(Administration and Operation of God’s Church)

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

(Ignorant comes from the root word ignore. Do not ignore this.)

Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

(This is the equivalent of saying listen to me before you go astray again.)

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(This is how to tell if someone is saved.)

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

(God uses his Spirit to benefit the Church)

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

(These gifts speak to your brothers and sisters in Christ in love and mercy.)

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

(These gifts touch your brothers and sisters in Christ in restoration and renewal.)

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

(These gifts deal with the tongue. God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” Your tongue too can work miracles.)

11 But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

(We are given the gifts as we need them. You may have them all before it is all said and done.)

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

(This is how the body of Christ, the Church, works.)

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

(When you eat something it becomes a part of you. That is how we should be with the Spirit of God. Drink it up. Everybody drink Him into your life.)

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

(It’s not about me. It’s about the group.)

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

(This is a God thing. He does it.)

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

(To function as a Church we need many members.)

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

(This means don’t discriminate against the elderly, the weak, the frail, and men of low estate. God uses the weak to change the strong.)

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

(God’s power converts them to useful vessels for his work.)

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

(It’s all about unity.)

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

(We are one in the Spirit. We are one in the LORD.)

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

(Each individual in a Church has something to contribute. A song, a word of knowledge, a healing, a prophecy.)

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

(The order is to administer to the needs of the Church; Christ’s bride. These are in the order of importance.)

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

(We should be doing all of these things in the Church. Not just teaching or preaching or worshiping.)

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

(The point is some do. There are people in the Church that God has given these gifts to and they should be used as needed.)

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.