1 Corinthians 12:6
There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men.
Sermon for the Tenth Sunday After TrinitySusannah Winkworth 1 Corinthians 12:6
The Spiritual Gifts of the ChurchE. Hurndall 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Concerning Spiritual GiftsM. Doris, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Of Spiritual GiftsC. Hodge, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Spiritual GiftsCanon Liddon.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Spiritual GiftsK. Gerok, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Spiritual GiftsC. Lipscomb 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Spiritual Gifts and InspirationF. W. Robertson, M.A.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
The Christly AssemblyD. Thomas, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
The Unity of the Christian Church is its DiversityPastor Pfeiffer.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
The Work of the Spirit in Modern LifeC. Short, M.A.1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Allegorical Time-KeepersT. Kelly.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Diversities of GiftsJ. Riddell.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Diversities of GiftsJ. Flavel.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Diversities of Gifts in the ChurchCanon Scott Holland.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Diversity and SamenessR. Tuck 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Diversity of NatureJ. Ruskin.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The Dispensation of the SpiritF. W. Robertson, M.A.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The Gifts of ChristianityH. A. James, B.D.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The Gifts of the SpiritR. South, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The TrinitiesBp. Andrewes.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Unity in DiversityProf. Momerie.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Unity with DiversityJ. McCosh, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Differences of AdministrationsSt. Augustine1 Corinthians 12:5-6
The Agencies of the ChurchJ. Lyth, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:5-6
The Diversity of the Divine OperationsU.R. Thomas.1 Corinthians 12:5-6
The Diversity of the Spirit's OperationsT. H. Leary, D.C.L.1 Corinthians 12:5-6
The Divine OperationsJ. Lyth, D.D.1 Corinthians 12:5-6

Although conversion is identical in every case, yet afterwards there are spiritual gifts which vary according to individual capacity and character, but they all come from the one Spirit. There are varieties of ministration in which those spiritual gifts are employed, and the same Lord is served by these various ministries. Nature shows us the diversified forms and expressions of the common life. Science admits the diversity, and seeks to recognize the one great principle, the life, that lies within them all. The diversity lies in the expression in our human spheres. The sameness lies in the source, for all things are of God.


1. Diversities in endowments, or "gifts." Meyer's division of the early Christian gifts is suggestive.

(1) Gifts which have reference to intellectual power: divided into

(a) the word of wisdom;

(b) the word of knowledge.

(2) Gifts which depend upon special energy of faith: divided into

(a) the faith itself;

(b) operating in deeds, healings, miracles;

(c) operating in words, as in prophetic utterances;

(d) operating in distinguishing true and false spirits.

(3) Gifts which relate to tongues: divided into

(a) speaking with tongues;

(b) interpreting tongues.

2. Diversities in the service required, or in "ministrations" (margin, ministeries), that is, forms in which service may be rendered to Christ and his members by his disciples.

3. Diversities in the modes of fulfilling the service, or in the ways in which individual character and ability may find expression in carrying out various Christian duties. If many Christian men are engaged in the same form of service, each one will impress his individuality upon his method of doing it. No two workmen work exactly alike. In Christ's Church there is full, free room for all kinds of diversity and variety. No man's personal peculiarities need be crushed; all may be of use; only each man must see to it that the expression of his individuality, and the use of his gift, do not become in any way a hindrance or an offence to his fellow workers. Diversity is fully compatible with harmony and unity.

II. SAMENESS IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. There is one source of all Christian gifts; one president over the using of all Christian gifts; and one end to be served by the employment of all Christian gifts. "The unity of the source is strongly insisted upon, to put an end to the mutual jealousy of the Corinthians. And it is remarkable that each person in the blessed Trinity is introduced to emphasize the argument, and in contrary order (as Estius remarks), in order to lead us step by step to the one Source of all. First, the Spirit, who bestows the 'gifts' on the believer. Next, the Lord, to whom men render service in his Church. Lastly, God the Father, from whom all proceeds, whose are all the works which are done to him and in his name." The following, points may be illustrated - There is sameness

(1) in the distributer of gifts;

(2) in the purpose contemplated by the distribution;

(3) in the grace ready for those who are using the gifts;

(4) and in the dependence of every one who has a gift upon the aid and leading of the Divine Spirit.

Impress that the whole attention of the Christian should be occupied with the one motive and the one source of inspiration. All other motives and inspirations can but fulfil - can but be modes of operation for the one great motive and inspiration, which is that the Spirit of God dwelleth in us sealing us as Christ's, teaching us all truth, and leading us in all duty. - R.T.

There are differences of administration, but the same Lord.

1. Every branch has its own sphere.

2. Every member his own office.

(1)Differing in character, importance, scope.

(2)Yet all necessary.


1. Appoints every man his duty.

2. Supplies him with grace.

3. Observes and rewards his conduct.

III. ARE DIRECTED TO ONE END. Hence the meanest office —

1. Is honourable.

2. Is useful.

3. Should be faithfully fulfilled.

(J. Lyth, D.D.)

Glycera, the flower-girl, knew so well how to diversify the combination and arrangement of her flowers, as with the same flowers to make a great variety of nosegays. So that when the painter Pausias tried to emulate her skill he failed, for he could not vary his painting so many ways as Glycera did her nosegays. Thus the Holy Ghost disposes and arranges with so much variety the instructions of devotion which He gives us by the tongues and pens of His servants that, although the doctrines are always the same, the treatises which are made out of them are very different, according to the different ways in which they are put together.

(St. Francis de Sales.)

There are
These words suggest practical reflections as to —


1. For all varieties of need.(1) Bodily. The hospital; the sanitary enterprise of any form is included.(2) Mental. All true educational work, not least of all when it aims at fixing a ladder that shall rise from the gutter to the university, is included.(3) Moral. Every crusade for temperance and chastity is included.(4) Spiritual. The proclamation, in its manifold fulness, of the gospel that converts, comforts, and edifies is included.(5) National. Right endeavour in the cause of peace, of land reform, etc., is included.

2. For the needs of people of all ages — the child, the youth, the adult, the aged.

3. For the needs of people of all places. The prediction as to the usefulness of the men of the early Church (Acts 1:8) seems to hint at what we call

(1)City missions — "witnesses for Me in Jerusalem."

(2)Home missions — "and in all Judaea."

(3)Colonial missions — "and in Samaria."

(4)Foreign missions — "and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

II. THE VAST VARIETY OF MEANS BY WHICH CHRISTIAN WORK IS CARRIED ON. There are methods in which the individual is a potent force, and others in which the elaborate machinery fulfils a useful function. There are spheres for highest culture, and others for simplest speech, domains for the pen and for the tongue. True Christian enterprise is hydra-handed. It touches the unnumbered strings on the great harp of humanity, sometimes gently, as with the delicacy of woman's fingers, and sometimes mightily, as with the smiting of a seraph's hand.

III. THE ONE MOTIVE SPIRIT UNDER WHOSE INFLUENCE CHRISTIAN WORK IS CARRIED ON. In all and through all who are true to Christ there is one impelling motive, i.e., love to Him. This is the great unifying force at the central heart of all Christly men.

(U.R. Thomas.)


1. In nature.

2. In the Church.




1. Wisdom.

2. Power.

3. Love.

(J. Lyth, D.D.)

The witnessing of the Spirit admits of degrees. Just as a rich man's window may be wider than a poor man's, and so the sun may make his house the more light, that the things within it may be better discerned, yet the poor man may really enjoy the beams of the sun, and see what is in his house; so the poorest, the weakest believer may know the Spirit hath shined into his heart, as well as others that enjoy brighter beams than he hath been acquainted with.

(T. H. Leary, D.C.L.)

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