February 12, 2014
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.” (I Corinthians 12:1)
As we read the Book of First Corinthians we see Paul’s concern for members and the problems, pressures, and struggles of a church called out of a pagan society. He addressed a variety of problems in the life-style of the Corinthian church: factions, lawsuits, immorality, questionable practices, abuse of the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts. Along with words of discipline, Paul shared words of counsel in answer to questions raised by the Corinthian believers.
Spiritual gifts are those gifts given by the Spirit of God for the accomplishment of God’s purpose in the world and for the edification of the church, the body of Christ. We should remember two things that are important concerning spiritual gifts. Every believer has been given spiritual gifts,(12:7) and the gifts belong to God and are give to the believer to use for the glory of God. (I Peter 4:11)
Paul did not want them to be ignorant. They know that when they were pagans, somehow or other they were influenced and led astray by dumb idols. He wanted them to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”
He further explained that there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same Lord works all of them in all men. To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. TO one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge, by means of the same Spirit, and another faith by the same spirit. Paul mentions also the gift of healing, miraculous power, prophecy, tongues, and interpreting tongues. All those are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. May we use God’s gifts to us in a way that will honor and glorify His holy name. Praise you, Father.
God does not want us to be ignorant,
Concerning our spiritual gifts,
And when we use them as He intended,
Our hearts He uplifts.
For to each on the manifestation of the Spirit,
Is given for the common good,
And if we do not praise Him for the gift,
We surely should.
Dear Father, please give to us grateful hearts for your special gifts. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.