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SNT 0384 I Corinthians 12:1-11

I Corinthians 12:1-11

In-depth study on the manifestations of the spirit.
SNT – 384

Topic: manifestions vs. gifts, 1 Corinthians 12
Format: audio
Publication Date: 01-26-1969

Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.

Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.

Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (

Excerpt from 384 I Corinthians 12:1-11 (01/26/69)

I would like for you to take your Bibles tonight and turn to 1 Corinthians 12. One of the great chapters in God's Word, as there are many, but it apparently is one of the most difficult chapters for most people, as it has been for many of us in the years past. But since I have just finished a class on Power for Abundant Living this week, this past week, Friday night. And having again had the privilege of leading everybody into the receiving of the holy spirit into manifestation. Not one person was missed. It can only be because of the great accuracy of God's Word and people believing that Word that these things are true.

I thank you Dorothy and Rhoda. I better get you away from the piano and organ, I guess. You are waiting on me, I assume.

I'm all excited about this.  This thing's been jelling at me since Friday night and I could hardly wait for you people to get here tonight. So I don't know how, what we all are going to be digging, but we're going to take chapter 12 and before you go home tonight, if I have to put the key in my pocket, you are going  to understand 1 Corinthians 12 as well as I understand it. Maybe you will understand it better.

But very few people have been able to handle chapter 12, 13 and 14 of Corinthians, because they do not understand the whole background of God's Word. How the Word interprets itself. That it is of no private interpretation. They do not understand words like form, made and created; body, soul and spirit. And how before you can tap into the resources and manifest the more abundant life you have to know what's available; you have to know how to receive it; you have to know what to do with it after you're got it. Most of the people have taken chapter 13 and magnified it at the expense of chapter 12 and 14.

It is either all God's Word or none of its God's Word. And to begin in this great chapter tonight I know of no better place to start than to set the foundation accurately from the first chapter of Corinthians.

In Corinthians, the first chapter, we have a record in here that we need to, with a great alacrity of mind, set in ourselves and understand. These chapters of 12, 13, and 14, as I said, have caused believers no small amount of confusion. And this has been due largely to the truth that we have failed to read those three chapters as a whole, as a unit. And therefore, as I said, most have magnified 1 Corinthians 13 at the expense of 12 and 14.

But I want you to notice in 1 Corinthians, chapter 1, and in verse 2, that this Epistle is addressed unto the Church of God. It's addressed to the Church of God. Those of us who are born again of God's spirit coming out of both Jew and Gentile, are no longer Jew or Gentile but we belong to the Church of God.

The Church of God which is the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified [sanctified means to be set apart, those who are born again of God's spirit, who are sanctified] in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, [a saint is one born again of God's spirit] with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

And we here again tonight at The Way Biblical Research Center certainly fit into this pattern because we do call upon the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and we belong to the Church of God. We have been sanctified by the work of Christ Jesus and he has made us saints because we believed in him. So, the first thing you have to recognize is that the book of Corinthians it's addressed to you. It has your name on it. Therefore the words that you find in it are not only to you, but must be interpreted of you. And they're not just for our learning, they are for us to walk in with all the greatness of the power of God.

Now in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, in verse one, we read, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

Concerning spiritual gifts. First of all, the word “spiritual”…

Scriptures referenced:

1 Corinthians 1:2
1 Corinthians 12:1-3
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
(Romans 6:23)
Acts 2:38
Ephesians 4:11
1 Corinthians 12:6-11
(Galatians 5:22 )
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
1 Corinthians 12:11
(Luke 15:12)
2 Peter 1:20