The Body of ChristBro. David Chancellor
2/14/1999 6:00 PM
1 Corinthians 12:22-27
The apostle Paul points out that whether a member be great or small it is important to the body. We want all parts of our physical to function as it should - as God's people we want to fill our place (verse 27) "Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular." - Christ has made us members of this body. It's a special thing to be in the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:15-17
When we partake of the body of Christ - we become a part of the body of Christ. Communion is a testimony of what we have partaken and of what Christ has done for us. "We are what we eat." You cannot become part of the body of Christ just be joining yourself (or hanging out around) the people of God. You can only become part of the body of Christ as you partake of that "bread sent from heaven."
1 Corinthians 11:20-32
The people were coming together, and not doing it as a good thing. It was not honoring to God and not beneficial to the ones that were there. Points to communion to make the point that the church is HIS body. As we are all members of this body we need to encourage and strengthen one another. These were seeking to get ahead, to be honored about each other. If we went at things like this it would not be beneficial to the body. We can't expect to spiritually prosper if we each go our own way and be unconcerned about one another. If we do this it'll be hard to build each other up. Sometimes God has to help us understand things so we won't be condemned with the world. We want to help God's people in every way we can.
Speaks of those that would be used for the edifying of the body of Christ... God would have everyone of us to see to it that the edifying of the body is our interest. We want to come to the fullness of Christ and grow as he would have us to - that we not be swayed by winds of doctrine. God is counting on each one of us to live up to all the light we have. If we all do our part the body will function right. We want to be (individually) all that he'd have us be that we can (collectively) function as we should.
Those things are a shadow of things to come - something to prepare for the coming of Christ. There's no point observing those things when reality has come. Those were things to help us to recognize Christ when he came. We, too, could get wrapped up on things of that order. There are many things we could dispute about and discuss - but we need to hold on to the head (that's where the nourishment comes from). People can go on in religion without Christ, but they will not have the soul nourishment he provides. We could get to where we look for the "great champion" of our day, but as we read about the ones who were "champions of truth" in the past, we find that they each one looked to Christ. We need to be more concerned about being connected to the head. Christ is our champion - we need to connect up with him. D. S. Warner just walked with Christ and lived as God would have him to live. He's one of those that it would have been wonderful to know - and it was because of the connection to Christ. Our encouragement, strength, and increase come from the head - Christ.
He speaks of the greatness of Christ and shows how God honored him above all others. God made Christ the head of the church and put him over all things of the church - Christ is that which fills the church. The fulness of Christ makes the body what it is. Our standing as Christ's body is the infilling that exists. If we want to see the church be glorious, it has to be filled with all the fulness of Christ. If people are walking close to God it will be a glorious church. The fulness of Christ and the glory of the church are forever intertwined. For the church to be glorious it needs to have the fulness of Christ. He's the source of nourishment, the builder up... We want the judgment of God to work in us. The church will be more glorious if each of us examines ourselves and stays connected to the head - and others will do fine (as they do the same). If we are continually staying in line with God's will and plan - the church will be glorious. It is the fullness of Christ that makes it so. The reason the movement went the way it did was because it lost contact with the head. Without the Spirit of God the working won't accomplish nearly so much as it does with it. If we aren't careful we can get wrapped up in the process and lose sight of the substance.