And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
foot … hand—The humble speaks of the more honorable member which most nearly resembles itself: so the "ear" of the "eye" (the nobler and more commanding member, Nu 10:31), (1Co 12:16). As in life each compares himself with those whom he approaches nearest in gifts, not those far superior. The foot and hand represent men of active life; the ear and eye, those of contemplative life.See Poole on "1 Corinthians 12:15"
because I am not the eye: the organ of seeing, in which is seated the visive faculty, and which receives light, and uses it for the good of the body, whose superintendent it is; and may be expressive of the ministers of the Gospel, who are that to the church, as eyes are to the body; they are the light of the world, have a clear insight into the doctrines of the Gospel, and communicate their light to others; they are set in the highest place in the church, and as watchmen and overseers there, to instruct; guide, and direct the members of it:
I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? it certainly is; and so such as are only hearers of the Gospel, being affectionate, believing, understanding and fruitful hearers; though they have not such large knowledge and clear light, so as to be capable of overseeing and instructing others, yet are true and useful members of the church, are highly respected by Christ the head, and to be had in esteem by their fellow members, who may be superior to them.And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)1 Corinthians 12:16. Τὸ οὖς, the ear) a part less noble.—ὀφθαλμὸς, the eye) a most noble and most commanding (ἠγεμονικὴ) part of the body, comp. Numbers 10:31. Sight excels hearing, 1 Corinthians 12:17; 1 Corinthians 12:21.
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