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Medical Marvel

"…from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth"  – Colossians 2:19

Our human bodies are a masterpiece!  They are made up of so many different parts, which all work together to provide it with movement and strength. 

In this verse, Paul refers to the ‘joints and ligaments’ – which connect and hold the body together.  There’s a wonderful bit of revelation in here which shows us how God intends us to connect with one another. 

Firstly, we have the joints.  The joints in our body have been specifically designed to ‘fit together’.  They are shaped for connection.  This shows us that the gifts that God has given us are not meant to operate in isolation, but have been crafted to work together!  You can absolutely know that if God has called you and gifted you for a particular purpose, that there will be ‘connection points’ that have been intrinsically built into you!  We need each other to complete us!

Secondly, there are the ligaments.  The job of ligaments is to connect bones with bones.  They are elastic and have the ability to stretch.  For this reason, if joints come out of place, they have to get set back quickly, otherwise stretched ligaments can mean the joint becomes prone to ‘falling out’.  The word used for ligament here is translated elsewhere in the NT as ‘bond’.  What this shows us is that not only have we been designed to work together – but the ‘bonds’, the ‘agreements’ and ‘understandings’ that hold us as we work together are a critical.  Ephesians 4:3 says that we should be ‘eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’.  If we ‘fall out with one another’, the bond – the ligaments – continue to link us, and pull us back to relationship again. 

Thirdly, when we’re connected with the Head, and connected with one another – then God’s promise is that we will ‘grow with God’s growth’.  Something that is under the blessing of God can grow at a rate that is far beyond what would be possible humanly speaking! 

What does it come down to?  Love God, and love one another.  When we focus on this… the body starts to grow!

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Put On The New Man

Colossians 3:10 – and have put on the new man, that is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,

To ‘put on’ the new man, we have to first ‘take off’ the old man.  The life of Christ in us is not an addition, rather it is a replacement

This verse shows us two aspects of this new nature that God has given us:

1) Our new nature is being renewed day by day. It’s a new nature every day – it doesn’t get broken or suffer the consequences of sin. Each day it is fresh and new – speaking of the cleanness that we receive each time we come to the Lord, confess our sins, and are washed by Him. 

Know this – your body might age, but your spirit doesn’t.  It’s as awesome, shiny and sparkly today as it was when you first came to know God!

2) It’s renewed in the knowledge after the image of his creator. It’s almost like when you reinstall the operating system on your computer – it’s refreshed and renewed – the perfect image and reflection of it’s creator!

One of the biggest battles we fight is our old mind.  It tells us that we will never be any better, and that we will never change.  But what is impossible with the flesh is possible in the spirit!  God’s on the inside of you!

Medical Miracle

Colossians 2:19 – "…from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth"

Our human bodies are a masterpiece!  They are made up of so many different parts, which all work together to provide it with movement and strength. 

In this verse, Paul refers to the ‘joints and ligaments’ – which connect and hold the body together.  There’s a wonderful bit of revelation in here which shows us how God intends us to connect with one another. 

Firstly, we have the joints.  The joints in our body have been specifically designed to ‘fit together’.  They are shaped for connection.  This shows us that the gifts that God has given us are not meant to operate in isolation, but have been crafted to work together!  You can absolutely know that if God has called you and gifted you for a particular purpose, that there will be ‘connection points’ that have been intrinsically built into you!  We need each other to complete us!

Secondly, there are the ligaments.  The job of ligaments is to connect bones with bones.  They are elastic and have the ability to stretch.  For this reason, if joints come out of place, they have to get set back quickly, otherwise stretched ligaments can mean the joint becomes prone to ‘falling out’.  The word used for ligament here is translated elsewhere in the NT as ‘bond’.  What this shows us is that not only have we been designed to work together – but the ‘bonds’, the ‘agreements’ and ‘understandings’ that hold us as we work together are a critical.  Ephesians 4:3 says that we should be ‘eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’.  If we ‘fall out with one another’, the bond – the ligaments – continue to link us, and pull us back to relationship again. 

Thirdly, when we’re connected with the Head, and connected with one another – then God’s promise is that we will ‘grow with God’s growth’.  Something that is under the blessing of God can grow at a rate that is far beyond what would be possible humanly speaking! 

What does it come down to?  Love God, and love one another.  When we focus on this… the body starts to grow!