What is Ekklesia Called Out Ones English means Belongs to the Lord

 “EKKLESIA” English translation should be Belongs to the Lord, not Church.

The Greek word ekklesia means to call out of. The believer is called out of this worldly jurisdiction to the citizenship in Christ in the spiritual kingdom as Ephesians teaches. The epistles use this word to send a message to the religious, Antipas and then Nero to show that there is no king except Christ. The word was used to explain those that were summoned to operate in authority under the jurisdictions under Caesar.

Etymology of the word:

The online etymology shows: Old English cirice, circe “church, public place of worship; Christians collectively,” from Proto-Germanic *kirika (cognates: Old Saxon kirika, Old Norse kirkja, Old Frisian zerke, Middle Dutch kerke, Dutch kerk, Old High German kirihha, German Kirche), probably [see note in OED] from Greek kyriake (oikia), kyriakon doma “Lord’s (house),” from kyrios “ruler, lord,”The Lord’s body is made up of anyone that is born again.  The born again believer is spiritually baptized into the body of Jesus in the Spirit when they believe the gospel (I Corinthians 12:13).  The body is one, but is made of many members in Jesus.  Colossians 1:18 says, And he is the head of the body, those that belong to the Lord: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

The English word should be belongs to the Lord, not church.  The Greek word is “ekklesia”.  The Greek word is made of two words.  The Greek word “ek” means “out of and to”.  The Greek word “klessia” means “to call”.

The one that belong to the Lord is the person that answers the call out of the World system and to Jesus.  Colossians 1:13 says, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”  Acts 26:18 says, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

The Greek word used for our English word church is “ekklesia“.  The Greek word is two words ek and kaleo.  one means to call and the other means out of.  The literal transliteration as referring to someone should be called out one.

Let’s look at the etymology of the word church to see what word would be more suitable for English.  It comes from the old English word circe, which goes through old Dutch word Kerk to German Kirche and to the root from Greek word kiriake.  The word kiriake comes from Greek word kurios which means Lord.  The accurate translation would be those that belong to the Lord.

Why was the word ekklesia used by the apostles?  The Caesars would call out from society to serve him in office as king.  When the apostles use this term they were sending a headline to Caesar.  Jesus has called us out of this world system into His kingdom.  We are not of your jurisdiction or of the high priests jurisdiction.  We are of the Heavenly Jurisdiction and we have no king only Jesus is king.

Wasn’t there assemblies in buildings in the New Testament?

The first building was constructed after the council of Nicene in 325 A.D.  Constantine built the first two churches.  Things changed after 325 A.D. 

You will notice that there are early believers are called pre Nicene Called out ones and post Nicene called out ones.  Why?  Before 325 A.D. believers were serving one another on an non hierarchal way. 

The term overseer (bishop), matured (elder) or servant (deacon) were equal.  Christ was the head and we were co-laborers together equal in authority with Him.  After 325 A.D. the Roman hierarchy was changed to a Roman religious hierarchy. 

The bishops were over elders in church buildings and the elders over deacons.  They became paid salaried offices in Church buildings.  By 380 A.D. the gospel was the law of the land in Rome.  

This became known as the dark ages.  There was mixing of beliefs that started statutes, talking to angels and worshiping relics.  They established a Pope saying that they had succession from Christ as an attempt to show that they Roman Catholic pre dates 325 A.D.

The Epistles were addressed to the called out ones of God in the city of Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ.  Another, to the called out ones of Galatia.  To the Saints in the city of Ephesus, the faithful in Jesus Christ. 

To the saints in Colossae.  Revelation addressed seven called out ones that are in seven different cities.  To the messenger the called out ones in Ephesus and continues the same way addresses the other cities.  The Epistles were never to elders for local Church buildings with believers.

Why was ekklesia defined as church meaning assembly in the English Bible?

The reformation came out of this in 1500 A.D.  Those of the reformation were tortured to death by Catholics by the millions during the Spanish inquisitions.  The King of England was called the monarch of the Church. 

The protestants built church buildings like the Catholics.  The protestants did not want to be under the king.  The Geneva Bible was completed to establish a presbytery over the pastor instead of a monarch. 

The Greek word is singular every time the word is used in English for believers.   This means the original language does not support that there is to be a presbytery over an elder as well.  The word is plural for the elders of the Jewish Sanhedrin, not the called out ones.  King James in response to Geneva Bible completed the King James Bible.  King James used words like rule, assembly, church, obey Earthly authority of government and other things to keep rule as monarch over the protestants.  The protestants would flee to come to the new world or America now.  Jamestown in 1607, pilgrims at Plymouth rock and the others to establish the colonies.  

Does God want man to rule over another believer in a church building?

The Old Testament shows us that after they wandered out of Israel God led them by cloud by day and fire by night.  The Scripture says that I AM The Lord that led you out of Egypt, not Moses.  Moses complained to the Lord about the winning of the Jews wandering in the wilderness. 

They will not listen to me, so God told Moses that He would put the same spirit that Moses had in 70 to make the journey smoother.  God gave man what he wanted to be a leader of the Jews.  Another example is the judges in the tribes.

God established them as Judges over the lot, so that they could rule on matters of their tribe.  They sinned, rebelled, oppressed and delivered over and over.  God says this is not working.

Let Me be your King.  We don’t want you to be our king.  Give us Saul to be our king.  This established the rule of kings in the Old Testament, but God did state that Christ would be the king that rules forever.

Christ Esteemed other higher than Himself, laying His life down on the cross.  Jesus tells us to do the same.  Jesus did not come as a ruling king, but as a servant to sinners. 

Let this mind be in You that was in Christ.  Esteem others higher than yourself.  A servant is not greater than His master talking about Him and us. 

Jesus taught to serve one another.  He who is greatest is servant of all.  We are told to serve one another three times in the New Testament in the epistles.  

Revelation 5 shows us that Jesus goes before the throne in Heaven as the slain Lamb to take the scroll, not as a ruling King.  Jesus made us able ministers of the Spirit.  Servants of the good news. 

When Jesus ascended, He said wait to receive power (able or enabled by God’s abilities through you) to be witnesses.  Jesus said all authority has been given unto Me.  Behold I enable My ability through you to cast out demons, tread upon serpents and Etc. 

Jesus did not say that you have authority over another believer here, only those things.  God made us able ministers of reconciliation.  Any time that we see anything for service, it is Jesus through us doing it. 

The Word offices is not in the Greek or gifts for service.  However, Jesus is the faithful, good and first shepherd that through the empowering of His Spirit feeds the little lambs (Newborns in faith) from milk to digest the word on their own.  They are to learn from the anointing, hear the Spirit and study to rightly divide the Word through the Spirit after they are taught to follow Jesus themselves.  They are to be sent out to serve.

Jesus alone is over Called out ones (Church)

Colossians 1:18 says, And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:23-24 says, Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body, the church is subject unto Christ. (KJV)

John 2:24-25 says, But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (KJV)  We are to be subject to Christ alone as the head of the body.  Does this mean that we are lone rangers that can do anything that we want?  No!  All things are lawful, but not all things are expedient.  I will not be brought under the power of any.  Another words there is freedom in Christ, but not to stumble weaker in faith or to be in bondage to what were delivered.  Here is what it does mean.  Jesus commissions us, ordains our steps, covers us and is our authority.  Called out ones are accountable to God.  Romans says that each one will need to account to God for themselves, not to a man. 

Romans 13:17 is used for accountability to elders.  Here is what the Greek says.  Be persuaded those going before to show you the way even yield by they are spiritual alert for the benefit of souls of you the Word of God from the source to teach to the end that with joy, they do not with moaning out of being forcing to otherwise will be unprofitable to you.  Nothing about accountability or ruling in the Greek.

The called out ones are called members of the body of Christ

I Corinthians 12:12-13 says, For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (KJV)

The body of Christ is one body.  We are members of one body, being many are one body.  Whether Jew or Gentile that is converted in Christ, we are one body in Christ.  Ephesians 2:14-18 says, For he is our peace, who hath made both (Jew and Gentile) one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (KJV)

Ephesians 4:3-6 says, Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:29-30 says, For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (KJV)

Sectarianism (One body in Christ not different local bodies or denominations)

I Corinthians 3:1-9 says, And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal.

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. (KJV)

How does God build Ekklesia?

English means “belongs to the Lord”

The Body of Christ is built on the confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God through revelation by faith in the finished work of Jesus for sin.

Matthew 16:15-18 says, He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Ekklesia; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God.  Faith is produced by hearing the testimony of Jesus.

What is the testimony of Jesus?  Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (Romans 10; I Corinthians 15:3-4). 
How do you receive salvation by faith in Jesus? That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
(Romans 10:9-11).
God functions in graces for the equipping of the members in Him.  Graces are for the attaining of the knowledge of the Son to maturity to grow in the fullness of God.  The Christian is subject to the lordship of Jesus through the administration of Word of God (I Corinthians 12:11, Ephesians 4:12-13, 5:24).

The Body of Christ is not a building that people go to on Sunday

Jesus defined the Ekklesia in John 4.  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

When Jesus entered behind the veil as the forerunner, it was in the temple in Heaven not made with Hands.  Jesus said destroy this body and I will raise it up in three days as a body not made with hands.  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead (Colossians 2:11-12, Hebrews).

The context of not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together is talking about not rejecting Jesus or you will not be a part of the body of Christ.
In Conclusion the ones that belong to the Lord is any believer that is born again in the spirit in Christ.

Names For  EKKLESIA?

The Most Important Question and the Greatest Confession in the Bible is recorded in Matthew 16:16-18. Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” The answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus said, “My Father has revealed this to you from Heaven.” Jesus says, “I will build MY CHURCH upon this confession.” The Church is Jesus’.

Jesus is the Head of the Church. Jesus alone builds the Church. Unless the Lord builds the Church, they that labor, labor in vain. One will sow seed and another will water, but the Lord gives the increase.

  • Body of Christ Ephesians 5:22-23
  • Bride of Christ Revelation 19:7
  • Bride of the Lamb Revelation 19:7
  • Church of the First born Hebrews 12:23
  • Church of the Gentiles Romans 16:4
  • Church of God I Corinthians 1:2
  • City of the Living God Hebrews 12:22
  • Daughter of Zion John 12:15
  • Flock of God I Peter 5:2 
  • God’s building I Corinthians 3:9
  • God’s field I Corinthians 3:9
  • Household of God Ephesians 2:19
  • People of God I Peter 2:10
  • Temple of God I Corinthians 3:16
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