214. God calls His body the church.

What does this entry mean to you?

What do you think it means to God?

What do you think the Bible has to say about it?

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.

I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. (MSG)

1 Corinthians 12:27 

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (NLT)

What does God want you to know about Him in this text?

What does this passage mean to you in your life today?

What does God want you to do about it?

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