The Bible uses a variety of different images to describe God’s people. It describes us as a body (1 Cor. 12:12-13), a building (1 Cor. 3:9; Eph. 2:19-22), a family (Gal. 4:4-6), and a bride (Eph. 5:22-24; Rev. 19:6-10). All of these images are used to make particular, special, and important points about the nature of God’s people. One point in particular, though, seems to stand out in all of the images: they all highlight a particular thing that is necessarily made up of many individual parts – all of which are necessary if the thing itself is going to be “complete”. The point then? God intends His people to live and function together in faithful fellowship and intimate community, and in so far as they neglect this fellowship and community, they will suffer and God’s people will be incomplete.