By way of review though we have made the following statements:
Let's move forward now in our study. When the Holy Spirit places a person into the body of Christ, He provides and equips each person specifically with certain things. First He gives each one grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. (Ephesians 4:7) Then He also provides each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) And finally He gives each one a manifestation of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:7) These are all distributed according to the will of God, not according to the desire of the person. The Spirit distributes to each one individually as He wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11)
This results in three key truths. First of all the body is not one member but many. (1 Corinthians 12:14) The body of Christ is not just an eye ball. There are many members each having a particular role to play in maintaining the "health" of the body. This truth should eliminate discouragement and jealousy.
Secondly, even though there are many members, it is one body. (1 Corinthians 12:20) This truth should eliminate arrogance and pride. All of the members, no matter how small or insignificant they seem are important. And actually the scripture says that just like in the human body we take special care of the parts that are weaker or more sensitive.
Finally, God composed the body to give greater honor to the parts that lacked. (1 Corinthians 12:24) His purpose is that there should be no schism or division in the body. This truth should produce mutual care and encouragement. When we realize that the others in the body are all part of the same body and that their role is equally important, we will have a special care for them rather than trying to make divisions.