We are Christ’s body, and individually members of it
As part of our ABF, “Life in the Body of Christ,” we read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 and made observations about the passage. The observations help us understand how we are to interact with one another as members of the body of Christ. In the same way we can look at the human body and marvel at God’s wisdom in design, we can look at the church, Christ’s Body, and marvel at God’s handiwork.
The main teaching of the passage is, “We are Christ’s Body, and individually members of it.” All the observations stem from this truth. I thought it encouraging to list the observations here.
- WE ARE CHRIST’S BODY AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS OF IT!
- ONE BODY
- though we are many, we are one body, by one Spirit,
- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free (no cultural or racial distinctions),
- we were all made to drink of one Spirit
- MANY MEMBERS
- the body is not one member, but many.
- different roles don’t make us any less a part of the body
- different roles are necessary
- GOD MADE THE BODY UNIFIED
- God places the members (we don’t place the members), as He desires
- we cannot say to one another, “I have no need of you”
- the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary
- members of the body we deem less honorable we are to bestow more honor
- unseemly members are to have more seemliness
- God has so composed the body to give honor to those that lack honor
- THERE SHOULD BE NO DIVISION
- members should have the same care for one another
- one member suffers, all members suffer; one member is honored, all members rejoice.
May our fellowship in the Spirit be pleasing in every way as we seek to incorporate these truths into our fellowship.