[Rm12:4 For as we have many members in one body and all members have not the same office 5 So **we being many are one body in Christ and every one members one of another.]
Those on earth and the souls passed over are still the body of Christ and Christ is the head. When a Protestant, many times people would testify they felt the presents and guidance of a close one who passed away and would even talk to them (not with them) as though that person was really present. This is the communion of Saints although they would never admit it. The living and the souls of those passed over to God are still members of the one body and have the same care for their loved ones.
[1Cor 12:14 For **the body is not one member but many 15 If the foot say because I am not the hand I am not of the body is it therefore not of the body 16 … 17 … 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 … 23 … 24 … 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.] The Church is one universal body, heaven and earth, united in the body of Christ and there is no schism, the members have the same care one for another]
[Eph3:14 For this cause **I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named],]
[Acts9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard **a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutes: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks]. Paul was persecuting the Visible Church (can’t persecute an invisible one) on earth, the body of Christ, Christ was in heaven. When something affects a member of the body all the body is affected].
[Mt25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, **In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.]
[Mt18:10 **Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones for I say unto you That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ] Jesus says their angels behold the face of his Father. The angels stand in the presence of God. They have continual access to the Father. If one of their little ones are in trouble, the angel serves as the child’s intercessor before God, otherwise what’s the point?
[Lk15:7 I say unto you, that likewise **joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8 … 9 … 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.]
Who rejoices in the presents of the angels? Saints in heaven. They know when a sinner repents and rejoice in the presence of the angels they know what is going on and pray for us. Do you think when in heaven and knowing a loved one is in need you will not pray for them. We are a people, a body not just lone individuals, it’s not Jesus and me, but Jesus and us. The entire body of Christ, through which the Spirit flows, in union with that body we all receive the grace to endure.
[Eph4:4 **There is one body and one Spirit even as ye are called in one hope of your calling 5 One Lord one faith one baptism 6 One God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in you all.]
[Eph4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 **From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.]
I am the vine you are the brances. That vine goes from the earth to its head in heaven. Connected as the one body of Christ in eternity and on earth. We are one in Christ he is the vine and we are the branches, that vine reaches from earth to heaven and the sap=Holy Spirit flows through all and is in all and by that Spirit we have access to all.