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Christ died for Her

1 Peter 2:24 Who Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were healed.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

We have all heard of Christ being our savior, our redeemer.  We have all heard that he has died for our sins.  This is all correct of course according to the word of God.  Galatians 2:20 shows us that Christ, the Son of God gave himself up for us!  But it doesn’t say us.  It says “me”.  Specifically “me”.  On the one hand Christ died for all ( 2 Cor.5:15) but here the Apostle Paul says that Christ died for “me”.  This is very sweet and personal.  How comforting to realize and declare Christ died for me!  However, Christ just didn’t die for you only.  He died for HER!!! (Eph. 5:25).  In Ephesians 5:25  we see that Christ died for “her”.  Who is she?  The her in that verse refers the church!  So on one hand yes he died for “me”, but his dying was with her in view, that is the church.  This is corporate.  The church is a corporate entity composed of every genuine believer on the planet.  All of us together comprise the “her” in verse 25.  What a revelation!  To take away sin merely is not the goal.  It was the love of God that motivated him to give us his Son that we may not perish but would be regenerated having the eternal life and it was love that motivated him to give himself up for us not just to deal with our sins but for her!  The goal is to gain her!  Wonderful!  Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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The Christian Meeting

1 Corinthians 1:1 Pursue love, and desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

4 He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies builds up the church.

5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would prophesy; and greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive building up.

 

Paul focuses in his epistle to the church in Corinth on the matter of prophesying in chapter 14.  He says Purse love,  desire spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy.  So the main point is prophesying.  Why does he bring this matter up? Because this is absolutely for the building up of the church!  In verse 4 he says that he who prophesies builds up the church.  Then in verse 5 he says that he desires especially that we would all prophesy speaking of all the believers.  Here we must touch a crucial point.  The church must not have merely hired speakers and the rest of the people lying dormant.  The christian meeting is one of mutuality with all believers speaking for the Lord.  This is what is revealed in 1 Corinthians 14 and what was practiced by the early church.  But here in the pure word of God, it is altogether God’s desire that all of his people speak for him that the church may be built up.  If you’re not convinced stay tuned this week for more on this subject.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Christian Life, The Church

 

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The Fellow Heirs of God

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

Romans 8:17 And if children, heirs also; on the one hand, heirs of God; on the other, joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him.

In God’s eyes there are only two kinds of people, the Jews and the gentiles.  If you are not Jewish then you are gentile.  The Jews are God’s chosen people beginning from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc.  These two peoples were separated and would never have anything to do with one another.  In the New Testament both are mentioned in relation to God’s eternal purpose.  Here the gentiles are called the “fellow heirs”.  In the New Testament both the Jews and the gentiles are fellow heirs of God!  We are inheriting God himself.  Wow!  What else could you possibly want?  Enjoy being an heir!

This will be continued…

 

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Christ, Christian Life, God, The Church

 

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SPECIAL EDITION: The Believers Experience of the Two Aspects of the One Spirit

I. THE HOLY SPIRIT ESSENTIALLY FOR LIFE

John 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace be to you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.

John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.

 

II.  THE SPIRIT UPON THE BELIEVERS IS PROMISED

Luke 24:49 And behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you; but as for you, stay in the city until you put on power from on high.

Acts 1:5 For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

III.  THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISE OF THE OUTPOURED SPIRIT UPON THE BELIEVERS

Acts 2:1 And as the day of Pentecost was being fulfilled, they were all together in the same place.

2 And suddenly there was a sound out of heaven, as of a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which were distributed; and it sat on each one of them;

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, even as the Spirit gave to them to speak forth.

32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you both see and hear.

When the Lord Jesus was physically on the earth he had promised the coming of the Holy Spirit to his disciples (maybe I’ll write about this in another post).  Then shortly after Jesus rose from the dead he appeared to his disciples and he breathed into them and said receive the Holy Spirit.  At this point they had received the Holy Spirit into them for their experience of Christ as life essentially.  The Lord promised the Spirit to be poured out  upon them that would baptize/immerse them for their ministry, their work.  This is the Spirit of Power.   These are two aspects of the one Spirit!  The Spirit of life essentially for our living and the Spirit of power upon us for our ministry.  Lastly, the Spirit of power is not upon any individual or person independent of God or more importantly individualistic of the Body of Christ.  For this Spirit was poured out, and is upon the entire Body of Christ!  So we have to right with God and absolutely right with the members of the Body of Christ which is composed of every genuine believer on the planet!
 

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Bearing and Forgiving One Another

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, inward parts of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, long-suffering;

13 Bearing one another and forgiving one another, if anyone should have a complaint against anyone; even as the Lord forgave you, so also should you forgive.

By the grace of God we can all bear one another and forgive one another even as the Lord forgave us!

 

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