Thus in this state of our knowledge of divine things--imperfect and incomplete. In his lists of gifts 12:4-10, 28 , he places the gift of tongues and their interpretation last. Well, are not all Christians to have faith? We must be content though we are lower and less than others. Despite its prominence, it is helpful to remember that it is never mentioned in the Gospels at all. It is only mentioned three times in the book of Acts, in three historic occasions when it was used, and the only other mention in the whole of the epistles of the New Testament is what we have right here in First Corinthians. Marsh, A New Commentary Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969 , p. We certainly recognize that kind of specificity in the medical community today.
We agree that miracles have a purpose in impressing unbelievers and believers with the power of God, but that is clearly their secondary purpose. Remember, those will not be approved hereafter who seek the chief places, but those who are most faithful to the trust placed in them, and most diligent in their Master's work. Apollos personally was absolutely loyal and honourable, but his visit to Corinth had done mischief. In Chapter 12 of First Corinthians, the apostle gives us very clearly the blueprint for the operation of the Body of Christ. They were temporary measures designed for a special purpose. Shall I know even as I am known.
As Paul notes here, there are a variety of gifts. The great lesson is that various members of Christ's spiritual body have many various talents, perform many different services, some in the eyes of men receiving distinctions and honors; but no member of the holy body should be envious of any other. The seventeen books from Isaiah through Malachi are books of prophecy, but there are written accounts of prophecy in other books as well. The truth that these gifts are valuable as evidence of the indwelling Spirit, and so far as they could be useful for the Church, was forgotten. When Apollos left, a section of the Church unduly magnified the importance of his gifts and of his manner of teaching.
Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. They are the sort of brethren who are useful anywhere, who can always stop a gap, and who are only too glad when they find that they can make themselves serviceable to the church of God in any capacity whatever. Now, concerning what you wrote about the gifts from the Holy Spirit. You are free in the Lord to exercise your gift as God opens the opportunity to you, and we encourage you to do it. I do not want you to be ignorant : The Corinthian Christians are given a reminder that is good for us, also. Prophets delivered their message in various forms. But adding gifts is justified by the context.
If someone in the People's Temple had been exercising the gift of discernment he would have spotted the phoniness of Jim Jones long before the whole world could see it. Later, at the end of the fourth century and into the Middle Ages, the gifts were said to have ceased, and they were certainly neglected. Each serves the pleasure of the Designer. However, there are beautiful insights into many other things as well. The promise of the Holy Spirit — specifically including miraculous gifts — is a promise made to all generations. Verse 18 But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as it pleased him.
Church organization was not something that people contrived and added in the post-apostolic era. That is not how God designed us to be. The work of the church is: Healing the broken-hearted, giving deliverance to the poor, opening the doors to the captives, setting free people who are bound in prisons of doubt, fear, anxiety and selfishness, and leading them out into liberty, freedom and power. If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? The church consists of all those who have truly been born of the Spirit and are a living body, growing and developing within the world, not apart from it, in order to touch the hurt and the death of the world with the life and the love of God. And by communion with Christ at the Lord's supper, we are strengthened, not by drinking the wine, but by drinking into one Spirit. In this early age the Church was full of the divine energy of spiritual youth. Paul began this chapter by showing us how the Body of Christ flows out of the unity and diversity of the Trinity itself, the Triune God at work within his body.
Both were freely given of God. They make a wrong application of the truth that things like speaking in tongues have demonic counterparts, and are not unique to Christianity. Unity and Diversity in the Body 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. They could feel that they were above the crowd. You sometimes hear singers who do not use a spiritual gift and though their singing is technically excellent it is spiritually profitless, and sometimes we feel the flatness that comes from that. They do not flash and make a lot of noise or call attention to themselves; they operate very quietly, but they are beyond natural powers. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, He may abide with you forever John 14:16.
Verse 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal. If it is important for the church to be united, it is also important for it to recognize the value of its diversity. All of them belong to you, Brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written. These are the big words, that show the mutual dependence and indispensability which characterize the relationship of every member of the body of Christ to every other member. The eyes and ears do not only serve themselves, but the whole body. And those who thought themselves to be less gifted were envious of those who seemed to be more gifted.