When you look at the Body of Christ, what do you really see? What stage are we in as far as development, and maturity? You know how old the Body of Christ is right? Yeah, we are in that two thousand years old neighborhood, give or give a few years. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our head and founder of the body of Christ, aka, the Church, got on up out of here shortly after establishing the Church on the rock. And we have come a long way since then, but the real question is, just how far have we come. So we have the Church being built continuously on the rock (faith to receive), or on the foundation of the Apostles’ faith to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Matthew 16:15-18, “Jesus saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” So Jesus, the Word made flesh, did not tell Peter who he was to him. I had once heard something said on a movie that was profound in the manner in which what Peter had said to Jesus was profound. In the movie, it was asked “why didn’t you tell me who we were,” and the response in the movie was that “you can’t tell someone that they love you.” Jesus couldn’t tell Peter what his true belief of him should be. Peter, as we all had to, would have to reach that conclusion by faith (the rock) in which he believes on his own.
So the Body continued to build up in the Word over all these years since Jesus left in bodily form, and also in all of the Word gifts, and administrations that Jesus left to help the Body mature and develop. And Jesus did not just leave us alone, but left us another comforter, the Holy Ghost, for us to be taught in the way, and to have power in which to profit withal. These two mainly, the Word from Jesus, and the power of the Holy Ghost, has been with the Body helping it to become the Body it should be. We also know that the Father will weigh in from time to time as he is called on to do that in which only he can do. And this leads me back to my initial question in the above paragraph, what stage are we in as far as development, and maturity? So here is the state of the Body before time passed over all these years: Hebrews 5:12-13, “ For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” And here is the state the Body should be after time passed over all these years: Hebrews 5:14,” But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” So what say you members of the Body of Christ, are we ready as individuals after all this time to eat more strong meat to build the Body as a whole, or are we after all this time still in that stage as individuals having need of milk slowly building the Body as a whole? The latter would be like remaining in the second grade year after year, and making all A’s at that grade level as you approach your eighteenth birthday: the Father is not seeking such to finish his operations.
One reason in which Jesus would call Peter’s revelation from the Father his rock to build on is because it reaches out from the highest level of the Godhead. We know from two facts that the revelation given to Peter, that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of the living God, came all the way down from the top, from the Father. The first fact is that Jesus said so himself, while also eliminating himself from our reasoning: Matthew 16:17, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” And the second fact is that it could not have come from the Holy Ghost because he had not yet fallen. So this would indeed be a rock of faith to build on as it was that the Church was in its infant beginnings at that time. The Father is always present, and unlike the Holy Ghost who was sent as was the Word, the Father is the greater part of the Godhead who is never sent, but he comes when he comes. So should the Body as a whole be more ready for the Father now: after all this time since Peter showed the rock level faith to build the Church, are we there yet? Hebrews 5:14 says,” But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,” is it time for us as a body to be of full age? The Father is, and has been on call since before he first made the revelation to Peter. The Father is ready to come with the insight that we need to be all that we can be: he is ready to come with the strong meat. Do we as individuals see it like Jesus still sees it: John 4:34, “ Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” If you see it like this, the Father will be there for you to finish his work. The Father is ready now: John 4:23, “ But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” And how does the Father seek such to worship him in spirit and in truth? Do not for get that God the Father, is second to no earthly father, but like a super good earthly father, your Heavenly Father is with you every “Word” of the way. And he knows if you are true to his Will by how you are with his Word: the Word and the Will are one, so he knows if you are a true worshipper in spirit and in truth. Every Word of God matches his Will, but every Will of God does not yet have a matching Word sent forth: The Father seeks such sons to match it. So be like Peter was on that day when he was found to be a son who worship the Father in spirit and in truth: he stood in it without natural help; then he stepped forward in it when Jesus asked the question, and with a show of hands he proved to be a son to speak the Word to match the Will. FATHER.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.