Thus, so, in this manner. so in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.”. Created anew together. What it means very simply at Bethlehem is that we think this reality should be visible in our church. Living forever together—and all of this glorious unity created in Christ and for the glory of Christ. But in view of verses 6-8, I don’t think that would be right. You may not approve of what God has made of you for the sake of his body. Now, two implications. But it’s far more and far better than that. How many of us feel more discouraged, more tired, more isolated, and more prone to grumble than ever? First, the unity of the body of Christ is created in Jesus Christ. So focus with me on verses 4-6a. I see three points to make about the church as the body of Christ and two applications to our situation today. Paul has not departed from his passion in verse 3 to keep us humble and make Christ great. What this phrase “in Christ” means is that when you trust Christ as your Savior and Lord and Treasure (Philippians 3:9), a union is established between Christ and you in such a way that everything in Christ that can be shared will be shared with you. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." . But everything else that Christ is and has is yours in him. Third, God’s grace sustains all ministry in Christ. You are in him. One by one. Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular, Personal / Reciprocal Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Plural. Holman Christian Standard Bible in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. I don’t think that is mainly a self-esteem issue. . From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. We saw this last time, and so I will only point it out and close with two applications. Or that he is cruel. There is a union by faith so that all that he is, he is for you. How do the doctrines of grace affect us personally and publicly? We are not a people trying to earn the favor of God. Oh, that God would help us believe it with all our hearts. . I am a part of you. Then he deals with our relation to the civil authorities in chapter 13:1-7 and so on. Oh, let us never trivialize the church! “I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God . Ro) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus. So when he uses the word “we” here in verses 4-5—“We have many members . servant or free, woman or man, no more. We do not try to earn mercy with a merciful life. And since Paul doesn’t make a fixed distinction between the body of Christ locally and the body of Christ universally, that has implications for us here. Perfected together. When Paul speaks of the church as a body he moves back and forth between two meanings that overlap. Which means that my individuality—my individual identity, as God has created me to be—cannot be known except in serving you as I rely upon Christ. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. .”—even though that includes himself hundreds of miles away, I don’t think he means to say, “We are only talking about the universal body of all believers, not your local body.” I think he is referring to how that local church should function as a body, and yes, I am in a larger sense a part of you all in Christ. Would it not be better to say it this way: Paul is saying that our true individuality is found—discovered, experienced—in relationship to the body of Christ. Let’s read verses 4 and 5a and stop with that tremendously important little phrase “in Christ.” “For as in one body we have many members,and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ.” We, though many, are one body in Christ. We’re on a mission to change that. Of uncertain affinity; a limb or part of the body. For example, Ephesians 1:22-23, “He put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” That’s the invisible, spiritual, universal church of all believers, the body of Christ. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. That’s why we have gifts. And the two applications are these: First, intentional commitment to racial harmony and ethnic diversity in the body of Christ is implied here; and second, participation in a small shepherd group helps us fulfill God’s vision for us as a mutually ministering body with varied gifts. All of this is what life looks like when you know that you have peace with God by faith alone and Christ has become the foundation and summation of all your hopes. All the races and all the ethnic groups. This is what it means for you to be “in Christ”: Paul’s aim in talking this way is that we stand in awe of Christ. One is that the universal church—every believer in Christ who has ever lived—is the body of Christ. You are a gift of grace to the church. And what you share with the persons sitting near you in Christ is a life and an inheritance and a union so great and so profound that it surpasses the value of all other human relationships and all inheritances and can never end. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Justified together. So chapter 12 begins to describe this life and call us to it. It’s mainly a God-esteem issue. The first has to do with racial harmony and ethnic diversity in the body of Christ. Love other people with all your heart in reliance on Christ and you will discover who you are. Will you trust him—that your individuality is a work of grace. And on the basis of that great work of salvation for all who believe in Christ he now begins to build his application for life in chapter 12. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. ", Members one of another.--Strictly speaking, the members are called members in their relation to the body, and not in their relation to each other. Consider a few examples from the way this little phrase “in Christ” is used. One another, each other. By creating relationships with himself, Christ creates the relationships in the body. He positions his people as he wills. Now let’s go to the Scripture and see these things. He is author of. Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural. .” In other words, the Christian life is built on the mercy of God. And the only thing—and it is a huge and wonderful thing—to be added from Romans 12:5 is that we experience all of this together in one body. Then he deals with our relations with each other in the church (vv. Body, flesh; the body of the Church. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. When Paul speaks of the Church as a body, He moves back and forth between two meanings that overlap. Keep in mind the bigger picture. They serve. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ. That would be precious enough. That’s the first thing to see: The unity of the body of Christ is created in Jesus Christ . We think it is a great honor to Christ. In, on, among. I am, exist. Here is the amazing thing: That’s who I am. The biblical picture is clear: to be a Christian—to belong to Jesus Christ—is to be part of his body and “individually members of one another.” This is why we have small groups, and why we work hard to help you find one that frees you to serve and be served in relationships of love. I don’t think he wants us to draw a hard line here. 5 so we, (A)though many, (B)are one body in Christ, and individually (C)members one of another. That’s what hands and feet and eyes and ears do. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). But the other meaning is that that Paul thinks of each local church as the body of Christ as well. And we, though many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. 14-21). The Bible says, "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. One simple way to say what that means is that as each of us is in relationship to Christ, we are therefore in relationship to each other. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one. . And the second point was that individuality is valued in Christ—indeed, discovered in the body of Christ. Loved by God together. English Standard Version (ESV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access. Everything that he is, and everything that he has that can be shared will be shared with you. And there is only one thing that can’t be shared—his deity, and its unique God-defining attributes (like omnipotence and omniscience and eternality). Jesus is superior to every kind of rule, authority, and dominion that you will find in any culture, any nation, among any people, anywhere in the world.