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Haydock Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 30, 2010

1Co 12:1  Now concerning spiritual things, my brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

1Co 12:1  Concerning spiritual things.  In the apostle’s time, the Christians in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, many times received those graces and gifts of the Holy Ghost, by which some of them prophesied, others wrought miracles, and cured diseases, others spoke tongues, and different languages: now some among the Corinthians made not a right use of these gifts, especially they who had the gift of tongues, and made use of it through vanity, rather than for the profit of others. (Witham)

1Co 12:2  You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led.

1Co 12:2  You went to dumb idols.  He speaks to the Gentiles before their conversion, to put them in mind, how much happier they are by receiving the faith of Christ, and such graces and favours from God. (Witham)

1Co 12:3  Wherefore, I give you to understand that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, saith Anathema to Jesus. And no man can say The Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost.

1Co 12:3  No man, speaking by the Spirit of God, &c.  He tells them, if they see a person moved in an extraordinary manner, and say anathema, curse, or speak ill of Jesus, such an one cannot be moved by a good spirit.  And no man can say, the Lord Jesus, that is, praise Christ as he ought, but by a good spirit. (Witham)

1Co 12:4  Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5  And there are diversities of ministries. but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7  And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit.

1Co 12:4-7  There are diversities of grace.  Literally, divisions of grace; but all from the same spirit, from the same Lord, from the same God: and all these gifts are designed, and to be made use of for the profit of the faithful. (Witham) — St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenæus, and Origen bear testimony, that these special gifts of the Holy Ghost were not unusual in their time.  St. Paul, in order to curb the vanity of such as seemed to be a little puffed up with the gifts they had received, and likewise to comfort those who had received no such spiritual and extraordinary favours, wishes to teach both parties, that the same Holy Spirit distributes these graces according as t hey are more conducive to the welfare of his Church, and the glory of God. (Calmet)

1Co 12:8  To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit:

1Co 12:8  Word of wisdom, which differs from that of knowledge, inasmuch as wisdom is a more eminent and sublime knowledge.  These are numbered among the gifts of the Holy Ghost. (Isaias, chap. xi.) — To another faith, by which, confidence of working miracles, grounded on faith, and on the power and goodness of God. — The same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will; by which words, they that valued themselves on the gifts of prophesying, and speaking tongues, are put in mind, that all these were purely the gifts of God, to whom alone the honour is due. (Witham)

1Co 12:9  To another, faith in the same spirit: to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit:
1Co 12:10  To another the working of miracles: to another, prophecy: to another, the discerning of spirits: to another, diverse kinds of tongues: to another, interpretation of speeches.
1Co 12:11  But all these things, one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will

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