Monday, 13 April 2009

The Body

Our faith is both individual – in our response to Jesus and the sacrifice of his life – and corporate, as we seek to live out a life in community. I’ve been thinking about that: about my body being my own, yet belonging to Jesus and how I am also a part of the body of believers.

I looked up the definition of ‘body’ – 21 different meanings of the noun! Several definitions do, in fact, refer to individuality of a physical structure of one sort or another – the body of a person, an animal, the trunk of a tree, the fuselage of a plane, even the hull of a ship… all independent entities.

Yet body also refers collectively to a major part, or all of, a group of people. That’s what we, as Christians, are – a body of believers:

Ephesians 5:29-30 says: ‘After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.’

Jesus feeds and cares for us all – together.

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