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  • Church and Ecclesia
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      Posted Jul 29, 2017 10:29 AM

      Some thoughts come to mind.

      Strangely enough, church and ecclesia are etymologically different. "Church" replaced ecclesia in the translation of the New Testament, beginning with the King James, but preceded by centuries of religious thought. In other words, the King James translation only sealed thought that came centuries before.

      Ecclesia literally means "the gathering of those summoned," or merely "assembly" as William has mentioned. Roots of "assembly" can be said to be "those called out." In only three cases in the New Testament is "ecclesia" correctly translated as "assembly". See Acts 19:32,39,and 41.

      Church however is etymologically derived from "that of the Lord", or kuriakos, or "pertaining to the Lord." This word is found only two times in the Greek New Testament, 1 Corinthian 11:20 and Revelations 1:10. The first refers to the Lord's Supper, the second verse to the Lord's Day. Church probably gets its modern usage from the fact that worship centers (buildings) were for worship to the Lord. Hence, "church" originally referred to the building, but the called-out assembly (ecclesia) was called the church (kuriakos). So the modern words are different from the original meanings.

      This may be unfortunate since the usage of the word "church" ignores the fact that God's family are those "called out." "Called out" can refer to those who respond to Jesus being the "Son of God," and are called out as a result of that fact. See Matthew 16:18. "Upon this rock will I build my assembly (church)." Those who respond to His sonship are called out from the immoral unbelieving life to a life transformed by the love of God and the gift of Christ.

      "Church" on the other hand, refers to ownership, and the developing clergy of the early centuries found this meaning to be to their advantage, at least some would say. Church evolved into referring to s superstructure which began to exercise authority beyond that recognized in the New Testament.

      A real turn-about is that "church" in its original meaning is closer to "the Lord's Supper", since church refers to that pertaining the Lord, or owned by the Lord. Communion on the other hand might refer to how the called-out (assembly, or ecclesia) bond together in sharing thought, prayers, songs, and Biblical reading.

      Communion, in that sense, is a broad term, referring to a number of sharings that Christians have with one another. Then the Lord's Supper is not the only communion. We have communion from the time we are "called out." Oddly enough, the called out (kecclesia or assembly) has a communion (ownership, sharing, or kuriakos) on the Lord's Day and during the Lord's Supper. That common ownership or sharing is made possible by the Sonship of Christ whereby we are called out from paganism and immorality.
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