Growing with God’s Word and Building Up the Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:1-11: In today’s reading, Paul writes to the Corinthians about spiritual gifts. He describes how the Spirit gives God’s people special gifts and says that there is one Spirit that offers many gifts, including wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing powers, and more.
The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.
1Now, concerning what you wrote about the gifts from the Holy Spirit.
I want you to know the truth about them, my friends.2You know that while you were still heathen, you were led astray in many ways to the worship of lifeless idols.3I want you to know that no one who is led by God's Spirit can say “A curse on Jesus!” and no one can confess “Jesus is Lord,” without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.5There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served.6There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service.7The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.8The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge.9One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal.10The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God's message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said.11But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
Spiritual gifts are of two general types—something that God gives for the benefit of the community as a whole, and some special ability given to an individual to carry out a job or meet a need in the life of the church. What spiritual gifts does Paul list in this passage? What is the purpose of these gifts? Which of these gifts do you have? Which of these gifts do you see in others? Which of these gifts do you wish to cultivate?
Loving God, you are generous and kind in bestowing the gift of your Holy Spirit on all who follow you. Teach me to manifest the presence of your Spirit within me in ways that reflect your love and care. Amen.
Those discerning their spiritual gifts
1 Corinthians 12:12-31: The apostle Paul teaches about the church as the body of Christ with many parts.