Paul said this is a great mystery
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Eph 5:30-32)
How are we literally flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone?
I know we are spirit of His spirit, However, the person who unites himself with the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (1 Cor 6:17)
I know we are soul of His soul For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 3:1) and also His nature …that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature… (2 Pet 1:4b)
But how am I literally flesh of His flesh? I know its possible positionally but is there more than a legal application here?
There seems to be a mystery to be had here….
John 6: 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed,[h] and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Also there has been a shadow of this mystery in the old testament…
Adam said it of his bride who also came out of his body; And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Gen 2:23. We are the bride of Christ.
What is God doing here and why is He doing it this way?
My initial thoughts are…
Because He comes and lives in me, I become His body, further to that I eat His flesh and drink His blood, His flesh becomes my flesh and His blood becomes my blood. So my actual body becomes the body of Christ, which makes it that He is able to redeem by body as well as my soul.
Which means that we are literally the body of Christ, each one of us, His body.
His body was perfectly healed at the resurrection, apart from the record of the crucifixion that remains a testimony to us forever? Not only that, His body is Spirit sustained not blood sustained as He poured that out for us. The bible says our bodies are not our own, it was brought with a price and is the temple of the Holy Spirit. So we ought be sustained by the Holy Spirit as we are His body.
What would it do to our faith if we totally believed we were the actual body of Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit? Would there be so many sick among us?
Have we watered down the mystery of this joining with Him by making the meaning of ‘body of Christ’ more like a body corporate, a group of people rather than the mystery Paul is saying here?
I think so!
My actual take on baptism with water is not so much to be saved, or the thief on the cross wouldn’t be saved and all those before Christ who were waiting for their redemption, who were in Abraham’s Bosom wouldn’t have been saved either.
Surely we get born again in Him, which is a joining with Him, one spirit, etc, but your body is not part of that joining. We get baptised to bring our body into Christ, so that it comes under His covering also.
When you think about it the blood of the lamb in Goshen, (when the plagues were punishing Egypt), the blood over the door and windows were only for the first born protection, the second born had nothing to worry about. Our first born life was the body/soul we live in and that comes under the blood for protection via baptism. So that we are fully immersed in Christ.
Just like Pharaoh’s army couldn’t touch Israel because they were baptised in Moses through the red sea, (1 Corinthians 10:2). Pharaoh’s army were literally destroyed by this baptism, (Exodus 14:26), likewise the enemy of our souls are destroyed in baptism also. Why? The enemy can’t touch Christ and if we get our faith right can’t touch us either, for we are ‘hidden in Christ’ once fully baptised in Him, spirit/soul/body.
Now that is food for thought.