July 20, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 12

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SAA Notes

The Greek actually says in verse 1 about spiritual things! Gifts are one of the things the Apostle addresses. He talks about gifts, service and works. We emphasise gifts. Paul actually puts gifts in the context of their purpose! Do you see the difference between spiritual gifts and fruit of the Spirit? (Galatians 5:22-23)

SJA Notes

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.”

Here is a wonderful truth that undergirds our work that we go about in the Lord.

We all have different gifts and abilities (yet with the same singular purpose), we are all built and put together in different ways (yet the same humanity), and we have all had different backgrounds and are from different places (yet our hope is all the same).

And going deeper, as we grow to understand the body of Christ, so we are drawn more and more to know the truth that there is ONE God.

We read in Deuteronomy Moses’ words, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

This is why our devotion is to be singular – Because there is only ONE God!

As Moses continues, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

In all our different works that He has planned and prepared for us to do, it is Him that empowers, Him that decides them, Him that puts us on the road and walks alongside us and Him that we glorify in our doing.

Praise God, Hallelujah, He alone is God; the one, true and ever-blessed Lord!

* Dear Lord God,

You are God alone, there is none beside You.

You have prepared us, Your people for good works before we were born.

You have empowered us, Your Spirit our constant companion, helper and comforter.

And You have saved us, Your Son redeemed us, ransoming our lives from the grave.

Thank You Lord!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Amen.

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