all in this together

May 2016 (4)

1 Corinthians 12:13-16

1Co 12:13 All of us have been baptised in one Spirit, now making up that one body — whether Jews or Greeks, bondservants or independent — and we all were given one Spirit to drink.
1Co 12:14 Because the body is not just one part, but many,
1Co 12:15 then, if the foot says, “I am not a hand; I am not from the body,” that does not prevent it being from the body,
1Co 12:16 and if the ear says, “I am not an eye; I am not from the body,” that does not prevent it being from the body.

all in this together

The Holy Spirit gives us diversity by empowering us with different gifts. He is also the one responsible for our unity, because that same empowerment equalises us. It makes us all part of the same body. The Holy Spirit connects us all to the one Christ, making us parts of his one body, his one church.

Paul was addressing the fact that in Corinth, certain gifts were being over-emphasised, and others ignored. Paul used the analogy of parts of the body to show that each gift has its function in the church as a whole. We are all in this body together, and we all need each other.

LORD, thank you for those parts of your body who are essential to its work, yet never get the appreciation they deserve.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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