THE HOLY SPIRIT DISPLAYS GOD’S POWER
“THE HOLY SPIRIT DISPLAYS GOD’S POWER THROUGH THE POWER OF EACH OF US AS A MEANS OF HELPING THE ENTIRE CHURCH” (v 7)( Living New Testament).
So important was the issue of SPIRITUAL GIFTS that it was tearing apart the church members at Corinth. We ‘modern enlightened ones’ might be puzzled over these divisions but sadly these divisions/disagreements still occur in the Lord’s church. Differences in interpretation of a particularly important passage of Scripture is often cause for fierce argument. Theological issues such as the virgin birth, the second coming of Christ, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the infallibility of the Scriptures, all have the potential still today to cause disputes and some people get so upset that they walk out of a church and never come back again.
But perhaps the issue that really divides us today is usually POWER AND CONTROL.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS are essentially those gifts bestowed upon people by God FOR THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE CHURCH – One of the newer translations of the Bible that I recently read about helps in making this verse come alive: “THE SPIRIT HAS GIVEN EACH OF US A SPECIAL WAY OF SERVING OTHERS” (Bible for Today’s Family).
When we serve each other out of love for God, IT IS A SELFLESS ACT AND BUILDS UP THE CHURCH, the Body of Christ. And it strengths us so that we can serve not only those who belong to the church but also those who are outside the church.
FOR REFLECTION: To be an effective Church requires as many members as possible to recognize their spiritual gifts – AND USE THEM!