6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone(I) it is the same God(J) at work. If you trust in Him as the one who died for you, who took your punishment and exchanged your sin for His righteousness, you, too, can receive the gift of salvation. 12 Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. There is more to Christianity than just the salvation experience. Rather, define the gifts as they relate to you and your situation. The abundance of these gifts in the churches of Greece, strongly refuted the … None of these ‘spectators’ have the joy of being actively involved in ministry and of seeing God work through them in the exercise of their spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit can drop these gems on us at any time. Spiritual gifts enable us to carry out our task within the body of Christ in a way which no one else can. 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 1 Corinthians 12 New Living Translation (NLT) Spiritual Gifts. All of God’s gifts are gifts of grace in that we do not earn them; they are given in spite of us, rather than because of us. In verse 1, the word pneumatika ("spirituals" or "things of the Spirit") is used. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. It is possible that you are considering spiritual gifts, when in reality you have never come to receive the gift of salvation through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. If we devote ourselves to the service of others, we will inevitably learn what our gifts are. The chief ascended to the bridge, and the captain descended into the engine room. Since every Christian has a particular function in the body of Christ, and since your spiritual gifts equip you to carry out this function, knowing your gifts help you to plug in to the ministry of a local church. If we are to learn anything from passages like 1 Corinthians 12:12–31, the use of various spiritual gifts in the context of a local church is for unity's sake and each gift is vital. So this final message in our series on the Holy Spirit will deal with this subject. That mentality is an abuse of the biblical teaching concerning spiritual gifts. The seminary wife with the gift of faith may demonstrate her passive faith when all the obstacles point to her husband throwing in the towel and quitting seminary, but she keeps encouraging him to trust. Acknowledge. 1 Corinthians 12:1 Spiritual gifts, 1 Corinthians 12:4 are diverse, 1 Corinthians 12:7 yet all to profit withal. God’s gift of salvation is made possible through the sinless life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in the sinner’s place. Each gift is a manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7). 12:1-11 Spiritual gifts were extraordinary powers bestowed in the first ages, to convince unbelievers, and to spread the gospel. 12:28; Rom 12… 12:7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. And I show you a still more excellent way." 1 Corinthians 12 - Now concerning spiritual gifts:* brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. Spiritual Gifts Come From God. Realizing that help could not arrive in time, he knew he must free himself. Now it is very hard to be a good steward of something we know nothing about, and of something which we do not even know we possess. 1 Peter 4 also touches on the spiritual gifts. We’ll explore spiritual gifts and their purposes in this article. They are more interested in studying and knowing than in serving. (K) 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,(L) to another a message of knowledge(M) by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith(N) by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing(O) by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers,(P) to another prophecy,(Q) to another distinguishing between spirits,(R) to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a](S) and to still another the interpretation of tongues. In 1 Corinthians 13, he says that love is the greatest gift. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,(U) so it is with Christ. 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Men spoke and wrote, revealing their backgrounds, education, personalities and styles, and yet these men were moved along by the Holy Spirit in such a way that every word these men wrote was the Word of God (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts,[ a] brothers and sisters,[ b] I do not want you to be uninformed. The highest ranking student in the class was a blind man named Overton, and when he received his honor, he insisted that half the credit should go to his friend, Kaspryzak. One of the biggest problems in the church at Corinth was division. The very fact of such diversity necessitates unity and interdependence. The gift of teaching involves the study of the lesson and the preparation of what is going to be taught. 3. We need only recall the Old Testament figure, Sampson, to be reminded that while he was performing great feats of strength he was living a life devoted to the flesh. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. Spiritual Gifts. Verse. The use of what have come to be called “spiritual gifts” (12:1) seems to have caused much contention in the church of Corinth. Spiritual gifts are a matter of individual stewardship. The Holy Spirit is the source of the gifts. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. But let us be careful about excusing ourselves from tasks for which we are responsible. 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Spiritual Gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Let me suggest some areas of practical benefit. Paul told Timothy. This interplay between diversity and unity is illustrated by the story told by Donald Grey Barnhouse: Several years ago, two students graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. spiritual. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 says love is that most excellent way which I have discussed in my sermon here. 4:10; 1 Cor. In addition to confusing the effectiveness of different individuals with the same spiritual gift, we also ignore the different spheres of ministry which God has for the same gift. We know that all the parts of … in 1971. In 1 Corinthians 13, he says that love is the greatest gift. 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. Using the analogy of the physical body in 1 Corinthians chapter twelve, Paul reinforced this same concept. The Spirit of God gives “special abilities” to us (1 Corinthians 12:1). Plus, learn our Big Idea from 4th Grade Leader, Mr. Greg, and motions to this month's Bible Verse in 1Peter 4:10. 1 Corinthians 12 Modern English Version (MEV) Spiritual Gifts. Spiritual gifts are ‘spiritual’ in nature for they are given by the Holy Spirit to every believer (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed” (1 Corinthians 12:1). In verses 8-10, Paul lists nine manifestations of the Spirit. Although I have already stressed the importance of knowing our spiritual gifts, I want to make it clear that knowledge is not so important that we neglect service. 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You will understand that many books on the subject of spiritual gifts have been written and that no one message will deal with every important issue. Administration involves sitting down and making plans, calling meetings and evaluation of progress. Then Paul moves onto emphasizing the importance of the diversity of the Spiritual Gifts, (1 Corinthians 12:17-20). This word is derived from the word charis, which means "grace". Even when two men have the same gift of teaching, and employ that gift in almost identical situations, there will be diversity in the ‘effects’ or results of that teaching. If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.. Read verses 1-3 When the book of First Corinthians was written, it was addressed to those who were obviously not very mature in the faith. 12:21-26). We are foolish to spend great amounts of time as the chairman of a committee if we are not gifted as an administrator. But this will be a clue as to where you should concentrate your efforts. The one with the gift of giving may be far more spiritual than the evangelist who is winning thousands to Christ. “Chief!” he yelled, wildly waving aloft a monkey wrench. Also, spiritual gifts differ from human talents and abilities in that they result in ‘spiritual’ fruit. The success of the body is proportional to the effective working of each and every member (Ephesians 4:16). 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols. 1. “She’s aground!”. (AF) 28 And God has placed in the church(AG) first of all apostles,(AH) second prophets,(AI) third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing,(AJ) of helping, of guidance,(AK) and of different kinds of tongues. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Let’s begin our study of spiritual gifts by suggesting several reasons why it is imperative for every Christian to know his gift. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Verse 11 says the gifts are given according to God's sovereign will, "as he determines." I am not negating the importance of study or doctrine; I am simply saying that our motive should be to learn to serve, not to study simply to learn. 2 You know that n when you were pagans o you were led astray to p mute idols, however you were led. Anyone who seeks a spiritual gift and employs it in order to give himself a kind of spiritual ‘high’ is missing the point of spiritual gifts. 18 But in fact God has placed(AB) the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. It’s up to Him. He will sense the lack of organization and immediately move in to meet that need. Before we can put our gifts to work for the Lord, we … Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! Ephesians 4:12 tells us these gifts are given to prepare God's people for service and for building up the body of Christ. Spiritual gifts must be important to the Spirit of God Who inspired the writing of the Word of God and thus they should be important to us. Spiritual gifts are of great practical value and benefit to the believer. (See 1:10-16; 6:1-8; 11:18-22) They had devolved into groups who followed their chosen human leader, selfishly In V.31 Paul told the Corinthians, "But earnestly desire the greater gifts. 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Subjects or doctrines which are merely implied are surely of less significance than those clearly stated. One may have the gift of helps, while another the gift of administration, and so on. 12 1-3 What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. It has been said that spiritual gifts must not be confused with natural talents, and surely we must agree. The gift of giving includes the making of the money, the choice of where it is to be distributed and the actual follow-through of giving. Most Christians have failed to grasp the great diversity revealed in spiritual gifts. Knowing your spiritual gift(s) will enable you to determine your priorities. And you know that if there is anyone who can look at a matter with simplicity, it is me. I assume that applies to us also: we ought not to be uninformed about the nature and purpose of spiritual gifts. One of the things which distresses me most about spiritual gifts is the way we define the various gifts by the use of giants of the faith. (D) 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,”(E) and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,”(F) except by the Holy Spirit.(G). 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[ b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. Tools. It is no wonder that Paul had to insert his chapter (13) on love in the midst of his teaching on spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12 Modern English Version (MEV) Spiritual Gifts. 2. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. The choice of your occupation, whether ‘secular’ or ‘religious,’ should take into account whether or not it will help or hinder the exercise and development of your spiritual gift. Sometimes you will be the one to share the gift and sometimes you will receive it from another. In addition to the divine element in spiritual gifts is the human counterpart. 24 Donald Grey Barnhouse, Words Fitly Spoken, p. 155, as quoted by Gary Inrig, Life in His Body (Wheaton: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1975), p. 34. My friends often remind me how simple I really am! The great error of the carnal Corinthian church was to confuse spiritual gifts with spirituality. (See Eph. 12 Now m concerning 1 spiritual gifts, 2 brothers, 3 I do not want you to be uninformed. He has no time for counseling those who are struggling with life, no time to visit the sick, no time to comfort the mourning. Using this standard of measurement, the subject of spiritual gifts is a vital one, for we find gifts addressed specifically in four major portions of Scripture: 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14; Romans chapter 12; Ephesians chapter 4; and 1 Peter chapter 4. 12-14.” (Ibid.) Knowledge 3. 13). I am no longer completely convinced that the New Testament necessarily records every possible spiritual gift, so perhaps there is even greater diversity in gifts than we have thought. The watchword of the Christian sluggard is ‘that’s not my gift.’ My pet peeve is the pastor-teacher who maintains that his sole obligation is to prepare for sermons. While our spiritual gift necessitates that we establish priorities, we are never excused from the responsibilities of all Christians. Are all teachers? Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12. NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print. Many Christians insist upon knowing what their spiritual gifts are before they begin to serve God in any capacity. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that q no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is r accursed!” and s no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. One may use his gift of teaching in a pastoral role in the local church, while another teaches in a seminary. There are infinite possibilities for ministry for those who possess the gift of teaching. The key text is found in 1 Corinthians chapter 12: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. The gifts are not to cause division among the believers, jealously regarding who received a particular gift when another person desired it, or rivalry over the use of similar gifts. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols. To extend our last point just a little bit further, knowing your spiritual gift(s) can be of great help in discerning the will of God. SPIRITUAL GIFTS LISTED BY PAUL IN 1 CORINTHIANS 12 8-9: 1. The prominence of spiritual gifts in Scripture. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed” (1 Corinthians 12:1). Red Letter. 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14 reveal more about the work of the Holy Spirit than do any other passages in the Word of God. The Origin of I Corinthians, (London: SPCK 1965) p. 193 Hurd believes that this “single rather simple question may have produced the whole of I Cor. The things of which Paul wrote in this book were not matters of the ‘deeper life,’ but rather the elemental truths of the Christian life. Verse 11 says the gifts are given according to God's sovereign will, "as he determines." We share the 1 Corinthians 12 Spiritual Gifts, also called manifestation gifts, with others to enrich their lives. I assume that applies to us also: we ought not to be uninformed about the nature and purpose of spiritual gifts. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically. The exact nature of these questions is not known, but it can be reasonably inferred that, among other things, they raised a question about speaking in tongues (glossolalia). Nevertheless, the gift will gradually die because it has been removed from the body of Christ, (The lifeline of any spiritual gift). The greatest danger for those whose gifts seem insignificant is to despise the abilities that God has given them, and to fail to use their gifts thinking they will never be missed (Matt. You may learn that a job change will help you develop your gift. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? They command us to do everything which corresponds to some spiritual gift. Paul is clear, these gifts are to promote the building up of the body (1 Cor. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. Gifts are not classified or top secret material intended only for the spiritual elite. It is those who are gifted in these various capacities who will excel in this particular function. 1:13-14.) 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit,(A) brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. We find that many churches stop with the salvation experience, and believe that these other gifts went out with the apostles. Now let’s try to draw all that has been said together. Only in the most dire … There were many forms of carnality cited by Paul in this epistle. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. All rights reserved worldwide. 10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, 1 that our fathers were all under b the cloud, and all c passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and d all ate the same e spiritual food, 4 and f all drank the same spiritual drink. One is that we have focused upon extraordinary gifts, and most of us are not going to get close to their level of effectiveness. Spiritual gifts are for building up the body (1 Cor. You may study sewing, baseball, bowling or whatever, but you will never know if you are good at it until you have made a genuine effort to do it. 1 Corinthians 12: 1 -11 Spiritual Gifts 1 Now concerning 1 spiritual gifts, 2 brothers, 3 I do not want you to be uninformed. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Every part of the body is essential to the well-being of the body. Paul indicates in Romans chapter twelve, verses six through eight, that we should make the use of our spiritual gifts a priority in our lives. I would have to agree that there is only one gift of teaching, but that the sphere of ministry for a given individual may be teaching young people, while for another gifted individual that sphere of ministry may be teaching the aged in a retirement home. Just like salvation and grace, we do not earn this gift. These are ministries to the church through the Spirit, not just natural talents or abilities. The spiritual gifts listed below are found in three passages: Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30, and Ephesians 4:11. 12 1-3 What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. Spiritual Offices. 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