The Hands of Christ 

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭

We’ve all heard the phrase, “we are the hands and feet” of Christ. This phrase is an indirect quote that summarizes chapter 12 of the book of 1 Corinthians. The chapter as a whole explains that though Christ’s Spirit still remains, His physical body is no longer in this world. Therefor, until He physically returns on that fateful day, we are to allow our physical bodies to be used by His Holy Spirit to continue His work and ministry in His stead. 

This is why the chapter begins with Paul identifying the spiritual gifts that Christ functioned in and explains that those who have His Spirit will allow themselves to be used as His body continuing His physical work by continuing to function in these gifts, as He did that the overcoming power of the Kingdom of God against the works of the kingdom of Satan would continue to be demonstrated in the earth to the freeing of souls from it’s lies, bondages, and limitations. This is why, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” It is the power to set at liberty those that had been captive! Liberty from fear, from sin, from sickness, from demonic oppression, from torment, from all the works of the devil, because it is authority!

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭

This is the truest since of what it means to be the hands of Christ! Demonstrating the authority of the Kingdom! Through out the New Testament when the command was given to “lay hands” on someone, the Authority of the Kingdom of God was about to be demonstrated in the Name of Jesus! The sick were healed, the oppressed delivered and set free, demons cast out, the dead raised, the lame made whole, the Spirit of God was given, gifts were stirred up, callings manifested! The power of Christ’s authority became alive causing people to have faith in the grace (or power) that had been made available to all through Jesus Christ! 

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant… But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit WITHAL.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:1, 7‬ 

Here’s the exciting news! Nothing has changed! It still works the same today! Only our faith in it has changed so that you see only the rare few who dare to read the bible for themselves and belief it actually walk in the truth and power of it! A lot of people talk the talk but only the few who know who their God is and truly believe actually walk the walk in freedom bringing, hell overcoming, demon stomping, territory taking, life changing, faith stirring, miracle working power and authority! 

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel‬ ‭11:32‬ ‭

Until Christ returns, we have been given the commission to continue His ministry in every aspect that He preformed it, functioning as His body led by His Spirit moving in His gifts by the power of His grace that He made available to us by His sacrifice. Upon His return, we will all have to face Him and give an account of what we did, or didn’t do with this great gift and commission that He suffered so much to give us. I for one would like to hear those words, “well done, My good and faithful servant. Inter into rest.” Yet I fear for the many who will hear, as the unfruitful servant who buried his talent did in Matthew‬ ‭25:30‬, “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Note that this was a servant of God, a believer in God, yet he did not make it in because He did not bare fruit for the kingdom. He hid and wasted that which Christ had given all to give to him. Yes, he called Him Lord, yes he believed in Him, but he did not do His will, he trusted in his own ability and buried the gift that God had given him, that had he used, would have allowed him to do greater things then he could have ever done on his own. God would have multiplied and compounded the return of souls for the kingdom like interest on money in the bank if he had just used the gift that he had been given access to. Don’t let other people’s fear and unbelief rob you of your faith unto the hiding of your talents. Let your faith rob other people of their fear and unbelief by the digging up and using of your talents. 

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: …;” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-8‬ ‭

The gifts are given as tools for the harvest, to continue His work and demonstrate the reality of the authority granted by the victory over Satan that was won for us at Calvary. If you truly believe that Christ overcame His enemy and put Satan under our feet then these signs will follow you because you will walk in victory and authority speaking, doing, and living the power of this good news! If you will only believe, then you will give His Spirit, your body, to do His will. Then will you truly be His hands and feet, then will His gifts and talents be used to the harvesting of souls with interest! Then will signs, wonders, and miracles follow you, because you have believed, truly believed. 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:14‬ ‭

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A Perfectly Prophetic Portrait Of God’s Grace 

David the shepherd boy who would be the unlikely King that no one expected was an archetype (or foreshadowing) of Christ. Likewise, Saul who did all that was in his own power to resist the will of God concerning David’s kingship and set forth to kill David, was an archetype of Satan. Knowing this parallel, there is something that David did as soon as he was made King that I find very interesting and prophetic. 

Saul and most of his family had been killed, defeated, or cast out by the very hand of God, while David, by the same hand of God, had been made King. Yet one of the first acts as King preformed by David was to search out Saul’s lineage, not for damnation, but instead to the surprise of all for restoration. David finds Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth, who was lame in his feet and calls him to come unto him.

In this I am reminded of how Jesus told sinners that they were “of their father the devil”. David being an archetype of Christ and Saul being an archetype for Satan, Mephibosheth being a grandson of Saul was a type of sinner at least (or possibly even a type of gentile being of the other family). Mephibosheth recognizes David’s kingship and humbles himself before it, he answers David’s call and falls on his face before his majesty. He inters David’s courts with reverence and offers to be his humble servant. In this we see the way we ought to inter the courts of our Lord and King. In worship, in prayer, in repentance, or in petition, we ought to recognize, reverence, and fear the King. For this alone proves that we truly believe in His Kingship. 

At this point, the most remarkable thing happens. David (the type of Christ), does not kill, judge, punish, or cast Mephibosheth out. Instead he shows his great mercy and one of the greatest example of grace outside of Christ Himself ever portrayed in Scripture. All that Saul had obtain, was given into David’s hands. His land, territory, servants, possessions, power, dominion, and authority, all of it was now David’s, and more. So what does David do? He pardons Mephibosheth and gives him dominion and authority over all that was once Saul’s, his grandfather. Now remember that scripture tells us that Satan was the ruler of this world. The territory, authority, and dominion was his. Yet Christ came and took the keys of the kingdom and was given all power, authority, and dominion. As soon as Christ assumed this Throne of thrones, He did what no one expected. He did what David did! He began to call the Devils own children, the sinner, the gentile, the lame, those who had tried to kill Him and prevent and mocked His kingship! He allowed them to now choose to recognize His Kingship and serve Him. He then, once having done so, He took the territory, authority, power, and dominion that had been taken from their father the devil, and gave it to them having adopted them into His own family and house hold! 

David did all of this for Mephibosheth as a foreshadowing of what Christ would one day do for us! David actually took Mephibosheth into his own house hold and family having told him that he would always have a place at his table and could come partake of his bread at any time. In doing so, he offered his communion to Mephibosheth. Free access to come and sup and commune with the King at will. In other words, he became family.

Furthermore, David had one more grace to bestow on the undeserving Mephibosheth. He took servants from his own courts (an archetype for angels) and caused them to be put in subjection to the now redeemed Mephibosheth. He explained that Mephibosheth now had a place at his table partaking of his bread as one of his own sons and they were to serve under him, taking charge over him, caring for him and tending to both his needs and the lands and flocks that he had just been given. What an amazing picture of what Christ has truly done for us! Of how we should inter the courts of the King, with trembling reverence and humility. Yet most of all, what a perfectly painted portrait of the grace that is poured out on us from the Throne of Jesus Christ our King in who’s hands all authority, dominion, power, and might has been given. To then give back to the once son’s and daughters of his enemy unmerited, undeserved, favor, power, influence, authority, and dominion, and a place at his own table forever. That’s my king.

“Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.” – 2 Samuel‬ ‭9:6-11‬ ‭