18 OCTOBER 2020 THE BODY OF CHRIST The true body of Christ is dead unto sin, alive unto God. Christ’s fleshly body was prepared for death from its very beginning. In Hebrews 10:5 we read, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” Christ is the head of His body. A properly functioning body does the will of the head. Christ’s body will keep His commandments and do His will. Looking back at the history of the people of God should cause us to pause and take stock of our position. One of the contentions in the Reformation period 1500 to mid 1600’s had its roots in whether to abide by the clear teachings of Christ or to interpret the Scriptures to make room for the flesh to live. The groups that decided to use the authority of the body to interpret Scripture differently than its clear meaning, and thereby make room for the flesh to live, are not recognizable as the body of Christ today, although they are still claiming that distinction. The body of Christ that does not obey her head is a very disheartening contradiction. What is our foundation? Is it our personal spiritual experiences, or is it the clear teachings of Christ? In Matthew 7: 24-26 we read, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.” The clear teachings of Christ are the only foundation that will stand firm through the storms of life. If our spiritual experiences are leading us to make room for our flesh to live, what spirit is generating them? In 1 John 4:1-3 we read, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” So you see, that if our spiritual experiences are putting a stamp of approval on living after the flesh, which is disobedience to the Word of God, the spirit generating them is anti-christ. The intention of this writing is not to discourage us but to encourage us to make our calling and election sure. It is meant to encourage each of us to sweep off the debris of the flesh and discover the true foundation, the Rock, Christ Jesus the Lord. But be prepared, Christ teaches that His Word will cut to the quick, causing division between those who love the truth and those who do not. In Matthew 10:34-39 we read: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother. . . He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. . . And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.” If we seek to keep peace with the spirit of the world, we will save our flesh and lose our soul. Bear the cross of Christ. Brothers and sisters, we must be dead with Christ so we can arise with Him to a new life, the life in Christ. The body of Christ will follow Him to the cross, the tomb, the resurrection, and, finally, in heaven will receive the crown. Grace be with you. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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