Summary: There is only one body, but many members. We are all dependent on one another. It is not just the pastor’s job to care for the members of the body—that would be humanly impossible. Each member must function as he or she is called.
We continue our study of His Church and begin by looking at 1 Corinthians 12.
(1 Cor 12:13 NKJV) 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 Cor 12:14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
The word "baptized" is the transliteration of the Greek word, baptizo, meaning "to immerse." In other words, Paul is saying that "By one Spirit (the Holy Spirit), we were all baptized or immersed into one body."
By the way, some have taken this passage to teach what they call, “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit” which is a (false) doctrine that teaches in addition to getting saved, the believer gets a “second blessing” if they ask and tarry (wait) for it. They go on to teach that the “Spirit’s baptism is evidenced by speaking in tongues.”
It is obvious that this passage has nothing to do with speaking in tongues. Paul is referring to the work of the Holy Spirit where He baptizes or immerses the believer into the body of Christ.
If you are a Christian you have been immersed in one body (the Body of Christ) and were "made to drink of one Spirit" that is, the Spirit of the Living God who is living and dwelling within you.
Paul writes, “…we were all baptized into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free…” In other words, becoming a Christ-follower isn’t dependent on your race or your social or economic situation. Jesus Christ saves those from the gutter-most to the uttermost.
This is a wonderful passage of Scripture reminding us of the unity of the body of Christ.
Paul is letting us know that there are to be no racial distinctions in the body; there are to be no cultural prejudices in the body.
“We all were made to drink into one Spirit” which means that no one can be more of a Christian than another in the body.
In the body of Christ, everybody matters and no one is unimportant; no one is set up over and above the rest, for the body is not one member but many.
Paul goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 12:15:
(1 Cor 12:15 NKJV) If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
(1 Cor 12:16 NKJV) And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
In March of 1981, President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. , and was hospitalized for several weeks. Although Reagan was the nation’s chief executive, his hospitalization had little impact on the nation’s activity. Government continued on.
Also in 1981 the garbage collectors of New York City went on a 17-day strike. That city was not only in a literal mess, the pile of decaying trash quickly became a health hazard.
Think about this, if the garbage collectors around the country all decided to go on strike this would paralyze the country. So who is more important—the President or a garbage collector? They both are important.