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Expanding and Enlarging as You Grow Up into Him

Corporate growth never takes away from an individual experience of growth among the members of one Body. As we grow up into Him, through the revelation of truth as it is spoken in love, our hearts are enlarged as love constrains us to allow Christ to shed abroad the revealed truth. As we are growing vertically, we are expanding horizontally that the Body may increase unto the edifying of itself in love. As I decrease through submission to the government of God, that availability in my heart allows God to reproduce life and love through me to increase the substance of the Body. The use to God of the individuality of my design is founded upon my dependency on the grace of God. If I find sufficiency in myself, then I am lacking Christ as my supply.

Individuality brings variety into the Body and yet not disunity. When your knowledge exalts you above the corporate mind through false accusation, then you know that it is not God's mind. Satan's accusations are not always against you, but they complement you to draw you away from being a complement to Christ. You may exist as a Christian, but you do not function in the organism.

Salvation is ours by grace; deliverance reaches others as that grace is released through us. We are known of God and by the Word He quickens us through the government of the Body. He cultivates our portion to be that which increases the Body as it is built as a spiritual house.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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