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Out from the Head

EPHESIANS 4:16 Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up itself in love.

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Good news everybody! I’m BACK!  Praise God!

But the better news is the word of God, so here it is.  If you see the verse above its Ephesians 4:16.  I’ve really been enjoying this verse of late.  Different parts having been sticking out.  First, we as believers are what the bible calls the Body of Christ. Christ is the Head, and ALL the believers are members of the body of Christ.  Verse 15 speaks of Christ as the Head then verse 16 begins with “Out from whom”.  The Body is out from Christ as the source.  Anything that does not have its source in Christ is not the Body.  Furthermore, one of the rich phrases in verse 16 reveals the Body is being joined together and knit together.  HOW RICH IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no hint of division, divisiveness, independence, isolation or separation.  How awesome!  The problem does not lie with the truth. Or our apparent disagreement of interpretation.  Our problem is not practicing the truth as revealed in Ephesians 4:15.  Holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ….In other words, we don’t take Christ as our Head, our source, in all things.  So what we have is the default.  The fallen human nature infested with the sinful nature of the devil. Where separations and divisions are abundant.  There is no shortage there.  But praise the Lord for THE BODY!!  THE JOINING AND THE KNITTING OUT FROM THE HEAD!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Body of Christ

 

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The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.

 

Fellowship means a joint participation, mutual participation.  A mutual sharing of something in common.  So what do we have in common?  The Holy Spirit!  We all have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.  This can be likened to the circulation in the blood of the human body.  All the members of your body partake of the “fellowship of the blood”.  They all share the same supply.  And through that supply they all function and are made one.  Marvelous!  Enjoy the Holy Spirit Today!

 

 

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The Indispensability of the Members of the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.

16 And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?

18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.

19 And if all were one member, where would the body be?

20 But now the members are many, but the body one.

21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

 

Each member of the Body is vitally necessary and absolutely indispensable!  May the Lord deal with our Independence  and individualism!

 

God bless you.  And may God bless all of us to see the revelation of the Body of Christ.

 

 
 

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The Church: Not a Lifeless Edifice

Ephesians 1:22 And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

23 Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.

The church is not an organization but an organism.  And any organism has life has it’s characteristic.  What life does the church have?  The life of God!  The eternal life of God! (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-12).  The church is not some lifeless edifice that you go to once a week made of bricks and stones.  Furthermore Ephesians, Colossians points out that the church is his Body.  The Body of Christ.  But again, our concept is maybe something that is lifeless, in letters and doctrines.  You may think that the “Body” is merely an assembly of believers.  This is true of course, but not adequate.  It says that the “Church which is His Body”.  The difference between the church and the Body is this.  The church meeting begins and must end at a certain point and everyone goes their separate ways.  The Body of Christ never ends!  Because it is something of life, something organic.  How would you like for your heart to take a break for ten minutes?  How about for your lungs to clock out for lunch for about an hour?  Would that be organic?  There is more to be said…

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Body of Christ, The Church

 

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The Christian Meeting part 2

1Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is convicted by all, he is examined by all;

25 The secrets of his heart become manifest; and so falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that indeed God is among you.

26 What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

 

The Christian meeting is one of mutuality.  The bible never shows that only one man should speak and the rest just listen.  This is not the pattern in the New Testament.  What is revealed in 1 Corinthians 14 is all believers prophesying.  Read 1 Cor. 14:24 which emphasizes the word “all”.  All prophesy, conviction by all, examination by all.  By saying all this includes every believer.  In verse 25 the result  from all prophesying or speaking for the Lord is that others will realize that God is among is!  Furthermore in verse 26 say “each one has”  which is even better.  Each one has something for the building up of the church.  This was the practice of the early church and the teaching of the apostles.  All believers speaking for the Lord.

 

 

 

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God has called us into His Eternal Glory

Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, He who has called you into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and ground you.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Additional references:  Rom. 3:23, 8:30, Eph. 3:21, Rev. 21:9-10, 11

God has called us into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus!  Here it or anywhere in the bible for that matter does it mention calling us into or going to heaven.  Rather it clearly reveals that we have been called into God’s eternal glory in Christ Jesus. He has called us into his own kingdom and glory.  In Hebrews it even says that he is leading many sons into glory!  Glory is the expression of God himself.  Christians have been duped for centuries thinking that “going to heaven is the destination or goal of the christian life and we just kind of wait around.  This is quite a false teaching and deception.  The goal of our salvation is glorification.  Praise the Lord for his glory and the many sons of God!

 

 

 

 

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Fellow Members of the Body of Christ

Ephesians 3:6 That in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the Body and fellow partakers of the promise through the gospel

Ephesians 2:16 And might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it.

Every person, tribe, tongue, nation that has believed into and received Christ not only are genuine believers, Christians, children of God, fellow heirs but fellow members of Body of Christ.  When someone is regenerated and gets saved they spontaneously become a member of the Body.  You may have heard of the Lord Jesus Christ, God, redemption, our savior, and the Church.  But have you seen the Body of Christ?  Ephesians 1:22 says that the Church is the Body of Christ.  This subject will have to a topic of another post due to its colossal nature.  No matter race, background we may have we all become members of the Body of Christ.  Even fellow members.  Two peoples may have been enemies previously but after they both experience salvation and get filled in spirit they realize they are fellow members of the Body!  Because there is no race in the Body only Christ!

 

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