18 AUGUST 365 Days with Calvin

Being One in Christ

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 Corinthians 12:27

suggested further reading: Philippians 2

What has been said about the nature and condition of the human body must be applied to us; for we are not merely a civil society, but, having been engrafted into Christ’s body, are truly members of one another.

Therefore, we should know that whatever any one of us has, it has been given to us for the edification of our fellow believers. Accordingly, let us bring forward what we have and not keep it back, buried, as it were, within self, or only for our own use. Let not the person who is endowed with superior gifts be puffed up with pride and despise others; rather, let him consider nothing is so diminutive as to be of no use. For in truth, even the least among the pious brings forth fruit according to his slender capacity, so there is no useless member in the church.

Those who are not endowed with much honor should not envy those above them or refuse to do their duty to them, but they should maintain the station in which they have been placed. Let there be mutual affection, mutual fellow feeling, mutual concern. Let us have regard for the advantage of all, so that we may not destroy the church by maligning, or envy, or pride, or any disagreement. On the contrary, let every one of us strive to preserve the church to the utmost of our power.

This is a large and magnificent subject, but I content myself with having pointed out one way in which the above text must be applied to the church.

for meditation: The church being one in Jesus Christ implies that each member of the church has particular tasks to do, just as families share tasks in their home. Some of these tasks are prominent; others, more mundane. Paul is directing every member of the church to use his or her gifts for the health and well-being of the church and their fellow members. If you are a believer, what gifts has the Spirit given you to use for the upbuilding of the church? Are you using those gifts now? How could you use them more effectively?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 249). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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