Members of the Body
Hebr. 10:23-27 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to
provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much
the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that
we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice
for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation,
which shall devour the adversaries.
What is Your Role in the Body of Christ?
The body of Christ, the Church, the Bride, the Saints, the Temple of the Living God, is made up of many members. 1Pet. 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
We must hold fast to the Head, Jesus Christ.
Col 2:19 ... holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
But We Must also allow ourselves to be united to the rest of the body!
Eph. 4:11-17 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.
We all have different abilities with which to help Edify the body. We rob the body of what we have to offer by not assembling with it, and we rob ourselves of what the rest of the body has to offer us as well.
Rom. 12:4-9 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
1Cor. 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
(to our local church)
There may be times in our lives when we are scattered to the four winds of heaven, but this is not that time. Not for us at this point in our lives. God has blessed us to be able to be together and to be strengthened with our mutual fellowship and with the Spirit of God in unity. Let's not miss our opportunity to grow in Chirst while we can, and enjoy the fellowship of one another while it last.
Minister Charles G. Marlowe Apostolic Fellowship 11/12/2000