John Jewel on the church of God

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But the church of God is in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ; it is the company of the faithful, whom God hath gathered together in Christ by his word and by the Holy Ghost, to honour him, as he himself hath appointed. This church heareth the voice of the Shepherd; it will not follow a stranger, but flieth from him; for it knoweth not the voice of strangers. ...

It is the pillar of the truth, the body, the fulness, and the spouse of Christ; it is the vine, the house, the city, and the kingdom of God; they which dwell in it, are no more strangers and foreigners, but citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets; Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone, in whom all the building coupled together, groweth into an holy temple in the Lord. This church Christ loved, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify it, and cleanse it by the washing of water through the word; that he might make it unto himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blame. (Eph. v.) ...

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