Note From The Pastor
I’m frequently amazed at how the Bible almost always speaks in terms that are relatable and understandable. When Jesus taught the crowds, he spoke about objects and situations that were relevant and familiar. When the prophets would tell parables to teach a lesson (such as Nathan rebuking King David), they did so using simple and approachable situations. The biblical authors spoke in these ways so that the meaning of the story or teaching would be unmistakable.
The same is true in Paul’s teaching as well. Paul often uses simple language to describe difficult teachings. He uses common examples to illustrate complex theology. One such instance of this is found in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. In this lengthy passage, Paul compares the church (local group of believers) to a physical body. He correctly claims that no part of the body can suppose itself superior to another part. He affirms that all specific parts depend and rely on all the other parts of the body for support, stability, and life.
The body of local believers is the same way. We must be continually reliant on one another, all the while realizing and remembering that none of us are any greater than another. If we are joined in membership to other believers, then this passage teaches us to do two things. First, we must not think more highly of ourselves than one another. Paul says in verses 21-22, “And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.” We desperately need one another. Secondly, we must depend on one another and be committed to each other. In order for our church body to function rightly, we need each member to play their God given part. This local body of believers is comprised of different Christians with different talents, gifts, and skills. Regardless of our personal views towards each other, we need one another.
God knew what he was doing when he compared the church to the physical body. He knew that we would easily understand the metaphor, but he also knew that we would struggle applying it. My encouragement for you this week is to love your fellow church members, actively fellowship together, and continually encourage one another. At the end of the day, since God has given us to each other as a blessing, let us always be sure to intentionally bless one another through the grace of God.