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01/28/2015

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The Church As The Body


"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Rom.12:4-5).

Sometimes the use of a metaphor requires no explanation, as the association may be self-evident. It is obvious that the church is not a literal body, but in very significant ways it does function like a literal body.The first thing to look at is that a literal body is made up of many parts which can function singularly, but work the best when they coordinate with other parts. It is very obvious what an arm, leg or an eye do to help the body to function well, but not as obvious for others. While arms and legs are moving about doing their intended work, our internal organs like the stomach, liver, pancreas and kidneys are doing their thing without being seen, and there's no conscious effort by the arms and legs to help... In much the same way, the church has many members as the parts that depend on one another. Simply put, no one is effective working alone... Second, a literal body is one complete entity. It has many parts, but it is also a single whole... The apostle Paul is making the point that each member of the church, like each part of a body, contributes to the well-being of the church. Each member or part takes satisfaction in knowing that it is helping to keep the body healthy, and when its going well, none seek its own independent glory. In order for the church to be a true body, all of its parts must work in coordination with one another. Oh.... I left out one very important thing. A body needs a head, a brain that assigns tasks to both the visible and hidden parts. Christ is the head of the church and defines how it worships, works and its manner of life... The church as a body is a great metaphor, and its Head never fails...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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