We learned from Rom. 12:6-8 that each one of us has a part in the body of Christ. Your part is your spiritual gift, your special ability. You are to use your special ability in the church. Paul wrote that some have the ability to prophesy, the ability to serve, and the ability to teach. Some have the ability to exhort, the ability to share, the ability to lead, and the ability to do acts of mercy to others in the body of Christ. Your special ability is your part in the body of Christ.
We continue our sermon series in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. Paul teaches more about spiritual gifts. We learn three things from this text. First, there are different gifts but the same power source of the gifts. Second, there are different gifts given to everyone. Third, there are different gifts but the same purpose of the gifts.
Let us look into the first point in 1 Cor. 12:4-6. Paul wrote,
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
Note Paul’s emphasis on the different gifts but the same power source.
A – “varieties of gifts
B – “same Spirit”
A1 – “varieties of service”
B1 – “same Lord”
A2 – “ varieties of activities”
B2 – “same God”
In v. 4, Paul points to the “same God who empowers” all gifts in everyone. In v. 11, Paul continues the same emphasis of the same Spirit who empowers all gifts to each one. Thus, in the body of Christ, there are different spiritual powers or abilities, but the same power source—God the Holy Spirit.