One Body of Christ Part 10
The Body has NEVER been allowed to tell the Head what to do about ANYTHING!! Though there is a strong relationship that exists between each member and the Head, the Head only GIVES ORDERS to the Body. Wound a member, and the brain knows it immediately; wound a member of the Body of Christ and Christ knows it, immediately!!
Some may ask; “are we that closely related to Christ?” On the way to Damascus, on a mission of persecution, Saul of Tarsus heard the voice of the Lord. Saul had made many such journeys unaffected by anyone and without anyone restraining him. This time it would be different. Saul thought he was doing the Will of God in restraining the growth of the Church of Christ. Saul was being true to the Law of Moses, only that Law had been abrogated by the blood of the only begotten Son of God. Saul had been a diligent student of the Law under Gamaliel in Jerusalem since a child; Paul would later be recorded as saying; “I stood in all good conscience before God until that day. I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.” Acts 26:9-11
Saul of Tarsus heard the voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” How was Saul persecuting Jesus, now crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords? By persecuting His Body, not His physical, fleshly, personal body, but His spiritual Body!
As a man leaves his wife to care for and provide in his absence for his children, so Christ had left on the Earth His physical representative which was His spiritual Bride: and “no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the Church.” Ephesians 5:29 IF YOU INJURE MY BODY, YOU INJURE ME. Jesus will say to those on His right hand at the fall of Jerusalem, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and you gave Me meat: I was thirst, and you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered and fed Thee, or thirsty and gave Thee drink……. The King shall answer: Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:31-46 Don’t mess with the Lord’s anointed!!, you are treating Him as you treat them!!
I know no one who would not help the Lord if they found Him here on Earth without. We would gladly do anything we could for Him. There will never be this opportunity, BUT, HERE HE HAS HIS CHILDREN. There are needy children, disciples, and aged saints. Will you not give them relief?? This will be ministering to Christ. Do you refuse to associate with a brother because he is poor or without? Think of this text the next time you have opportunity, hear of an opportunity!! Think of this scripture: “You have done it unto Me.” You can help IF you cannot do anything else. Don’t wait until a child of God is in trouble and has to beg, if you see a need, investigate the need and see what you can do to remedy it. Don’t sit around and pray to be used of the Lord and let some child or saint of God do without: that is the Lord’s child!! You are helping the Lord!!