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1 Corinthians 12:12

    1 Corinthians 12:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For as the body is one, and has a number of parts, and all the parts make one body, so is Christ.

    Webster's Revision

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

    World English Bible

    For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:12

    For as the body is one - Though the human body have many members, and though it be composed of a great variety of parts, yet it is but one entire system; every part and member being necessary to the integrity or completeness of the whole.

    So also is Christ - That is, So is the Church the body of Christ, being composed of the different officers already mentioned, and especially those enumerated, 1 Corinthians 12:28, apostles, prophets, teachers, etc. It cannot be supposed that Christ is composed of many members, etc., and therefore the term Church must be understood, unless we suppose, which is not improbable, that the term Ὁ Χριστος, Christ, is used to express the Church, or whole body of Christian believers.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:12

    For as the body is one - The general sentiment which the apostle had been illustrating and enforcing was, that all the endowments which were possessed in the church were the work of the same Holy Spirit, and that they ought to be appropriately cherished and prized, as being all useful and valuable in their places. This sentiment he now illustrates 1Co. 12:12-27 by a beautiful similitude taken from the mutual dependence of the various parts of the human body. The human body is one, and yet is composed of various members and parts that all unite harmoniously in one whole.

    Being many - Or, although they are many; or while they are in some respects separate, and perform distinct and different functions, yet they all unite in one harmonious whole.

    So also is Christ - The church is represented as the body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:27, meaning that it is one, and that he sustains to it the relation of Head; compare Ephesians 1:22-23. As the "head" is the most important part of the body, it may be put for the whole body; and the name "Christ" here, the head of the church, is put for the whole body of which he is the head; and means here the Christian society, or the church. This figure, of a part for the whole, is one that is common in all languages; see the note at Romans 12:4-5.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:12

    12:12 So is Christ - That is, the body of Christ, the church.