16-1-24 The Body Of Christ

The Body of Christ is what was given for us, for the redemption of our sins, however Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, has another view on what the body of Christ is. It is us Christians, all together, We are making up the body of Christ by using our God = given talents in his service and, get this, our daily work, not just Sunday mornings! By being baptised we receive the Holy Spirit and we become part of the Body of Christ, which today over spans the whole earth.

1. Cor. 12: 12 to 31: [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. [28] And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. [29] [Are] all apostles? [are] all prophets? [are] all teachers? [are] all workers of miracles? [30] Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? [31] But covet (or desire earnestly) earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way (charity or rather love, chapter 13).


What a nice reading of Christian Love! We are all baptised by one spirit into one body, the Body of Christ. Every person within that body has its own special task It does not depend on our race, not whether we are Jews or Gentiles. Even slaves or employees belong to this body. No person can be by him or herself. Karl Marx called for respect for the common worker, because society cannot do without him! According to verse 22, the feeble are necessary. Not only the strongest or fittest shall survive! There should be no schism in the body, we all belong together! If one suffers, all suffer, if one is honoured, all are honoured.

Joachim Löw, the coach of the German National Soccer Team thanked all coaches in Germany to help build up his World Champion Squad. He acknowledged that every coach of these players and other coaches also made a necessary contribution to the win.

There should be no schism in the body.

The world famous business advisor Stephen Covey wrote a whole chapter (Systems, pp. 229 to 232) in his book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ to advise his customers, i.e. capitalist companies who pay him handsomely for his advice, to establish systems which sow unity and cooperation and not discord and competition. As an advisor to capitalist companies he has to do lip service to the bull – god of whom there is an image outside the Wall Str. Stock Exchange. The core of the chapter is, ‘Competition has its place in the market place or against last year’s performance – perhaps even against another office or individual where there is no particular interdependence, no need to cooperate. But cooperation in the workplace is as important to free enterprise as competition in the market place. The spirit of Win/Win cannot survive in an environment of competitions and contests.’

Why would a nation as a whole or the whole world perform better with internal competition while a single company cannot? Isn’t it easy to see that, if everybody does his best for the whole, achievements will be better than, if people work against each other? Every soccer coach knows that, if every player on the team tries to be top scorer, the total number of scores will be rather small.

Why can’t we stabilise the world economy, why can’t we stabilise population on earth. Who would like to live in a planned economy? Just the thought to change the free economy fills us with feelings of heresy against the bull – god.

Ex. 20: 2 & 3 (The First and most important Commandment):

I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Ex. 20: 4 to 6 (The Second and second most important Commandment):

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Some catechism present this as an explanation to the first commandment and split the tenth commandment in two (see Greetings from Paradise, the chapter on adultery).

Reading this the question arises in which of the sinful competitive generations we are at present. If we go on with economic growth as well as population growth, we will waste the last non – renewable energy sources in a war over the very last. Even if there is no war between nations, one day someone will roll up at the petrol station, there will still be the sign $1000.00 for a litre of petrol, but there is none. He talks to the attendant and offers him $1500 for a litre, ‘Just give me some petrol,’ and the attendant would love to do so, but he can’t. There isn’t any. Then the question will not only arise, how shall we get to work without petrol, but also how is food going to be transported to the supermarkets in the city, and then we will see people fighting over a bag of groceries and

Only the strongest shall survive!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.