What does “being a Christlike Church” mean? A very simple explanation is, you cannot be a Church if you are not Christlike! Any group calling themselves a church who don’t acknowledge “Christ as their head” of their activities is a group of people who don’t know why they are meeting together or they have forgotten their identity. The word “Church” is the translation of the Greek term “ekklesia”, and is used in the New Testament to identify the community of believers in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Head and the Church is His body. When Christ entered our world, He took on a physical body “prepared” for Him. Philippians says about Jesus, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8, ESV.
Through His physical body, Jesus demonstrated the love of God clearly, tangibly, and boldly—especially through His sacrificial death on the cross (Romans 5:8). After His bodily ascension, Christ continues His work in the world through those He has redeemed— the Church now demonstrates the love of God clearly, tangibly, and boldly. In this way,
the Church functions as “the Body of Christ”. (From Got questions).
“The future of the Lord’s church is a glorious one. The church will not only be victorious in heaven, but here on earth as well. By taking another look at Matthew 16:18, we see that it refers to the church when it says “and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Jesus’s statement here does not present a small and fearful group of timid believers. On the contrary, it shows a vigorous and bold church, capable of coming out victorious in any circumstance, including death.” Written by Pastor Luis Ángel Díaz-Pabón who is president of the Global Missionary Society and is a pastor at The King’s Chapel, a church in Miami, Florida.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11, ESV.