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May 25 – All Parts Of The Body Have A Purpose

May 25, 2012

“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.” – 1 Cor 12:12 

1 Cor. 12:12-26, Paul very eloquently compares the physical body to the working in the church.  The purpose of this writing was to deal with the division and problems that were happening there in Corinth.

Please allow me to give my paraphrase to these verses:

Your body is one unit; although it is made up of many parts and though you have many parts, they all together form one body.  So it is with Christ.

All of your particular parts were formed by one God into one body, whether the head, the heart, or the lungs, the rib, or the little toe;  they were all given the same blood that gives life to them all.

Now the body is not made up of one part, but many.

If your foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it would be absurd to think it is not part of the body.

And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” this too would be ridiculous.  By saying that, it would not mean it is not part of the body.

If your whole body was an eye, how would you hear?  If your whole body were an ear, how would you smell?

But God has arranged the parts of your body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be in order to serve a purpose.

If every part was an appendix, where would the body be?

As it is, there are many parts, but all the parts make up the one body.

The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

On the contrary, the part of the body that seems to be weaker is needful.

For instance, your little toe, that you think is ugly and less important, you must treat with special honor because it hurts when it hits the corner of the table.

And your hair that is not pleasant to look at is should be combed and groomed.  For the sake of the body, it has a purpose.

While your pretty face may need no special treatment, God has combined all the parts of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked honor.

There should be no division in your body, but its parts should have equal concern for each other and work together to function properly.

If you hit your toe and hurt it, the whole body hurts with it and will do what it can to soothe the hurt.  When it doesn’t hurt any more, the whole body rejoices.

I say some of this a little “tongue in cheek”, but isn’t this how the church should function with its individual parts?

Keep in mind that the focus of this letter was to deal with the division and problems that plagued the congregation there.  He now wants them to understand how to put it all together and make it work in peace and for the benefit of the whole church, His body.

Think about it!

 

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