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June 11, 2021

Jesus and the Corporate "Me"

Acts 9:4 ...Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? (5) And he said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute. Romans 12:5 So we who are many are one body in Christ... 1 Cor 12:12 For even as the body is one and has many members...so also is the Christ. Eph 1:22 ...the church, (23) Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Saul not only saw that Jesus is Jehovah, the Savior, who died and was resurrected; he also saw that the Lord Jesus is one with His followers. Perhaps Saul said to himself, "I did not persecute Jesus--I persecuted His followers. But He told me that I persecuted Him. This must mean that He is one with His followers." In this way Saul came to see the Body. The "Me" in verse 4 and the name "Jesus" in verse 5 are of great significance, and Paul must have considered much concerning Jesus and this corporate "Me." During those three days he might have analyzed the two words Me and Jesus. During those days, Paul received the full gospel concerning salvation and the Body of Christ. Saul's experience of the corporate Me, Christ and the Body, must have made a deep impression on him and affected his future ministry regarding Christ and the church. That experience laid the foundation for his ministry. Therefore, he was very strong in teaching the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:16; 4:4, 16). He is the only writer in the New Testament to use the term "the Body of Christ." He placed great emphasis on the Body because at the time of his conversion he heard a message concerning the corporate Me, a message concerning the Body of Christ. (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp. 212-213. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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