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The Good Seed - Monday, June 1, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

There are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are differences of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Various gifts, but the same Spirit
The Holy Spirit does not reveal Himself in one way and one person alone. This is evident in the church, the body of Christ. Just as God has made the individual parts of the body different in creation, so, too, the Holy Spirit forms the spiritual body similarly. He places each member in the body where he or she belongs and gives each one the gift needed there. It is one body that consists in the diversity of its members.

In the variety of gifts the voice of the one Spirit is to be heard, and through this diversity the various needs are served. We may not be fully aware of how varied the needs of believers are, but the Holy Spirit gives all the gifts necessary for these needs. Normally, however, He does not unify them all in one preacher or in only a few persons. The Spirit of God is under no restriction, but can distribute the gifts as He sees fit. He uses whomsoever He will. Man must not impose any restriction on Him, not even through any well meant organisation.

If the gifts of grace are held back from edifying believers, it is to their detriment. The unlimited power of the Holy Spirit is then disregarded, and the ministry restricted to certain persons. Then many needs are not catered for. Should we therefore not trust the leading of the Lord Jesus through His Spirit and obey Him more?

Today’s reading: Lamentations 2:11-22 · Psalm 44:1-8


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