The Word: 1 Corinthians 12: 12(KJV)
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 12: 13 – 14 (KJV)
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
Think about it
ONE BODY, MANY MEMBERS
The disciple is a member of the body of Christ. There is just one body but that one body has many members. This truth is very important. The disciple is not a lone ranger. He is not detached by himself, all to himself, all alone. He belongs to a body. Being a member of the European union for instance brings certain benefits and certain restrictions. When we give our lives to Jesus, we enter into Divine covenant. That agreement is two ways (like the cross) – A vertical relationship with the father and an horizontal relationship with the brethren of thesame body. If we fully understand this truth, we won’t be fighting, backbiting, quarrelling in the church. When we have major fighting in the church, it is because we have allowed this truth to slip off.
The church is Christ’s body. The church is also a divine cult! With Christ, you voluntarily surrender your life to him, you become a member of his body voluntarily, you can also exit voluntarily. Because of that freedom of willpower we sometimes say the church is not a cult. But in reality the church is a cult.
What are the signs of a cult?
– They usually are in a covenant
– Most times a blood covenant
– They are in unity and defend each other
When we became believers, we were initiated into God’s divine cult through the blood of Jesus. So you and I are members of a divine cult. In the world, people are forced or pressurised into negative cults and they cannot leave. With God though, you come voluntarily and no one stops you from leaving. However if we understand that we are part of the body of Christ (which is a divine cult), then you will realise that you have a responsibility towards that group.
7 truths about the body of Christ
– We are all one body: black, brown, asian, latino, caucasian…..
– Even though one body, we are many.
– Even though we are one body, we are also different. (We need to appreciate our differences and leave a tolerance for that)
– We are in covenant together.
– We don’t fight each other.
– We support each other and work together
– We have different grace and gifts
If you understand the truth above, you will understand that every time you undermine another believer, you are undermining Christ. Every time you slander another believer, God is not happy with you. Every time you fail to appreciate that we are different and be conscious of that in your dealing with others, then you have failed to show discretion. Every time you throw tantrums all over the place, you are like a spoilt child in the house who the parents are not happy with. Every time you lose your temper with another believer when you could have held your piece and the two or more of you start fighting, it is like siblings or children of the same parents going to fight each other in public. Do you realise those children are a disgrace to the mum and dad?
We can be Christians but God is not really happy with us because some of our actions are a disgrace to him. Even though God is silent. But we need to realise some of our actions are completely unacceptable.
1 Corinthians 10: 3 – 5
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
The disciple is therefore a member of the body. God expects the disciple to show restraint and discipline. We need to ask God for help in this regard.
A disciple is a divine cult member, he needs to show the restraint expected of such a cult
Our memory verse for March 2018
Luke 9: 23
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 3 lines:
Line 1: And he said to them all,
Line 2: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
Line 3: and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Once you say it a few times it will stick.
Prayer focus: Our next level prayers:
Lord help me to appreciate that I am a member of your body.
Masterlife Workbook: The Church is embarking on weeks of discipleship workbook study: Masterlife now on the 2nd workbook: The Disciple’s personality