The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. What happened so long ago in Corinth is happening even today. Today’s devotional will explain and you can connect the dots. Lord bless you.
Because of Calvary,
I Corinthians 12:1-31
“Unfortunately, some of the emphasis today on the Holy Spirit has not been holy (because it has ignored Scripture) and has not been spiritual (because it has appealed to the carnal nature).” [Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary V, (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor, 2001), p. 611]
“…It was unavoidable that many disorders should arise. Some men would claim to be the organs of the Spirit, who were deluded or impostors, some would be dissatisfied with the gifts which they had received, and envy those whom they regarded as more highly favored; others would be inflated, and make an ostentatious display of their extraordinary powers; and in the public assemblies it might be expected that the greatest confusion would arise from so many persons being desirous to exercise their gifts at the same time. To the correction of these evils, all of which had manifested themselves in the church of Corinth, the apostle devotes this and the two following chapters.” [Charles Hodge, A Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians, (London: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1857, 1859), p. 237]
“Satan began to counterfeit the gospel and its wonders in earnest, and the gullible, worldly, self-centered, thrill-seeking Corinthians with their pagan backgrounds were prime targets for his assaults.” [John F. MacArthur, Jr., “1 Corinthians,” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1984), p. 281]
“The argument of 12:1-14:40 might be summed up thus in one sentence: ‘The primary token of the indwelling Spirit, the indispensable evidence that one is truly “spiritual”, is not glossolalia, but love.’” [F. F. Bruce, “1 & 2 Corinthians,” The New Century Bible Commentary, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971), p. 117]