KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 21:7″ And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day”.
(read Acts 216—10)
Apostle Paul left Tyre and continued with his journey to Jerusalem. Paul and his team took a stopover at Ptolemais, where he saluted the brethren there. Once again Paul demonstrates his love for the master by showing love for his body. It seems Paul never traveled through any town or city without associating with the believers or brethren in that place. The church of God is the body of Christ.
Let’s we consider what happens to us when we either treat the Lord’s body well or not. In 1st Corinth 11:29, the bible said “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body”. This verse is in reference to the bread of the Lord’s communion. It says those who partake of it in an unworthy manner bring damnation on themselves because they do not discern the Lord’s body. What does this mean? It means these brethren who took the bread of the communion took it as an ordinary bread. They did not see and treat it as Christ holy body. The bible said those who take the body of Christ this way come under condemnation or damnation which is
1. A weak body,
2. A sick body and
3. Some fall asleep or die. (Please note that all these setbacks are in relation to the person’s body)
What has the communion got to do with Paul’s recognition of the brethren in Ptolemais. Now note this, just as the bread is the body of Christ so is the group of believers or an individual Christian is also the body of Christ.The body of Christ is the body of Christ no matter the form we relate with it ,whether the body of Christians, the communion bread or even the bread of the word.. To see the Christians as the body of Christ and to show love and honour for it, brings you a special blessing. Those who dishonor the body of Christ, represented by the communion bread become weak, sick or die untimely in the vice versa those who discern it will not be weak, they would not be sick and will not die before their time. Dear child of GOD if you treat fellow Christians as the real body of CHRIST, you would have the same blessings as you took the communion in a worthy manner. Some Christians became weak, sick or even died before their time because they treated the group of Christians as just ordinary humans. That was their own error or what brought them so much trouble.The Lord told Paul, who was persecuting the church, that,why are you persecuting me? (Act 9:4)
The church, no matter where you find it, is the body of CHRIST. Love the brethren, honour the brethren and treat it like you would have done for Christ if He were here in the flesh
The church of God is the body of Christ I honour it, respect it and love the brethren with a sincere love. Whatever I do for the Christian is directly unto the Lord JESUS.I am always a blessing as I honour Him through His body.
Acts 9:4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
1 Corinth 12:27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.