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Treasure Digest: Pentecost and the Church: One Spirit and One Body

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Pentecost and the Church: One Spirit and One Body

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At Passover we all ate of one bread, the living bread, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 [16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? [17] For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
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; John 6:51 John 6:51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
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). Pentecost continues and amplifies the theme of unity. "When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place" (Acts 2:1 Acts 2:1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
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). The coming of the Holy Spirit that day marked the beginning of the Church.

Paul used the analogy of the body to represent the unified interdependence of God's Church. "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 [12] 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. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
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God wants us to recognize our place in the Body, and our need for every other part, "that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it" (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 [25] That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. [26] And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
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In Christ's Body, there is no place for "cutting off our nose to spite our face."

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