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Laminin: Cross-shaped adhesive Holds Cells together

February 15, 2013

I really like this discovery. Does it provide proof that Christ wants to see the members of His Body united? Maybe; maybe not. You be the judge of that. But it certainly provides a great jumping off point to illustrate an article on Christian  unity!

There is something called Laminin that holds every human cell together. It is an adhesive for the body that forms the shape of a cross. Webster Medical Dictionary says that Laminin is a “glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion.”

Laminin in Body

Laminin in Body

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact GOD HAS PLACED THE PARTS IN THE BODY, every one of them, JUST AS HE WANTED THEM TO BE. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:17,12, 18-20

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things HOLD TOGETHER. ~ Colossians 1:15-17

Each Christian has different talents, gifts, and functions. Similarly, each church has differences that help serve humanity in a variety of ways suited to a particular demographic group. For example, the more liturgical churches appeal to a certain type of person whereas one type of nondenominational church may be a little more “seeker friendly,” serving the newcomer right where he is without frightening him away. For those looking for a focus on evangelism and a bit more structured study of discipleship, one might join the Southern Baptists or the Navigators.

On the other hand, those that wonder whether God truly is the same today as He was yesterday can usually find supernatural phenomena (e.g., healing and speaking in tongues) in operation within Pentecostal or Charismatic Churches. While those who desire to go deeper with their Bridegroom into a more mature mystical union sometimes referred to as the Bride of Christ (the wise virgins of Matthew 25) may delight in dining at the table of an International House of Prayer.

Each of these churches address a different stage of development and temperament. Just as there are different titles the Godhead uses to refer to us (e.g., children of God, friend of God, Bride of Christ), each these stages correspond with deeper levels of knowledge regarding God’s person. Each successive level depicts higher levels of maturity and a more intimate relationship with God, as follows. However keep in mind that every church usually has members from every level within:

  • Babes in Christ do well in seeker sensitive churches or mainline churches. For example, it appears to be okay to remain a babe your entire lifetime in a mainline or Catholic Church. However, there are many mature Christians in these churches as well. It is just that the percentage of babes is higher here, especially in cases where a liturgy is automatically relegated the task of mindlessly helping us make all the right moves, covering all the bases, and taking responsibility for our soul’s upkeep. Priests and nuns do the heavy lifting. They are considered religious and thereby, are privileged to go deeper with God whereas the laity are destined to making babies and supporting the home with no real burden to grow in Christian maturity.
  • The older children of God often find themselves desiring more to eat than simply milk, at which point they may find a church that teaches them more theology and apologetics which deal with the weighter issues of the faith (e.g., Presbyterian);
  • The mature sons of God are rational. They do not react to negative circumstances out of emotion. They are able to give an adequate defense for the hope that is within them. They are humble and able to take instruction from authorities and wiser brothers and sisters. They submit themselves to God. They are not tossed to and fro by every wave of doctrine. They do not walk in sin (e.g., gossip, stife, lust, greed, sloth). They are responsible and trustworthy workers for the Kingdom of God (Baptist, Pentecostal);
  • The mature sons of God level 2 – These tend to know the heart of the Father well. They often favor churches where grace is taught and the old paradigm of religious pride and control is disdained. One might see these mature sons in any one of these churches but they are particularly attracted to teachings from the likes of Graham Cooke;
  • The manifest sons of God walk out the manifestations of the glory of God by reclaiming their original authority from Satan and executing the laws of the Kingdom of God here on earth (just as Jesus said we were to pray, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”) This happens in churches that believe that Christians are to do the greater works of Jesus. You may see them serving within a Healing Room or attending an Assemblies of God or other Rhema Bible College.
  • Finally, the brides of Christ know the heart of their Bridegroom, Jesus. They “get” the bridal relationship depicted in the Song of Solomon. They are forever ruined for the ordinary. They are impassioned with a burning desire to connect tangibly with their Lord. It is out of this overflow of love that new children are born to them (new converts). These Christians are much more mystical like some monks and nuns often are. They prefer going to IHOP 24/7 locations and often prefer soaking over any other of spiritual activity.

Of course the Bible doesn’t divide the mature sons into two categories but I do simply because those entering this stage do look significantly different from those in that level for a number of years.

These were just some general characteristics I have noticed over the years. Don’t quote me as saying that these were the only characteristics each of these groups exhibited. Quite the contrary. The Bride of Christ, for example, will usually have covered all the bases in all the previous levels that came before to reach this point of revelation. But don’t be surprised if those in the lower levels react negatively to the concept of the Bride of Christ. Without having reached the level of humility and learning needed to get them there, they do not appear to grasp the concept. Therefore, the whole idea sort of grosses them out.

Hopefully this has provided you with a greater appreciation for the differences in the Body and Bride of Christ, so that you will be better equipped to walk in unity with everyone despite the level they happen to be on at the time.

 

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© Tracey Nelson

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