how it works

May 2016 (3)

1 Corinthians 12:10-12

1Co 12:10 But to another he gives powerful abilities, to another he gives prophetic insight, to another he gives the ability to distinguish between opposing spirits, to speak different families of languages, but he gives another the skill to translate languages.
1Co 12:11 But all these gifts are the work of one and the same Spirit, as he distributes each gift to its own recipient, just as he planned it.
1Co 12:12 In the same way there is the one body and it has many parts, but all the many parts function as one, this is also how it works with Christ.

how it works

Paul describes the functioning of these miraculous gifts as if they are the normal work that Christ is doing in the world, utilising our bodies and minds and tongues as extensions of his. He functions best not when we strive to look and act just like everyone else, but when we follow the Holy Spirit’s plan, and submit to his prompting to be different. The Corinthian Christians were all trying to outdo each other in the exercise of one or two prominent gifts. Paul warned them that it does not work that way.

LORD, give us the courage to let the Holy Spirit use each of us in different functions, so that his whole plan can be realised.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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