1 Corinthians 12:11-12.. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
Three elements of vv.11-12.
1st All spiritual gifts come from the same Spirit. If the Spirit has given gifts, then they are all important. He always acts with intention to glorify Jesus and achieve God’s purpose in individual lives and the church.
2nd Each person in the church has received a gift or gifts. Therefore, each person has a ministry in the life of the church.
3rd It’s the Spirit who distributes gifts as He wills. We do not get to pick our own spiritual gifts, any more than we picked our own natural talents. This means that no one should feel superior (or inferior) because he or she has (or does not have) any particular demonstration of the Spirit.
Paul compared the church to a human body by making two assertions that set up his analogy. 1st, the human body is one. There is a unity to the human body even though it has a diversity of parts. 2nd, in the same way there should be unity and diversity in the church, just as there is in the human body.
Henry Luke 4/21/2018
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