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The one God works in many different ways

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Just a few Bible passages mention God the Father, Son and Spirit together. Some examples are Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:10-11, and 2 Corinthians 13:14. Each of these passages shows that the Father, Son and Spirit do not work separately from each other. The Bible always emphasises that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 14:9-10; 1 Corinthians 8:4).

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, we have another passage that refers to the Father, Son and Spirit. Of course, the words ĎGodí and ĎLordí are both general words for God; they could refer to the Father, Son or Spirit (John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-10). However, in the Book of 1 Corinthians, Paul usually uses the word ĎLordí to refer to Christ, and the word ĎGodí for the Father (8:6).

In this passage too, Paul emphasises that the Father, Son and Spirit are the same God. Our one God works among his people in many different ways. Christ, our Lord (master), gives each person different instructions about how to serve him (3:5). That is especially true when God appoints church leaders (12:28).

Also, the Holy Spirit gives different kinds of gifts to Godís people (12:8-11). So Godís people are not all alike (12:14-27).

God arranges all these differences, not to separate his people, but in order to join them together (12:12-14). No single Christian has all Godís gifts. No single Christian can carry out all Godís work. The result is that Christians all need each other. They do Godís work together - but the honour belongs to God alone (3:6-9).

Next part: Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-8)


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