WHAT THE ECCLESIA IS.
It is a mystery!
9. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
The mystery of the Ecclesia was first revealed to Paul the apostle, chosen by Christ for the nations. See Galatians 1:16 and Ephesians 3: 1-11
16. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
The Ecclesia of today was unknown to the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets. In the Hebrew scriptures there were two classes of people in the eyes of God:-
1.The people of Israel. Called out from the nations
God has readjusted the ages by a declaration, to bring in the dispensation of His grace. Hebrews 11:3 In this dispensation He is 'calling-out' a people to be a body of Christ.
3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
While Israel is a called-out body, it is a national body composed exclusively of the descendants of Abraham: but the Ecclesia is a spiritual body. "Christ Jesus, in whom the entire building, being connected together is GROWING into a holy temple in the Lord: in whom you, also, are being built together for God's dwelling place, IN SPIRIT." Ephesians 2:19-22 and Galatians 3:27,28.
19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Israel and the Ecclesia are distinct and separate and cannot be blended; this is clear from the fact that their election was made at different times.
The election of the Ecclesia antedates the election of Israel, for Israel was chosen in Abram.
Genesis 12 : 1-3.
The Ecclesia is the individuals of all nations who is "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (mercy seat, where God meets man) through faith in His blood, to declare AT THIS TIME His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justified of him, who believeth in Jesus." Romans 3: 21-26.