The Manifestation of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.…

As there are diversities of gifts, so are there diversities of measures in which these gifts are bestowed. Three degrees of the power of the Spirit are mentioned in Scripture.

I. FOR SOME SPECIAL OCCASION. This is but transitory and occasional. It was granted to men in ancient times, as when Balaam prophesied and Samson displayed his strength. The phrase generally used for this is, "The Spirit of the Lord came upon him." the subject of this influence was not necessarily a man of holy life He was but used as an instrument, and for the hour brought into acquiescence with the Divine will.

II. FOR SALVATION. This is the continuous possession of the Spirit as a new life. It is described in such terms as "led by the Spirit," "walking after the Spirit," "to be spiritually minded," which "is life." The entrance into this state is regeneration — the inclination of the will to God. This is "eternal life."

III. FOR EXALTED SERVICE. This is the new life in its fulness, the flowering and fruiting of the plants of Divine grace. It is called being "filled with the Spirit." It is the development of Christian life, at times attained by a sudden influx of the Divine power, and termed the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

(J. Hunt Cooke.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

WEB: But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all.

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