📅 Members of one body – Daily Bible Reading


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October 25, 2022

Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Members of one body

We read in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14:

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

The Church of God is a living organism. Although it is one body, it has many members. Every part of the body has its role to play. In the same manner, every one of us has a role to play in the Body of Christ.

Paul was explaining that we are spiritually connected to each other because we are baptized into one body. It is not one congregation versus another congregation. It’s not about one leader against another leader. It’s not about one member against another.

Since we are all part of that one body of Christ, we ought to love one another. Every member is valuable. Those we think to be the least among us are as valuable as the greatest among us. Everyone should be treated with respect, love, and care.

Paul admonishes us that there should be no schism or division among us. You can’t divide the body of Christ. You can’t simply say, the hand, head, and shoulder would be one group while the feet, torso, and legs would be another group.

No, we are all brothers and sisters and we are all family. Instead of schism, Paul said that the members should have the same care for one another (verse 25).

Paul added, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (verse 26). 

When one member suffers, we should all do our part in alleviating pain and suffering. If one is honored, we should rejoice and not feel envy. After all, the suffering of a part of the body would bring pain to the whole body and the rejoicing of a part of the body should also bring joy to the whole body.

That’s how the Body of Christ, the Church, should operate. We are all part of the Body and thus, we must all work together in unity and harmony.


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