The body without the Spirit is dead.
Jas 2:26 KJV – 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Whether in a nation, or in an individual, without the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, all you really have is a dead body. One of the first things to manifest itself in a dead body, is rigor mortis…stiffness in the muscles.
A dead body, upon first inspection, seems to be without activity. Indeed, the original occupant is gone. There is no connection anymore, to the spirit. But close inspection reveals that a dead body attracts a host. Some of the things that manifest themselves were there all along, only held in check by the body’s defenses. Other things are attracted to a dead body and immediately take up residence, feasting upon the symphony of decay. Herod, who gave an oration, and failed to glorify God for the contents of the oration, fell down dead, eaten of worms. These worms were in him to start with. Jesus spoke that where the carcass is, there will the vultures gather. These are attracted by death.
Two places in scripture come to mind. In the book of Revelation, the Spirit speaks by way of warning to the assemblies, that their lamp stand can, and may be removed from “his place”. In an assembly, the Spirit of the Lord speaks to any individual with an ear to hear. His testimony of the Christ sheds light upon the many individuals and entities resident in them, ready to seize dominion, held at bay by nothing but the Spirit of the Lord in the midst. Should the candlestick be separated from the flame…the “worms” will rule the lifeless body. The many task masters will impose endless mandates and dictates upon the congregation, but to absolutely no avail. A lifeless body can not accomplish anything. It is nothing but food. Dust for the serpent’s meat. Also known as “dead works”. (Gen. 3, dead man is dust…serpent fodder…)
Gen 3:14, 19 KJV – 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: ….
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.
If the candle of the Lord is removed from an assembly…it is dead. I have been in many an assembly and heard the songs calling for the Lord to “revive us again”…or begging the Spirit of the Lord to come and go from their gatherings. The Lord does not come and go. Either he lives and abides in me, or he doesn’t. As for “reviving”, this He did once, for all.
He is not going to taste of death again.
Isa 26:19 KJV – 19 Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
He, Christ, is the resurrection. There is, and will be, no other. If I comprehend the above saying of Isaiah, I comprehend that to ask Christ to revive me again, would require him to die again. It will never happen. Rather, to any who sleep in the dust of man, I say, awake to righteousness and enter by faith, into what Christ has once for all done, and will not do again. Forsake the lifeless assembly and walk in the Spirit, in the newness of life. Whether an individual, or a nation…none will escape the imposition of death, without Christ. Concerning His people, the prophet cried:
Jer 2:11-13 KJV – 11 Hath a nation changed [their] gods, which [are] yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for [that which] doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
In other words…a people, without the Lord, are dead. If the Living Waters is not in a people…regardless of how they attempt to claim association with the Lord…they have none. A broken cistern, void of Christ, falls under hard and cruel bondage, which brings me to the second place of scripture that come to mind on the subject. I encourage you to read Isaiah 34. It depicts the dead body, and the things that reign in it. The fig falls and the vine drops it’s leaf. This is a signification of the loss of the fellowship of the Father and Son. Without this, things quickly become fodder for every carrion seeking thing. And the iron fisted, flesh tearing rule of man over man.
Isa 34:12-13 KJV – 12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none [shall be] there, and all her princes shall be nothing. 13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, [and] a court for owls.
Anything, religion, nation, or man …without Christ…is dead. Judges 9 will also cast light on Isaiah’s sayings. For judges 9 depicts the Godhead in allegory…as the Olive (Spirit), the Fig (Father) and the Vine (Son). The Lord rules willingly from within. Reject this, and you have the thorns and brambles of man ruling man, mercilessly and cruelly. Judges 9 juxtaposes this for you.
Choose the Lord, Christ in you the hope of glory…or chose what comes without this.
The body, without the Spirit…is dead.