The Secret Body

GodReflection: God Shares His Secret—We are Body

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) “. . . for we are members of his body”. (Ephesians 5:30)

garyguarujaJesus, on the eve of his crucifixion spoke of his body gift for the disciples. I doubt that any of them had a clue at that point what he meant.

I wonder who the first person was to use the body analogy? The apostle Paul was the first to express it in written form but I wonder if he heard it from fellow apostles or from Jesus himself? Perhaps, it was a Spirit inspired idea given directly to him.

Doctor Luke, as he summarizes Jesus post resurrection activity cites from his eyewitness research: He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

body22I am curious how much Jesus told them as he spoke about the kingdom of God? Did he tell them about his plans for his church that would cover the face of the earth? Did he tell them that his body would remain on the planet in the form of his church?

It was a secret held by the Holy for thousands upon thousands of years.

The revelation came shortly after the ascension. The Godhead announced the body secret with the prelude of a loud roaring wind sound and with flames aglow above the body12head of each disciple as a visual aid.

Before it was all over  three thousand men and women repented of their sin, identified with the Son of God, and submitted their lives to Jesus through the death, burial and resurrection in baptismal waters.

And . . . Viola! The church appeared. It was them and they were it.

Twenty-plus years later—for the first time in Scripture—the apostle Paul uses the analogy of the body as a visual for this ever-expanding assembly.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:4-6)

Yes, to be clear he wants all of us who make up the church to understand, you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

body15And, our corporate body has only one head the risen Christ who is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)

I don’t know if Paul was the first to share the secret that the church—you and I—are the body of Christ. However, I have to believe it is a shear genius idea from the Holy.

Here is what I think:

It doesn’t matter if I am a big toe or a little pinkie. I am body. I am to function as designed. It is not my role to judge you or your function. I am a vital part of the whole body4just as you are a vital part of the whole. I united with you and you are united with me because we both belong to Jesus.

The body operates with cleansing blood. When any member of the body aches, I feel the pain.  At any given time, a portion of the body hurts and so do other members. Through Jesus the body is always in the process of healing.

The big toe and little pinkie are united by the Holy Spirit. When one pumps Jesus-blood it flows from a healthy member toward another member. Together we are a work of art. Together we grow in wisdom and understanding. Together we grow toward immortality.

body14The headline for all to read is that the secret body functions as one unit because Jesus is the head. Whatever function I may have I am not the head. Only the Christ functions in that role.

The head too is part of the body. My role is to seek to know what the head is thinking and march in unity with those thoughts.

Fortunately, the Gospels show me his thought process.

I want to tune in as a body member.  The head thinks forgiveness. The head generates love. The head serves and wants me to follow in his steps.

The head values peace. As the big toe or little pinkie, I’m not to be jealous because your body17function is the smile or the beautiful eyes. We are both holy because Christ leads.

The former body of Jesus was broken for me. With him as my head and my example, I am willingly broken for others. With him as the head we are to function out of a spirit of thanksgiving.

And just think, His invitation remains open to join His secret body.

Yep, I have to believe it is a shear genius secret direct from the Holy.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret Body



The Secret of Light

GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguarujaIn the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains there it was.

Desert whirlwinds were a common sight. But this one was different it was black with a whirlpool vortex that reached upward beyond sight. What made it spectacular was the fact it was formed by bats.

light1I grew up twenty-eight miles northeast of The Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Thus, I’d heard of the legendary cowboy Jim White who had first witnessed the bat whirlwind.

Curiosity won out and he traced the source to the largest hole in the ground he had ever seen. Today it enjoys National Monument status.

Those days of June 1901 must have been filled with fear and with excitement as he explored the massive dark hole.

He describes his first trip:

light6“Standing at the entrance of the tunnel I could see ahead of me a darkness so absolutely black it seemed a solid. The light of my lantern was but a sickly glow.”

light17After hours of exploration he records a moment of near panic:

“The oil in my lantern had given out, and the flame curled up and died. It seemed as through a million tons of black wool descended upon me. The darkness was so dense it seemed smothering—choking me.”

I tour the now developed cavern on many occasions as a young boy. In the earlier years—backed with the confidence of Thomas Edison’s lightbulb—the Park Rangers would seat the tour participants and turn out the lights. For a moment, we shared Jim White’s “smothering darkness.”

Light is a welcomed and known commodity. From our sun, we receive both illumination and warmth.

light11Moon, stars, wicks, candles, lanterns and lightbulbs light up the night to keep shadows and fear at a safe distance.

It seems perfect and appropriate that God who created sunlight, starlight and moonlight selected light as a descriptive metaphor for Jesus the Son.

Humankind lived in self-imposed darkness for thousands of years while God held a secret through the ages—His very own Son would break into history as THE LIGHT of the world.

light15How can I comprehend the full voltage of the Light that illuminates the entire world?

That previously hidden light now enlightens life and shines into hell itself to expose and eliminate death as it shines forth eternal life (2 Timothy 1:10).

The Apostle John describes Jesus as life defined as light. The Christ was no less than “the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).

It is the “light that gives light to everyone” (John 1:9).

Jesus revealed in his own personhood God’s secret. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

And so, I live on earth while “darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8).

light16And as I watch the light reach across the globe I live for the eternal day when “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). 

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret of Light

God Kept His Secret For The Exact Right Time

GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguarujaIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Thus, Moses pens the first words of Holy Scripture.

He begins with the Song of Creation sung by the Hebrew people for hundreds of years. godsecret7The song ends with God’s affirmation that all He had created was good and His rest on the seventh day.

The good God Affirmed included the creation of man and woman.

godsecret0Genesis chapter two records God’s revelation of the creation story through the words of Moses. With the appearance of Serpent Satan in the garden, chapter three introduces the cosmic drama of Holy God verses Satanic evil.

God had a plan prior to those opening three chapters of my Bible. It was a secret he held for the next thousands or perhaps millions of years. (That thought alone goes beyond my pay scale. I can’t possibly fathom these words that I have just written).

I don’t know if the Apostle Paul had an aha moment like, “So that was what God was doing,” or if God share with him in direct revelation. However just like the apostle my current and future reality comes about by a secret plan held in the mind of God prior to creation:

godsecret16For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding (Ephesians 1:4-8).

Paul quickly connects these verses to what he calls God’s secret plan.

God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head Ephesians 1:9-10).

Peter, one of Jesus first apostles and an aged elder of God’s people, described the Christ and His salvation work as chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake (1 Peter 1:20).

godsecret10Here is what I believe to be the message of the Bible:

A rebellion had taken place in heaven when Satan revolted and took his stand against the Holy.

He positioned himself against the essence of God. That placed Satan in opposition to love, justice and life the very embodiment of God.

With the Satanic action Satan became the broker of hate, injustice and death.

To stop the corrosive Satanic flow into the universe God developed a secret plan.

It was a plan to restore love, justice and life to the Holy and by so doing would obliterate Satan and his destruction.

The plan would require the creation of humankind as a receptor of God’s essence and as an eternal reflector of love, justice and life. For that to happen Satan had to be stopped. Perfect love, justice and life are impossible with the presence of Satan.

Is it possible that humankind was created to demonstrate to Satan that freewill love and commitment to the Holy was indeed doable?

godsecret9Adam and Eve weren’t Holy mistakes. Their sin, although it hurt God’s heart, did not catch Him by surprise.

God knew from before time that humankind would need Jesus and His Holy Spirit to provide power for freewill function.

God in His eternal wisdom held His secret until Gabriel made the Holy announcement to Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph—the time had come to reveal what He had planned prior to creation.

Jesus the Christ is the key that connects the human heart to the heart of God. 

To have even an elementary comprehension of what God had designed and held as a secret from humankind would take the fullness of Jesus’ man-stay upon the earth among the descendants of Adam and Eve.

In the next post, I want to exam the contents of God’s secret and how Jesus raised the curtain to reveal it for all to see.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on God Kept His Secret for The Exact Right Time