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1 CORINTHIANS 12
In this chapter, Paul talks about their gifts and purpose within the congregation. It starts by affirming that no one who has the Holy Spirit can curse Jesus and that everyone who recognizes him as Savior is by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Verses 4-6 The Lord is the one who gives the gifts, which are various, by the Holy Spirit.
Verses 7-11 Gifts are a special manifestation of the Holy Spirit in people, for the benefit of others. God Himself is the one who "11 ... repay each one as He determines it." The gifts ("gifts") end with which you can designate both the gift itself and the person who has received it, that is, the brother who has the gift of healing is a gift from God for his community, to bless it , benefit it and build it with that special capacity given by the Holy Spirit.
Verses 12-26 The Church is the body of Christ, a body with many members, where only Christ is the head and each member has the same importance one as the other. In the congregations, according to the N.T., the organization must be "Horizontal" where each member is exactly as important as the others, where the difference is only of roles. Each member has received specific gifts with which he blesses the congregation specifically, where the less honorable, perhaps those who have no "gift" to share and are only to receive: "23 and to those who seem less honorable to us. We treat with special honor. And they are treated with special modesty to the members that seem less presentable, 24 while the most presentable do not require special treatment. "
The most presentable do not require special treatment, in the biblical scheme of the NT those who show perhaps the most striking gifts, such as pastor or teacher, should not receive any special treatment, such as paying homage or a cult to their personality ... be done in the churches that treat their pastor as "The Anointed One", "The Servant of Jehovah" as if he were a Quasi Evangelical Pope. In the Pauline scheme, the members of a congregation are all equal in matters of importance.
Verses 27-28 Paul gives a list of "gifts" There may be more gifts, but Paul names these because they are the ones that give structure to the ministries within the Church: 1) Apostles; 2) Prophets (those who preach, would be the shepherds); 3) Teachers; 4) Those who perform miracles; 5) Those who have gifts to heal the sick; 6) Those who help others; 7) those who administer and 8) those who speak in different languages. We see that those who speak in tongues appear in the end, I clarify this because within the Pentecostal Churches they give an inordinate importance to the unintelligible chatter that they insist on defining as "tongues", when the word in the original Greek refers to specific languages .
Verses 29-31 "29 Are they all apostles? Are they all prophets? Are they all teachers? Do they all do miracles? 30 Do you have all gifts to heal the sick? Do they all speak in tongues? Do they all play? 31 You, for your part, ambition [b] the best gifts. "Paul asks in a rhetorical way, that is, without waiting for any answer, given that it is obviously" NO ": Not all are pastors, nor teachers, not all have special gifts, nor all speak the languages and even less that they interpret them. The people who serve in a congregation (in the sense of ministering) are the least and those who are served (ministered) the most. Speaking in colloquial language, the Church, like any other functional human organization, must have more "Indians" than "caciques".
CONCLUSIONS OF CHAPTER 12
The Church according to N.T. and to the apostolic doctrine, it must be a horizontal organization, where no member has more importance than another. An organization where those who have a gift must be aware that it has been given to them by God to serve the congregation and not to give Superiors or receive money or preferential treatment. Having a gift does not make the person more, since it was given by grace (that is, not because the individual has any merit of his own).
Receiving a gift from God makes that member not someone more important, but someone must be a servant of others. Therefore, stop making yourself serve as if you were The Majarash of Kapurthala, stop demanding tithes as if you were a descendant of Levi, offerings as if you were the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem, as if you were Pope Clement of Rome, Pagas vacations as if you were Donald Trump, cars or km of High Range as if you were the President of a Multinational ... Stop giving yourself airs of importance, when you are supposed to be only a servant of the congregation to which God gave a gift for grace and not merit.
1 CORINTHIANS 12.1-31 SKETCH. BY FABIAN MASSA
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