x154.......Collosians 2--body again!

1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Colossians 2:1-23, KJV).

This chapter of scripture is yet another place in which we see the body of Christ described--and how that we are all a part of this body---and how that Jesus is the Head of the body.

This is the Greek word for "Head".....

kephale {kef-al-ay'} n f

--- head 76; 76

1) the head, both of men and often of animals. Since the loss of the head destroys life, this word is used in the phrases relating to capital and extreme punishment.

2) metaph. anything supreme, chief, prominent 2a) of persons, master lord: of a husband in relation to his wife 2b) of Christ: the Lord of the husband and of the Church 2c) of things: the corner stone

A very important point made by this Greek definition is that "the loss of the head destroys life" Without Christ as our Head we as a group of Christians will be lifeless.

Now everyone likes to say that "God is in charge"---but the Bible tells us clearly that we must be the body in order for Him to be the Head. We must be functioning as the body of Christ is described in the Bible, in order for Him to be our Head.

These verses give repeated warning for us not to accept the words of men or to let them come in the way of our direct instruction from God.

But if we listen to the words of men rather than God--we will not be part of the body of Christ which is described thusly--

19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

The increase that God desirers will come when we are all knit together-not in false humility--not in an outward humbleness which comes from listening to the words of man--but rather when we all respect one anothers ministry--when we all respect the fact that God can and should and will speak through any of us at any time. That it is not just "some people who are anointed to serve God but all of us.

Then we will be the body that is described here and in the other areas of the word of God which describe the body of Christ--the church. How that we will be joined together--and each give nourishment to one another--and each minister unto one another--then we will increase in the way God desires.

"but the body is of Christ."

This simple statement tells us that "the body is anointed"---all Christians are anointed---all Christians are meant to be part of a group--a body--that serves Christ. And they are all meant to serve God within that group.

Eph 5:23* For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Eph 5:24* Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

The word "church" refers to the assembly of people who are gathered in the name of Jesus. Christ is the Head of the body and He is also the Head of the assembly--the church.

Col 1:18* And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Jesus is meant to be the Head of the assembly as He is the Head of the body. He is meant to have "preeminence"--

proteuo {prote-yoo'-o} v

---- have the preeminence 1; 1 (note: this word is only used once in the new testament---in this place!)

1) to be first, hold the first place

Jesus is meant to have first place--to be the One who operates the assembly. The Bible gives us specific instructions on how to accomplish this in our assemblies.

27* ¶ Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28* 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. 29* Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31* But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1Corinthians 12:27-31)

God has given different gifts to all the people in your church----people with gifts to serve Him and His will--and we are all called to seek after these gifts--and to respect the fact that we all have these gifts. Respectfully: Does your church operate with this in mind? Is the operation of our assemblies working toward the release of every gift?--toward the encouragment of every Christian to minster and serve the will of God? Or, do we gladly accept the ancient traditions of the dark ages--one man--who is "minister/ruler"---in "authority over" the majority of the people---people who have no ministry toward God--and never will.

1Corinthians 13 tells us that we will be working these things best if we let love be the guiding force--and then goes onto describe in detail how we ought to utilize these gifts in use within our assembly--within the church. The Bible says over and over again that any may teach, any may prophecy, and that this will move us toward the high calling of God....

26 "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:26, KJV).