1 Corinthians 12

Author

Rob Schultz

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Observations:

· Paul does want the Corinthians to be uniformed about the gifts of the Spirit
· No one with the Spirit can say Jesus be cursed and no want can truly say Jesus is Lord without the Spirit
· There are different kinds of gifts, service and working, but the same Spirit, Lord and God at work in all of them and in everyone
· The manifestation of the Spirit through gifts is given for the common good of the church
· The one and the same Spirit distributes a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues and the interpretations of tongues to believers just as he determines
· Just as a body has many parts and many parts form one body, all believers are given the Spirit and are baptized into one Body of Christ-- whether Jew or Gentile, slave or free
· Even if some parts desire to be other parts, they are still parts of the Body of Christ
· The church needs all its many parts to function together to form one body
· God places all the unique parts in the body just as he wants them to be
· Parts that are less visible may seem dispensable but every part is essential
· God puts the body together and gives greater honor to the parts that are less visible so that there should be no division in the body as its parts have equal concern for one another
· If one parts suffers, all parts suffer and if one part is honored all parts rejoice
· God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues
· No one gift is given to all believers
· We should eagerly desire the greater gifts

Application:

· I need to inform believers that they have a gift(s) from the Spirit that they need to use for our body of Christ to function as God intended
· A typical church (or at least a service) today may seem like only 5-10% of people have active responsibilities and the rest are passive attenders, but I need to teach and champion that the church is a body and that every person is an essential
· I need to have equal concern for all gifts of the Spirit and look to enable all gifts to function within the body of Christ
· Since my gifts were given for the building up of the body of Christ, I need to be faithful steward and use my gifts at all times as God intends

Prayer:

Holy Father, thank you for making your church a living body where every person is essential in order for us to function in our world. Lord Jesus, as the head of our body, please mobilize every single part to function at full capacity. Father, you have put our Trinity body together and Spirit, you have distributed gifts to every believer at Trinity. May you lead us to be an elite gymnast where every part of the body must function at its best in order to compete. Father, help us to graciously irritate and provoke one another to love and good deeds at all times. In Jesus name, Amen.

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And God created it all - every part gloriously. The challenge for me is to see my role in conjunction with everyone else. It is easy to say I am not doing well and get down on myself - or place too much importance on me - but when I look at things in the big picture of what God is doing, it gets my eyes off of myself and into the things that really matter. I am more likely to come alongside others to help them along because I want the body to be healthy, if it's not, it's all sick, not just one part. On the contrary, when the church is healthy, well, step back, because here comes an elite gymnast.............

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