One Body Many Parts: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
In verse 12 Paul starts with this, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are man, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” Paul gives many examples of what this means. One of my favorites is this: “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear; where would the sense of smell be?” Then he tells us, “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is there are many parts, but one body.” He goes on to explain, that the eye can’t say to the ear ‘Idon’t need you.’
The Body of Christ (The Church)
Paul explains in verse 27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed:
4. Workers of miracles
6. Helpers (those able to help others)
7. Those with gifts of administration
8. Those speaking in different kinds of tonguesIn verse 29 Paul asks: “Are all apostles, are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?…… You get the idea. We all have our own job to do. We are not be envious of each other’s gifts. Because all are needed to make up the body of Christ.
Paul say’s in the next chapter (13) “And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” He finishes with “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The time after Christs death and resurrection was a trying time for the apostles, and the people. They were all trying to figure out where they fit in, and what they were suppose to believe. Even Peter and Paul were at odds with each other from time to time. As we have found there is no one righteous, All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. As we each strive to forgive those who trespass against us; as taught by the Lord’s prayer; we must remember to sew together forgiveness and love. It doesn’t mean you have to sit on the corner with flowers in your hair, singing Joy to the World. It does mean though that we must sprinkle all our dealings with love. Paul say’s :”Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” Here’s a good example, say for instance the only thing I can contribute to the church is to clean the bathroom. If I take on this job, and constantly complain, I hate that job, than I am actually hurting my position. But if I approach it singing, and joyfully because at least I’m contributing, than I actually bring Joy to God.
Paul ended 1 Corinthians with this warning: If anyone does not love the Lord–a curse be on him. Come, O Lord! Pretty powerful, huh, especially for a man that just preached Love. But it’s the truth, if you do not love the Lord, than you are cursed. That is not hate speech, that’s not hate. Paul is telling it like it is. So I will end like Paul did: My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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