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Confluence of the Body

The term, “confluence,” means two rivers that join and flow together. The Bible is referred to as the “confluence of Scriptures” by theologians. That means that flow of God’s Spirit has joined the flow of the human spirits in writing the Bible. This confluence is why the Bible, which was written by 40 authors over a span of 1500 years on 3 continents in 3 languages has the distinct flavor of God speaking, yet has the individual personalities of all 40 authors intact.

When God speaks to us, His Spirit communicates to our human spirits. That communication is ineffable in the language of pure meaning, realization and understanding. We grasp that communication through our intuitive faculties without words.

When we think thoughts, the thoughts originate in our hearts from our spirits. That original thought is without words. The soul, which functions through our mind, will and emotions, expresses those thoughts. So, if fear is in our spirit, then we experience the emotion of fear through our souls. If a realization or understanding is in our spirit, it is expressed in our minds as words by our soul.

Likewise, when God communicates to us, it is to our spirits, and it is our souls that puts a form to that communication. Since God is not the spirit of fear, that experience of fear either is natural from our spirit when we are in danger, or demonic as the devil tries to impart panic to our experience of emotions. Angels are spirits, and communicate to us by our spirits as well.

The confluence of Scripture operated in this capacity. So when God communicated to Isaiah, it was through Isaiah’s soul that the words came out. The knowledge and background of each writer of the Bible colors their contribution to the work, even though every word is fully inspired and inerrant from God. So the gospel writer, Luke, who was a physician has a medical color to his narrative. Amos who was a shepherd has a down to earth feel to his prophecy. David who was a warrior has the soldier’s tone in many of his psalms, and so on.

This confluence was limited in the Old Testament, but was fully released to the world by the resurrection and Pentecost. All the body of Christ shares in this confluence. Traditional church has lost sight of the purpose of gathering together. Since God is infinite, He needs the entire body of Christ to fully express Himself. When we gather together, we should see Jesus manifested in every member. Each member brings a different facet of expressing Christ. Put together, we should see a fuller expression of Jesus through all the body.

God needs all the different ethnic and cultural expressions that humans can give. If we as believers understand this, then congregations should be plural, not segregated. Yet when I talk to people about this, they admit that their fellowships are limited. If they are black, then the majority of the congregation is black. White then white. Hispanic, then hispanic. Is there no wonder that the heart of missions is anemic in so many congregations? While Christ is not divided, the body expression is definitely fractured, and this should not be so. If we understand this need of God to express His life fully through mankind, then racism would disappear.

The confluence of Scriptures has left the written page, and into the hearts of the living epistles. Look for the expression of Christ in all the members of your congregation. Realize that the personality expressed is the individuals, but the life expressed through that personality is Christ’s. If you do, then you will join Philemon who Paul praised.

Phile 1:5-6
5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. (NIV)

Philemon saw Christ in believers and recognized the Lord’s expression of His life through the individual personalities of each believer. Philemon loved God according to John’s observation.

I Jn 4:20
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (KJV)

I challenge the reader to start seeing God in the body. If you understand this confluence of the body, you will love your brother and sister.

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