You are are a MEMBER of the Body of Christ.
What does it mean to be a member of the body of Christ? The following verses related to the acrostic MEMBER reveal six ways in which God has incorporated you into the body of Christ.
Because you are are a MEMBER of the Body of Christ, God:
» Made you part of His spiritual family
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, … (Ephesians 2:19, NIV)
» Equipped you with spiritual gifts for ministry
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (1 Peter 4:10, NLT)
» Matched you with specific needs in the body of Christ
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:15,16, NLT)
» Baptized you into one body for unity
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ…. we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12,13, NLT)
» Enlisted you to bear fruit
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide,… (John 15:16, ESV)
» Re-established you into an interdependent network of believers
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4,5, NIV)