Different Gifts for Everyone

1-corinthians-12-11First, there are different spiritual gifts, but the same power source—the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1-5). Second, there are different gifts for everyone in the body of Christ. Paul wrote,

7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Cor. 12:7-11).

In v. 6, Paul referred to “everyone.” In v. 7, “to each one.” In v. 8, “to one” and “to another.” In v. 9, I count two phrases of, “to another.” In v. 10, there are five phrases of “to another.” In v. 11, Paul again refers “to each one.” The emphasis of Paul is that the Spirit gives different gifts to each one.

There are six implications of this truth. First, it means that each one is empowered by the same Spirit. No one is “powerless.”

Paul wrote, “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (1 Cor. 12:11). What are “all these”? All these spiritual gifts—gift of wisdom, gift of knowledge, gift of faith, gift of healing, etc. All these spiritual abilities are empowered by the Spirit. Paul calls it an empowering of the Spirit. The verb “empowered” comes from the Greek energeo, where we get our word, “energy.” As a transitive verb, it means “work, produce, effect.” (Gingrich) Literally, the Greek reads, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things.” (NASB)

Paul does not say only Pastors are given special abilities. Rather, he says the Spirit empowers everyone. Paul does not say only ordained Reverends receive special abilities. He says the Spirit gives a special ability to each one. The Spirit has empowered you through His spiritual ability in you.

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