(Context: 1 Cor. 12:14-31)
YET ONE BODY…
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (1 Cor. 12:20-27)
In the book of John, Jesus tells His disciples they must be one. He prays to God that they be one, just as He is one with the Father. He tells His disciples to be one with Him and one with one another, so their joy would be full. Oneness is important. Jesus even declares that through this oneness the world will know that He was sent by God.
Many members yet one body. They will know us by our love. They will see we are His disciples because we are one and have all things in common. When one suffers, all suffer. When one is honored, all rejoice.
One body. No schisms.
Abiding in His love is the only way to be one. In His love we become selfless. In His love we don’t disparage each other. In His love we are not focused on denominations but the Truth of Christ; we will love and worship with one another because we abide in the same Spirit, connected to the same body.
If we are not seeking to abide in His love and be unified with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we do not have Him. We are not His body. Those who follow Jesus will abide in Him and bear the fruit of His Spirit. If we are not bearing the fruit of His Spirit, we will be broken off. (John 15)
How’s our fruit looking? Are we growing closer to other believers? Are we becoming one?