THE BODY OF CHRIST

     The mind of Christ must go beyond the carnal mind; Paul's teaching in Ephesians is a great example. "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband"(Eph.5:28-33).

     Here's the revelation of this "great mystery": wives and husbands can love, submit, reverence and share each other! They can even leave their father and mother and be joined in flesh and in hearts. However, when work or daily routine separates them, they are no longer the same flesh but two individuals! Paul makes it very clear, he's talking about Christ and His Church! He's focusing on a difference here and the difference is the mystery! Ephesians one says Jesus is the head of the church, which is His body. Can I tell you Jesus has a many-membered body, so mysterious you must be a part of it to even recognize it. This is the "great mystery" I am not my wife's fleshly body and she is not mine, but In-Christ we become his flesh and his bones! He is all that the Head entails, but Jesus depends on the "true church" for His Body. This brings new meaning to "oneness" the head and the body are attached, what a marriage!

     Married couples have "flesh and blood" relationships; very necessary in reproduction. But go beyond that into the realm of Spirit. The members of the In-Christed Body have a "flesh and bone" relationship! "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones"(Eph.5:30).  Everything Jesus says is filled with revelation! A certain man wanted to follow Him, but with the stipulation; I must first bury my father. We know the reply: "Let the dead bury their dead". In Spirit, to leave father and mother completely, is necessary to be involved in God' Kingdom! Here's how Apostle John says it; "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"(St.Jn.1:13). No outside sentimental influences save the Holy Ghost!  To be In-Christ is to cut all ties with sentimental flesh and blood, and become part of the Bride of Christ, extracted from the blood, water and Spirit which flowed from the side of Jesus!
To grow in the knowledge of the Spirit, is to know the difference between the "love of God" , love of Family, and unprofitable sentimental feelings!

In-Christ Always  Elmer Hart

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