Jesus has given us a precious fellowship and unity with our fellow believers.

Jesus has given us a precious fellowship and unity with our fellow believers.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

1 Corinthians 12:12–27 (Listen)

One Body with Many Members

12 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. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves1 or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,2 yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Footnotes

[1] 12:13 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

[2] 12:20 Or members; also verse 22

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:9 and ends at about 3:15

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     12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

     27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 229 :
Holy Spirit, Hear Us

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1. Holy Spirit, hear us 
On this sacred day; 
Come to us with blessing, 
Come with us to stay. 

2. Come as once Thou camest 
To the faithful few 
Patiently awaiting 
Jesus’ promise true. 

3. Up to heaven ascending, 
Our dear Lord has gone; 
Yet His little children 
Leaves He not alone. 

4. To His blessed promise 
Now in faith we cling. 
Comforter, most holy, 
Spread o’er us Thy wing. 

5. Lighten Thou our darkness, 
Be Thyself our Light; 
Strengthen Thou our weakness, 
Spirit of all might. 

6. Spirit of Adoption, 
Make us overflow 
With Thy sevenfold blessing 
And in grace to grow. 

7. Into Christ baptized 
Grant that we may be 
Day and night, dear Spirit, 
Perfected by Thee! 


Hymn: WS 739 :
Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling

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