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JESUS’ BODY – STILL HERE

Ephesians 4: 16

“We are parts of his body” God’s Word translation

The word body is used in reference to a person, a human being. It is also used in reference to a number of individuals spoken of collectively. The word also conveys the sense of a number of persons united by a common tie or organised for a purpose.

Among many other names, the church of Jesus Christ is called “body”. Not just any “body” but the “body of Christ”. 1 Corinthians 12: 18 says that God has set every believer into one body, as it hath pleased him. It is very important for us to realise that God has set the redeemed as the body of Christ in this world, irrespective of location, culture, nationality or race.

Our physical bodies allows us to manifest ourselves and interact with the world around us, in the same light, the body of Christ on earth which is the church, allows Jesus to manifest Himself in this world. For Jesus to fully manifest and reveal Himself to the world, every part of the body will have to function effectively, fulfilling their distinct and personal roles.

The concept of a body speaks of diversity, unity and inter-dependence. 1 Corinthians 12:20 says that there are many parts but one body. The functioning of every part of the body, every muscle, every tissue, every bone, every nerve and fibre is essential to the body’s well being. According to 1 Corinthians 12: 26, if one part suffers, the whole body suffers and if one is honoured, the whole is honoured. The above verse conveys the sense that no part of the body exists for itself but for the whole and thus the whole body, the church, exists not for itself but for Christ. Verse 27 of 1 Corinthians 12 says “you are the body of Christ and individually members of it”.

We are the body and Christ is the head. (Col 1:18). Head speaks of leadership and direction. The whole human body receives direction from the head. From the brain the rest of the body is instructed on what needs to be done and how. The same is true with the body of Christ. Jesus, the head of the body, directs the body to carry out His will in the world. When the body of Christ individually and collectively is doing what Jesus designed for her to do, it literally allows Jesus to rise up and walk in the world, expressing His love and grace through the body. Jesus is not only here through the Holy Spirit, He is here through you and me and other believers with whom we collectively form the body of Christ. If we would be faithful to Him individually as parts of the body and collectively as one body, then would Jesus be lifted through His body, the church, and would draw all men unto Himself. (John 12: 32)

Prayer:

Thank you father for engrafting me together with others as a worthy part of the body of Christ. Dear Jesus, I present my body to you a living sacrifice and I ask you to express your glory through me on earth. Today I surrender every lust of the flesh and ask you to take my life over. I refuse to live for myself; as I present my body to you, I promise to live for you all the days of my life, Amen.

By E. Might


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