HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - THE BODY OF CHRIST - ALTAMONT, TN
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THE BODY OF CHRIST




1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Brothers, you are called into service of God, and by God. You are to be meek, longsuffering, forgiving one another in love.

There is one body of the church, and one head of the church. You and I are the body of Christ Jesus, and Jesus is the head. We are to keep the unity of the body.

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all. He is above all, and works through us all, and lives in all of us who know Jesus.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Brothers, you have been given God's grace. It is a free gift which is measured to each of us y Christ Jesus.

He gave all of us gifts. Some are apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers. These gifts are for making us saints perfect as Christ was perfect. We are to walk Christ like through this life my brothers. We are to do the work of the ministry for edifying the body of Christ.

You have a calling my friends. You are to be united with all believers in Jesus Christ as one body.

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Do you see that we are to come in the unity of the faith in verse 13. We, and our brothers in Christ are to become united as one. Once we do this then we can be on the road that Jesus was when he walked through this life. Jesus' fullness lies ahead for us once we love our brothers.

We are not to be tossed to, and fro any longer. Men can no longer lead us away from God by their deceiving man made doctrine. These men lie in wait to deceive us. verse 14.

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

We are to speak the truth in love to our brothers, and to the lost. We are to grow up in the body of Christ that every part may work effectively in His body with Jesus being the head. Do you see that it is our responsibility to grow in oneness with our brothers.  Only then can we truly accomplish all that God has ordained us to do as his children.

We are not to walk like the world walks. They are guided by their defiled minds. We on the other hand have a renewed mind in Christ Jesus. The ignorance in the lost have blinded their heart. They have given themselves over to the lusts of this world.

You and I on the other hand have put on the new man. We follow after God in righteousness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

God Bless You My Brothers,

John Hipp
HVM - C101915