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Spiritual mechanics must be parlayed into spiritual dynamics. Part 6. The importance of the joints and ligaments.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The solution to these attacks are given in verse 19 which mentions two individuals; one is TLJC and occupation with Him; the other is a divinely appointed officer in the local assembly, called the joints and ligaments.

1. The glorification of TLJC, COL 3:1-2.
2. The standard operating procedure for the Christian life, HEB 12:1-2.
3. The illustration of the doctrine of right-man, right-woman,
EPH 5:25-32.

4. It is manifested by the function of perception, metabolization, and application toward doctrine and the believer responding to the love of Jesus Christ, JAM 1:21-22.
5. Holding fast to the head includes total dependence on grace provision leading especially to this function in the supergrace life, PSA 37:4-5.

6. It is related to both stability and inner happiness, PSA 16:8-9.
7. It is the basis for blessing in suffering, 2CO 12:9-10.
8. It is based on the believer’s entrance into the supergrace life, HEB 3:1-6.

The second half of this verse deals with God’s means of protecting you from religion, rituals, program spirituality, or even obsession with knowledge.

1TI 4:10 “For this reason, we [pastors] work hard to the point of exhaustion, and we hang in there tough [keep on contending], because we have confidence in the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”

“By the joints” = dia + definite article “toon” + hafoon = joints.
Haphon = something that fastens together one member of the body with another.
Kai = “and” Ligaments - sundesmoon = used for the sinews of the body or the ligaments.

Haphon (joints) refers to the point of contact that TLJC, the head of the body, uses to communicate with his own body and therefore the teaching ministry of the pastor-teacher.
Sundesmon (ligaments) is used in the New Testament as a bond which holds things together.

The unity that must exist in the body of Christ as TLJC communicates to certain parts of the body through the pastor-teacher is based upon the communication of doctrine.

Joints and ligaments connect the members of the body providing symmetry.

The phrase “the body of Christ” is used to designate all Church-age believers in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

The joints and the ligaments are to refer to certain members of the body who provide nourishment and unity.

Joints and ligaments = the pastor-teacher who communicates the doctrine which provides nourishment, proper function, and unity in the body of Christ.

The joints and the ligaments refer to certain members of the body of Christ who have the specific function of supplying what joints and ligaments are to provide; they provide motion, coordination, strength, and body action.

Joints [haphon] = the point of contact that TLJC, the head of the body, uses to communicate with His own body and therefore the teaching ministry of the pastor-teacher.

Ligaments [sundesmon] - used in the New Testament as a bond which holds things together, and therefore the unity that must exist in the body of Christ as TLJC communicates to certain parts of the body through the pastor-teacher communicating doctrine.

The doctrine of the joints and ligaments.
Point 1. The joint analogy to the pastor-teacher.

Joints are those parts of the body where bones or elements of a skeleton join.
Joints permit motion and coordination of the human body.
Ligaments are tissue used to connect joint extremities, and ligaments can also be tough tissue used to support an organ of the body in its proper place.

This includes the joints and ligaments which are born again believers who function under a spiritual gift which provide what joints and ligaments are to provide for the body.

They provide motion, coordination, strength, and body action.

Different parts of the body represent the variety of differences among believers from the standpoint of spiritual gifts, growth, progress, function, and personality.

Joints provide the unity of the body and give it cohesion, because joints are the point of contact and the connection between various parts of the body.

“Joint” does not apply to the evangelist, but only to the pastor-teacher, the one who communicates doctrine for the body’s spiritual growth.

Just like the joints in your physical body have to function everyday, the pastor-teacher has to communicate doctrine day after day.

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