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Discussion Forum : Revivals And Church History : Prayer for Revival: The Body of Christ Discerned

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 Prayer for Revival: The Body of Christ Discerned

 2010/7/13 21:00Profile

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Omaha, NE

 Re: Prayer for Revival: The Body of Christ Discerned

Those who are HIS are known of HIM
by HIS very Name; by their confession
of faith in the Savior, and by HIS
Spirit of truth that bears witness in
us and through us that we are HIS
very own!! We are also known by the
love we have for one another!!

Martin G. Smith

 2010/7/13 21:28Profile

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Posts: 796

 Re: Prayer for Revival: The Body of Christ Discerned

Two elaborations:

Nee, July 12, commenting on "From whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth. Ephesians 4.16."

"If we have seen the body, ... When I come to the meeting ... As we all function, the life of the entire gathering will swallow up all death."

THE HANDIWORK OF GOD: Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. This is true on earth also: His handiwork. We are made for His pleasure (Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev. 4:11).

Co-incidences, divine appointments, are His handiwork. Jesus, born the Son of Man, was His handiwork down through the ages. The Body of Christ is His handiwork, and each of us, throughout our lives on earth are His handiwork. Uniquely knit together in our mother's womb He continues. What a blessing to discern the Body of Christ. What Divine Love.

 2010/7/16 11:36Profile

Joined: 2006/11/26
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Thank you for sharing on the need for the Church to discern the Body of Christ. We are truly members one of another, and we need each other. Even those members that are the least esteemed in the Body of Christ serve a vital function and are needed.

God is not pleased when one man (leader) takes the place of the body. All are living members and should also be functioning members. God needs that one talent members to do his part for the good of the Body.



 2010/7/16 12:11Profile

Joined: 2010/2/19
Posts: 89

 Re: Prayer for Revival: The Body of Christ Discerned

JoanM, thank you for this timely post. When we read in 1Cor.11:29 regarding examining ourselves and discerning the Body at the Lord's Supper, it is in the context of waiting for one another and esteeming one another equally; not making distinctions of rank based on any status. Yet most interpret it as meaning that we must contemplate on Christ's bodily death and examine our lives to see if there is sin. Though that interpretation is partly correct, it is missing the immediate context and therefore missing an important matter, that of discerning the Body of Christ, the Church, as a priesthood of all believers who are equal in rank yet with differing functions.

you stated:

How can those, outside of His body, discern His body when those in the body cannot discern Him. When the body of Christ is discernible by those that do not know Him, they are drawn to that body.

That rings very true to me in relation to my conversion. I was born again while in a prison and one of the things that drew me to Christ was the fellowship and intimacy and joy I saw among the true Christians at that prison. They would meet on the prison yard and share songs, teachings, testimonies, meals, etc., openly for all to see. It was a powerful witness. During that time there was a great revival that broke out in that prison and I was part of the conversions of that revival.

 2010/7/16 14:00Profile

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