Posted by: Pauline | February 26, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 5

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

One of the most common metaphors for the church is that of a body. We may be so used to the church being called the “body of Christ” as well as to other references to groups of people referred to as bodies that the metaphor can be lost on us.

But Paul spells it out clearly. We are each, in relation to the whole church, like a part of the body in relation to the whole. One may be a foot, another an eye or an ear. Sometimes we may feel as insignificant as an eyelash, or wish we had a role as important as the hands or the mouth. But Paul reminds us that everyone is important and needed, and no one can do without all the others.

Ephesians 2:19-22

Another metaphor for the church is that of a building, of which Jesus is the cornerstone. This metaphor reminds us that we are built on those who have come before us in the faith, that God is the builder, and that together we become something we could not be by ourselves.

In this passage, Paul specifies that the building is a temple, a dwelling place for God. Elsewhere Paul speaks of the individual Christian being a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells, but here he clearly refers to the temple which is the whole community of faith. And it is a building that is continually under construction, as the Spirit adds to the church and shapes us for His service.

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