There are great and wonderful blessings given when one becomes a member of the one and only church of Christ. First of all, Jesus is he head of the churches of Christ (Col 1:18 f; Eph 1:22,23). Jesus built and paid for the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28). In order to become a member of the body of Christ, one must obey the gospel of Christ. This means that one must believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Rom 10:8-10). One must also repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). So, once one becomes a member of the Lord’s Church, what are the great benefits afforded only to them?
Partaking of the Communion
Only Christians in the Lord’s church are allowed to partake of the Lord’s supper. Anyone who partakes of it unworthily eats and drinks damnation to their own soul (1 Cor 11:29).
Only Christians have their prayers answered. “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil (1 Pet 3:12). We know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears (Jn 9:31).
Worthy of Help
Only Christians are worthy of assistance of the church. “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (1 Cor 16:1,2).
Worthy of Eternal Life
Only Christians are worthy of eternal life. All those who know not God and have not obeyed the gospel of our Lord and Savior shall be punished eternally in hell (2 Thess 1:8,9). Only members of the churches of Christ will have opportunity to gain eternal life which God promised before the world began (Tit 1:2). If a Christian abides in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles, they shall obtain a crown of life (2 Jn 9 ff; Acts 2:42 ; Rev 2:10). There is no greater gift given to mankind than this!
Conclusion: The gifts of being a member of the Lord’s church are many. Yes, all Christians will be tried (Jam 1:12). Yes, all Christians will suffer here on earth (2 Tim 3:12). However, the peace of God which He grants to all Christians will make all who bear his name rejoice forever more (Philip 4:4-8) All they must do to obtain such peace is to do what the apostles commanded: “Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philip 4:9). However, no matter what kind of generosity God grants his own children here on earth, eternal life in heaven still reigns as the the ultimate gift. A gift which first begins with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Jn 3:16), our obedience to the gospel and doctrine of Christ (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Jn 9), and ends with life eternal in heaven (Rev 22:14).