SPECIAL TOPIC: CHRISTIANITY IS CORPORATE

A. Paul's and Peter's plural metaphors

1. body (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-20)

2. field (cf. 1 Cor. 3:9)

3. building (cf. 1 Pet. 2:4-5)

B. The term "saint" is always plural (except Phil. 4:21, but even there it is also corporate)

C. The Reformation emphasis of Martin Luther on the "priesthood of the believer" is not truly biblical. It is the priesthood of believers (cf. Exod. 19:6; 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6).

D.  Each believer is gifted for the common good (cf. 1 Cor. 12:7)

E. Only in cooperation can the people of God be effective. Ministry is corporate (cf. Eph. 4:11-12).

 

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