"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10)
The church of Jesus Christ, His believing body on earth, recognizes that "our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). The believing Christian agrees that he or she is a migrant and a pilgrim.
To these believers, God has imparted His own nature. They have a distinct sense of belonging to one another while they live - almost as exiles - in an unfriendly world. These earthly citizens of heaven speak a common language - that of their constitution, which is the Bible, the Word of God. They love to sing the songs of Zion, for they are loyal to the same Lord and King. Thus the Christians come together where the life of the assembly is the life of Christ.
This is the Bible pattern. God the Father is there. Christ the Son is present. The Holy Spirit indwells each member. The spirit within us can experience and taste the glories of God in a blessed fellowship now. Such is the joyful purpose of the Church!
~A. W. Tozer~