by John Piper
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.
1 Corinthians 12:1
OBJECTIVE TRUTHS ABOUT JESUS GOVERN SUBJECTIVE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3
DIFFERENT CHRISTIANS HAVE DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL POWERS GIVEN TO THEM BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:4
FOR EXAMPLE, THESE DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL POWERS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER WHEN AND TO WHOM HE GIVES SUCH POWERS
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
1 Corinthians 12:11
THE AIM OF ALL THE GIFTS IS THE COMMON GOOD OF THE CHURCH
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:7
THE VARIETY OF GIFTS IS LIKE THE VARIETY OF BODY PARTS, SUCH AS EYE AND EAR, HAND AND FOOT
For the body is not one member, but many.
1 Corinthians 12:14
THEREFORE, IF A SPIRITUAL GIFT IS NOT USED, IT'S LIKE THE HUMAN BODY NOT HEARING
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
1 Corinthians 12:17
THEREFORE, WE SHOULD AVAIL OURSELVES OF THE SPIRITUAL POWERS GOD GIVES US THROUGH OTHERS
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
1 Corinthians 12:21