A Tangelo Christian
A Tangelo is a deliberate or accidental hybrid of any mandarin orange and the grapefruit or pummelo. The result is not quite a mandarin orange and not quite a grapefruit or a pummelo, but quite delicious. This is done by grafting. Grafting is simply inserting a cut twig from one fruit tree into a cut in another compatible fruit tree. Creating successful crossbreeds of similar plants and other flora ... Most same fruit varieties can be grafted easily. A successful graft happens when the vascular cambium tissues of the both plants must be placed in contact with each other and a connection takes place between the two tissues. Almost all citrus types are compatible with other citruses. The vascular system of the tree and the inserted branch become one. The sap of the tree goes into the branch changing the character of the fruit produced. The sap does not change the physical appearance of the branch, but the fruit it produces.
Are you a tangelo Christian? Christ compared Himself with a vine in John 15:1 and added that we are the branches in John 15: 5. As long as we are in the vine we "bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Paul adds another dimension to this in Romans 11,
Rom11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Some branches were broken off and others were grafted in. As long as the vine's and branches' "vascular" systems take well and connect, the "divine sap" will go in the branch, so the "fruit" will be more like Christ's (Galatians 5:22).
The metaphor of Christ's body is similar, in fact parallel. The members of our body are attached to each other by different kinds of tissues. All the members are one body. A vascular system goes through our body taking blood with oxygen and nutrients to these body parts. However, the members work in harmony because they are all connected to the brain, which is in the head, by the nervous system. If the brain or the nerves stop working so will the respective body parts. Therefore the unity and harmony will disappear. This is because the members of the body do the head's will.
Paul said just as many members make up one body, we make up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:20). Then Paul added that Christ is the head of the body (1 Corinthians 11:3; Colossians 2:19). And Paul confirms this in Epheisans 1:22 – 23 and also in Colossians 1:18. Let us read these passages,
Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
This being the case, the only way for the body of Christ to work in unity and harmony is to be connected to the head, which is Christ, via "the nervous system." Any "member" not attached to "the head" via this "nervous system" is not really part of "the body of Christ," even if they are connected through any other "tissue." The body of Christ is one with Christ. It does nothing with out Christ's consent. It does His will.
Christ is the Vine and the head. We are the branches and the other members of the body. They are connected with the "vascular system" and nervous system, respectively. What are then the vascular system and the nervous system? It is Faith which comes through hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). It is by Faith that "we have access … into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2). It is by Faith that we shall live (Hebrews 10:38).