MEMBERS OF THE BODY
“so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”Romans 12:5
As Christians, we need to see that each one of us is not merely a believer of the Lord, but even more, a member of the Body of Christ.
Paul was the only writer in the New Testament who used the term “the Body of Christ.” Through his encounter with the Lord in Acts 9, Paul became a person who saw that the believers on the earth were actually the Body of Christ – the extension and expression of Christ as those who were one with Him in life. For us to know what it means to be a member, we first need to know the constitution of the Body, the indispensability of the members, and the blending together of the members.
The constitution of the Body is just its many members. Paul writes “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.” -I Corinthians 12:12
Just as our physical body is constituted of many members, so is the Body of Christ. We the believers are the many members that constitute the Body of Christ. Without the believers there is no Body of Christ.
Then we need to know that each member of the Body is indispensable. This firstly means that we should not despise ourselves and need to realize that we are a necessary member in the Body. Verse 15 says,“If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?”-I Corinthians 12:15
No matter how insignificant of a member we may feel that we are, we are nevertheless an indispensable member of the Body of Christ. This also means that we should never despise another member’s function. Verse 21 says,“And 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.”-I Corinthians 12:21
We need to see the importance of other members and their function, and honor them.
As we see these two points, we will begin to realize that we as members can never be complete without the Body and moreover, that the Body can never be complete without us. Not only so, but praise the Lord, God has blended the body together! Verse 24 says,“but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,”- I Corinthians 12:24
The word “blended” implies mutual adjustment. Instead of the members despising one another, we should realize that God is mutually adjusting all the members so that we would not only be dependent on one another, but even be one with one another. Only in this way can we afford the same care to all the different members.
FURTHER READING: John 17:20-23
CONFESSION:I pray that the Lord keep opening our eyes to see the importance and significance of being a member of Christ’s Body.Amen.