One Body

one bodyHave you ever noticed how frequently the Bible refers to Christ’s followers as being one? Here’s a quick sampling:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:17 – “we who are many are one body
  • 1 Corinthians 12:13 – “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27 – “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
  • Ephesians 1:22-23 – “…the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
  • Ephesians 3:6 – “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
  • Ephesians 4:25 – “…we are members one of another.”
  • Ephesians 5:30 – “…we are members of his body.”
  • Colossians 1:24 – “…for the sake of his body, that is, the church.”
  • Colossians 3:15 – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.”

And not once do any of these Scriptures suggest that we are becoming the Body of Christ. Instead, over and over, they declare that we are the Body of Christ.

We are not in an on-the-way status; that someday we’ll eventually be the Body of Christ.  No! We are the Body of Christ. We are collectively tied to one another.

And this is not just the believers in your church or fellowship. This includes the ones from the church down the road, as well as around the globe.

In much the same manner as husbands and wives no longer belong to themselves but to one another (1 Corinthians 7:4), and like we as individual believers don’t belong to ourselves but to Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), we as fellow-believers are part and parcel with one another. Romans 12:5 declares, “…so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

There is a sort of mutual ownership. We belong one to another.

It seems to me that if we really understood this, it would radically change how we interact with one another.

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1 Response to One Body

  1. kimbollinger says:

    Awesome article Tom! Thanks for your faithfulness!

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