Monday, August 23, 2010

The Body of Christ

Listen to song in the video embedded below. Then continue on to the Bible study below to gain some deeper understanding of it from the scriptures.

Romans 12:5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” This verse is telling us that ALL believers… all people who are saved by Jesus, are considered one body with each other, and are called the “Body of Christ.” In the next scripture we see how the word "members" means a body part.

1Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
Let’s look at this verse this way: Can your foot kick a ball? Yes. Can your hand kick a ball? No. What about the hand, can it catch a ball? Yes. Can a foot catch a ball? No. We are members of Christ’s body… in other words we are one body part or another, but not all the body parts, and together with other believers we make up the whole entire body of Christ. Some people might be a foot, or a hand, or the heart, or the mouth, or the ears. Each body part has it’s own part to play. The feet walk, the hands do, the eyes see, the ears hear, the mouth speaks… you may not be as good at some things as other people are, but you will be good at something, and God will use you to do good things with the things you are good at. If you are good at comforting people, he might use you to do that. If you have a way with words, he might use you to spread the Gospel. If you have a talent in healing people, then he might use you to do that. So don’t worry if you’re not good at everything, you are a single body part of Christ, and what you aren’t good at, other body parts (other people) will be good at. It’s up to you to let God use you and what you’re good at for His will. In Romans 12:5 (above) we saw that we are all "members one of another." This would suggest that when we become part of Christ's body we also become part of other believer's bodies, and should then do our best to help them in whatever way we can with whatever talents or gifts we have. If we serve as their foot, then help them walk. If we serve as a hand, then help them do.

Philippians 1:20 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
Whatever we do we need to do it as if we are a part of Christ’s body… a hand, a foot, whatever, we need to do as Christ would do. Jesus would comfort people, heal people, help people, and give his time to people among other things, and we need to do these things too. We should never ever be ashamed of what we do in Christ, but be bold in Christ. Whatever we do that is right in God’s eyes gives glory to God, and ‘magnifies’ God… it builds him up and puts the spotlight on him. If people see you doing good things in the name of the Lord, the spotlight will get put onto Jesus so he can do His work. If you let him, Jesus will do His work through you, but you have to open up your heart to him, and be willing to let him use you to help others.

Ephesians 4:11-12
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Remember how we just talked about the foot doing what a foot does best, and a hand doing what a hand does best? This scripture is talking about the same thing. God makes some people feet, some people hands, some people mouths… he makes some people apostles, some prophets, and some evangelists, some pastors, and some teachers, etc… all of it is for the work of the Ministry, and all of it is to edify Christ and the entire body of Christ. Even if you’re not doing the same thing as somebody else is doing, so long as you are doing God’s work, it will edify all believers… it will edify God. It will shine the spotlight on God and give God the glory. Remember, that you should be doing good things in God’s name. That means that if you go do some charity work for poor people, and they say thank you, you should shine the spotlight on God, and say, “This is what God wants me to do,” or, “I’m doing this for God because it’s what He would do,” or you could say anything like this that would give the glory to God. Even though you did the work, it was really God working through you, and therefore God should get the glory, not us.

To me, this song is asking us: If we as Christian's are the body of Christ, then why aren't we doing as Christ did, and continues to do? Why aren't we showing compassion, why aren't we spreading the Word of God, why aren't we helping others, even those who aren't Christians? Today an air of self-righteousness has come upon many Christians, making them believe they are better than everybody else, and should not spend their time helping others. Self-righteous Christians won't even sit by a poor person or be friends with an unsaved sinner. But Jesus loved the poor and spent his time with all manner of people, whether they believed or not. You can't spread the Word if you're not out among the unsaved.



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