The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
John 5.26 NLT
Where is it that Christ gives life? In his body, the church (Colossians 1.18).
Let’s remember: church is not just any group that man calls church. It is the church of the Lord Jesus, whic follows his commandments, obeys his word, bears all the marks of his people, and reproduces in itself the pattern which he established. This church is unique, as his body.
That’s why I want to be in the body of Christ, I want to be active in that body, in order that this life may continue in me. And more, that others may receive this life that I received, from the only source, which is Christ.