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The Body Of Christ

By Stewart Topping …

For a long time people have though of themselves as a Completed Jew or that God has taken the covenant that was made with Israel and given it to the Church because of there disbelief.  Today a special people have been called out to be separate and they are called the Body of Christ. They are not labeled Jew or Gentile. In the days of old, God called another special group out from the world; the nation of Israel.  Now God has called the Body of Christ out of the world to be separate and with the foundation of Jesus, not the foundation of the law. …. read on.

Paul says we are the Body of Christ; it is a very special group of believers.  When you are born again you become a member in the Body of Christ; because you are filled and indwelled with the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV)  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The body of Christ does not live by the law but by the spirit (Gal 5:18).  It is not the Church you go to. It is who you are.

What is the Body of Christ?

  •  Why don’t we hear more about it?
  •  Is it important for a Christian to understand?
  •  Where in scripture do we find reference to it?

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (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. 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.

The key is the one spirit; because with that spirit, Gods Holy Spirit, we are baptized into the body.  What is nice when this happens is that God doesn’t call us Jew or Gentile anymore, only his Body of which he is the head.  It was the shed Blood of the perfect Lamb of God that set us free.  There was always the understanding that there is no forgiveness or redemption without the shedding of Blood from the beginning of time (after Adam sinned).  Jesus did shed his blood at the cross for you and I.

Colossians 1:18 (KJV)18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Some would think that the sacrifice begin with the Mosaic Law; but actually the Sacrifice may have begun with Adam and eve;   Genesis 3:21 (KJV) 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.   But most would not disagree with it beginning with Abel and Cain;  Genesis 4:3-5 (KJV) 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  Now we see that the shedding of Blood continued into the Law Period.  They had daily sacrifices.

Colossians 1:14 (KJV) 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Why have blood sacrifices in the Old Testament ; because it is a type and shadow of the Death of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Sometimes we humans take a long time to understanding what God wants from us.  Sometimes we want to believe that it takes more than believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to be redeemed.  Remember the verses in 1 cor. 15:1-5, it explains how simple it is be redeemed by God.  His only purpose God has is to reconcile us to Him.  He wants us to believe in Him, have a relationship with Him and trust Him.

Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The Body of Christ is a called out group having the same nature of God.  We have been saved by the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead.  If that power can raise a dead person than why can’t it restore one from spiritual death.  Of course it can you say!!!  We do have to believe that the shed blood of the perfect lamb has set us free from spiritual death.

Mark 14:24 (KJV) 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

We have communion in Church to recognize the Body of Christ; but do we see it as part of the shed blood that God required.  Do we do it in remembrance; that there was a need and requirement for a blood sacrifice?

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (KJV) 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

The common bond we have is the Body of Christ; we don’t use definitions of Jew or Gentle because we are new creatures in Christ and members of the Body of Christ.  It is a very exclusive club of believers filled with the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. The purpose is to create the unity of the body, the same spirit and the one baptism (Holy Spirit).  One faith is the same belief in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus.

Ephesians 4:3-6 (KJV) 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

  •  One Lord – Jesus our Lord
  •  One Faith – The body of Christ
  •  One baptism – The filling of the Holy Spirit

Anything else will be confusing.

Today we have so many beliefs that it is confusing to those that call themselves Christians.

Praise God we are the Body of Christ!!!!

What is the Mystery Paul revealed?

By Stewart Topping …

All of us should understand the mystery that the scriptures talk about and to know why it is important to us as believers in Jesus Christ.  Don’t believe people or any Religion when they tell you no one knows the Mystery.  Look at what the apostle Paul said in Romans;

Romans 11:25 (KJV)  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

He is telling us that we should not be ignorant of the Mystery.  Some Churches today will tell you that no one can know the Mysteries of God.  I am sure they never looked for it or studied the Bible.  It is clear as a window pane.  If you study and ask for God to help you understand; He will answer you!

It’s kind of funny what Paul is saying in this scripture; you should not be ignorant of the mystery; why because we may be wise in our own conceits.  Is it possible that conceit means we know it all?  Tough words for us to swallow, we need to read and take heed; because it will change our lives if we understand the Mystery. What we need to do is study and study; remember this verse;

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The words rightly dividing mean to separate not understanding.  So he is telling us to separate the word of truth.  God has different missions during history that he has planned in order to reach the people he created; these are called dispensations.  We live in the “Dispensation of Grace”.

The Jewish Nation had been trained for approx. 1500 years to expect the messiah.  Then when He comes on the scene what do they do, they put Him on the cross to die.  Why would you bring the message of the Law as the gospel when the Law was already fulfilled in Jesus?  You would bring the massage of the cross, the death, burial and resurrection.  We must understand the revelation that Jesus gave Paul for us.   Listen to what Paul said;

Ephesians 3:1-6 (KJV) 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

The nation of Israel lived in the Dispensation of the Law.  That required them to followl the Law that was given to Moses and then taught to the Children of Israel for them to follow.  What was the bases of the Law; the coming Messiah.  So when the Messiah then the the age of the Law ended.  We are not living in the same period.  Here are the 7 Dispensations or the Age; they are listed on the column on the right or for more detail go here >>.

Another important part of Romans 11:25 is the section that says that blindness has come upon Israel.  Why would God blind Israel?  This was spoken by the Prophet Esaias (Isaiah).  This is considered the reason that started the change in dispensations from the Jews to the Gentiles.

After the rapture God’s plan is to go back to the Jewish Nation with the final dispensation The age of Christ, which includes the 7 years of Tribulation and then the 1000 years of the Millennium where Jesus Christ, the King of the Jews will reign.

Acts 28:25-29 (KJV) 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spoke  the Holy Ghost by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

You can see that Israel was waxed gross and dull of hearing and their eyes closed.  Maybe they had already blinded themselves by their own conceit.  They read the scripture every day and in Chapter 53 of Isaiah which was the most read; but they still did not hear or see.   Rightly dividing means to rightly divide the way God would talk to us today; not through the Law but by His Spirit. Now here Paul is telling us that he was given the dispensation of Grace for us. We are in the Dispensation of Grace now.  Let’s look more into what Paul said:

Ephesians 3:2 (NKJV) 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,

Since Paul is our teacher and because Jesus gave Paul the new program after Jesus rose from the grave. His message is for us today, for the Body of Christ.  The Dispensation of the Law was given by God for the Jewish Nation only.

Abraham was chosen to start a new nation dedicated to God because the human race had turned from God and no one was listening.  Act 28: 25-29}

Now let’s look at how we can join the “Body of Christ”, during the Dispensation of Grace.  The following verse says by one spirit; the Holy Spirit.  We are many members but one body.  We are baptized into the Body of Christ not by water baptism but baptism by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (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. 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.

We must realize that we become part of the Body of Christ when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and from that time forward we are not called Jews or Gentiles anymore.  Why, because God has started a new dispensation, the dispensation of grace.  In the next few weeks we will look at what makes up the new dispensation, “The Body of Christ”, and why Paul was given the Mystery.


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