The Body of Christ
Weekly Bible Study #15
This week I wanted to talk to you about The body of Christ. The body of Christ is comprised of many different parts. Lets look at what the Bible has to say about that, starting in the book of Romans.
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
We are all given different spiritual gifts, and different skillsets / talents which we can use to bring glory to His Kingdom. This next passage further elaborates for us.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[c] one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And 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.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
We are all called to be part of the body of Christ, which represents the church. Jesus is the head of the church (the body) and in order for the body to be fully functional all of its parts must be working in unison rather than trying to do each other’s job. If the heart tried to do the kidneys job then we wouldn’t have a functioning body would we?
Have you ever stood up only to find out that your foot has fallen asleep? When just one part of your body rebels against you it can be quite hard to accomplish things. In the same way when we (as a part of the body) rebel against God’s purpose for us and run off to fulfill our own purpose then it makes it hard for the body to function as a whole, as its not complete. If your called to be an arm in the body but you decide you want to be the big toe instead then the body of Christ is missing an arm but has more than one big toe. I think you probably get the point. Don’t fight God, if you obey His call and follow His plan for you then he will guide you.
I like the paraphrase from The Message Bible: “An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster.”
Are you following God’s call for your life? Or are you trying to be something else?