Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love" (Ephesians 4:16).

The analogy of the body perfectly represents the unity that God desires, "in effect, the body is one and has many parts" (1 Corinthians 12:12). It is from the head that it achieves all its growth, and, in order to build itself up, it is "coordinated and unified thanks to the effective working by which all parts do each their share" (Ephesians 4:16). The body builds itself up then thanks to the Head, but unity is achieved through the action of the ligaments which bind the members together and sustain them.

These ligaments represent the relationship between the different parts of the body, that is between the different organs (house churches or cell churches) making up the church of the town. Jesus-Christ directs all his body which is entirely subject to him; it is he alone who saves men and adds them to his own body (Ephesians 5:22-24). The Body is, therefore, there to do the will of the Head, "you formed me a body… to do your will" (Hebrews 10:5,7), and also it must be available and entirely given over to serving Him.