Because I believe Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead, I am a member of Christ’s body. This biblical truth is spoken of many times in the Bible. Believers are considered to be part of Christ’s body, which is the church. Paul explains this amazing unity with Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12 “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.” verse 27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” In Romans 12: 4-5 Paul also speaks of this unique blending of believers into a body that functions to support each other 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, and individually members one of another.” The idea of us working together and supporting one another as a body committed to Christ is also expressed in Ephesians 4:11-12 “ And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,”
So what does this mean for you and me? Do you consider yourself a member of Christ’s body, the church? “The Church” is the body of believers throughout the world that believe that Christ is their Lord and Savior. Together, whether local or within the world, we are to work to spread the good news of Christ and His redeeming work. Not all of us are preachers or teachers but we all have a special gift and are equipped by God so we can contribute to the body and support each other in faith. Are you using your gifts to encourage other believers? Christ suffered and died for each of us and desires that we all work together as members of His body to reach a needy world.
United in Christ we stand,