Whether you can get away for time out in Creation or you can protect some time to daily study the Bible in the quiet of your own home, I want to encourage you with a simple Bible study I have had to help experience God through fresh and regular intake of God’s Word.
For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.Corinthians 12:13
- Who – The entire body of Christ (the church) and the Spirit. Within context, Paul specifics the Jews and Greeks, slaves and freed men.
- What – One body
- Where – Corinth
- When – After the resurrection. 55 AD while Paul was in Ephesus
- How – By one spirit we were baptized
- Why – We are one body. We all share the same Spirit as our source.
(S) Seek to Understand:
The message that Paul wants to get across is one of unity. He says that by our baptism we become one body with the same Spirit. He says that we should function in harmony with each other, like the body does. He says we should not honor one member above another because we all need each other. He says that the weaker members of the body are often held in higher regard. He says above all we should love each other.
Christ is for all.
Their divisions are caused due to sin.
Their divisions are caused due to material differences.
Unity is of the Spirit.
Unity is of love.
Paul’s intent was to spread the message of unity to the church in Corinth
How can you apply this to your life with rigid honesty?
Sometimes I can fancy myself pretty dope. But I shouldn’t elevate myself over other members of the body. I should honor them above myself.
We are one body, we ought not to elevate one member over another.
What can we differently in light of this scripture?
Continue to focus on serving.
Act with a mind to service always.
Direct praise to God.