We are not separate from God. We agree with Jesus that we belong. Because we are one Spirit with the Lord, that which is the Lord is also that which is us. Thus Christ the righteousness from God is the righteousness that is us in the Spirit. So Ron McGatlin is able to write, ‘We do not go to the church nor join the church. We are added to the church and we are the church. The church is the "ecclesia” Why is this? We are sons and we are the Bride.
McGatlin can expound the truth that we are the church because we are the manifestation of Jesus in the world. We are His Body. Because we are one and together as persons we can expect to grow into oneness with each other. This is not a theoretical unity couched in platitude. It occurs because we have been re-joined to God, made whole in our selves and given the ability to love ourselves and each other.
We are His Body when we believe it.
The real Body of Christ never appears because we as Believers try to live up to some ideal, some description of the church or because we are assembled in house churches doing community. The community of God occurs among those who commune with Jesus; it happens among those for whom Jesus is life; among those in which Father, Son and Holy Spirit have made their home. The Spirit of community manifests in all who commune with Christ.