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1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (ESV)
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 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.”
22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
The divisions that exist in the body of Christ are caused by more than differences in ortho-doxy or ortho-praxy.
I believe that many of the root causes of our division are to be found in the variety of giftedness in the body of Christ.
Yes we divide because of pride, fear, and a host of other fleshly manifestations.
But one of the main reasons we are divided is because of fleshly responses to our individual giftedness.
There exists a literal Civil War in the body of Christ over different giftings.
Paul, operating under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, releases some apostolic insight into why the body of Christ in Corinth is divided, out of order, and rejecting His divine arrangement.
Two primary things hinder the Church moving as a supernatural organic body that is unified in love and bearing the fruit of transformed lives:
1) Insecurity: Because of my appointed gifted function I am not needed
2) Independence: Because of my appointed gifted function no one else is needed
Insecure spirit - usually leads to isolation and inactivity
Independent spirit - usually leads to "divided gatherings” that tend to judge others for not operating as we do
"Secure interdependence" is where the Lord by His Spirit is leading His church.
How does this happen?
1. Growing in confidence, settled-ness, and security in how the Lord has made and gifted us.
2. Growing in insight, appreciation, and cooperation in how the Lord has made others.
Romans 12:3-8 (ESV)
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.
4 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, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
1. Prophecy: a revelatory grace that discerns and speaks the mind of God about a person or situation
2. Serving: a working grace that accomplishes practical tasks
3. Teaching: a revelatory grace that brings forth the truth of the scriptures
4. Exhortation: an encouraging grace that builds hope and faith
5. Giving: a financial grace that supplies needs
6. Leadership: a headship grace that releases vision and brings order to accomplish
7. Mercy: a compassion grace that reveals the love and heart of the Lord to comfort and heal