Having been raised in the church, I had always heard how we are the body of Christ. Even after numerous explanations, I still couldn't fully grasp what that meant...until this weekend. I had one of those 'wisdom and revelation' moments. As I had shared with you before, I've been praying Ephesians 1:18-23 for myself and the Holy Spirit continues to show me things I'd never seen before. It is unfolding and opening up.
Ephesians 1:20-22 says, "Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet." Most churches will talk to you about Jesus, but some make it sound as if Jesus is way up there and you are here on earth, just struggling to get along.
Ephesians 1:22-23 says, "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all." Paul is saying here, "Christ is the head; we are His body." Your head and your body go together, right? Jesus is not decapitated! His head and His body go together, too. So if He is seated, you and I are seated. If He is blessed, then you and I are blessed!
Your head and your body go by the same name. You do not have one name for your head and a different name for your body. When you go into a bank, you do not open up different accounts for your head and your body. No, you are one. So whatever belongs to the head belongs to the body.
Ephesians 2:1 says, "And you hath he quickened..." The word quicken means He made us alive together with Christ.
The devil is afraid of you whenever you find out that you have the same things in you that Jesus had in Him and has in Him right now. The Gospel is not the good news that God wants to help you. The Gospel is the good news that God has already helped you. He has already done something for you and it has already been accomplished.
You can't be defeated in life when if you have the same identity in Christ.