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13 April 2012
1I don’t want you to be ignorant of the supernatural, Christians. 2Remember back when you were pagans? You followed idols which don’t talk, which were always confusing you. 3That’s why I have to teach you this: Nobody in God’s Spirit can say, “Jesus is damned,” and nobody not in the Holy Spirit can say, “Jesus is Master.”
Many gifts, one Spirit, common good.
4 May 2012
Paul’s inventory of supernatural gifts.
11 May 2012
4There’s a diversity of supernatural gifts and the same Spirit; 5there’s a diversity of ministries and the same Master; 6there’s a diversity of acts of power and the same God empowering every one of them. 7The Spirit is revealed to each person for the common good, 8so one is given a wise saying by the Spirit; another, information from the same Spirit; 9another, faith via the same Spirit; another, healing gifts by the one Spirit; 10another, acts of power; another, prophecy; another, spiritual discernment; another, kinds of tongues; another, interpretation of tongues. 11Everything is done by one and the same Spirit, dividing his gifts to each person however he wants.
Splitting the body of Christ over the supernatural.
15 July 2012
12It’s like this: One body has many limbs, and the limbs compose one body, and Messiah is the same way. 13We were baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jews, Greeks, slaves, or citizens. We were all given one Spirit to drink. 14The body isn’t one limb, but many. 15Had the foot said, “I’m no hand, I’m not part of the body,” this doesn’t make it not part of the body. 16Had the ear said, “I’m no eye, I’m not part of the body,” this doesn’t make it not part of the body. 17If an eye were the whole body, which part can hear? If hearing is the whole body, which part can smell? 18God placed each of the limbs in the body as he wanted. 19If a body were only one limb, how is that a body? 20Yet there are many limbs and one body, 21and the eye can’t tell the hand, “I’ve no use for you,” nor the head to the feet, “I’ve no use for you.” 22On the contrary: Limbs thought weak are necessary for the body. We take more care with the parts of the body we find embarrassing. 23We take pains to conceal the parts of the body we find unpresentable. 24Those pains are inconvenient, but God put the body together so we’d be prepared for it— 25not to divide the body, but to make the limbs care for one another. 26If one limb suffers, all limbs suffer together. If one limb excels, all limbs rejoice together. 27And you’re Messiah’s body—parts of a limb.
The rest is from the English Standard Version.
28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.