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"That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:23b,24). The bread and the cup of the Lord's supper speak of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus gives us clarification concerning His body in the following verse: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63). Jesus declared himself as the living bread that came down from heaven, not natural flesh and blood, but Spirit that gives life. We must eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus Christ in doing His will, by being a doer of the Word, not just a hearer only.

 

"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man; and head of Christ is God." (1 Corinthians 11:3). The head of Christ is God; that is, the Father the head of the Son of God. All the fullness of the Godhead dwelled or housed permanently in Christ Jesus bodily; that is, in one body, not two or three. "If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (John 14:28b). Jesus said, "I and my Father are one". (John 10:30). Jesus Christ is the Father manifested in flesh as a man. There are many offices of the Spirit of God that He manifested or orchestrated in and through in order to redeem man and creation back to Himself. Here are the various offices of the One and Self-same Spirit: 1) Father = Administrator  2)Word = Expression  3)Holy Ghost = Spirit form of Jesus  4)Son of God = Redemption  5)Son of man = Kingdom or Judgment.  Therefore, Jesus could speak of himself as the Spirit or Holy Ghost as the Spirit form as the Father or Word.  The Son of God is comprised of two forms 1) Spirit (Father, Word, Holy Ghost) and 2) flesh (human spirit, soul, and body). Therefore, Jesus could refer to his flesh form of the Son of God or to the Spirit form of His Person. Jesus Christ as Spirit is the Father, Word, or Holy Ghost for there is but one Spirit of God; therefore, Jesus and Father are one and the same Spirit. However, Jesus also spoke regarding his flesh and blood body as a man that housed the fullness of the Spirit of God. In this case, "my Father" or "my Spirit" is greater than "I" or "my flesh and blood body". There are not two bodies or two Persons being referred to in the above mentioned verse of scripture. Jesus is simply making a distinction between His Spirit as the Father, and His flesh and blood body as a man denoting sonship.

 

A young man came to Jesus and spoke the following: "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Matthew 19:16b). Jesus responds: "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God." (Matthew 19:20b). Jesus was telling the young man that only God or the Spirit is good who Jesus is in reality. The body of flesh and blood that the young man is looking upon has no value, but the Spirit within the body is God. "Why callest thou me (my flesh and blood body) good? there is none good but one, that is, God (the Spirit of Jesus). Do you see Jesus as only a man of flesh and blood that was a good man who fulfilled the law in only His flesh form, or do you see him as His Spirit form as the Spirit of God that housed or dwelled in his body of flesh and blood as God manifest in the flesh? Jesus Christ never sinned or did iniquity, not because of his flesh form or flesh and blood, but because of His Spirit form as the Spirit of God resident in him that allowed him to overcome the devil, the world, and the flesh.

 

God is the head of Christ; that is, the Spirit is the head of the flesh. Jesus did always those things that pleased God. He came from God and went back to God. We come from the earth and go back to the earth, because of sin that brings forth death. However, in Jesus was life as the life giving Spirit of God that came down to earth fashioned as a man. God manifested in a human body, died, and rose again, ascended back to heaven, where He as the Word or Spirit of God had been before. Jesus Christ, in his Spirit, was God; in his flesh and blood was the body that housed the Spirit of God. He did not need to be born again, for baptism of John in Jordan did not make Jesus the Son of God, nor did it wash away his sins, for He was the Son of God at birth and never sinned. Jesus did not receive the Holy Ghost at the Jordan river after baptism, for He is the Holy Ghost manifested in a body of flesh and blood at birth.

 

God could not unlawfully break forth and snatch the kingdom back from Satan, but had to redeem it back as a man as our Kinsman Redeemer. The righteousness of God had to be satisfied in redeeming those things that were lost because of Adam's disobedience. Jesus Christ was not a man that worked as God to redeem mankind and creation back to himself, but was God that worked as a man in order to fulfill all righteousness and the judgment of God. Jesus did not walk on water as God, but as a man through the Spirit of God resident in him, Peter doing the same thing as Jesus for a short time through faith in the Word. The same is true today of his body, the church, which can do all things if we only believe His Word. If we suffer with him, we also shall reign with him. But there remains the issue of the sufferings of the cross in order that we glorify him, just as He in his body of flesh and blood glorified God. Jesus glorified God in his body and God glorified him in himself, until the final consummation in which the human body, soul, and spirit of Jesus became sin who knew no sin, as the spotless Lamb of God slain to take away the sin of the world. In like manner, we are to have the same mind in us as Jesus Christ, as the body of Jesus, the church.

 

"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin, That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." (1 Peter 4:1,2).  Just as Jesus suffered in his flesh and blood body for us, we are to suffer also in the flesh in order to cease from sin, for those that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and the lusts. (Galatians 5:24). Jesus went back to heaven in a glorifed fleshly body, entering into the Holy of Holies which wrought salvation to those that are in Christ. He came back in His Spirit form at Pentecost to indwell the believers as the body of Christ. We now know this mystery of the kingdom of God which is Christ in the body known as the church, Christ in you the hope of glory. This is the only way to do the will of God; that is, to live in the shadow of the cross of Jesus. The body of Christ was ultimately crucified and then glorified as the Federal Head of the new creature and creation. In order for us to be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, we are to crucify the flesh with the affections and lust as did Christ, we being the body of Christ in this evil world in order that we also also glorify him in the body of our flesh. "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you." (2 Corinthians 4:10-12). Who will glorify God? Let us pick up our cross, going forth outside the camp, bearing his reproach, thus bringing glory to God.

 

 

    

 

 

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