Just like an eye or a foot in a human body, we understand who we are and what we do in the context of a relationship with other parts.
“Now the body is not made up of one but of many. . . in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” –1 Corinthians 12:14,18, NIV
Source: T4V Manual (P.36)
The Body of Christ, like all bodies, is comprised of many parts. There are limbs, organs, and various members that, when left alone, are useless, but when assembled make up the entire body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 describe it like this: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” This means each Christian is an equal part of the body of Christ!
There is organization to the body of Christ, as described in Ephesians 1:22-23, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
1 Corinthians 12:27-28 also says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” Every Christian possesses a gift and is called to use it in service within the body to build up the body of Christ, to strengthen the body and to carry out its purpose within the world. Each member of the body of Christ is also called to serve the church through his or her natural gifts and abilities. This service is offered out of devotion to Christ for the sacrifice He made on the cross, providing them with eternal life in heaven. The diversity of gifts, each supporting the other, makes the body strong!
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: / So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”-Romans 12:4-5
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
In union there is strength. ~Aesop