The One Body of Jesus Christ
The apostle Paul writes to the church: "For unto every one of us is given Grace according to the measure of the Gift of Christ: For He (The Lord) gave some to be apostles, and some are prophets, and some are evangelists, and some are pastors and teachers; all given for the perfecting of the saints, and the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, until we all come in the unity of the Faith, and (even, also, indeed) of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (See Ephesians 4 verses 7 thru 14.)
The whole of the above scripture reveals to the members of the One Body of Christ Jesus, of the Lord's Grace given specifically to called out members, where some are appointed to function within God's Holy Spirit of Grace as apostles and prophets, bearing the same unifying message of God's Holy Spirit of Truth to the evangelist, pastors and teachers that dwell within the Body of Christ. These specialized Gifts of Grace within the Body of Christ are given for the Glory of Holy Lord God Almighty, and His Eternal Word of Truth that was engendered from the original genetic flesh of God's creation of the first Adam/Man. The whole of the Body of believers are to function in Sacrificial Love as one in Christ Jesus, even as all of the trillions of cells within the natural body, were designed by the Creator to sacrificially function together for the wholeness of that one physical body of flesh. So then we are to understand that Even as there are differences in the encouraging administrations within the Body [apostles and prophets evangelist, pastors and teachers], so there is in all the members of the Body, a diversity of operations through the same Holy Spirit of the Lord God Almighty. (See the diversity of necessities 1st Corinthians 12 verse 4 thru 14.) You are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, for Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone, in Whom all the building is fitly framed together and grows into a holy temple 'in' the Lord; 'In' Whom you are also built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit [of Life and Grace]. (See Ephesians 2 verse 19 thru 22.) In the Body of Christ Jesus, all of the individual parts are related to the whole.
However, there are some noted pulpit theologians that are veritably ignorant of the necessary workings within the natural body's DNA and Messenger RNA that were originally designed by God for the functional unity of the natural body's cellular workings: To wit, these same authoritative teachers are dismissive of God's calling of the like apostle and prophets given by God to be specialized gifts too promote unity of heart through God's Spirit of Grace within all the called members of the Spiritual Body of Christ. The earthly wisdom of the nay sayers of the pulpit, have trumped the Wisdom of the infinitely wise Lord God Almighty, saying: We have the full bible and have no need of the gifts of the former apostles and prophets, for they are passť' from an earlier time. Also, these same pulpit prophets dismiss the Life giving force of the Spirit of the God of the Living, Who gives to the Body of Christ the Communion New Covenant Life Blood of Jesus Christ.
Not withstanding our ignorance of the workings of the Body of God's fashioning, then there is the other extreme. Unfortunately, mankind's pride in themselves will assume God's own specific callings of the saved, and then the false usurpers will aggrandize them selves, by creating their own titles of greater isolating importance, bringing confusion to the members within the Body of Christ. (See Jeremiah 23 verse 14 thru 22.)
The Almighty God Alone, through His Holy Spirit of humbling Grace, has called His specific servants, to be but necessary unifying functions within the Body of His Son, Christ Jesus. All of God's called members are to function in God's One Spirit of Holiness, and flow together in Sacrificial Love for the wholeness of each member within the Body of Christ. (See John 17 verse 20 thru 23.) So then, the One unseen Holy Spirit of the Living God, is speaking to all of the members within the One Body of Jesus Christ, of the Eternal Word of Truth that holds all things together. For Christ Jesus is the Personification of God's Word that is the Way, the Truth and the Life of Almighty God's Salvation Gift within God's One Man, the resurrected Christ Jesus. I AM the Light of the world: he that follows Me (See Matthew 16 verse 24.) will not walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life. (John 8 verse 12.)
Have you looked up recently? The unfailing Truth of the Word of the Eternal Lord God Almighty, is declared in the expanse of the heavens, while the Power of the Light of the universe is emitted from the Infinite God's everlasting Word that is testified in the Bible by God's set apart men. (See 2nd Peter 1 verse 21.) The expanding heavens with its enumerable lights declare the glory of the Infinite God Almighty's unfailing Word of Truth that holds all things of His universe together in the order of His Infinite Wisdom. The Almighty God of creation, has sworn upon Himself, and is not as a man that would lie and pervert Truth. Therefore, consider that what is written in Scripture bares witness to corrupted mankind, and yet of God's assurances of His Great Salvation Gift of Life through Faith that is centered in the Light of His only Begotten Son, Christ Jesus. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory as the only Begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth. (See John 1 verse 1 thru 14.) The Almighty God, Who fills the void of His own creation with the Spirit of His Word, does not leave the heart seeking the Truth, to be void of the Light of Faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Witness first that it was after the Lord had dismissed Judas Iscariot from the Lord's Passover Table, that the Truth of the Word of God, Jesus Christ says to His disciples fellowshipping at the Lord's Covenant Table of Grace: If you Love Me, (then) keep My Commandments. I will pray to the Father, and He shall give to you another Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. At that day you shall know that I AM in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. If a man Loves Me, He will keep My Words; and My Father will Love him, and (then) We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. (See all of John 14 verse 15 thru 26.) Note that in all cases where the conditional word 'if' is seen, then the Word of God is conditional to one's compliance to the condition set forth within the statement. The very next Words of Jesus Christ cuts to the heart, where there is the failure to meet the condition, for: He that Loves Me not, does not keep My sayings: and the Word that you hear is not Mine, but the Father's Who sent Me.
The following Words of Jesus Christ were also spoken at the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread, where the Lord sets a condition of God's Sacrificial Love that is IN Christ Jesus.
If you abide IN Me, and My Words abide IN you, then you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples. As the Father has Loved Me, so have I Loved you: Continue you IN My Love. (John 15 verse 7 thru 9.)
Christ Jesus is not divided, but is One with His Father of Light. But be aware that the Word's of His Holy Father that Christ Jesus speaks will cut asunder those who do not Love the Truth of God. The One Spirit of the Father and the Son does not abide IN the soul that commits treasonous acts against the Truth of God's Salvation Word. If God's Spirit of Life does not abide within a soul, then the spirit of death will rein there in the darkness of death. This then is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you: God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (See 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 6.)
You have either read or heard that God is Love. Yes, it is absolutely True within His Word of Truth, but know this also that there is no darkness whatsoever in God's Love. The darkness of sin can not exist in the Presence of God Who is all Light. But, in Christ Jesus, the only God of Light and Love provides the only remedy for the darkness of sin WITHIN the Life Blood of His Only Begotten Son. "Take and drink all of you, for this is My Blood of the New Covenant poured out for many for the remission/obliteration of sin". In our Communion with Christ Jesus, the darkness of sin that is repented of, is obliterated in the Light and Love of God that passes all of human understanding.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty intends that His Eternal Light in Christ Jesus would shine through His redeemed people. For the sons of God are led by the inspiration of His Holy Spirit, and they, in the Love of God, would reveal God's Gift of Salvation Life to man kind through their shared Faith in His Infinite Word of Absolute Truth. (See Romans 8 verse 9 thru 14.) If God's Salvation Gift has come to be a Witness to you then, be careful to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. (See Ephesians 4 verse 23 thru 25.) For God gave to His faithful redeemed, His Holy Spirit of Living Grace, so that those who know they are dead because of the darkness of self serving sin, would be renewed in the spirit of their minds into Godly understanding, and would become a living sacrifice to the Glory of their Redeeming God. For All scripture is given by inspiration of (the Eternal Lord God Almighty), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (See 2nd Timothy 3 verse 16.) For the redeemed of Jesus Christ are called into the unity of God's One Holy Spirit of Truth, for the Spirit of Christ was given to us To Be a Sanctifying Gift of enabling Grace of God's Love/Agape within the One Living Body of Christ Jesus. (See Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 7.) Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have Commanded you; for I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28 verse 20.)
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten