Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Is the Body of Christ Being Created?

by Robert C. Frank

Traditionally that would be asking whether the worldwide Christian Church is being created, but even that is not a topic of common discussion in the world today. A description of the Body of Christ is presented so well in the 12th chapter of the 1st letter of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians, that one would expect it would always remain one of the most popular topics for discussion in Christianity. 

 In that Bible passage, the Apostle compares the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body and notes that they are all different but are required to depend upon each other to accomplish their purpose. The followers of Jesus in the world today are more of a loose collection of individual volunteers rather than the cohesive unit the Apostle thought they would become. 

 The problem is that when human beings are required to coordinate their activities in a dependent way, that takes learning and practice. It does not come naturally. For example, a husband and wife cannot create a successful family unless they make an effort to learn how to depend upon each other. They must give up part of their individuality to become something even greater, the creators of new life and the Christian family. 

 The same is true on a larger scale for the followers of Jesus. They cannot become the Body of Christ unless they learn and practice how to depend upon each other in their efforts. They still retain part of their individuality, but by learning how to depend upon each other in a coordinated effort they become something even greater, a super civilization on earth called the Body of Christ or in today’s world Christ’s Team.