|“You should read and study God’s Word like you read the morning newspaper. The context gives you the meaning of the words. Let the text make its case. Don’t try and be cleaver by seeing any more or less in the passage than what the words warrant. Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12
Paul gives a trilogy of chapters to the subject of spiritual gifts. First, the distribution of gifts, followed by their regulation. Sandwiched between these two is his treatise on love. Love is the spiritual lubricant that makes the gift giveable. God distributed the gifts so as to ensure the importance of each believer. As the Body needs the believer, he will be used, while at the same time drawing on the rest of the Body for his own edification. In short, the gifts are meant to ensure the unity for which Jesus prayed.
The Corinthians set this objective on its head, using the presence of their gifts as a cause for pride, and the absence of other gifts as a cause for envy. Thus unity gave way to divisions. Paul sought to correct this aberration by teaching the proper use of the gifts. As the various parts of the human body work together for the benefit of the whole, so the gifts are manifested in Christ’s Body with the same objective.
Note the use of the word “edify” in these chapters. God gave you your gifts to meet the needs of others. Just as your human body can best tell your hand how it ought to be used, so the Body of Christ can best help you identify your spiritual gift and how you can assist in its growth. God did not give you your spiritual gifts to help you, but to edify others.
Psalm 119:89-176 1 Corinthians 8 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 8
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