SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF GOD and ONE CHRIST--MANY MEMBERS

This document will show you that we are all given gifts from God--some may be valued more important than others, but all are gifts. God tells us through Paul, about these gifts.

One Christ--Many Members, is just a continuation of the spiritual gifts. To separate these two topics would have meant a great deal of duplication in both documents, so rather that to that, I chose to put both documents on the same page.

All text taken from the King James Bible

Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.

I Cor.12:1 Now concerning spiritual [gifts,] brethren, I (Paul) would not have you ignorant.

I Cor.12:4 - Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit (5) And there are differences of administration (ministries), but the same Lord (6) And there are diversities of operations (jobs), but it is the same God which worketh all in all. (7) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

The following verses are the various gifts that God gives us, as he will.

I Cor.12:8-10 - For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; (9) To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (10) To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues; (11) But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

So we are all given different gifts, which we call talents or abilities, but they are gifts from God and we should be thankful for them.



ONE CHRIST--MANY MEMBERS

The gifts as described in I Cor.12:8-10, are also called member in the next scripture, let us take a look at -

Rom.12:4-21 - For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (5) So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ and every one members one of another. (6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophecy] according to the proportion of faith. (7) Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity (or, liberally, openness of heart manifesting itself by generousity); he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (9) [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abbor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (10) [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, (or, in the love of a brethren); in honour preferring one another, (in a brotherly fashion, not sexual), (11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints; giving to hospitality. (14) Bless them which persecute you: bless and curse not. (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (16) [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men, (or, people), (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (See - Famine/Hunger) (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us - Rom.12:6

I Peter 4:10-11 - As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (11) If any man (or, woman) speak, [let him (or, her) speak] as the oracles of God; if any man (or, woman) minister, [let him (or, her) do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

God also explains through Paul, that although we have one body, we have many members that make up our body; Christ also is one body, but has many members who make up that body. Perhaps another way of putting it, we have one body, but many member, or branches. - See - The True Vine

I Cor.12:12-14 - For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. (13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (14 For the body is not one member, but many. - See - Fountains of Living Waters vs. Cisterns

So to explain this Paul uses a different example, and these are also gifts/members from God.

I Cor.12:4 - Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

I Cor.12:15-20 -If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is therefore not of the body? (16) And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? (17) If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling? (18) But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him (19) And if they were all one member, where [were] the body? (20) But now [are they] many members, yet but one body

So what God is telling us is that the different part that make up an individual are called members -- your eye is a member, your ear is a member, your hand is a member, your tongue is a member etc., but they all make up one body, and each part has it's own job to do, and God gave us each member (or part) as it pleased him. So for eg., if God gave you one blue eye and one brown eye - it may not please you, but it pleased God, and you should be thankful for these gifts, whatever they may be.

I Cor.12:21-26 - And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. (22) Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: (23) And those [members] of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness. (24) For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: (25) That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another. (26) And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

So what God is saying is for example, when you get the flu, your muscles ache, your joints ache, your head aches, your whole body aches, not just your stomach or your intestinal tract, all the members of your body are affected.

I Cor.12:27 - Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

I Cor.12:5 - And there are differences of adminstrations, but the same Lord.

I Cor.12:28 - And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

They are all different jobs, within the same administration and Jesus is the head of this administration, and you, are the church. See - Temples of God--Churches

I Cor.12:29-30 - [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all workers of miracles? (30) Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Do each of us do all of these jobs? No, but all of these jobs are important in God's administration. The same as our bodies have different parts called members, but all work together; so also, are we many different members of Christs administration, but all work for the came cause--our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells un in Col.3:2-17 that we have other member as well, some are good and some are bad, they are:

  1. the Fruits of the Spirit - these are good, and
  2. the works of the flesh - these are bad

Let us take a look at the scripture for #1 in -

Col.3:10-17 - Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. (12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. (14) And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Jesus). - See - "Charity," in the document entitled Tithing and Charity

If you are keeping the commandments of God, all of them, believe that Jesus is the Son of God/Son of man, who was born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, dead and buried, who rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God, waiting for God to tell him when to return to earth to rule and reign; and are baptized in the "living waters" and have eliminated or put the works of the flesh from your mind, then you have put on the "new man" or, "new creature," and have become renewed in knowledge after the image of him (God) that created him (Jesus). The words, "new man," and "new creature" have been explained in The Husband, The Bride--The Kingdom of God

Now let us take a look at the scripture for #2 first in -

Col.3:2-9 - Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatary: (6) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye live in them. (8) But now ye also put off all those; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of thy mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

These members are the works of the flesh, these are the ones you must conquer, overcome, and gain the victory over - you are to eliminate them or put them away from you because you a are member of Christ. Every sin that you do is without the body, except fornication/sex. Your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost and our body is not our own, because we are bought with a price. Jesus sacrificed his body for our sins and when you commit fornication/sex you defile your body - you sin against your own body/temple (the Holy Ghost which is in all of us). Your body and your spirit belong to God and when you commit fornication/sex you are defiling God's spirit which he has given you to, but they are still his, because when you die the spirit returns to God. Let us look at Eccl.12:7 - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. And we know that God formed man of the dust of the ground, let us look at the scripture in - Gen.2:7 - And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Now let us take a look at the next scripture to verify some more of the information in this paragraph.

I Cor.6:15-20 - Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he shall be one flesh. (17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (18) Flee fornication (sex). Every sin that man (or, woman) doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your Body, and in your spirit, which are God's

We are to be one with the Lord in spirit and his body - John 17:21-11, we are not to join ourselves to another human.

Now let me explain a couple of the phrases from the scripture in I Cor.6:15-20, so that you will be able to understand what and why you are called a "harlot" when you make yourself one body when you have sex.

for two, saith he shall be one flesh - I Cor.6:16

Gen.2:24 - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This is the scripture that most people and religions have taken to mean a traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but read I Cor.6:15-20 above again. It clearly indicates this is not so. Why? Because when you join yourself to another human and have sex, you become a "harlot". We are to strive to be "one spirit" with the Lord, not one flesh. Fornication is a "work of the flesh," it is one of the bad members we must strive to overcome. See - Eph.5:31-32 and the explanation below. Initially, being "one flesh" was a good thing to God, let us take a look at the definition for the word "flesh" from Gen.2:24

flesh - 01320 - OT - from #01319 - AV - flesh, body, fatfleshed, leanfleshed, kin, leanfleshed, mankind, myself, nakedness, skin - (some of AV words have other + numbers to go with them, but they do not relate to this particular word definition so they have not been included) - 1) flesh; 1a) of the body; 1a1) of humans; 1a2) of animals; 1b) the body itself; 1c) male organ of generation (euphemism); 1d) kindred, blood-relations; 1e) flesh as frail or erring (man against God); 1f) all living things; 1g) animals; 1h) mankind

from #01319 - a primitive root - AV - tidings, show forth, publish, messenger, preached - 1) to bear news, bear tidings, publish, preach, show forth; 1a) (Piel), 1a1) to gladden with good news; 1a2) to bear news; 1a3) to announce (salvation) as good news, preach; 1b) (Hithpael) to receive good news

Initially, Adam and the woman (Eve), were to bear good news or tidings, to announce (salvation) as good news, to preach, but then they disobeyed God's one and only commandment and they were removed from the garden of Eden (or paradise) - God gave them up or, "sent him forth from the garden of Eden" (paradise) to till the ground from whence he was taken. Look some of these words/phrases up in the concordance for yourself. Let us look at the scripture in -

Gen.2:15 and 3:23 - And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden (paradise) to dress it and to keep it. (3:23) Therefore the LORD God sent him (the man/firstAdam) forth from the garden of Eden (paradise) to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So why was God so angry with Adam and the woman (Eve) to have them removed from the Garden of Eden (or, paradise)? Let us look at some scripture for the phrase -

gave them up, (or sent him forth)

II Chron.30:7-8 - And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, [who] therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. (8) Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers [were, but] yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. - See the definition below for the word "sanctuary," also see - - Temples of God--Churches

Ps.81:10-12 - I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (11) But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israwl would none of me. (12) So I (the LORD) gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.

Rom.1:21-32 - Because that, when they (Adam and the woman, Eve) knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. (24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignit; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in tthem that do them.

Let us look at the definition for the word "sanctuary" in II Chron.30:8 -

sanctuary #04724 - OT - from #06942 - AV - sanctuary, holy place, chapel, hallowed part - 1a) sanctuary; 1a1) of the temple; 1a2) of the tabernacle; 1a3) of Ezekiel's temple; 1a4) of Jehovah

from #06942 - a primitive root - AV - sanctify, hallow, dedicate, holy, prepare, consecrate, appointed, bid, purified - 1) to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate; 1a) (Qal), 1a1) to be set apart, be consecrated; 1a2) to be hallowed; 1a3) consecrated, tabooed; 1b) (Niphal), 1b1) to show oneself sacred or majestic; 1b2) to be honoured, be treated as sacred; 1b3) to be holy; 1c1) (Piel), 1c1) to set apart as sacred, consecrated, dedicate; 1c2) to observe as holy, keep sacred; 1c3) to honour as sacred, hallow; 1c4) to consecrate; 1d) (Pual), 1d1) to be consecrated; 1d2) consecrated, dedicated; 1e) (Hiphil), 1e1) to set apart, devote, consecrate; 1e2) to regard or treat as sacred or hallow; 1e3) to consecrate; 1f) (Hithpael), 1f1) to keep oneself apart or separate; 1f2) to cause Himself to be hallowed (of God); 1f3) to be observed as holy; 1f4) to consecrate oneself

You are a "temple/santuary," you are to keep your body holy, to cast out or, conquer, overcome and gain the victory over the works of the flesh. You are not to defile or degrade your body. See - The True Vine; and What Defiles A Person

In this next scripture, the Pharisees are trying to tempt Jesus and they ask him, "...Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause (#156 and #154)?" - Matt.19:3. Now let us see how Jesus answers in -

Matt.19:4-9 - And he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female. (5) And said, for this cause (#1752) shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

The word "wife" is referring to "church" and "you" are the church. - See - Eph.5:32 See the definition for the word "cause" further down this document.

Just for a moment, we will look at the phrase "...ye are not your own?" in I Cor.6:19 in the above scripture using Eph.5:30-32 and then we will continue with the scripture in Matt.19:4-9

ye are not your own - I Cor.6:19

Eph.5:30-32 - For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (30) For we are member of his (Jesus Christ's) body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (31) For this cause (#5127) shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (32) This is a great mystery: but I (Paul) speak concerning Christ and the church. (33) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

This is not referring to a "human" husband, it is referring to Christ and the church, re-read Eph.5:32 above again as Paul explains the mystery. "You," are a church - See - Temples of God--Churches. So in Eph.5:32, the mystery referring to Christ and the church - you are a church. God the Father is the husbandman, or the head of the hierarch, and Jesus is the true vine and the husband, and you are the church and the wife. So the word "wife" in Matt.19:5 is referring to the church and "you" are the church/wife - the "marriage" is between Christ and you, "the church." - See - The True Vine; The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God. I will not go into the marriage issue again in this document, you can read The First and Seventh Commandment; "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage..." - Part I and Part II for yourself. Read and study these documents for a better understanding.

In the Bible, just as we are referred to sometimes as trees, branches, members, church, temple, wife, sheep, and lambs, to name a few, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, is also referred to as, our husband, the bridegroom and our wife. Sometimes we are referred to as a "wife" in the scripture, but Christ is also referred to as a "wife" also, it depends on the context of the scripture - yes, it can get confusing

Now let us go back and finish explaining the phrase, "...for two, saith he shall be one flesh" in the scripture, I Cor.6:16 to complete the scripture in Matt.19:4-9 continuing with -

Matt.19:7-9 - They (the Pharisees) say unto him, (Jesus) Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? (8) He (Jesus) saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (9) And I (Jesus) say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Then the disciples follow this up by asking Jesus a question.

Matt.19:10-12 - His disciples say unto him (Jesus), If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry. (11) But he (Jesus) said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whome it is given. (12) For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive [it,] let him receive [it.]

The definition for the word "eunuch" has been explained in "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II

the beginning it was not so - Matt.19:8

Jer.6:15-16 - Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time [that] I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. (16) Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein.]

old paths - Jer.6:16

Jer.18:15 - Because my people (the LORD's people) hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up;

Mal.4:4 - Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I (the LORD) commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, [with] the statutes and judgments. - See - Ten Commandments; The First and Seventh Commandment

Also read Luke 16:29 for yourself, in the story of the rich man and Lazarus.

You need to understand that we are members of the body of Jesus Christ - of his flesh and bones, and you need to understand who the wife is, and who is your husband according to your Bible. See Is.54:5

While it is better not to marry, marriage is honourable provided you do not defile your bed - whoremonger/ fornication, adultery - see Heb.13:4. Also read - Rom.1:26-27; I Cor.2:14; II Tim.3:3; James 1:23; II Peter 2:12, to see what natural affection/branches/body is referring to. Every eunuch (or, person) has their own way - see Matt.19:10-12 above.

Let us look at the definitions for the word "cause #156 and #154" found in Matt.19:3 and the word "cause #1752" found in Matt.19:5. The Pharisees were using the word "cause" with one meaning, and Jesus used the word "cause" with a different meaning, and that leads to confusion when reading the Bible.

Let me give you the scripture here again for Matt.19:3 - The Pharisees also came unto him, (Jesus) and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

cause #155 - (Matt.19:3) - aitia - from the same as #154 - AV - cause, wherefore + 1223 and 3739, accusation, fault - 1) cause, reason; 2) cause for which one is worthy of punishment, cirme; 3) charge of crime, accusation

from the same as #154 - aiteo - of uncertain derivation - AV - ask, desire, beg, require, crave, call for - 1) to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require - For Synonyms see entry #5802 (Hebrew)

The Pharisees were looking to blame the wife (a human wife/female) for every "cause," perhaps for their own weaknesses, or ignorance.

Now let me give you the scripture again for Jesus's reply in Matt.19:5-5 - And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

When you are old enough to make your make your own decisions and know or understand the difference between right and wrong, then you leave your father and mother and become married to the Lord. The Lord is your husband and you are the church/wife, this has been explained in the document - The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God; and Temples of God--Churches. Let us look at this next scripture in -

Is.54:5 - For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and the Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

The LORD has not divorced you/church - his wife, however, many humans have divorced the LORD or, committed adultery by breaking the first and seventh commandments. See - The First and Seventh Commandments.

Now let us look at the definition for the word "cause" in Matt19:5

cause #1752 - (Matt.19:5) - heneka, or heneken, or heineken - AV - for ... sake, for ... cause, for , because + 3739, wherefore + 5101, by reason of, that ... might - 1) on account of, for the sake of, for; 2) for this cause, therefore

Jesus said, "...For this "cause" (or, reason) shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: (Christ) and they twain (or, two) shall be one flesh. Don't forget what the scriptures said in Eph.5:29-31 and the mystery spoken of in Eph.5:32. You are the church/wife, regardless of whether you are male or female, when you leave your father and mother and join yourself to Jesus, in otherwords, you are married to Jesus and you become one with Jesus, you become a member of his body and of his flesh and of his bones. But when you commit fornication/sex you you have committed adultery and have become a harlot, because you have defile your body. The Lord Jesus is your husband, see Is.54:5 above, and you/the church, are his wife.

You can repent and stop defiling your bed by not having sex with your spouse. I know this is a hard concept, but in order to get in through the "strait gate" which leadeth to life, you are going to have to put off the "old man" or, old ways - the way of the devil/Satan/the serpent, and put on the "new creature/new man."

It says in Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Let us take a look at this scripture a little more closely. An "adulterer" is somebody who cheats on their spouse and has sex with another person. Well our husband is our Maker, the LORD of hosts - the God of the whole earth. - See - Is.54:5. So when you have sex with your "human" spouse, you have committed adultery in the eyes of God. Let us look to the next scripture in -

Luke 16:18 - Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.

Remember the scripture - "...the great mystery,...." in Eph.5:31-32 and the explanation, "...but I (Paul) speak concerning Christ and the church." The "church" is you, - "you" are the wife, regardless whether you are male or female - it is a "spiritual" connection, not a physical connection. Do not forget the context of the scripture when you are reading. Let us look at the next couple of scripture.

Col.3:2-3 - Set your affections (or, mind; be of the same mind + #846) on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

ye are dead - Col.3:3

In this next verse, it is Paul which the "I" is referring to, but you can take it to mean yourself, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

Gal.2:20 - I (Paul) am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

your life is hid with Christ in God - Col.3:3

II Cor.5:6-7 - Therefore [we are] always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (7) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

crucified with Christ - Gal.2:20

Rom.6:4-10 - Therefore we are buried with him (Jesus Christ) by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection: (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him,] that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. (8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him (Jesus Christ). (10) For in that he (Jesus Christ) died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

I John 3:4 - Whosoever committeth sin transgesseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

In the next definition, "baptism," from Rom.6:4, I will just give you the AV words and then explain this using scripture. Let us take a look at -

baptism #908 - NT - from #907 - AV - baptism

from #907 - a derivative of #911 - AV - baptize, wash, baptist, baptized

a derivative of #911 - a primary word - dip

In Ephesians, chapter 5, Paul is explaining to the people to love the church as he (Jesus) also loved the church and gave himself for it - Now let us look at the next scripture in -

Eph.5:26 - That he might sancitify and cleanse it (the church/you) with the washing of water by the word.

"cleanse" it (the church/you) with the washing of water - Eph.5:26

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, (Nicodemus), Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. - See - Born Again (or, From Above)

by the word - Eph.5:26

John 15:3 - Now ye are clean through the word which I (Jesus) have spoken unto you.

John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

sanctify #37 - NT - from #40 - AV - sanctify, hallow, be holy - 1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow; 2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God; 2a) consecrate things to God; 2b) dedicate people to God; 3) to purify; 3a) to cleanse externally; 3b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin; 3c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul

from #40 - from hagos (an awful thing) - AV - holy, saints, Holy One - 1) most holy thing, a saint - For Synonyms see entry #5878

We are told in the Bible, we are begotten through the gospel, with the word of truth. Let us take a look at the scriptures in -

I Cor.4:15 - For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I (Paul) have begotten you through the gospel.

James 1:17-18 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

It is the gospel of Jesus Christ - the word - that we are to be washed or, baptised in, and we are to live by faith.

I have shown you that we are given many gifts and/or members, and some members are good and some are bad. It is up to you to cultivate the good and discard, cast out, conquer, overcome and gain the victory over the bad. I have also shown you that if you believe and accept that Jesus is the Son of God/Son of man, born of the virgin Mary, crucified, dead and buried, and rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God waiting for the time when he will return to rule and reign the earth. If we are baptised (or, washed in the word of the Lord) then we are crucified with Christ, yet we live, and the life we now live in the flesh, we live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me, and our live is hid with Christ in God, for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are to love the "church" so that Jesus can santify it (the church/you) with the washing of water by the word, and his word is truth.

In the document, "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage..." - Part I and Part II, I have given you the scripture where Paul says it is better not to marry, but if you cannot refrain or abstain from lusting and/or fornication then you can marry a member of the opposite sex/gender so that your spouse can help you, or guide you in understanding what is right and wrong. So the purpose of marrying a member of the opposite sex, is to help you to conquer, overcome and gaining the victory over the works of the flesh - it is not to have sex. The female/woman, was not made as a "sex mate" or "play mate," she was made as a "help meet," this has been explained in Mark of the Beast--666.

It may have appeared I got a little sidetracked, but not really, because the document is about gifts/members and I wanted you to see, that we are "members" of his (Jesus Christ's) body, of his flesh, and of his bones - Eph.5:31, I wanted you to see and understand what the mystery is about in Eph.5:32, and I wanted you to understand that you are married to the Lord Jesus and you - the church, are his wife, regardless of whether you are male or female. - Is.54:5 Your marriage to the Lord Jesus is a "spirit" relationship, however, if you are not able to see and comprehend wrong from right, then you may marry, but you still cannot commit fornication and/or adultery, because you will defile/sin against your own body and against the Holy Spirit which is you, and "...ye are not your own." - I Cor.6:19, because we are members of his (Jesus Christ's body, of his flesh and of his bones - Eph.5:31

I am not telling you these things to discourage you, but to explain to you what your Bible says so that you can understand the scriptures for yourself. I have nothing to gain here, there is nothing to buy and I do not sell anything on this web site, and even though you may not have heard it before, because it is not the "mainstream" theology, it does not mean it is incorrect. The Bible says not every body will enter the kingdom of heaven, that only a few will be able to enter the "strait gate". So does this mean that all those who are following the "mainstream christianity," will enter the kingdom of God? I do not think so, there must be something they are teaching us that is not correct, but it is up to you study your Bible and seek your own salvation, as I stated above, just because you have not heard it before, does not make it incorrect, read and study the scriptures I have given you and prove it for yourself. Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification. - Rom.15:2

edify - to build up the faith of; to comfort; to improve the mind of; edifying; edified; edification - instruction, process in knowledge. Definition from Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus, 1990

You may find scripture for the word "edify" in - Rom.14:19; I Cor.10:23; I Thes.5:11. "edifying" in - I Cor.14:5, 12, 26; II Cor.12:19; Eph.4:12, 16, 29; I Tim.1:4; "edified" in - Acts 9:31; I Cor.14:17. "edification" in - Rom.15:2; I Cor.14:3; II Cor.10:8; 13:10


Let me give you the concordance definition for the words -

inordinate affection #3806 - NT - from the alternate of #3958 - AV - inordinate affection, affection, lust - 1) whatever befalls one, whether it be sad or joyous; 1a) spec. a calamity, mishap, evil, affliction; 2) a feeling which the mind suffers; 2a) an affliction of the mind, emotion, passion; 2b) passionate deed; 2c) used by the Greeks in either a good or bad sense; 2d) in the NT in a bad sense, depraved passion, vile passions

from the alternate of #3958 - apparently a root word - AV - suffer, be vexed, passion + 3588, feel - 1) to be affected or have been affected, to feel, have a sensible experience, to undergo; 1a) in a good sense, to be well off, in good case; 1b) in a bad sense, to suffer sadly, be in a bad plight; 1b1) of a sick person

evil #2556 - NT - apparently a primary word - AV - evil, evil things, harm, that which is evil +3458, wicked, ill, bad, noisome - 1) of a bad nature; 1a) not such as it ought to be; 2) of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting; 2a) a base, wrong, wicked; 3) troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive baneful

concupisence #1939 - N.T. - from #1937 - AV - lust, concupiscence, desire, lust after - 1) desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

from #1937 -from #1909 and #2372 - AV - desire, covet, lust, lust after, fain - 1) to turn upon a thing; 2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire; 3) to lust after, covet; 3a) of those who seek things forbidden

from #1909 - a root - AV - on, in, upon, unto, to - (these are all preposition words)

and from #2372 - from #2380 - AV - wrath, fierceness, indignation - 1) passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; 2) glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

from #2380 - a root word - AV - kill, sacrifice, do sacrifice, slay - 1) to sacrifice, immolate; 2) to slay, kill; 2a) of the paschal lamb; 3) slaughter

idolatary #1495 - NT - from #1497 and #2999 - AV - idolatry - 1) the worship of false gods, idolatry; 1a) of the formal sacrificial feats held in honour of false gods; 1b) of avarice, as a worship of Mammon; 2) in the plural, the vices springing from idolatry and peculiar to it

from #1497 - from #1491 - AV - idol - 1) an image, likeness;1a) i.e. whatever represents the form of an object, either real or imaginary; 1b) used of the shades of the departed, apparitions, spectres, phantoms of the mind, etc.; 2) the image of an heathen god; 3) a false god

from #1491 - from #1492 - AV - shape, fashion, sight, appearance - 1) the external or outward appearance, form figure, shape; 2) form, kind

from #1492 - a root word - AV - know, cannot tell +3756, know how, wist, see, behold, look, perceive, vr see, vr know - 1) to see; 1a) to perceive with the eyes; 1b) to perceive by any of the senses; 1c) to perceive, notice, discern, discover; 1d) to see; 1d1) i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything; 1d2) to pay attention, observe; 1d3) to see about something; 1d3a) i.e. to ascertain what must be done about it; 1d4) to inspect, examine; 1d5) to look at, behold; 1e) to experience any state or condition; 1f) to see i.e. have an interview with, to visit; 2) to know; 2a) to know of anything; 2b) to know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive; 2b1) of any fact; 2b2) the force and meaning of something with has definite meaning; 2b3) to know how, to be skilled in; 2c) to have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to (I Th.5:12)

and #2999 - {idolatary above} - from #3000 - AV - service, devine service - 1) service rendered for hire; 1a) any service or ministration: the service of God; 2) the service and worship of God according to the requirements of the Levitical law; 3) to perform sacred services

from #3000 - from latris (a hired menial) - AV - serve, worship, dothe service, worshipper - 1) to serve for hire; 2) to serve, minister to either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and freemen; 2a) in the NT, to render religious service or himage, to worship; 2b) to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for his worship; 2b1) of priests, to officiate, to discharge the sacred office

The word definitions in this paragraph have come from the Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus, 1990, the word "inordinate," means excessive, immoderate. The word "immoderate," means exceeding due bounds, excessive, unrestrained. The word "concupisence," means violent desire; sexual appetite, lust. The word "evil," means wicked; causing or threatening distress or harm. The word "idolatary" means the worship of idols; excessive love.

So now going back to the scripture of Col.3:5 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatary: - applyings the meaning of the words in this verse. Look up the other words in the scripture to get a good understanding, the works of the flesh words have been explained in the document Works of the Flesh Word Definitions.

We are branches/members of the true vine - Jesus Christ, and we also have some members in each of us, that Jesus Christ will not allow, and we are to conquer, overcome and gain the victory over the works of the flesh - the bad members/branches within each of us.



Commandment to Work
Mission of the Disciples
Parable of Brethren With Jesus Christ
The Great Tree
The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God
Sins of the Tongue, or Speech
Heir and Joint-Heir With Christ
Temples of God - Churches
Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life
Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower
Four Horses of Revelation
Parable of The Kingdom of Heaven
Pray and Prayer
Parable of the Vineyard
Tithing and Charity
Works of the Flesh Word Definitions
The Grass, Branch(es) and The Vine
The True Vine

What Defiles A Person
Fountains of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
Famine/Hunger
Mark of the Beast---666
The First and Seventh Commandment
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II




INDEX

Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.


This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.




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Verses and Parables Explained
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