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Daily Bread - October 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:46
Ephesians 4:16 - From Whom all the Body is joined and knitted together by
every ligament that provides support; so that each individual pare
functions effectively, providing for the growth of the Body as it builds
itself up in love.

Part 1 - The Body

The whole human body is under the control of the head unless there is some
disconnection such as a broken or dislocated bone or cut tissue. If there
is a broken or cut part, then it must be fixed immediately - otherwise the
whole body will suffer prolonged trauma until it is fixed. Within the
framework of the Church, we must recognize Who the Head is, and be under
His control. The head is Christ Jesus, and those special gifts He appointed
as leadership to represent Him. If the head is not in control, then the
body will not grow and the results will be completely dysfunctional. Of
course, the growth is not a measure of numbers but of spiritual maturity.

Staying with the allegory of a body Paul uses to describe how the Church is
to function and operate, we know that the body is held together by: bones,
ligaments, tendons, and muscles. By this anatomical analysis, Paul
expresses the interdependence each individual within a local church must
have with respect to each other. If we are unwilling to have such a loving
connectivity and interdependency, then it is not possible to be submitted
to Christ Jesus. This is a picture of submission and dependency that can
only come from the love of God being poured into our hearts. Along with
such grace, there must also be a devoted consecration to functioning toward
a common goal, heavenly vision, and divine purpose.

Those individuals unwilling to connect in such a way will be handicapped,
being unable to respond to the commands of the Head, and the body will be
crippled. Then the Head has to direct in the repair of whatever is wrong.
If each individual submits to the love of Christ and is willing to allow
the Holy Spirit to set them in their proper place within the Body, then
each body part will be properly connected. Through this love and
cooperation, the Church will grow into the fullness of the measure of the
maturity of Christ both individually and collectively (Ephesians 4:13,
5:30; 1 Corinthians 10:17, 12:13,18; Galatians 3:16; Romans 12:4-5;
Colossians 3:15). Using the same analogy, when an individual attempts to
establish their own place and purpose within the body it is like a cancer
producing dysfunctional tissue and making the entire body sick (2 Timothy
2:14-21).

Hold fast the Head, Christ Jesus! (Colossians 2:19)
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