The Body of Christ

I wanted to share something that came up in our Bible Study a while ago.

1 Corinthinans 12:14 says, "For, in fact, the body is not one member, but many." (NKJV) Later in 1 Corinthians (next few verses after v.14) It goes on to say that if the foot says to the hand, "Because I am not a hand I am not part of the body", and if the eye says to the hand, "I have no need of you", there would be no body. The Body of Christ (the Church) is not just an 'eye' or just a 'foot', but it is made up of all sorts of people who have different abilities, or gifts, than others. Do you know anyone who, because they are Christians, say they don't need to go to Church because they are already saved? Well, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." (NKJV) Does that mean sit around at the house and pray for other believers and yet not meet them in person? No! We are called to do that also, but we are also told here to go and stir up love and good works. You can't do that if you don't fellowship with one another. Also as the Body of Christ we are told not to look down on someone in the Church. If someone's gift happens to be lower (in our minds) than every one else's we must give that person greater honor (1 Corinthians 12:23).



Anonymous July 19, 2008 at 1:28 PM  

Great post Nick!

Anonymous July 20, 2008 at 12:34 PM  

Thanks Nick for the great post.

Ryan Burton King July 21, 2008 at 4:40 AM  

Your exacty right, Nick. I have heard many say that they are Christians and therefore don't have to be in church with other believers. Its true that we can and should worship God anywhere we go but that doesn't replace the time of worship and learning Christians should have together each week in the church. And regardless of their nationality, rank or station in life, or different degree of spiritual gift, we should never look down on a member of the body of Christ.

Anonymous July 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM  

Nick, it is so great to see you maturing as a believer. You have been blessed with much insight. Very good post.

Kade July 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM  

Great post!

We should definatly be "stiring each other to love and good works. And the best way to do that is to be with the body of Christ.


Meshaay July 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM  

Wow! I never thought about what you said at the end.

I used to know someone who didn't think fellowshipping with other believers was important. She thought she couldn't associate with (those she considered) weaker believers because she'd be made to fall. Her perspective may have been different if she'd known seen 1 Cor 12:23 the way you put it. But thank God, she now sees the beauty and importance of fellowship, and not only that, she longs for more of it!

You know, she was me.

Nicholas July 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

Fellowshipping with others might make them stronger also.



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