The Body of Christ by Ken Edgerly
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV Here in Ephesians we are told that we the church become the body of Christ. In 1Cor. 12:12 it talks about the body being many different parts with different functions. I've always realized this to mean, I am one part doing a certain function while someone else is another part doing what they were assigned to do. No big deal. Until just recently when I read this again and realized there is something huge about this. When God created man he made him a little lower than the angels.
When Jesus died for us and then ascended into heaven He began His reign as King of Kings, and while as a human He was a little lower than the angels, now He is above the angels and everything is and always will be subject under Him. We the church are His body. When we are completely resurrected we will be the body and Christ will be the head. That puts us above the angels, in fact it tells us in scripture that the saints will actually judge the angels. I used to have this fear, what if after many centuries in heaven I mess up. I know in heaven there is no sin, but it's still hard for me to imagine ever being perfect. I was driving the other day and was thinking about how our body and mind works. I looked at my hands on the steering wheel and was thinking how for almost 70 years now my hands have always done exactly what I would tell them to do in my mind and never once have they decided, hey, I'm tired of doing this I think I'll do my own thing for awhile. And I was thinking about how when I walk up a flight of stairs, neither of my feet have ever said, I dont want to go up anymore, I think I'll turn around and go back down.
It's automatic, they always do what they were meant to do, follow what the mind tells them to do. Just like our bodies being united to our minds, we will be united with Jesus. Scripture also compares our unity as being the same as a bride and groom. We will be one with Christ, He is the head and we, His church, are the body. This to me is a huge deal. I have thought often about how great it will be to finally be in heaven and I've often heard how we will be united with Christ but have never really stopped and thought about what it actually means to be in heaven, united with Christ.