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Being independent of the Body is being independent of God; we all are members!

This is a wonderful post from A God-Man in Christ on seeing the Body of Christ and living in the Body of Christ.  This is super timely for me because at present, I am stuck in Nashville without the practical fellowship I am usually surrounded by at home with Christians on Campus.

You can view the full post here, but here’s a little intro:

If we see the Body of Christ we will realize that we need deliverance not only from our sinful and natural life, but also from our individualistic life. For us to know the Body life, we need to deny our self, because our self is the greatest problem and the greatest enemy of the Body.

Check with your experience – whenever you are in the self, you don’t want to be with the saints, and there’s no building up!

Just as the Father is versus the world (1 John 2:15), the Spirit is versus the flesh (Gal. 5:17), the Lord Jesus is versus the devil (1 John 3:8), so also the Body of Christ is versus the individual, versus the self. Lord, grant us a vision of the self and a vision of the Body!

Related Post:  Coals Burning Coals

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keeping the oneness of the Body and being made Christ to be the Body of Christ

A wonderful post from A God-Man in Christ.

Here’s a short teaser.

“All the genuine believers of Christ who have received Christ in their spirit are members of the Body of Christ, joined together with Christ in an organic union.

The Body of Christ is not an organization nor is it a society; it is the organism of the Triune Godproduced by the mingling of God with man. As members of the Body of Christ, we need to keep the oneness of the Body – if there’s no oneness, there’s no Body of Christ.

Also, since the Body is OF Christ and the Body IS Christ, we need to become Christ so that we may be the Body of Christ in reality. We need to have Christ wrought into our being and mingled with us so that we may be the Body of Christ.”

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Coals burning coals

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m not feeling all that great.  I’ve got insomnia and headaches and blah blah blah, so the thought of not going to a church meeting is really appealing.  Last night Christians on Campus and some christians around the area had a prayer meeting.  I somehow managed to drag my nasty, stinking, dead self to the meeting, and let me tell you – I got revived.  I wasn’t jumping up and down and shouting hallelujah all over the place, but I was warmed up.  It was so good to just be around other people who were enjoying God.

I heard an illustration once that the Christian life is like a bunch of coals.  If you have a pile of coals, they’ll burn each other for hours.  But if you separate one of the coals from the pile, it will cool off pretty quickly.  That’s what happens to me when I separate myself from other Christians.

That experience last night reminded me how precious Christian meetings are.  I know a lot of Christians (some of my family members included) think it’s enough to just have a personal relationship with the Lord without attending Christian gatherings.  A personal relationship with our dear Lord and Savior is extremely important, but that’s not all there is to the Christian life.

John 20:24 says “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.”

Seems like an odd verse right?  Well, the Bible I’m using has a fantastic footnote for this verse:

“After His resurrection the Lord came to meet with His disciples, beginning from the evening of this first day.  Thus, in the Lord’s resurrection the matter of meeting with the saints is crucial.  Mary the Magdalene met the Lord personally in the morning and obtained the blessing (vv. 16-18), but she still needed to be in the meetings with the saints in the evening to meet the Lord in a corporate way to obtain more and greater blessings (vv. 19-23).  Thomas missed the first meeting that the Lord held with the disciples after His resurrection, and he missed all the blessings as well.  However, he compensated for it by attending the second meeting (vv. 25-28).”

Can you believe that?  Mary had seen the Lord in His resurrection – something no one else was privileged to see.  She went to the tomb early and hung around until she saw Him.  She had one of the most wonderful, personal, and intimate experiences a believer could ever have with the Lord.  She met him face to face after He resurrected from the dead and before He ascended to the Father.  You’d think that would be enough to sustain her in her Christian pursuit for a while, right?  But according to the Lord, it wasn’t.  He told her to go to the brothers and meet with them.

In Hebrews 12:2 the writer (probably Paul) said he would “declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the church I will sing hymns of praise to You.”  In 10:25 he goes on by saying “Not abandoning our own assembling together, as the custom with some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Wow, this was Paul.  In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 Paul tells us that he was “caught away to the third heaven” and into “Paradise” where he “heard unspeakable words.”  This man, this same man, told us to not abandon our own assembling together.  Even though he saw things that no one living human being had ever seen and heard things that no other living human being had heard, he still made a point to attend Christian gatherings with pitiful and lowly little believers like me.

The same Paul wrote 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 of itself in love.”

Paul not only met with the other believers, he realized that he needed the other believers.  He didn’t go to meetings to fulfill some religious obligation, but he went to get joined and knit with the other members of the Body of Christ for the growth of the Body of Christ.  He even says in 1 Corinthians 12:14-22 that every member of the Body has a different function, and that even the members who appear to be weaker are necessary.  Hallelujah!  Even I’m a necessary part of the Body of Christ!

This is so good!  Don’t miss the meetings!  You receive blessings in the meetings!  You get built up with and encouraged by other Christians in the meetings!

There’s a lot more I could write on this topic (and I feel like this is all kind of scattered thanks to my lack of sleep), but I think I’ll end it here.  Maybe i’ll continue it later.

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Joshua

English: English translation of hebrew version...

English: English translation of hebrew version. Map of the twelve tribes of Israel, before the move of Dan to the North (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today some of my friends from Christians on Campus and I got to help out with a VBS type camp called Summer School of Truth Jr.  It’s for kids in grades 1-6 and the topic this year is Joshua and how he helped the children of Israel enter into the good land (Canaan).

The major theme that my partner and I were supposed to speak over was “We should take the lead to work to accomplish God’s purpose and to help others to enter into what God has provided for them.”  Joshua was really a pattern in this respect.  He and Caleb were the only two original spies sent my Moses that came back from Canaan with a good report.  They wanted to stand by faith on God’s word to fight for the good land, but the rest of the Israelites were afraid of the natives and shrunk back, thus beginning their forty years of sojourning through the wilderness.

Anyway, there’s a lot in the book of Joshua that I enjoyed while preparing to speak to the kids, but what I was really impressed with was that Joshua fought for other people.  He lead the children of Israel in the fight against the all the nations in the promised land (Deuteronomy 1:38), but he didn’t do it so that he could establish his own little kingdom.  Joshua 11:23 says “So Joshua took the whole land according to all that Jehovah had spoken to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes.  And the land had rest from war.”

God prepared that land in Canaan for the children of Israel and promised it to Abraham in Genesis 15, but He still needed someone to cooperate with Him to take it and distribute it among the tribes of Israel.  According to Deuteronomy 31:7, Joshua was that man, but like I said, he didn’t do anything for himself.  He didn’t even allot himself any part of the land he had waited forty years to possess.  Joshua 19:49 says “So they finished distributing the land as inheritances according to its borders.  And the children of Israel gave Joshua the son of Nun an inheritance in the midst of them.”

Joshua gave everyone else their land first.  He took care of everyone else first.  He fought for everyone else first.  In the Bible the good land is a type of Christ and inheriting the land is a type of enjoying the Christ we have received from God.  So today, I’m just considering how much I have fought for other people so that they can enjoy the inheritance and the riches that God has prepared for them.  I know I’ve experienced being on the receiving end when people have prayed for me, expounded a verse in the Bible I was struggling to understand, or even just helped me to sing a hymn of praise in a church meeting.

But have I done this for others?  I know that to a small extent, the answer is yes.  I have prayed for people, read the Bible with them, and encouraged them when they were down.  However, I know that I have also shrunk back from helping someone in need or tried to greedily get something for myself.

Romans 15:1-2 say “But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those who are weak and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for building up.”  So many times my view is toward myself and not toward the Body of Christ.  If I’m strong in something I want to get stronger and not be weighed down by someone I think is weak.  This is absolutely against what God is doing.  God wants us to live our Christian life with a view toward what is good for the building up of others, with a view toward helping others gain the Christ that God has prepared for them.

O Lord Jesus!  Make me one who takes the lead to work for others and helps them enter into the what You have prepared for them!

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