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The Church as a Body (24 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 12:12-31
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
1. This evening we pick our study in chapter twelve,
with Paul's discussion of spiritual gifts. Last Wednesday we talked about some of the particular gifts God gives to believers: wisdom, knowledge, faith, and so on...
2. Tonight we are going to look at the church as a body,
the body being the body of Christ (vs. 27), "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
3. Let me give you three points:
I. Placement In the Body
II. Parts of the Body
III. Partnership In the Body
I. PLACEMENT IN THE BODY
A. When does it happen?
1. It happens at the point of salvation. When a
man receives Christ as Savior; he is immediately placed into the body of Christ. He is now a member of the family of God. Galatians 3:26, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
a. Ephes. 5:30, "For we are members of His
body, of His flesh, and of His bones."
2. The most glorious thing that ever took place in
your life and mine, was the transformation from our old life to new life in Christ...when we received Him and became part of His body. 2 Cor. 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
B. How does it happen?
1. It happens by the operation of the Holy Spirit.
We are baptized or placed into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit (vs. 13):
a. This is an amazing miracle...something
supernatural, not seen with the human eye, only understood by faith and appreciated by the change in our lives. When we are saved, we are placed in Christ and He in us. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes this happen: John 14:20, "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
1) And by the way, contrary to what some
charismatics teach, we r ...
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