“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” “ Mt. 6:22-23
Jesus did not say that the lights of the body are the eyes; He said, “The light of the body is the eye.”
If an eye were to live independent of the other, it would divide the focus of the body. But it is the life of a body that causes the two eyes to function as one. The body is filled with the light of seeing because the life of the head makes the eye single. So the life of a natural body testifies of the Life of the Spiritual Body.
“In Him was Life and the Life was the light of men” Jn. 1:4.
It is the Life of Christ in the Church who causes His Spiritual Body to function in union and to be filled with light. This is the functioning of true marriage; it is a relationship of union.
The eyes were not created equal;
they were created in union with the life of the body.
An individual eye has no life in itself, and a member of Christ’s body has no Life apart from Him. Whenever we identify as equal members we will see ourselves separate from Life. And we become the source of dysfunction and division.
Equality is not the same as union.
Before a member can be measured for equality, it must be considered separate from the Life of the whole.
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 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.” 1Jn. 1:6-7
To walk in the light is to walk in Christ. Jesus is the Life that is the light of seeing. He is the One seen in the light. The light does not reveal us; it reveals Him.
Walking in Religion is walking in darkness because it reinforces a double-minded view of each member having his or her own life, apart from Him. The focus is divided between seeing Him as the Resurrection, and seeing the resurrections of our own bodies or our own lives in the future. Though many waver between these “two opinions” 1 Kings 18:21, there is no division in Christ. The single eye of the Body lives to see and know Christ alone.
“That I may know Him, and the power His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” (Php. 3:10
This is the same controversy that I have experienced in the relationship of marriage. When we believe that we have an independent life, we struggle to function as “one” (Eph. 5:30-32). When we fix our eyes on ourselves instead of on Him, the question becomes “which one”? There is no other Life and no other resurrection body because “The Head of every man is Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3). In knowing our husband as “the Head,” the testimony of Christ in the harvest, the body, and marriage, are seen gathered up and fulfilled in Him. May the Lord make our eye single as we live “holding” joined to the Head” (Col. 2:19).
“Speaking the truth in love, may we grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ.” (Eph. 4:15)
May He also establish in us the marriage of the Lamb by the revelation of Jesus Christ.