The important thing, J., is that when we gather together, we
gather together IN THE SPIRIT. Where two or three are
gathered together (in the Spirit) in His name (Christ's nature and
character where there is unity, liberty, and love), there HE IS
in the midst of the meeting!
In regard to what you said about the Body, the Church, and the
Bride of Christ, you need to understand that those three are not
all the same thing, John.
Let's put it this way...
Even as God put Adam to sleep and then
extracted a remnant from his side to form for Adam a bride, so also is the
Body of Christ being put to sleep in this day so that God might extract a
remnant from it, something that will be fashioned into a Bride for the
J., Jesus laid out many (conditional) promises for the
saints in Revelation chapter 2 and 3 (as He did throughout all the
blessed Book). You'll have to look for yourself to see just what those
promises are, the condition to receive those promises is
simply stated as this, though ... "To him who overcomes." This condition,
John, implies that there will be some (Christians) who will "overcome" (the
world, the flesh, and the devil) over the course of the church age,
and there will be some (Christians) who just won't. There is a great
(spiritual) separation taking place in "the Body" even now, brother,
something for which God has a great purpose.
Paul understood this separation, and that is why he exhorted us to
work out our salvation with much fear and trembling. Paul understood that
there is a spirit salvation which is a free gift to all, but he also
understood that there is a prize to be won ("attained to") in the
overcoming, and this will only be known by a remnant. This is
why Paul said, "That I may know Him in the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any
means I might ATTAIN to the resurrection (Gk- exanastasis)
out from the dead."
Paul was hoping to attain to the first resurrection,
brother. That resurrection is promised to a "blessed and holy"
company that "overcomes." That company WILL BE the Bride without
spot, wrinkle, or blemish, J.. This
is NOT the spotted, wrinkled and blemished thing that calls
itself the Lord's bride today and is sitting around waiting to get "raptured."
That THING is not the Bride, brother. It's an imposter; a
harlot, and God is calling His elect out of that thing so that they might
be made perfect (mature) in Him.
There is a word (a trumpet) being sounded in the spirit today for
God's people to "Come out of her My people." That is a call to come out of the
harlot of religion to come out to meet with the Bridegroom Himself. Some
Christians are now HEEDING that call, John, but most of Christendom is
still asleep in their religiosity. This is all still part of
God's divine plan, though. God desires to wake up only
a remnant at this time, that which He will form into a Bride
for His Son. This remnant is made up of those who follow the Lamb
wherever HE goes, brother, and are even likened unto
chaste "virgins," as their hearts are only for Christ, and because of
that ... they refuse to get in bed with the harlot.
Much of the "body" has not ears to hear the Spirit yet, J.. But those who
are chosen to be part of the Lord's Bride do HEAR HIM and bear witness
to what the Spirit has to say to the churches today. The Bride is a
witness to the things of the Lord, brother, even TO the Body of Christ
as a whole.
The Spirit and the Bride say, "COME!", brother J. Let all
who have ears to hear then "Come" ... so that they might drink
of the Water of Life (Christ).
May God grant you understanding of these things,