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.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
The Unity of the Church Is Created in Jesus Christ
(1 Cor 12:12, Romans 12:5)
What Does It Mean to Be “In Christ”?
“so we, though many, are one body in Christ.”
3 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ,
- 1 Corinthians 1:4 we receive grace in Christ.
- Romans 3:24 our redemption is in Christ.
- Galatians 2:17 we are justified in Christ.
- Ephesians 4:32 we have forgiveness of sins in Christ.
- Romans 8:1 there is no condemnation in Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 we are a new creation in Christ
- Romans 6:23 we have eternal life in Christ.
- Philippians 4:19 God supplies all our needs in Christ.
- Ephesians 1:3 we have every spiritual blessing of heaven in Christ
- Colossians 1:28 we will be presented to God perfect in Christ.
- Romans 8:32 we cannot be separated from the love of God in Christ.
21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
Being yourself is most Valued in Christ
(1 Cor 12:14-26)
God’s Grace controls All Ministry in Christ
(Romans 12:6, 1 Cor 12:24)