The Lord woke me up this morning with a message I preached a while back where I mentioned the word “Brethren” from Matthew 28:10. It was early morning, but I got up and began studying again on that subject.
Matthew 28:10 – Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Gallilee , and there shall they see me. – Then verse 16 reads,…Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
I found in Strongs Exaustive Concordance of the Bible, the Greek word for Brethren which is Adelphos: a connective particle. Connective, means, fitted for the work of joining; serving to unite; and fasten or support by uniting, while particle, means the smallest piece.
I had presented brethren as “co-laborers” with Christ, which is true, but to forget that we are the particle and He is the Head of the Church, I fear, makes some act as they are the Head and not part of the Body of Christ.
So brethren, we are the smallest peice fitted for the work of joining; serving to unite: which made the disciples connected laborers with Christ: Christ being the head.
We are warned in Romans 12: 3, For I say to the grace given to me, to every man that is among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Anytime we lift up ourselves or the ministry to which God has called us, to highly, we become like Satan who put himself above God and wanted to be God: that was Satan’s failure.
Romans 12:5 – So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. V.6a – Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…
V.16b – …Be not wise in your own conceits.