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What Spiritual Gifts are for - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 13
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1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Sep 09, 2012 am - Is the gift of tongues still with us? Are today's miracle workers performing bona fide miracles? If a man stood up in church with a prophecy, should we listen to what he says, or tell him to sit down? These are the kind of questions we typically bring to 1 Corinthians 12, and this is why we get so little out of the chapter. Telling the Corinthians, 'The gift of working miracles will die out in the next few years' does not fix what's wrong with them. Because their problem is not fake miracles or phony tongues or men claiming to be Apostles when they're not. The problem in Corinth is division, or rather, the attitudes that cause division. What are they? Pride and contempt; or in a word, selfishness. Back in Chapter 1, Paul thanks God for the gifts He's given this church, and he does it without irony or sarcasm. They have been-- Enriched in everything...coming short in no gift. The gifts of tongues, healing, prophecy, and more were present in the church and being exercised by the brothers and sisters who had them. Paul is okay with all this--in fact, he's happy about it. What he's not happy with is how the gifts are being used, or what they're being used for. 'What are spiritual ... More >>>

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