SUBJ: The marvel of spiritual gifts
and the encouragement to their proper uses. This to be in recognition of
the fact that we are members of one body.
AIM: That we might recognize
giftedness we have and be humbly obedient in the exercise of them.
INTR: These verses flow directly
from the two preceding and they render further explanation as to the
meaning of being a living sacrifice.
1. Our believing life is
revealed and proven in this present world.
2. The matter of being
gifted is attributed to all and it behooves all to seek avenues of
discovery and application.
3. The things which follow define both the
manner of approach to these things as well what these things might be.
THESIS: It is in the display of His
attributes that we learn of the extent of His care for us; in the
exercise of the gifts we possess from Him we lovingly respond to His
power in us.
I. The measure of faith (v. 3)
1. The continued
humility of Paul is in evidence (appealing to grace), but he does not
abdicate his Apostolic authority and his inspired ability to guide them
in right ways.
1) It is very personal and individual
2) The danger
of feeling superior or privileged above another is anticipated.
Any feeling of arrogance or pride that would detract from grace is
4) There can be no party spirit or competition.
The thought is that one is to think soberly
1) Consider the
seriousness of the trust and
2) The potential outcomes or effects on
3) The thought is of personal discipline in the matter of
3. A key thought here is to think of the
measure of faith given so as
1) See that these things are from God
including the faith to act on them
2) Any ability to perform and
become God-honoring will come from Him as well.
II. The makeup of
the body (vv. 4-5)
1. Even as God expresses Himself in terms of human
features (hands, Mighty arm, etc.) so the human body lends itself to
2. Paul draws heavily on such descriptions:
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 Corinthians
3. Christ is referred to as the head elsewhere.
continue to be amazed at the intricacies of the human body: I will
praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy
works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:14.
much more so the spiritual body of Christ (Whether in aggregate or
2) And should not one aspect of creation be used to
illustrate the divine point.
5. It is given us to see ourselves as
members one of another – the wisdom of God has taken us far beyond mere
human organization and rather describes a matter of eternal design.
6. Consider His view: A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a
spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Song of Songs 4:12.
manifestation of the gifts of grace (vv. 6-8)
1. It is important that
we note that there were gifts pertaining to the Apostolic era which were
not continues afterward. (My disclaimer on this).
2. The issue here
is not so much the gifts as it is the manner in which they were
1) It seems that some were temporary while
things here are permanent things given to individuals.
3. There is
greater stress laid on prophesying in that is mentioned first and
characterized as in proportion to the faith given.
1) There were
those in that era that could tell the future
2) But, there is
forth-telling that is also described in that way much in the manner of
4. There are several things here that could be in reference
to one person while others may reference an identifying characteristic
of one person.
5. And so, prophesying, ministry, exhortation, ruling,
and teaching may all be the gifts of either one person or and individual
gift of one person.
6. Of giving, it would seem that some might be
inclined to go far beyond the normal.
7. The essential issue here is
the connection to the first two verses and whatever gift is to be
pursued with the force of returning to God who gave it along with
8. Some might endeavor to excuse themselves from any form
of serving others to whom I would say you need to make you case with the