Afterthoughts

Only personal ideas about general things, spiritual or secular. A keepsake of some realizations I especially encountered in my student-life.


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Only a Member, Reality of the Body of Christ

There is one point I am deeply impressed from tonight’s fellowship and that is – I am only a member of the Body of Christ.

I am a believer in the Lord and I am a child of God. Being so, I can exist alone. However, as a member I cannot exist alone neither can I live independently apart from the Body and that in itself it is incomplete. To be a member, we not only have the consciousness that we believe in the Lord and that we are truly children of God but most of all, we must have the Body-consciousness.

In Romans 12:2, we see the perfect will of God and in verses 4-5, we see the one Body in Christ. This one Body is what God has willed.

“..the will of God is that we whom God has chosen, called, redeemed, justified, sanctified, and conformed unto glorification in the preceding eleven chapters may be members one of another to have the living of the Body of Christ (vv. 3-5). The Body of Christ is the peak of God’s divine revelation. The living of the Body is the issue and goal of the presenting of our bodies, the renewing of our mind, and all the life practices in the foregoing chapters.” (Romans12:2 note 6)

“We are one Body in Christ, having an organic union with Him. This union makes us one in life with Him and with all the other members of His Body. The Body is not an organization or a society but is altogether an organism produced by the union in life that we have with Christ.” (Romans 12:5 note 1)

Thank the Lord that He was processed that we may be one in Him! As being in Him, we need to stay in Him. Only when we are in Christ are we in one Body. Positionally, we have been in the one Body. But in reality, are we always in the one Body? Christ as the life of the Body is in all the members in the mingled spirit. Thus, even when we’re gathered together but are in the mind, we only think that we are in the Body but not in reality. For us to be in the reality of the Body, we need constant exercise of the mingled spirit!

The goal of our gospel preaching and establishing of churches is not just for the increase in number. The goal is the building up of the Body of Christ. And this is the direction of the Lord’s move today. Without the Body, there can be no Bride, no Army, no Stone, and no Kingdom(Mountain).

In Ephesians 1:23, we can see that the Body is “the 2bfullness of the One who 3cfills all in all.”

The Body of Christ is not an organization but an organism constituted of all the regenerated believers for the expression and activities of the Head. The Body of Christ is the issue of the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, and ascended Christ, who has come into the church. By means of the ascended Christ’s heavenly transmission, we are made one with Him, and thus His Body is produced.”

Other verses that relate to the Body are Colossians 1:18, showing that Christ is the Head of the Body, 1 Corinthians 1:910:16, Acts 2:42, and 1 John 1:3 where we can see the fellowship of the Body. As the Head, only Christ has the authority in Himself. We have no authority in ourselves and we should never assume authority. We should honor the head by praying to Him. Also, we need to learn how to fellowship which is a way to honor the Body.

If we see that we are members of the one Body, we can never be independent, never individual. This is our goal in all of this, whatever this is that we do. This is the direction of the Lord’s move. Without the Body, the Lord cannot come back. He will not return for the trees (local churches) alone, He is returning to gather the first fruits (reality of the Body). The Body cannot be built by doctrine and theology. May we all come to the Lord that we may be brought to the experience of the reality of the Body of Christ. May God’s will be done on earth!

(An enjoyment on bro. R.K’s fellowship about God’s Will and the Direction of the Lord’s Move in Malabon, Philippines last Jan. 26-27)