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2. God's Invisible Presence

The Holy Spirit body

Holy Spirit in Christ's BodyThe power behind the Mystical Body is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit unceasingly animates us through Christ. Christians can uniquely say, "Immanuel" or "God is with us," for God's invisible presence moves within the personal Body of Christ. This indwelling in the individual remains the one absolute difference between Christianity and every other faith system. No other religion dares to claim that God or the Holy Spirit lives within them!

Spirit Within

The Holy Spirit is not only alongside but within the Body of Christ today. Through the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus is the one essential element at every level in the Body of Christ. An angry mob in a Western Province of China once pursued a missionary who escaped by leaping into a wide river. A friend later asked him, "What verse from the Bible came to your mind as you were fleeing from the spears of that murderous mob?" "Verse?" the missionary replied in surprise, "Why, the Lord himself was with me!" Is the Lord himself with you today?

Head of the Body

Guide Dog PuppyJesus himself is the head of the Body of Christ, and as its guiding brain, directs the limbs and organs. Jesus guides and leads individual Christians. He works to mature followers in and through their lives of prayer, study, and action. The head affects what a person thinks, hears, says, and ultimately does in a human body. "God requires only one thing of his cells, that each person be loyal to the head," comments Doctor Paul Brand (1914-2003), a pioneering Christian doctor. Probably the earliest Christian creed simplifies this agreement by affirming simply, "Jesus is Lord." These three words mean total and utter control of the Christian and the Christian church by Christ himself.

Body Emanations

Polish Statue of ChristThe head of the body takes control of the mystical body at its many levels. God guides an individual Christian by the Holy Spirit who dwells in their human frame. In the household body of a common united faith, Jesus combines many individuals' gifts and skills to influence the world powerfully. In the corporate entity, the body's head orchestrates the production of intricate praise harmonies and witness.

Global and Heavenly

Across the globe, Jesus smoothes out denominational differences and brings racial and national unity. In the Heavenly courts, paved with shining gold, Jesus is the worship focus of the eternal body's members. The mystical body extends back in time to before the creation and forwards to Jesus' triumphant return. When two or three people pray together, or many thousand people join a sing-along, or countless millions worship together around God's heavenly throne, Christ binds them together as the body's head. Jesus controls every different emanation of his body.

Controlling Head

Jesus of NazarethThe all-controlling head of the mystical body is Jesus himself. There are no janitors or chief executives there. Jesus Christ has complete and sole leadership. Jesus' brain directs and empowers the church. Christ is the only Mystical Body Head. The Mystical Body resides in the church and does not belong to its clergy, leaders, or even congregations, for Jesus Christ describes the church in Matthew 16.18 as "my church." Some Rectors would like to be "rulers" (the Old English meaning). The Body head does not allow a hierarchical or even a democratic government of the church. It must always be theocratic, a form of government in which Christ alone is in complete control.

Christ Controls His Body

Human Skull X-rayWhether bishop, overseer, deacon, or elder, no one person can rule over the Mystical Body, and no elected lay representative can control her. Only Christ can rule. Woe betide any individual who seeks to lead God's church without listening to and obeying the head! Like a human brain, Christ directs every single one of the body parts. The limbs flex under a network of tendons, muscles, and nervous system connections, but only when the brain says so. Jesus, the Mystical Body Head, orchestrates every heartbeat and breath. Therefore, no one part of the Body of Christ is more important than any other. Though the various individual segments, like an intricate hand or a focusing eye, are unique, Jesus as Mystical Body Head empowers them not because they are superior but because they belong to his body.

Janitors in Christ's Body

JanitorThere are no janitors and no chief executives in the Body of Christ. All members are unique and special, not because of what they do but because they are obedient to Christ's head. The head himself lights up all their gifts for the body's good irrespective of gender, age, or ability. Saint Paul writes in Ephesians 4.15, "we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is Christ." You and I honestly find ourselves when Christ as the head takes control of us.

Two Great Days

"There are two great days in a person's life," wrote Professor William Barclay (1907-1978), "the day we were born, and the day we discover why." The Apostles and disciples miraculously revive at Pentecost into an ecstatic, fearless, and dynamic community despite being miserably depressed after Jesus' humiliating death. Jesus' energy as the brain of the body soars through all those he connects. Saint Paul explains in Ephesians 1.22, "God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body." Because Jesus Christ is also her brain, loyal citizens obey him, and he transfigures them by that fantastic relationship!

"God's Invisible Presence"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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