Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 1 Corinthians 12:29
Paul will close out this chapter with obvious questions concerning the structure and makeup of the body and then redirect those questions with a final thought before moving into chapter 13. These four questions follow directly in line with the appointments he noted in the previous verse which said, “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles.” In the Greek, each of these first four was an individual appointment which was followed by an adverb which demonstrated a sort of hierarchical structure.
The obvious answer to each question was, “No.” If all were apostles, then where would be the prophet, teacher, or worker of miracles? If all were prophets, then where would be the apostles for establishing church doctrine in accord with Christ’s commands? Where would be the teachers to train up disciples? And where would be those who validated the word through miracles?
The same is true with each appointment. All are necessary, but none is sufficient to handle all of the needs and issues within the church.
Life application: What is your appointment within the church? You certainly have one and you should be carrying it out to the very best of your ability. If it seems like a lesser appointment than what another possesses, remember that they cannot do without you. Be satisfied that the Lord has you exactly where He wants you for His good purposes.
Lord, I come to church each week and what do I do? I walk in and find a place in the pew. I give what I can, but it isn’t much. And I wonder then how many lives do I touch? Others seem to have so much more to give. Should I be jealous of the pastor here in this life that I live? I think not, because without someone in the pew, there would be no need for a pastor, this is true. And so I know I fill an important role in the plan. I thank You I have use and worth in doing what I can. Praise You for placing me where I am needed. Amen.