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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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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 Church of the Living God

15 But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.

6 But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end.

The Church is the house of the living God!  The place where God dwells!

AWESOME!!!!!!!

 
 

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