The word ‘member’ is an old English word meaning ‘limb’, or a part, component or organ of the body, for example, a leg, foot, hand, eye or nose, etc. Christ said that when believers are gathered together, then He will be in the midst of them, and Paul in this letter to the Corinthians reiterates “Yes, that’s right, Christ spoke the truth, and this is how it works”: When believers assemble together, they form the body of Christ.

Apart, they are separate members of his body, but assembled together, they constitute a complete and healthy functioning body. The body of Christ on earth.

The body of Christ in Corinth.

The body of Christ in England.

The body of Christ in ‘Blank’ – (fill in the name of your town), or even,

The body of Christ in ‘Blank Street’ – (fill in the name of your street or city district or neighbourhood).

When you assemble in the local church of which you are a member, you can correctly profess that “The Lord is here.” Because the local church’s members are his body. (“and members in particular”).

1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Verse 14: “For the body is not one member, but many.

Verse 21. “the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”


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