The gifts of the Spirit

This document is designed to explain the Gifts of the Spirit, and there importance in the Christian life.

  

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

 

Now there are diversities of gifts – Diversities means a different variety of or range or mixture of gifts.

But the same Spirit – Produced by the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit.

We could liken this unto a Father who has 5 children, at Christmas time he buys each child a different gift but each gift comes from the same father.

This speaks of the third person in the trinity, God the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

 

And there are differences of administrations - The word properly denotes “ministries; so that there are different ranks and grades in the ministries which Christ has appointed.

But the same Lord - This refers evidently to the Lord Jesus, by whom these various orders of ministers were appointed, and under whose control they are.

This speaks of the second person in the trinity, God the Son.

 

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 

And there are diversities of operations - Of works; to wit, of miracles, such as God produces in the church, in the establishment and defense of his religion. There are different operations on the mind and heart; and different powers given to man.

But it is the same God which worketh all in all - The same Father; all these operations are produced by the same God

Which worketh all in all - All these operations are to be traced to him

This speaks of the first person in the trinity, God the Father

 

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

 

But the manifestation of the Spirit - showing forth or to make known.

Is given to every man – To every man of God or Saved or Saint or Servant of God.

To profit withal - Unto profit; that is, for unity, or use; or to be an advantage to the church; for the common good of all.

 

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

 

For to one is given by the Spirit – or by the Holy Spirit.

The word of wisdom – wise, and prudent, and comprehensive views of the scheme of redemption, and with a faculty of clearly explaining it to the apprehension of people.

To another the word of knowledge - He would be learned; would have a clear view of the plan of salvation, and of the doctrines and duties of religion.

By the same Spirit – Produced by the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 

To another faith - he distinguished for simple confidence in God.

By the same Spirit - Produced by the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit.

To another the gifts of healing - It would seem from this passage that the gift of healing was conferred on some in a more eminent degree than on others.

By the same Spirit - Produced by the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 12:10 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:

 

To another the working of miracles - it is evident that the apostle there refers to the power of working miracles in healing inveterate and violent diseases. The expression used here, working of miracles.

To another prophecy - to predict future events, but it also means to declare the divine will; to interpret the purposes of God; or to make known in any way the truth of God, which is designed to influence people. Its first meaning is to predict or foretell future events.

To another discerning of spirits – trying or testing the spirits to see if they are from God or not.

To another divers kinds of tongues - The power of speaking various languages.

To another the interpretation of tongues - The power of interpreting foreign languages; or of interpreting the language which might be used by the “prophets” in their communications.

 

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

 

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit - Produced by the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit.

Dividing to every man – Giving to each servant that gift from the Holy Spirit.

Severally as he will – to whomever the Holy Spirit sees fit.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

 

Like our physical bodies are one entire “package” with many members (feet, hands, head, eyes  ...etc) The body of Christ is also one. This speaks of the spiritual body. All of God servants (saved) are one body we should work together in one fluid motion.

1 Corinthians 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body - This verse mirrors 1 Corinthians 12:12 but instead of referring to the physical body it speaks of the spiritual body.

We all baptized into one body – When we come up from the waters of baptism the third time, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are became members of the spirit of God and join the body of Jesus Christ.

Whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free – Nationality and worldly status play no part in Gods plan of salvation.

And have been all made to drink into one Spirit. – We all become one in the one Spirit of God.

 

1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

 

The physical body consists of many parts. Hands, ears, head, eyes, stomach, legs, ETC…

1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

 

The physical body recognizes that all of its members are part of the whole body.

1 Corinthians 12:16 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?

 

This is supporting the scripture stated above, 1 Corinthians 12:15.   

1 Corinthians 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

 

No part of the body is greater then another. In order to do anything it requires multiple parts of the body to work together. If the whole body were the eye you would never hear or walk.  With out the brain you could never comprehend anything the eye sees.

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

 

God created all parts of the body as he saw fit to do. Each body part has its assigned function for the greater good of the whole body. And are designed to work in harmony.

1 Corinthians 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

 

If there were nothing but an eye, an ear, or a limb, there would be no body.

1 Corinthians 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

 

The body is one unit.

1 Corinthians 12:21 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.

 

The hand in its place is as needful as the eye; and the feet as the head. Nay, the eye and the head could not perform their appropriate functions, or would be in a great measure useless but for the aid of the hands and feet. Each is useful in its proper place.

1 Corinthians 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

 

Every part of the body plays an importance role, even the more feeble or weaker or easily injured members are necessary.

1 Corinthians 12:23  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.

 

“Abundant honor” here, refer to clothing. We bestow upon them more attention and honor then we do on the face that is deemed comely, and that is not covered and adorned as the other parts of the body are.

We adorn and decorate the body with frivolous apparel. Those parts which decency requires us to conceal we not only cover, but we endeavor as far as we can to adorn them. The face in the mean time we leave uncovered.

 

1 Corinthians 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

 

For our comely parts have no need - The face, etc. “Have no need.” No need of clothing or ornament.

But God hath tempered the body together – Literally, “mingled” or mixed; He has formed a strict union; he has made one part dependent on another, and necessary to the harmony and proper action of another.

Having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked - We bestow more abundant honor upon those parts of the body which a suitable protection from cold, and heat, and storms, and the sense of comeliness, requires us to clothe and conceal.

 

1 Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

 

That there should be no schism in the body – Or no division in the body.

But that the members should have the same care one for another - Should care for the same thing; should equally regard the interests of all.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

 

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer – If you have a headache it affects your entire body’s function.

All the members suffer with it – Emphasis on the previous statement. 

Or one member be honoured – Or strong.

All the members rejoice with it – All members draw strength from that honoured or strong member.

 

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

We now switch to the spiritual body of Jesus Christ. You are, as individuals, members of the body of Christ; or each individual is a member of that body.

 

1 Corinthians 12:28  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.

 

We now should understand the hierarchy of the church. The body of God is not a physical church but rather all of mankind who walk in the light of God who are saved and are saints of the living GOD. If you are part of Gods spiritual body God has a function for you to perform. Whatever your role is it is as much of importance as the next one.      

In the spiritual body of Christ you have apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues, wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, discerning of spirits.

Helps are ropes, cables, stays, or chains, for the purpose of securing an item. These individuals who would have the gift of helps would be the anchors of the church or body of Christ, and help secure those who are weaker and need to be stabled in the faith.

All parts of the body of GOD are needed to perform the function in which God has ordained. If ANY part of the above requirements are missing it grossly affects the body of Christ. As in the physical body if you were missing one part of your body it would affect your whole body even to death. If you were to lose your heart you could not sustain life.

The spiritual body of Jesus Christ is no different.

The physical Church should follow the spiritual body. The church should be based on the same characteristics. It should have people who are apostles, prophets, teachers, perform miracles, have gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues, wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, discerning of spirits.

If any of these parts are missing it greatly affects the effectiveness of the churches function. If the church were missing multiple parts it could become as dead.

 

1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

 

1 Corinthians 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

 

1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

 

 

  

** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.