The Body of Christ is a living organism being built by our growth in life. This growth is Christ (our life) increasing, spreading, being formed, and making home in us. In the New Testament growth and building are intimately tied; they cannot be separated.
Prior posts presented growth and building from Ephesians chapters 2 and 4. Ephesians 4:16 speaks of “the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.” Colossians 2:6-7 also speaks of growth with building:
As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Being rooted enables us to receive the supply of life for our growth. As a result of our believing, we have been put into Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30) and grafted into Christ. Romans 11:17 tells us that by this grafting, we “became a fellow partaker of the root of fatness of the olive tree.”
We have been positioned to partake. The more we actually partake, the more we are supplied to walk/live/behave in Christ Jesus. While we are walking in Him, the supply from the root flows with two results in Colossians 2:7: we are being built up in Him and we are being established in the faith.
This New Testament building of life, consummates in the city of life, New Jerusalem, which is kept in life by the river of water of life and the tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2).
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