1 Corinthians 12:12-31

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Observation

  • The body is made up of many parts.
  • Even thought the body has many part it is one body.
  • Christ body is made up of many parts
  • Christ body is one.
  • We are all baptized into one body
  • We were baptized in one Spirit.
  • We were baptized into on body regardless of earthly status Jew, Greek, slave of free.
  • We all drink from the same Spirit.
  • If one part of the body would declare itself separate from body it would still be part of the body.
  • One part of the body cannot say to another part it has no need of the second part.
  • If the entire body were an ear there would be no sense of smell.
  • The the entire body were an eye there would be no sense of sight.
  • The weakest parts of the body are the most indispensable.
  • We give the most honor to the least honorable parts of the body.
  • We treat most modestly the least presentable parts of the body.
  • The members of the body care for each other.
  • If one body member suffers all members suffer with it.
    If one body member is honored all members rejoice.
  • We are the body of Christ.
  • We are individually members of the body of Christ.
  • God has appointed in the church
    • apostles, first
    • prophets, second
    • teachers, third
    • miracles
    • gifts of healing
    • helping
    • administration
    • different kinds of languages
  • Not everyone is an apostle, prophet, or teacher.
  • Not everyone works miracles, heals, speaks in different languages or understands different languages.
  • We are to desire the higher gifts.

 

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