In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as a body that is made up of individuals. However, though it is made up of individuals, everyone works together and contributes for the advancement of the gospel. Paul suggests the image of foot saying to the hand that there is no real need for a foot: “I should just leave!” We know that would be silly, but Paul uses this as a form of hyperbole to emphasize the point that the church shouldn’t be that way either. Though we all have different functions, we act as one body. Christians are described as the body of Christ. Just as physical bodies are made up of different parts which are joined together, so Christians have a unique bond to one another. Each member has a role to play, and each is important. Even though Christians have unique functions within the body, those functions require cooperation for the body to work properly. Unity is essential.
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