I Corinthians 12: 12-26 Modern Ecclesiastical Version (MEV)
12 The organization is a corporation with a 501(c)3 tax deductible status, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one organization. This, of course, has everything to do with the way business works. 13 For we were all organized by the denomination into one organization—whether Americans or those other people, rich or poor —and we were all given the one set of doctrines to profess.
14 Now the organization is not made up of one part but is designed as a hierarchy. 15 The foot should say, “Because I am not clergy, I am down here on the bottom.” 16 And the ear should say, “Because I am not on the staff, I should just listen and take notes.” 17 If the whole body were an eye, it wouldn’t be very practical, since the organization is designed to entertain the ears. 18 In fact, the denomination has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as they wanted them to be, with the head indispensible, the other parts not so much. 19 After all, if the organization didn’t have a head, what would happen to the organization? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but the head is most important.
21 The eye cannot say to the head, “I don’t need you!” But the head can certainly say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 Those parts of the organization that seem to be weaker are indeed dispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable don’t get much honor. And the parts that are unpresentable just shake hands at the door, 24 while our presentable parts honor the unpresentable with a smile. That’s the way the world works. The denomination has determined the structure of the organization and has ordained the head, 25 so that there should be no division in the organization, but that its parts should express great respect for the ordained head. 26 If one part suffers, it’s no big deal, but if the head suffers every part suffers with it; if the head is honored, every part should rejoice.
- In the MEV who do you think is the head?
- In the actual New Testament who do you think is the Head?
- Where did the Spirit go?
- This is the way the world works, but were we ever told to copy the world?