LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 6: A Member of Christ
6 A Member of Christ
We, who are in Christ, make up the Body of Christ. We are held
together by one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, as a spiritual house or
dwelling place, in which the Godhead dwells and communes with us.
The life, the love, the power, the very essence of the Trinity lives
and moves thru our spiritual being in this house.
We are the members of the Body of Christ. Individually, each one
of us is a member or part of that Body. Yet as the finger cannot
live nor function without the rest of the body, so are we in the Body
of Christ. We need each other and are given to each other for
help and support.
I Cor 12:13-14,18-20
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. For the body is not one member,
but many... But now hath God set the members
every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased
him. And if they were all one member, where were
the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.
We must remember to love one another, strengthen one another, and help
one another grow. For we receive our nourishment from other
parts, and we hear and see from other parts. Only together are we
If any one member of your physical body is not functioning properly,
lets say a wrist is broken, the rest of the body suffers, due to the
lack of the normal use of that part. Moreover, the rest of the
body modifies its normal functions to compensate for the injured
one. For example, the body would use more of the legs and back to
pick up heavy loads, compensating and protecting the broken
wrist. The body further extends itself to protect the injured
member, by acting and reacting abnormally to danger, purposely placing
health members in harms way, to keep the damaged wrist safe. This
continues until the wrist is healed and restored.
So we should act in love toward each other, to nourish, protect, and
restore the damaged, hurt, or underdeveloped members of Christ.
We who are strong should bear them up until they can stand with us
again, for we have need of them. So love one another, for you are
I Cor 12:24-26
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath
tempered the body together, having given more
abundant honour to that part which lacked:
That there should be no schism in the body; but
that the members should have the same care one
for another. And whether one member suffer,
all the members suffer with it; or one member
be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
I Cor 12:27-28
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in
particular. And God hath set some in the church,
first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of
healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
We need all the functions of the Body. We need the five-fold ministry1 to nourish us. We need the gifts of the Spirit operating as our eyes, ears, tongue, and strength.2 And we need the motivational gifts3 to encourage every member to be doing the work wherein their called.
If the Body of Christ is going to be completely effective in
accomplishing the purpose its called to on the earth, we are going to
have to work as one, in love and sincerity. We must have the Body
strong and mature in the love of God, in the Word of God, and in the
power of His might, going forth declaring salvation unto the lost with
signs and wonders following, confirming the Word of God as truth4.
We must grow in the character of Jesus5 and in the charisma of Jesus6. We are a part of Jesus. We have been given His divine nature7
for character, and have been given the Holy Spirit, who dwells "in" us
at rebirth, but who must be received "upon" us for the anointing of
Christ in Greek and Messiah in Hebrew mean the anointed one.
Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power9.
Jesus was as much Jesus, the Son of God, before He went into the Jordan
River to be baptized by John, as He was when He came out. But the
difference was He came out anointed. He did not have the power to
perform signs and wonders before this. God required Jesus of
Nazareth to be anointed before starting His ministry. God
required it so that the Word of Truth would be confirmed to man by
power, in signs and wonders, and not by mere enticing words. God
required the same of the disciples, who were commanded to wait in
Jerusalem for the anointing before going forth to preach10. And also of Paul:
I Cor 2:4-5
And my speech and my preaching was not with
enticing words of man's wisdom, but in
demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom
of men, but in the power of God.
It is equally required of us today. Without signs and wonders to
confirm the truth, how will a moslem or a hindu be persuaded?
The character of Jesus can be developed by studying the Fruit of the Spirit11, and then doing it! You must be a doer of the Word12.
Notice that in Gal 5:22 it says "the fruit of the Spirit is...".
Fruit is singular, and is is singular; it does not say "the fruits of
the Spirit are". This is because the nine items listed are traits
or attributes of Jesus' character. The Fruit, or work, of the
Spirit on the earth comes down to one thing, transforming men into the
image of Jesus Christ. This includes initial rebirth,
sanctification, and growth into the complete and mature character of
The power of and gifts of the Holy Spirit are used to (1) confirm the
Word of God to the lost, (2) to aid in the building up or edifying of
the Body of Christ, and (3) to help enforce our victory over Satan and
his forces13. We are redeemed from the curse of the law14.
If you don't know what you are redeemed from and to, how can you know
whether you are getting the good stuff or the bad? Read Deut
28:1-68 to see the blessings of the old testament, which you have and
more in a better covenant, and the cursings of the old testament, which
you are redeemed from!
The whole Body is known by one name, Jesus, and has been given
authority to use that name over all circumstances and forces.
Some of those uses are: to bind and loose, to cast out devils, to pray,
and to heal the sick.15
Binding and loosing in the Greek actually mean not permitting and
permitting. You can bind Satan, or demand in the name of Jesus,
that he stop his attacks against you and your family. You can
loose the Spirit of God to move freely in their lives. In casting
demons out, you are functioning as the feet of Jesus, putting Satan
underfoot, making him a footstool for Jesus. In healing the sick
by laying on of hands, those hands are Jesus' hands, part of His
Body. Jesus never laid hands on the sick and they not recover; so
then any believer who lays hands on the sick is operating as the hands
of Jesus at that time and healing will occur.
Please understand that Jesus has no sickness in his Body! Jesus
is not sick! Nor should any part of his Body be! Jesus bore
the sicknesses and sins of the world in his body on the cross16.
But when He was raised from the dead, He no longer had sin reigning
over Him. Nor could the result of sin, the curse of the law,
reign over Him. That is, sickness17
could not reign over Him, because all sickness carries death in it and
is part of the curse. But He is alive! He has paid the
price for you, that you can go free and victorious in this life, free
from sin, sickness, disease, poverty, and oppression. You need
only receive it! Keep Satan cast out away from you, your
children, and your household. Use your authority in Christ Jesus,
and let not sickness nor sin reign in His Body thru you. How can
sickness, which has death in it, reign in you when the same Spirit that
raised Jesus up from the dead dwells in you?
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your
mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
You don't have to get sick and die to go home to the Lord. Aaron
was not sick when God told him to go up on a mountain and come home18. Neither was Moses19.
God simply said, "You have finished your work, come on home." Our
Father does not leave us out in the field after the labor is done, but
calls us home to Himself. It is not a grievous situation, or a
punishment as some seem to think, but a joyful occasion, a
homecoming! A son and servant being called out of the field of
labor and the battlefield of war, unto the presence of the eternal
King, unto His Holy City, His home and yours. Praise God forever
E. W. Kenyon pastored a church in the U.S. in the early 1900's.
No one in that congregation was ever sick! Why? They know
who they were in Christ Jesus, what their God given rights were in the
new covenant, their power and their authority in the name of
Jesus. I don't mean to say that sickness never tried to come
"upon" them. But when it did, they cast it off in the name of
Jesus. After Kenyon retired and being about 80 years old, he got
up one morning and told his daughter that Jesus had told him that at
such and such a time that day he was going home. Kenyon had
finished his work and it was time to go home. He was not sick nor
weak. He merely sat down in his rocking chair and waited on the
King. At that exact time, just as he told his daughter, Kenyon
went home to be with the Lord! Praise God you don't have to be
sick and die! You can complete your function as a member of Jesus
Christ, and go on home victorious in the name of Jesus!
Have you never read:
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not
see death; and was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God.
Enoch was not sick! Why he did not even see physical death!
Why? Because he believed God! Have faith in God!
Did you ever notice that Jesus was not killed, but had power20 to lay down His life and take it up again21. Jesus released His spirit22;
it was not driven out of its dwelling, the body, because the dwelling
could no longer support it. Pilate was surprised that Jesus was
already dead23. The other two thieves had to have their legs broken to accelerate their deaths.24
Stephen was not "stoned" to death, but he released his spirit willfully, while they were yet stoning him25.
Paul's thorn in the flesh was persecution26, sent from Satan27
to buffet him. The Greek translated buffet means to push against
or strike. Remember that 2 Corinthians was a hand written letter,
and did not have chapter and verse in it28.
Read the portion of the letter from 2 Cor 11:1 to 2 Cor 12:12, and you
will see clearly that Paul was boasting of his apostleship in the Lord,
including persecutions and beatings, that is being buffeted,
continually wherever he went. Notice the list there includes
three times beaten with rods, the purpose was to break the bones and
cause death, and once stoned, which was also to cause death. Yet
the other members of the Body of Christ rallied around Paul,
praying. And God raised him from the dead29! God also delivered Paul out of them all30. When Paul had completed his course, then and only then was he ready to allow31 his physical death, to be offered up, and to go home to the Lord32.
They tried to boil the apostle John alive in oil, but he refused to
died. So they exiled him to Patmos, where he received the
Revelation. Praise God! You can continue on in the Lord
Jesus Christ, until you have completed the fullness of His glorious
assignment for your life. Then go on home to Him, gloriously, in
Jesus' mighty name! So be it!
1. Eph 4:11
2. 1 Cor 12:8-10
3. Rom 12:6-8
4. Matt 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20
5. the personality of Jesus
6. the power of Jesus
7. 2 Pet 1:4
8. Acts 1:8
9. John 1:32-34, Acts 10:38
10. Acts 1:8
11. Gal 5:22-23
12. Jam 1:22
13. poverty, sickness,...
14. Gal 3:13
15. Matt 18:18, Mark 16:17, John 16:23-24, Mark 16:18
16. Isa 53:4-5, Matt 8:16-17, 1 Pet 2:24
17. Deut 28:58-61
18. Num 33:38
19. Num 27:12-13, Deut 34:1-5
21. John 10:18
22. John 19:30
23. Mark 15:44
The cross was a death by suffocation due to the chest cavity cutting
off the wind pipe, but was extreme torture by allowing the condemned to
push with his legs, which were nailed, thus lifting the body to allow
breathing and prolonged death.
25. Acts 7:58-59
26. Acts 9:16, Acts 20:23-24, 2 Cor 1:7-10, 2 Cor 4:8-12
27. 2 Cor 12:7
28. a monk added these to the bible in the 1200's A.D.
29. 2 Cor 1:9, Acts 14:19-20
30. 2 Tim 3:11
31. permit as in binding and loosing
32. 2 Tim 4:6-8