Posted by: SandreS | December 17, 2009

The “In Christ” Relationship of Christ’s Body

As members of Christ’s Body, our relationship is designed to be an “in Christ” relationship. This relationship does not need to be established, or built, or worked on: it already exists “in Christ” and, as with all things that are “in Christ,” it is already “complete” (Colossians 2:10).

Our relationships are already all that they ever will be. The only thing left is to learn about them from God, and enjoy them with each other. This is how it is with all things that we have “in Christ.”

So what do we do about our relationships? The answer in not so much found in doing, as it is in being – being who we already are “in Christ” to each other. That involves forgiveness, longsuffering, forbearance, grace, gentleness, tenderness, tenderheartedness, peace, meekness, etc.; and we are to instruct, encourage, admonish and rebuke one another concerning these things.

Yet these are things that we cannot do if we do not live in them. However, if we do live in them, even our admonition and rebuking will be in forgiveness, longsuffering, forbearance, grace, gentleness, tenderness, tenderheartedness, peace, meekness, etc. We all need this admonition: to return to the divine viewpoint, to have a renewed mind! Then when admonition and rebuking is done with all the attributes of Christ in place, it is done unto edification. Anything less would be tearing down.

That’s Paul’s point with the two saints who were having trouble at Philippi.

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord (Philippians 4:2).

Paul did not beg these saints to “work things out.” He did not plead with them to “get to the bottom” of their problems; he did not entreat them to “settle their differences;” but he did exhort them to “BE.”

His instruction is “… that they BE …” He only pleads with them to be who they already are!

It is so easy to be critical, to find fault, and to nit-pick our brothers and sisters in Christ. In fact, this is much easier than forgiveness, longsuffering, forbearance, grace, gentleness, tenderness, tenderheartedness, peace, meekness, etc.; but that is where real spiritual life is found, for this is what God is demonstrating today in the dispensation of grace – this is God’s present purpose, and we are His vessels for the carrying out of that purpose.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000

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