January 24, 2011
What Does It Mean to be Part of the Body of Christ?
Romans 7: 4-6
The body of Christ- those who identify with His teaching. Paul is trying to clarify this concept for us. It is more than agreeing with the philosophy or teaching of Christ or His role in history. We are not just giving accolades to a good prophet.
It means if you are united with the living Christ. Paul puts this into the context of marriage. We are to be united with Him in our living. If you’re not united, you cannot pull down the promises of God.
“somatas tu Christu”= to be part of the body of Christ- describes the works and the workers of God’s will.
To be alive, a thing must be actively doing something.
We are consumed with dead passions, dead pursuits.
What are you doing in your activity with and for Christ?
If you are in the body of Christ you should be bearing fruit!
It is very Pauline- many can come together to do one work.
@ Acts 9 [the blinding and transformation of Paul]. Jesus asks, “Why are you prosecuting me?” What you do to the least of these, you do to me! Be careful who you antagonize, persecute, marginalize, trivialize. Jesus knocks people off their prosecutorial attitudes.
Vital to know how we are called by Christ.
The title “The Body of Christ” is:
1. Definitive- shows identification- defining who and whose we are. We are a possession, owned by Jesus Christ. We move on His command. Your life should show some Godly distinction.
2. Descriptive- suggests type and form. An association of members and organs that are real, lively and have functionality that can act under the direction and guidance of God.
a. Or do you work out of habit and hazard?
b. We are to be called to be what God has called us to be to glorify Him. We should define ourselves by our spiritual industry. We must put down our own work for Christ’s work.
3. Declarative- we make known the will of God. Jesus is actively working in this world through His Spirit and body.
a. He uses us as a means of grace.
b. Grace is not just a quality of the Holy Ghost, it is a quality of the believer.
c. We are the recipients and repositories of His grace.
d. Our lives should be a means of transmitting grace into the world
The body of Christ is not just a metaphor, it is a metaphysical reality.
We are mechanisms for Christ’s divine directives.
It is not just a spiritual phenomenon, but a right-now reality.
Every day and all-day, you are a part of the body of Christ.