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Spiritual Gifts 3

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says, “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:3)

First Corinthians 12 marks the beginning of Paul’s extended discussion of the place of spiritual gifts in the church. It is apparent that, as with several other issues, this was a topic over which the Corinthian believers were bitterly divided. Some in the church had become overly enthusiastic about those gifts that appeared more “spectacular” or “supernatural” to the point of denigrating the more mundane gifts of the rest.

Paul urged the Corinthians to find unity in Christ despite the amazing diversity of gifts that were apparent among them. Comparing the church to a body, he spelled out in great detail how ever member was necessary for the healthy functioning of the whole. In the church, certain gifts are preeminent (apostles, prophets, and teachers, v. 28), but every gift is important. Furthermore, no Christian should be expected to manifest them all.

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