Importance of Individual Members in the Body of Christ.

Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27.

We ... are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

The Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul (in Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Cor. 12:12-27) presents beautiful analogies between parts of the individual human body and the spiritual body of Christ, that is His Church.

Even as the human body is made up of different parts having differing functions, even so the body of Christ is made up of saved and sanctified human beings with differing abilities.

A vivid portrait is drawn in 1 Corinthians 12 of the importance of individual members in our Lord’s body where we see God "giving greater honour to the part of the body that lacked it" (v.24) which the more presentable parts do not require! Since God has so honoured the seeming weaker members, we ought to do so likewise. Those members who are withdrawn, those who were "greater sinners" prior to placing their trust in the perfect Christ and being added to His body, should be the objects of our greater love and care. God demands it.

Since we are one body in Christ, we are individually members of one another (Romans 12:5) even though "the members do not all have the same function." Each member functions according to the ability or "gifts that differ according to the grace given to us." If one has a particular ability, we are exhorted to use them "in proportion to our faith" (Romans 12:6). It is dangerous to hide our talent (Matthew 25:15-28). We honour God by our presence in the corporate gathering of our Lord's body, whereby we testify to the fact that we are indeed the one body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose" (1 Corinthians 12:18). This statement tells us that the spiritual body of Jesus is shaped by God Himself according to His good purpose “that the members may have the same care for one another” (v 25) as the Father cares for us. If one member suffers, all suffer together; and if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Think of this: if we have a toothache, our physical body suffers as a whole. So it is with the spiritual body of our Lord. We may be sure that the Head of the body, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, grieves when we suffer and rejoices when we are honoured!

All Christians as a whole make up the body of Christ and individually are members of it and also of one another for the glory of God!

All members serve one another, according to God's gifting, for the common good. This means that no member is all-important and no member is useless! All members are equal in God's sight and He is not partial to any one. He blesses individual members so long as they remain in the body of Christ Jesus and lovingly care for and serve one another gratefully thanking God for His love in their hearts.