Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Knit Together

Today I was reading in Colosians 2 and verses 2 and 19 stood out to me. The thought of being knit together is spoken of in these verses.

Verse 2 "that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.

Verse 19 - "and not holding fast to the Head from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

Eph 4: 15-16 - but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Jesus Christ is the head of His body the church. The church is not a building or a place it is a living organism made up of people. We as a people are attached to the Head, Jesus Christ. In a human body the joints and ligaments help keep the body together. Remember the old song we used to sing when we were kids in school. The ankle bone connected to the leg bone, the leg bones connected to the hip bone etc. etc. etc.. Joints and ligaments are the connectors that join these bones together. What a picture of the church. Each bone in the human body has a function that helps the rest of the body to move and to be healthy. They help give the body structure and mobility. Just like in the human body, the people that makes up Christs body has a function that helps give His body structure and mobility. In verse 2, 19 and Eph 4:16, the joints and ligaments that keeps the body joined together is love. The greatest function of each part of the body too keep the whole body functioning is love, agape love. Love is the more excellent way as described in 1 Cor 13. To love one another by laying down our lives for our friends causes His body to come together in unity. The members of the Body of Christ will experience the fullness of Christ's love when every part of His Body is laying down their lives for one another in love. His Body will never lack when this is taking place but in fact will increase with the increase that is from God. The Bible often talks of perfection. Perfection is the maturity of the believers in love. Love covers a multitude of Sins. Gal 6:1-2 "Brethren if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ". Spiritual people are people that are led and controlled by the Holy Spirit. Love is shown as we walk together in this life. Love teaches and speaks the truth. Love nourishes, rebukes, encourages, and supports. Love restores and bears the burdens of another. Love knits together and causes God's love to be realized to and through His body, the church. What we call church today is a far cry from what the Bible calls the church. May we ask ourselves today the hard questions. Am I knit together with His Body (the Church)? Am I actively laying down my life for his Body (other members of His Body). If not you are probably just going to church and not being the church. Notice how much emphasis is put on going to church in America. Well is time to stop going to church and start being the Church so we can all experience the fullness of who Christ is!!!!!