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PARAPHRASE. And, therefore, upon account of having the Spirit, you can none of you lay any claim to superiority; or have any pretence to slight any of your brethren, as not having the Spirit of God, as well as you. For all, that own our Lord Jesus Christ, and believe in him, do it by the Spirit of God, i. e. can do it upon no other ground, but revelation, coming from the Spirit of God.
SECTION IX. No. 2.
CHAPTER XII. 4-11.
CONTENTS. ANOTHER consideration, which St. Paul offers, against any contention for superiority, or pretence to precedency, upon account of any spiritual gift, is, that those distinct gifts are all of one and the same Spirit, by the same Lord; wrought in every one, by God alone, and all for the profit of the church.
TEXT. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which
worketh all in all.
4 Be not mistaken, by the diversity of gifts; for, though there be
diversity of gifts among Christians, yet there is no diversity of 5 spirits; they all come from one and the same Spirit. Though
there be diversities of offices in the church, yet all the officers 6 have but one Lord. And though there be various influxes,
whereby Christians are enabled to do extraordinary things !, yet it is the same God, that works all these extraordinary gifts,
NOTES. 5 . These different offices are reckoned up, ver. 28, &c. 6. What these évepyhuals were, see ver. 8-ll.
• They were very properly called évepraualam" in-workings;” because they were above all human power : men, of themselves, could do nothing of them at all; but it was God, as the apostle tells us here, who, in these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost, did all that was done; it was the effect of his imme.
TEXT. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man, to profit
withal. 8 For to one is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom; to another,
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit ; 9 To another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, the gifts of heal
ing, by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to ano
ther discerning of spirits; to another, divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.
PARAPHRASE. 7 in every one that has them. But the way, or gift, wherein
every one, who has the Spirit, is to show it, is given him, not
for his private advantage, or honour', but for the good and 8 advantage of the
of the church. For instance; to one is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom, or the revelation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in the full latitude of it: such as was given to the apostles: to another, by the same Spirit, the knowledge of the true sense and true meaning of the Holy Scriptures of the
Old Testament, for the explaining and confirmation of the 9 Gospel: To another, by the same Spirit, is given an undoubt
ing persuasions, and stedfast confidence, of performing what
he is going about; to another, the gift of curing diseases, by 10° the same Spirit: To another, the working of miracles; to
NOTES. diate operation, as St. Paul assures us, in that parallel place, Phil. ii. 13. In which chapter, ver. 3 and 14, we find that the Philippians stood a little in need of the same advice, which St. Paul so at large presses here upon the Corin
thians. 7 . Vid. Rom. xii. 3–8. 8 e sopla. The doctrine of the Gospel is, more than once, in the beginning of this
epistle, called “ the wisdom of God.”
frowais is used, by St. Paul, for such a knowledge of the law and the prophets. 9 & In this sense ricis, “ faith," is sometimes taken, in the New Testament, par
ticularly chap. xiii. 2. It is difficult, I confess, to define the precise meaning of each word, which the apostle uses in the 8th, 9th, and 10th verses here. But if the order, which St. Paul observes, iv enumerating by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, the three first officers set down, ver. 28, viz. “ first, apostles; secondly, prophets ; thirdly, teachers ;" have any relation, or may give any light to these three giits, which are set down in the first place here, viz. “ Wisdom, Knowledge, and Faith,” we may then properly understand, by copia, “ wisdom,” the whole doctrine of the Gospel, as communicated to the apostles : by yvūois, “ knowledge,” the gift of understanding the mystical sense of the law and the prophets ; and, by wiços, “ faith," the assurance and confidence, in delivering, and confirming, the doctrine of the Gospel, which became &rdasxádous,“ doctors, or teachers." This, at least, I think, may be presumed, that since copia and yoñois have nóyos joined to them, and it is said the word of wisdom, and the word of knowledge;" wisdom and knowledge here signify such gifts of the mind as are to be employed in preaching.
TEXT. 11 But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to
every man severally, as he will.
another, prophecy"; to another, the discerning by what spirit
men did any extraordinary operation ; to another, diversity of 11 languages; to another, the interpretation of languages. All
which gifts are wrought in believers, by one and the same Spirit, distributing to every one, in particular, as he thinks fit.
NOTE. 10 h“ Prophecy" comprehends these three things, prediction, singing by the dic.
tate of the Spirit, and understanding and explaining the mysterious, hidden sense of ripture, by an immediate illumination and motion of the Spirit, as we have already shown. And that the prophesying, here spoken of, was by immediate revelation, vid. chap. xiv. 23–31.
SECTION IX. No. 3.
CHAPTER XII. 12-31.
CONTENTS. From the necessarily different functions in the body, and the strict union, nevertheless, of the members, adapted to those different functions, in a mutual sympathy and concern one for another; St. Paul here farther shows, that there ought not to be any strife, or division, amongst them, about precedency and preference, upon account of their distinct gifts.
TEXT. 12 For, as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the mem
bers of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For, by one Spirit, are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
PARAPHRASE. 12 For as the body, being but one, hath many members, and all
the members of the body, though many, yet make but one
body; so is Christ, in respect of his mystical body, the church. 13 For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one church, and are
thereby made one body, without any pre-eminence to the
TEXT. Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all
made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, “ Because I am not the hand, I am not of the
body;" is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the
eye, I am not of the body;” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the
whole were bearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members, every one of them, in the body,
as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
PARAPHRASE. Jew a above the Gentile, to the free above the bondman: and the blood of Christ, which we all partake of, in the Lord's supper, makes us all have one life, one spirit, as the same
blood, diffused through the whole body, communicates the 14 same life and spirit to all the members. For the body is not
one sole member, but consists of many members, all vitally 15 united in one common sympathy and usefulness.
any one have not that function, or dignity, in the church, which he 16 desires, He must not, therefore, declare that he is not of the
church; he does not thereby cease to be a member of the 17 church. There is as much need of several and distinct gifts
and functions in the church, as there is of different senses and members in the body; and the meanest and least honourable
would be missed, if it were wanting, and the whole body 18 would suffer by it. Accordingly, God hath fitted several per
sons, as it were so many distinct members, to several offices and functions in the church, by proper and peculiar gifts and
abilities, which he has bestowed on them, according to his 19 good pleasure. But if all were but one member, what would
become of the body? There would be no such thing as an human body; no more could the church be edified, and framed
into a growing, lasting society, if the gifts of the Spirit were 20 all reduced to one. But now, by the various gifts of the
Spirit, bestowed on its several members, it is as a well organized
NOTE. 13 · The naming of the Jews here with Gentiles, and setting both on the same
level, when converted to Christianity, may probably be done here, by St. Paul, with reference to the false apostle, who was a Jew, and seems to have claimed some pre-eminence, as due to him upon that account; whereas, among the members of Christ, which all make but one body, there is no superiority, or other distinction, but, as by the several gifts, bestowed on them by God, they contribute more, or less, to the edification of the church.
TEXT. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, “I have no need of thee :"
nor, again, the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more
feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honoura
ble, upon these we bestow more abundant honour, and our uncomely
parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need : but God hath tempered the body
together, having given more abundant honour to that part which
lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body ; but that the members
should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it: or
one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now, ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
body, wherein the most eminent member cannot despise the 21 meanest. The eye cannot say to the hand, “ I have no need
of thee;" nor the head to the feet, “I have no need of you." 22 It is so far from being so, that the parts of the body, that
seem in themselves weak, are nevertheless of absolute neces23 sity. And those parts, which are thought least honourable,
we take care always to cover with the more respect; and our
least graceful parts have thereby a more studied and adventi24 tious comeliness. For our comely parts have no need of any
borrowed helps, or ornaments: but God hath so contrived the
symmetry of the body, that he hath added honour to those 25 parts, that might seem naturally to want it: That there might
be no disunion, no schism in the body, but that the members
should all have the same care and concern one for another; 26 And all equally partake and share in the harm, or honour, that 27 is done to any of them in particular. Now, in like manner,
you are, by your particular gifts, each of you, in his peculiar
station and aptitude, members of the body of Christ, which is 28 the church : Wherein God hath set, first some apostles,
secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, next workers of miracles, then those who have the gift of healing, helpers", governors ,
NOTES. 28 b 'Aytiah bers, “Helps,” Dr. Lightfoot takes to be those who accompanied the
apostles, were sent up and down by them in the service of the Gospel, and baptized those that were converted by them. • Kučepunosis, to be the same with discerning of spirits, ver. 10.