The Glorious Body of Christ 


Jesus was the pattern, a sign for you and me.


Thirteen men walked slowly down from the Judean hills into the dusty valley of the Samaritians. They walked slowly because of the heat of the noon day sun, and because they were in deep conversation.  Their clothing varied from the simple garb of the fisherman and the laboring man to the finer textured robes of the merchant and teacher.  They were in three groups .....four of the younger men out in front, arguing fervently, occasionally beating a fist into the palm of their hand to emphasize a point.  Three of the older men wearily brought up the rear, conversing softly.  The middle group walked in a sort of semi-circle around two men, a black-bearded muscular man who was obviously asking questions, and a tall young man of about 30 years of age who answered him in a clear, quiet voice.

At first glance this young man appeared to be no different from any of the rest, his simple robe much like the others, and no outstanding physical characteristic.  Until he turned around.  And when he looked at you, and spoke to you... then you knew this was no ordinary man.  This was not man seeking after God, but this was God manifested in human flesh, seeking after lost man.  This was the human body that the divine Creator of the universe was using to reveal Himself to His own. This was the Body of the Christ, this was the Son of God.

The group came to a well at the edge of the city of Sychar, and there was a short discussion.  The twelve then went on into the city to buy food, while Jesus sat down on the well to rest.  Soon there came a woman out of the city, a woman experienced in the ways of men.  When the stranger began to talk to her, she first thought of him as just another man.  Suddenly with a shock she realized that she was talking to a prophet of God..... her carnal mind never dreamed that within this body of flesh there dwelled the creator of her very life.  She was too carnal, she never really recognized the body of Christ, until He finally told her plainly that He was the one she was speaking about.

For more than 30 years the Body of Christ was that robe of human flesh that came from the womb of Mary.  From the infant in his mother's arms, to the child in the Temple, on through the growing up years finally to a full grown matured man, God lived in that body.  And finally, through the mature life ministry of Jesus, God revealed His true nature and character to the world of lost men and women.  This then, was His purpose and plan.... to manifest Himself in all His compassion and love, all His power and authority, all His wisdom and knowledge, through a body of flesh.  Through a man.  And this He did in Jesus.  For Jesus was all man as well as all God.  But this was not the ultimate.  For the purpose of Christ was to redeem all men, to make a way for all those who receive Him to become like Him, that they too might manifest the life of God in their mortal bodies.  So until Calvary his body was the Body of Christ, the house that God lived in, but that body went to the Cross and died.  He suffered as a propitiation for our sins, that being accepted in the beloved, we might become His body, the House of God.

He then was a Pattern, a Sign.  We are the fulfillment of that Sign, made in the image of that Pattern.  He was the Seed, the Word, planted in death .... we are the harvest, the precious fruit of the earth, bringing forth His life, perpetuating Him in this world.  He is the "Everlasting Father" (Isaiah 9:6), and we are "the children whom the Lord hath given me" (Isaiah 8:18, Hebrews 2:13).  As we manifest Him, and bear His life, "he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days" (Isaiah 53:10).  To the overcomer Jesus says:  "I will be his God, and he shall be my Son"  (Revelation 21:7).

Yes, the Body of Christ, which was once just one body, has become a great multitude of victorious overcomers.  This was the blinding revelation God gave Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus when He revealed to Saul that in persecuting the true followers of Jesus, he was actually persecuting Jesus Himself, God of Israel.  Because, though just in infancy, yet they were now His Body in the earth.  Saul became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, and his writings abound with this revelation.

But not all men could receive this revelation, nor see Paul's message.  Even the dear Apostle Peter wrote that in the epistles of Paul there were "Some things hard to be understood." (II Peter 3:16).  For this is a mystery, a "mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints; to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."  (Colossians 1: 26 - 27). How we rejoice in the truth, "Christ in you the hope of glory," because it is His Spirit dwelling within. Yet, because of the trappings of the carnal mind it has been difficult to give expression of this INNER LIFE OF CHRIST. The more we are "renewed in the spirit of our mind," the more we can LIVE OUT that which HE is BECOMING in us. This is more than just the mental gymnastics of our own self-efforts. It is the energizing if His Spirit upon our human spirit, which in turn takes dominion over our mind and brings our mind into subjection to the Spirit of Truth. I pray it may become our normal way of life to just be thinking HIS thoughts, that we might "show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvellous light." (! Peter 2:9).

This is not a mystery that can only be understood by some elite, superior, holier-than-thou, pedestal saints.  No, this great truth can be understood by babes in Christ.  For He is hiding it "from the wise and prudent, and revealing it unto babes."  But revelation comes through the Holy Spirit by the grace of God.  Seeing and understanding something of the truth of the Body of Christ does not make one feel proud and lifted up and exalted, but rather grateful to God that He has revealed this precious truth to us.

There are stations, or grades of membership in that Body.  Yes, we are to be "one" in Him, there in "one" body, the harvest is one... but Jesus taught that there will be "thirty-fold, sixty-fold, and hundred-fold" in the harvest, according to their fruit-bearing.  God's promised land, Canaan, flows with milk and honey... but there is a special place in the land known as Jerusalem, the City of God....the Bride of Christ.  The city is one city, but there are many mansions, many structures, including one known as the Temple of God, where the Shekinah Glory dwells.  This temple is one temple, but there is the outer court, the sanctuary, and the Holiest Place.  Yes, there is a higher calling in God than what His people have desired or dared to believe for.  As a forerunner (Hebrews 6:20),  Jesus entered into the Holiest Place, and now beckons us to follow Him and share His glory with Him.  Can you believe this?  Do you hunger for this?  Then prepare your hearts, for I'm going to show you a mystery.

Read I Corinthians 11:3, also 11:8, 9, 11, 12.  Especially verse 12.  Let us read it in the Amplified New Testament:  "For as woman was made from man, even so man is also born of woman."  Yes, all mankind began from the womb of Eve, the mother of all living, but she herself was brought forth from the side of Adam, her beloved, who had the breath of God.  Now look at Jesus.  From His side, pierced there at Calvary with blood and water flowing out, from this came the Church, His Bride.  Yet, from this Church, His Bride, there must be born a Man who is to rule the nations with a rod of Iron.  Who is this Man?  It is the Overcomer, (Revelation 21:7)!  This man who is to come forth from the Church, the virgin Bride, is a body of people who walk this earth in great victory over sin, sickness and Satan.  Though he is right now a part of the Bride, being in her womb, yet he is always spoken of in the Bible in the male gender, never as a female.  This has nothing at all to do with whether you are a man or woman in the natural.  There will be men in the Bride group, and women in the Manchild or Son group.  But in the Spirit, the Bride is always referred to as female, and the Manchild as male.  It is "he" that overcometh, never she.  The over-comer is that body of people who overcome and make up the Son.  

In I Corinthians 11:3 we saw that the head of Christ is God, that Christ is the head of that body which makes up the Man, and that the Man is the head of the woman, the Church.  This is a principle that God emphasizes all through the Bible, God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, Christ is in the saints (Colossians 1: 27) the hope of glory, and the Manchild is in the Church, which is His body by His grace and through His divine promises, but she is not yet prepared for the marriage which shall make her "bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh," thus part of His body.  In eternity, where God lives, this thing is already done....He sees her complete in Christ, perfect, glorious, without spot or wrinkle.  But in time, where we earth dwellers are, we see her yet imperfect, being ministered unto by apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc. to bring her to perfection.  That body Jesus used here on this earth was not left to decay in the tomb.  It was, and is, glorified and in the presence of God.  Don't let anyone tell you that body was destroyed, or disintegrated, or done away with.  Some are saying that we will never see Him except in each other.  Beloved it is true that He will appear and be manifested IN His saints.  But He will also appear TO His own (Hebrews 9:28), and later He will appear WITH them in glory.  But now He is looking for a body of flesh to manifest His life through on this earth. This body will come out of the Church, and will be given great power and authority, as well as the nature and love and compassion of Jesus.  This, then, will be His body, over which He is the Head, directing them and leading them in all their activities.  This body is the Overcomer, the Manchild, who shall share as co-equal heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), even to sharing His Bride as they (along with Jesus the Head) become the Bride-groom company (Isaiah 62:5).  How inconsistent some folks are, saying that as heirs we shall share with Him, yet backing up at the glorious promises of God.


Now, what about the Bride, the Church... the Virgin who makes herself ready for a wedding? Just as Mary's wedding and union with her bridegroom Joseph came after the birth of her Manchild (Jesus), plus a period of purifying  (Leviticus 12:4) before she was fully cleansed and prepared to come into union with her bridegroom, just so shall the church go through a period of cleansing in a wilderness place prepared of God (Revelation 12:6) after having brought forth the Manchild during a time of great travail. There in the wilderness the Sons of God, the Manchild, the Overcomer, feed her and nourish her with the Word of God.... imparting divine revelation unto the Church while hell rages about them.  Why are they doing this?  The Manchild group, as the Body of Christ with Jesus the Head continually with them, is her bridegroom, and as her bridegroom he is washing her "with the washing of water by the Word (Ephesians 5:26 - 27), that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish."  Now, beloved, these things are given in the Bible in symbolic pictures and types, so the carnal mine will not understand nor defile them, but they are going to be enacted right here on this earth, in reality.  People who have been in His Church, yet having been defiled as a harlot by submitting to rulership by man-made organizations and sectarian denominations, instead of true to the leadership of the Holy Ghost as a virgin bride of Christ, these shall hear the Word of God divinely anointed through the lips of clay, and by hearing and believing they shall be cleansed and prepared for the wedding of the Lamb.  Many of you will see this with your own eyes.

Jesus, who is head of the Man, rules His body with love and tenderness...... just so shall the Manchild lead and guide the Church with a love and compassion beyond our comprehension.  For the Man is the head of the Woman, yet it is by love that he rules, and she obeys as a good wife should because of his anointing and wisdom in the Word.  Thus, through union with the bridegroom the bride becomes bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, and now we see the complete and mature and perfect Body of Christ.....Christ Jesus our Lord with the prints of the nails in His hands; with the Overcomer group who (being His Body) are set down with Him in His throne; and the glorious and beautiful Bride also ruling and reigning with her Bridegroom, for time and eternity.  Glory to God!  What a picture!  What a wonderful future for all of God's people who are washed in His precious blood!  For beloved, if you are hearing the voice of the Spirit today, it is because you are members of the glorious Body of Christ!