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1 Corinthians 12:14-17 – All is unique

09-10-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet

For the body also is not one member, but many. If the foot should be saying, “Seeing that I am not a hand, I am not of the body”, not for this is it not of the body. And if the ear should be saying “Seeing that I am not an eye, I am not of the body” not for this is it not of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the scent?

With a few rhetorical questions, Paul clarifies his point that even in a human body, unity only exists by the grace of diversity. If there were only a hand or a foot or an ear or an eye, it is not even a body.

In addition, the value of one cannot be assessed on the basis of the qualities of the other. An eye is no less because of the inability to hear or smell. An eye can’t hear, but it doesn’t have to. Because an eye is made to see, like an ear is made to hear. And so on. In short, GOD gives all members (and parts) a unique quality.