1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (KJV)
12 For as the body is one (Christ is one and has only one body i.e. the church), and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body (many different members made up the one body): so also is Christ (referring to Christ’s body).
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body (Christ already has a body, and we must be placed within his body. Only the Holy Spirit i.e. “Lord God” can place someone into his body Genesis 2:15. ), 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 (Can be thought of as the twelve tribe’s allotted land portions).
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 (A pitfall that ministers face is trying to create members after themselves, or in other words trying to form everyone into a foot, a hand, or an eye etc. The foot is just as necessary as every other member of the body. We should no longer try to conform people after ourselves, but allow God to transform them into their positions within the body whatever it may be. In my paper “The Cross in Genesis 1 & 2” I showed how the Lord takes the bread, blesses the bread, then breaks the bread, and if we, being the bread, are “unbroken” then we will ultimately be showing self to the world and not Christ.)?
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 (The body of Christ i.e. the church is more then just one organ. A “church” that believes that the body is a “singular organ” would also believe that everything that would have been incorporated within the whole body is within that single organ. All of the external abilities of hearing, seeing, etc and the internal abilities of mental processing, heart function, etc commingled together. This “organ” therefore can no longer be defined as an organ, but a body. An organ has a function within the body, and a body incorporates all the functions within itself. This “organ” i.e. body can no longer be classified as the body of Christ, but an entirely different body. Christ has came in the flesh and is one body not many different bodies.)?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him (God gives every member within the body the convictions necessary to fulfill that specific function. The function that God has given to each one of us may be vastly different, but as we endeavor to the pursuit of our function by faith, it will be pleasing to God. Do not let anyone lead you away from the purpose and desire that God gives you.).
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body (This shows that the body of Christ is one and not many different bodies).
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 (The external members “East Manasseh, Gad, Reuben” “cannot say” to the internal members of “Asher, Judah, Benjamin, Dan, etc” that they are not needed. ).
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 honorable (probably referring to internal organs. These organs are unseen by the majority of the world. Jesus states in Matthew 18:8 (KJV) if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee… The body can function without a limb, but cut out certain organs and death is immediate. The allotted land for Benjamin had in it Jerusalem, and if the function of Benjamin fails Jerusalem falls bringing death to the whole land.), upon these we bestow more abundant honour (“We” being members of his body, should know and recognize each individual function, and be able to “bestow” honour were honour is due.); 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 (The part that has been given more honour is not any better then the part that seems to lack honour. Self believes that because honour has been given then it is somehow above the “comely part”):
25 That there should be no schism in the body (schisms are caused by false doctrine and divisions of denominations. The doctrine of the cross can bring the body together, if the believer is functioning outside this doctrine schisms will be the result.); but that the members should have the same care one for another (recognizing the need for each member).
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Commentary on I Corinthians 12:12-26
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (KJV)