1 Corinthians 12 Outline
– The Holy Spirit bestows different spiritual gifts on different people (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
– Different parts in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-30)
1 Corinthians 12 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 12:1-3, the Corinthians used to be gentiles before coming to the faith in Jesus Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, no one will be able to understand the spiritual matters. We can understand the spiritual matters because we have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to understand the word of God. A person with the Holy Spirit will never say Jesus be cursed. No one without the Holy Spirit will say Jesus is Lord.
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, the Holy Spirit bestow spiritual gift on each of the follower. Not all followers have the same spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit give different spiritual gifts to different people that the church could function effectively. There are many different kinds of spiritual gifts including the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith by the same Spirit, gifts of healing, the working of miracles; to another prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Please refer to Bible Study Outline on Spiritual Gifts for explanation on each of the spiritual gifts.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, we are the body of Christ. Each of us represents a part of the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the church. Every follower has the Holy Spirit. There must be different people doing different jobs for the church. If everyone is doing the same job, the church would not be able to operate because an effective church must have different people doing different jobs. God give everyone different gifts to build up the church and edify others. If an organ in the body fail to function, the whole body will fail to function properly. It is the same thing with the church. If one part of the church is not doing its job properly, the church will not be able to function properly. There are many different workers in the church including apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, people with gifts of healing, people with leadership ability and people that can speak in the tongue language. Each of the follower will have at least one spiritual gift. Some followers have several spiritual gifts.