February 9, Tuesday: Following God’s Way
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
A Body, or Not?
The church as a body as so spoken of by Paul is not an unfamiliar teaching. He uses this illustration in other Scripture too (see Rom. 12:4ff). Have we really been taught by it, though? While it is certainly true that we should not expect every Christian to be exactly the same and have the same talents and abilities, is that all there is to this? If this is really true, then does it not follow that among our greatest concerns and interests as a part of Christ’s body would be to know what “part” of the body I am? And what I should be doing as such? This isn’t just about differing miraculous spiritual gifts (the primary subject under discussion here) either. The church is not a nebulous blob of indistinct composition. Its parts–members–are well defined in identity and function. Really, practically, am I part of a body or a blob?
Questions to Ponder:
- How do we gain access into Christ’s body? (v. 13)
- Who has “arranged” the parts of the body? (v. 18)
- To what does the variety of members contribute in the body? (v. 25)
- What is the “more excellent way”? (v. 30)