Ephesians 4:16 ~ from whom (Christ) the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
I had a revelation about this verse the other day and I would like to share it with you. I have always believed that according to this verse every Christian has a supply to bring to the body of Christ, some ministry, some service, some work, something of value to contribute to the whole. While this is certainly true, it is not the point that Paul is trying to make here.
I saw that it is the joint that brings the supply, not the body part. We know that we are the body parts and that we are called to be effective and productive in our role, but what exactly is the joint? The joint is NOT the body part, so to better understand this lets look at the physical body.
A human leg is made up of four bones, the tibia and fibula, (lower leg, shin bone) the femur, (upper leg/ thigh bone) and the patella, (knee cap). These bones are connected by the knee-joint. Here are just some of the functions of the knee-joint.
1) It supplies strength and stability to all the parts.
2) It prevents friction and reduces stress on all the parts.
3) It provides mobility and maximizes the effectiveness of all the parts.
4) It helps the rest of the body go and do what it is called on to do.
Just like the physical joint does all these important things, the spiritual joint does all this and more. The joint is the relationship between the parts. I use the word relationship but a more accurate word would be fellowship.
The Greek word for fellowship that you usually see in the New Testament is the Greek word “koinonia”, This word has a very intimate meaning and has to do with communion, joint contribution, joint participation and a sharing of something that goes beyond what a single individual can contribute. It is a partnering together to share God on a level that cannot be attained by an individual. It is an activity that brings Jesus into your very midst and produces dynamic relationship as well as rich discipleship.
Matthew 18:20 ~ For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
When the parts are effective at doing their share, right relationship and true fellowship occurs and it invites the Holy Spirit to provide a supply of the Spirit that brings growth and edification. It is how the parts relate that brings the supply. It is the fellowship of the parts that bind and knit us together. It is the “joint” of fellowship that allows us to experience God on a level that goes beyond what we can experience on our own.
1 Corinthians 12:11-13 ~ 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:26-28 ~ 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
I used to think that the body parts in their proper place brought the supply. Now I see that you can be the right body part in the right place, but if you are not relating properly with the other parts of the body, you actually cut off the supply of the Spirit coming to you and through you.
Ever wonder why we don’t see more demonstration of the Spirit? The gifts of the Spirit in operation in our services? I have seen them in a measure, but I know that there is far more available to the church. How we relate to each other, the depth and quality of our fellowship could be a key. This is part of our relationship with God
This is why Satan wants to isolate us from the body of Christ. He does not want that supply to happen. He knows that Christ’s body, properly assembled and each body part relating properly to each other is devastating to his kingdom and agenda.
When we relate to God and His people in love the LIFE of God is produced in those relationships and effects everyone connected to that part of the body. It becomes a divine SPIRIT LIFE connection.