Tuesday, May 03, 2011

At Shrine Mont, reflecting on 1 Corinthians 12, 13:1-5 - The Diocese of Virginia

I am at Shrine Mont, with the clergy and parish staff of the Diocese of Virginia, listening to the Rev. Dr. Frank Wade give a fascinating presentation about Spiritual Gifts and the Church.  We are about to reflect on 1 Corinthians 12 and consider in relation to our present contexts.  Very fascinating discussion and program...

...(and then later, a bike ride!!)

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

1 Corinthians 12

 1Now(A) concerning[a] spiritual gifts,[b] brothers,[c] I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that(B) when you were pagans(C) you were led astray to(D) mute idols, however you were led.3Therefore I want you to understand that(E) no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus is(F) accursed!" and(G) no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except in the Holy Spirit.
 4Now(H) there are varieties of gifts, but(I) the same Spirit; 5and(J) there are varieties of service, but(K) the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is(L) the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7(M) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of(N) wisdom, and to another the utterance of(O) knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another(P) faith by the same Spirit, to another(Q)gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another(R) the working of miracles, to another(S) prophecy, to another(T) the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another(U) various kinds of tongues, to another(V) the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit,(W)who apportions to each one individually(X) as he wills.

 12For just as(Y) the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body,(Z) so it is with Christ. 13For(AA) in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—(AB) Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and(AC) all were made to drink of one Spirit.
 14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is,(AD) God arranged the members in the body, each one of them,(AE) as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.
 21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored,(AF) all rejoice together.
 27Now(AG) you are the body of Christ and individually(AH) members of it. 28And(AI) God has appointed in the church first(AJ) apostles, second(AK) prophets, third teachers, then(AL) miracles, then(AM) gifts of healing,(AN) helping,(AO) administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But(AP) earnestly desire the higher gifts.

1 Corinthians 13:1-5
 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have(A) prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith,(B) so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3(C) If I give away all I have, and(D) if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. 4(E) Love is patient and(F) kind; love(G) does not envy or boast; it(H) is not arrogant 5or rude. It(I)does not insist on its own way; it(J) is not irritable or resentful

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