You are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, put on love, the perfect bond. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, for it is because of this that you were called together in one body. Colossians: 3:12-16 (NJB)

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Paul urges the emerging communities of spiritually transformed individuals to become a revolutionary new kind of organization, one marked by a spirit of equality and mutual discipleship. As a body, this is the church – not the building and not the organization, but rather then a people of God.

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Nor yet do we include him in the fleshly Temples of Men and Womens Hearts, so as to exclude him from being anywhere else; but as we know his Presence fills Heaven and Earth, so we believe, that notwithstanding his Appearance in our Hearts, he is continually at the Right-hand of God, at the Right-hand of the Majesty on high, ever living to make Intercession for us, and by his Spirit we feel the Signification thereof within us. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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