“One”Categories: Minister's Corner
The apostle Paul communicates in several passages the important truth that Christ only has ONE BODY (4 times in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 2 times in Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 1:23, 4:4). His message is so radically different than what we see in Christianity today.
It was important for Paul to write this wonderful truth because he received it directly from God. Christ said He would build His church (Matthew 16:18) and that He will be the head of it (Ephesians 1:22-23 according to Paul) because God has given Him all authority (Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus paid a high price for the Church - His blood (Acts 20:28)! He willingly sacrificed Himself for this precious body. It is His very body and blood runs through it and provide new life through it. It is living and active doing His will. Reaching out in love with HIs hands and walking with His feet. This body has His mind and thinks of others first by living selfless, and giving much.
While there is only ONE BODY there are many members in this body. If you are not a member of this body then you can become a part by - BELIEVING IN HIM (John 8:24), REPENTING OF YOUR SINS (Luke 13:3&5), CONFESSING HIM (Matthew 10:32-33), and being BAPTIZED IN HIM FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS (Mark 16:16).
Everyone is welcome in the ONE BODY of Christ which is the church.
12 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. 13 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. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 & Ephesians 1:22-23