Emanna for 04/05/2019
Knowing God's Corporate Salvation
Eph 2:16 And might reconcile both
[Jews and Gentiles]
in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it. Col 3:15 And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
Words of Ministry
The Jews and the Gentiles have been reconciled in one Body. This one Body, the church, is the one new man in the previous verse. It was in this Body that both the Jews and the Gentiles were reconciled to God through the cross. We, the believers, both Jews and Gentiles, were reconciled not only for the Body of Christ, but also in the Body of Christ. What a revelation here! We were reconciled to God; we were saved in the Body of Christ... The Body is the instrument, the means, by which we were reconciled to God. We have even been called in the one Body. This corporate concept pervades the New Testament. Our concept, however, is that we were reconciled to God as individuals. But in the eyes of God we have been called in one Body and reconciled to Him in the Body. The exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt is a clear picture of this. In Egypt the children of Israel were, in a sense, far off from God. After they were brought out of Egypt and passed through the Red Sea together, at Mount Sinai they were reconciled to God as one congregation, not as individuals. That was a type of our being reconciled to God in the one Body. We today need to have this corporate concept. Do not think that you have been saved individually. On the contrary, we were saved all together and reconciled to God in one Body.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 225-226. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 7/22/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: email@example.com.