We, as individual members of the Body of Christ, are equal in importance. No one has authority over any one individual. Just like each individual part of the human body does not have authority over another body part. Only the human brain has authority over all body parts. There is only one authority in the Body of Christ and that is the Head of the Body. Who is the Head of the Body? I think we all know the answer to this question. It's Jesus our Lord, our Master, our Savior and our Only Supreme Authority in our life. Read what Jesus taught His disciples about their authority within the "Body of Christ"...
Jesus called them together and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles LORD IT OVER THEM, and their high officials exercise authority over them. NOT SO WITH YOU. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The Bible also says to,
Not the Pope, not the Pastor, not the Bishop, not the Elder, not the Deacon, not the Reverend, not the Minister, not the Missionary, not the Priest, not the Cardinal, not the Sunday School teacher, not any appointed leader in the church. Only Jesus has authority over us in the Body of Christ. Government Officials who administer and enforce the laws of the land do have authority over us as the Apostle Paul points out in Romans Chapter 13.
Jesus is the only One appointed by God to be our authority and our teacher within the Body of Christ. We should never forget that all of us are going to have to give an account of our lives before Him one day in the future and not to the Pope or your local Pastor. Our founding Fathers drafted our constitution based on the Body of Christ concept and that we all are created equal in the eyes of God because each of us has a specific and significant role to play that makes the Body of Christ function in a constructive and productive manner where we all benefit to help bring God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We are One Nation Under God (the Head of the Body of Christ), indivisible (One In Christ Jesus) with liberty and justice for all.
God shows no partiality when it comes to His love for each us as His adopted sons and daughters. Why is it that so many professing Christians can be some of the most prejudicial, domineering and arrogant people on the planet? I use the word professing because not all Christians are saved according to what Jesus said in Matthew 7:23 ...
It should be much clearer now why the road to Heaven is narrow as opposed to wide as Jesus warns His disciples. Maybe it's time to reevaluate whether or not we are on the narrow road that leads to the Kingdom of God.
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