Summary: Text: Ephesians 4:1-6 In the Messianic Psalm 22 we read of the description of Christ on the cross feeling all his bones out of joint. Could this be a picture of the church today? We are one body and we should speak and act toward one another in love reg
The Disjointed Body 9-2-01
The burden I have from the Lord this week is something I really need the inspiration, the breathing in, of Holy Spirit to communicate clearly to you. It came as sudden thought when I was asked if I had any insight about the bones of Christ. The Scripture prophesied: Psalms 34:20 (KJV)20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. They also predict that on the cross He would look upon his bones and see them all out of joint. Psalms 22:14a (NIV)14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. Psalms 22:17a (NIV)17 I can count all my bones…
The first thing that came to mind was the prayer of Christ in John 17:12 (KJV) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. He keeps all his bones. He keeps all that are His. Since we are the body of Christ I would think the spiritual picture of the bones has something to do with us as his body.
The bones are the framework of the body, the structure which all the rest of the body conforms to. My arm muscles and hands conform to the foundation upon which they function – the bones. So what is the framework of the spiritual body of Christ? Is it not the organization man has placed upon Christianity? The vast majority of Christians are connected to some organizational structure, regardless of how good or error prone or loose knit it may be. I think we are in essence conformed to the structure we have chosen. We have endeavored to choose one we feel to be most Scriptural, the most liberating for ministry, and the least confining in regards to activity that is of a maintenance nature. I like this bone! But is it in joint? Most Christians like their bone – their organization. That is on reason they have chosen to stay with that group. But again the question is, are they in joint?
The true body of Christ has many parts and various functions. It is not bound by time or location. It is Christ working and living in His own. His command to us was to love one another. The extent to which we obey or disobey that command has a great deal to do with how the body functions. As with Christ upon the cross many bones are out of joint, extended. They are readily visible and a cause of great pain. The pain comes from the lack of unity with the other bones.
This group complains about that group. One group will not fellowship with another because of some doctrine that has nothing to do with who Jesus Christ is and what He did for us. Isn’t that the focus of our worship and fellowship? I’m afraid we are so interested in intellectual Christianity that we have lost sight of Spiritual Christianity. If we are so focussed on the right interpretation and mental understanding of side issues that our hearts are not captivated by Christ, we are certain to end up in arguments with other groups, in arguments amongst ourselves, and so become a disjointed bone.