My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Friday, October 26, 2007

1 Corinthians 12

Climb the ladder

Summary:
You can curse Jesus with the Spirit, and you can't praise him without!

God gives different gifts to different people, but it's from the same Spirit. It's all for the common good. We're all part of the same body. You can't just start throwing out body parts! (Except for the Presbyterians... they're the appendix). You're all part of the body, but there's a hierarchy of gifts. First there's me, an Apostle, then Prophets, Teachers etc down to measily ol' tongues. We're not all the same, but we should seek greater gifts.

Key verse:
7. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

My thoughts:
Please don't take this as an exhaustive list of gifts! It's not!

The concept of a hierarchy of gifts is an interesting one, though it seems to be consistent with other places where Paul calls prophesy a greater gift than tongues. Are gifts then given based on merit? Or is it simply a practise thing, and some are just simply more useful?

Anyway, tongues always seems to be at the bottom, which makes you wonder why Pentecostals rate it so highly. Or do they? Maybe it is in a special position for the Pentecostals because it is the least important, and therefore easiest to get, therefore if someone has any gifts, then they will have that one. This is the closest thing I've ever felt to a real reason why it could be believed that if you cannot speak in tongues, then you cannot operate in the gifts of the spirit. It is simply, perhaps, less of a focus on the fact that the Spirit gives gifts as he chooses, and more on that we should eagerly desire the greater gifts. Like it is a ladder to climb.

So this would've been a response to some people claiming a superior spirit to others because they are a teacher or something. Gosh! This is what happens when a church doesn't have a good Jewish base!

Ever since I've started [not even thinking about] writing these at work, they seem to have gotten longer and more involved.

4 Comments:

Blogger Huggies said...

>Ever since I've started [not even >thinking about] writing these at >work, they seem to have gotten >longer and more involved.

hehehe, feeling guilty pether?

5:13 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

No, I just keep reading stuff on the internet about how potential employers search the net to see if you'll be a good employee. Just trying to make it look slightly ambiguous. This comment doesn't help.

6:42 pm

 
Blogger Huggies said...

You need to change your profile picture

10:48 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

You need to change your FACE pic.

10:35 am

 

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