“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”
There is only one flock, one Shepherd.
The ministries and gifts of the Holy Spirit to the body and it’s members are tools in the hands of GOD by which it might grow up into the fullness of He who is the Head.
We each are to be “holding fast the Head, from whom all the body is being supplied through the joints and ligaments, and being joined together, growing with the growth of God.” (Colossians 2:19)
The joints and ligaments do not dictate how the body moves, the Head does; and if a joint or ligament is not obeying it’s own instruction from the Head, the rest of the body suffers. None have true spiritual authority except in their transmitting of His Life for the good of the WHOLE body to grow up into HIM. Those who seek a following or perpetuate an organization of man draw away the sheep into a false fold of division and stunt GOD’s growth in HIS body. Today what you see in the religious landscape are multiple piles of ligaments detached from the rightful Head, and many having among them one claiming to be a sort of head themselves. But the true church is the body of the man Jesus Christ, and He will suffer no rivals, even though they suppose themselves to be serving Him.
Jesus said, “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”
He also said, “My sheep hear MY voice, I know them, and they follow ME… and the voice of another they will not follow.” (John 10)
“For truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ…”
“IF we walk in the light, as HE is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:3, 7)
“I wrote these things to you concerning the ones leading you astray. And the anointing which you received from Him (Holy Spirit) abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you. But as His anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and as He taught you, abide in HIM.”
If the Lord is jealous for the purity and wholeness of His bride, then no man can remain in obscurity regarding the matter of its Headship and operation.
The body cannot afford for its members to be lax concerning the need for the gifts and callings of God in the Spirit to be operative in her midst. There can be no rightly functioning spiritual body without the power and operations of the very Spirit whose presence and operation DEFINES said body.
“…for he eating and drinking unworthily eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 11:29)
The assembling together of believers is to be just that: the partaking of HIM by those who are one flesh with Him. But so long as members of Christ cater to worldly desires and the traditions of men, they will remain a broken body in atrophy. For the Lord in body was raised from the dead that we too might walk in the newness of HIS life, discerning according to HIS mind how we each ought to walk. “For as many are lead by the Spirit of God, THEY are the sons of God.” But by not allowing judgement to begin at the house of God, that which should have been the house is become a den of thieves, who climbed into the fold by a way other than the Door; that is, Christ, who delivers each one from sin and darkness. For those who have not been so much as washed by Him have no part in Him; and to those whom He has washed He has given of His Spirit that they might walk worthily of Him. In order to be kept from being overcome by disease, the body must know the difference between that which belongs to it and that which does not. For “If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His.”
“For this reason many among you are weak and feeble, and many sleep. For if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged. But being so judged, we are corrected by the Lord, that we not be condemned with the world.”
(1 Corinthians 11:30-32)
There were two altars upon Mount Carmel:
One was built by the priests of Baal, and they poured their life-blood into it, great belief, effort, and sincerity.
The other, which Elijah had to repair because God’s people had abandoned it, was made of undressed stones. This means that they were not shaped by the tools of men, but by the processes of the Wind and Water which God had ordained for each of them. And Elijah baptized this altar in water; and when the fire of God fell upon it, it consumed not only the stones and the water, but the prophets of Baal were also executed on that day
So it will be when the fire of God falls upon the altar which HE is preparing with stones unmarked by the tinkering of men and their agendas. If you do not belong to that altar, you will perish with your god, Baal.
There is a true bride and there is a false bride: there is the Lord’s holy city, His bride New Jerusalem, who is begotten of heaven; and there is Babylon, mother of harlots, who is begotten of this earth and so perpetuates it’s abominations.
And of that great whore the Lord says,
“My people, come out of her, that you may not share in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues; because her sins joined together, even up to Heaven, and God remembered her unjust deeds.”
The Lord is my Shepherd: I need no other. I need only listen to and obey His voice; and the voice of another I shall not follow. Those who submit to His headship have no need that a mere man teach them; but they all as living stones are being built a spiritual house, a royal priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through HE who does not dwell in temples made with hands, but rather in each of His children by the Holy Spirit, who yearns jealously to have the Father’s will done in them.
The body is to be only HIS assembly; and He will not be in charge of all of us until all of us allow Him to be the only One in charge of each of us.