The Movement of the Body of Christ

From the perspective of heaven, there is only just One Movement taking place in the earth, it is the Movement of the Body of Christ towards the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13). This Movement transcends time, space, generations and gifts.

All revelation streams, truth emphases and kingdom initiatives are simply drops from heaven designed to fill up the cup of the Body of Christ. The cup, which is the Body, must always remain positionally bigger in our hearts than the drops themselves. The idea that we can be part of different “movements” suggests that the life of Christ is a menu with different options to choose from, and that we can pick whatever streams we like and leave whatever we feel we don’t like. This is far from biblical truth.

Equally, in our administration of whatever movement or stream we feel we are a part of, the fullness of the Body of Christ (and not of our movement) must remain our goal. The directional movement must be to fill up the Body and not a movement. We must allow God to pour us into the cup of the Body and not expect the cup to squeeze itself into our movement – this has to do with carrying the truths, revelation streams and impartations from God tempered with humility in our hearts, because we know that in the heart of God, the Body will always have ascendancy over a movement. As we journey with Christ in a particular revelation stream, we should therefore develop our identity not from a movement itself but from the Body of Christ, fully identifying with her in whatever state that she may be in (simply because we are in the Body and not just in a movement). In the same way that the leg cannot celebrate its muscles outside of the reality of the holistic health of the human body. At the same time, if we truly have passion for the fullness of the Body in Christ, then we should actively look out for impartations and streams falling from heaven and that are designed to fill up the Body that we are a part of, we should not simply lock ourselves in whatever spaces we are familiar with (gifts, revelation, expressions, denominations, networks, culture or even regions).

The heart of God is that all believers must touch the fullness of His life. We are all sharers and joint-heirs in the life of Christ (Rom. 8:17, 2 Pet. 1:4). The Movement of the Body of Christ is administrated through the principle of equity. Just as the Scripture declares to us, “… till we all reach unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man (ie. complete and fully mature life), to the measure of the stature of the fullness (ie. the full scale of the life) of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).

Celebrating the transcendent Movement of the Body of Christ

Robert Ntuli

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