Members of one another (12:4-5)
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have thesame function,
many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of oneanother.
Familiar Pauline language on Body life!
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Ephesians 4:25, “
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with hisneighbour: for we are members one of another.
Ephesians 5:30, ‘
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones
Key words / phrases:i.
One another (
) (speaks of mutuality and reciprocity!)d.
God designed us to:i.
Need each otherii.
Serve each other3.
Use your gifts (12:6-8)
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
let us use them:
in proportion to our faith;
let us use it
ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives,with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Compare and contrast other gift’s passages:
I Corinthians 12-14a.
The church that abused gifts!b.
Sign gifts mentioned butc.
Sign gifts will pass awayd.
Need to exercise love (chapter 13)
“Tongues” explained (chapter 14)
Emphasis on “
to each one of us grace was given
Christ, the victor, the gifterc.
AND gifted men given to the church: “
He Himself gave some
apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastorsand teachers
Purpose of the gifted men: “
or the equipping of the saints for thework of ministry