I love I Corinthians 12:27 because it tells us that each of us form the Body of Christ—and each of us is part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27). Paul wrote that and he clarified it by saying more specifically, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (12:12).
We can take a look at our own body. You have hands, feet, eyes, ears. You are not just an isolated brain, unattached to the other parts of your body—well most of us are that way. Well, it is the same way with Christ. He is not just the head. He has a body with arms and legs and baby toes . . . and each of us is one of those parts.
Romans 12:5 says, “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” In other words, not only are we connected to Jesus—hopefully closer and closer each day because he is our head. But we’re also joined to each other. In fact, we can not be connected to him without being joined to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Without being a member of the body . . . we have no head! Maybe that sounds like a strange horror flick, but that’s what many believers think. “I don’t need to be a member of a church to know Christ!” Oh yeah? That’s not what these passages are saying. We can not be Lone Rangers for Jesus! Oh you can try, but eventually you’ll fall.
Paul drives this point home when he says, “The bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Simply put, we’re all fed by the same food: Christ, the manna from heaven. “The bread that God gives is the one who came down from heaven to give life to the world” (John 6:33).
All of us know that Jesus taught in parables and that each parable contained a hidden truth of God. These secrets have been shared by Father, Son and Holy Spirit from before creation: “I will use stories to speak my message and to explain things that have been hidden since the creation of the world” (Matthew 13:35). Jesus testifies that these hidden truths are revealed only to someone who is willing to take the time (and expend the energy) to seek them.
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life . . . I am the living bread which came down from heaven . . . 57The living Father sent me, and I have life because of him. Now everyone whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me will live because of me.” (John 6:35, 51, 57). The image of bread here is important. Our Lord is telling us, “If you come to me, you will be nourished. You will be attached to me, as a member of my body. So, you will receive strength from the life-flow that is in me.” Every member of his body draws strength from a single source: Christ, the head. Everything we need to lead an overcoming life flows to us from him.
This bread is what distinguishes us as members of his body. We are set apart from the rest of humanity because we dine from a single loaf: “By sharing in the same loaf of bread, we become one body, even though there are many of us” (1 Corinthians 10:17).
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