The Body of Christ is the corporate expression of the Triune God. Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we who are many are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” This description of the corporate entity produced through God’s full salvation implies oneness (Eph. 4:3-6), one accord (Acts 1:14; 2:46), blending and mingling (1 Cor. 14:24; Lev. 2:4), and a genuine care and concern for one another as fellow members of the Body. Therefore, the members of the Body of Christ should not be detached or separated; instead, they must be organically joined and coordinated together with each one depending on the function of the others.
In order for Christ to gain His Body in reality, we the members must have much fellowship with one another. While the Lord certainly needs to accomplish a great work in each member individually, He must also gain the coordination among the members, for without such coordination, the reality of the Body of Christ cannot be attained. A great picture of coordination is seen in Ezekiel 1 with the four living creatures (vv. 5-28). Each creature possessed an expression of Christ as signified by the four faces—that of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. However, in order to display the full expression comprised of all four faces, it was necessary for all four living creatures to move together in a coordinated manner. Thus, to keep the oneness of the Body of Christ, do all things with one accord, and become the full expression of Christ, we must coordinate with the other members of the Body.
A great hindrance to the sweet coordination in the Body is offenses among the believers. Some may think that if they have offended or have been offended by another believer, they should simply pray about it. However, this attitude directly contradicts the Lord’s words in Matthew 5 and 18, which clearly address offenses. According to Matthew 5, if we remember that another believer has something against us while we are trying to contact the Lord in fellowship, we should stop, be reconciled to that believer, and then return to continue our fellowship with the Lord (vv. 23-26). In Matthew 18, the situation is reversed and the offended one is the one who takes the lead to seek reconciliation. Verses 15 and 16 do not say that the offended one should pray and try to get over the offense, but that he should approach the offending believer first alone, and if that does not resolve the problem, with one or two others. Unforgiven offenses make coordination impossible and ultimately result in dissension and division. In order to have the proper coordination among the believers for the reality of the Body of Christ and the full expression of the Triune God, we, the believers must be quick to deal with offenses among one another.
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