Covet earnestly the best gifts

Covet earnestly the best gifts

Spiritual gifts

This is one misunderstood bible topic, and 1 Corinthians chapter 12 makes effort to describe to us some of the many ways God’s Spirit gets to work into our lives.

The Godhead

Paul begins by showing us who’s it that does what in the Godhead, that’s the same route we are going to take also.

God the Father

“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6

Distinctive varieties of operation

Each believer is given something to do that shows who God is in their lives, and there are many ways of working in which God works in our lives. He is the source and whatever gifts, God hath set some in the church , “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Corinthians 12:18

God the Son

“And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:5

Distinctive varieties of service and ministration

  •  “For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:14
  • “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
  • “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

These are the different kinds of services to God through which each of us help the entire church.
God the Holy Spirit

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:4

Distinctive Special Abilities

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

  • All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

Distinctive varieties and distributions of endowments; apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues, etc.

1 Corinthians 12:24-25 says,

“For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: [25] That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

That’s what I wanted to say for now concerning God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. It’s beneficial for you to know. If you don’t know 1 Corinthians 12:2 says chances are you’ll be “…carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.” before.

Now I come to my point 1 Corinthians 12:31 “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

With all the above gifts, and many that you find in the bible; you should always remember that “…we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” 1 Corinthians 13:9

You’re not complete on your own without the other members of the body of Christ present.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [14] For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

There is no way a member of the body can function independent of other members – because Christ integrated us into one body of his, and the Holy Spirit is there to make sure it is done. Yes, the body has many parts, not just one part, and each one of us is a part of the one body of Christ. That’s another mystery of Christ, the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into that one body.
Now Paul says, “covet earnestly the best gifts,” and the most important gifts are not even such big names like apostle, prophet, preacher, teacher, and miracles, healing, tongues, helps; it is love!

Charity never fails

2 Peter 1:3- 8 says,

[3] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: [4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
[5] And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; [6] And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; [7] And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. [8] For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He called us to glory and virtue;

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Philippians 3:14-15 says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
If I’ve not that love, Paul says, “I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

“…giving all diligence add;

  • to your faith virtue;
  • to virtue knowledge;
  • to knowledge temperance;
  • to temperance patience;
  • to patience godliness;
  • to godliness brotherly kindness;
  • to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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