Of all the mysteries I’ve been enabled to hear through the Spirit, this one has taken the longest to brew and actually pen down. I believe it has because of the gravity of it, because of how serious it is to God, because bringing awareness about it and shining God’s light on the darkness of it is pretty high on God’s priority list. I’m thankful for how long it’s taken for it to finally flow from the Spirit all the way through to my fingertips for the simple reason that, except He nudges and enables me; and just like my Brodie Jesus,
“I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.” … “I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.” — John 8:26, 28b NLT
Plainly put and simply said, the Holy Spirit is revealing that God isn’t so pleased with the members — both within, incoming and still far away — that make up the Body of Christ. He isn’t pleased with how Christ has been misinterpreted by incoming and far away members, largely because of how members within have allowed the misrepresentation of Christ to continue.
God is aware of these violations in the Body of Christ and has allowed them. Per usual, He’s even warned us and told us He’ll hold us responsible:
“Then the Lord said to Aaron: “You, your sons, and your relatives from the tribe of Levi will be held responsible for any offenses related to the sanctuary. But you and your sons alone will be held responsible for violations connected with the priesthood. — Numbers 18:1 NLT
“So the LORD said to Aaron, “You and your sons and your father’s household (family) with you shall bear the guilt in connection with the sanctuary [that is, through your service as priests you will atone for the offenses which the people unknowingly commit when brought into contact with the manifestations of God’s presence]; and you and your sons with you shall bear the guilt in connection with your priesthood [that is, your own unintentional offenses].” — Numbers 18:1 AMP
I sense the need to further break this down, and enabledly, I will. You know how it’s always been perceived that members who make up Christ’s body are the ones who’ve been saved — but who matter-of-factly are living lives similar, but not exact to the life we’ve been called to live? I’m not so sorry to break it to you, but this perception is so flawed, because it’s also one of the enemy’s best strategies. But like all his other plans, it’s time for the thwarting! So brace yourself for this announcement:
Members who make up Christ’s Body also include those who haven’t yet been saved!
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.” — 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 NLT
“…I will gather you and your children from east and west. I will say to the north and south, ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.’” Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. Gather the nations together!” — Isaiah 43:5b-9a NLT
Before you get ticked off, notice the “Jew-Gentile-Slaves-Free” make up? Notice “GATHER THE NATIONS TOGEHTER”? And that the nations include those who have eyes but are blind and ears but are deaf? Yah! I was like “woah!” too when I got exposed to this light. It took relying on the same grace that God accorded me for me to accept His grace for every other member — present, incoming or far away — of Christ’s Body and not even try to drink Ibuprofen for God. Because whew chile!?! 😥😅😥
So anyways, God hasn’t been pleased for the longest time and has permitted our violations of Christ’s Body just like He has permitted bodily inkings… But now He is saying loudly that the members — present within, incoming and far away absentees — all have to be given up and sacrificed to truly worship Him. He is saying that the Body’s members need to start copying Him and stop copying what isn’t Him. He is saying the Body needs to allow His Spirit transform us by the renewing of our minds based off of what we’ve seen others do and gotten accustomed to — so we can quit conforming to them and instead copy and please Him.
What are these permitted Bodily violations likened to permitted tattoos, and how have we violated you ask? Well, He tell you below:
We have failed to allow the Spirit teach us to separate the true revelation and meat of God’s Word from the flesh. Flesh could mean carnality. But in this context, it importantly means — the fleshly persona of we the vessels, dubbed with the mandate to let God’s light shine forth in and through the darkness; who instead of mirroring Christ to others, mirror ourselves to make it look like we’re the artist known as Snap, singing “I’ve got the power” up and down. 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake… We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” — 2 Corinthians 4:5, 7 NLT
So what typically happens is, we are priests, holy nations, called out, set apart and consecrated for God’s use — to represent Him to the world. And we very well try, but because we believe we’re not perfect, those we represent Christ to who also unfortunately believe they’re imperfect see our imperfections. We conjointly mix up our imperfections and shortcomings with who Christ is when receiving the scoop about Him. We inadvertently fail to see ourselves and each other through the lens that is Christ. Which is how God sees us and how He hopes for us to see us.
For instance, a teacher to a congregation or leader to followers, who has failed to leave their dictatorial or ego-led sentimental background in teaching the flock will teach quite alright, but not without passing down dictatorship and ego to the unassuming flock who are unable to separate the person of the vessel from the truth of the Word. More instance. A present Body member who believes that having godly wisdom is translated as not facing something that’s seemingly “fearful” to the carnal mind, letting God’s love and light shine on it to expose its darkness and birth the revelation that God’s love is perfect and casts out all fear; will teach that to incoming and far away members. And yet another instance. A member who hasn’t been able to curb lust by casting it to Jesus will look at someone lustfully and try to place blame on them for dressing “inappropriately”. Yes, inappropriate dressing should also be casted to God, but the one with the lustful eye can’t justify themselves by guilt tripping the inappropriate dresser. The fruit of cancelling people should also not be born as a result. Let us cancel instead, the root of the lustful thoughts and inappropriate dressing.
So what’s ensued from generation to generation, is the passing down of dictatorial, egocentric personas of fearful vessels with skewed ideas about God’s perfect love, who still think lustfully and pass judgment on others by establishing laws against inappropriate dressing etc; all of which now morph into doctrines that have somehow intertwined with the truth of God’s Word; and thus, given birth to a system of the misinterpreted misrepresentation of Christ.
Note that when we read teacher, leader, congregation, followers, flock, member — present, incoming and far away —, lustful, judgmental and inappropriate; we should all substitute ourselves into these categories because all have partaken, sinned and fallen short.
So we’re all responsible for the violations. Whether we know it or not. Whether we’re aware of how we misinterpretedly misrepresent Christ. More Truth, there are so many things mixed up with who and what the Body of Christ should entail that really aren’t Spirit led, about Christ, or about God. And this is why He is displeased. On the one hand, it’s easy to consider that it’s as a result of believing we’re imperfect, but on the other, I’m considering it’s a given when we factor in that God is “gathering all nations together”.
Regardless of whichever it is, again, we’re all responsible for the Bodily violations. We’re responsible when we don’t consider the role Holy Spirit plays in the Holy Trinity. Seeing as He is God’s power, we’re responsible when we don’t make Him the Boss — you know… like the main actor in movies — and try to take His position. We’re responsible when we think we can walk this called and chosen walk in our own power, might or strength, when in fact, we do and should, only by the Spirit.
When we don’t allow Him break down the Word and reveal its Truth and mysteries to give us God’s understanding of it; when we have a biased perspective of the Word; run with our own understanding, portraying that to others; when we consider our feelings and sentiments over God’s Truth; when we allow these sentiments lead us to exit and try serve God “our way”; when we break up the church and Body of Christ because we can’t “agree” or be one minded with others, with the Spirit… in order to consider only, the primacy of Christ’s mind and thus have insight to what’s on God’s mind; when we let uncasted lustful ways and personas morph into man made rules and doctrines that have nothing to do with the Truth of God’s Word. Where responsible when we allow the flesh trump the Spirit in the flesh vs Spirit hunger games.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. — Galatians 5:16-17 NIV
More Truth. We break the yoke of imperfections that cause us to violate Christ’s Body when the light of it sinks in — beyond just reading and knowing — that we, contrary to the belief that we’re imperfect, are in fact made perfect in Christ.. More so, that we’re made perfect even as we’re being made holy. So basically, even when you fall short, repent, turn and believe you’ve been made perfect. 🤯🤯🤯
“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. — Hebrews 10:11-12, 14 NLT
However, don’t let the knowledge of God’s grace through our short fallings make you deliberately take advantage of His grace. His grace fully liberates us from sin.
Now that we know this, now that we’re aware of the part we play in violating the Body of Christ — that we will be held responsible —; that sacred gifts, being consecrated, offering sacrificially to truly worship — speaks of our offering up our bodies as living sacrifices to become members of Christ’s Body; that water and food stand for the Spirit and the Word, Christ; I pray the Holy Spirit reveals the truth and breaks down the mysteries of these closing verses in Leviticus 22:
“Tell Aaron and his sons to be very careful with the sacred gifts that the Israelites set apart for me, so they do not bring shame on my holy name. I am the Lord. Give them the following instructions. “In all future generations, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean when he approaches the sacred offerings that the people of Israel consecrate to the Lord, he must be cut off from my presence. I am the Lord.
The man who is defiled in any of these ways will remain unclean until evening. He may not eat from the sacred offerings until he has bathed himself in water. When the sun goes down, he will be ceremonially clean again and may eat from the sacred offerings, for this is his food.
“The priests must follow my instructions carefully. Otherwise they will be punished for their sin and will die for violating my instructions. I am the Lord who makes them holy.” — Leviticus 22:2-3, 6-7, 9 NLT