The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.” Explanation and Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:15. The true meaning of the Old Testament was given to them, so they could use this to prove the claims of Christ. [a] Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Paul spoke of the meaning of Godly love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The explanation of why the Bible says “to one…to another” becomes clear as we study the context of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. to the Corinthians, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all diligence, either by revelation or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine. The Corinthians certainly valued tongue speaking, but they were told tongues were a lesser gift ( 1 Corinthians 14:5). Stated another way, the word of wisdom may have given Christians the ability to make wise decisions about Christian living. That is to say, the gift is not wisdom itself but the utterance that mediates the recognition and experience of God's saving purpose to others (2:4-7:13).". Some say the former is practical, and the latter speculative. "word" in either of its uses. Under the head of faith, that is, the faith of miracles, four kinds of gifts are enumerated â âgifts of healing,â â âworking of miracles,â â âprophecy,â and âdiscerning of spirits;â while the third class includes âdivers kinds of tongues,â and âthe interpretation of tongues.â See Henderson on Inspiration. "wisdom"-"message of wisdom" (Ber); "the ability to speak wisdom." 2 . The present tense means God had to continually energize the gifts (these points are also discussed in the commentary on verses4-6). Others say that wisdom refers to what is perceived by intuition, i.e. By ‘prophesy’ , he means that a person may speak a message from God. â Ed. In ch. In 1 Corinthians 12:7, he had said, "To each one is given a manifestation of the Spirit," for to one is given one gift, and to another, another. Wisdom, to things eternal: hence, wisdom is not, like knowledge, said to "pass away" (1Co 13:8), [Bengel]. 1 Corinthians 14:11.. “If then I know not the meaning of the voice” (τὴν δύναμιν τῆς φωνῆς, vim or virtutem vocis)—for every voice has a meaning (1 Corinthians 14:10 b); on this very possible hypothesis, “I shall be a barbarian to the speaker, and the speaker a barbarian in relation to me” (ἐν ἐμοί, cf. As to the workings of powers, or, as some render it, the operations of influences, there is more occasion for doubt. I can receive spiritual gifts by faith, I can fight for them and I can practice using them. ch. 1 Now, dear brothers and sisters, # 12:1 Greek brothers. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11: To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, Since these gifts have not been seen in more than2,000 years, and we do not fully understand what some of them were, it is impossible to accurately categorize them. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Meaning of Verse with Simple Commentary. 1 Corinthians is a corrective book and 1 Corinthians 12 is correcting them on their false spirituality which was resulting in a In 1 Corinthians 13:8 1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. Our inability to fully understand or explain some of the gifts is just one more proof that they are truly gone. Thediscerning of spirits, was a clearness of perception in forming a judgment as to those who professed to be something. ], Word of wisdom, which differs from that of knowledge, inasmuch as wisdom is a more eminent and sublime knowledge. 421-422), "the word of knowledge"-"power to express knowledge" (Gspd); "a word of insight." Paul is referring to the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul's illustration of the church—the collective name for all believers everywhere—is that of a human body. To another Class III: [ heteroo (Greek #2087)] - to a distinct class gifts referring to the tongues: (2) To another individual [ alloo (Greek #243)] interpretation of tongues. This sets the stage for the following passage concerning the body of Christ. It probably extended also to the discernment of false professors from true ones, as appears in Peter in the case of Ananias and his wife. It seems that Paul's list of spiritual gifts in verses8-10 is not arbitrary. Our thoughts, feelings, actions, and inactions should be done with Godly love towards God and towards others. 1 Corinthians 12:1 ... Each gift listed at 1Co 12:8-10 (see study notes on these verses) involved a miraculous ability. The list is representative rather than exhaustive as is clear when we compare this list with other similar ones (cf. The difference in the utterances probably lies in wisdom representing a mature perception of what is true to reality (cf. The characteristic difference between these classes of officers was, that the former were endowed with permanent and plenary, the latter with occasional and partial, inspiration. This sets the stage for … 9 But he said to me, j “ My grace is sufficient for you , for k my power is made perfect in weakness .” 1 Corinthians 12:8, NLT: "To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge." "according to the same Spirit"-the Spirit is the channel for both gifts, hence the "content" revealed by both gifts will be the same. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 The Holy Spirit is the power of God—not a personage, entity, consciousness, or part of the Godhead or a trinity. ἄλλῳ δὲ προφητεια â (3. to another, prophecy,) The CBL (First Corinthians, p415) said word "denotes not only expression, but time and place, beginning and end. By the same Spirit - All is to be traced to the same Spirit; all, therefore, may be really useful and necessary; and the one should not pride himself in his endowments above the other. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. Heb. The passive voice means God was the sole giver of these gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:8 Context. The Spirit is not only the author, but the distributor of these gifts. (Fee pp. word of wisdom—the ready utterance of (for imparting to others, Eph 6:19) wisdom, namely, new revelations of the divine wisdom in redemption, as contrasted with human philosophy (1Co 1:24; 2:6, 7; Eph 1:8; 3:10; Col 2:3). Remember: the New Testament as we have it did not yet exist. What does this verse really mean? Chrysostom, who lived just a few hundred years after the first century (345-407 A.D.), commented on how difficult it was to fully understand the gifts even in his day because they had ceased. Versus 4-8 should be read as a group to give the full picture of the characteristics needed to exhibit the grace of Godly love. Charles Hodge (First and Second Corinthians, pp245-246) correctly observed how the gift of wisdom "in its full measure belonged to the apostles alone; partially, however, also to the prophets of the New Testamentâ¦The characteristic difference between these classes of offices was, the former were endowed with permanent and plenary, and the latter with occasional and partial, inspiration. 1 Corinthians 12:31 is Paul’s transition to 1 Corinthians 13 and is key to understanding the meaning of that chapter. You need not expect this gift unless you utterly and eternally die to all of your creeds, confessions, dogmatisms, and preconceived notions and hereditary intuitions. "To one is given the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge." The Bible speaks of the Spirit as the power or mind of God, the power of love and of a sound mind. The gifts of healing and of miracles, therefore, serve to manifest the goodness of God, but this last, his severity for the destruction of Satan. Word of knowledge - ready utterance, supernaturally imparted, of truths ALREADY REVEALED (in this it is distinguished from "the word of wisdom"). It holds the first place in the catalogue of the spiritual gifts, because it was the greatest of them, and was peculiar to the apostles, having been promised to them by Christ, as the effect of the constant indwelling of the Spirit.". (Robertson p. 169) "a message/utterance full of wisdom." App-104. 1 Corinthians 12:8 New International Version (NIV) To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit Share 1 Corinthians 12:3 is talking about the real person the heart attitude and desires of a man or woman. (742) My reason for taking this view will be explained more fully afterwards. 1 Corinthians 13:4(HCSB) Verse Thoughts As we read through the first epistle to the Corinthians we discover them to be a group of immature believers who were argumentative, carnal-minded, discontented, immoral, inconsiderate, unloving, self-inflated, selfish and critical of others. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.. 4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol … Then God in His great mercy poured on me the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, sanctifying me to Himself, soul, mind and body, for time and eternity, giving me the Apocalyptic wings, which I could not forbear to spread, flying to the ends of the earth and blowing the silver trumpet, proclaiming the wonders of full salvation. The spiritual gifts were wisdom, knowledge, faith, the gift of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). [Note: Morris, p170.] 1 Corinthians 12:8 "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;" "Wisdom" is an understanding that is a gift from God. That statement may surprise us. 1 Corinthians 12:8. 1 Corinthians 14:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts. For knowledge, see on Romans 11:33. The meaning of the Greek word gnosis, translated “knowledge,” is insight into Divine truth. Like a body, the church has many, diverse members who serve a variety of functions. These endowments they did not at that time acquire by labor or study, but were put in possession of them by a wonderful revelation of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: Nine forms of the manifestation of the Spirit are now mentioned. They are, it is true, very nearly allied; but still you observe a difference when they are put together. 2 . God also allowed the nation to use the "Urim and Thummim" ( Exodus 28:30). In this case, there would be a supernatural ability to accumulate learning through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of the gifts. A special faith is of such a kind as does not apprehend Christ wholly, for redemption, righteousness, and sanctification, but only in so far as miracles are performed in his name. 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. In those places it speaks of skill to handle the complex problems of making the tabernacle and all that went with it." Wisdom would unfold itself in profound maxims, and sagacious counsels, plans, and courses of conduct. These purposes included helping fellow Christians (see the latter part of verse7,) and evangelizing the world ( Mark 16:15; Mark 16:17-18; Mark 16:20; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:7-8). Wisdom or revelation belonged to the "prophets"; knowledge, to the "teachers." The Corinthians lacked no spiritual gift. The word of knowledge was the gift correctly to understand and properly to exhibit the truths revealed by the apostles and prophets. Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one … Jan 8, 2020 Oct 22, 2019 by Editor in Chief. (Isaias, chap. II.Gifts which depend upon special energy of faith. 1 My friends, you asked me about spiritual gifts. 2 Corinthians 12:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts Paul was afforded a unique role in the administration of the Christian Church, for not only was he the ONLY God-appointed apostle, who did not accompany Christ, throughout His earthly ministry.. but he was also a murdering, hostile antagonist of the gospel-of-Christ, at the time that the church was born - at Pentecost. (738). This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. word of knowledge—ready utterance supernaturally imparted of truths ALREADY REVEALED (in this it is distinguished from "the word of wisdom," which related to NEW revelations). Supernormal gifts were needed to permit the church to grow rapidly. The Scriptural emphasis in 1 Corinthians 12:8 is on the ability to speak this knowledge to others in a given situation. Paul said the Scriptures give us all we need ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17). People became Christians, but since there was no New Testament to study, they had to "steadfastly" receive instruction in "the apostle's doctrine" ( Acts 2:42). according to his will, or as he sees fit; see 1 Corinthians 12:11. Various views exist: (1) "The word of wisdom and the word of knowledge refer to divinely imparted faculties, first of discovering, and second of making practical application of truth." Judas had a faith of this kind, and he wrought miracles too by means of it. This probably points to Paul"s referring to an utterance of wisdom or knowledge, namely, a wise or knowledgeable utterance (cf. Bible Answer: A spy for a foreign government has a curious job. ̔ΕΤΕΡΩ δὲ γένη γλωσσῶν â (III. "It is the discourse, not the wisdom or knowledge behind it, that is the spiritual gift, for it is this that is of direct service to the church ..." [Note: Barrett, pp284-85. The gift operates in a particular setting and time." Utterance, aptitude in speech. Not every believer is given every gift. Gifts which have reference to intellectual power. I have known illiterate old colored people in the South, full of the Holy Ghost, enjoying this gift so wonderfully that they were better exponents of Divine truth than the most learned theologians without it. As to the difference between these gifts, knowledge (or understanding) and wisdom are taken in different senses in the Scriptures, but here I take them in the way of less and greater, as in Colossians 2:3, where they are also joined together, when Paul says, that in Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. To one, the word of wisdom) 8. (5) He declares this manifold diversity, and reckons up the principal gifts, beating that into their heads which he said before, that is, that all these things proceeded from one and the very same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 ‘We know in part and we prophesy in part,’ Paul writes. the information we now have recorded in the New Testament). Without a completed New Testament first century Christians needed this gift so they would know "divine truth in its totality, of the ends and purposes of God, of the plan and work of redemption, of the revelation of salvation through Christ in its connection, its divine system and organism" (McClintock and Strong, ). 1 Corinthians 1:12(NASB) Picture courtesy of John Heseltine/Pam Masco/FreeBibleimages.org. II . (7-10) The signs of an apostle were in him, His purpose of making them a visit; but he expresses his fear lest he should have to be severe with some. By prophecy, I understand the singular and choice endowment of unfolding the secret will of God, so that a Prophet is a messenger, as it were, between God and man. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. When I graduated at college, feeling that I then had the golden key with which to unlock the world’s learning, sacred and secular, hidden away in the dead languages, consequently I ransacked all the world for books, not only American resources, but bringing many from the old world, especially from Germany and England, meanwhile having preached fifteen years. Compare, —Our knowledge is the amount we know; that is, the mass of facts and principles embraced in our memory. This verse, 1 Corinthians 12:8, is a good example of logos being used of revelation to an individual, and examples of rhema as individual revelation include: Matthew 4:4; Luke 2:29; 3:2. The two words are found together, 1 Corinthians 12:8; 2 Corinthians 11:6; 2 Corinthians 8:7. 1 Corinthians 12:1. 1 Corinthians 13:2; 1 Corinthians 14:6). Sometimes prudence is put, as it were, in the middle place between these two, and in that case it denotes skill (737) in applying knowledge to some useful purpose. To another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; meaning either knowledge of future events; or an universal knowledge of the Scriptures of truth, and the doctrines contained in them, of the whole mind and will of God therein, which is a distinct thing from saving grace: see 1 Corinthians 13:2 and is what was given to the prophets, the second office in the church, by him who is the spirit of prophecy, and by whom the prophetical writings were dictated; and therefore he is the best interpreter of them, and who only can lead into the true knowledge thereof. When the curious multitude called on him to define sanctification, he responded: “It is just to go limber in de han’s of de Lord.” A very devout colored man in Texas, getting wonderfully baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire, responsive to the kind invitation of a highly cultured metropolitan pastor to come to his church, that he might preach all of that foolery out of him, was a patient auditor in the gallery. 592-593) (3) "The man with the word of wisdom is a biblical counsellor and the man with the word of knowledge is a biblical exegete" (i.e. 4 . What is the solution? KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, When Christianity was introduced to the world God's people again needed divine aid so a variety of supernatural gifts were given ( Hebrews 2:4). The following division (Meyerâs) of the gifts which are here mentioned is, perhaps, the best approach to a classification which can be made. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Now I want you to know that if you are led by God's Spirit, you will say that Jesus is Lord, and you will never curse Jesus. JB 1 CORINTHIANS Chapter 2. Compare 1 Corinthians 14:6, where "revelation" (corresponding to "wisdom" here) is distinguished from "knowledge." Thus the first class includes âthe word of wisdom,â and âthe word of knowledge. by." Paul did not specify when and where the words of wisdom and knowledge were used, but 1 Corinthians 14:30 suggests these gifts were used during times of worship and study. 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