STUDIES IN 1
CORINTHIANS (39)
Varieties of Gifts,
but the Same Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
THE SOURCE OF THESE GIFTS
• All three persons of the Godhead
are mentioned – “same
Spirit…same Lord…same God.”
(4,5,6)
• The Godhead – Gen. 1:1-2,
Jn. 1:1-3; Matt. 3:1617, 28:19, John 14:1617
Eph. 4:4-6, Heb. 2:3-4
THE SOURCE OF THESE GIFTS
• Varieties of gifts (4) – WHAT is
received
• Varieties of ministries (5) Serving
others. Different circumstances
Cf. Matt. 4:3-4, 2 Cor.
12:7-10
• Variety of effects (6) – the
RESULT
THE SOURCE OF THESE GIFTS
• The SAME Spirit administers these
gifts (4-6) There is a unity in
efforts of the Godhead with various
gifts that accomplished a single
purpose – Magnifying God and His
church
• NO room for competition.
• Vs. 11 – distributed as He wills
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• EACH gift furthered the cause of
the gospel.
• Inspiration not yet completed –
thus needed.
• NOTE: Not total agreement on
what each gift means, but united
purpose is clear.
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• The Word of wisdom (8) – power
to reveal principles of thought and
behavior OR complete understanding
of the whole gospel (CF. 1 COR.
15:1-6)
• Knowledge (8) Either facts of the
gospel or special knowledge dealing
with special subjects, (CF. EPH.
3:3-6)
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• Faith (9) – Not “saving faith” but
faith to perform miracles (CF.
MATT. 17:20, 1 COR.
13:2)
• Healings (9) Ability to cure
illnesses and diseases
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• Miracles (10) – More broad than
healings (CF. AC. 13:8-12,
5:1-11, 20:9-10, 9:3642, ETC.)
• Prophecy (10) A messenger of
God
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• Discerning spirits (10) – ability
to identify false teachers, etc.
(CF. 1 JOHN 4:1)
VARIOUS GIFTS GIVEN (7-10)
• Kinds of tongues (10) – ability
to speak in a foreign language
without training
• Interpretation of tongues (10)
Ability to interpret foreign
languages (CF. JN. 1:42,
HEB. 7:2)
DISTRIBUTED AS HE WILLS (11)
• There is ONE Spirit (EPH. 4:4)
• Together they accomplish His
purpose
• Man had no choice in what he
received
DISTRIBUTED AS HE WILLS (11)
• The Corinthians had a problem
with this – competitive and
arrogant.
• The gifts NEVER used for selfish
purposes.
• TODAY, while our gifts are
different, the principles apply!
ARE YOU USING THE
ABILITIES GOD HAS
GIVEN YOU?
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Studies in 1 Corinthians (39)