8. Being Measured by God’s Building
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Scripture Reading: Ezek. 43:10-12; Matt. 16:18; Eph. 2:21; 1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Cor. 12:12-27
Ezek 43:10    You, O son of man, describe the house to the house of Israel, that they may feel humiliated because of their iniquities, and let them measure the pattern.
Ezek 43:11    And if they feel humiliated because of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, the arrangement, its exits, its entrances, its whole design, and all its statutes-indeed its whole design and all its laws; and write them down in their sight, that they may keep its whole design and all its statutes, and do them.
Ezek 43:12    This is the law of the house: Its entire area on the top of and all around the mountain shall be most holy. Indeed this is the law of the house.
Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
1 Tim 3:15    But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
1 Cor 12:12   For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.
1 Cor 12:13   For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.
1 Cor 12:14   For the body is not one member but many.
1 Cor 12:15   If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:16   And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:17   If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?
1 Cor 12:18   But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.
1 Cor 12:19   And if all were one member, where would the body be?
1 Cor 12:20   But now the members are many, but the body one.
1 Cor 12:21   And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Cor 12:22   But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
1 Cor 12:23   And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness,
1 Cor 12:24   But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
1 Cor 12:25   That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
1 Cor 12:26   And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
 
 
I.     The entire Bible is a book of building; the main subject of the Bible is the building of God—Gen. 28:10-22; Exo. 25:8; 2 Sam. 7:12-14a; 1 Kings 6:1-2; Matt. 16:18; Eph. 2:21; Rev. 21:2-3.
Gen 28:10     And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11     And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12     And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:13     And there was Jehovah, standing above it; and He said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and to your seed.
Gen 28:14     And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15     And, behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will cause you to return to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Gen 28:16     And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.
Gen 28:17     And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:18     And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head, and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Gen 28:19     And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
Gen 28:20     And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and garments to put on,
Gen 28:21     So that I return to my father's house in peace, then Jehovah will be my God,
Gen 28:22     And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
Exo 25:8       And let them make a sanctuary for Me that I may dwell in their midst;
2 Sam 7:12    When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
2 Sam 7:13    It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 Sam 7:14a  I will be his Father, and he will be My son. …
1 Kings 6:1    Then in the four hundred eightieth year after the children of Israel had come forth out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of his reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv (this is the second month), Solomon began to build the house of Jehovah.
1 Kings 6:2    And the house which King Solomon built to Jehovah was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.
Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
Rev 21:2       And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3       And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
 
II.   The book of Ezekiel begins with a vision of the appearance of the glory of the Lord and ends with a vision of the holy building of God; this indicates that the glory of the Lord, the judgment of God, and the recovery of the Lord are all for the holy building of God—1:1, 28; 40:1—48:35.
Ezek 1:1        Now in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth of the month, while I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
Ezek 1:28      Like the appearance of the rainbow that is in the cloud on a day of rain, such was the appearance of the brightness all around. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and I heard the voice of someone speaking.
Ezek 40:1—48:35    (to be omitted)
 
III.  According to the prophecy in typology in 2 Samuel 7:12-14a, Christ is both the One who builds the church as God’s house and the element with which the church is built—Matt. 16:18; 1 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 2:21:
2 Sam 7:12    When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
2 Sam 7:13    It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 Sam 7:14a  I will be his Father, and he will be My son. …
Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
1 Tim 3:15    But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
A.     Christ is the house, His Body, and Christ is also the Builder—John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 12:12; 2 Sam. 7:12-13.
John 2:19      Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
John 2:20      Then the Jews said, This temple was built in forty-six years, and You will raise it up in three days?
John 2:21      But He spoke of the temple of His body.
1 Cor 12:12   For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.
2 Sam 7:12    When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
2 Sam 7:13    It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
B.     Christ builds the church by building Himself into us, that is, by entering into our spirit and spreading Himself from our spirit into our mind, emotion, and will to occupy our entire soul—Eph. 3:17.
Eph 3:17       That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
C.     This building, a mingling of God’s divinity with our redeemed, resurrected, and uplifted humanity, becomes God’s habitation and our habitation—a mutual abode—John 14:23; 15:4.
John 14:23    Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
John 15:4      Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
D.     Eventually, this building will consummate in the New Jerusalem for eternity, in which God’s redeemed are the tabernacle for God to dwell in, and God Himself is the temple for His redeemed to dwell in—Rev. 21:3, 22.
Rev 21:3       And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22     And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
 
IV.  The Lord instructed Ezekiel to describe God’s house to God’s people so that they would be measured by the house and be ashamed of their iniquities—Ezek. 43:10-12:
Ezek 43:10    You, O son of man, describe the house to the house of Israel, that they may feel humiliated because of their iniquities, and let them measure the pattern.
Ezek 43:11    And if they feel humiliated because of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, the arrangement, its exits, its entrances, its whole design, and all its statutes-indeed its whole design and all its laws; and write them down in their sight, that they may keep its whole design and all its statutes, and do them.
Ezek 43:12    This is the law of the house: Its entire area on the top of and all around the mountain shall be most holy. Indeed this is the law of the house.
A.     It was God’s intention to check the living and conduct of the people of Israel by the house; in the book of Ezekiel God measured His people by the temple:
1. Because the house of God was to be their regulation, God charged Ezekiel to show them the design of the house—v. 11.
Ezek 43:11    And if they feel humiliated because of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, the arrangement, its exits, its entrances, its whole design, and all its statutes-indeed its whole design and all its laws; and write them down in their sight, that they may keep its whole design and all its statutes, and do them.
2. The temple of God is a pattern, and if the people examine themselves in light of this pattern, they will know their shortcomings—vv. 10-12.
Ezek 43:10    You, O son of man, describe the house to the house of Israel, that they may feel humiliated because of their iniquities, and let them measure the pattern.
Ezek 43:11    And if they feel humiliated because of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, the arrangement, its exits, its entrances, its whole design, and all its statutes-indeed its whole design and all its laws; and write them down in their sight, that they may keep its whole design and all its statutes, and do them.
Ezek 43:12    This is the law of the house: Its entire area on the top of and all around the mountain shall be most holy. Indeed this is the law of the house.
3. The living of the people must match the temple of God—1 Cor. 3:16-17.
1 Cor 3:16     Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Cor 3:17     If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and such are you.
B.     We need to see from the book of Ezekiel that the requirements of the indwelling Christ are according to His house; everyone must be measured and checked according to the measurement of God’s house—43:10:
Ezek 43:10    You, O son of man, describe the house to the house of Israel, that they may feel humiliated because of their iniquities, and let them measure the pattern.
1. Our behavior and conduct should be examined not only according to moral regulations and spiritual principles but also according to the church, the house of God—1 Tim. 3:15-16.
1 Tim 3:15    But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
1 Tim 3:16    And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh, / Justified in the Spirit, / Seen by angels, / Preached among the nations, / Believed on in the world, / Taken up in glory.
2. Our main concern should not be with behaving ourselves or with becoming spiritual but with fitting into God’s house—1 Cor. 14:12:
1 Cor 14:12   So also you, since you are zealous of spirits, seek that you may excel for the building up of the church.
a. We may not have “latticed windows,” which signify the fellowship of the life-giving Spirit keeping the opening for the divine communication and protecting from the invasion of all negative matters—Ezek. 40:16.
Ezek 40:16    And the guardrooms and their posts had latticed windows within and all around the gate. The porches also had windows within and all around, and palm trees were on each post.
b. We need to check our humanity by the building and take the humanity of Jesus as our humanity—Phil. 2:5-8.
Phil 2:5         Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
Phil 2:6         Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,
Phil 2:7         But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;
Phil 2:8         And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.
c. We may realize that we are still “smooth wood” that has not experienced God’s “carving” and thus does not have the expression of Christ’s glorious image and glorious victory, signified by the cherubim and palm trees carved into the walls—Ezek. 41:18.
Ezek 41:18    Were both carved cherubim and palm trees. And a palm tree was between two cherubim, and every cherub had two faces.
d. We need to be measured to see if we are “wood” of an appropriate measure and are not independent but built in.
3. If what we are and what we do cannot match God’s building, it amounts to nothing in the sight of God—Eph. 4:16; 1 Cor. 8:1b; 12:28—13:3; 16:14.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
1 Cor 8:1b     …Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
1 Cor 12:28   And God has placed some in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then works of power, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.
1 Cor 12:29   Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all have works of power?
1 Cor 12:30   Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret tongues?
1 Cor 12:31   But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And moreover I show to you a most excellent way.
1 Cor 13:1     If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
1 Cor 13:2     And if I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Cor 13:3     And if I dole out all my possessions to feed others, and if I deliver up my body that I may boast, but do not have love, I profit nothing.
1 Cor 16:14   Let all your matters be done in love.
C.     “This is the law of the house: Its entire area on the top of and all around the mountain shall be most holy. Indeed this is the law of the house”—Ezek. 43:12:
Ezek 43:12    This is the law of the house: Its entire area on the top of and all around the mountain shall be most holy. Indeed this is the law of the house.
1. To be on the mountain is to be in resurrection and in the position of ascension; this indicates that the church must be high, on the top of the mountain—Eph. 2:5-6.
Eph 2:5         Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)
Eph 2:6         And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
2. The church must also be holy, separated and sanctified from anything worldly—1 Cor. 3:17.
1 Cor 3:17     If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and such are you.
3. The law of God’s house is related to God’s character:
a. God is a God of height, that is, in resurrection and ascension, and He is a God who is holy.
b. Likewise, in position the church is high, and in nature the church is most holy.
c. If in our church life we are in resurrection and in the position of ascension and if we are most holy, then we can be God’s habitation.
D.     Most believers today feel that moral regulations and spiritual principles are sufficient as rules of behavior and conduct; few realize that our behavior and conduct should be examined not only according to moral regulations and spiritual principles but also according to the church, the house of God—14:4-5, 12, 26; Rom. 14:19; 15:2.
1 Cor 14:4     He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies builds up the church.
1 Cor 14:5     I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would prophesy; and greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive building up.
1 Cor 14:12   So also you, since you are zealous of spirits, seek that you may excel for the building up of the church.
1 Cor 14:26   What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
Rom 14:19    So then let us pursue the things of peace and the things for building up one another.
Rom 15:2      Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for building up.
E.      Today the Lord’s concern is not the law—it is the house; His concern is not spirituality—it is the church—Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:12, 16:
Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 4:12       For the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ,
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
1. The Lord cares for the church—the place of His throne, the place of the soles of His feet, and the place where He can dwell for rest and satisfaction—Ezek. 43:7.
Ezek 43:7      And He said to me, Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. And the house of Israel will no longer defile My holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their fornication and by their kings' dead bodies on their high places.
2. Because the Lord cares so much for the church, His house, we also should care for the church as His house and fashion ourselves according to it—Eph. 2:21-22.
Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
Eph 2:22       In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
 
V.   The Body life is the greatest test of our spirituality; if we cannot pass the test of the Body life, our spirituality is not genuine—1 Cor. 12:23-27:
1 Cor 12:23   And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness,
1 Cor 12:24   But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
1 Cor 12:25   That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
1 Cor 12:26   And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
A.     Spirituality is a Body matter; everything we have is in the Body, through the Body, and for the Body—Eph. 4:16.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
B.     In the Body there can be no independence or individualism—1 Cor. 12:21-22, 27; Rom. 12:5; Eph. 5:30:
1 Cor 12:21   And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Cor 12:22   But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
Rom 12:5      So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Eph 5:30       Because we are members of His Body.
1. In the Body life, individualistic thought and action are ruled out.
2. Individualism is hateful in the sight of God; the enemy of the Body is the self—the independent “I”—Matt. 16:21-26.
Matt 16:21    From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Matt 16:22    And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, God be merciful to You, Lord! This shall by no means happen to You!
Matt 16:23    But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.
Matt 16:24    Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Matt 16:25    For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
Matt 16:26    For what shall a man be profited if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul-life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul-life?
C.     We must keep the oneness of the Body and practice blending, which is most helpful in keeping the oneness of the Body of Christ—Eph. 4:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:24b.
Eph 4:3         Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:
Eph 4:4         One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
1 Cor 12:24b …But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
D.     The reality of the Body of Christ is a corporate living of conformity to the death of Christ through the power of resurrection—Phil. 3:10.
Phil 3:10       To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
E.      The reality of the Body of Christ is in the resurrection life of Christ; the Body requires the believers to be absolutely in the resurrection life of Christ—John 11:25; Acts 2:24; Rev. 1:18; 2:8; Phil. 3:10.
John 11:25    Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
Acts 2:24      Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pangs of death, since it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
Rev 1:18       And the living One; and I became dead, and behold, I am living forever and ever; and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
Rev 2:8         And to the messenger of the church in Smyrna write: These things says the First and the Last, who became dead and lived again:
Phil 3:10       To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
F.      Only Christ is the Head of the Body, and only He has the authority to direct the moves of the members of the Body—Col. 1:18; 2:19; Eph. 4:15.
Col 1:18        And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Col 2:19        And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.
Eph 4:15       But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,
G.     We need to be Body-conscious and to care for the feeling of the Body and the peace of the Body—1 Cor. 12:26-27; Rom. 12:15; Col. 3:15; Phil. 1:8.
1 Cor 12:26   And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
Rom 12:15    Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
Col 3:15        And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
Phil 1:8         For God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus.
H.     A basic requirement for the growth and development of the Body is that we recognize our measure and not go beyond it—Eph. 4:7, 16; 2 Cor. 10:13.
Eph 4:7         But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
2 Cor 10:13   But we will not boast beyond our measure but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach even as far as you.
I.       The Body has its proper order; thus, we should recognize and honor the order in the Body—1 Cor. 12:14-22.
1 Cor 12:14   For the body is not one member but many.
1 Cor 12:15   If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:16   And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:17   If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?
1 Cor 12:18   But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.
1 Cor 12:19   And if all were one member, where would the body be?
1 Cor 12:20   But now the members are many, but the body one.
1 Cor 12:21   And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Cor 12:22   But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
J.       Mutuality is the characteristic of the Body; our relationship in the Body is one of mutuality and interdependence—vv. 14-25.
1 Cor 12:14   For the body is not one member but many.
1 Cor 12:15   If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:16   And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:17   If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?
1 Cor 12:18   But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.
1 Cor 12:19   And if all were one member, where would the body be?
1 Cor 12:20   But now the members are many, but the body one.
1 Cor 12:21   And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Cor 12:22   But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
1 Cor 12:23   And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness,
1 Cor 12:24   But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
1 Cor 12:25   That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
K. The divine fellowship is the reality of living in the Body of Christ—1 John 1:3.
1 John 1:3     That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
L. We need to care for the growth of the Body and the Body’s building up of itself in love—Eph. 4:15-16.
Eph 4:15       But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
M. We should always consider the Body, care for the Body, honor the Body, and do what is best for the Body—1 Cor. 12:23-27.
1 Cor 12:23   And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness,
1 Cor 12:24   But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
1 Cor 12:25   That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
1 Cor 12:26   And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Cor 12:27   Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
N. The overcomers see the Body, know the Body, care for the Body, honor the Body, and do the work of the Body; they keep every principle of the Body of Christ, as the continuation and extension of Christ on earth, for the full expression of Christ—Eph. 1:22-23; 3:18-19; 4:1-6.
Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
Eph 3:18       May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.
Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
Eph 4:1         I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,
Eph 4:2         With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing one another in love,
Eph 4:3         Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:
Eph 4:4         One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5         One Lord, one faith, one baptism;
Eph 4:6         One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 
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