clothing the parts respectfully

May 2016 (7)

1 Corinthians 12:23-25

1Co 12:23 Just like those parts of the body, which we think to be shameful; on these we put more respectful clothing, so that our unpresentable parts have a more respectable image.
1Co 12:24 but our presentable parts do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it,
1Co 12:25 in order to prevent schism in the body, the parts having the same mutual concern for one another.

clothing the parts respectfully

Now, this is an interesting argument. Paul is talking about how the Corinthians are ignoring and belittling some of their fellow members because they do not have more prominienent skills and spiritual gifts. He uses the human body as an example of how it should be. He says that we do have parts of our body we do not think as presentable as other parts. But instead of ignoring and belittling these private parts, we give them greater honour by clothing them more respectfully. That is how God ensures that there is no schism (division) in the human body. So, Paul argues that the Corinthians should take a hint from how they treat their own bodies, and stop ignoring and belittling those in the church with lesser esteemed gifts.

LORD, enable us to show mutual care and concern for all the parts of your body, the church.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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