- 1 Corinthians 12:27 Unity in the Spirit (Gerhardy)
Some regarded their spiritual gifts as superior to those of others and it went on. Paul spoke firmly to those Christians saying, "For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12.13).
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The Community (Hyde)
Paul says that we have a variety of gifts. Some are good at some things while others are good at doing something else. There is one Spirit, Paul says, but when the Spirit dispenses gifts to us they come out varied and different. But when we put all these gifts together, we form community.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 Unity, Not Conformity (Donovan)
There was a lot of vitality in Corinth. People exercised a variety of gifts. One gift, in particular, was causing trouble — the gift of tongues. Some people, then as now, made the speaking of unknown or spiritual languages the criterion for a faithful Christian. They wanted limit the church to tongues-speakers. They wanted conformity.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Our Gifts: Tools or Trophies (Donovan)
The problem in Corinth was that people took pride in their own gifts and demeaned other people's gifts. In many cases, our problem is just the opposite. We admire other peoples' gifts, and demean our own. We know that some people are smart--talented--beautiful. But we feel ordinary—plain—ungifted. But God didn't leave any of us without gifts.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-32 Where Everyone Counts (Wagner)
In Corinth. some folks thought they were better than others. They were not inclusive, so the love of God was not very visible. Therefore, Paul was reminding them that although they weren't all the same, they were still the body of Christ. The only way they could be the body of Christ was to be united.