Lessons in the Assembly

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

If we are all one body in Christ, each haveing separate gifts in Christ. If we trust Christ. If we have been placed in an assembly by Him then should we not listen for Christ in our brothers and sisters?

If there is one creating offense in the assembly where this truth is only discerned by two or three, why is it so hard to trust the Lord to reveal His will? Especially if the truth has been revealed in those that have already been recognized as being filled with the Holy Spirit by the fruits of their walk? Who is also shown to be grounded firmly in the Word of God.

For God’s example, even to Israel of old, was to establish a witness of no less than two, perhaps three so that a true testimony may be established.

Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.(Deuteronomy 17:6)

15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
(Deuteronomy 19:15)

This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
(2 Corinthians 13:1)

Paul continues to exhort us regarding this one body:

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one 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.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

The Lord who composes the body as He sees fit expects us to respect the other parts of the body. We may not always understand the function, but if there is a witness established, we ought to take notice. For Paul declares by witness of himself and the Holy Spirit that if one member suffers, all members suffer. Let me put it another way. If half the assembly sees the offense and the other does not, isn’t the whole suffering together as one? Like a boil on the skin the whole body is miserable until the boil is removed.

This is why Christ calls us to stand firm yet humbly before Him and one another. Even if one or more do not remain in humility then Christ and the Father through the Holy Spirit will give multiple warnings to draw the assembly back in line. The Lord is well able to chastise those whom He loves.

Let us learn our lessons well and apply the word of God to our lives for His Glory. Dividing the Word of God not according to our own desires, but as He reveals it to us. So that we can stand united against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Furthermore we all have different levels of maturity and experience before the Lord so that when we come together in love and respect we are more complete in the Lord. Do you see this is how we depend on the Lord Christ when we depend on each other? Let us trust Christ Jesus in each other knowing that if we trust in the arm of the flesh it will lead to destruction. For we know our perfection is not in ourselves but in Christ Jesus who died on the Cross for our sins. Remember He is perfecting each one of us in His time, but we can still trust His witness in others weather they are mature or not. Let Him reveal His witness in whom He chooses regardless of who we prefer as individuals. For if we prefer one person over another, He just may choose the vessel you don’t prefer to teach us a lesson.

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4 Responses to Lessons in the Assembly

  1. Love the post … but I will meditate upon it for a while … and come back to comment further after that ordained season of time has ended.

    thanks, brother,

    mark

    • Al Nelson says:

      God Bless brother, hope folks who read this post see that I am not making a condemnation, but pointing to the way of Christ. We can still meditate and consider any given circumstance as individuals before the Lord. But we must also recognize the Spirit in our brothers and sisters. For not all who claim the name of Christ are of Christ.

      21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Mat. 7:21-23)

  2. Al, even if they are brethren, we can determine whether or not they are grieving the Holy Spirit by how they treat their brethren–and this includes trusting them when they speak by the Spirit–and a willingness to acknowledge truth when it is revealed to the fellowship by God.

  3. Al Nelson says:

    True. No one wants to leave anyone behind, but Truth in Christ comes first. If we stand in His truth, He will confirm those that are His and reject those that fall short. Even brethren who will be put through further trials. But all to the Glory of Jesus!

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