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You Have the ONE Spirit of God!

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 New International Version

Concerning Spiritual Gifts 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b]11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Saturday - January 22 This passage from the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Corinth is often used to help people understand their own spiritual gifts. It does help us do that, but it is amazing how this passage that Paul used to describe how various Christians are UNIFIED in ONE BODY has been used to highlight our individuality! The whole letter of 1 Corinthians is about how the Christians of Corinth were divided and Paul repeatedly calls them to unity in Jesus Christ. So, what I hope you understand in reading this passage, is that you are an important and valuable member of the unified body of Christ. You might not fully understand what your giftedness is, but you have the ONE Spirit of God who fills you with faith in order to say, “Jesus is Lord!”

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