Revealing Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing

1 Corinthians 12:1-27

Summary
Today’s reading is a teaching on the Holy Spirit and His spiritual gifts. It was clear no one would be able to confess “Jesus is Lord” without being guided by the Holy-Spirit. The Spirit of God gives diversities of gifts, ministrations and edifies the body of Christ to the glory of God.
The Spirit manifests in various ways in the lives of believers. The Spirit of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. All these gifts are given differently to each man according to the will of God.
The body of Christ is likened to our physical bodies where we have many body parts that function individually and collectively, to make the body whole and functional regardless of your status as either Jew or Greek, bond or free; we are one in Christ Jesus.
Every member of the body of Christ is important. None is of higher value than the other. If one member suffers, every member suffers with it .If one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it. All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.

LIFE APPLICATION
God has blessed you with a special spiritual gift. If you have found it, congratulations! Your calling is important for the edification of the body of Christ; stay in the ministry God has called you into. Remember, as every part of the body is very important; so is your gift to the body of Christ.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
I declare the gift of God will find expression in my life in Jesus name. I receive the grace to function in the fullness of your glory.

Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:1-27

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you 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.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:10 Or languages; also in verse 28
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Or with; or in

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