• Bishop Keith Butler

Every Believer

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

Some people have the idea that certain Christians have special abilities from the Holy Spirit, but others have none. This is simply not Biblical and not true. Paul, in 1 Corinthians, addressed a topic of growing concern in the churches of his day. Some believed that Jewish believers had more access to the Holy Spirit than Gentiles. In addition, some of the Gentile churches took the position that freemen had a greater portion of the Holy Spirit than those still in bond.

Paul makes it clear that this is not true. Note the word one in our text today. Paul used that word six times in these short two verses to emphasize the understanding and importance of our unity as a body of believers.

Every believer has a supply of the Spirit that he or she can use to bring deliverance and change to the world around us.

God is not looking for “super-Christians” or the “spiritually elite” to bring deliverance to those caught in sin and death. He has empowered anyone who has accepted Jesus to be a part of the body of Christ and partake of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Practical Application – Have you ever seen yourself as less important than other members of the body of Christ? Remind yourself today that you are a part of the body of Christ and tell the Holy Spirit that you are ready to be used in mighty ways today to bring deliverance to others.

Ephesians 4:16; Romans 12:5



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