Immersion into the Body of Christ
(MEMBERS FOR LIFE)
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the teaching of immersions, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment ...," Hebrews 6'1-3.
"For by one Spirit we were all immersed into one body ...," 1 Corinthians 12'13-14.
The Body of Christ and Christ's Called-Out Ones are one and the same. Both are spiritual bodies. Neither are confined to earthly organisations.
The immersion into the Body of Christ is the only one that extends beyond this life. Which makes it unique. Like the other immersions, it is significant in the present.
There can be no doubt that immersion into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit is remarkable, personal and life changing.
It's a once-only work of the Spirit that comes about when an unbeliever hears the Good News of Jesus, believes it, repents and receives Christ:
"For by one Spirit we were all immersed into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free ...," 1 Corinthians 12'13-14.
No other human being is involved in this immersion. Neither can it be prayed for, or "imparted", or "declared", or "confessed". It is by the Spirit and is therefore spiritual and eternal.
That is why it's in the list of the seven eternal "ones" in Ephesians 4'4-6:
one body and
one Spirit, just as you were called in
one hope of your calling;
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all".
"Now you are the Body of Christ and members individually," 1 Corinthians 12'27.