We Belong

In union with the Messiah we comprise one body, with each of us belonging to the others.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the sayings of the Lord God’s mouth and the meditation of his heart?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root.

Your bodies are parts of the Messiah. Use your bodies to glorify God.

1 Cor 6:15-20 – Don’t you know that your bodies are parts of the Messiah? …Or don’t you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit] who lives inside you, whom you received from God? The fact is, you don’t belong to yourselves; for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to glorify God. (CJB)

Do you know the one who lives inside you?
Glorify: honor, magnify, dignity, praise, worship.1

In union with the Messiah, belonging to each other.

Rom 12:4-8 – For just as there are many parts that compose one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function; so there are many of us, and in union with the Messiah we comprise one body, with each of us belonging to the others. But we have gifts that differ and which are meant to be used according to the grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, use it to the extent of your trust; if it is serving, use it to serve; if you are a teacher, use your gift in teaching; if you are a counselor, use your gift to comfort and exhort; if you are someone who gives, do it simply and generously; if you are in a position of leadership, lead with diligence and zeal; if you are one who does acts of mercy, do them cheerfully. (CJB)

In union with the Messiah. Are you intimately familiar with this union? Do you know the grace that has been given to you? Do you reside in his presence?
Grace: especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.2
Do you continually place yourself in a position to come under the divine influence upon your heart?

By one Spirit.

1 Cor 12:12-13 – For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah. For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (CJB)

By one Spirit we were all immersed into one body.
Immersed into one body. One God.

Immersed/Baptized: The processes of immersion, submersion and emergence…used of the overwhelming afflictions and judgments to which the Lord voluntarily submitted on the cross (Luke 12:50); of the sufferings his followers would experience, not of a vicarious character, but in fellowship with the sufferings of their Master…identification with Jesus in [spiritual] death, burial and resurrection…closely bound to, or became the property of, the one into whose name he was baptized.3

Into: to or into including the point reached or entered of place, time or purpose, result.4

Fellowship with the sufferings of Christ. Identified with Jesus.
Afflictions. Judgments. Immersion. Submersion. Emergence.
We were all given one Spirit to drink.
Do you regularly drink?

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words that describe the path to your relationship with God and everyone else. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

Closely bound to, the property of the one into whose name we are baptized.

Deut 6:4-12 – ‘Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God [is] one Jehovah; and thou hast loved Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might, and these words which I am commanding thee to-day have been on thine heart, and thou hast repeated them to thy sons, and spoken of them in thy sitting in thine house, and in thy walking in the way, and in thy lying down, and in thy rising up, and hast bound them for a sign upon thy hand, and they have been for frontlets between thine eyes, and thou hast written them on door-posts of thy house, and on thy gates. ‘And it hath been, when Jehovah thy God doth bring thee in unto the land which He hath sworn to thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to thee — cities great and good, which thou hast not built, and houses full of all good things which thou hast not filled, and wells digged which thou hast not digged, vineyards and olive-yards which thou hast not planted, and thou hast eaten, and been satisfied; ‘Take heed to thyself lest thou forget Jehovah who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants; (YLT)

Meditate on the Lord God’s words. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root so that you know who you are, so that nothing and no one can make you forget the One who sets you free to receive his free gifts.

Your bodies are parts of the Messiah. By purifying Spirit.

Matt 3:11-12 – “I [John the Baptist] baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (ESV)

Baptize with water.

Ezek 36:25 – I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. (ESV)

Baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
He will clear/he will thoroughly purge: to cleanse perfectly.5
Chaff: to shed forth; uncleanness, idols, heart of stone6
Clean from all our uncleannesses! Clean from all our idols! Our chaff burned away!

Your bodies are parts of the Messiah. Death with him to live a new life with him.

Rom 6:3-7 – Don’t you know that those of us who have been immersed into the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] have been immersed into his death? Through immersion into his death we were buried with him; so that just as, through the glory of the Father, the Messiah was raised from the dead, likewise we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will also be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was put to death on the execution-stake with him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For someone who has died has been cleared from sin. (CJB)

United with him in a death like his. United with him in a resurrection like his. No longer enslaved to sin.
United with: grown along with; to be born at the same time; having the same origin or nature; closely united to; union with or together.7

We know!
We know that our old self was put to death on the execution-stake with him
So that
The entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed
We know!
We have died with him
We have been cleared from sin.

Read the text again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind until you know that the words of the Lord God are true. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

What thoughts and questions and emotions arise?

Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

What does the Lord God want you to know about yourself, others, and him?

Don’t you know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who lives inside you, whom you received from God?

Identify with the Holy Spirit who lives inside you. Make identical. Connect, associate with, involve closely.

Your bodies are parts of the Messiah. Identify with the Spirit who is giving life.

Rom 8:9-11 – But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit — provided the Spirit of God is living inside you, for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to him. However, if the Messiah is in you, then, on the one hand, the body is dead because of sin; but, on the other hand, the Spirit is giving life because God considers you righteous. And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua [Jesus] from the dead is living in you, then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you. (CJB)

Living/dwell: to occupy a house; reside, inhabit, remain, be innate, that which belongs as part of its nature or constitution. Cohabit.8

Identify with the Messiah. He bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world. He went straight into heaven’s tent – the true Holy Place. Link to Blog 42 You Don’t Belong to Yourselves

Identify with the Spirit who is giving life in your inner being. Be still. Be silent. Be present. Know!

Prov 20:27 – The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. (ESV)

Your bodies are parts of the Messiah. Washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:3-8 – It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come — an eternity of life! You can count on this. (MSG)

He gave us a good bath.
Washing of regeneration: spiritual rebirth, the state or act; spiritual renovation; Messianic restoration. Anew, i.e. (of place) back, (of time) once more. Nature.9

We came out of the bath new people. Washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit.
Do you know?
God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives.
Do you know?

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

Our bodies are parts of the Messiah. We respond.

Ps 31:5 – Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (ESV)

Ps 105:3-4 – Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (ESV)

Meditate on the texts. Receive and believe the words of the Lord God. Glorify him by seeking him, by seeking his presence continually.

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Seek his presence. Breath by breath.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (Ps 31:5)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

Into your hand I commit my spirit

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Glorify: NT:1392<START GREEK>doca/zw<END GREEK> doxazo (dox-ad’-zo); from NT:1391; to render (or esteem) glorious (in a wide application): KJV – (make) glorify (-ious), full of (have) glory, honour, magnify.

NT:1391 <START GREEK>do/ca<END GREEK> doxa (dox’-ah); from the base of NT:1380; glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literal or figurative, objective or subjective): KJV – dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Grace: NT:5485 <START GREEK>xa/ri$<END GREEK> charis (khar’-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): KJV – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

NT:5463 <START GREEK>xai/rw<END GREEK> chairo (khah’-ee-ro); a primary verb; to be “cheerful”, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well: KJV – farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hall, joy (-fully), rejoice. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3BAPTISM

  1. Nouns. 1. baptisma (<START GREEK>ba/ptisma<END GREEK>, NT:908), “baptism,” consisting of the processes of immersion, submersion and emergence (from bapto, “to dip”), is used (a) of John’s “baptism,” (b) of Christian “baptism,” see B. below; (c) of the overwhelming afflictions and judgments to which the Lord voluntarily submitted on the cross, e. g., Luke 12:50; (d) of the sufferings His followers would experience, not of a vicarious character, but in fellowship with the sufferings of their Master. Some mss. have the word in Matt 20:22-23; it is used in Mark 10:38-39, with this meaning.
  2. baptismos (<START GREEK>baptismo/$<END GREEK>, NT:909), as distinct from baptisma (the ordinance), is used of the “ceremonial washing of articles,” Mark 7:4,8, in some texts; Heb 9:10; once in a general sense, Heb 6:2. See WASHING.
  3. baptistes (<START GREEK>baptisth/$<END GREEK>, NT:910), “a baptist,” is used only of John the Baptist, and only in the Synoptists, 14 times.
  4. Verb. baptizo (<START GREEK>bapti/zw<END GREEK>, NT:907), “to baptize,” primarily a frequentative form of bapto, “to dip,” was used among the Greeks to signify the dyeing of a garment, or the drawing of water by dipping a vessel into another, etc. Plutarchus uses it of the drawing of wine by dipping the cup into the bowl (Alexis, 67) and Plato, metaphorically, of being overwhelmed with questions (Euthydemus, 277 D).

It is used in the NT in Luke 11:38 of washing oneself (as in 2 Kings 5:14, “dipped himself,” Sept.); see also Isa 21:4, lit., “lawlessness overwhelms me.” In the early chapters of the four Gospels and in Acts 1:5; 11:16; 19:4, it is used of the rite performed by John the Baptist who called upon the people to repent that they might receive remission of sins. Those who obeyed came “confessing their sins,” thus acknowledging their unfitness to be in the Messiah’s coming kingdom. Distinct from this is the “baptism” enjoined by Christ, Matt 28:19, a “baptism” to be undergone by believers, thus witnessing to their identification with Him in death, burial and resurrection, e. g., Acts 19:5; Rom 6:3-4; 1 Cor 1:13-17; 12:13; Gal 3:27; Col 2:12. The phrase in Matt 28:19, “baptizing them into the Name” (RV; cf. Acts 8:16, RV), would indicate that the “baptized” person was closely bound to, or became the property of, the one into whose name he was “baptized.”

In Acts 22:16 it is used in the middle voice, in the command given to Saul of Tarsus, “arise and be baptized,” the significance of the middle voice form being “get thyself baptized.” The experience of those who were in the ark at the time of the Flood was a figure or type of the facts of spiritual death, burial, and resurrection, Christian “baptism” being an antitupon, “a corresponding type,” a “like figure,” 1 Peter 3:21. Likewise the nation of Israel was figuratively baptized when made to pass through the Red Sea under the cloud, 1 Cor 10:2. The verb is used metaphorically also in two distinct senses: firstly, of “baptism” by the Holy Spirit, which took place on the Day of Pentecost; secondly, of the calamity which would come upon the nation of the Jews, a “baptism” of the fire of divine judgment for rejection of the will and word of God, Matt 3:11; Luke 3:16.

(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

4Into: NT:1519 <START GREEK>ei)$<END GREEK> eis (ice); a primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases: KJV – [abundantly-], against, among, as, at, [back-] ward, before, by, concerning,  continual,  far more exceeding, for [intent, purposefore],,  forth, in (among, at, unto, -so much that, -to), to the intent that,  of one mind,  never, of, (up-) on,  perish,  set at one again, (so) that, therefore (-unto), throughout, til, to (be, the end, -ward), (here-) until (-to), … ward, [wherefore-], with. Often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion (literally or figuratively). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5He will clear/he will thoroughly purge: NT:1245 <START GREEK>diakaqari/zw<END GREEK> diakatharizo (dee-ak-ath-ar-id’-zo); from NT:1223 and NT:2511; to cleanse perfectly, i.e. (specially) winnow: KJV – thoroughly purge. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Chaff: NT:892 <START GREEK>a&xuron<END GREEK> achuron (akh’-oo-ron); perhaps remotely from cheo (to shed forth); chaff (as diffusive): KJV – chaff. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7United with: NT:4854 <START GREEK>su/mfuto$<END GREEK> sumphutos (soom’-foo-tos); from NT:4862 and a derivative of NT:5453; grown along with (connate), i.e. (figuratively) closely united to: KJV – planted together.

NT:4862 <START GREEK>su/n<END GREEK> sun (soon); a primary preposition denoting union; with or together (but much closer than NT:3326 or NT:3844), i.e. by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.: KJV – beside, with. In composition it has similar applications, including completeness.

NT:3326 <START GREEK>meta/<END GREEK> meta (met-ah’); a primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly, denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive case association, or accusative case succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between NT:575 or NT:1537 and NT:1519 or NT:4314; less intimate than NT:1722 and less close than NT:4862):

NT:3844 <START GREEK>para/<END GREEK> para (par-ah’); a primary preposition; properly, near; i.e. (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local [especially beyond or opposed to] or causal [on account of]: KJV – above, against, among, at, before, by, contrary to,  friend, from,  give [such things as they],  that [she] had,  his, in, more than, nigh unto, (out) of, past, save, side … by, in the sight of, than, [therefore-], with. In compounds it retains the same variety of application. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Living/dwell: NT:3611 <START GREEK>oi)ke/w<END GREEK> oikeo (oy-keh’-o); from NT:3624; to occupy a house, i.e. reside (figuratively, inhabit, remain, inhere); by implication to cohabit: KJV – dwell. See also NT:3625. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Washing of regeneration: NT:3824 <START GREEK>paliggenesi/a<END GREEK> paliggenesia (pal-ing-ghen-es-ee’-ah); from NT:3825 and NT:1078; (spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), i.e. (figuratively) spiritual renovation; specifically, Messianic restoration: KJV – regeneration.

NT:3825 <START GREEK>pa/lin<END GREEK> palin (pal’-in); probably from the same as NT:3823 (through the idea of oscillatory repetition); (adverbially) anew, i.e. (of place) back, (of time) once more, or (conjunctionally) furthermore or on the other hand: KJV – again.

NT:1078 <START GREEK>ge/nesi$<END GREEK> genesis (ghen’-es-is); from the same as NT:1074; nativity; figuratively, nature: KJV – generation, nature (-ral). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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