Ephesians 4:16 (KJV) From whom [Christ] 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.
We saw last time that speaking the truth in love would cause us to grow up into spiritual maturity. Today’s verse tells us that edification (building up) of the body of Christ also is done in love. Love becomes a key issue in the individual and corporate growth in the body of Christ. Faith will not work without love whether it is in an individual person or an entire body of believers. Faith is the culmination of all of the input of the Word into a person’s life. All the promises and Scriptures found in the Bible will do us no good if we do not operate in love toward other members of the Lord’s body.
This verse tells us the whole body (natural and spiritual) is “joined together and compacted [knit together] by that which every joint supplies.” What are the joints? The joints are a type of the ministry offices found in verse 11. They supply to the different parts of the body what is needed. The ministry gifts see to it the different members are fitly joined and knit together. The members of the body of Christ are like bones in the natural body. Bones are shaped differently and, logically, should not be joined. The ends of all the different bones look as if they should not be joined to the bones next to them. What really joins bones together are “joints and bands [ligaments and tendons]” (Colossians 2:19).
This is a reference to love. What links me to you in the body of Christ is love. We may come from various backgrounds and levels of society and be different skin colors, but love joins us together into one supernatural body. When one member of the body suffers, we all suffer together with it. When one member rejoices, we all rejoice. We are inseparably joined to each other. If someone needs help, don’t turn from him. We minister to him God’s Word in love, give him a foundation from God’s promises to stand on, and speak the truth in love so we all may grow up together in all areas into Christ, the Head.
Go into today knowing that just as every part of the human body is important so also every member of the body of Christ is important.
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-George Evuarherhe Djorhogba
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