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11/19/24: You MUST Reach the Spiritual Fullness of Christ As the Body of Christ

Published: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious—that you, Lord God, might dwell there.

Psalm 68:18

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself created the Body of Christ (you and me) to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4:7-16

Read these Bible passages again and again. Dwell and meditate on them. These are extremely important Bible passages in connecting the prophecy of Christ in the Old Testament with actual events in the New Testament. I hope you can understand how they directly impact the Body of Christ. Before Christ died on the cross for the sins of everyone, all saints could not enter into the Presence of God. The blood of Christ had not covered their sins. The people were unholy in the sight of a Holy God. That’s what the connection between these two passages is all about. When Christ died for the payment of mankind’s sins, He descended to the lower, earthly regions to bring those who were now declared righteous to fill the whole universe. This is a “spiritual mystical event” in the life of a Believer (Abraham, Sarah, Issac, Joseph, and many more), because they were now allowed to stand in the presence of the God, the One without sin. I hope you will become comfortable in describing “spiritual and mystical events” in your life. It is an imperative that these words become part of your vocabulary as well as your thinking. By not using these words in normal conversation, you weaken your faith and belief in God.

The connection between this passage in Psalms and the passage in Ephesians is that Christ was preparing His Bride (the Body of Christ) for the End Times. He described the various roles that each of us will serve for one another for Christ. We will no longer be infants tossed back and forth by every form of teaching. We will grow to become in every respect the mature body of the one who is the head, Christ. This body will continue to grow in Christ in maturity and build itself up in love as each one of us does our work.

This is not talking about the earthly body, but is describing the “spiritual mystical body” that every Believer will experience. Christ will be intimately involved in the changing of the earthly body into a spiritual body that will become mature reaching the fullness of Christ. I don’t know about you, but this gives me a hope beyond anything this world could give. It sets my mind on spiritual things and not the things of this earth. “Come, Lord Jesus.”

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