Thursday, September 15, 2011


We will begin by analyzing what the Apostle Paul said about the gifts of the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, he wrote:
"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. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 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 kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."

1) There are different gifts; there are nine listed here.
2) There are different ministries where they are to be exercised (the word translated "administrations" is the same root word from which we get "deacon," or "the place one is assigned to serve."
3) There are different levels of ability in exercising the gifts. The word translated "operations" is from the Greek energēma, from which we get "energy" or "power."
4) "All in all" has often been mistakenly understood to mean all believers have all of the gifts. There are three obvious reasons this text should not be interpreted that way: first, not everyone has the same ministry or the same power, so why believe everyone has the same nine gifts; second, the context of the next sentence clearly indicates that different gifts are given to different believers; and third, Paul specifically says so in 1 Corinthians 12:14-31:
"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, 'Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body'; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, 'Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body'; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, 'I have no need of thee': nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you'. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 'Are all apostles?' 'Are all prophets?' 'Are all teachers?' 'Are all workers of miracles?' 'Have all the gifts of healing?' 'Do all speak with tongues?' 'Do all interpret?' But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way."
To be continued tomorrow, should the Lord should tarry, and will permit this study to continue.

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