Greetings In the Name of The Lord:
1 Corinthians 12:1 (ESV)
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
If you recall, last week I began a discussion on the gift, or gifts of the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit Himself is a gift to us, however, He also gives gifts to us. Let’s examine Paul’s teaching to the Corinthian church about spiritual gifts. He tells them that when it comes to spiritual gifts that they shouldn’t be “uninformed.” Different translations render this word differently. The NIV and KJV translate the word as “ignorant,” while the ESV uses the word “uninformed,” and the NLT uses the word “misunderstand.” The word being used in Greek, agnoeo, means, “pertaining to not employing one’s understanding, particularly in practical matters – ‘foolish, senseless, unwise (Johannes P. Louw and Eugene A. Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Symantic Domains). So what Paul is trying to convey to them is that they need not only to know what the gifts are, but also about their purpose and intended use. What is curious here is that Paul is writing to a church that is very boisterous about the use of spiritual gifts, in particular, the gift of tongues. So why is Paul telling them not to be “uniformed?” It is because they had missed the big picture. They saw the gifts as a sign of how spirutal they were rather than a gift from the Holy Spirit. We are not much different in the church today then they were when Paul wrote this letter. We are either uninformed all together or we, like the Corinthians, miss the point of the gifts. So what is the point of the gifts? We will discover that in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!