Was His Death Unnecessary?
| The doctrines of
denominations say it was. We are taught in Scripture that Christ purchased
the church with His blood (Acts 20:28). But to denominationalists the
church is not necessary to salvation. Wonder why the Lord died for
something optional? Seems an awesome price for something we don't need.
But denominationalists do not understand the church. To be in the church, His body, is to be in Christ. We get into Christ and the body the same way (Gal. 3: 27; 1 Cor. 12: 13). Salvation is in Christ (2 Tim. 2:10).
The church is composed of the saved (Acts 2:47). Can one be one of the saved and not be one of the saved? The question answers itself, doesn't it?
To be born again is to become a new creature (John 3). Those in Christ are new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17). As stated, those in Christ are in the church. Therefore, those born again are in the church. Can be saved without being born again?
To say one can be saved outside the church is to say His blood, by which the church was purchased, need not have been shed. But we are justified by His blood (Rom. 5: 9).