The word “body” is so often used in the Bible that it’s challenging to find a verse that accurately sums up what we are as the Body of Christ. However, I’ve discovered that these verses not only define what it means to be a follower of Christ but also show us how we should live accordingly. In this article, I took 15 verses from the Bible and noticed a trend in how they are written. From that observation, I formulated some guidelines to help you become more discerning when reading the Scriptures.

Bible verses about Body of Christ

As Christians, knowing what the Bible has to say about the Body of Christ is vital. The Christian faith would not be one without spiritual unity within its congregations. Every congregant should know how they can cooperate with God in bringing peace, prosperity, and prosperity to their home and community.

Luke 22:19 – “This is my body, which is given for you.”

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

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Luke 22_19 - _This Is My Body, Which Is Given For You

On this Passover of all Passovers, the Lamb who had been killed from the beginning of time humbled Himself before His disciples and proclaimed: “This is My Body that I have offered up for you. Do this as a tribute to Me.”

The Lord Jesus served as the manna from heaven and the bread of life. His own life was to be given as a ransom for many.

And as He offered the cup, which symbolized His lifeblood being spilled for every sinner in humanity, and broke the unleavened bread, which represented His sinless Body, it was a picture of His own precious Body being broken on the Cross and His lifeblood being spilled before God the Father as the only sacrifice.

This great sacrifice on the cross brought salvation to mankind, and sinners could obtain mercy from God.

Ephesians 4:12 – The promise in the Body of Christ.

To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

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Ephesians 4_12 - The Promise In The Body Of Christ

Paul points out that we, previously dead in our transgressions and sins, have now been raised with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly realms.

He discloses to us the gospel’s promise that Gentiles are fellow-heirs, co-partners in the promise in Christ Jesus, and partners of the contract in the Body of Christ, where there is no Jew nor Gentile. This mystery of Christ was kept secret from earlier generations.

Because we are one Body of believers, bonded by the power of the Spirit, we must recognize that our privileges in Christ are to be translated into practical living.

1 Corinthians 12:27 – Christians possess the Body of Christ.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV

1 Corinthians 12_27 - Christians Possess The Body Of Christ

Put away childish things and keep in mind that as members of the Body of Christ, they have the Holy Spirit of God residing within their mortal bodies; this, Paul advises the Corinthian Church and their members.

To avoid offending the Lord, they should not behave like the natural man, who is trapped in sin and plagued by disbelief, nor should they adopt a carnal mindset.

Paul challenges these believers to walk in Spirit and truth, live and act like men who abide in Christ.

Ephesians 5:23 – The Church is the “body” of Christ.

For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

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Ephesians 5_23 - The Church Is The _Body_ Of Christ

Paul gives his advice a spiritual foundation. First, he compares Christ (the husband) and the Church in his argument (the wife). Christ gave His life in a show of love for the Church. Similarly, husbands are expected to adore their spouses and be prepared to risk their lives for them.

Like the Church’s appeal to love the Lord, wives are expected to devote themselves to their spouses. Paul also states that the Church is the “body” of Christ, also its Savior. The husband and wife are one Body in this analogy. They are obligated to live in harmony and affection.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – We are people for God’s possession.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

1 Corinthians 6_19-20 - We Are People For God'S Possession

Each person rescued by grace through faith in Christ has a holy and honorable calling, and as members of His Body, we are living stones built up into a spiritual house.

To present spiritual scarifies to the Lord that is pure and acceptable to Him, we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for God’s possession. This scripture serves as a reminder to each believer that their Body is a temple of the Holy Spirit since He made our hearts His permanent home at the moment of salvation.

The pricey blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary was used to purchase us.

1 Corinthians 1:10 – God calls every one of us to be holy and set apart for Him.

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

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1 Corinthians 1_10 - God Calls Every One Of Us To Be Holy And Set Apart For Him

God calls every one of us to be holy and set apart for Him, but He also calls us into fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ, urging us to share the same viewpoint and standards of behavior.

Paul kindly encourages us to agree among ourselves so that there is no disharmony, dispute, or discord among us. But unfortunately, the differences and disunity that were apparent inside the Corinthian Church so long ago are still present in the Body of Christ today.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 – Our bodies are for the Lord.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 ESV

1 Corinthians 6_15-17 - Our Bodies Are For The Lord

Our bodies are for the Lord, according to Paul. In this verse, Paul emphasizes that relationship even more. Christ is a member of the Body of Christians. Or, to put it another way, our physical Body is a part of Christ’s eternal, spiritual Body.

Should we take these bodies, which are members of Christ, and use them to sin? He responds immediately and emphatically, No! Instead, we should carry our Body knowing fully that Christ is part of it.

1 Corinthians 12:12 – The Body suffers greatly when one member is not functioning correctly.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

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1 Corinthians 12_12-31

The Human Body is composed of various parts, but it functions as a single entity.

Christ is the Head of the Body, and just as the control tower serves as the head of a human body, so it should be with every member of the Church, which is the Body of Christ since He is our Head.

The Body suffers greatly when one member is not functioning correctly. Paul uses the intricate relationships between the many parts of the human body to show how each member of the Body of Christ is vital to the total and should work and relate to the other members.

Ephesians 4:4-7 – One Body, one Spirit.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:4-7 ESV 

Ephesians 4_4-7 - One Body, One Spirit

We must treat one another with kindness and humility while acting out of divine love. We are urged to be diligent in upholding the unity of the Spirit in the lovely bond of His heavenly peace and forgiving one another’s flaws.

To the honor and glory of our Lord, who is the only Sovereign God, we are to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things for the sake of Christ.

By God’s help, we are to unite our hearts in love with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Bible verses about unity in the Body of Christ.

The Body of Christ comprises people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and religions. The Bible commands us to love each other, regardless of our race, gender or religion. This Scripture video series introduces us to a variety of Bible verses that address unity in the Body of Christ. It also includes helpful commentary by authors who actively bring the message of God’s Word to people who might need it most.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. …

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 ESV

1 Corinthians 12_12 - The Body Suffers Greatly When One Member Is Not Functioning Correctly

Paul attempts to give us a comprehensive grasp of the spiritual gifts in this section. It should be a top goal for those born from above to understand and discern as much as possible about spiritual gifts.

To the glory of God and for the overall good of the Body of Christ, we are commanded to utilize them wisely as the Holy Spirit directs and to develop our gifts.

Romans 12:4-5

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

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Paul starts to discuss our precise roles in this self-sacrificing lifestyle now, though. It turns out that God wants Christians to live their lives serving one another in particular ways.

His analogy here covers not only each local congregation but also the global Church as a whole. Paul explains this using the well-known human body analogy. One individual is contained within one Body as a complete.

But from head to toe, that one Body is made up of a variety of elements that perform vastly disparate tasks. Nevertheless, the Church, which refers to all Christians, is identical in that we are the Body of Christ, as Paul will demonstrate in the following lines.

Ephesians 4:16

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:16 ESV

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul paints a precise picture of the composition and purpose of the Body of Christ. He talks about the unity of the saints and the value of considering others superior to ourselves. We are responsible for upholding God’s Word and telling the truth in love.

Paul discusses the enormous diversity found in the Body of Christ and the spiritual blessings and gifts each believer gives by the level of trust that God has given each of us.

He gives a lovely explanation of the Church’s oneness, stating that there is only one Body and one Spirit.

Colossians 3:14-16

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:14-16 ESV 

Paul continues by listing the various fruits of the Spirit that should be displayed in the lives of everyone who walk in Spirit and truth after listing the ungodly traits that should not be displayed in a Christian’s life.

The main focus is on love dominating the heart and peace guarding the soul, even though we are encouraged to put on tender mercies and kindness, where warm regard and real forgiving of others are defined as crucial attributes of the believer.

But above all, put on love, for love is what holds all things together in the one of the Spirit. Also, let Christ’s peace rule in your hearts, for you were called to be one Body in Christ.

Ephesians 3:6

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Ephesians 3:6 ESV

This passage summarizes the central message of the cross: that every member of the Church, which is the Body of Christ, has equal rights and dignity. This is because we are all one in Christ; hence there are no superior Christians or lesser believers.

There is no division in the Church since we are all fellow members of His Body, co-heirs with the same birthright that is given by grace through faith to all who are redeemed in Christ, and co-participants in the unconditional promise made to Christ via Abraham.

Ephesians 5:23-30

For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. …

Ephesians 5:23-30 ESV

After advising wives to submit to their husbands, Paul gives a spiritual justification for his advice. He compares Christ (the husband) and the Church in his argument (the wife). Christ gave His life in a show of love for the Church.

Similarly, husbands are expected to care for and sacrifice for their spouses. In contrast, ladies are expected to display a level of devotion to their husbands comparable to the love of the Lord.

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