But now are they many members, yet but one body.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)But now are they.—From the reductio ad absurdum of the previous verses the Apostle turns to the fact as it is, and proceeds (in 1Corinthians 12:21) to state that there is a mutual interdependence in the members of the body. The eye is dependent on the hand, the head upon the feet. Here, no doubt, the illustration is drawn out in this particular direction to rebuke those who being themselves possessed of what were considered important spiritual gifts despised the gifts which the Spirit had bestowed on others.
many members—mutually dependent.
yet but one body; all are united together, and make up one complete body, and which without each of them would not be perfect: so there are many members in the body of Christ, the church; some are teachers, others are hearers; some give, and others receive; but all make up but one church, of which Christ is the head; nor can anyone of them be spared; was anyone wanting, even the meanest, there would be a deficiency, and the church would not be the fulness of him that filleth all in all.But now are they many members, yet but one body.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)1 Corinthians 12:20. Ἑν δὲ σῶμα, but one body) From this unity there follows the mutual dependency of the members.
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