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5 Reasons To Love Jesus and His Church

It’s impossible to separate the church from Jesus Christ. I’m going to share from the Bible, 5 reasons why we should love Jesus and His church. Reason #1 Why We Should Love Jesus and His Church: Because Jesus’ church is His body.   Paul wrote that the Father put all things under the feet of Jesus Christ, “ and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all ” (Ephesians 1:22-23). Jesus has purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28), and in Christ, we continue to have access to His cleansing blood (1 John 1:5-10). Jesus is the only Savior of His only body (Ephesians 5:23). Would anyone who cares about salvation tell the Savior that His body doesn’t matter? Reason #2 Why We Should Love Jesus and His Church: Because Jesus’ church is His bride.   Paul wrote, “ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her ” (Ephesians 5:25). How much did Christ love His bride, the c
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