…They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.(Col 2:19)
I remember when I first heard someone tell a bunch of believers that the head is not separate to the body, in relation to Christ The Head and the Church. I thought it was funny and an odd thing that as Christians we would need to have that put so bluntly to us. It’s such an obvious truth, right?. But is it? As the years went on I came to appreciate how desperately the church needs to hear this truth as bluntly and plainly as possible so that we really ‘get’ it.
As Alison put in her post last week, “The church is Christ”.
To some that might sound blasphemous, but it’s not, so let me explain. Of-course we are not all little Jesus’ running around the planet. Absolutely not. We are not divine and to think otherwise is New Age deception. But by His Divine Life that lives in us we have become members of one body, Christ’s body, and we are governed by Christ who is our Head.
I am not Christ. You are not Christ. However, corporately the whole church is actually the fullness of Christ.
And God placed all things under his (Christ’s) feet and appointed him to be head over everything pertaining to the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Isn’t that incredible? The church is the fullness of Christ. That’s why it’s so important for the church to truly ‘get’ the reality that Christ is not separate from us, His body. Christ needs us just as we need Him. Christ needs His body, He is not a separate head independent of His body.
I am loving experiencing at present a growing insight into the reality of Christ’s corporate-ness. If I do a kind gesture for a brother in Christ, I am doing it for Jesus! I love this because it doesn’t matter if the brother appreciates the gesture because it was for Christ! If a sister in Christ loves and supports me through a hard time, she is loving and supporting Christ Himself because I am a member of Christ’s very own body. The body and the head are one – of-course!
A short while ago my husband was spending some private time with the Lord while we were staying with friends (saints). At the time, he heard one of them in the kitchen getting breakfast. He shared with me that all at once he sensed the Lord getting up out of the chair that my husband was sitting in and go to walk out to the kitchen. With this came the understanding that the Lord was saying “I am here but I am in the kitchen also”. Wow. What a beautiful insight into Christ in every member of His body.
I’m reminded of Philip Yancey asking the rhetorical question “Where is God When It Hurts?” and subsequently answering with “He is in His people ministering to the hurting”. That sums it up beautifully.
We are the body of Christ.
And this is the mystery revealed – Christ in us, the hope of glory. (Col 1:27).