Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Drink the Spirit

1 Cor. 12:4-13 (ESV)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; [5] and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; [6] and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. [7] To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. [8] To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, [10] to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. [11] All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
[12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. [13] For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

In the Church we all have our own gifts, our own talents, but we all have the same Spirit. How do we know we all have the same spirit, when it manifests itself so differently in so many people? We were all baptized in one Spirit into one Body. The body here is the church, which is the body of Christ, and we all belong to this one body, regardless of our back ground, class, race, or ethnicity. We are all brothers and sisters in the one and the same faith, regardless of our different gifts. For in baptism we were all made to drink of one Spirit. We drank the one Spirit, He is now in us, a part of us.

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