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Romans 12:4-5

One Body

4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.


Why is the humility mentioned in verse 3 so important to the church? Paul answers that question by drawing the analogy of the church with the human body. By pointing out that we are all members, body parts or limbs, of the same body, he draws our attention not only to our equality and unity, but also to our need for one another.

Paul made the same comparisons in greater detail in 1Corinthians 12:4-31 and also in Ephesians 4:25; 5:30. There emphasized the different functions of the body's members and the different gifts that God has given to each.

In our passage, he simply emphasizes that each member of the body has a different function without enumerating them. Nevertheless, we must understand that every member is equally important. Ask yourself, "Which of my body parts am I willing to unnecessarily give up?" Likewise, the members of the church are all important to Christ.

We need each of those parts to function efficiently in the work that Christ expects us to do, but we should also remember that the body needs us. No one should consider himself to be of no value. God has designed the church in such a way that we would all have different gifts and functions and that we might be dependent on one another.

We "are one body in Christ," even though we are many individual parts. Christ is the head of the church. He provides the mind, the guidance, the plan, the process, the goal, and the unity that we need to accomplish those things. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" (Philippians 2:5) It is His humility and His sacrificial willingness to serve the Father that guides His church.

"...and every one members one of another." Every believer is part of all other believers. When one hurts, we should all hurt, and when one rejoices we should all be glad. This is the sentiment that Paul expressed in his letter to the church at Corinth. "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it." (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

When we judge others within the body by considering them to be less valued by God than we are, we create schisms in the body. Paul's message to us cannot be repeated too often, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;"

Before The Throne:

We are all guilty of having judged our brothers and sisters in Christ. Confess those things to God and beg for His forgiveness. Ask Him to help you see the value in each one of them and to help you esteem them to be your equal. If you have ever felt like you were of no value to your church, you should also confess that. It is contrary to God's word. However, if you have been ignoring your obligation to serve Christ through the church, ask the Lord to show you how you can use the gifts He has given you to bless the whole body.

For Further Study:

(v.4)
** 1Cor 12:4, 12, 27; Eph 4:15-16;

(v.5) ** Rom 12:4; 1Cor 10:17; 1Cor 12:12-14, 20, 27-28; Eph 1:23; Eph 4:25; Eph 5:23, Eph 5:30; Col 1:24; Col 2:19

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