Scripture: I Corinthians 12

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (WEB) Now concerning spiritual things, brothers, I don’t want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led. Therefore I make known to you that no man speaking by God’s Spirit says, “Jesus is accursed.” No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” but by the Holy Spirit.  Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord. There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. 11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires.

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Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul not want (I Corinthians 12:1)? Paul didn’t want the Corinthians to be ignorant.

2. To what had the Corinthians been led (I Corinthians 12:2)? The Corinthians had been led away to mute idols.

3. Who can say Jesus is Lord (I Corinthians 12:3)? Only those led by the Holy Spirit can say Jesus is Lord.

4. What is different and what is the same (I Corinthians 12:4-6)? There are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord. There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all. 

5. Why is each one given the manifestation of the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:7)? For the profit of all each is given the manifestation of the Spirit.

6. What manifestations may be given (I Corinthians 12:8-10)? The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of language and interpretation of languages.

7. How are they distributed (I Corinthians 12:11)? They are distributed by the Spirit as He desires.

One Body, Many Parts

I Corinthians 12:12-31 (WEB) 12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I’m not the hand, I’m not part of the body,” it is not therefore not part of the body. 16 If the ear would say, “Because I’m not the eye, I’m not part of the body,” it’s not therefore not part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body, just as he desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now they are many members, but one body. 21 The eye can’t tell the hand, “I have no need for you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need for you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 Those parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, on those we bestow more abundant honor; and our unpresentable parts have more abundant propriety; 24 whereas our presentable parts have no such need. But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honor to the inferior part, 25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. When one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 God has set some in the assembly: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various kinds of languages. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul compare to the human body (I Corinthians 12:12)? Paul compares Christ to the human body.

2. What is the body not and what is it (I Corinthians 12:14-17)? The body is not one member but many.

3. Who formed the body as He saw fit (I Corinthians 12:18)? God set the members in the body just as He desired.

4. Where did God want there to be no division (I Corinthians 12:24-25)? God composed the body together so that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

5. Who suffers (I Corinthians 12:26)? When one member suffers, all the members suffer.

6. Of whose body are we (I Corinthians 12:27)? We are the body of Christ, each one of us.

7. Who has God appointed in the assembly (I Corinthians 12:28)? God has set in the assembly (the church) first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various languages.

 HEAR the WORD

I Corinthians 12:29-31 (WEB) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you.

1 Corinthians 12:29-31 (NLT) 29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.  But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

1 Corinthians 12:29-31 (AMP) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire and strive for the greater gifts [if acquiring them is going to be your goal].  And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one of the choicest graces and the highest of them all: unselfish love].

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What does the last part of verse 31 mean to you? 

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 12:25 (NIV) … there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

By loving the body of Christ we are showing an excellent way to behave.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And when we teach others this way of acting they too will be showing love for the body of Christ.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will manifest those gifts that You’ve given us (I Corinthians 12:7-11). Lord, I pray we will work together as the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:25).  Lord, I pray we will eagerly desire the greater gifts (I Corinthians 12:31).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I discover where God wants us to serve.” <>< Dona