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BONE OF HIS BONE

CHAPTER I

BLOOD OF HIS BLOOD

While I was running a service station in Arkansas, I broke my front tooth off. The nerves were hanging out. Each time I opened my mouth, the air touched my tooth. I thought I couldn't stand it! A seventeen year old boy laid hands on me. Suddenly the Lord healed that tooth so I could bite a toasted sandwich. One day Sam threw his foot out of place. It was hard for him to get along. It swelled up real large. He carried it in a flour sack. He walked on crutches. This affected every member of his body. It took up time. His hands had to be helping that foot all the time. Otherwise, they could have been performing some useful jobs. One night Sam received a miracle. The Lord touched him and healed him. Then he could spend all that precious time helping others. All this reminds me of the body of Christ. The church is the body of Christ. We depend on some teacher, singer, janitor, nursery attendant, bus driver, -musician, or prayer warrior. We arrive at church and they are out of place. The whole body is crippled. It affects all of us and keeps the body from functioning and doing its work for the community. Even when some of them come to church they are not prayed up. They hurt one another's feelings. They are full of envy, strife, complaining, and hatred. They go around with

their nerves hanging out, as I did with that broken tooth. I want you to know God still heals. That broken tooth, or that foot that is out of joint, can be healed. The body of Christ should be in good working order. We must be faithful to the place in which we belong so the pastor can put confidence in us and the Lord can trust us with a position in church. If we are faithful over that which is little, we will also be faithful in much. "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." (Proverbs 25: 19.) NOT LONG AGO I TALKED TO A SURGEON. I always wondered how they got all those veins tied back together when they operated on a man's stomach. There are so many hundreds of those little veins. I was so surprised when he told me they didn't tie them back. That blood finds its way into every cell of that body again. The blood goes to every cell of your body. You can't cut any part of your body and find a place where there is no blood. He compared it to a low place in a bottom land. The water goes to every grain of soil. The water seeps into every place, even where there is no vein of water. We are the body of Christ and in His blood there is life. If we do not drink His blood, there is no life in us. (John 6:51-56.) These words He spoke are Spirit and they are life. (V. 63.) Spiritually speaking, Christ is that life. He is the Word. We feast upon this Word daily or we would have no spiritual life in the church. That is why we have His Word in sermon and song. That is the way the church lives. We are the body of Christ. There are five quarts of blood in your body. About three times each minute that blood goes to every area, purifying every cell. 2

Each part of your body is in communion with all the other parts. Your cells would die if the blood did not circulate to them. As long as your blood circulates, you are not dead. It is the same with the body of Christ, which is the church. Each of us depend on His blood to circulate through us to keep us alive. As we walk in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. (I John I :7.) You are not cleansed from sin if you don't walk in the light. You die and go into sin when the blood is not applied to you. A dead part of the body must be cut off from the rest of the body to live, said the surgeon. The blood of Christ continually cleanses us from sin just as your tears in your eye continually cleanses your eye and keeps it clean. The blood of Christ continually makes- each one of us alive. It makes us members, brothers, and relatives. We differ in structure, function, in color, in race, in talents, location, form, or work. Yet, Christ is the head and aU of us are members one of another. We must have one another. All the members of the body are necessary. We depend on the blood of Christ to flow through us con tin ually. Christ is Life. Life is in the blood as it is in the natural body. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17: 11.) RIGHTLY DISCERN THE BODY. Some are weak. Some are sick. Some are dead because they don't rightly discern the bod y. (l Cor. I I :29-30.) Now we are the body of Christ. (12:27.) We must have fellowship with all of the body, and not 3

with one denomination, or segment only. If we are born from above, we are all of one family. Regardless if you are from Alaska, Africa, or China you are in the body. Regardless if you are Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or Lutheran, if you are born again, you are in the body. We are brothers and sisters through the blood line. We are in one body and one family. Presidents and peasants are all members necessary because they are all in the body. Regardless of our men-made groups and denominations, we are in the body. There should be no divisions in the body. (lCor.12:25.) Our hair-splitting formulas and self-righteous rules should not keep the blood of Christ from bringing His life to all the body. We must not spend our time tearing down one denomination to build another. We must not rob Peter to pay Paul. We must spend our time getting people born again rather than building more organizations and denominations. Win souls instead of spending all your precious time proselyting. Build the body of Christ rather than trying to build your own name. We are lost unless the blood cleanses us daily. You don't know about the purifying blood of Christ that unifies if you spend your time building on organization. We must have organism in our organization. We must all be one in Him. He does not have two bodies. He has one body. We are one. (John 17: 11, 21.) Don't get so taken up in getting members that you never win souls for Christ. "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren." (Heb, 2: 11.) HA VE FELLOWSHIP WITH ALL THE BODY OF CHRIST. Recognize all Christians everywhere. 4

If the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin, we have fellowship with all of God's people. It is a continual cleansing as we walk in the tight. You are seeing more light as you read these lines. If you do not have fellowship with all of God's people, you are not walking in the light and it is there that you cease to be cleansed from all sin. It is a continual cleansing as you walk in the light. All of God's promises are on conditions. We must meet His condition to claim the benefits. When God says the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, He was only talking to those people who walk in the light and have fellowship with all of God's people. He was not talking to those people who only fellowship their own group and count other groups second class or "off bra nds" or "off limits." He is talking to those who rightly discern the body of Christ to those who recognize all the Christians and admit that all Christians are part of the bod y of Christ and are in the family. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cJeanseth us from all sin." (I John 1:7.) WITHOUT THE BLOOD THERE IS NO LIFE. The blood makes us all of one family. It makes all born-again believers in one body. Regardless of your color, race, or citizenship, all natural people are relatives by Adam's blood. This blood is defiled, sinful, and impure. God has made of one blood all nations. (Acts 17: 26.) We have Adam as our grandfather. In the vein of all natural men is the blood of Adam. Because Adam fell and became sinful the sentence of death is in the defiled blood. Because of this, all natural men will die a common death. Spiritual death is in this blood of Adam. 5

When Adam and Eve ate of the sinful fruit, that blood was poisoned. All natural men are of that blood line. When they ate of that fruit, they died a spiritual death. This sinful poison is transmitted through Adam's blood down until now. All men have in their veins Adam's sinful blood. We are made from the same clay out of which Adam was formed. Without life, Adam was a form. When God breathed into Adam, he began to live. God breathed into Adam life. That life was in the blood. God is the life giver. Man became dead spiritually because he took spiritual death into his blood when he ate of the forbidden fruit. The blood of every natural man is affected by sin. All natural men have sinful flesh because every part of his flesh is kept alive by the blood. You can see why Jesus had to be born of the Holy Ghost without a natural father. Christ could not have Adam's blood, though he had Adam's flesh. It is because Adam's blood was sinful. Jesus was a perfect man because he had none of Adam's blood in His body. He was not defiled by the Adamic nature or by Adam's sin! Redemption resolves around the blood line because sin was in the blood, because life is in the blood. "For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9: 13-14.) YOU CAN HAVE A BLOOD TRANSFUSION. Not long ago, I walked into the hospital. A lady walked up to me and said, "Do you remember me?" Of course, I see so many people that I didn't call her by name. Then she told me her story: 6

She had come to our services for prayer. Up until then, she had R.R negative blood. All her children had died just after they were born. . After prayer. she went back for her next check-up. They found that she had A positive blood. God had given to her a blood transfusion by a miracle. Her case is on the record there at the hospital. One morning about 2:00 a.m., I received an emergency call. I rushed over to the address the lady gave me. There lay a man in the blood. All five quarts of his blood was on the floor. He had a hole in his heart. He was lying there on the floor with a butcher knife beside him. His brother, that stabbed him was sitting in the car beside the house. The ambulance had not yet arrived. We prayed. When they arrived with him at the hospital, he had been dead fifteen minutes. For some reason, they gave him a blood transfusion. Life came into him again. Life is in the blood. In a few weeks, that man was out preaching. He is a businessman and is going strong. Many lives have been saved by blood transfusions. Healthy people give part of their life to the sick and suffering. When I was defiled by sin, Christ gave to me a blood transfusion. He gave me pure and undefiled blood. It was because I had faith in His atoning blood. "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers." (I Peter 1: 18.) GOD HAS A BLOOD BANK FOR YOU. A pastor in Los Angeles had a portable blood bank to stop in front of his church. He had a few thousand people to go out and donate blood in order that some dying person might live. He was given a 13.4 hour -telecast every Sunday , 7

free, when others could not buy time. Your blood can be kept in a blood bank for some dying individual. You may give your blood this year to save the life of some dying person next year, regardless of his race or color. He may be some stranger on the other side of the world, but you may save his life. Life is in the blood. No one would think of charging money for this blood. Nearly two thousand years ago, on the other side of the earth, a man gave the last drop of His sinless blood for me. The blood of the Lamb of God went into a blood bank. It is there now free for any sinner on demand. This blood is free to all who will apply it. It fits any type and any race in the world. The sinless blood is INCORRUPTIBLE and undefiled. It will keep. It is never wasted. It needs no preservatives to keep it. It can't spoil or perish. It is as fresh today as it was there on the cross of Calvary. (l Cor. 10: 16.) Unless we drink His blood, we have no life in us. (John 6:24.) When we obey the Word, we are drinking of His blood, for the Word and the blood are one. (I John 5:8.) When we partake of the communion, we partake of His blood also, for that is His Word. He said the fruit of the vine is His blood. (Matt. 26:28.) His Word is Spirit. (John 6:63.) He willfully shed His blood for you. Accidents cause much blood to be spilt in our time, but when the blood of Jesus was shed for me, it was no accident. He willfully laid down His life for me. The blood (not a doctrine about the blood) makes peace and sanctifies us. (Heb. 13: 12.) "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7,9.) THIS MAKES US ALL OF ONE F AMIL Y. 8

All Christians are saved alike. Men talk and argue over gasoline. Some say that Lion gasoline is better, because it is the only major gasoline that is refined in Arkansas. Some say that Gulf gasoline is best because "it has no knocks." Others declare that Sinclair should be used because "it gets more miles per gallon." Then we learned that to save transportation expense and interstate tax, it all carne out of the same tank. All conversions came from the same place-the blood of Jesus. For propaganda purposes, and in order to proselyte, people put their own brand on their religion, and say theirs is the best. Bible school boys have taken away the key of knowledge and tried to make something simple sound complicated. Jesus has put His blood in reach of every individual under the sun. There is no respect to persons with God. "But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10: 35.) THE SUPPLY IS IN CHRIST. Our redemption comes from one place. At a factory outlet in St. Louis, Missouri, I started to buy a suit. "What brand is it?" I asked as I looked on the inside. "We make them all," he laughed, "People put their own brand on them to sell them." How true it is with some of our churches. They try to monopolize on what has been done. They put their own brand on their salvation in order to promote and proselyte. We want to keep salvation simple. It all comes from the same place-through the blood. The plan of salvation rests on the atoning work of Calvary. The blood reaches every cell of the body and keeps it alive. It unites all parts of the body of Christ. 9

My life depends on the flow of my blood. The blood is essential to my body. The blood of Jesus is essential to the body of Christ. The blood in my body carries the nourishment to every cell. It carries off the waste products from my body. The blood of Jesus is the source of life. It brings my spiritual nourishment continually, even while I am asleep. The blood of Jesus continually cleanses me from all sin, as I walk in the light. (I John 1:9.) The blood reaches every member of the body of Christ regardless of-how far they may be from one another. Fellowship is not on paper; it is not in a denomination; it is not in credentials, laws, or bylaws. Fellowship is not in water baptism, creeds, or ordinances. It is in the blood. If we are cleansed from sin, we have fellowship one with another. The saints of God have washed their robes white in the blood of Jesus. (Rev. 7: 14.) If our robes are washed in the blood of some religious leader, they won't be white. Try washing them in the blood of Mary, Paul, Peter or John. Try washing them in the blood of Moody, Finney, or Spurgeon. They will not be white. Human blood will never make our garments white. The blood of Jesus removes all stains from off our garments. "I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalm 139: 14.) The blood is busy day and night healing our body. The white cells increase in number rapidly. They rush to the infected part of our bod y and bring the sore to a head and let the pus discharge. Thus we are healed. Life is in the blood. The white cells in our blood intercepts germs and engulfs them. When we have a wound on any part of our body the blood rushes to that place, forms a scab, and heels it. The wound turns red and angry, showing the blood has rushed to that place.
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The blood builds new tissues. Only a scar remains. One time my two year sister, Hazel, was playing around a high stump where dad had just cut down a China tree with a new, sharp, double-bit ax. I had just wedged the ax into the stump four feet high leaving the handle sticking downward. -Hazel kept playing with that handle until the ax turned backward and fell to the ground, one blade cutting off two of Hazel's toes and the ball of her feet. We buried the toes and carefully washed her foot each day and wrapped it up with a clean white cloth. Hours were spent as we kept the foot washed with warm water. After a few weeks, we saw that the foot was not healing. We got in the wagon and drove 25 miles to the doctor. When he looked at the wound, he said, "No wonder it is not healing. You are washing all the blood off every day. Leave that blood on there. Healing is in the blood." We quit washing the blood off. Soon a scab formed and the foot healed over. Life is in the blood. Healing is in the blood. I cut my hand and nature healed it in a few days. John cut his hand. After several months it had not healed. I had pure blood. John's blood was contaminated with alcohol and nicotine. THERE IS HEALING IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS. We overcame by the blood of the Lamb. (Heb. 12: 10-11.) The devil accuses us before God day and night. When Satan accuses me before God day arid night, Jesus points to His blood that was shed for me. He shed His own blood and carried it into the presence of God for me. (Heb. 9: 12.) Jesus is at this moment my High Priest. He is now in the presence of God for me making intercession. (Heb. 12: 24-25.) If I look at myself, 1- may become defeated and discouraged. If I look to His blood 'that was shed for me, I 11

remember I overcame by the blood. I have no confidence in the flesh. I see no good thing in myself. Then I look to the blood. I point Satan to Calvary. It all depends on the blood. I overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, not by my blood. The white cells of Christ's blood begins to heal the wound. It atones for all my sins, faults, failures and short comings. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelations 12: II.) ONE WAY OF REDEMPTION. When the death angel flew over each home there in the Land of Goshen, the people trusted in the blood of the Lamb that was over the doorpost. Then the first born in each family lived. The death angel saw the blood. It passed over. The people looked to the blood. They did not look to water baptism, a denomination, or some ceremony. The death angel would not have paid any attention to an organization, a preacher, or some dogma. One thing did the work. That was the blood. (Ex. Chapter II and 12.) People say, "There are so many ways, I don't know which way to go." That excuse will not stand at the judgment. Jesus says, "I am the way." When you trust in the divinity of Christ and the atoning blood, you can sing, "I've Found The Way." GOD DOES NOT WANT US TO EAT BLOOD. Blood is sacred, because life is in the blood. The Lord tells us to not eat blood. This commandment was before the law, under the law, and since the law. Noah was commanded not to cat blood. He lived long before the law was given to Moses. (Gen. 9:6.) It is a sin to eat blood, under the penality of death. (Lev. 7:26-27.) No Jew will eat blood in our time. The Holy Spirit gave the same commandment to the 12

Christians in the church. "Abstain from blood." (Acts 15.) The Christians were not under the law; yet, they were not permitted to eat blood. God is not unreasonable. He says, "Come and let us reason together." God is for health and hygiene. Man has the breath of life in him. He is a living soul. Life is in the blood. Adam had an earthly body without life until God put life (blood) into him. God's breath filled him with blood. Blood was God's price for our redemption. Man sinned and his blood became corruptible. Incorruptible blood had to be shed to purify man. In Adam all died. All have sinned. Angels have no blood, so they could not redeem us. So there was one man with sinless blood. He shed his blood for us all. The mother furnishes the flesh. The father furnishes the blood. Jesus was without an earthly father. An earthly father has sinful blood. Death was destroyed by life. Life is in the blood. The Lord counts blood sacred because life is in the blood. He tens us to eat meat ,that has no blood in it. "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered tOridols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15: 28-29.) THE BLOOD GIVES JMMUNITY FROM SIN. In the natural, the white corpuscles fight against infection when it appears. There is also an element in the blood "antibodies," which helps to prevent infection. They form to keep a man from taking the same disease the second time. The blood of Jesus helps me not to fall into the same 13

sins that I once committed. I pled the blood against that same sin, so it cannot return. A pig loves a mud hole and is comfortable there. A sheep hates a mud hole. Even if the sheep falls into a mud hole, it won't remain there long. If the blood can remit our sins, it can keep us from sin. If Jesus lifted us out of the mud hole, He can keep us out of it. The blood does not only cleanse us, but it preserves, protects, and prevents future sin if we plead that blood continually. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son c1eanseth us from all sin." (l John 1:7.) WE MUST BELIEVE IN THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST. There is no other way to be saved. If you do not beJieve that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, you are antichrist. (I John 2:22.) Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of a virgin. (Matt. I:22-23.) It was without the help of a human father. This is why Jesus was sinless. That is why He can give a sinner a blood transfusion and cleanse him. Sin was handed down to human beings through the blood. No drop of Jesus' blood was defiled by the sinful blood of Adam's descendants. Jesus received His flesh from His mother and His blood by a supernatural miracle. The blood in an unborn baby comes from the father rather than from the mother. The female egg does not contain the element to make blood. An infertile egg can never hatch without a rooster. The presence of a rooster brings life to a hen egg. Red streaks form in a fertile egg, showing it contains blood. A rooster brings life to the egg, for life is in the blood. 14

It is the same with a human being. All the blood in an unborn babe forms from the embryo. No blood passes from the mother to the baby. All the blood in the unborn child comes from the male sperm. Science testifies to this in Howell's textbook of physiology, second edition. P. 885-886. Read William's Practice of Obstetrics, 3rd Edition. P. 133. The circulation starts in the embryo. It is separate from that of the mother. THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS INCORRUPTIBLE. No blood can pass from the mother to the offspring. Adam's sin was transmitted through blood. Therefore, no Adamic blood could ever enter the body of Jesus. God provided a way so a man could be the descendant of Adam and yet have sinless blood. The fact that Mary was sinless would not make Jesus sinless since she had Adam's blood in her. "Forasmuch then as the childr~n are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." (Heb, 2: 14.) Jesus took on Himself human flesh, but He did not have Adam's blood. The natural children are partakers of flesh and blood, but Jesus "took part of the same," meaning He took part of it, "but not all of it." The children of men took on both the flesh and blood of Adam, but Jesus took the flesh P~xt and took His blood from the divine conception. Because of Adam's sin, the human blood was defiled by sin. Embalming fluid must be put into the body of a dead man because his blood is corruptible. But the body of Jesus did not see corruption. (Acts 2:27.) His blood was undefiled. He was a holy child. 15

Jesus laid down His life and rose by His own power. All men are under the curse of death who do not have the cleansing blood of Jesus "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Romans 5:8-9.) JESUS SHED INNOCENT BLOOD. Jesus was a perfect human being. The blood of the first Adam became sinful. The blood of the last Ada m was undefiled. In the veins of Jesus was innocent blood. It was sinless and divine. Jesus' blood was innocent. Judas said, "I have betrayed innocent blood." (Matt. 27:4.) Jesus was conceived by a divine Father. Therefore, He had divine, sinless blood. That was the only way He could be our Saviour. Have you betrayed innocent blood? Have you counted the blood of Jesus an unholy thing? (Heb, 10:29.) Have you insulted Him by saying that He had human blood in His veins? The blood of Abel cried out from the ground against Cain. Is the blood of our Lord crying out against you? When you reach the judgment will the blood of Jesus cry out against you? Have you betrayed innocent blood as Judas did. Just as God made of one blood all nations, so He has made of one blood all Christians. The blood of Jesus makes us all of one size. The blood of Jesus makes all Christians in the same class and in the same family. We are members of the same body. We are aU dependent of each other. When one member is blessed, we must all rejoice. When one member suffers, we must aU suffer with it. Rejoice with them that rejoice and weep with them that weep.
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CHAPTER II BONE OF HIS BONE

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When I was a teenager, because I was the smallest, and the lightest person on the job I was designated as the "tree monkey." We were picking peaches in the Highland Peach Orchard near Nashvil1e, Arkansas. I noticed one thing. The same sap that ran through the vine also ran through the branches. It went in to the frui t and caused these large peaches to be full of juice. There were vines and branches and fruit, but it was all one tree. We are all one in Christ. (Gal. 3: 28.) Christ now lives in us. (Gal. 2: 20.) Sometimes a limb would break while I was up in that tree gathering peaches. In a few days we noticed that the sap from that tree would form around that wound. A wax formed, resembling a scab on your sore hand. That fluid would heal that wound. This reminds me of the blood in your body that rushes to a wound and heals it. Soon the scab falIs off, leaving some new flesh. Only a scar remains. New skin has formed. It is the same with the body of Christ. It may receive a wound, but the blood that circulates through the whole body has a healing balm in it. When a member of the body becomes wounded, spiritually or physically, the blood that cleanses and heals rushes to that member of the body of Christ. Soon he is healed and restored. Although a scar remains, he is in good working order again. The rest of the tree does not cast him off, but it sends the healing balm to his rescue, That is the way the body of Christ works. We are all members one of another. When we overtake a brother in a fault, we who are spiritual restores him.
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"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me yc can do nothing." (John 15:5.) TH IS IS NOT AN ILLUSTRATION. This is not a fancy; it is an actual fact. The life of Christ flows through every member of the body of Christ. Christ is our life. (Col. 3:4.) We live this life by the faith of the Son of God (not in the son of God). (Gal. 2:20.) Jesus is the vine. Each of us, who are members of His body, is a branch. His life flows through each of us. Because of that life, because we are connected, because His very life flows through LIS, we bring forth fruit, more fruit, and much
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(lis words arc Spirit and they are life. (John 6: 63.) Unless we cat of His flesh (word), we have no lire in us. (John 6: 54.) We arc partakers of Christ. We have the mind of Christ. (Col. 2: 16.) We arc bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. (Romans 8: 5.) We arc clean, not by some doctrine or dogma, but through the Word which He speaks to us as we actually feed upon that Word. (John 15:3.) Jesus is that Bread that came down from heaven. (John 6:41.) He is that manna. If we feed on this bread, we will never hunger. The bread we ate last month, or last week, is not sufficient. He that "catcth" of this bread will not hunger. The word "cute th" means a continuation. "He that continues to eat." Moffett's translation says, "He that fccdcth on this bread." He that drinkcth of this water shall never thirst or "he that continues to drink of this water." "Labor not [or the meat which pcrisheth, but for that meat which cndureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of '!Ian shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed." (John 6:27.)
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The people tried to store up the manna and it bred worms. They had to gather it each day. We give ourselves to 1esus all at once. He gives Himself to us day by clay as we feed upon Him. He is the Bread of Life. The true Bread of God is he which gives His life unto the world. (John 6:33.) "He that cometh to me shall never hunger." That "cometh" means a continuation, or he that "continues to come." If we believe on Him, we have everlasting life abiding in us right now. We are partakers of His divine nature. (II Peter 1:4.) He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Christ is formed in us now. (Gal. 4: 19.) "This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die." (John 6: 53.) For me to live is Christ. (Phil. I: 21.) We have everlasting life abiding in us now. He is the resurrection and the life. Someone said, "We take this by faith." If I take a biscuit by faith, I will have a real biscuit that can cat and digest. It will not be something imaginary. It won't be in my mind only;' 1 can put it into my mouth and into my stomach. It will go into my blood, in my veins, and into every cell of my body. We are not going to have eternal life. We have eternal life in us now, abiding in us. Jesus is that life. He is in us now. "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and [ will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that cateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwclleth in me, and I in him." (John 6:54-56.) THE MYSTERY OF THE GENTILES. To the natural mind, this is a great mystery; this is a stumbling bloek to many. When Jesus told His disciples this
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tru th, how they must eat His flesh and drink His blood, the people turned around and walked no more with Him. He turned to His disciples and asked, "Will ye also go away?" (John 6:66.) His words are Spirit and they are life. (John 6: 63.) He is the Word. If we live, we must feast on His Word. His Word gives us strength. What is the mystery of the Gentiles? "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The Communists drew a picture of Jesus' body. His disciples were eating His body. They had cups drinking His blood as it flowed out of His side. They were making fun of Him. They drew a picture of Russia climbing up a ladder into heaven to dethrone God. The Communists said, "We have conquered space. We found God nowhere." Someone changed "nowhere" to "now-here" using the same letters Christ is in us, the hope of glory. "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col. I: 27.) HE WALKS AND TALKS IN US NOW. (II Cor. 6: 16.) He and His Father have taken up their abode. They are dwelling in us now. (John 14:23; John 3:24.) We have the mind of Christ. (l Cor. 2: 16.) We have His faith, His wisdom, His nature, and His love. Our faith will never cast out devils. Our love will never go the second mile and turn the other cheek. We can't live this life. He comes in us and lives it for us. The other day a woman yielded to temptations and excused herself by saying, "You know that 1 am only human." We are more than human. We have in us all things that 20

pertain to life and godliness. (II Peter I: 3.) We are partakers of His divine nature. (V. 4.) We are born from above. I have the mind that was in Christ Jesus. Phil. 2:5.) "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed rernaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (I John 3:9.) HIS WORD ABIDES IN US. (John 15:7.) Just as the sap flows through that vine into the branch He is abiding in us now. He is the Word. We have the knowledge of Christ Jesus not "about the Lord Jesus." (Phil. 3:8.) We are God's temple. (I Cor. 3: 16.) We are His house. (Heb. 3:6.) We are His vessel. (II Tim. 2:21.) We are His tabernacle. (II Peter 1: 13.) He docs not d well in a temp Ie made with hands. (Acts 7: 48.) From Paul's body was taken handkerchiefs. The sick were healed. Devils fled! That was not just a doctrine, the virtue of Christ was in those aprons. (Acts 19: 11-12.) When the sick woman touched the clothes of Jesus, virtue went out of His body. She felt virtue go into her body. That virtue was Christ. (Mark 5.) was Christ. (Mark 5.) We can have that same virtue in us for He is in us. "And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." (Mark 6: 56.) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14: 12.) THE KlNGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN US. (Rom. 14: 17; Luke 17:21.) Our body is God's temple. (I Cor. 3: 17.) 21

This is not an illustration. It is a fact. We are baptized with the Iloly Ghost and fire. (Luke 3: 16.) Jesus and His Father abides in us now. One preacher said, "There is nothing in my hands to heal people." Then he should keep his filthy hands off of the people's heads. Why Jay empty hands on empty heads? By the hands or the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought. (Acts 5: 12.) They had power in their hands. Every believer must have power in his hands if he "is" baptized. (Mark 15: 16-18.) This is not water baptism, but it is the baptism of power. (Luke 3:16; Romans 6:3; I Cor. 12:13.) None of these verses mention water. Water is the symbol of the Spirit. Water baptism is the symbol of the Spirit baptism. Why have the symbol if you clon't have the reality? We don't just learn about Christ. We receive Christ. (Col. 2:6.) The signs will follow he that believeth and "is baptized," (present tense), not he that "was" baptized. A billion people have been baptized in water, but the signs don't follow them. Our life is hid with Christ in God. (Col. 3: 3.) "They shall Jay hands on the sick and they shall recover." (Mark 16: 17. PRESENT YOUR BODY TO THE LORD. Make the Lord a present of your body. If I loan you my car once per week, you won't overhaul it. If 1 give it to you seven days per week, you will fix it up in running condition. If you loan the Lord your body 011 Sunday, He can't use it. If you give your body to Him to be used in His service seven days each week, He will overhaul it and fix it up. He will dwell in that bo dy because it is His to be used in His service. In fact that is the only way that He will accept this gift. It must be holy and undefiled. We must cleanse ourself from 22

all filthiness of the flesh perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Cor. 7: 1.) Your whole body must be preserved blameless. (l Thes. 5:23.) Your whole body will be full of light. (Matt. 6:22.) God is light. (I John II :5.) God wants to dwell in your body all the time. (l Cor. 3: 16.) Your body is a temple in which He desires to dwell. (Y. 19.) "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12: 1.) EACH ONE OF US IS A MEMBER OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. Each member is dependent on the other members. There arc many miles of tubing in your body. Any one of these tubes could go wrong at anytime, and your whole body would have to slow down or stop going. Your body is fearfully and wonderfully made. It is busy healing itself all the time. Any part could stop functioning at any time. Each one of LIS in Christ's body must help the rest of the body. Rejoice with them that rejoice and weep with them that weep. (Rom. 12: 15.) No man has ever hated his own body. (Eph, 5:29.) No member of Christ's body must hate the other members. They must boost and help one another. All members have not the same office. Every member of our natural body has its place. It has certain duties to perform. There are no two snowflakes alike. God is a God of variety. There is something new every day. I've had the Holy Ghost 45 years. Every day God does something new. This experience never gets old. I am part of an exciting experience every clay. "For as we have many members in one body, and all 23

members have not the same office." (Romans 12:4.) WE ARE MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER. None of us have the same office. Each member has its place in the body. It wiJI not fit into any place in the body except the place for which it is made. When Ezekiel prophesied to some bones, each bone came to its rightful place. There stood up an exceeding great army. (Ezek. 37.) As we prophesy to the body of Christ, each member will get in its own place. We will march forth as an army with banners. We will win the war. On the Day of Pentecost, they were all in their place. A revival followed. Even a wild goose knows its place. We must have as much sense as a goose. I was always sorry for a little dog that had lost its place. Every member must find its place. No one can be faithful to two wives, two husbands, two masters, two jobs, or two pastors. If we don't find our place, we are a misfit. No one can preach, pray, witness, sing, or testify like you. No one can take your place in the body. You can't take someone's place. When God made you, He threw away the mold. You can't hire a substitute to go in your place. Peter, Paul, John, or Philip didn't. You must win souls. God has fixed it so everyone can get a reward for winning souls. Else a billionaire could hire substitutes to win aU the souls. He would get all the rewards. "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:4.) WE WILL DEPEND ON ONE ANOTHER. If I mash my finger immediately, my other hand comes to its rescue. I put my hand into my mouth. My eyes shed 24

tears. My feet begin to walk. My mouth cries for help. When you are out of place, you take up the time of the other members of the body. They should be using that time in winning souls. Peter and John did not spend all their time praying for one another, or prophesying over one another. They went out where the crippled man was. After he got healed, 3000 souls came to Christ. God's perfect will is for us to have divine health and carry healing to sinners. Healing is a door step to lead people to salvation. We are not to spend all our time asking God to forgive the sins of one another. We must take Salvation to others. We depend on one another for life. Life flows through the whole body of Christ. "Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake." (Romans 13:5.) NO TWO MEMBERS HAVE THE SAME WORK. There are diversities of operations. (I Cor. 12.) No two evangelists pray for the sick alike, or make altar calls exactly alike. We can't copy from Moody, Finney, or Spurgeon. This is not a method. It is a ministry. We must be original. We are not a rubber stamp. We must be a voice crying out for God. We have too many echoes. They echo what Moody said for those people back in his day. When Brother Coe prayed for the sick, he would hit a lady in the stomach. The tumor disappeared. Don't you try that! Don't pull a woman out of a wheel chair because someone else did. You may make her worse. Brother D has a ministry. He touches people. They can't stand up. They fall under the power of God. They get up healed. Another big man tries to copy Brother D. This big man goes along and pushes all the frail, sickly people down on the floor. They are

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not healed. They may get nothing but a broken hip or a wrenched back. "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith." (Romans 12:6.) NO TWO HAS THE SAME GIFT. No two parts of your body have the same work to do. No two people speak in tongues alike, interpret the same, or prophesy alike. God is a God of variety. . You must not overstep faith. When you get through prophesying, don't just keep on talking. You may cancel out what you have done already. A man may get a revelation and reveal the names and addresses of ten people. If he oversteps faith; and keeps on, he may miss the next time and cancel out what he has done in the service. Peter was heavily anointed with his own spirit when he cut the man's ear off. Many good people may get anointed with their own spirit and keep on prophesying after God has finished with them. "Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teach ing." (Roma ns 12: 7.) DON'T JUST KEEP ON TALKING. If anything be revealed to one, let the other hold his peace. When you get a car sold, stop talking or you may "un-sell" it. When it is time to draw in the net, don't keep on preaching, or the fish will get away. When you reach the climax in your teaching, all the rest is anti-climax. If God uses you to exhort someone, stop when you finish the message, or there may be some human clement in your ministry. God may trust you with the gift of giving. He can't trust 26

you if you get in self and give all you have away. The fable says that a hen laid a golden egg. They cut her open and got all her eggs at once. She never laid another egg. God may let a pastor straighten out a problem. He may tackle another problem in self and make things worse. We may be sent on an errand of mercy. Then we may brag and boast about it. We may do it grudgingly and lose our reward. We can lose a fish from our hook. "And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven." (Rev. 12: 8.) WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE OTHER MEMBERS. You are not all of Christ's body, You are only part of it. You may have the love of God, but you must not be partial to any part of the body. There must not be any cliques and party spirits. Be on an equal with others. "Let love be without dissimulation." (Y. 9.) We must learn to prefer other members of the bally and remember the golden rule. Some go by the rule of gold, "Preferring one anot her." (Y. 10.) Let's don't take adv an tage of one another because we can. One evangelist put his tent tent revival to show his strength. your foot. One evangelist an invitation back, street. up right in front of another Your hand would not hurt

closed a good revival in a church. He had but he chose to piteh his tent across the

Each member of the body must seck to help the other members when they get in trouble. "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecu te you: b less, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for

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evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12: 13-18.) CHRIST DOES NOT HAVE TWO BODIES. Jesus docs not have a thousand bodies, one for each denomination, but all Christians in the world are in the same body. There arc 206 bones in my body, but each of them have their duty to perform. There are thousands of members in the body of Christ. Each of them have their place and their function. One of the members can't take the place of another. Christ is the head of the body. He purchased the church with His own blood. "The body is one, and hath many members." (I Cor. 12: 12.) WE FEAST ON CHRIST CONTINUALLY. He is the Bread of Life. He is the Water of Life. Every time we feast on the Won], we are partaking of His flesh. He is the Word. He took the Bread and broke it and said, "This is my body. Anytime we obey His Word, we are feasting on Him and taking Him into our body. Christ is our life. (Col. 3:4.) Unless we eat His flesh, we have no life in us. (John 6: 53.) We desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby. (I Peter 2: 2.) His flesh is meat indeed. (John 6: 55.) We have meat to eat that many don't know about. (John 4.) The whole body is fitly framed together when we are in our rightful place in Christ. The love of God keeps each joint from running dry and screaking. God is love. That God part in our join ts is like lu brication to a car. Leave the grease out of the join ts of a car and it will screak and make noise. Leak
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God out of the body and it will screak and rattle. In our natural body, we have a fluid in our joints that keeps each joint in good working order. We bend our joints without friction. Without that fluid, we take arthritis or have aU kinds of bone trouble. The members of the body of Christ must have this divine strength between them as they are joined on to one another in order to be in good working order and not take spiritual arthritis. "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." (Eph. 4: 16.) WE MUST SUBMIT OURSELVES ONE TO ANOTHER. (Eph. 5:21.) We must bear one another's burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. We must weep with them that weep and rejoice with them that rejoice. We must go to one another's rescue when we are in trouble. What one of us does affects the others. In Africa I was knocked out and left for dead. At that moment a sister in America felt it. She interceded for me in prayer. When I came back to life, some saints were around me praying. Paul was stoned to death. By intercessory prayer, he came back to life. (Acts 14.) The church prayed for Peter and he was delivered from prison. Several times in one night God woke me up and told me to pray for certain people who were in trouble. They were in another state or another city. Yet we were connected together. We were in the same body. Many people have told me that I came into their sick room, or hospital room. As I laid hands on them, they were healed. My natural body was at home. We arc all in the same

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body. Paul could visit people without his body. (I Cor. 6: 13.) We-have a natural body and a spiritual body. (I Cor. 15:44.) The blood in your body continually takes nourishment to every cell. It makes your bones and muscles grow. What you eat actually becomes a part of you. It is the same way in the body of Christ. We feast upon Him. "For we arc members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones." (Ephesians 5:30.) EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR BODY IS NECESSARY. (I Cor. 12.) Your kidneys could stop functioning and you would be dead in a short while. You arc a member of the body of Christ. You are necessary. Lay your hand on your heart and say, "I am necessary. No one can take my place." No member can say to another, "I have no need of you." (l Cor. 12.) I was told the other day that all ten toes are necessary, or we would not have the right equilibrium. I heard on-the news that lately they have found that we need our tonsils and appendix. Just like the hidden parts in a building are necessary so we need all the members of Christ. You don't see the foundation, but it holds up the whole house. Prayer warriors and intercessors are not seen in the pulpit, but they keep the church going. Put your hand on your heart and say, "Without me I can do nothing." We have the mind of Christ. (I Cor. 2.) The anointing that is in us (Christ) teaches us all things. 1t abides in us at all times, going from one member to another just as our blood circulates in our body. (J John 2:27.) Christ is our life. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 2:5.) 30

WE RECENE CHRIST WHEN WE BECOME A MEMBER. I'm not talking about becoming a member of the local church. I'm talking about becoming a member of His body. We don't receive a ritual. We actually receive Christ. He comes into dwell. We are baptized into Christ. (Rom. 6~ I Cor. 12.) We put on Christ. (Rom. 13: 14.) We get into Christ. (Rom. 6:3.) We become one. (Heb, 2: II.) We are baptized into. His name. (Acts 2:38.) I am not talking about being bound by certain ceremonies. We pull off the old man and put on the new man. (Eph, 4:24.) We can do the works Christ did. (John 14: J 2.) We can forgive in His person, (I Cor. 2: 10), remit sins. (John 20: 23.) When I got married, Ididn't get a married religion, I got a person. When I received Christ, I did not get a religion. I received a person. I can do things in His stead. It is not me that does the work, but the anointing. (Luke 4: 18.) "And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him." (Luke 1: 12.) THERE MUST BE NO SCHISMS IN THE BODY. (I Cor. 12:25.) There must be no cornrnunicaition gap. We must be so close to one another that we can feel one another's burdens, problems, and cares. We must rush to our fallen brother in intercessory prayer. We su pport one another as the members of our body do. When I mash one hand the other hand goes to its rescue. I don't cut that wounded hand off or "turn it out." There must be no generation gaps. In the body of Christ we have all ages. This anointing is for you and your children. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. We must recognize all the body of Christ, even the teenagers and school children. 31

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There must be no racial gaps. The body includes every race, kindred, and tongue. (Rev. 5:9.) In aU nations we have been redeemed by the same blood. Whether we are Russians, Chinese, Africans, or Americans we are all one. There must be no denominational gaps. We must work to heal all the body, and not make the gaps wider by building more denominational fences and shutting out part of the body from our fellowship. "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (I Cor. 12: 13.) WE HAVE CHRIST IN OUR BODY. Paul bore in his body (not on his body) the works of the Lord Jesus. (Gal. 6: 17.) He wanted Christ to be magnified in his body. (Phil. I :20.) Christ is dwelling in our bodies. (1 Cor. 3: 16.) The Bible does not teach that only our spirits are members of the .body of Christ. It tells us plainly that our bodies arc the members of Christ's body. (I Cor. 6: 17.) IT TAKES ALL OF US TO MAKE CHRIST'S BODY. Christ is the head of the body. (Col. I: 18.) His body is the church. (V. 24.) Denomination is only a segment of His body. The body is of Christ, all Christians. (2: 17.) Christ furnishes the nourishment that keeps the members of the body alive and together. (V. 19.) Every Christian is caJled into one body. (3: 15.) Christ fills every cell of my body. (Eph. 1:23.) We are all reconciled into one body by what took place at Calvary. His blood circulates through the body continuaUy cleansing it and bringing life. (2: 16.) All nationalities are in the body of Christ if they are born from above. (3:6.) There is only one body. (4:4.) Pastors, teachers, and evangelists help to build this body. (4: 12.) It is kept purified by Christ's blood. 32

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