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Jesus, Head of the Body

Many religions exist that teach their followers to do their best in keeping alive the precepts of an absent spiritual leader. As such, they are often to follow by rote commands left decades, centuries, millenium ago. Some of these are even Christian religions. But as Christians, we have a book of standards, but our leader is with us. Jesus as Lord means we are to follow the commands he gave us then, and the ones he gives us now as well.

If you are not on terms with Jesus that he gives you commands that are strictly for your life today, this can be fixed. Jesus is not an absent or missing King. He is with us today, connected by the gift of new life in us.

Eph. 1:22-23: "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

"Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all."

How well does your body work if your head is removed from your body? Will it function if the body has to obey commands given way back when your head was connected?

Of course not.

Jesus is not merely "was" or "will be" the head of the body, he is the head, right now.

We see this analogy again in Ephesians.

Eph. 5:22-24: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

"Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."

Hey, husbands, this is great. We can leave our wives notes in the morning, lists for them to do, and show up for dinner, oh, two thousand years later!

Of course not.

First of all, this is not, as some husbands like to think, a command to husbands to boss around their wives, nor is this Scripture a collection of words husbands are to beat their wives in the ears with.

It is part of a section where we ALL are to be subject to EACH OTHER when we speak the word, as unto the Lord, because it is the Lord's words we speak.

Eph. 5:20-21: "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God."

See? Submitting to one another.

Eph. 5:25-29: "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

"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:"

See? The husband subjects himself to the wife as well, part of which entails "nourishing" and "cherishing." We serve each other, not ourselves, as Christians first, and second as part of ourselves.

But all this is in the context of submission to Christ.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, how are we going to do this if Jesus is an absentee Lord?

Matt. 18:19-20: "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

This was foretold by Jesus even before anything relating to the Church of the Body had been revealed. Even without the fullness of what we've been given, Jesus promised that he'd be with his followers when two or more, yes, even two or three, were gathered to represent him, that is to say, in his name.

What about us, with the grace we've been given?

Eph. 1:13: "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"

We were sealed with holy spirit, God's spiritual DNA. It is the earnest, the token, the promise that the inheritance is ours.

Eph. 1:14: "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."

We have this spirit. Do we have to use it?

Of course not. We can set it "on the shelf" and ignore it, let it collect dust.

Or as we serve, as we subject ourselves to Christ and each other, we can "work" this spirit in the ways various Scriptures tell us we can.

There are many workings of spirit, diversities the Scriptures say, but only nine ways that Scripture is manifested in the natural realm. The operations may be literal fire from heaven licking up Elijah's offering in the Law administration or tongues like fire setting on the apostles in this administration, but both are miracles.

Indeed, the spirit that is energized in this administration may include the gift, the Comforter, or in another administration may have been God alone blanketing a believer with His Spirit upon such a one, but "the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal," 1 Cor. 1:7, and then only nine ways spirit will "manifest," will show itself, are listed.

That means that under any circumstance, any condition of spiritual energizing or activity that in some way effects Man's senses and the world of atoms and molecules, any of these changes can be labeled as one of these nine manifestations.

God who is spirit pushes atoms around? Miracles, maybe healings. If He does this in answer to one or more of His promises, you will see the effects of a spiritual quality called "faith." This faith goes beyond our simple believing, trust and faith in God. It is the power of spirit shoring up our inability to have influence in the spiritual realm.

You do things the Scriptures tell us will "work" the spirit God gave us? What you will see and hear, what is "manifested," will be "inspirational" prophesy, speaking in tongues or interpretation of tongues. Note, this is not the prophesy of someone God has revealed details of the future to. It is inspired (i.e., "in-spirit") utterance to activate in us what truth God has revealed to us to the end it edifies the people of God.

If, however, God reveals to a human aspects of knowledge or wisdom they cannot know by experience or senses, or reveals the presence of spiritual realities they cannot know via the senses, these are words of wisdom, words of knowledge, discerning of spirit.

How does Christ, up in the heavens with God, give us our marching orders?

Word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirit.

It is through these manifestations of word of knowledge, of wisdom, of discerning of spirit that Jesus gives commands to the parts of the Body beyond the Scripture that sets the guides and basics of what we are to do.

Confused as to the facts when someone needs ministering to, or is an unknown event about to try to swallow you up? How many of us have been warned to do or not do something, or been told of a person's illness, or "felt" (or been audibly commanded) to take specific action we otherwise would not have even considered?

Acts 5:1-5: "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

"And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

"Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."

How did Peter know? By his senses? No, he received information, knowledge, he could not receive by his senses via spirit. The revelation of spirit manifested as a word, a message, of knowledge.

After all, that is what revelation is, a revealing by the spirit of knowledge or wisdom, or a revealing by the spirit of spiritual realities, that we have no way via senses or experience of knowing.

Of course, Jesus still has the option of speaking to us or appearing to us in person. Of course, he is busy, but he is the head of the Body. Are you part of the Body?

Acts 9:1-5: "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

"And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

"And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

And again, Acts 9:10-17: "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

"And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

"And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

"Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

"And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

"But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

"For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost."

So Jesus has options. But these options are for service. Ananias was ready to serve, while not an apostle, or perhaps even what we would call a minister. He was simply "a certain disciple," one of the congregation so to speak.

But he was ready to serve, he had obviously prepared his heart. He was wrapped up enough in this Christian faith thing that when Jesus his Lord started speaking to him, he wasn't "Is that really you, Lord?" or "Does Jesus really speak to us?"

How many of us as Christians live our lives like this?

Actually, many of us live like this. We hope you do. If you haven't been, we hope you start.

We live to hear the next revelation, to act on things that we have no way via our senses to even be aware of.

This is how it should be. Jesus did not say "I love you, I die for you, I give you commandments...now, so long, you're on your own."

Buddha may have been a nice guy. He does not walk and talk with people that follow him today.

Mohammed may have meant well. He wrote a book and skipped out. He died and didn't get back up again.

Jesus is with us today. If we are willing to walk like it, and willing to walk subject to him, we will find this to be true by many mighty signs and wonders following our service, our ministry.

Jesus is with us, and we serve him, we are obedient to his commands whether they are the revelation he gave to Paul, John and others, or whether he taps on our shoulders and says "Time to go visit Saul."

Eph. 1:15-23: "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

"Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."

You see, we are the fullness of he who fulfills us! We are the Church, we are the called out, we are the Body.

Doesn't it behoove us to live it, to be ready to respond to the commands of our Lord, who is our Head?

Whether the place we meet other Christians is Baptist or Independent, Charismatic or Traditional Methodist, once we have accepted Jesus he is our Lord. That, brethren, transcends denominations or dogma.

Jesus rose from the dead, we serve a living and risen saviour.

Let's open up our ears for our marching orders, each and every one.

Amen?

Amen!

(Scripture was pasted from The Bible Gateway, KJV.)

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