The “tongues of men” is a reference to ordinary human speech, but the phrase “and of angels” probably points to glossolalia. 20-25) Paul urges the Corinthians to consider the possible effects of glossolalia and prophecy on the outsider or unbeliever. The spiritual gifts that he mentioned, including prophecies, tongues and knowledge, came to the apostles and other first century Christians to show that God is … Against the view that chap. Faith here denotes trust, confidence; hope emphasizes the continuing nature of that confidence. His comment is worth quoting in full: The references to envy, pride, and irritability recall numerous strictures of these Corinthian failings in the course of the Epistle and gather meaning as we think of the party strife and social divisions that were disrupting the Corinthian community ( e.g. The description is by way of contrast to the manner in which the Corinthians exercised their spiritual gifts. [32]Barr, “Love in the Church,” pp. Nevertheless, in the present context he does not urge the Corinthians to seek this gift. Glossolalic worship may be meaningful to the participant, but it is likely to make the unbeliever contemptuous. The possibility that I propose is no more and no less valid than the idea that the ability to heal had faded or disappeared. The seventh position is ho eleon, in the Greek, "the one who performs acts of mercy". Paul even brought a young man back from death (Acts 20:9-12). The Spirit’s gifts are inclusive, not exclusive. It is not presented as an exhaustive list nor as a model list for all churches. Some Exegetical Observations of I Corinthians 12-14” Pneuma 2 (1980): 6. or would reveal some practical course of action for an individual or group.”[36]Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit, p. 230. He is far more concerned about whether the Spirit’s working can be recognized in it and acknowledged.”[17]Koenig, Charismata, p. 106. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_17").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_17", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); The Variety of the Spirit’s Gifts (12:7-11), Before illustrating the diversity of the Spirit’s endowments Paul makes it clear that each person in the congregation is equipped to minister .in some meaningful way. .”[16]Ibid., p. 256. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_16").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_16", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); While recognizing the validity of the question, Koenig warns against pursuing it too rigorously. 1-4 and 8-10, where Paul begins by addressing the larger theological issue raised by the Corinthian position before he moves to a specific response to the problem at hand, so here, chs. According to prophecies there would be no blind, deaf, lame, or sick in Israel’s kingdom. Spiritual gifts are to be understood as gifts of God’s grace, not evidences of man s achievement. Such a person, when giving from the heart without hope of recognition or thanks, gives motivated by the Holy Spirit and contributes to the well being of individuals in need within the Church and to the Church as a whole. The Spirit’s gifts must not be thought of as autonomous, separate from the one ‘who gives. Learn the definitions and purposes of the spiritual gifts listed by Paul in his letters. No single endowment should be designated as the gift. The words in brackets are a translation of the Greek text in Chadwick’s article. Love is an essential part of the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 31). Three summary statements conclude the chapter. The power of God was given to the apostles at Pentecost as a sign of Israel’s kingdom come. 12:6-8, Dunn concludes that. All rights reserved. Paul is comparing the loveless exercise of this gift to the meaningless sounds produced by a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal (instruments used to excite worshipers in some pagan cults). Paul’s preference for prophecy is due to the nature of the gift itself. In light of the contrasts which Paul makes between the two gifts, it is difficult to believe that he includes glossolalia, even when interpreted, in the category of “higher gifts.” Indeed, such a classification could easily have worked against the very corrections he was trying to make. 14. [30]Some mss. The mere exercise of “gifts” is not in and of itself an unequivocal sign of the Spirit’s activity. 5:22f.) . Prophecy is the Spirit-inspired proclamation of the will of God to a particular situation. It is validated by the service it renders.”[9]Kasemann, “Ministry and Community,” p. 67. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_9").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_9", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Energemata means “workings” or “energies.” The thought is that of God’s power in action or “ways in which the divine power is applied.” Thus, a charisma which is given for the purpose of service or ministry can be further described as a manifestation of divine power. To download full issues and find more information on the Southwestern Journal of Theology, go to swbts.edu/journal. 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. However, the fact that he can attribute all these gifts to the Spirit (12:11) or to God (12:28), shows that the trinitarian pattern is a way of stressing the divine origin of the gifts. If Paul and Peter spent fifteen days together, they must have discussed some very important matters! When the apostles passed away, these signs of their office also ceased. 11 he assumes that women might pray or prophesy, and he does not indicate that there is anything improper about it. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_36").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_36", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); The value of prophecy is further enhanced by its intelligibility and its power to edify the congregation. Rev. As Kasemann writes: “For while like entities can only cancel each other out and render each other superfluous, unlike entities can perform mutual service and in this service of agape can become one.”[19]Kasemann, “Ministry and Community,” p. 70. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_19").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_19", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Therefore, no member—should depreciate another because “God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another” ( vv. It owes them the full opportunity of repentance and the chance to recognize fully that God is truly in the midst of the assembly. 198-255. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_18").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_18", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); It is possible that some gifts might appear in one church and not in another, and new gifts might be given as different forms of ministry are required to meet new and changing situations. With reference to glossolalia, the specific gift which evoked Paul’s response in these chapters, the following comments are in order: (1) Neither this gift nor any other gift is to be interpreted as a sign of superior spirituality. 24-25). .” (v. 1), sums up the exhortation to love in chap. Paul said that his "message and preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, … They are designed for ministry, not for indulgence. In simple terms, when we have too many things to do we must choose to function in the area of our spiritual gifts. (1) Paul is writing with apostolic authority. 12-13 in a more general and theological way lead to the correctives of ch. The point of the reference is that it is not the fact of inspiration or ecstasy that is important, but the content of the utterance it produces. But the point is, trying to build a biblical case that the gifts have ceased is futile. The logic of Paul’s argument is difficult to follow, but it seems best to understand vv. 7. A similar analysis is found in Smith,”Glossolalia and Other Spiritual Gifts,” pp. 28:10-11 in which God says to Israel, “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, . However, if we are going to stay faithful to the language in this verse, we need to admit that God gave Timothy some spiritual gift (through Paul), when he was being sent off as a leader. Discord among the members leads to anarchy. . This interpretation does not correspond to Paul’s normal understanding of the term. Overview of Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament. ); the women were causing scandal through lack of self-restraint and disregard of generally accepted standards of propriety (11.1ff.). Charismata is from the same root as the Greek word for grace (charis). 13 was composed independently and inserted here see Ceslaus Spicq, Love in the New Testament, trans. He writes: “It seems to allow for no specific moments for acknowledging the Spirit’s presence. In this context the word can mean either spiritual gifts or spiritual persons (cf. In v. 3 Paul exposes the vanity of every form of self-sacrifice which stops short of love. By this confession a person is identified as a Christian, and by it the earliest Christians distinguished themselves from both pagans and unbelieving Jews. If it is the Spirit alone who can create in a person a genuine response to Christ as Lord, then the Spirit belongs to the essence of Christian experience. Christian was haling Christian before the heathen magistrates (6:1ff. There are inspired utterances other than those produced by the Holy Spirit. The translation “impart to you some spiritual gift” is misleading because it sounds like Paul wants to help them have a gift, but the text actually means that he wants to give them the benefit of his gifts. Green, I Be­lieve in the Holy Spirit, p. 167, writes that “tongues and interpretation are the equivalent of prophecy. But “when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away” (v. 10) The reference is to the parousia of Christ. 4:10-11). [28]Jay T. Martin, “I Corinthians 13 Interpreted in its Context,” Jour­nal of Bible and Religion 18 ( 1950): 101-105; Alan Barr, “Love in the Church,” Scottish Journal of Theology 3 (1950): 416-425. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_28").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_28", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); It is significant that Paul does not regard love as one of the charismata. Do all interpret?” By the use of these rhetorical questions Paul drives home the fact of diversity in unity in the church and explodes the notion that all “spiritual” persons must manifest one particular gift. “The character of transcendent otherness lies at the heart of the Pauline concept of charisma.”[15]Ibid. Thus “you are seeking” describes the attitude of the Corin­thians. Herbert Klassen (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967), p. 70. How miraculous are the gifts? Chadwick’s position is followed by Bruce, Paul and Spiritual Gifts: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12-14, Southwestern Journal of Theology Vol. Southwestern Journal of Theology 115-116. 421-422. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_32").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_32", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); The eschatological emphasis of these verses is unmistakable. The church is called the “body of Christ” for a reason. In Romans 12:3-8, Paul introduces the subject of spiritual gifts immediately after he has called upon every Christian to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, the reasonable service of worship of every Christian (12:1-2).At Romans 12, Paul begins to apply the doctrinal truths he has set down in the preceding 11 chapters. They are the plural forms of charisma, meaning "expression of grace," and pneumatikon meaning "expression of Spirit." (3) If one does not understand the language of another person, there can be no communication (vv. It is only through the activity of the Spirit that one can speak genuinely of Christ’s lordship. [4]James D. G. Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit, (London: SCM Press, 1975), p. 208; John Painter, Paul and the Pneumatikoi at Corinth,” in Paul and Paulinism, Essays in Honor of C. K. Barrett ed M. D. Hooker and S. G. Wilson (London: SPCK 1982) pp. The speaker “utters mysteries in the Spirit” (v. 2). No spiritual endowment has value or rights or privileges on its own account. 193-194, observes: “It seems hardly likely…that if cries of ‘Jesus be cursed!’ had filled either the church or the synagogue, the Corinthians would have been at a loss to know whether such an utterance were of the Holy Spirit.” Bruce, I & II Corinthians, p. 118, argues that “by means of this extreme example adduced for the sake of argument,” Paul is insisting “that no false or unworthy statement can ever be attributed to ‘the Spirit of God’.” Numerous attempts have been made to imagine a situation in which this curse could actually have taken place. They are given to all Christians, not to an elite corps within the fellowship. To the gifted members of the Corinthian church who felt superior to their fellow believers Paul emphasizes that gifts are bestowed “for the common good.”, The choice of gifts listed in vv. Regulations are given for the use of tongues (vv. In a second list of gifts or ministries the most important ones are designated by numerical order: “first apostles, second prophets, third teachers” (v. 28). Each person is allowed to contribute to worship (v. 26). (1) If the harp or lyre do not produce distinct sounds there will be no recognizable melody (v. 7). Permissions All Rights Reserved. In chap. Chadwick’s position is followed by Bruce, I & II Corinthians, p. 130. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_44").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_44", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); There is no reason to doubt that Paul accepted glossolalia as a genuine gift or that he himself experienced the gift. 12:4-11). One becomes a member of the body of Christ through faith­ union with Christ, a union effected through the Holy Spirit. Paul attributes charismata to the Spirit, diakoniai to the Lord, and energemata to God. The Corinthian Church was dealing with several issues in doctrine and practice, and it is in this context that Paul writes his letter. Dealing with Tongues. However, the limited vision of the present will give way to a complete vision in the future. Authority. For an exposition of the charac­teristics of love see Bittlinger. and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (v. 13). In verse 4, charisma is used. . 8-10 may have been determined by the actual situation in Corinth. 1. The orientation of tongues (to God, not to men) and its function as prayer militate against this identification. Paul’s Advice on Spiritual Gifts: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 (Revised 7/19) P.G. [3]Gordon D. Fee, “Tongues – Least of the Gifts? Rather, the apostle sees all of a Christian’s activities as “saturated with the Spirit.” For Bittlinger, therefore, a charisma means that “a gift is manifested when being set free by the Holy Spirit, my natural endowments blossom forth glorifying Christ and building up His church.”[10]Arnold Bittlinger, Gifts and Graces: A Commentary on I Corin­thians 12-14, trans. Paul’s most detailed discussion of spiritual gifts is a response to questions addressed to him in a letter from members of the Corinthian church (12:1; cf. Concerning Spiritual Gifts. e This issue also divided the church at Corinth, and led the Christians there to write to the apostle Paul about it. 13 and resumes the discussion of 12:3la (“earnestly desire the higher gifts”). Thus, true unity is possible only as a result of diversity. The sharp dichotomy between natural and supernatural which characterizes modern thought is largely the product of the Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and should not be read uncritically into Paul’s thought. “But the charisma itself can properly be exercised only when it is recognized as the action of the Spirit. Among the gifts to be sought Paul gives priority to prophecy. In contrast to prophecy, glossolalia is addressed “to God” (v. 2). Paul assumes that members, though inspired by the Spirit, exercise control over the use of their gift. Note: This article continues a series of studies about miracles, tongues, Holy Spirit baptism, healings, and spiritual gifts. No stronger assertion of his belief in the validity of this gift of the Spirit could be made; and in the context it is a master-touch which leaves the enthusiasts completely outclassed and outmaneuvered on their own ground. Paul mentions these gifts operating in the church among believers; he does not say anything about them only being for apostles. Paul did not lie. They are expressions of God’s grace and power, and they witness to the supreme gift (charisma), the gift of life in Christ (1:4-7; cf. Hence any evaluation of gifts and their function must involve the following criteria: (1) a clear witness to the lordship of Christ; (2) humble service rather than self-aggrandizement; (3) the spirit of Christian love; (4) the edification of the congregation. Often, it takes years of service for these gifts to be manifested or revealed. The point is that the Spirit is received when one become a Christian. 227-250; F. D. Bruner, A Theology of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids; Wm. Given the creativity of God and the dynamic human situation, rigorous uniformity of endowment and experience is not to be expected. Is it accidental that the gifts which head each of the lists are those which emphasize the intelligible proclamation of the gospel? Paul is using the Greek word paraklesis and is probably referring to one who guides the members of the Church in their communal life by encouraging or teaching ethical behavior or is living in the example of ethical behavior [see 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Galatians 6:6Philippians 2:1; and Hebrews 13:22]. 161-196; Bittlinger, Gifts and Graces, pp. He does this by citing fifteen characteristics of love: eight negative and seven positive. The exercise of the various gifts by members of the church is compared to the functioning of different parts of the body. Spiritual gifts which did NOT cease. I could go on about other irrational and unbiblical arguments. I don't think it is really addressed anywhere if Paul had all the gifts or not. The Spirit and Christ’s Lordship (12:1-8). According to Fee, for example, Paul’s argument is not that tongues are inferior to prophecy but that “in church intelligibility is preferred to non-intelligibility” because it edifies the whole community. Category: Journal ArticleTags: 1 Corinthians, Letters. In this article, we’ll look at several spiritual gifts in the Bible to see what they are and why they matter. Ecstatic utterances can come from many stimuli, but “the character of the stimulus must be inferred from the substance of the utterance.”[5]Bruce, I & II Corinthians, p. 118. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_5").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_5", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Certainly, the Spirit of God could never inspire the cry “Jesus be cursed.”[6]What evoked this kind of utterance is not known. He thinks that, Krister Stendahl, “Glossolalia – The New Testament Evidence,”. The difficult part of the passage is found in vv. Paul probably intents this gift to include all acts of mercy including caring for the sick, burying the dead, etc. and the confusion when the whole church came together and all spoke with tongues (14.23) . . . “Thus,” Paul concludes, “tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.” The question is, In what sense is glossolalia a sign for unbelievers and prophecy a sign for believers? The significance of each person is thereby affirmed. ANSWER 0 Anonymous ANSWERS: 1. Henry Chadwick, “‘All Things to All Men’,”. 12:3-8; Eph. . 4:7-12; I Pet. What a sight that must have been! Because of its essentially personal nature, speaking with tongues does not edify the congregation “unless someone interprets” (v. 5; cf. Paul himself seems to have possessed the gift. . Also for this reason he just as consistently minimized the gifts of ecstasy. Paul probably intents this gift to include all acts of mercy including caring for the sick, burying the dead, etc. (3) “this gift is given in such personal terms to me that I can speak of it as mine-in short as my spirit, which, being what it is, operates through appropriate psychological channels independently of my mind.”[38]Barrett, The First Epistle to the Corinthians, p. 320. They are attached but are missing in action. It includes features that help Christians develop and deepen their faith, while providing a foundation for their new life in Christ. Home | Admissions | Academics | Campus Life | Alumni, All content copyright © 2021 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary This power was exercised by Apostle Paul himself very frequently (as we know from the narrative in the Acts), as well as by the other Apostles. The most striking manifestation of divine spiritual intervention was the power of working what are commonly called miracles, that is, changes in the usual operation of the laws of nature. 29-32). Still they refused to obey. 12 and 13. The prophet “edifies the church” (v. 4). Barrett, The First Epistle to the Corinthians, p. 307; MacGorman, The Gifts of the Spirit, p. 78. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_34").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_34", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Paul concludes by singling our “faith, hope, and love” as the three enduring gifts. 82-89; MacGorman, The Gifts of the Spirit, pp. Dunn observes that while it is impossible to experience love without charisma, “it is only too possible to experience charisma without love. They are charismata (v. 4), diakoniai (v. 5), and energemata (v. 6). 10-11). When Peter spoke on the Day of Pentecost, the miracle of those speaking in tongues led to many people coming to faith in Christ (Acts 2:41). jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_26").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_26", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Bruce admits that it may have been an independent composition, but he stresses that it is so integral to the course of Paul’s argument that “had it not lain already to hand, he must have composed something along the same lines to complete his demonstration that love surpasses the richest spiritual endowments.”[27]Bruce, I & II Corinthians, p. 124. .” (v. 5) and “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all…” (v. 18). 12, 31,”, For a discussion of different perspectives see Jack T. Sanders, “First Corinthians 13; Its Interpretation Since the First World War,”, Jay T. Martin, “I Corinthians 13 Interpreted in its Context,”, Some mss. The term designates “that which is bestowed by God’s favor, freely and graciously given.”[8]MacGorman, The Gifts of the Spirit, p. 28. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_8").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_8", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); The gracious activity of the Spirit contradicts any attitude of superiority. Thus “you are seeking” describes the attitude of the Corin­thians. But in the strongest terms he discourages their use in congregational worship: “. 12, 31,” Zeitschrift fur die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 54 (1963): 43-52. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_23").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_23", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Love: The Medium for Expressing the Gifts (18:1-18). In any case, it would increase disorder in the church and threaten further contempt on the part of non-Christians. Some Exegetical Observations of I Corinthians 12-14”. Hurd. Spiritual gifts are to be understood as gifts of God’s grace, not … 96-105. he does not feel that he must, or wishes to distinguish narrowly between the lower gifts.”[21]Ibid. 1.5; 12.8), in which the Corinthians were want to take undue pride ….”( Bruce, An attractive alternative to this interpretation is given by Ralph Martin. . . “Love never ends” (v. 8) because it is grounded in God, and God is love. Paul does not reject pneumatika as a term for spiritual gifts. . Paul begins chapter 12 telling believers that they should not be ignorant about spiritual gifts (v. 1). The need for intelligibility is reinforced by three illustrations. He argues that “nowhere does charisma have the sense of a human capacity heightened, developed or transformed.”[14]Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit, p. 255. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_14").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_14", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); He believes that Paul thought of all the gifts as supernatural. 5:5). Even the act of giving one’s body to be burned is of no spiritual value if it is oriented to self rather than to God. Paul quotes a version of Isa. It is enough to know that whatever the gifts, they “are inspired by the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v. 11). “Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have fully understood.” The change from “know” to “understand” represents a change in the Greek text from the simple verb ginoskein to epiginoskein which in this context, is intensive in force “denoting the fullness of knowledge which comes from the unimpeded knowledge of God.”[34]Bruce, I & II Corinthians, p. 129; cf. The reasons for these sign gifts include the following: First, sign gifts confirmed the message was from God. Paul dealt with this issue much with the Corinthians. 12:8-10 with Rom. These are not separate categories; rather, each term illuminates the others. 4 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1961), p. 198. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_46").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_46", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); This may have occurred when speaking in tongues took place and interpretations were offered, or during a discussion of any one of a number of controversial issues. You are a special part of the body of Christ. 311-312. jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_3").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_3", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); A further insight into the nature of the problem, as well as Paul s method of dealing with it, may be seen in the use of the term pneumatikon in 12:1. For this reason Paul consistently magnified the charismatic gifts and ministries related to the proclamation and teaching of the gospel: apostles, prophets, and teachers. He could help them only if he spoke a message they could understand (“some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching”). Prophecy is addressed to the human understanding (“he who prophesies speaks to men,” v. 3). Like prophecy they are a divinely in­spired message and like prophecy the two gifts, taken together, are intelligible and therefore touch the minds as well as the spirits of those present.” jQuery("#footnote_plugin_tooltip_42").tooltip({ tip: "#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_42", tipClass: "footnote_tooltip", effect: "fade", fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: "top right", relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); Two observations are in order at this point. Often characterize children are not serving in some way, the Spirit ’ s is... 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