The Body of Christ
We often hear about the fivefold ministry, the gifts of the Spirit, the body of Christ and how we all play a part but do we know the actual significance and how the ministry and gifts play a part in keeping the body together and functioning? If you would like to know, keep reading!
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.
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.
For in fact the body is not one member but many.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing?
If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honourable, on these we bestow greater honour; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honour to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. (I Corinthians 12:12-31 NKJV)
(See Also Romans 12:3-8)
Now we all have a role to play, the above scripture teaches us that no part is more important than the other and all must and will work together for greater good.
Parts of the body
Arms: Evangelists; people who reach out and lift up the people, the encouragers the ones who go on outreach and missions.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Acts 11:21 NKJV,
Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, And set up My standard for the peoples; They shall bring your sons in their arms, And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders; Isaiah 49:22 NKJV)
Legs: Teachers; people who give strength, always prepared, ready to move and to share the gospel.
He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail. I Samuel 2:9 NKJV,
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Ephesians 6:15 NKJV,
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. II Timothy 4:2 NKJV
From all of the epistles Paul wrote of course he had to be a good teacher, who gave his life to teaching and equipping us and generations to come with tangible knowledge and guidance!
Eyes: Prophets, people who see in the Spiritual realm who minister through dreams and visions
The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; Luke 4:18 NKJV
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7 NKJV
Isaiah and Jeremiah are good examples of prophets who were able to speak concerning things to come.
The head: Apostles; leaders and directors who keep the body in check makes sure all parts are functioning properly. People who take time to counsel and train those who are under / around them.
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. (Exodus 18:21 NKJV) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 NKJV)
And not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. (Colossians 2:19 NKJV)
The truest and the best-est Apostle of them all who was the perfect sacrifice showing us what it means to lead and gave good counsel to all who he met and falls into all parts of the body is of course King Jesus
The back bone: Pastors, people who help keep the body together making sure everyone is provided for all of the gifts in one. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, (I Thessalonians 5:12-17 NKJV)
The mouth: oracles of God, those who speak what the Lord says, those who exalt the Lord with their songs, dance and instruments; The Levites!
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day. (Deuteronomy 10:8 NKJV)
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skilfully with a shout of joy. (Psalms 33:1-3 NKJV)
Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalms 150:1-4, 6 NKJV)
King David and the Tribe of Levi were are of course good examples of worshippers and people who sang and led us to Victory!
We are all members of the Body of Christ and must identify where we all fit in lest we fail to fulfil our purpose!! At the end of the Day may we all here the most precious and blessed words: Well done my good and faithful servant in whom I am well pleased! (Matthew 25:23)
This is only the beginning, I hope you were blessed! Watch out for more!
© Debbie Abe 2016