A Study on 1st Corinthians 12 (Part 2)

I Cor 12:6

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

It is one God as he wills: as to which gifts should given out and when. It is so His work will be done on earth as itis in Heaven

I Cor  12:7

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

God through the Holy Spirit gives gifts to everyone so that we and his church can grow in the knowledge of Him.

I Cor 12:8

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

Amplified

8 To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit;

Here it list 2 of the gifts. Notice it is given through the Holy Spirit, it’s not something you learn or seek, It’s given as (vs 6&7) He wills so that his church will grow. All of a sudden you gain wisdom or knowledge about a verse you read or how to escape a problem you in. It is not given for you to Lord it over someone. It could given at a  church board meeting when they are looking at a matter. But it is He who gives the wisdom or knowledge. It is when a pastor (or teacher) is not fully prepared to preach or teach, yet somehow when they preach or teach you know God spoke through them.  Remember these are given as He allows, not so we can boast, but that He gets the glory.

I Cor 12:9

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Have you ever been in place in your life where it seems that you have a strong faith about something, Your like a wall when the storms come? That is the gift of faith, that you know, really know that God will get you through. also notice the gifts of healing is plural. It means when you pray for someone to be healed that God will heal them It may not come at that moment but it could be days later. I see doctors that know and ask God to bless them, that God gives them the gifts of healing.  It tells us in the book of James to call the elders of the church to come a pray over us if we are sick. So many of us want to see miracles of God that we miss the gifts of healing being done in our midst every day.

I Cor 12:10

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:

Amplified

10 To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight ([c]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues.

I like how the amplified applies the verse. Wow 1st one listed in verse 10, the working of miracles. It is  miracle that we are all alive every day. No one is promised a tomorrow. Miracles by themselves do not save or change people, only God can do that. We never know how many times God told us to go right and we have avoided trouble, that is a miracle. A miracle happens as He wills not as we will. When miracles happen that should cause someone either to come to lord or causes us to grow in him. We were praying for a church to go to and I can look back and see that the Lord lead us to the church we now go to. That is a miracle. It does not have to be something very small and we do not see them because we want to see the big show. Put your eyes on Jesus and he will show you the miracles.

The of prophecy is not every time know the future. It can be having the right word at the right time. I will give you an example Brother Smith is seeking God about 2 jobs. He has said nothing to no one and he is praying. God has you to pray for Brother Smith and he shows you he should take the 2nd job. You see him at church and tell him that job 2 would be the better choice and boom he takes job 2 and God blesses, that is the gift of prophecy working. You could be study the book of Daniel or Rev and see something new you have never seen before that is another example. Just because someone says I have the gift of prophecy should you believe them. or see them every time you have a need. Seek Jesus and He will meet your needs, not some so called prophet.

Now the last 2 are combine together the ability to speak in a natural tongue and interrupt it as the spirit wills. It should used to tell the gospel story to someone who does speak your language. In Acts chapter 2 after the holy fell on those in the upper room, they stood and spoke in languages they did not know and those people on the street heard the gospel in their own tongue and were amazed and 4,000 came to know Christ.

To me that says it all these gifts are not given so you can make a lot of money or live a huge house These gifts are not taught to you. They are given to the body of Christ and used as the spirit wills to help us lead others to Christ or to help love one another. If there not used in love then we have missed the point. They should point us all to Jesus.