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1 Corinthians 12

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Verse 1

1 Corinthians 12:1

Problems in the church at Corinth:

# 10 Use and misuse of spiritual gifts - ch. 12-14

Verse 3

1 Corinthians 12:3

But by the Holy Ghost -- i.e. but by His revelation. Inspiration.

Verse 7

1 Corinthians 12:7

Manifestatons of the Spirit -- The miraculous gifts of the Spirit.

Verse 8

1 Corinthians 12:8

Spiritual gifts mentioned here:

1) word of wisdom

2) word of knowledge

3) faith (a supernatural faith) (1 Corinthians 13:2 could remove mts.

4) gifts of healing (diversity of healing gifts)

5) working of miracles

6) prophecy (inspired teaching)

7) discerning of spirits (recognizing true vs false teachers)

8) tongues (able to speak unlearned languages)

9) interpretation of tongues (understanding an unlearned language)

Wisdom -- Example. see Revelation 13:18, by such a spiritual gift of wisdom the early church could know the identity of "666".

Verse 13

1 Corinthians 12:13

By one Spirit -- cf. v3 1 Corinthians 12:3, for context of "by the Spirit" By the leadership, guidance, direction of the Holy Spirit are we baptized into Christ. The Holy Spirit today, through the inspired word, teaches us that men of all nations, races, etc. are one in Christ when we have been baptized into Him as the holy scriptures teach.

DIVISION is Sinful- 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, John 17:20-21.

There is only one body- Ephesians 4:4 & Ephesians 1:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:13.

To support false teacher is sinful- 2 John 1:10-11, Isaiah 5:20, Proverbs 17:15.

Bibliographical Information
Gann, Windell. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. 2021.