“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. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”1 Corinthians 12:12-13
I remember hearing this said often in my church growing up, but never gave much thought to it. Now, however, I am beginning to understand it more deeply.
We all have different gifts and roles at work, in the church, in the home, and it’s easy to look at someone who’s higher than you and become jealous. We should not let ourselves become like that. For God has given each one of use our own gifts and tasks for use in His kingdom – as He sees fit.
In Ephesians 4:5-6, Paul says that there should be “one lord, one faith, one baptism”, meaning that God and Christ want believers to be unified in faith and spirit. Sadly, due to sin, there is no unity. We see plenty of divisions within the church (the fact that there are different denominations speaks to that clearly). It all began with Satan.
Satan became jealous of God and tried to take that position out of greed and jealousy. He was cast out of Heaven, and began to influence people on earth (especially God’s people) to follow him. His influence causes people to become proud, jealous, envious, and every other thing that’s against God’s Word and how we should act.
Paul’s letter to the saints in Corinth goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 12:14-20,
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.