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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
--Vincent Troyer

1 Corinthians 12

12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

12 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. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21 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 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way. (ESV)

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