I have been considering the matter of the Body of Christ this past week. The Bible tells us clearly that everyone who is born of God is part of His family and is a member of the Body of Christ. But the question is, Do We See the Body of Christ? Do we have a vision that affects our daily living, our attitude towards life and everything?
Do we see the Body?
We need the Lord to shine on us and expose us – it is only in the Lord’s light according to His mercy that we can see something of the Body of Christ. The Body is not a concept to be grasped and understood, neither is it a doctrine to be preached and apprehended. The Body of Christ is a spiritual and mystical reality revealed to us by God under the shining of the divine light.
There is something in this universe called, The Body of Christ, the mingling of God with man, the corporate expression of Christ in humanity, the collective living of the many God-men on the earth. Lord, do I see that I am a member of the Body? Do I keep the principles of the Body of Christ? Or do I live my life as if I am an individual Christian, doing my best to apply what the Bible says?
As we grow in life and we have dealings in life, as we deal with our self and our natural man, we will get to see the Body. The vision of the Body will cost us everything – it will cost us our very self. Our self, our individualism, is the greatest hindrance to the Body and the worst enemy of the Body. Lord, do unveil us to see the Body and live in the Body!
Do we keep the principles of the Body?
The first principle of the Body of Christ is ONENESS – the Body is one, and this oneness is the enlarged oneness of the Triune God. We have this oneness – we just need to keep it (Eph. 4:3). The primary virtue of our Christian walk is keeping the oneness of the Spirit. Also, the function of the Body is to express Christ – we do not express ourselves, but we are being saturated and permeated with Christ to express Him!
Our individual and personal experiences of Christ are for the Body, and the operation of the cross leads us to the Body and works in the sphere of the Body. Here, in the Body, Christ is the Head – no man is the head, only Christ has the position of authority. What we do is we have fellowship with the Head and with the other members, being in the life flow of the Body.
How much we need to see the Body and keep every principle of the Body! If we really see the Body, everything we do will be FOR the Body and IN the Body, out of our consideration and care for the Body, and it will be for the best of the Body. If we see that we are members one of another, we will stop and fellowship, considering what’s best for the Body. Lord, grant us to SEE the Body and keep every principle of the Body!