Blessed Be The Parts Of Christ
I asked GOD, what do you want for the Sabbath? Immediately came 1 Corinthians 12! I didn’t look it up, I was in bed about to fall asleep so I waited until today. I was AMAZED as the results! I am so humbled by the Holy Spirit and His presence in my life.
No the question for YOU to ask is how do I fit into this Scripture because this is the REASON why it’s here!
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Spiritual gifts – The word “gifts” is not in the original. The Greek refers to “spiritual” things in general, or to anything that is of a spiritual nature. The whole discussion, however, shows that he refers to the various endowments, gifts, or graces that had been bestowed in different degrees on the members of the body of Christ – including the distinctions in graces, and in degrees of office and rank, which had been made in general.
GOD does not want you ignorant of this for nothing is of more importance than the doctrine respecting the influences and endowments of the Holy Spirit.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
Previously, the people were carried away by evil priests, senseless worship of idols and were heathens. But, now we are given the full condition of credibility in the knowledge of the Word, so we have no excuse.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
So, the knowledge of the Gospel is full unto the earth. And anyone who is led by the Holy Spirit must be led in honor of the Name and Work of Jesus Christ. It is true we are but mere mortals and do not have the full influence of the regard for Jesus Christ, but with the influence of the Holy Spirit, we can understand that in no way can we simply follow the inclinations of his own heart, but only by The Redeemer can we be given the gifts of GOD!
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Diverse are the gifts, but by wisdom, faith and understanding can we cultivate the gifts of GOD and this is only give to us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
These are ranks and grades of ministries, which the Lord has appointed.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
Diversities of operations – Ενεργηματων· Miraculous influences exerted on others; such as the expulsion of demons, inflicting extraordinary punishments, as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, Elymas the sorcerer, etc., the healing of different diseases, raising the dead, etc.: all these proceeded from God the Father, as the fountain of all goodness and power, and the immediate dispenser of every good and perfect gift.
But it is the same God – The same Father; all these operations are produced by the same God. They should not, therefore, be undervalued or despised; nor should anyone be unduly elated, or pride himself on what has been conferred by God alone.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
The manifestation of the Spirit – Φανερωσις του Πνευματος. This is variably understood by the fathers; some of them rendering φανερωσις by illumination, others demonstration, and others operation.
Whatever gifts God has bestowed, or in what various ways soever the Spirit of God may have manifested himself, it is all for the common benefit of the body of Christ.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
By the Spirit – By the Holy Spirit; by His agency on the mind and heart. Not only being of any more importance than another but by the whole of the body shall we all prosper.
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Faith may here mean an extraordinary trust in God under the most difficult or dangerous circumstances. The gift of healing need not be wholly confined to the healing diseases with a word or a touch.
Indeed, if a man were disposed to do good on the widest scale possible, to do the utmost that he possibly could in saving people, he would best accomplish it by seeking simple “faith” in God’s aid and promises, and then under the influence of this, engage with ardor in doing what he could
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
The working of other miracles. Prophecy – Foretelling things to come. The discerning – Whether men be of an upright spirit or no; whether they have natural or supernatural gifts for offices in the church; and whether they who profess to speak by inspiration speak from a divine, a natural, or a diabolical spirit.
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
The Holy Spirit is a “person.” For, He acts as a person; distributes favors, confers endowments and special mercies “as He will.” This proves that He is, in some respects, distinguished from the Father and the Son.
Let no man should be proud of his endowments. Whatever they may be, they are the gifts of God, bestowed by His sovereign will and mercy.
As he willeth – The Greek word does not so much imply arbitrary pleasure, as a determination founded on wise counsel.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
Being many – Or, although they are many; or while they are in some respects separate, and perform distinct and different functions, yet they all unite in one harmonious whole.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
And have been all made to drink … – This probably refers to their partaking together of the cup in the Lord’s Supper.
They had shown also, that they belonged to the same body, and were all united together; and that however various might be their graces and endowments, yet they all belonged to the same great family.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
For the body is not one member – The mystical body, the Church, as well as the natural body, is composed of many members.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
The foot is elegantly introduced as speaking of the hand; the ear, of the eye; each, of a part that has some resemblance to it. So among men each is apt to compare himself with those whose gifts some way resemble his own, rather than with those who are at a distance, either above or beneath him.
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
Ear – To work, till, or plough the ground. The ear cannot work without the other parts of the body, and vise-versa.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
All, therefore, are to be satisfied with their allotment; all are to be honored in their appropriate place.
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Harmony among all parts makes it whole. God makes this possible.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
The idea which this seems intended to illustrate is, that if there was not variety of talent and endowment in the body of Christ, the body of Christ could not itself exist.
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And it is a necessary consequence of this unity, that the several members need one another.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, the eye and the head could not perform their appropriate functions, or would be in a great measure useless but for the aid of the hands and feet. Each is useful in its proper place. So in the body of the church.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
The members which appear to be weaker – Being of a more delicate and tender structure; perhaps the brains and bowels, or the veins, arteries, and other minute channels in the body.
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
Likened to a body that is covered, it is descent to cover, but why adorn them with frivolous apparel? The face in the mean time we leave uncovered. The idea is, that, in like manner, we should not despise or disregard those members of the church who are of lower rank, or who are less favored than others with spiritual endowments.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
Giving more abundant honor to that which lacked – As being cared for and served by the noblest parts. One not more above or below the other.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
The idea is, that no member of the body of the church should be overlooked or despised; but that the whole church should feel a deep interest for, and exercise a constant solicitude over, all its members.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
If one is tempted or afflicted, the other members of the church should feel it, and “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil his law.” If one is poor, the others should aid him, and supply his needs; if one is persecuted and opposed for righteousness’ sake, the others should sympathize with him, and make common cause with him. In all things pertaining to religion and to their mutual welfare, they should feel that they have a common cause, and regard it as a privilege to aid one another.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And members in particular – You are, as individuals, members of the body of Christ; or each individual is a member of that body.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
First, apostles – In the first rank or order; or as superior in honor and in office. He has given them the highest authority in the church; he has more signally endowed them and qualified them than he has others.
Secondarily, prophets – As second in regard to endowments and importance.
Thirdly, teachers – As occupying the third station in point of importance and valuable endowments. On the meaning of this word, and the nature of this office.
After that, miracles – Power. (δυνάμεις dunameis). Those who had the power of working miracles.
Then gifts of healing – The power of healing those who were sick.
Helps – (ἀντιλήμψεις antilēmpseis). This word occurs no where else in the New Testament. It is derived from ἀντιλαμβάνω antilambanō, and denotes properly, “aid, assistance, help;” and then those who render aid, assistance, or help; helpers.
Governments – (κυβερνήσεις kubernēseis). This word is derived from κυβεριάω kuberiaō, “to govern;” and is usually applied to the government or “steering” of a ship.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
Are all apostles, etc. – That is: All are not apostles, all are not prophets, etc.; God has distributed his various gifts among various persons, each of whom is necessary for the complete edification of the body of Christ.
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Gifts of Healing.
Speak with Tongues;
If the reader think that this is the best way of explaining these different gifts and offices, he will adopt it; and he will in that case consider,
1. That the word or doctrine of wisdom comes from the apostles.
2. The doctrine of knowledge, from the prophets.
3. Faith, by means of the teachers.
4. That working of miracles includes the gifts of healing.
5. That to prophecy, signifying preaching, which it frequently does, helps is a parallel.
6. That discernment of spirits is the same with governments, which Dr. Lightfoot supposes to imply a deeply comprehensive, wise, and prudent mind.
7. As to the gift of tongues, there is no variation in either of the three places.
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Ye covet earnestly the best gifts – And they are worth your pursuit, though but few of you can attain them. But there is a far more excellent gift than all these; and one which all may, yea, must attain or perish.