The Body of Christ
What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own – 1st Corinthians 6:19.
There is a difference between those who believe and those that have been born of the Spirit of God. Many believe in God and that Jesus is the Son of God, but when they hear the Word of God, they reject it because they want to stay in their mess. It’s not so much people don’t believe; they just don’t want to submit their life as the Word of God has instructed.
For a person to be set free, they must have a desire to be set free. God will never go over our will, and it’s not our position to try to change people. Our duty as Christians is to pray for them until Christ is formed in them.
Our bodies don’t belong to us; we were bought with a price, it’s not ours, and we can’t do it our way. When we’re willing to submit ourselves to the Word of God, no matter how long we may have been bound, we can be set free.
As Christians, we must conform ourselves to the Word of God, and allow Him to make a change in us and in others. When we or someone we know isn’t living according to the Word of God, pray until we see a manifestation of the prayer being answered in us and in others.
God is not about a denomination; the denomination is man-made. When Jesus returns, He’s not returning to a denomination; He’s returning for His church, the body of Christ. The Holy Scriptures are intended for every denomination to live by. God’s Word does not change, nor does He.
The Bible is our instruction manual, and to receive the blessings of God, we must adhere to His instructions. You see, Satan will bless you to keep you in bondage. Satan imitates what God does, but when God blesses you, there will be no regrets; neither will He give you anything or anyone that will contradict His holiness.
We have been admonished to present our bodies as a living sacrifices. This means holiness from head to toe because the entire body belongs to God. Jesus died so that we would be free from the slavery of sin and reconciled us to His Father. Jesus did not die so that we can continue to practice sin!
As professing Christian, we should check ourselves daily by the Word of God. Did we say something or think something, or did an action that does not agree with God’s Word (Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye, not your ownselves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates – 2nd Corinthians 13:5). Are you living a genuine believer or a counterfeit?
Christians live different lives than those living according to the secular world’s actions. If we could live as the world, there wouldn’t have been any reason for Jesus to have been brutalized and murdered on the Cross. Each day we should try to live life better than the day before. Apostle Paul was one of the greatest Apostle, but he continued daily to live a life according to his calling as a Christian (I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus – Philippians 3:14). Christianity is a daily walk, it’s not just a Sunday walking with the Lord.
When we practice sin, it brings an approach to all Christians because we are the body of Christ. The world will not look at the person who sins, but they gather us together. The call of God is not for a denomination, but the summon is for all people. The calling of God is threefold; first, it’s the call to repentance, that is, the call to salvation. Secondly, all Christians are called to complete dedication to God. Third, God calls to a specific sphere of service or ministry, a “holy calling.” All three of these callings are for all Christians, not denominations, but the body of Christ.
We all were purchased by the shedding of the blood of Jesus, and Jesus instructed His followers to follow the straight and narrow path that would lead to life eternal (Ener ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it – Matthew 7:13-14). To enter at the straight gate is to follow the instructions of the Bible; we can’t choose and pick which Scriptures we will adhere to.
The Body of Christ is a group of people from all nations and cultures that believes in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe He took our sins upon Himself so that we may have life eternal with Him and the Father. Sin can’t enter into His presence, so Jesus took our sins so that we would be free from the bondage of sin, whatever form it comes in.
The Bible is an instruction manual; it teaches what to avoid, what to put on, and what to take off as Christians (Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock – Matthew 7:24). The rock is Jesus, He taught what the Father taught Him, Jesus’ disciples taught what Jesus taught them, therefore, as the body of Christ, we adhere to the instructions.
Don’t be conformed to this world, but be conformed by the Word of God; it’s a lifesaver and a path that will lead to eternal life with the Father and Son.