For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 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. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 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. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 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. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. I Corinthians 12:12-27.

A Living Organism
Paul used a perfect metaphor when he used the human body to picture the Church. In great wisdom he gave us an example that we could understand because it made the message so clear. The point he was endeavoring to get across to us, as a people, is that THE Church is not an organization--it is a living organism. Ever since she has existed, man has endeavored in every era of time, to organize the Church. Whenever the organization catches up with the organism, it kills the Church. That is why we have movements of men who were once on fire, standing by God's Word and heralding the truth, who have made shipwreck of the faith and are alongside the highway of holiness.

We need to realize that the Church is a living organism with many members, and every one of those members is controlled by one Spirit. This is not just a beautiful story; this is something to live by. There are a lot of people who think truth is beautiful, but they do not take it home and live it. An organism is a whole, consisting of parts which exist and work, each for all and all for each. There cannot be a bit of selfishness in the Church that Jesus built. Every gift which God gives you is not given for your enjoyment.

Just as was done in Paul's day, many of this day and age have tried to focus on certain gifts of the spirit, while totally ignoring the others. They give special emphasis to this one or that one, while failing to rightly divide the Word of God, taking scriptures out of context to back up their theories, opinions, and misguided beliefs, even to the point of establishing entire doctrines on this one gift or a partial group of gifts.

One in particular, which we have all heard about, is the gift of speaking in tongues. Paul addressed this very thing in the fourteenth chapter of I Corinthians. It had become a serious issue in the body of believers. Because of how it had been elevated above the other gifts, contention had entered that congregation. While "speaking in tongues" is a sure gift, to elevate it above the other gifts, to focus on it alone, is pure selfishness because it edifies self, instead of edifying the whole body.

Paul made it VERY plain, my friends, that the Spirit of God works through every one of us for the GOOD OF ALL, for EVERY OTHER member. He begins in our Scripture text to let us see how we become members of the body of Christ, the Church. He explains how God inducts us into this wonderful, living organism --the body of Christ, the Church -- and that the body is one.

The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:4-6: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Verses 12 and 13 of our Scripture text tell us: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 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.

How did this body begin to come into being? For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, no matter what our state was before. Paul is teaching that the same work of salvation which put us into the Church, or makes us a member of the Church, will produce one body or one people, if we keep drinking in of that one Spirit which baptized us into the body.

Try The Spirits
John tells us to try the spirits ( 1 John 4:1). There are false prophets all over this world of today who come around with a teaching and a spirit, which is contrary to the Spirit of Christ. If we drink in that false spirit, it will dissect and divide the very body of Christ, the Church. Jesus in John 4:10 and 14 told the woman at the well: If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. [this He spake of the Spirit]

On that last great day of the feast, when the priest went to the pool of Siloam, got water, poured it out and quoted Isaiah 12:3, "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation," Jesus stepped up and said: "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said [the water I give him will be a well within him], out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" (John 7:37-39). Since He has been glorified, every believer drinks in of that one Spirit. When he drinks in of that one Spirit, he is baptized into the ONE body of Christ. He becomes a MEMBER of the BODY OF CHRIST, the bride of Christ, the Church that Jesus built.

A real experience of conversion through the power of the Holy Spirit does not put you into any church except the Church that Jesus built. Not the "Church of God" or the "Church of Christ", as used to name certain doctrines or denominations. Those names or phrases have been abused and clearly seem to be causing confusion. In the Scriptures, the Church was referred to many times as the "Church of God" (or some form of that term) and one time as the churches of Christ. There are various church groups that have identified with both those names / phrases...and have been "in competition" with one another. Real salvation does not make you a member of any religious organization on the face of the globe. Real salvation makes you a member, or a part, of the BODY OF CHRIST, the Church that Jesus built, the only church recognized with authority in the Bible. Through a born-again experience, drinking in of one Spirit, you become a member of it. The bond of real Christian unity is not in ordinances, creeds, or confession of certain faiths, but it is by the baptism into Christ! We are not made one body by believing certain truths; this is where division is working today. Just because a person does not believe as others do on certain points, there are those who want to begin to divide and set up another body to let everybody know that you are not part of their body.

This is a grand play by the enemy of our souls. Nothing could be more pleasing to his purpose than to cause division and contention among the church. Yet, we ALL need to remember this: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. I Corinthians 14:33. This is why we are told in I John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

The bond of true Christian union and unity is the baptism by the Spirit into Christ, drinking in of one Spirit. You cannot have division without getting ANOTHER spirit. We can disagree in our mind about teachings and ideas, but if we both keep the Spirit of Christ, we will never walk away from each other and work contrary to one another. Before I divide with you, there has to be a DIVISIVE SPIRIT working. The great need today is to keep drinking of that one Spirit. We will never see people in a unity, which will represent Christ and the body of Christ, until we see every one of them with the Spirit of God permeating their lives. By one Spirit we are baptized into one body and become a member of the body of Christ, the Church.

Members One of Another
Paul clarifies something in the fourteenth verse of our Scripture text, which needs to be clarified today, "For the body is not one member, but many." People today get independent spirits and live in isolation. God does NOT want you to live in isolation. Too many are pampering themselves because they are isolated and do not have anywhere to go to church. I have a message for you from God: you need to do one of two things, either start a congregation where you are, or move to where there is one. God wants you active in a congregation. God does not teach isolation. We are all the Church, many members brought together in unity.

Paul's message did away with this isolated and independent idea, which people get today. Because some bit of truth crosses them up, they go their own way and live isolated. We only stay spiritually alive by walking in the light of God's Word. God ordained for His people to have ministers; it is His means of feeding the Church. You cannot rightly say, "I am The Church." No, if you are a Christian, you are a member of it, and if you have one Spirit with all the other members, you will be hunting your members. When you become a member, you not only have the love of God shed abroad in your heart, but you also have a special love for God's people.

In verses 15 through 17 of our Scripture text, Paul sets forth some vivid truths: If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? If the whole body were tongues, where would be the listening? There are people who think the whole body is a tongue, but we have to have some ears too. Paul is trying to teach that we cannot run off on just any one thought of truth, or any one thing, which God has done for us personally, and teach that it is a standard requirement to be a member of the body. No! No! We have hands, feet, eyes, and ears.

In the first ten verses of this chapter, Paul taught about the differences of administrations, operations, and then he put it into language we can understand. He broke down the operations and administrations to ears, hands, and feet. Every member in my body does not have the same office; but every member, it they get in the right office, can do it right. My fingers can pull out my handkerchief so I can blow my nose. Try to do it with your feet, and you will get the same thing that many have found happening in the churches of today: misplaced people in the Church, trying to do something which God never gave them the gift to do!

Each Christian has his own gift. Remember this: when God gives any gift, it is for the edification of the WHOLE body. Whenever the Spirit of God moves through you, every spiritual member of the body (the Church) will be edified. It is not to build your self-esteem: "Why, I am so great with God. Just look at what I do!" It is not to cause others to elevate you: "Why Brother So and So is VERY important. He's the one who __________ (fill in the blank) more than anybody!" Each Christian has his own gift, which he uses for the benefit of the whole Church (and if you are not using that which God has given you, you need to be!)

Anything, which God definitely gives us is to/for the edification of the WHOLE Church, the body. Paul said in I Corinthians 12:7, "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." He then goes on and lets us know that he also had his own limitations; therefore, he needed the help of the gifts of other Christians. Isolation, even in our thinking, is not the law of religious life, let alone of the Church. We need the help of other believers for a full, deep Christian life.

Strength From Each Other
If you are isolated due to circumstances beyond your control, certainly God can take care of you. On the other hand, if you are there and do not really need to be there, God cannot feed your soul and bless you as He wants to. Many times He blesses you through another member. This is why we must not neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Some of the strength which I need, I am going to get from other members. A great percentage of the time, your strength and your help comes through another member. That is God's means of working when we come together.

We, as individual members, are confronted with problems and may have 'the heat put on us' for two or three days. The devil will try to make us feel that he is going to wipe out the Church, that this is the end. It may look as though we will never have victory, but when we come to church, they do not get through the first verse of a song, until somebody is shouting and praising God for a victory. Thereby, God spills his cup of blessing all over you, and the first thing you know, you are taking strength and being spiritually lifted. God is sending you help through another member. We are not only members of Christ, but we are members one of another. We not only draw our strength from Christ individually, but also from one another.

One of the older pioneer brethren lived in this city and worshipped in the little church building downtown where we used to be located. He was just like anybody else. (We can criticize Elijah for getting discouraged, but ALL of us are quite human. You do not have to get discouraged, but do not be too upset if you do once in a while, because we are human.) He had been preaching the Gospel for forty years or better, and the people rose up, just as they do today when they do not want the truth. He stayed with another brother, and he told this brother's wife that he and his wife were going downtown, "We heard about a little store that is for sale, and we are going to buy it and retire and rest there. People do not want the truth anymore, so I am just going to quit preaching."

Well, he got to church on Wednesday night and somebody began shouting, "Thank God for Brother ________. If he had not come this way, I would not have learned the truth."

This pioneer brother jumped up and shouted, "I expect to preach this truth until I die!"

The sister where he stayed was sitting behind him, and she said, "Brother ________ , what about the store?"

He said, "Forget about the store!"

We need each other. We not only need God; we need every member of the body of Christ. The devil wants us to get fanatical ideas, build up walls, and separate ourselves from our brethren. Brother, we are suffering today. The devil is taking something from us, which belongs to us. God sends us strength through one another. Isolation is not the law of religious life, let alone the law of the Church. We need the help of other believers for a fuller and deeper Christian life.

The Visible Church
Let us read verse 18 of our text: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. He does not set sinners in the body; He is only setting in members. It is one thing to be born again -- baptized by the Spirit into Christ, to be inducted and made a member of the body of Christ, but it is another thing to let God, through His Word, set you into a visible, working body of Christ.

One of the worst things, as far as I am concerned, which came out of the Dark Ages and right over into the days of Protestantism, was a teaching, which taught that there were two churches, one visible and one invisible. People are held in the bondage of Babylon (false religion/religious confusion) today. They are joining religious organizations because they are falsely taught that they are a member of the invisible church. The Church that Jesus built is visible! If you are born again (no matter where you were born again, whether at some denominational altar, in the hen house, the garage, or wherever), you are a member of the body of Christ. But it is another thing to allow God to set you in a visible, working body. Understand this: God did not save you just to take you to Heaven; He saved you to make you a worker in the Church!

Paul told the Church at Corinth, "For we are labourers together with God" (I Corinthians 3:9a). God takes the members, every born again person, wherever they are, and sets them in a visible, working body. Members of the Church can be scattered today (and they are), but the Church is visible. We read in I Corinthians 12:28, "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers..." Ephesians 4:11 tells us, "And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." V-I-S-I-B-L-E. They are visible, their duties are visible, their gifts are visible, their works are visible, the results are visible.

God sets pastors in and they are visible. God's ordained way is for a man to get a call and go raise up a congregation, but we have it all messed up today. Preachers today ask, "Do you know where a congregation is, who wants a pastor?" I said, "No, but I would like to find a pastor, who wants a congregation." God does not call a congregation together and then call pastors; He calls the apostles to go out and raise up a people. God sets every member in the body as it pleases Him.

Burned works
You cannot build the temple of God, THE Church, in Babylon ( false religious confusion). You may put in a lot of work there, but when you come out (if you measure up to the truth), you can be saved, but your works there will have to burn. I Corinthians 3:13-15 tells us: Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

There, we read the truth: the works that we are in are tried by the fire of God's Word. We are saved by walking in the light and coming out, but all the efforts which are put forth in Babylon (false religious confusion) will get burned because that which God said is fallen cannot be rebuilt. When we are born again, we are baptized by one Spirit into one body. We become a member of the body of Christ, and God is working through His eternal Word to take those members and set them in the body as it pleases Him.

All you have to do is read the whole chapter to know that the Church is a visible, working body. If God has His way, every saved person will be led by the Spirit of God through the teaching of His truth to a visible, working body of Christ, THE Church. God does not want us to put our time, money and efforts into a false religious work and have all those works burned. Build on THE ROCK; where your works will stand and where you will not lose your reward.

Big billboards tell us to go to the church of our choice. There is not a thing in the Bible which allows us to choose. The only choice we have is the strait way or the broad way. When you turn to Christ and deny yourself, you then move as it pleases Him. When Jesus comes back, He is not coming after yours or mine; He is coming after HIS OWN. We do not have any choice about these things. God has already decided what the Church would be, where the Church would be, who would be the leaders of it, what the name of it is, what they are going to teach, and how they are going to act. The only choice we have is whether we are a member of it or not. He makes it very plain that the setting in of the members is a visible setting in. To choose a place for ourselves is to put ourselves out of place.

God calls and God places. Too many choose a place for themselves. This is why we have so many religions. Any church you can join, was started by some man or group of men, and God is not back of them. When Jesus said, "Take up thy cross and follow...", just exactly WHO did He say to follow? Men? No! Jesus spoke the words, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24). We need to follow God and the dictates of His Word. Enter 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. (Notice that word, "strait". It's not "straight"--it's "strait", as in narrow.)

Spiritual Fornication
Paul, bringing forth a lesson, says in I Corintians 6:15-18: Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication... Certainly there was physical, literal fornication going on in the church, but friend, there is a truth set forth here, which we need to consider. Many of God's people are still in Babylon (false religious confusion), and God still says, "Come out of her, my people." And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:2-4 (bold is mine).

False religion has risen up with many systems and ideas. I do not call them churches, because they are not churches. They have people believing that they must have a church home to live in just until Jesus comes again. Those systems lead you right away from the Bible, teaching things contrary to Christ's Word, and all the time making you feel that you will be happy to see your Husband (Christ) come again. The Bible calls that spiritual fornication.

In Revelation 17:5, John saw that woman sitting on a beast and he called her the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. False religion is called harlot bodies because you cannot join the true Church; no man durst join it. You may come to the true Church and try to adhere yourself to it, but they will tell you, "Go see my Husband. Get right with Him." False religion, supposedly, makes you able to collaborate and hold fellowship with Christ, without really selling out from sin, giving up and making a commitment to Christ and Christ alone.

Isaiah spoke of it as "in that day" and his prophecy reached right into the gospel day, beginning A.D. 33 to the end time, And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. Isaiah 4:1. In every period of time, there was a true Church; God kept a seed. But in every age there was a false church, and the false church, just wants to go by Christ's name; they say, "We will eat our own bread."

In John 6:51, we find: I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The true bread is the Word of God. The false church eats their own food, have their own creed, and wear their own apparel. God has ordained that we be dressed in righteousness and holiness, but they have their own apparel--spotted garments, spotted with the flesh and the world.

This woman in Revelation 17:5 symbolizes a false church, yet she is the mother of many daughters. Those daughters are the many Protestant organizations which spring forth from Roman Catholicism, every one of them with a human head, human doctrine, and human government. They are an abomination to God and they are against the cause of God. God is saying, "Come out of her!"

We read in II Corinthians 6:14-18: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

(There are those who say this only applies to human relationships. God was not talking about marriage here. Paul says in I Corinthians, Chapter 7, that if you have an unbelieving wife and she be pleased, stay with her. Now, he did not turn around in the second letter and tell you to leave her. The scripture passage of II Corinthians 6:14-18 has nothing to do with marriage. Certainly the Bible teaches us to not get yoked up [married] to anyone out of the will of the Lord, but the Bible is not talking about marriage here.)

The way to get "yoked up" with unbelievers is when those who preach/teach false doctrines open up their doors and take you in. We have to be mighty careful, Brothers and Sisters in Christ. There is a lot of running back to Babylon today, thinking we can get help. Or we willingly partake of their ungodliness by our unwillingness to make a TOTAL commitment to God. It's not what "sounds good" or "sets well with you" that is going to save your soul. It is the truth from the Word of God that causes us to examine ourselves and keep our relationship with God as it should be. Not soothing, warm and fuzzy messages from the pulpits and lecterns that lull you into a false sense of security--it is the unadulterated truth from the Word of God that warns us: Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate!

Bestow More Abundant Honor
Let's read I Corinthians 12:18-21: 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. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Paul wrote, "The eye cannot say...I have no need of thee." You cannot have one Spirit and be a part of this one body and have any selfishness. It is contrary to the nature of the body. It is a sin against the organism. You cannot be a part of the body and not respect and love every other member of the body.

In this day and age of ours, it does not take a very big thing to separate God's people. Whenever we begin to get the feeling that we can get along just as good without other brethren, it does not take much to separate us. But, if we hold that one Spirit, keep that love and care one for another, and know that we truly need each other, it will be hard to separate us. We can overlook a multitude of things if we have that Spirit. Whenever we get to the place that we feel we do not have any need of him or her, then it is easy to destroy our brother or sister.

In Judges, Chapter 12, you read about the Ephraimites and the Gileadites at battle on the farther side of Jordan. The Gileadites seized the fords of the river Jordan to cut off the return of the Ephraimites. To test them and have a good reason to kill them, they stopped every one of them who came by and made them repeat the word Shibboleth. They chose that word because they knew the Ephraimites were just like many Jews yet today, they cannot pronounce "sh." Instead of saying Shibboleth, they said, "Sibboleth." When they could not properly pronounce Shibboleth, they were killed. Forty-two thousand were slain because they could not pronounce a word right.

Today, just because you may not pronounce a doctrine as some want it pronounced, you cannot enjoy good spiritual fellowship with them. We are members in particular, not individual members anymore; we have lost our identity. We are part of a body, and the head needs the feet. No saint is self-contained; you must have room in your heart for every one of your brethren and sisters in Christ. No one thinks selfishness is worthy of praise. God, well knowing this tendency, has made moves to save us from it.

We continue reading in I Corinthians, Chapter 12, Verses 22 and 23: Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. Considering the natural body first, the heart, lungs, and stomach are concealed. We live among people and they never see our lungs, stomach, etc. They are less comely; you do not have to wash them off. Nobody even knows you have them, but we bestow honor upon them because they are very necessary for us to enjoy life as God wants us to enjoy it.

In the body of Christ (as in the human body), we have members, or people, in our congregation, whom you may never hear sing a song or lead in prayer. You might not even know they are around. We need them just as much, and more, than some of those who do get up. They are faithful in their living and in their giving. They do not miss services, they pray for us, and they help us. All they need to do is quit, and we will feel the loss of what they have been doing. God blesses some people in the body of Christ and makes them able to make a lot of money; He has given them the gift of giving, and they give. There are members in the body of Christ whom we do not see so much. We need to bestow honor upon these faithful members. It is these who keep the Church going.

We Must Work Together
There is an old story about discontent getting in the body. One day the natural body and all the members said that they all worked hard, while the stomach did nothing, but just ride along. So they rose up in bebillion against the stomach: "Stomach, you just consume all our labors. We work hard to get food, get it cooked and fixed, and then just pour it into you, while you enjoy it." So, they set up a conspiracy against the belly.

The hand said, "I will never lift food to that mouth again."

The mouth said, "If you do lift food, I am not going to receive it."

The teeth said, "I am not going to chew it or masticate it."

The throat said, "If you chew it, I am not going to swallow it."

Acting upon the principle of revenge, they decided to reduce the belly to famine. They did, and the whole body went into a stage of consumption. The hand soon got to where it could not be lifted, and the feet could not be picked up. They learned a lesson, my friend, that the belly did no small service for them. It took that which it received and then sent out nourishment and strength to the whole body.

Let us read verses 25-27 of our Scripture text: 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. When we arrive at that standard, we are truly the body of Christ, and members in particular. "Members in particular" means when you come out and gather together with God's people, we will have the same love one to another that the head, Christ, has for us. We suffer together and we rejoice together. By this, we really show that we are part of the whole.

God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. Each of us are members of one body, the Church. The body is beautiful, not mutilated or divided up, but all under the control of one head. Each member functions as the Head leads us to function.

I close with the thought of the basic things needed to produce The Church, visibly: first, the message of truth preached: second, a people who will believe it, obey it, and live by it. This is what it takes to produce the visible Church. That is the very reason there was no visible Church for 350 years through the cloudy day. God had a seed in that period of time, but no visible Church. It takes the message preached and a people receiving, believing, obeying and walking in the light of the message. That will produce the visible Church anywhere it is preached. Before He ever saved you, He built a Church to take care of you. He made a place for you to work. He made a place for you to get your food and an avenue through which you could get your strength.

If you are a sinner, an unsaved individual completely outside of God's plan, come in old-time repentance, make a commitment of your life to Christ, and let Him, by one Spirit, baptize you into membership of the body of Christ. If you definitely know you have been born again, God's message is, for you to come out of those places where you have been scattered in the dark and cloudy day, and come back to Zion, The Church of the Firstborn. The message to us, the Church, is to be careful of these little cranky ideas, which we get, that will spoil the oneness of the Spirit. Friend, we have a command pressed upon us, to keep the unity of the Spirit, until we come into the unity of the faith: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2,3.


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