Along with implying this additional aspect of spiritual gifts, Paul reinforces his argument for unity a third time. This he does by reference to God the Father, a singular person in contrast to the “different results.” One and the same God stands behind all the effects, and surely he is not in conflict with himself.
Beginning with the third Person of the Trinity, the text ahs now included all three Persons and reached a climax with its mention of the first Person. Other passages that group the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the same context are Matthew 3:16-17 (the baptism of Christ); 2 Corinthians 3:14 (the threefold benediction); and Ephesians 4:4-6 (another list of unifying factors in Christ’s body). The Father has given Jesus Christ as Lord of the church and has sent the Holy Spirit to function in the body of Christ as described in this chapter. The Spirit is the immediate agent of the verse six effects (related word rendered “works” in 12:11) because he is the one whom the Father has chosen to be his representative in dispensing the gifts, carrying out the services, and reaping the beneficial results (“all [things]”) in all people involved with Christ’s body (“in everyone”).
Many Manifestations for One Purpose
In spite of the variety expressed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, however, we are not to understand each gift to involve a separate intent. A new word for spiritu...
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...wise. The one and only criterion for the Spirit’s distribution of the spiritual gifts is contained in the words “as he decides.” Since he possesses the capacity of volition, he is capable of making determinations like this. He can and does decide what combination of bestowments is best for each person.
It is futile, therefore, for any individual to wish to have some spiritual qualification that he does not already possess. There is no possibility of this attaining any new spiritual ability, as this has already been decided in agreement with the divine purpose and plan. At the moment a Christian assumes his place in the body of Christ, he comes to possess all that he ever needs to accomplish his or her role in the body of Christ. Recognition of this hard and fast guideline will be necessary to deal with commands apparently contrary later on (cf. 12:31; 14:1, 13).
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