Summary: God desires for man to be reconciled back to a right relationship with Him. He has provided the church with everything it needs to accomplish the mission of reconciliation and has given us “Spiritual Gifts” for this purpose.
1st Corinthians 12:1-11
God desires for man to be reconciled back to a right relationship with Him. He has provided the church with everything it needs to accomplish the mission of reconciliation and has given us “Spiritual Gifts” for this purpose. We has the body of Christ must understand the gifts God has given to us and operate in them effectively, accurately, and powerfully.
There must first be a distinction between the gift of the Spirit and Spiritual gifts. The gift of the Spirit is the receiving of the Holy Ghost and the speaking in tongues as the Spirit give utterance. This is the New Birth Experience, for the Bible says in John 3:5 “Unless a man be born of the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” The gift of the Spirit is the assurance to eternal life.
The Spiritual gifts are the results of the New Birth Experience. They are the supernatural work of the Holy Ghost. They are given freely by God and must not be confused with talent. God gives the gifts, to secure the Church against the devil, the world, and the flesh. They represent a coalition between the human personality and the divine powers of God working together.
Spiritual gifts are not for you to achieve a level of superstardom, but are for the exalting of Christ and the edifying of the body of Christ.
Exalt: - To lift up, Glorify, Esteem highly with Praise. When we do this through the use of the Spiritual Gifts God has given us He said in John 12:32 “If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Edify: - comes from the Greek word “oikodome”, which is to build up or strengthen, to teach or guide.
The gifts of the Spirit were given to the Church to strengthen it.
Verses 4-6 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
These verses speak of the work of the Divine Trinity, the manifestations of God in the fullness of the Godhead.
a.) Diversities of gifts – which are of the Spirit
b.) Differences of administration – which is the work of the Lord Jesus, Son
c.) Diversities of operations – God
Gifts: are that which is freely given buy the Spirit. Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
Administration is - performance of executive duties. John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”
Operation: - performance of a practical work or of something involving the practical application of principles or processes an exertion of power or influence.
Verse 7: - “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
The word But is a conjunction, it states the fact before it and denotes the truth and responsibility after it.
The word manifestation means the public demonstration of power and purpose.
Verses 8-10 “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:”