Corpus Christi The Body Of Christ
by Sharon McClean
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Dict. def. of Corpus: The dead body of a person; a complete collection of writings on some subject or some period; the whole body; material substance of anything. (Latin; CORPUS CHRISTI BODY OF CHRIST.) (Latin corporatus: to form into a body.) (Corporation: A number of persons united, or regarded as united, in one body: Group of persons with AUTHORITY to act as a single person. (Matt. 28:18—ALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN Me in heaven and on earth. (19)”GO therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE. (NKJV) (The KJV says, and lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.)
(Eph. 5:30—For WE are members of HIS BODY, of His FLESH, and of HIS BONES. (32) This is a GREAT MYSTERY, but I speak concerning Christ and HIS CHURCH. Acts. 20:28—Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all THE FLOCK, among which the HOLY SPIRIT has made you overseers, to SHEPHERD the CHURCH of GOD which HE PURCHASED with His OWN BLOOD. (Eze.34:29—I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. (30) Thus they shall KNOW that I, THE LORD THEIR GOD AM WITH THEM, and that they THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, (Gen.35:10—And God said to Him, Your name is JACOB, your name shall NOT be called JACOB anymore, but ISRAEL shall be your name.) (Ps.24:6—THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.)
Returning to Eze.34:30--are MY PEOPLE, says the Lord god. (31) YOU ARE MY FLOCK, the FLOCK of MY PASTURE; you are men, and I am your GOD, says the Lord God. (Luke 12:32—FEAR NOT little FLOCK, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you THE KINGDOM.) (Ps. 74:1—O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against THE SHEEP of YOUR PASTURE? (2) Remember YOUR CONGREGATION, which YOU HAVE PURCHASED of old, The tribe of YOUR INHERITANCE, which you have REDEEMED—This MOUNT ZION where You have dwelt. Eze. 34:6—My SHEEP wandered through all of the mountains, and on every high hill, yes, MY FLOCK was SCATTERED over the WHOLE FACE OF THE EARTH, and NO ONE was SEEKING or SEARCHING for THEM. (7) Therefore, you SHEPHERDS, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD: (8) As I LIVE, says the Lord God, surely because MY FLOCK became a prey, and MY FLOCK became food for every beast of the field, because there was NO SHEPHERD, NOR DID MY SHEPHERDS SEARCH FOR MY FLOCK, but the SHEPHERDS fed themselves and did NOT feed MY FLOCK—(11) For thus says the Lord God: Indeed I MYSELF will SEARCH FOR MY SHEEP and SEEK THEM OUT. (12) As a SHEPHERD SEEKS OUT HIS FLOCK on the day he is among HIS SCATTERED SHEEP, so I WILL SEEK OUT MY SHEEP and DELIVER THEM from all the places where they were SCATTERED on a CLOUDY and DARK DAY. (13) And I will BRING THEM OUT FROM THE PEOPLES and GATHER THEM from the countries, and I will bring them back to THEIR OWN LAND. (15) I WILL FEED MY FLOCK, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God.)
Jere.31:10—HEAR the WORD OF THE LORD, O NATIONS, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He who scattered ISRAEL will GATHER him, and KEEP him as a SHEPHERD does his FLOCK. (11) For the Lord has REDEEMED JACOB, and RANSOMED him from the hand of one stronger than he. (12) Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of ZION, streaming to THE GOODNESS of the lord--
Heb.10:5—Therefore when He came into the world He said: SACRIFICE and OFFERING You did NOT desire, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME. (6) In burnt offerings and SACRIFICES for SIN You had NO pleasure, (7) Then I said, BEHOLD, I HAVE COME—IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of Me—TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD. (8) Previously saying, SACRIFICE and OFFERINGS and OFFERINGS for SIN You DID NOT DESIRE, nor had pleasure in them which are offered according to THE LAW. (9) Then He said, “Behold I have come to DO YOUR WILL O GOD. He takes away THE FIRST that He may establish THE SECOND. (10) BY THAT WILL (to do Your will O God.) we have been sanctified through THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE FOR ALL. (Heb. 9:28—So Christ was OFFERED ONCE to bear the SINS of many. To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME APART FROM SIN FOR SALVATION.)
(Returning to Heb.10:12—But THIS MAN, after HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. Heb. 1—Now this is the main point of what we are saying: We have such A HIGH PRIEST, who is SEATED at THE RIGHT HAND of THE THRONE of the MAJESTY in THE HEAVENS. (2) A Minister of the sanctuary and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which the LORD ERECTED and NOT man. (Ps.79:68—But CHOSE the tribe of JUDAH MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) AND HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, like THE EARTH WHICH HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER.)
Heb.3:14—For it is EVIDENT that our Lord AROSE from JUDAH, of which TRIBE Moses spoke NOTHING concerning PRIESTHOOD. (15) And it is yet far more EVIDENT if, in the LIKENESS of MELCHIZEDEK, there ARISES ANOTHER PRIEST, (16) who has come, NOT according to the LAW of a fleshly commandment, but according to THE POWER OF AN ENDLESS LIFE. (17) For He testifies: “You are a PRIEST FOREVER according to THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. (18) For THE LAW made NOTHING PERFECT; On the other hand, THERE IS THE BRINGING IN OF A BETTER HOPE, THROUGH WHICH WE DRAW NEAR TO GOD. (20) And inasmuch as He was not made PRIEST WITHOUT AN OATH, (21) BUT HE WITH AN OATH by Him who said to Him: The Lord has sworn and WILL NOT RELENT You are A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.(28) For the LAW appoints as HIGH PRIEST men who have weakness, but the word of THE OATH which came AFTER THE LAW, appoints THE SON WHO HAS BEEN PERFECTED FOREVER.
Returning to Heb.5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU are MY SON, today, I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.(The second Ps goes on to read: Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION, You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) Returning to Heb 5:6--As He also says in another place; YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZDEK.
(Ps. 110:4—The Lord has SWORN and will NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. (Looking back at verse 1—The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (Heb.10:12--But this man after He had OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, sat down at the RIGHT HAND of GOD, (13) from THAT TIME WAITING TILL HIS ENEMIES ARE MADE HIS FOOTSTOOL. (14) For by ONE OFFERING He has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are being SANCTIFIED. (15) And THE HOLY SPIRIT also WITNESSES to US; for after He had said before, (16) THIS IS THE COVENANT that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, and IN THEIR MINDS I will write them, (17) then He adds, “THEIR SINS and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” (18) NOW when there is REMISSION of THESE, THERE IS NO LONGER AN OFFERING FOR SIN. (2 Corin. 5:19—that is that God was in Christ RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us the word of RECONCILATION.)
Col. 2:11—In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the BODY of the SINS of the FLESH, by the circumcision of Christ, (12) BURIED WITH HIM in BAPTISM in which you ALSO WERE RAISED WITH HIM through FAITH in THE WORKING OF GOD, who RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. (13) And YOU, being DEAD in your TRESPASSES and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made ALIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM, HAVING FORGIVEN YOU ALL TRESPASSESES, (14) having WIPED OUT the HANDWRITING OF REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS AGAINST US, which was CONTRARY to US. And HE HAS TAKEN IT OUT OF THE WAY, HAVING NAILED IT TO THE CROSS. (15) Having DISARMED PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS, HE HAS MADE A PUBLIC SPECTACLE OF THEM, TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT. (Eph.6:12—For we do NOT wrestle against FLESH and BLOOD, but against PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the rulers of THE DARKNESS of THIS AGE, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.) (Eph.3:10—To THE INTENT that NOW the MANIFOLD WISDOM of GOD MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH to THE PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS in THE HEAVENLY PLACES, (11) according to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.)
Returning to Rom.6:3—Or do you NOT KNOW that as many of us as were BAPTIZED into Christ Jesus were BAPTIZED into His DEATH? (4) Therefore we were BURIED with Him through BAPTISM into DEATH, that just as CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD By THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, even so we also should walk in NEWNESS of LIFE. (5) For if we have been UNITED TOGETHER in THE LIKENESS of HIS DEATH, certainly WE ALSO SHALL BE IN THE LIKENESS of HIS RESURRECTION. (8) Now if we DIED with Christ, we BELIEVE THAT WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM. (Ps. 71:32—THE HUMBLE shall see this and be glad; and YOU WHO SEEK GOD, YOUR HEARTS shall LIVE. (35) For GOD WILL SAVE ZION and BUILD the CITIES of JUDAH. That they may dwell there and POSSESS it.)
Returning to Ps.110:2--The Lord shall send the ROD of YOUR STRENGTH out of ZION. RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES. (4) The Lord has sworn and will NOT relent, You are A PRIEST forever according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK. Heb.7:12—For the PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, as of necessity there is also A CHANGE OF THE LAW. Is. 2:3—Many people shall come and say, “come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord. To the house of the God of JACOB. (Ps. 24:6—This is JACOB the generation of those who SEEK Him, who SEEK Your FACE.) Returning to 2:3--He will teach us HIS WAYS, and we shall walk in HIS PATHS. For out of ZION shall GO FORTH THE LAW, and the WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM. (Ps.25:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH ME. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY that HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his DESCENDANTS shall INHERIT THE EARTH.)
Ps.40:6—SACRIFICE and OFFERING You DID NOT DESIRE; My ears You have opened; Burnt offerings and SIN OFFERING You DID NOT REQUIRE, (7) Then I said, “BEHOLD, I COME; IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK it is written of me. (8) I DELIGHT to DO YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and YOUR LAW is within my heart. (9) I have proclaimed THE GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know. (10) I have NOT HIDDEN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS within my heart; I have declared Your FAITHFULNESS and Your SALVATION; I have NOT concealed Your LOVINGKINDNESS and Your TRUTH from THE GREAT CONGREGATION.
(Ps. 22:25—My PRAISE shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION I will pay MY VOWS before those who fear Him. (26) The poor shall eat and be satisfied; THOSE WHO SEEK HIM will PRAISE the Lord. Let your heart LIVE forever! (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD. And ALL the FAMILIES of THE NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) for the kingdom is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps. 65:1—PRAISE is awaiting You, O God, in ZION; and to You THE VOW shall be performed. (2) O You who HEAR PRAYER to YOU ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER US, O God of our SALVATION, You who are THE CONFIDENCE of ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree the Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
Is. 45:22—LOOK to ME and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER, (23) I have SWORN by MYSELF; THE WORD HAS GONE OUT OF MY MOUTH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, and shall NOT RETURN, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (24) He shall say SURELY in the LORD I have RIGHTEOUSNESS and STRENGTH. To Him MEN SHALL COME, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him. (Isaiah 46:12—Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are FAR from RIGHTEOUSNESS. (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall NOT be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT linger. And I will PLACE SALVATION IN ZION, for ISRAEL MY GLORY. (Is.62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to THE END OF THE WORLD: “Say to the daughter of ZION, surely YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; Behold His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them the HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of the Lord: and you shall be called sought out a City NOT forsaken.
(Ps. 129:5—Let all those who hate ZION be turned back.(8) NEITHER let those who pass by them say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.) (Ps. 132:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has desired it for HIS HABITATION; (14) THIS is My RESTING PLACE FOREVER; HERE I WILL DWELL, for I have DESIRED IT. (Heb.4:1—Therefore, since a PROMISE REMAINS OF ENTERING HIS REST, let us FEAR lest any of you seem to HAVE COME SHORT OF IT. For indeed THE GOSPEL was preached to us as well as to them, BUT THE WORD WHICH THEY HEARD DID NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who HEARD it. (3) For we who have believed DO ENTER THAT REST, as He has said: “So I swore in MY WRATH, they SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.) (Ps.95:10—For forty years I was GRIEVED with THAT GENERATION, and said, IT IS A PEOPLE WHO GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEARTS, and they DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS. (11) So I SWORE IN MY WRATH, they shall NOT ENTER MY REST.) 1 Thess.5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ps.25:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; teach me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH IN THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS shall INHERIT the earth. (Ps. 115:16—The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; BUT THE EARTH he HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN of MEN.)
Pro. 13:12—Hope deferred makes the heart sick, BUT when THE DESIRE COMES, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.) (Pro. 11:30—The FRUIT of the RIGHTEOUS is A TREE OF LIFE, and he who wins souls is wise.
Rom 10:4—For Christ is the end of the law for RIGHTEOUSNESSS to everyone who believes. (3) For they being IGNORANT of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and seeking to ESTABLISH their OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT submitted to THE RIGTEOUSNESS of GOD. (Matt.6:33—But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.) Returning to Rom.10:8—But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in this way, “Do not say IN YOUR HEART, who will ASCEND into HEAVEN, (7) or Who will DESCEND into the abyss? (8) But what DOES IT SAY? The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart. (9) that if you CONFESS with YOUR MOUTH the Lord Jesus and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. (14) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have NOT believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have NOT heard? And how shall they hear WITHOUT A PREACHER? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are SENT? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, and bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS! (17) So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING by THE WORD OF GOD.
Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD-TIDINGS that PROMISE which was made to the fathers, (Rom.4:13—For the promise that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through THE LAW, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) Returning to Acts 13:33—God has FULFILLED this for US their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second Ps: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) (Returning to Acts 13:47--I have SET YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Is.42:6—I the Lord, have CALLED You in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I WILL KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU ASA COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, (7) To OPEN BLIND EYES, to bring out PRISONERS from the PRISON, those who sit in DARKNESS from the PRISON house.
Is.49:6—I will also GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (8) I will PRESERVE You and GIVE You as a COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, to RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate HERITAGES; (9) That You may say to the PRISONERS, “Go forth, to those who are in DARKNESS, “Show yourselves. Acts 1:8—But you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be WITNESSES to Me in JERUSALEM, and in all JUDEA and SAMARIA, and TO THE END OF THE EARTH. Acts 3:19—Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) AND THAT HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive UNTIL THE TIMES OF RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS, which GOD HAS SPOKEN by the mouth of ALL His holy prophets since the world began. (25) YOU are sons of the prophets and of THE COVENANT which GOD MADE WITH OUR FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, and in YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH shall be BLESSESD. (26) To you FIRST, GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SERVANT JESUS, SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU, IN TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITES.
Rom 6:6--knowing this, that our old man was CRUCIFIED with Him, that THE BODY OF SIN might be DONE AWAY WITH, that we should NO longer be SLAVES of SIN. (7) For he who has DIED has been FREED from SIN. (8) Now if we DIED with Christ, we believe that we shall also LIVE with Him, (9) Knowing that Christ having been RAISED FROM THE DEAD, dies no more. DEATH NO LONGER has dominion over Him. (10) For the DEATH that he died, HE DIED TO SIN ONCE FOR ALL; but the LIFE that He lives, He lives to God. (11) Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be DEAD INDEED TO SIN, but ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS our Lord.(13) And DO NOT present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to SIN, but PRESENT yourselves to GOD as being ALIVE FROM THE DEAD and your members as instruments of RIGHTEOUSNESS to GOD. (14) For SIN shall not have DOMINION over you, for you are NOT under LAW but under GRACE.
Rom. 8:10—And if Christ is IN you, THE BODY IS DEAD because of SIN, but THE SPIRIT IS LIFE because of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) But if the Spirit of Him WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELLS IN YOU; He who RAISED Christ from THE DEAD will ALSO GIVE LIFE to YOUR MORTAL BODIES through HIS SPIRIT who dwells IN you. (John 14:23—If anyone loves Me, he will keep MY WORD, and My FATHER will LOVE him, and WE WILL COME TO HIM and MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM.) Returning to Rom 8:12--Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—NOT to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. (13) But if BY THE SPIRIT you put to DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YOU WILL LIVE. (14) For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD.
Now this, He ASCENDED—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? (10) He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that HE MIGHT FILL ALL THINGS. (11) And He Himself gave some to be APOSTLES, some PROPHETS, some EVANGELISTS, and some PASTORS and TEACHERS, (12) FOR the EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY, for THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, (13) TILL WE ALL COME TO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH and THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD TO A PERFECT MAN, to THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE of THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST; (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every WIND OF DOCTRINE, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, (15) but SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, may GROW UP INTO HIM who IS THE HEAD—CHRIST—(16) from whom THE WHOLE BODY, JOINED and KNIT TOGETHER by what every joint supplies according to the effective working by which EVERY PART DOES ITS SHARE, CAUSES GROWTH OF THE BODY for THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF in LOVE.
Eph. 1:22—And He put ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, and gave HIM to be HEAD over ALL THINGS to THE CHURCH, (23) WHICH IS HIS BODY, the FULLNESS of HIM WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL. Col. 2:9—For in HIM dwells all THE FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY, (10) and you are COMPLETE in HIM, who is the head of all PRINCIPALITY and POWER. Eph. 3:10—to the INTENT that NOW the manifold WISDOM of GOD might be made KNOWN by THE CHURCH TO THE PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS in the heavenly places, (11) according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (12) in whom we have BOLDNESS and ACCESS with CONFIDENCE through FAITH in HIM. (14) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (15) from whom the WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is named, (16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His GLORY, to be strengthened with might THROUGH HIS SPIRIT in the INNER MAN,
(Phil. 2:13—for it is God WHO WORKS in YOU both TO WILL and TO DO for HIS GOOD PLEASURE) Returning to Eph 3:17-- that Christ may DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH; THAT YOU BEING ROOTED and GROUNDED IN LOVE, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the WIDTH, and LENGTH and DEPTH and HEIGHT—(19) TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH PASSES KNOWLEDGE; THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. 1 John 4:9—In THIS the LOVE of God was MANIFESTED toward us, that GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM. (12) No one has seen God at any time. If we LOVE one another, GOD ABIDES IN US and HIS LOVE has been PERFECTED in US. (13) By THIS we KNOW that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that the FATHER HAS SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (John 17:18—As you SENT Me into the world, I also have SENT them into the world. (21) That they all may be ONE, as YOU, Father, are IN Me, and I IN YOU; that they also may be ONE IN US, that THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE that YOU SENT ME.. (23) I IN them, and YOU in ME; that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, and that THE WORLD may KNOW that YOU HAVE SENT ME, and have LOVED them as YOU have LOVED ME.) Returning to Eph. 3:20--Now to Him who is able to DO exceedingly abundantly above all that we ASK or THINK, according to the POWER that WORKS IN US, (21) TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITH OUT END. AMEN.
Eph. 2:8—For by GRACE you have been SAVED THROUGH FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOUR SELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, (9) NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast. (10) FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand that we SHOULD WALK IN THEM. ( 2 Tim. 3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.)
(Refer back to Eph. 1:10) John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “WHAT SHALL WE DO, THAT WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD?” (29) “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD THAT YOU BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE SENT. John 3: 16—For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever BELIEVES in HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For God DID NOT SEND His Son into the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD through HIM might be SAVED. Luke 10:56—For the Son of Man DID NOT COME TO DESTROY men’s lives but to SAVE THEM.
John 15:16—YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you that you should GO AND BEAR FRUIT, and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN, that WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME HE MAY GIVE YOU. (17) These things I COMMAND YOU, that you LOVE one another. John 15:5—I am the VINE, you are THE BRANCHES. He who ABIDES IN ME, and I IN HIM, BEARS MUCH FRUIT; for without me you can do nothing. (6) If anyone does not ABIDE IN ME, he is cast out as a BRANCH and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (7) If you abide in ME, and MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, YOU WILL ASK WHAT YOU DESIRE, and IT SHALL BE DONE FOR YOU. (8) BY THIS MY FATHER IS GLORIFIED, THAT YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO YOU WILL BE MY DISCIPLES.
John 16:23—And in that day you will ASK Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME HE WILL GIVE YOU. (24) Until now you have ASKED NOTHING in MY NAME. ASK, and YOU WILL RECEIVE, that your JOY may be FULL. (26) In that day you will ASK in MY NAME, and I do not say that I shall pray the Father for you; (27) for the Father Himself LOVES YOU, because you have LOVED ME, and have BELIEVED THAT I CAME FORTH FROM GOD. Ps. 2:2—The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST the Lord and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and CAST AWAY Their CORDS from us. (6) Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.(8) ASK OF ME and I WILL GIVE YOU THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.
(I believe this place in the second Ps is A SPIRITUAL PLACE, where once we STAND ON THIS WORD and WE ASK the Father for the NATIONS and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for HIS POSSESSION, we are BORN AGAIN!) (1 Peter 1:23—having been BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through THE WORD OF GOD which lives and abides FOREVER.) (Ps. 87:5—And of ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and that one were BORN IN HER; and the Most High Himself shall establish her. (6) the LORD WILL RECORD, WHEN HE REGISTERS THE PEOPLES; THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE.) . (Ps. 78:68—But CHOSE the tribe of JUDAH, MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT His SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, like THE EARTH which He has ESTABLISHED FOREVER.)
Is.33:20—Look upon ZION, the CITY of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see JERUSALEM, a quiet habitation; A TABERNACLE that will NOT be taken down; not one of its stakes will ever be removed, NOR will any of its CORDS be broken. (21) But THERE the MAJESTIC LORD WILL BE FOR US.
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Great work on the Body of Christ, Sharon! We indeed are His body, for we are baptized into Him; into His body by the HOly Spirit! Keep up the great works you do and the encouragement. It goes a long way. Together In Him, Dennis.
Dearest Sharon, Yes, we are God's people and His Word gives us direction for responding to Him as His Children. For He wants us to receive His Salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. He wants us to learn and to teach His Word (as you are doing) and HE works through His messengers and His servants (like you) here on Earth. As you noted here in Psalms, "show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; teach me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH IN THE WAY HE CHOOSES." Faith blooms by hearing the Word of God and we grow in the Lord by being nurtured in His Word. It is then we can become part of the Body of Christ and do our part through the gifts He has provided to us. You have cited some of my favorite Scripture passages: "If we LOVE one another, GOD ABIDES IN US and HIS LOVE has been PERFECTED in US. (13) By THIS we KNOW that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT." "Eph. 2:8—For by GRACE you have been SAVED THROUGH FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOUR SELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, (9) NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast." “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD THAT YOU BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE SENT." "John 3: 16—For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever BELIEVES in HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For God DID NOT SEND His Son into the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD through HIM might be SAVED." God bless you, Sharon, and thank you for sharing God's Wisdom and using YOUR amazing Spiritual gifts to His Glory! I love you, Peggy