We come to the birth of the Church.
It has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, and it is an institution unlike any other that has ever existed on the face of the earth.
It has no power in and of itself, no organization, no structure, and it has not been made of human effort or design.
The Church exists by the pre-determined purpose of God.
God sent His only begotten Son into the world to demonstrate His love for all mankind, and to show His design for His Church in the life of His Son.
Jesus was born into this world in a body of flesh. At His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove. His Father declared from heaven, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” At Jesus’ baptism, all three persons of the Godhead were clearly seen. Jesus, fully man, was fully vested with the Spirit of God – and so was fully God. This is a great mystery, (as are all the things of the Godhead,) but this we clearly know: the Church is intended to resemble Jesus.
The Church, as a God-created institution, comprised of born-again persons, is known of in God’s Word as ‘the body of Christ.’ This is how His Church is to be known. To be His material body in this world. But this is not enough. His body is to be fully indwelt by and overflowing with the Spirit of God as was Jesus’ body at His baptism.
Jesus’ water baptism was a type of how the Church is to be immersed in the power and works of the Holy Spirit of God. Just as works and miracles followed after Christ wherever He went, so miracles and wonders follow after born-again members of His Church, His body in flesh. Just as Jesus said, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear I judge, and My judgment is righteous because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father Who sent Me,” His body can of itself do nothing apart from the Holy Spirit of God.
This is what we have all been waiting for. A church that is His Church and not a human institution made in the image of man. His Church requires His Spirit to be His Church.