Ephesians 4:15-16 – “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” NASU
Let me offer some definitions or identifications regarding the Body that a couple of words in this text reveals. The two words to which I refer are JOINT – The nervous system or the nerve paths that run through the body. SUPPLIES – The full supply for any part of the body in its moment of need comes through the ‘paths’ within the body or through the nerve system. Why is that important? It is important because Paul frequently used analogies and comparisons to the human body in understanding the Body of Christ. But that is only a part of the picture.
We are told by the apostle that THE BODY is built up in LOVE or that it builds itself up in or through LOVE. The supply spoken of here is abundant and is sufficient to satisfy the need of any part of the body regardless of what or where that part is. That supply flows through the individual cells in the body bring the needed supply, produces life, and makes whole. The result is the Body through its individual cells ministering to each other builds itself up in Love! Thus, a perfectly functioning Body, human or the Body of Christ is where every cell is ministered to fully, completely and according, to need. Body Ministry, a term we have probably heard frequently, is when all the supply lines are open and functioning as they were designed. It would behoove us to remember that we are individual cells within the Body of Christ, not isolated entities.
Our relationship with Jesus, the Head of the Body, is the same as the rest of our human body relates to the human head of that body (brain). We are Christ’s Body! That is not a hope, wish, or objective we are striving to attain – WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST if we are IN Christ. You did not originate the Body and your inclusion did not cause it to begin, it was there before you were included. But, since you have been included you are a part of the Body of Christ and have a specific function in that Body. One of those functions is to be a nerve path, a connecting cell, a supply route where other cells within the Body can receive what they need to function completely and wholly.
Someone said, “There are only two bodies in the world and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” Therefore, we can see there is the Body of the World and the Body of Christ. The head of the Body of Christ is Jesus and the head of the Body of this World is Satan. At conversion or salvation, you were adopted, grafted, or born into the Body of Christ. In the human body, the head and the rest of the body is one. The head is the brain the control center of the body. The life that the body exhibits flows from the brain or head and the life that we have spiritually is flowing from the Head, JESUS!
Scientist and biologist tell us that out from the brain come energy, life, and electrical current or Power! So, inside each of us is a pulsating power flowing from the brain to every cell or life. It is not a matter of which church you belong, or the religious rituals you practice, or even the doctrine you believe it is BEING a LIVING CELL in the Body of Christ. In Him, we live and move and have our being. This is a supernatural life that can only be manifested through our connection with the head being supplied through the nerve paths of the Body. We are living His Life and that life is LOVE!
William Shakespeare popularized ‘romantic love’ and ever since the human race has been captivated by the idea of “Falling in Love”. God does not fall in love; He is love and loves! You fall in ‘mud puddles’ and if you ‘fall in love’ you can be rescued or ‘fall out of love’ as easily as you fell into it. God’s love is Unconditional, human love is conditional. God’s love is spontaneous, it does not have to be earn, courted or wooed it is an extension of Who He Is. It is Agape and that Agape is what builds up the Body and transforms it into the Glorious Church Jesus said He was building and would return for. God’s love is a premeditated choice not the fire of emotion. He decided to love us because that is who and what He is – LOVE!
I want to press deeper into this so we will pause here and pick up next time considering the Body of Christ and it’s building of itself up in LOVE! Until next time may the richest and best of the blessing of the Lord be yours in all things and, at all times.