Was the Church born through the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus?
This was taught by some in the early church. This is one of those teachings that is extracted from the silence of the Scripture and not the writings. Many people try to make a correlation of Eve being made from the side of Adam and so the church, Jesus’ bride was taken from his side also. But the correlation fails as Adam was put to sleep, Jesus was dead. He had already completed his mission by saying “it is finished.”
The Church was purchased by the blood that bled from him when he was alive giving his life freely as a sacrifice, not by a spear from a Roman soldier piercing his side. The blood that came from Jesus purchased us as he gave his life and then yielded his spirit to God stating the proclamation it is finished. So there is nothing after this that would apply except what is directly connected to him by the working of God- the resurrection, which has God’s approval of who he is and what he did. Immediately after he died the veil of the temple is ripped to show that access is open to all because of his death. This is a bad application of typology that has no merit.
The church was birthed when the Spirit was sent at Pentecost when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was after 3,000 saved that we read in Acts 2:47: “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
The spear had nothing to do with purchasing or beginning the church. John 19:33-35 “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.”
This is the testimony, proof that he actually died (1 Cor.15:3-4) because when blood and water are mixed it shows a ruptured heart. (I Jn 5:6 He who came by water and blood—has no correlation to this)
The only place water is mentioned in correlation to the Church is in Eph 5:26-27: “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
The church is continually cleansed and prepared for the groom by the word, of which water is used as metaphor because of its cleansing.
Rev. 5:9: “for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood” not by blood mixed with water.
Acts 20:28 tells us the church is “purchased with His own blood.” Certainly if this event by centurion was significant it would be mentioned again, especially in the epistles. But it says by blood only, by him laying down his life on his own. Christ is the savior.
The gospel has no mention of this event 1 Cor. 15:3-4: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Heb. 9:15: “He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death”
1 Cor 6:20: “For you were bought at a price” which is by the blood of the lamb, his death.
Col 1:20 “having made peace through the blood of His cross”
Eph 2:13-14 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation” V.16 “that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross”
This about the Jews and the Gentiles being brought together in one body- called the church. It was done by his blood.
Heb. 9:14 “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God” this is the propitiation that bought us back to God--“whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith” (Rom 3:25).
John 19:30 He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” The work of the cross was all accomplished while he was alive and suffered and then he died.
There is nothing in the Scripture to teach that the church was birthed or made by water and blood out of the side of Jesus.