SUNDAY May 27, 2018
One Body in Christ
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.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Paul was an expert theologian. He biblically taught the Corinthians how to correctly minister to the body of Christ. Paul taught order, unity and diversity in the body of Jesus Christ. Then the gifts of the Holy Spirit could be in full operation in the Church––otherwise they could not. Paul helped them to understand that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were to be used to benefit everyone.
God is a God of variety, and He works through unity and diversity. We see so many different types of people and churches in the body of Christ. Each of us, as members of the body of Christ, needs to be submitted, not only to the body of Christ, but most important to the Head––Jesus Christ. The Lord will help us to develop our gifts, so they will be fully manifested in the body of Jesus Christ. However, we need to be unified, not divided, if we expect Jesus to use our lives.
It is necessary to also be in oneness of Spirit:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments (Psalm 133:1-2).
Also, the Apostle Peter exhorted us to be of one mind: Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous… (1 Peter 3:8).
You cannot have the gifts of Christ apart from
the government of Christ.
~A. Lindsay Glegg~
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