2019 ICSC Message Four

Living in the Reality of the Body of Christ by Keeping the Principles of the Body

Message Four

The Supply of the Body, the Members of the Body, and the Limitation of the Body

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Phil.1:19  For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

1Cor.12:18-20  But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed. And if all were one member, where would the body be? But now the members are many, but the body one.

Word of Appetizer

Why in the Body there can be no independence or individualism?

For we are members, and members cannot live in detachment from the Body. Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ, and every member is indispensable.

Individualism is hateful in the sight of God: The enemy of the Body is the self, the independent “I,” the independent “me”. What I do not know, another member of the Body will know; what I cannot see, another member of the Body will see; what I cannot do, another member of the Body will do.

Spiritual Burden

 We receive the supply of the Spirit by the intercession and fellowship of the members. As long as we live in the Body, we will receive the supply of the Body, no matter what our condition is.

Wherever there is Body-revelation, there is Body-consciousness, and wherever there is Body-consciousness, individualistic thought and action are ruled out:

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

 The supply of the Body is the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, typified by the compound ointment, the holy anointing oil.

In the Body there can be no independence or individualism, for we are members, and members cannot live in detachment from the Body.

As members of the Body, we must allow ourselves to be limited by the other members, not going beyond our measure.

The Experience of Life

We receive the supply of the Spirit by the intercession and fellowship of the members. When we are dry and have no way to go on, we need other brothers and sisters to intercede for us before we can get through.

Wherever there is Body-consciousness, individualistic thought and action are ruled out: If we refuse the help of our fellow members, we are refusing the help of Christ. Sooner or later all individualistic Christians will dry up.

Practice and Application

We need to pray ourselves into God to receive the life-giving Spirit as our supply to feed ourselves and all those under our care for the building up of the Body.

As members of the Body, we must allow ourselves to be limited by the other members, not going beyond our measure: Like Paul we should move and act according to how much God has measured to us, staying within the limits of God’s ruling, God’s measuring.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

Psal.133:1-2  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell in unity! It is like the fine oil upon the head That ran down upon the beard, Upon Aaron’s beard, That ran down upon the hem of his garments;

Phil.1:19  For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

The supply of the Body is the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, typified by the compound ointment, the holy anointing oil

The compound Spirit is in and for the Body and for the priestly service that builds up the Body—vv. 26-31; Rom. 15:16; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9.

According to Psalm 133, the inestimable goodness and incalculable pleasantness of brothers dwelling together in oneness is likened to the compound precious ointment—Eph. 4:3.

We receive the supply of the Spirit by the intercession and fellowship of the members: We cannot live without the supply of the Body; therefore, we must constantly avail ourselves of the fellowship of the Body.

 

Key Verses (2)

Rom.12:5  So we who are many are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

1Cor.12:14-15  For the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.

21  And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

In the Body there can be no independence or individualism, for we are members, and members cannot live in detachment from the Body.

Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ, and every member is indispensable—1 Cor. 12:15, 21; Rom. 12:3.

B “If we truly see our position in the Body, it will be as though we were saved a second time” .

Those who see that they are members of the Body will surely treasure the Body and honor the other members—1 Cor. 12:23-24; Phil. 2:29; 1 Cor. 16:18; Judg. 9:9.

Wherever there is Body-revelation, there is Body-consciousness, and wherever there is Body-consciousness, individualistic thought and action are ruled out:

Key Verses (3)

Rom.12:4  For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,

1Cor.12:18-20  But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed. And if all were one member, where would the body be? But now the members are many, but the body one.

2Cor.10:13  But we will not boast beyond our measure but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach even as far as you.

As members of the Body, we must allow ourselves to be limited by the other members, not going beyond our measure:

A basic requirement for the growth and development of the Body is that we recognize our measure and not go beyond it—Eph. 4:7, 16.

The Head sets us in our special place in the Body and points us to our special function—1 Cor. 12:18.

When we give a testimony about our work, experience, or enjoyment of the Lord, we must testify within measure, that is, within a certain limit.

Although we expect the work to spread, we must learn how to be under God’s restriction; we should not expect a spread that is without measure.