“First of all, true Christians are of one body in Christ. Ye are the body
of Christ and members of their part. All the parts of this body being
thus united are made so contiguous in a special relation as they must
needs partake of eachother’s strength and infirmity; joy and sorrow,
weal and woe. If one member suffers, all suffer with it, if one be in honor,
all rejoice with it” (Winthrop 4).
John Winthrop is putting intopractice in this quote the idea of
what true Christians have evolved into, which is as one. Christians
are expected to treat one other's challenges and triumphs as
though they were their own. Winthrop is trying to help people
understand that the act of doing things together will make the
process of living stronger rather than individually.