1 Corinthians 12* The variety of use of spiritual gifts are shown. (1-11) In thehuman body every member has its place and use. (12-26) This isapplied to the church of Christ. (27-30) And there is somethingmore excellent than spiritual gifts. (31)1-11 Spiritual gifts were extraordinary powers bestowed in thefirst ages, to convince unbelievers, and to spread the gospel.Gifts and graces greatly differ. Both were freely given of God.But where grace is given, it is for the salvation of those whohave it. Gifts are for the advantage and salvation of others;and there may be great gifts where there is no grace. Theextraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit were chiefly exercised inthe public assemblies, where the Corinthians seem to have madedisplays of them, wanting in the spirit of piety, and ofChristian love. While heathens, they had not been influenced bythe Spirit of Christ. No man can call Christ Lord, withbelieving dependence upon him, unless that faith is wrought bythe Holy Ghost. No man could believe with his heart, or prove bya miracle, that Jesus was Christ, unless by the Holy Ghost.There are various gifts, and various offices to perform, but allproceed from one God, one Lord, one Spirit; that is, from theFather, Son, and Holy Ghost, the origin of all spiritualblessings. No man has them merely for himself. The more heprofits others, the more will they turn to his own account. Thegifts mentioned appear to mean exact understanding, and utteringthe doctrines of the Christian religion; the knowledge ofmysteries, and skill to give advice and counsel. Also the giftof healing the sick, the working of miracles, and to explainScripture by a peculiar gift of the Spirit, and ability to speakand interpret languages. If we have any knowledge of the truth,or any power to make it known, we must give all the glory ofGod. The greater the gifts are, the more the possessor isexposed to temptations, and the larger is the measure of graceneeded to keep him humble and spiritual; and he will meet withmore painful experiences and humbling dispensations. We havelittle cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us, or to despisethose who have them not. 12-26 Christ and his church form one body, as Head and members.Christians become members of this body by baptism. The outwardrite is of Divine institution; it is a sign of the new birth,and is called therefore the washing of regeneration, #Tit 3:5|.But it is by the Spirit, only by the renewing of the Holy Ghost,that we are made members of Christ's body. And by communion withChrist at the Lord's supper, we are strengthened, not bydrinking the wine, but by drinking into one Spirit. Each memberhas its form, place, and use. The meanest makes a part of thebody. There must be a distinction of members in the body. SoChrist's members have different powers and different places. Weshould do the duties of our own place, and not murmur, orquarrel with others. All the members of the body are useful andnecessary to each other. Nor is there a member of the body ofChrist, but may and ought to be useful to fellow-members. As inthe natural body of man, the members should be closely united bythe strongest bonds of love; the good of the whole should be theobject of all. All Christians are dependent one upon another;each is to expect and receive help from the rest. Let us thenhave more of the spirit of union in our religion. 27-31 Contempt, hatred, envy, and strife, are very unnatural inChristians. It is like the members of the same body beingwithout concern for one another, or quarrelling with each other.The proud, contentious spirit that prevailed, as to spiritualgifts, was thus condemned. The offices and gifts, or favours,dispensed by the Holy Spirit, are noticed. Chief ministers;persons enabled to interpret Scripture; those who laboured inword and doctrine; those who had power to heal diseases; such ashelped the sick and weak; such as disposed of the money given incharity by the church, and managed the affairs of the church;and such as could speak divers languages. What holds the lastand lowest rank in this list, is the power to speak languages;how vain, if a man does so merely to amuse or to exalt himself!See the distribution of these gifts, not to every one alike,ver. #29,30|. This were to make the church all one, as if thebody were all ear, or all eye. The Spirit distributes to everyone as he will. We must be content though we are lower and lessthan others. We must not despise others, if we have greatergifts. How blessed the Christian church, if all the members didtheir duty! Instead of coveting the highest stations, or themost splendid gifts, let us leave the appointment of hisinstruments to God, and those in whom he works by hisprovidence. Remember, those will not be approved hereafter whoseek the chief places, but those who are most faithful to thetrust placed in them, and most diligent in their Master's work.
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