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THE BODY OF CHRIST

1 Cor. 12:12 “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.”

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What is this expression,
Just what does it mean?
The Body of Christ…the Body of Christ,
With the natural eye…it cannot be seen.

Are all Believers to conform,
Into a “pattern” to fit?
And, who fashions this pattern,
And, who get the benefits?

‘Tis not our Father’s way,
For He’s not made us all the same;
He’s made provision for diversification,
And, that’s the reason why He came.

Each of us are so very different,
Only IN Christ can we be ONE;
He is the center of our existence,
From the Christ…we have sprung.

But, you say, “We are so different,
Nobody quite like me”;
And, that is how Father planned it all,
For He likes variety.

This way…not one above the other,
No hierarchy here;
For we all need one another,
With Christ…Head of the Body…’tis clear.

Without the Head…what would the Body do,
What decisions would it make?
Too self-centered…I am sure,
And, Father’s will…forsake.

Well…………I could aspire,
Strive to reach the top;
Have many followers…trailing behind,
And, with a sweep of His hand…I’d drop.

There is one Head of the Body,
And, it surely is not me;
Sometimes we forget that…though,
But, we remember on bended knee.

Many have been brought low,
When they had become puffed-up;
‘Tis not a pretty thing to see,
By the eye of the Spirit…close-up.

So, let’s remember the Head of the Body,
Christ Jesus paid the price to be there;
And, wherever He has placed us,
Let’s be thankful we’re under His care.

Not puffed-up…not arrogant,
Functioning as He has planned;
A hand, a foot…a little toe,
Just happy we’re part of His plan!

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Nov. 27, 2002

Aimee Love
(LHG)


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