The Church: The Body of Christ (Excerpt from "Unfettered Spirit:)
Our Wednesday Bible Study Group has finally reached 1 Corinthians 12, which is an important contributor to our conversations about spiritual gifts and the nature of the Church. With this in mind, I am sharing an excerpt from my book on Spiritual Gifts: Unfettered Spirit: Spiritual Gifts for the New Great Awakening, (Energion, 2012, pages. 159-162). As you'll see, 1 Corinthians 12 figures into this conversation in a fairly significant way.
If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eyes, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? . . . If all were a single member, where would the body be? (1 Cor. 12:15-19).