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Using the Gifts


1 Corinthians 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
We've been here before but look at this again. Paul follows with a list of various "manifestations." Manifestation means making manifest, or easy to see (literally "striking"). What is it that all these things reveal?

What reasons might there be for the Spirit to be made obvious in such ways? Check 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 for one reason, and 1 John 3:24 for another.

Who does Paul say the manifestation is given to? (remember again that he says is given, and not was or will be)

If these gifts are given for the "common good" (for everybody together), what aren't they to be used for?

Lets bring this all together - if the manifestations demonstrate we have the Holy Spirit, and are given to everyone individually to be used for the good of everyone equally (take a breath and digest that) what sort of things are they to be used for?

Look through the list of manifestations in verses 8 to 10. They are not referred to as "the gift of," and usually not in the plural. What do you think this means about these manifestations as a whole?

Who decides what manifestation is given when it needs to be used?

Take a look at what Paul says about the body of believers working together. How do you think this applies to the gifts of the Spirit? Look at 1 Corinthians 14:27-29 as well.

If the gifts of the spirit are to be used co-operatively as a body, how is their application affected by the leaders of the body (locally and universally)?

To finish off, look at the beginning of chapter 13 (verses 1-3) What is the one thing governing over all in the use of the manifestations given? What affect should this have?

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