Summary: True life in the Holy Spirit means a life that is supernaturally empowered to live in this sin-infected world as weak people of flesh and yet victorious through the Spirit!
SERIES: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR A HEALTHY & HOLY CHURCH:
A Study in 1 Corinthians Applied To The Church Today
III. MAINTAINING PROPER DIET & EXERCISE
D.) ROLES & EQUIPMENT (Source of Spiritual Gifts)
“THE TRAINER” (1 Cor. 12:1-11)
Rev. Todd G. Leupold, Perth Bible Church, June 21, 2009 AM
Spiritual trainer, Wesley Tracy, laments: “Some people have the notion that following your spiritual gifts is spending the days and years of your life doing only those things which come naturally, easily, with no effort, discipline, or practice.”
Most of us are sensitive against that kind of attitude when it comes to our participation in sports, our work and our hobbies. But what about when it comes to serving the Most High God?
In this next section of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he addresses the culmination of their differences – in particular what it means to be ’spiritual.’ The Corinthians took it upon themselves to see ’life in the Spirit’ as transforming them into something super-human and ’above’ the world. Paul, on the other hand, understood that true “life in the Spirit” means a life that is supernaturally empowered to live in this sin-infected world as weak people of flesh and yet victorious through the Spirit!
I.) SPIRITUAL = JESUS IS LORD (vv. 1-3)
“About matters of the spirit”
This is the key issue and foundation of dispute and error.
“... not ... unaware ... dumb idols ... led astray ... Therefore I am informing you ...”
Clearly, the church in Corinth has this all wrong. They have permitted themselves to be both ignorant of the truth and deceived by the ideas and influences of others.
Idolatry – anything that takes our faith, devotion, obedience, thinking, or time away from God – is both stupidness and the mark of error.
In other words, God’s Holy Word has not been their absolute or even primary standard!
“... ’Jesus is cursed’ ... ’Jesus is Lord’ ...”
The purpose, nature and power of the Spirit is to exalt Jesus as Lord. Nobody empowered by the Spirit of God can do any different.
By contrast, anything – even that which appears, sounds or feels ’spiritual’ – that does not directly and clearly exalt Christ cannot be of God’s Spirit!
The true Spirit of God, and all that comes from and is empowered by Him points to Jesus and glorifies Christ. All else demeans Him.
II.) DIVERSITY BALANCED WITH UNITY (vv. 4-11)
A.) Many Under One (vv. 4-6)
This principle of diversity balanced with unity is exemplified and lived out by the nature and character of our Triune God, Himself!
Different gifts . . . same Spirit
different ministries . . . same Lord
different activities . . . same God
The Spirit empowers us with supernatural gifts, Jesus directs us with His calling and opportunities, and God the Father is the ’mover and shaker’ who sovereignly makes it all come together and happen.
Both diversity AND unity are necessary in the Body of God!
... active in everyone and everything.
Every person and everything (abilities, gifts, organizations, resources, opportunities) depend on the person and activity of Almighty God.