Names are important because they set us apart. The Greek word ekklesia, translated “church,” was understood in the first century Roman-ruled world simply to mean “assembly.” This assembly was a gathering of people, whether for a secular or religious purpose. Ekklesia was used before & after the time of Christ in relation to an assembly but most often refers to obedient followers of Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:9 refers to the church by saying But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are to wear the distinct name of Christ. We cannot demonstrate holiness & proclaim Christ when we do not stand out from the world.
The church belongs to Christ & should wear His name.
• Jesus is Deity John 1:1, 3, 23; 10:30, 33
• Jesus said the Church was “His” Matt.16:18
• Jesus’ blood paid for the Church Acts 20:28
• Jesus saved the Church from eternal destruction John 3:16, Acts 4:12, Eph. 5:23
• Jesus is “the head of the body, the church-Col. 1:18, 24; Eph. 5:22-23
• Jesus is the bridegroom & the Church is His bride Eph. 5:22-32; Rev. 21:9, Matt. 25:1-13
God Created us, sent His Son to die for us, & He has the right to tell us what to do! When Jesus returns to receive His bride and take her home, we should be wearing His name!