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1 Corinthians 12:27

    1 Corinthians 12:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now you are the body of Christ, and every one of you the separate parts of it.

    Webster's Revision

    Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof.

    World English Bible

    Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:27

    Now ye are the body of Christ - The apostle, having finished his apologue, comes to his application.

    As the members in the human body, so the different members of the mystical body of Christ. All are intended by him to have the same relation to each other; to be mutually subservient to each other; to mourn for and rejoice with each other. He has also made each necessary to the beauty, proportion, strength, and perfection of the whole. Not one is useless; not one unnecessary. Paul, Apollos, Kephas, etc., with all their variety of gifts and graces, are for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:12. Hence no teacher should be exalted above or opposed to an other. As the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee, so luminous Apollos cannot say to laborious Paul, I can build up and preserve the Church without thee. The foot planted on the ground to support the whole fabric, and the hands that swing at liberty, and the eye that is continually taking in near and distant prospects, are all equally serviceable to the whole, and mutually helpful to and dependent on each other. So also are the different ministers and members of the Church of Christ.

    From a general acquaintance with various ministers of Christ, and a knowledge of their different talents and endowments manifested either by their preaching or writings, and with the aid of a little fancy, we could here make out a sort of correspondency between their services and the uses of the different members of the human body. We could call one eye, because of his acute observation of men and things, and penetration into cases of conscience and Divine mysteries. Another hand, from his laborious exertions in the Church. Another foot, from his industrious travels to spread abroad the knowledge of Christ crucified: and so of others. But this does not appear to be any part of the apostle's plan.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:27

    Now ye - Ye Christians of Corinth, as a part of the whole church that has been redeemed.

    Are the body of Christ - The allusion to the human body is here kept up. As all the members of the human body compose one body, having a common head, so it is with all the members and parts of the Christian church. The specific idea is, that Christ is the Head of the whole church; that he presides over all; and that all its members sustain to each other the relation of fellow-members in the same body, and are subject to the same head; compare the note at 1 Corinthians 11:3. The church is often called the body of Christ; Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:18, Colossians 1:24.

    And members in particular - You are, as individuals, members of the body of Christ; or each individual is a member of that body.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 12:27

    12:27 Now ye - Corinthians. Are the body and members of Christ - part of them, I mean, not the whole body.