate much like the Levites before them.[17]

The Levites owned land[18] but like the ministers of the Church they owned all things in common.[19]

While the ministers are one body the congregants of the congregation are free assemblies. They are not bound like an unincorporated association, neither congregant to congregant nor congregant to minister. But minister and congregation while separate legally they are spiritually bound in the free will choices of His Spirit. They are one body because they have or seek one righteous Father who are in Heaven. The Church is to be His servant and serve the people by His command as Benefactors who do not exercise authority over the people.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.. But now [are they] many members, yet but one body.” (1 Co 2:12, 20)


Congregations are not corporate.

Nor are Congregants‎ members of an unincorporated association.

The congregants are members of families for the kingdom of God is from generation to generation.[20]


The Corporation of Christ

A corporation is an entity of the state and its statutes as the Church is an entity of Christ or Corporation of Christ and subject to His statutes and ordinances but the congregation should remain free because the congregant remains free.[21]

“Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7)

“Corporation. All corporation, of whatever kind, are molded and controlled, both as to what they may do and the manner in which they may do it, by their charters or acts of incorporation, which to them are the laws of their being, which they can neither dispense with nor alter.”[22]

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20)

When Christ appointed a kingdom or one form of government upon His disciples making them His ambassadors He was giving them a Charter as the king of a kingdom.

“Charter. An instrument emanating from the sovereign power, in the nature of a grant, either to the whole nation, or to a class or portion of the people, to a corporation, or to a colony or a dependency, assuring them of certain rights, liberties, or powers… is granted by the sovereign…” [23] “All scripture [is] given by inspiration[24] of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine (2 Tim 3:16). Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” (Romans 9:20, 21).

While it should be clear that Christ appointed a kingdom, government, to His disciples we may ask:

From where did he get the authority to incorporate the Church:
Jesus, as Soter and Sovereign, incorporated the Church.
What is the sealing act of incorporation for the Church established by Jesus Christ?
Was the sealing act His sacrifice upon the cross and the shedding of His blood?
What are the legal infirmities imposed by Christ on His ministers?

Come out, own nothing as a personal estate, become His separate servant in the world but not of it...

How close must the ministers of Christ conform to those sanctions imposed by Moses?
Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.


“And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me;” Luke 22:29
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt 18:20)

Gathering in His name is gathering in His character.

State Churches

Today, legal churches are not incorporated in the Body of Christ, but in the Body of the State... of the World and other man made governments as corporations of the State. The sacerdotal duties that the modern churches still perform are done so by the authority vested in them by the State. And the ministers are not separate but are of the World.

We need to take a deeper look at how and why the Church functioned as it did and how it differed from what is posing as the Church today.

They are actually serving Caesar as his minister in the case of Marriage vs Holy Matrimony.

They serve the State by making the people feel good about their servitude.

They still claim their right to tithes, but have relinquished the obligation of the Daily ministration to the State which exercises authority, having squandered the tithing of the people on themselves.

Also because the modern churches are not actually serving the people the people themselves have often incorporated themselves to the State by applying for its welfare which was a snare and a trap.

If we will Repent and began to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness by gathering in His name to care for one another in faith, hope and charity according to the perfect law of liberty then God will bless us with His Grace.


Body in Christ

The word body and the word Christ show up in the same verse in the Bible 17 times[25]

Four times it appears as Body of Christ.[26]

In Romans 12:5 we see body in Christ, "So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."

Chapter 15. of the book The Covenants of the gods
Body of Christ vs the Body of the State
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== Footnotes ==
  1. Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
    1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
    1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
    Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
  2. Revelation 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
  3. Bouvier’s Law Dictionary
  4. Lu 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
  5. Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
  6. Black’s Law Dictionary 6th ed. A corporation is a legal entity created by a state.
  7. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 946.
  8. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 681
  9. Mt 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you:... Mr 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But ye shall not be so:... Lu 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: But ye shall not be so:...
  10. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 1085.
  11. Ac 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.
  12. Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD. Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
  13. John 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are]. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
  14. Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
  15. Numbers 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
  16. Infirmity. Flaw, defect, or weakness. In a legal sense, the term infirmity is used to mean any imperfection that renders a particular transaction void or incomplete. For example, if a deed drawn up to transfer ownership of land contains an erroneous description of it, an infirmity exists in the transaction.West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
  17. Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
  18. Joshua 14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell [in], with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
  19. Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  20. Da 4:3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. Da 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: La 5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Isa 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.Lu 1:50 And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.
  21. Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
  22. Bovier’s Law Dictionary.
  23. Black’s Law Dictionary 6th ed.
  24. Strong’s No. 2315 theopneustos {theh-op’-nyoo-stos} from 2316 and a presumed derivative of 4154 [=pneo {pneh’-o} a primary word 1) to breathe, to blow..]; adj AV - given by inspiration of God …
  25. Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
    Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
    Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
    1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
    2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
    Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
    Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
    Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
    Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
    Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
    Colossians 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
  26. Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
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