Parts Are Parts

We understand the purpose of our eyes, our ears, our hands and feet and our internal organs like our heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs. All these “parts” have a purpose. We can understand these “parts” when it comes to our physical body, but what about our spiritual body?

Not only are we as mankind a body of humans made up of different “parts” (some educators, some labourers, some technical, etc) but each of us as individuals are made up of “parts”. We have internal parts and external. Internal or external parts, both affect our being.

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul is comparing earthly – fleshly with spiritual  to make a point. Although we understand how all the different parts of our body have a purpose, do we understand the parts of our spirit man and the spiritual parts of the church, the “body” of believers?

Matthew 13 – Jesus is at the sea side and a bunch of people come to hear him speak. So Jesus gets into a ship and sat down. He tells the people the parable of the Sower. And in verse 9 Jesus concludes with, ” who hath ears to hear let him hear”. Did all the people at the seaside have ears? Most likely yes. So why does Jesus tell them he who hath ears to hear, let him hear?

Notice in Matthew 13:13 – they seeing see not, they have ears hear not. In Matthew 13:14-17 Jesus explains the parable. And look at verse 23 –
Matthew 13:13-23 KJV  “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
[15] For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
[17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
[18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
[19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one , and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
[20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
[21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
[22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
[23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it ; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

We see 4 types of people:
~ One heard but has no understanding
~ One heard and received but no root
~ One heard but cares of the world choke and he becomes unfruitful
~ One hears, understands, bears fruit

Just as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 12 the body of Christ  is made up of different parts, so is our spirit man. When you think about your earthly body you can readily name off your parts, can you do the same with your spiritual body?  We know our new spiritual body does not have blood like our earthly body has. Parts of our human body are like gifts given to us by God so our earthly body functions flawlessly. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 KJV  “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
[5] And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
[6] And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
[7] But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

Not only do we learn from Paul how the body of Christ works from these verses but we see a pattern to how God sets things up. Let me try to explain.

Your eyes administer seeing.
Your legs administer walking.
Your heart pumps blood throughout your body. These are all “gifts” from God to mankind. Each of these gifts have an operation and administration.

Your eyes are like the “gift” from God. The eyes operation is taking light in and utilizing the cornea and retina to produce site so you see an image. Think of operations as the process. How something works.

So using the eye example – the eye is the gift. The eye administers sight. And the parts of the eye working together is the operations of the eye.

The same is true for our spirit man.
1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
If you were to look at two people and their life, what distinguishes them apart? They both look the same, have eyes, legs, heart, arms so what makes them different?

We will pick it up from here next time.

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