The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:1-50)Duane Weaver, July 28, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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This morning, Duane asked the question, “Why do we do the things we do?” He led up to this question by talking a
bit about faith. Everybody has faith, even the devils do. The Bible says they tremble at the thought of God.
What happens when you squeeze an orange? Juice runs out. The juice running out is the effect of someone
squeezing it. Our faith produces our works, but doing good things does not give us brownie points. What we do on
our own strength does not make us acceptable to God. What does make us acceptable to God is his gift to us –
salvation. The book of James tells us that if our faith is not shown in our works, than our faith is not real faith – that
is why we do the things we do.
There is a concept that is key to Christian living, and that is the proper knowledge of the individual's relationship to
the body of Christ. What is the body concept? Duane went on to use 1 Corinthians 12 as a basis for the body concept.
All members are needed all the time. All members have a different job. So it is for the body of Christ.
If one part of the human body tries to take over, we call it cancer. Cancer kills. Even though, the body of Christ may
not always function as smoothly as the human body, we all need to strive to put the body concept to practice in our
1 Corinthians 12:1-50
1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (KJV)