In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul is chastising the congregation of the Corinth church. This is not the first time Paul has had to address their worldliness. He has spoken with them before. In fact, this is the third time. Paul believed they were not using their GOD given spiritual gifts. Especially they were not practicing the greatest gift of all—Christian Love. Their lifestyle proved they were not—they were confusing love with lust. They seemed not to understand that GOD’S love is directed outward, not inward to ourselves. We were given the spiritual gifts to use in building His church. When we are finally with HIM we will no longer need these gifts. When we get to see HIM in person, we will be able to understand HIS plan for HIS kingdom on earth.
In order to love unconditionally, we must truly and sincerely believe and practice purely unselfish love for all others. Remember, the spiritual gifts were given to us to use for the establishment of HIS kingdom on earth.
Christ suffered the crucifixion to take on the sins of man. He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. God sent man the Holy Spirit (counselor). It is extremely important to understand the role the Holy Spirit was to play upon Jesus’ return to His Father. Jesus told His followers: It is for your good that I am going away.
The Holy Spirit was not able to come until after Jesus’ crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension.
Jesus, the promised king of the Old Testament prophets is also the redeemer of the New Testament. Through Him all of GOD’S plans will be fulfilled.
True/False questions based on 1 Corinthians 12-14 on Spiritual Gifts
The more important the spiritual gift, the more mature and spiritual the person.
The major evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is their ability to speak in tongues.
We must ask GOD for the spiritual gifts we want.
A person “under the influence” of the Spirit can’t help shouting out.
In church meetings, only the pastor should teach, because he’s usually the only one with seminary training.
There is really no real test for spirituality.
Some people are more important than others in the church, as in every other situation.
Contributed by Donna Wright