Throughout the New Testament many metaphors are used to describe Christ’s people: His body, family, church, holy nation, army, and many more. The point being, Jesus did not save us to go it alone, but to be fitted together with other believers for the battle and the mandate which He has given to His church to the disciple nations.
In Acts 1, Jesus gave the final instructions to His apostles to whom He had presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, by being seen of them for forty days, and by speaking of the things pertained to the Kingdom of God. He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they “received power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” (Acts 1:8 NKJV).
Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 15:6, that Jesus was seen by over 500 believers at one time. Acts 1:15 states that 120 people waited in the upper room for the Father to send the Holy Spirit as Jesus had promised. Acts 2:41 states that on the Day of Pentecost more than 3000 souls gladly received Peter’s message and were baptized. The body of Christ began to grow; the community of God was being established.
Throughout the New Testament we learn of the many cities and regions that received the Word of Christ. The church began to impact cities and regions throughout the Roman Empire. A mighty spiritual army began to rise. Through corporate prayer, corporate proclamation, and corporate demonstration the church of our Lord began to make headway in binding principalities and powers, and seeing thousands freed from the control of the world, the flesh, and the devil. The fame of Jesus was spreading everywhere.
The Lord’s plan for a new creation coming out of the old creation began to take shape. The world saw both Jews and Gentiles, but the Lord was bringing forth one new man in the earth. A new man out of everyone who had been dead in their trespasses and sins and were now born of the Spirit and made a part of a whole new kingdom, the Kingdom of God. Paul clearly laid all this out in Ephesians 2. For brevity I will not go through the chapter, but if you study it you will begin to see God’s great plan for all mankind.