Sunday, July 18, 2010

Members of His Body

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." - 2nd Corinthians 5:17
Something happens when a person gives his or her life to Jesus; the Bible says a new "creature" is begun. The term "creature" literally means "formation", "building", "creation".

This is not just a euphemism for a mental change or attitude adjustment; the biblical view is that we become joined to the risen Christ in such a way that we are bodily part of him and he is bodily part of us.

Our physical bodies are not valueless. God created them with purpose and, joined with Christ, they become an expression of Himself.

Listen to how the Apostle Paul expresses it,
"Now the body is ...for the Lord; and the Lord for the body ... 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. - 1st Corinthians 6:13, 15
How would your actions change if you saw your body as actually being God's earthly representation of Christ's body?


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