YAHSHUA, the Head of His Church

When YAHSHUA established His church, He blessed each of us with gifts, equipping us to do the work to further His kingdom in many ways: some He appointed to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (interpreting the Word of God, and revelations through visions and dreams to warn the church), some pastors and some teachers, and many more gifts. These were given with the purpose to perfecting and fully equipping the members of the body of Christ, so that they should do the work of ministering toward the building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4: 11-12) (paraphrased). So, we see that in YAHSHUA Messiah, we, His church, are knit together to fulfill His calling to build up His body. Collectively, we are the body of Christ, and individually, we are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function] (I Cor. 12:27). Although diverse as we are, we all have a call to fulfill as individual members of the body of Christ in our performance through spiritual gifts given us by the grace of God, for we do exercise diverse function as members of YAHSHUA’S body.

The gift of love is a gift that all members of the body of YAHSHUA should exercise in one form or another. For it is the gift that speaks louder than all other gifts in action toward others. Actions performed with love, are actions that bring many out of the darkness into the light. YAHSHUA is Himself love. When we act in love, we are one with Him, pointing Him to the world, as we reflect His love to all the world. YAHSHUA, the head of His body, the church; He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He  alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place (Col. 1:18); His church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Messiah YAHSHUA Himself the Cornerstone…( Eph. 2: 20-22), a foundation that is unshakable, and that no power can prevail against it, as YAHSHUA so said in reference to His church:  He said to  Peter: I say to you that you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church. By saying that, YAHSHUA differentiated between the names Peter- [Greek for Petros- a small stone, and Pedra a huge rock like Gibraltar]. So He said, Peter, you are a small stone; My church will be built on a rock, (Gibraltar) and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. He was referring to the early question He brought forth to the disciples: Who do say that I am? And Peter answered, You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God (Matt. 16: 16,18).  It is upon Him that His church is built. YAHSHUA is the Gibraltar Rock, in its symbolism of unshakable strength. He is the church’s foundation, (Pedra) and not (petros). He is the head of His church. No power will ever overtake it.

We, the members of His body, cannot function independently from Him. YAHSHUA said, Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you; just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me (John 15:4). To walk in harmony with the Head-YAHSHUA, we must deny self, meaning, the soul -the will, emotion and the intellect. The soul- our personality-our actions, feelings and thoughts must submit to the will of God: “Not my will, but Your will be done.”  There are a few ways we can dwell continuously in God: By losing focus of the things of the world; by fighting the good fight of faith; by persevering in the walk with Him; by pressing on unto the heavenly destination, bearing fruit that counts into eternity. Paul said it better: I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:1,2).

Remember my friend, there is only one Spirit, one Head and one body. United together we are the bride of YAHSHUA-His church. Let’s raise the banner of His love by walking in unity, working together as one under one Head- YAHSHUA.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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