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Everyone Has Gifts In The Body Of Christ

May 10, 2017

Greetings,

“Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?  Do all work miracles?  Do all have gifts of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts.  And now I will show you the most excellent way.”  1 Corinthians 12: 27-30

Today I am just full of questions.  Like why can’t the answer to the seven questions listed above be YES? Why does everyone automatically assume that the answer to these questions is no?  Especially when Paul usually asks a question with the answer being no, he normally spells it right out…..like “shall we continue sinning so that grace may abound?”   The answer is, “by no means.”  Paul never comes right out and says that the answer to these seven questions above is no and I find it very interesting that he doesn’t.  Plus, in the original Greek text there is no evidence that the answers must be no to these important questions.

Think about it?  Are all apostles?  Yes, anyone can be sent by God to do a certain task.  Are all prophets?  Yes, anyone can give a prophecy.  Are all teachers?  Yes, I believe that anyone can teach someone else about something they know in Christ. Do all work miracles?  Yes, the Spirit can move in anyone to perform a miracle of sorts.  Do all have gifts of healing?  Yes, any believer can lay hands on someone and they can be healed.  Do all speak in tongues?  Yes, I believe anyone can speak in tongues as the Spirit enables them.  Is this list of gifts totally exclusive or is it possible that it is really totally inclusive?  I have witnessed these gifts being used by a multitude of different people over the years and with excellent results.  The truth is that with God all things are possible and HE can use ANYONE of us at ANY time He desires for ANYTHING He desires.  Now, I agree that some folks tend to walk in these various gifts more often than some others, but that does not mean that the rest of the Body can’t flow that way at times also.  Again the question is are these gifts exclusive, just for a chosen few, or are they totally inclusive and available to the whole Body at any given moment as HE sees fit?  After all WE are the Body of Christ and “EACH ONE OF YOU is a part of it”

Anyway, it is the “greater gifts” that we should be desiring after all. According to the passage that follows this one…. those greater gifts are Faith, Hope and Love, with Love being the greatest.  Remember I am just asking questions here today, but I feel they are questions worth asking and investigating,   Thanks for allowing me to think out loud today, and remember none of what I suggest is set in stone. However, I do speak from over 41 years of experiencing the gifts in a relational, simple, organic, housechurch setting.  I have witnessed all of the gifts in operation at various times without title, special recognition, or pay.  When we gather together relationally in Christ these gifts just flow in simple ways without fanfare for the good of the entire Body.  I do not deny the gifts, but I give them room to operate in all the members of the Body as Christ sees fit.  It is not a big deal, but rather something I see as a normal part of everyday fellowship and life.  I know my thinking is outside of the box, but this is church the way I have lived and experienced it since 1976.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments
  1. Sue heumann permalink

    With God all thins are possible! Thankful for the greater gifts that are constant!👍👏

  2. stevehigh64772 permalink

    I think we miss an important point when trying to say everyone can and should operate in all the gifts. Paul would not have enumerated them if there was not some distinction. Apostles and pastors have different functions and thus viewpoints. As do evangelists and teachers. I do not deny anyone could be any of these things, but to say we will be all of these things is not correct IMHO.

    The reason is a misunderstanding of communion. When Jesus instituted communion he broke the bread and passed it out, saying take, eat this is my BODY broken for you.” The church has typically misread that to mean ONLY the physical body of Christ. However Paul makes it quite clear (well maybe not since so many people miss it) that he as referring to the mystical “Body of Christ – the church.” In ! Corinthians 10, Paul’s thoughts on communion start in I Corinthians 10 and conclude in i Corinthians 14 – The entire passage is about the Body of Christ.

    In chapter 10 Paul starts by say, :we are one bread and one Body.” Then in Chapter 11 he says that many are sick and have died because they did not DISCERN the Body of Christ (again not the body on the cross, but the mystical Body – the church). The problem was the Corinthians were in fighting so much they could not receive the gifts of the Spirit from one another, From 11 Paul goes directly into the teaching on the Body of Christ and the Gifts of the Spirit. The word used for BROKEN – as in “this is my body broken for you,: is KLAO, and means bread broken and passed out. Had he meant his physical body we would have used the work Suntribo which means to break completely or crish. The Bible tells us “not a bone of his shall be broken – suntribo.

    Jesus was referring the parting out of his ministry to the Body. In the book of Acts we see the same thing. Teh Spirit came as tongues of fire but the language is the same, it did not come to set on each of them individually at first. It came into the rooms a ball and separated (KLAO) to rest on each of them.

    The idea is the same. Jesus took his ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, healing, tongues, word of wisdom…etc.) and broke and divided it to his body.

    The language of Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and I Corinthians 12 is pretty clear, “he gave SOME…” The Holt Spirit give to each many “Severally as he will” It does not say that everyone gets everything.

    The point being that you and I can not be Jesus by ourselves. If we could all within do everything without the need for one another there would be no need for the Body of Christ.

    I see it more like specialists. A doctor has to have certain knowledge and skills and can do a lot, However there are specialists who concentrate on particular areas, Generally speaking we can all lay hands on the sick and see them recover, but the gift of healing is a different thing, We can all prophesy (I Cor, 14) but the office of a prophet is a different thing.

    My point is not to limit the Body of Christ, but to exalt the fact that we need the Body of Christ. I simply cannot do it on my own and I need those around me with the other specialty gifts I don’t have. This understanding of the Body of Christ forces me to find my place and to help others find their place. As Paul said, “the Body is not one member, but many members, each doing their own part.” This makes my humble and dependent, not autonomous, which has become a real problem in the mass exodus from traditional church.
    Respectfully

    • Steve, thank you for sharing your portion of the Truth in Love with us here today. We really do need each member of the Body and each one of us is unique in our particular giftings.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    You make good points, Steve. Needing one another is humbling ourselves to be dependent on Christ and open to growth in Him…. Using The Body of Christ!…his body parts here on earth….👍

    • Thanks for sharing Sue. Humility as a strength rather than a weakness goes against the ways of the world and much of the church.

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