Paul continues his discussion of the Body of Christ, using the human body as a comparison. So far, he has established that there is great diversity among the members, but all are one body; that God has placed each member just where He wants it; and that all members are necessary to the whole.

He now introduces a further thought: all members work together to protect the vulnerable members, and to maintain the honor of the whole body.Image may contain: bird, sky, tree, outdoor and nature“So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:24,25 NLT

Instinctively, we know that our eyes, for example, are vulnerable and delicate– yet of vital importance to the normal function of the body. All the rest of the body works together to protect the eyes from damage. Our hands do not need much protection most of the time; but there are other parts that we keep protected and covered all the time. The whole body works together toward the same goal; protection of those parts that need protection for the benefit of the whole body.

Likewise, in the Body of Christ, all the members work together to protect the vulnerable and the weak, who are yet of vital importance to the whole. All members care for each other; our goal is the strengthening, the growth, and the honor of the whole.

 

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