I Corinthians 12:1-14

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (v7). Paul fought hard for the principle that God desires to use every believer by His Spirit for “the common good.” In the Old Testament, the Spirit was active in a few special people who spoke God’s truth to Israel, but after Jesus’ resurrection, the Spirit was poured out on the whole group of Jesus-followers. The Spirit gives “varieties” of gifts (v4-6) to men and women, young and old, so that we are all encouraged, instructed, and built up in faith.

God’s Spirit empowers each member of the Body in a unique way so that together our testimony is clear: “Jesus is Lord” (v3).